Mish Mash BMF Survival and More

First and foremost I survived the Blog Familia Mafia Post.  Weird I would post about that and then drop off the face of the planet.  No there was no funny business unless you count taking time off from blogging, heheh.

This blog post has a little bit of everything. Strap in for the ride.

Contact Juggling Day 2015

Sunday 10/11/15, was Contact Juggling Day 2015.  This is the 5th year of this awesome day.  Contact Juggling Day is held the second Sunday of October.  Shockingly, I did a bit of CJ on that day and filmed it.  Next year in 2016 I will be doing some type of ‘event’ for the day.  I hope to make an announcement in an upcoming blog, stay tuned.

In my CJ Day video I did Vertical Spinning this year.  That led me to think about previous years and how I started on the vertical path.  It all started from upside down spinning.  Recently I figured out the best reason to learn upside down and I discussed it  over at the Flow of the Round(FlotR) Facebook Group.

So, Why should you spin upside down?

The answer, besides the obvious that it is great for your hands, is that it is great for massages.  After a long day training, it is really nice to have your muscles massaged by upside down spinning spheres.  Just remember that you should NOT go over the spine, ever, JOLT.

Technology Time – iPad Pro is it really Professional?

I have an iPad 2 and I have logged more hours on it than any other ‘computer’ I have ever owned.  Even the game systems I have owned have seen less time.  Why?  Because it does so much stuff and does it so well.  If you had told me 20 years ago that a $0.99 app(they were called programs at the time) from Moog(price was a deal they had when it first came out and it was a STEAL) that would allow me to have a Moog anywhere I go, I would have LAUGHED AT YOU.  Now I have that and about 100 other apps that make my jaw drop all the time.  Slow down a solo or have a text talk to you in a British accent, not to mention having a full audio and video production suite in your hands, pretty AMAZINGLY AWESOME!!!

So why knock the iPad Pro?

It has a really fast processor and a really big screen.  Doesn’t that make it a Pro model?  Well maybe for some that does.  For me unfortunately those things do not make it a PRO model.  I needed answers about Professional things I would use it for.  So,  I went straight to the source to ask some ‘real’ professional question.

Hey Apple Rep does it support ProRes(which is Apple’s Pro Video format)?

The answer from the apple rep ‘NO it does not’.

Does it support external drives?

Again the answer is ‘NO it does not’.

I stopped after 2 questions as I was concerned what else they might say.

So while the iPad is Pro sized and Pro priced and has a Pro speed.  It lacks what I need to use it in a Pro setting.

Bigger and More Expensive, is it worth it?
iPad Pro

So what does a Pro Photographer do?  You dump images to a drive and then edit them and then print out to the printer.  You could dump the images to the iPad Pro.  You would probably run out of room before you run out of photo shoot data.  Good luck getting a pro printer to print off the iPad Pro easily.  Meaning the iPad doesn’t handle a Pro workflow for images.

Lets talk about video then,  if it can’t do ProRes Video then it is pointless to talk video(that was fast).  Sure I have the editing programs and I could load up my ‘Transcoded’ footage and ‘play’ with it.  I just would see this workflow as a detour.  Great for novelty purposes but I will tell you that transcoding is a PAIN IN THE BUTT and very TIME CONSUMING.  Both are things that professionals pay money to avoid.  Love the iPad don’t think they can put the PRO after it until it can do more than just ‘apps’.  Give me a Thunderbolt connector and full programs like Final Cut and Lightroom then we might be able to talk.

I might have missed something about the iPad Pro that someone else has found so please let me know your thoughts and ideas for making the iPad Pro a truly Professional Tool. 

Speaking of Pro’s they like to save time, money, and making the process more streamlined.  CFast 2.0 the newest darling of the Digital Film Revolution is also the most expensive one as well.

Then Along came C-Box Systems

CFast 2.0 is the newest standard to come out for portable digital film camera storage.  Think of it like SD Cards on Crack.  One 256GB CFast 2.0 card at B & H is a mere $660.00.  How reasonable(sarcasm drips from these words).  The normal memory paradigm is they all start expensive then with volume they will come down.  SD Cards were once more expensive then this.  So what is the big deal?  Just wait the price will drop.  The big deal is that it probably will not drop anytime soon.  Unlike SD cards the CFast 2.0 cards are not used in many things.  The real kick in the pants to CFast 2.0 cards is that SSD’s(Solid State Drives) with equal or better specifications are much cheaper.  1TB (That’s 4 times the storage) is $450.00 for a Professional Sandisk drive.  So if someone could make a CFast connection to SSD then that would be awesome.

SSD on CFast 2.0 systems
CFast 2.0 to SSD Set Up

Well a company did and I have a feeling someone else will copy this idea.  C-Box Systems did a Kickstarter and raised enough money to make this a reality.  You can order one now and if you have a camera that uses CFast 2.0 then you will save money immediately.  2 1tb drives and the C-Box System cost about the same as Two 256gb CFast 2.0 cards, WOW!!!

Now I just need to get one of them Fancy Pants Cameras to use with this solution.  Any Fancy Pants Camera will do I am not picky, heheh.

Don’t forget to celebrate BACK TO THE FUTURE DAY!!!!!

Make Sure to Celebrate!!!
Make Sure to Celebrate!!!
October 21, 2015 is the day and if you have Amazon Prime you could easily watch all 3 Back to Back to Back.  Or just the Original.  Oh and here is the website devoted to the day.  Counting Down as we speak, I mean type.

And now for the important thing SHOES!!!!!!

Classic Metal Heel
Stiletto Heel



This week is all about the Stiletto Heel.  I like the fact that a shoe is named after a weapon.  I am sure more than one stiletto heel has been used as a weapon.

They need to outlaw this shoe, JUST KIDDING!!!!  This shoe is amazing in so many ways.  I will need to revisit this shoe with a gallery of people wearing them in style in a future blog post.  So please send in your photo’s of you in them and I will keep an eye out.

So I ask you my reader

Do you attend or participate in any yearly events and if so which ones?  Have you attended a once in a lifetime event?

What electronic devices can you not live without in this modern age?

Have you ever worn Stiletto heels and did you like them?(I would love to hear from Men as well as Women on this one).  Don’t forget to send in your images!!!

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Rich Shumaker