Category Archives: Lifestyle

Today’s Workout Track

EarbudsI went into the gym today determined to get a decent workout in.  After the holiday break (Thanksgiving to New Years) I am left with 8 more pounds than I wanted.  Mix in a busy schedule of grad school finals, work, and travelling from here to there I hardly had time to make it to the climbing gym I enjoy so much.  It is a new year and it’s a perfect time for a fresh start.

For those that don’t already know I love good electronic music.  A blend of electro, hip-hop beats, cleverly utilized vocal samples are what I needed on the treadmill today.  I’d like to share this track with you so that you can have as much fun on the treadmill as I did today.  (If it were just a little warmer this evening I would have gone outside to run, but alas, it’s January.)

I downloaded this mp3 from BwompBeats.com months back and decided I needed a good 20-minute mixtape to keep me going.  You can download the track here:  MiMOSA’S FUTURE TRiLL MiX 2012 v2 (note: contains explicit content).

Colores de la Ciudad

Taken on 10.13.12 in Baltimore, MD at the intersection of President St. and Fleet St. | B.LEE iMAGERY

I saw this shot and the sun was setting at just the right angle to bounce off these hues of purple and pinks.  I liked how it mixed in with the deep greens that you see just before the leaves turn yellow in the fall time.  The city was moving and I was moving with it.  This was a great day for a walk in the city.

Lake Whetstone Panorama

Taken 10.24.12 at Whetstone Lake in Montgomery Village, MD | B.LEE iMAGERY

I remember my family would take me here as a child.  As you can tell it was a beautiful morning and I decided to stop.  I parked my car and I remember this dock being so much bigger.  There were 2 children playing–just I was when I was their age–and they too had a chance to feed the geese.  I wish I knew where that photo of me feeding the geese on this very lake was so that I can show what little B.LEE looked like.  It was surreal revisiting this place–surreal.

new music: AM & Shawn Lee – Celestial Electric

I love these guys’ sound.  Solid beats and breaks with a rhythm that makes me want to slip into a dream of sun rays dancing off the clouds.  Good to listen to while folding clothes, chillin’ on a cushion, or when feeling lifted on a  high.  My favorites are “City Boy,” “Dark into Light,” and “Lonely Life.” Enjoy!

Geekin’ out with Gadgetry

I’m so excited to receive my new laptop in a few days.  For weeks I have been researching different laptops and I decided that I wanted a MacBook Pro.  Friends have told me that refurbished MBPs are the way to go.  They’re cheaper, fully inspected, and protected under the Apple Care plan.  The one I scored was a 13.3″ MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Dual Core i7 750GB SATA HD 4GB DDR3 RAM and Intel 3000 graphics.  I knew that I wanted more speed to back up the processing power so I can move between heavy applications like CS, LR, and ArcGIS.  After some research I decided to buy the 8GB Kit by Kingston on Amazon (http://amzn.com/B001PS9UKW).  It is compatible with the Late 2011 Version of MBP and has a $10.00 Coupon!  $37 for memory and $5 for a screwdriver to open up the sucker up is WAY better than paying some $200 for Apple to pop these cards in.  The installation instructions are on the apple website and can be found here (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1270#link1).

Anyways, I had to get a feel for the Apple product because I was a PC my entire life up until this point.  I always was skeptical of assimilating to Apple’s idiosyncrasies, but after I went to the Apple Store at the mall, I was able to experience the beauty of this product.  I love how simple, elegant, and solid the design of the laptop is expressed on the inside and out.  I confess, I was a hater, but now I’m a lover.  It will take time for me to get used to all the gestures, short cuts, and the work flow of a Mac.  The subtle, yet intuitive, track pad gestures save time, reduce stress, and will amaze if you know how to work it.  I wanted a computer that will last about 5 years, powerful, low maintenance, with long battery life.  I hope this one will do just that.

Check out this awesome machine: http://www.pcworld.com/product/1148903/apple_13inch_macbook_pro28ghz_core_i7_late_2011.html?p=review)

To take away:  research Refurbished MacBooks before buying new!  You just might find what you need at a lower cost.  Call Apple’s phone number, they will answer your questions and help you with payment and maintain personalized contact while your laptop is being shipped.  I’m happy with their customer service in the store and over the phone.