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06.14.21         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

Michael Andrew in Indonesia Part 3 | Covid Vaccine Distribution


Thank you Thad Forester for the interest and interview about what I’m doing in Indonesia,
I would consider this part 3 for those who have been following and wanted an update, but it also includes a lot of background about how it all came together, including discussions on vaccines and why equitable distribution will be such a challenge moving forward.

Listen to the full interview on Thad's "Patriot to the Core" podcast HERE

05.22.21         personal  

Michael In Indonesia Part 2



05.08.21         movie reviews  

Wrath of Man


Solid bank heist revenge film. I enjoyed it and if like this genre you will enjoy it in theaters!

05.01.21         movie reviews  

Voyagers


Was able to catch a movie today here in Jakarta, and the only thing play that I hadn't seen was Voyagers. This is a remake of Lord of the Flies in Space, that said, it was FAR better than the previews and what I was expecting. Definite rental, see it in theaters if you have the itch to get out.

All is well here, Ill be updating with a podcast soon.

04.07.21         the maven nation - efficiency podcast  

Michael In Indonesia For 3 Months - Part 1


Michael will be going to Indonesia for the next 3 months with the UPS Foundation to help distribute 13.8 million vaccines.

In this podcast Michael gives an overview of what he will be doing there.

03.05.21         movie reviews  

Chaos Walking


Really mixed thoughts on this one. It felt like it was a touch bit more writing and better editing away from being really great. Many loose ends in the story, but overall the opportunity to get into a theater and see anything on a big screen was a welcome relief for me. It would make for a good home rental, and not everyone will like it in theaters, but it was worth it to me. Daisy Ridley's character felt a little too close to her Star Wars counterpart Rey.

02.16.21         photography  

Canon R5 vs R6 vs Rp vs R - Pro Maui Wedding Photographer's Thoughts | Scott Drexler


In 2019, Pro Maui Wedding Photographer Scott Drexler made the jump from his Canon 5Diiis to Canon RPs, which he has been shooting with since. Here are his thoughts on the Canon R5, R6, Rp, R, 20 vs 45 MPix, why he is upgrading again and much more. Basically 2 camera nerds talking about cameras- Enjoy!

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02.14.21         movie reviews  

The Little Things


A very slow burning, beautifully shot, well acted cop/murder investigation, mystery-thriller with an ending that is just something you would never expect. It was nice to get back into the theater again (my escape place) to just relax and watch a movie, but as amazing as everything else was about it, the ending will leave you feeling...off. I can't say more without ruining it. Its definitely a rental, see it in theaters if you like this genre and miss the silver screen.

02.09.21         photography  

Canon R5/R6 Lightning Fast Eye Detection Targeting For Group Photos Tutorial


Face detection is a incredible tool for portrait and wedding photographers. Many shooters however run into problems when shooting group photos, when wanting to direct it to a specific individual of the group. As good as the face/eye detection algorithm is, it will not know which person you want to get it dialed in on, unless you we tell it specifically. This is the lighting fast eye/face detection technique I recommend, with 3 backup plans just in case the first doesn't work.

1:15 The Question / Problem
2:08 Customization of Camera
5:14 Saving to C1 Slot for Easy Access
6:04 Demonstration of Lightning Eye Detection Targeting Technique
7:15 3 Other Options when Things go Wrong

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02.06.21         movie reviews  

American Renegades


This one is on Amazon Prime. It felt really low budget, like almost as if someone had like $20,000 and access to tanks. As the movie progressed, I was like "this is so terrible its good!" and I kept watching. Yes it has a stellar 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but it was a perfect guilty pleasure movie.

I was so impressed with the special effects, I did research on it and turns out it had a $72 million Dollar budget, and was directed by Luc Besson. Ah, that explains it! It only grossed 2 million in the box office, I never even heard of it, but yes- if you like goofy action movies, you will love it.

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