The Tampa Bay Rays Bend Baseball Again

Damn, that Tampa Bay crew.

Can’t take your eyes off them for a second.

The Rays will never be confused with a big-bucks organization, but their big-brain approach to being competitive is something to be admired.

They’re relentless at it.


Their conniving continued against the bamboozled Boston Red Sox, managing to put a pair of pitchers on the field at the same time.

Why it took plate umpire Ángel Hernández half the afternoon to figure it all out is anyone’s guess.

Then again, Ángel Hernández:


In the cold light of harsh reality, the situation wasn’t all that tough.

It’s not like players haven’t seen this from munchkin ball all the way through college:


This is simply another example of the Rays doing what they do to keep themselves in ballgame and the playoff race itself.

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Let this be one of the rare occasions when we come to Hernández’s defense, although limply:


That took 20+ minutes?


Tampa Bay wound up winning, 3-2.

Not sure if all this had any real effect on the result, although Chaos Theory may beg to differ.


Once again, sports has explained life.

Thank you, Rays, for once again showing us order outta chaos.

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3 Life-Changing Benefits of Learning an Instrument

It’s a fact – learning how to play a musical instrument is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Countless studies have proven the various benefits of taking up music, and there are sure to be more just waiting to be found. Whether you’re looking for an extra hobby to pass the time, or you’re trying to fulfill a long-lost dream, learning to play an instrument is an endeavor sure to change your life in countless ways.

1. You’ll be more relaxed – and happier. 

Had a long day and trying to unwind? Maybe binging Netflix is the way you usually let the stress out after work or school, but don’t stop there. Being able to sit down and lose yourself in the music you create is a relaxing experience like no other, and it surely beats a few hours of TV. The truth is, music is therapy, and just like when your favorite song comes on the radio, it has a certain way of melting all of your worries away. If anything, this feeling is amplified when you get to create your own music from playing an instrument.

2. Your social life will grow and expand. 

A huge benefit of learning a musical instrument that’s often overlooked is the social aspect. Being able to play an instrument is an amazing skill to have, and it’ll help you to meet a lot of people who share your interest. Plus, all those musical friends you meet could turn into musicians you start playing with. The truth is, there are tons of other players out there trying to start bands and find people to jam with. And if you put yourself out there as a musician, you never know what could happen. Playing music with other people is not only a super fun experience, but it will improve your skills, too.

3. You’ll get to create amazing art.

At the end of the day, music is art, and the day you decide to start learning an instrument is the day you become an artist. Starting on a musical journey is difficult, but it can absolutely lead to some incredible things. The reality is, music is something that helps a lot of people around the world. Through playing music, you too can help people with the art you create, and this is an incredibly gratifying feeling. Playing an instrument is a great way to find your voice, and to share with the world your thoughts, feelings, and ideas.

Whatever reason you choose to take up an instrument, it is sure to be one of the best decisions you can make, and you’ll definitely notice the benefits. It’s also likely that the more you learn and grow on your instrument, the more you will gain positively from it. Learning to play music is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

How To Shoot Micro Budget Films

1: Lighting can be as simple as clamp lights and cardboard or white paper to reflect light where necessary. Again, your cameraman should have experience with lighting to help you out here. Digital shooting will allow you to experiment almost real-time with your lighting.

2: Plan Your Film

Decide on the length of your film. Shorts can be produced with a smaller budget, and allow you to post the films on Youtube and other video sharing sites to gain attention and fans. Feature films require a longer time commitment, but are not as difficult to sell, and garner more money when they are sold. Making a living will be easier if you can sell several long films instead of struggling to sell many shorts.

3: Make a Budget

Budget for your films, taking into consideration what everyone producing the film is willing to contribute. For example, if you have ten actors and crew members who each contribute $100, your budget might be $1,000.

4: Pick the Script

Find a great script for your film. You can write this yourself, partner with a writer to create one, or outright buy one from a screenwriter. The script will make or break your film, particularly with horror and other popular micro budget genres. Ensure there are as few locations as possible to reduce filming time and expenses.

5: Recruit Actors

If you want to keep costs down, you’ll need to be creative. Offer to trade work – you work on their pet project, they work on yours. You can also find friends and family, or network through them to find actors willing to do something a bit crazy for not much pay. Befriending actors and creating a network now will make it easier to find more actors for your later films.

6: Plan the Details

Have a shot list of scenes, locations, an idea of how you want each scene to look, and stick with it. You’ll also need to do additional tasks based on what you’re looking at doing in each scene; for instance, in a horror movie, you’ll need to find blood and gore special effects and perhaps a makeup artist. Your storyboard should have as many details about cast, location, props, and so on as possible. Try to shoot similar scenes at once – all outdoors scenes at once, indoors scenes in another day, etc. Remember to plan time to shoot B-roll shots like cars parking, landscape passing in a moving car, and other minor details that will bring the film to life when you edit it later.

7: Editing Your Film

There are many computer programs out there that can do this on Macs or PCs alike. Remember to keep your shot list nearby and your notes to help create the effects you’re looking for in each scene. Add the music by looking for music students, amateur guitar players, and so on to record original music. Remember to get releases for the music rights, of course, as well as acting and any other crew members.

8: Distribute the Film

Now that your film is polished and ready to go, get DVDs for as low a price as possible (as long as they’ll still work flawlessly, of course) and burn about 25 copies at a time (don’t burn 100 copies in case you only sell 75!), and remember some extras to ship to production companies.

Get disc cases and design cover art to print for each disc, or get an arts student to do it. (This can be as simple as taking a screen capture of a representative scene and adding text, or much more complex.) Add labels to each disc and make sure they’re ready to sell. All you have to do is sell enough copies to make up the production costs.

Enjoy the process of creating your own micro budget film, and be dedicated to what you do. The more you love it and work at it, the more likely you are to get a deal and move up in the film making world!