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From the way, WAY back machine, this is a Creative Orlando segment that served as an early-ish genesis for Orlando Insider. We've covered the Unit Shifters before (and there'll be more forthcoming from Unit Shifters' drummer, Chris LeBrane) but the video above harkens back to an earlier, idealistic, and less-HD period.
The profile of the band features a few samples from a rehearsal, brief bios of each member, and how the Unit Shifters came to be. If you have your finger on the pulse of the Orlando music scene, you've at least heard of this band and now's your opportunity to hear just a little bit more.
Here are some more videos from the Unit Shifters YouTube page:
Here at Orlando Insider, we believe in community. And blogging. Blogging and the community. Community blogs. Communal blogs? Nah, scratch that. We believe in blogging (which we are currently doing with this blog about Orlando) and community (that which resides in Orlando and is reading this blog).
Now that we've met today's daily SEO quota (tomorrow: LEGOLAND!), we should mention youtuber JCalebM. But first: when Orlando Insider cast a net looking for original creative content from the community, the last thing we expected was a parkour video. This might have something to do with where we cast our net. Fortunately, we don't have to take the blame for this -- that's what an editorial staff is for. Really, Ed? Was craigslist the best you could do to drum up some creative talent? Just because you found a complete set of Sasquatch footprint casts on craigslist DOESN'T MEAN IT'S THE BE-ALL-END-ALL OF INTERNET RESOURCES.
Today we bring you the Art of Parkour which was brought to Orlando Insider by JCalebm. And we'll be honest: at first, we just didn't get it. Maybe because the Orlando Insider writing staff is a bunch of lazy, inactive sumbitches who think jerking off should qualify as daily exercise.
In fact, the more we watched JCalebm's videos, the more it looked like a couple ripped dudes jumping around in slow motion.
And then our staff video editor started cutting together a promo piece, at which point our confusion gave way to flat out hilarity. Slow-motion jumping guys in REVERSE? This sh*t should be on AFV, people!
At some point, however, we started to see something that can only be described as "athletic prowess" (and no, that has nothing to do with jerking off .... yet). And then we watched a few more of JCalebm's videos and began to show a bit of (begrudging) respect for the sport of parkour.
Because if there's one thing we're good at here at Orlando Insider, it's approaching something with an open mind (i.e. the Bible). So if you have something unique, original, or just plain creative you'd like us to feature on the blog, send it in and hope we don't die laughing at you (read: with you). In the meantime, be sure to check out some more of JCalebm's videos.
The Ridiculously Out-of-Shape Orlando Insider Writing Staff
Creativity, in all it's magnificent forms, is what drives me.
I've spent the past few days thinking about and dwelling upon the impact Steve Jobs has had not only in the world of technology -- or the world in general, for that matter -- but the mesmerizing impact he made within the creative community. More importantly -- when a news report broke into primetime last Wednesday -- I've been searching for the reason why the revelation that Steve Jobs was no longer alive weighed surprisingly heavy on me.
At first, I thought back to the death of Michael Jackson and realized that this was how his fans must have felt upon his passing.
Let me be clear: I've never met Steve Jobs. I know as much about him as any other average person might. But I've been keenly aware of him and following his story for roughly the past thirteen years.
And while my passion for video editing started with Pinnacle Studio and a painfully old (in retrospect; it was new at the time, albeit clunky) Gateway PC, it was because of Steve Jobs' vision and drive that the idea of consumer video editing even exists.
I bought my first Mac and iPod at the same time -- it was either 2002 or 2003. It was an iBook G3 -- the white kind, 900MHz processor, I think -- and the third gen iPod (right before they moved to the click wheel, when they had the row of touch-sensitive buttons above the wheel and the red backlight -- THE RED BACKLIGHT!). For the first time in my life, I had the proper tools I needed to be creative. This was when I finally started using Final Cut Express. And when I was introduced to and began my love affair with Garageband -- even to this day, I have never found another application that made it so easy to make music.
In the years that followed, I would get the eMac, acquire the Blueberry iBook that I had always wanted (but had no practical use for by the time I got it!) and after a long, cold sabbatical from the Mac (due to financial limitations) I eventually bought a 21-inch iMac in 2009 -- the same Mac that I'm typing this blog on.
Of course, when it comes to the iPod, I think I've been among Apple's most ardent supporters. First was 3rd gen iPod. Then the original iPod nano; the original iPod shuffle (512 mb, a glorified USB stick!); the 5th gen video iPod; the fat nano; an 80gb iPod classic; and a 3rd and 4th gen iPod touch -- I'll mention the original iPad and iPhone 4 here as well.
These days, during my day job, I use a Macbook Pro, a Mac Pro and cinema display, and the best of Apple's video and media production software.
For me, where the Mac's have been a tool for creation from audio, music, video, vlogs, animation, and more ... the iPods, iPad, and iPhone have been tools of inspiration.
The biggest source of inspiration, however, has been Steve Jobs himself. He taught me the value of secrets and the importance of showmanship. He taught me the importance of emotional impact. He taught me the value of perfection. He taught me what it means to think different.
And at the end of the day, as I learn more about the man behind the Mac, I realize that he was a hero I never realized I had. This was a man with passion and I respect that, above all else.
Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs.
-- Jordan Krumbine; writer, video editor, YouTuber, on-again-off-again musician, producer and creative director.
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