Blog Posts by annetteb

Posted by annetteb on 11/08/15
If you've used the GoPro 3, you'll love the GoPro 4! This latest edition of the GoPro features a viewmaster, so that you'll be able to capture video from a unique perspective in the best possible way. 
The camera supports 2.7K30, 1080p, 1440p, Video, captures 12MP Photos at 30 fps and possesses an Ultra Wide Angle Glass Lens + SuperView. Additional features include Camera Housing Waterproof to 131' ; Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity ; Video and Photo Time-Lapse ; Protune Mode for Video and Photo ; One-Button Operation with QuikCapture ; Auto Low Light and Night Photo Modes. Flat and curved adhesive mounts are included.
For additional instruction, stop by the Tech Help Desk!
Posted by annetteb on 09/27/15
Are you looking to take that perfect selfie? Let the Selfie Stick help you out!
Capture memorable moments with ease by using our lightweight selfie stick, built to accomodate compact cameras and phones. Photograph group selfies, snap photos or take videos from above the crowd, or even get better sound if you use it in the style of a microphone boom.
Selfie Sticks are housed at the Tech Help Desk.
Happy snapping!
Posted by annetteb on 09/27/15
Are you looking to use our Studio Production space to record your latest song? If so, the iRig may be beneficial to your creative endeavors.
The iRig is a guitar interface adaptor for iOS devices. With the iRig, you can connect your electric guitar and bass to our studio equipment, as well as either the iPhone, iPod, or iPad. The iRig works with dozens of other guitar apps, and will help you produce quality recordings. Simply plug your intstrument into the iRig, then plug in headphones or an amplifier to the output, and record your song. 
If you would like to use the iRig during your studio session, please ask for it at the Tech Help Desk. 
We look forward to seeing you in the Studio!
Posted by annetteb on 07/16/15
Are you a musician? Do you enjoy creating effective voiceovers to accompany your work? If so, the Shure SM57 microphone could be a great asset to your next project.
The SM57 is especially great for musical instrument pickup and vocals. It is an ideal microphone for live sound reinforcement and recording. The SM57 isolates the main sound source, while minimizing background.
In our studio setting, the SM57 can easily be used to record drums, guitar, and woodwinds.
According to, the SM57 possesses the following features:
  • Contoured frequency response for clean, instrumental reproduction and rich vocal pickup
  • Professional-quality reproduction for drum, percussion, and instrument amplifier miking
  • Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source while reducing background noise
  • Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise
  • Extremely durable under the heaviest use
  • Frequency response: 40 to 15,000 Hz
  • Replacement cartridge:  R57
Put the Shure SM57 to the test the next time you book one of our studio spaces
Posted by annetteb on 07/09/15
Are you an artist? Do you love to share your creative work with others? Fantastic! And even if you're not an artist, drawing, painting, and mixed media effects will all feel much easier with a pen in hand.
With our Wacom pen tablets, you'll be able to use a pen and tablet through a mixed media approach, rather than having to deal with the expenses, supplies, and clean-up of traditional media. When you work on paper (or use traditional media), you may use pencils, ink, paintbrushes, several paints, chalk, or even an airbrush. Working with the Wacom pen and tablet lets you use these tools digitally! Our pen tablet is fluid, natural, and intuitive. Best of all, it beautifully mimics the work of creative output through traditional media tools. 
Our Wacom package is available for in-house use, and is best utilized with one of our studio spaces. The Wacom package includes a tablet, pen, stand, and USB cable. 
Posted by annetteb on 07/05/15
Would you like to capture your summer adventures in a fun, exciting way? Try out one of AHML's GoPro cameras! We have the GoPro Hero 3 Silver Camera, which is wearable and gear mountable, waterproof to 197' (60m), and capable of capturing ultra-wide, professional quality video plus photos at a rate of 10 photos per second. Your viewers will feel like they're right there with you, while you preserve your enthralling summer memories.
Check-out includes the camera, camera housing, alternate backdoor, 2 batteries, extended mount, SD card case, SD card adapter, 32 GB Micro SD card, USB cable, standard mount, and 3 mounting screws.
Posted by annetteb on 03/27/14
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If you thought being green wasn’t easy, wait till you meet Blue!
Based on Butler University’s live mascot, Blue, this cute canine perspective showcases the life and responsibilities of being a university mascot. This story is particularly engaging for children, animal lovers, Butler fans, and alumnae. Packed with delightful illustrations by Jingo M. De La Rosa and lighthearted text by Blue’s owner, Michael Kaltenmark, this heartwarming story about learning to be a “good boy” and knowing right from wrong is a real treat.
Enjoy Blue’s first day on the job and an artful campus tour, as he does everything he can to hear his favorite words: “Good boy, Blue!
Posted by annetteb on 12/23/13
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If you're a fan of sidesplitting tales, here's the best 2013 has to offer from our own collection!
#5 – Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores, by Jen Campbell
Questions and quotes overheard in the world of bookstore retail.
#4 – Texts from Dog II: The Dog Delusion, by October Jones
If you give your dog an iPhone…you’ll have some crazy conversations!
#3 – Star Wars: Vader’s Little Princess, by Jeffrey Brown
Highlights from Darth Vader’s career as a parent to little Leia.
#2 – My Dog: The Paradox: A Lovable Discourse about Man's Best Friend, by Matthew Inman
A retrospective comic, toasting the lives and quirks of our furry friends.

#1 – Diary of Edward Hamster 1990-1990, by Meriam Elia & Ezra Elia
The hilariously existential musings of a short-lived rodent.

Posted by annetteb on 12/08/13
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“The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure.” -Christopher McCandless

As humans, we each have instilled within us a desire to explore the unfamiliar and to live as thoroughly and as memorably as possible. Should routines begin to dull, we are prompted to examine our own lives and passions, and to reinvigorate ourselves by pursuing the likes and interests that propel us to a new sense of meaning and purpose.

The true story of Chris McCandless, the son of a well-to-do family and his solo venture to the Alaskan wilderness, is a tale of identity, independence, and an unquenchable pursuit of the self through the simplest, albeit most unforgiving force—nature. A modern-day Thoreau, Chris McCandless escapes a tense family life and sheds all familiarity in order to cultivate a path for himself. He drops his family name and takes on the persona of “Alexander Supertramp,” as he aimlessly travels what is unfamiliar to him and lives off the land. As always, the road to adventure points West, as Chris meets a host of characters on his hitchhike throughout the nation.

Ill-equipped, yet an idealist, Chris does not survive his journey. (Don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler. It's fact.) Journalist Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild retells the story of Chris McCandless through Chris’ postcards and journal, as discovered with Chris’ body. This is not a tale of death, but rather, a philosophical question of why Chris needed this journey, who he met along the way, and how he influenced others. To this day, adventurers, curiosity-seekers, and free spirits alike continue to visit the “Magic Bus” in which Chris died, along the rough Alaskan Stampede Trail.
I highly recommend this text to anyone with a penchant for travel, memoirs, or tales of adventure. Additionally, I encourage a viewing of Sean Penn’s film by the same title.
Posted by annetteb on 11/09/13
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"Have you ever felt like you were a little bit different? Like you had something unique to offer the world, if you could just get people to see it. Then you know exactly how it felt to be me." 
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is a film that embraces quirks, individuality, and good humor. It is loosely based on a children's book with the same title, by Judi Barrett.  In this story, we follow protagonist Flint Lockwood's dream of being an amazing inventor. Unfortunately, his inventions do not always succeed as planned. In the meantime, his colorful life and enthusiasm clash hilariously with his drab hometown, Swallow Falls, whose only claim to fame is sardine-canning culture. When the world realizes sardines are "super gross," the citizens are stuck eating all the leftover sardines. Pickled, fried, poached, boiled, juiced... Cue our hero!
Flint manages to create the FLDSMDFR, which takes in clouds and spits out delicious food. Best of all, it works! So, naturally, Flint's invention takes the town by storm. Among other delightful characters, the food weather captures the attention of amateur weather girl, Sam Sparks, who hides her intelligence behind a perky exterior, and quickly finds a kindred spirit in Flint. 
But is bigger always better? Do we really need to tweak and lose our true selves to please others?
Flint's story is hilarious and heartwarming, and frankly, I enjoyed it more than the latest Pixar releases. The script and jokes are perfect for children and adults--I had to pause the film several times because I couldn't stop laughing! This film doesn't solely depend upon A-list stars to draw in an audience. I found that the characters were beautifully developed in this tale of parental recognition, portion sizes, and self-confidence. 
Bring a smile and your biggest appetite for adventure when you see this film! After all, "There's diem to carpe!"
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