The Compost Bin Blog

Composting Egg Shells

Today’s blog post is all about my former life as a garden blogger. Way back in 2006, I started the Compost Bin blog. Now this is not to be confused with (no link because I don’t own it anymore) which was started several years before that. That was way before blogging was popular so I coded that site by hand in HTML. I had the awesome idea that I was going to put a webcam on my compost bin and people could visit and watch it rot. I never did get around to setting up the webcam but I did move on to the Compost Bin blog. That’s where I started garden blogging with a focus on composting to improve your gardening.

The blog got popular in the 2006 garden blogging world and it was a lot of fun. Here’s one of my first posts from that blog and check out those comments. No spammy links, no people trying to gain backlinks for SEO, just some good compost Q&A.

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Vlog Every Day in August – #SSSVEDA

You probably don’t know this, but I have a YouTube channel. It’s not really new and I’m doing a terrible job of promoting it but it’s out there. I would really like to build my channel up but I haven’t made a big effort to do so yet.

At the end of July, I saw on the Savvy Sexy Social YouTube channel that there’s something called VEDA or Vlog Every Day in August. It’s a way to challenge yourself to make videos everyday and become a better YouTuber.  Not only do you post a video every day but you also search for the #SSSVEDA hashtag and meet the other participants. This is a great way to start learning how to build your channel’s community as well as meet some great people too.

So I signed up and made my first Vlog. The word Vlog comes from Video & Blog. It’s usually like a video confessional where you talk into the camera and narrate what’s going on in your video. People like Casey Neistat & Roman Atwood vlog everyday and have built up huge followings. Casey especially has turned these videos into an art form. He uses his film making skills to create engaging and entertaining videos. They’re set to music, they tell a great story and they look like a team of professionals worked on them. Great cameras, sharp editing and even drone footage are the norm now. These vloggers jet set around the world and take us with them on their adventures. Even when they’re home, they’re attending awesome events and doing interesting things and we get to go along with them.

And as a Home and Garden blogger I wouldn’t be jet setting around the country or filming exciting events but I planned on doing some cooking videos, some DIY projects, some video games and whatever other project I was working on.

Well, here it is, almost the middle of October and I’ve posted 4 videos since August 1st. I fell a little short. But you know what? I still learned a lot about what it takes to run a YouTube channel and I’m happy I took part in the SSSVEDA. Next time (there’s another one in April) I think I’ll be able to post at least every other day. And I’m definitely plan on making a lot more videos before April. Stay tuned.

You can check out my videos below and remember to like and subscribe.

Neko Atsume Catbook

neko atsume catbook

Neko Atsume Catbook

Do you like collecting cats? How about being visited by cats and then taking their pictures? No, not in real life. That would be weird. But there’s a great iOS game called Neko Atsume where you collect cats and take pictures of them.

You put out food and toys for the cats to play with and if you’re lucky they’ll come and visit you. When you obsessively check the game every free chance you get, you can actually see and take pictures of the cats in your house or yard. And as you take pictures of them, the pictures go into your Neko Atsume Catbook.

It’s a totally odd game but it’s strangely addictive. If you put out different toys or different kinds of food you get different cats to come and visit. Trying to figure out all combinations is a lot of fun. And then there’s a fat cat named Tubbs who comes and eats all the food that you put out. Tubbs is evil.

Do you want to see all of the cats that I’ve collected in Neko Atsume? I now have every single cat including the new ones from the March update, Apricot, Ganache, Sapphire & Jeeves. (Last updated April 2016)

Here’s a video of my Neko Atsume Catbook.

Good Stuff to Watch on Netflix

March 2016

Another month is going by and we’re still thinking about cutting the cord and getting rid of our cable TV package. We currently have FIOS Triple Play. The Internet is awesome (75/75), the phone is worthless and TV is TV. Seriously, the phone is a waste of money but you don’t save anything if you cancel it. But if we also canceled TV, then we’d save some money.

Every month i look at what’s out there on Netflix to see if it would be enough to replace TV. This month looks pretty good.

Daredevil – Season 2
The blind superhero is back for more beating. He beats up a lot of bad guys but he also takes a lot of punishment while doing it. And this season he takes on The Punisher too. I’ve already watched the first 5 episodes of Season 2 and they are even better than Season 1.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Sword of Destiny
If you liked the first Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon then this one is probably not for you. But its a good thing that I wasn’t one of those artsy movie fans that loved the first movie. My opinion was “Ehh”. I’ve seen better Kung Fu movies and I wasn’t really into the trippy art aspect of the film. The sequel is a Netflix Original Movie and it’s a real Kung Fu movie. Huge action, awesome characters with interesting special skills and a confusing call to action, “The Iron Way”. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon.

House of Cards Season 4
The new season of House of Cards also came out this month. I haven’t seen the first 3 seasons yet but I’ve heard nothing but great things about this show. And I was a big fan of The West Wing so lots of people keep suggesting this show to me. Definitely getting added to My List.

PeeWee’s Big Holiday
Now if you don’t like PeeWee Herman then you can skip this movie. But there’s a lot of people out there who do like him and I’m one of them. Added it to My List but I’ll have to watch it when my wife is doing a Law and Order binge or watching Scandal. She’s not a fan.

So will this be the month that we cancel cable TV? Probably not but there’s some good stuff to watch on Netflix anyway.

What’s the Song on the Samsung Wireless Charger Commercial?

Samsung Wireless Charging Commercial

Samsung Wireless Charging CommercialWhat’s the Song on the Samsung Wireless Charger Commercial?

Have you ever gotten a song stuck in your head after you hear it on a TV commercial? Of course you have. It can be frustrating if it’s an annoying jingle but sometimes you may actually want to know the name of the song so that you can buy it or stream it or whatever. When I saw the Samsung Wireless Charger commercial, I was not annoyed. It’s a catchy tune and I wanted more. So I figured I could find it on Spotify or Amazon Prime Music. But no luck.

The reason I couldn’t find it at first was because I was searching for “What’s the Nicki Minaj song on the Samsung commercial”. And I even listened to just about every one of the Nicki Minaj songs on all of the streaming services too. I couldn’t find it because it isn’t Nicki Minaj.

So what’s the song on the Samsung wireless charger commercial? The name of the artist is Lady Leshurr and the name of the song is Queen’s Speech Ep. 4. And it seems like a lot of people have found this video way before I did because it has over ten million views already.

It turns out the whole song is better than the little bit they played in the commercial. I think that Samsung and their wireless charger missed a big opportunity here and should have included the part about brushing your teeth.

Here’s the lyrics to Queen’s Speech Ep. 4, 

I hold it down like a Snapchat
Go over your head like a snapback
Uploaded a pic, double tap that
And your flow’s so old, granddad (bruh)
It’s just banter
I’m way too much like a black cab (ay boss)
Why you Snapchatting in the club for?
Just dance, man
Like yo famalam, yo fam, yo famalam
Ain’t no gal badder than
I’m on the roads, caravan
Let me do this fast, Ramadan
Cause it’s going down, avalanche
I’m a keep it short, paragraph
Queen Lesh, I’mma reign, anorak
Take it off his rail, Nazareth
Oh Jesus, oh Lord, oh Jesus
A couple of snakey friends just Adam and Eve’d us
And there’s no debate on who’s better
I’ll turn a man to a girl like Bruce Jenner
I shell down the dance like bruuuuaaaaaa
Mi bruck down di dance like bruuuuaaaaaa
Dudududu, dudududu
I be the one they love, I be the don
They know where I’m from
01 to the 21, yo bredrin
Where has your hairline gone?

I can’t believe it, I can’t believe the cheek
Some girls wake up and don’t even brush their teeth
That’s a dead ting, that’s a bad breath ting
How could you talk my name and you ain’t even brushed your teeth?

Brush your teeth, brush your teeth
Brush your teeth, brush your teeth
Brush your teeth, brush your teeth
Brush your teeth, brush your teeth

Bars cold like a tip top
You’ve got a pot belly like Rick Ross
Stiff gal do the tick tock
Big mouth gal, where’s your lips gone?
I ain’t got time to be ticked off
But I got a new wristwatch
Let’s go toe to toe, flip flops
I’ll make the crowd jump like Kris Kross (jump, jump)
I’ve got a dark skin friend that looks like Rachel Dolezal
And I’ve got a light skin friend that looks like Rachel Dolezal
Which one’s which? Not sure
Dem gal are clapped, encore
Don’t think you’re buff cause you’re wearing contour
Cause I’ll wipe your brows off
I’ll snatch your wig and your nails off (Bye Felicia)
I go blind, hands out
Like I’m at the nail shop
Look, these girls are bluffin’
They really ain’t on nuttin’
You can’t do dirt on me
(Are you gonna go and get your cousin?) What?
Everyting ain’t rosy, I beg you not
I’ll Queen Latifah and set it off
Then I bounce like a belly flop
Got one eye on your man, Fetty Wap
Yeah baby, I’m getting gwop
Watch me like Netflix
You go to the club
But you ain’t got dough for your gas and electric, dead ting

I can’t believe it, I can’t believe the cheek
Some man wake up and don’t even brush their teeth
How could you do that? How could you even speak?
How could you talk my name and you ain’t even brushed your teeth?

Brush your teeth, brush your teeth
Brush your teeth, brush your teeth
Brush your teeth, brush your teeth
Brush your teeth, brush your teeth

Alto’s Adventure Review

Alto's Adventure

Alto's Adventure

Alto’s Adventure Review

If you have been looking for a iOS game where you rescue llamas on your snowboard then today is your lucky day.

Alto’s Adventure is an endless snowboarding game. It’s like an endless runner but you’re on a snowboard instead. You see how far you can go before you crash. Sounds easy enough right? If something is in your way, you tap the screen and jump over it. Well it’s harder than it seems because some of the obstacles require a speed boost to clear. The way to get speed boosts is by doing a trick. If you touch the screen and hold it instead of just tapping it, you will do a backflip. You can get speed boosts by back flip or jumping up onto the long ropes above the slope and grinding along the buntings or even bouncing off the top of a rock.

What sets this game apart is the beautiful but simple graphics and great music. Hats off to the artists on this one.

Alto's Adventure Bunting Grind
Doing the Bunting Grind

The llamas are part of the backstory of your character. You’re a llama herder and your llamas are trying to run away. I guess they aren’t fond of you and they’re willing to risk running down a mountain to escape. You “rescue” them by snowboarding past them. After you do, the llamas slow down and presumable go back up the hill. The story isn’t important, just remember to go past the llamas and do tricks along the way.

And to make it even more interesting the game has goals for you to achieve and that will level up your character. The goals are things like do a back flip, bounce off a rock, escape an elder back flip over a campfire. As you collect points there’s a shop for you to buy a few power up items. Definitely be sure to pick up the wing suit when you can. It’s loads of fun.

Alto's Adventure Wingsuit Elder
Using the Wingsuit to piss off the Elder

Different tricks are worth different points. Stringing together a few tricks in a row will get your more points. Bounce off of a rock and land on the rope. Do a backflip off of a hill and then bounce off the top of a rock. You get the idea.

Every once in a while you’ll snowboard past an Elder. I guess he’s called the Elder because he has a big beard but he’s just this guy camping out on the mountain. When you snowboard past him I think you interrupt the private time he’s having with his llama and that makes him mad. I don’t blame him because when someone snowboards past me when I’m trying to have some private time with my llama I get pissed too. Well this Elder will chase you and if he catches you the game is over. You can only escape him by crossing a chasm. And you stay ahead of him by doing more tricks and getting speed boosts.

When one of your goals is the dreaded triple back flip, you definitely need to use Maya. Maya is the best flipper and she can pretty much do a full flip from the smallest of hills.

Here’s a video of me completing two triple back flips in one run. That’s a goal for a later level. Not sure which one it was but I was stuck there for a long time.

Give Alto’s Adventure a try, you won’t be disappointed.