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I recently discovered Animoto’s free (yes, free!) iPhone app and I think it is a keeper. The Animoto app allows you to create 30-second shorts by selecting up to 16 photos from your library and then selecting a soundtrack from THEIR library (I’ve discovered new music that I like!). The UI makes the process so easy.

There are a few nice-to-have features that I have in mind (ability to select music from my own library and ability to share to social networks directly from the app) – but given that it is free, I really find it hard to complain.

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more about "Circus Video by Animoto", posted with vodpod

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I went to the circus last night and it was great fun! I remember when I was little, the elephants are what I would look forward to seeing the most. Last night, I noticed how sad they looked. This reminded me of Rachael Yamagata’s song “Elephants”…

If the elephants have past lives
Yet are destined to always remember
It’s no wonder how they scream

This makes me sad. Dear Elephants, thank you for bringing joy to children of all ages!


“The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, “I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!”

A priority for me this year is to revisit my once-upon-a-time love for fiction and leisure reading. I predict (and with 100% certainty) that my sister would look down on me with disgust when she finds out that the first book I read this year was Eclipse, the third book in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. I will soon begin to read my second book, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by french author Muriel Barbery. So far, so good on this goal.

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