Technical Difficulties…ugh

—UPDATE 3/11/11:  I found the solution!  Of couse it involved converting my video to every possible codec until something magically worked!  Now I just have to find time to sit down and actually edit the thing!  Soon, soon, I promise!!—

Yes, I realize it’s the last day of February.  The trailer is supposed to be done.  Is it?  No.  I think “technical difficulties” is the worst phrase in the world for a video editor.  But alas, those are what I am dealing with.  I should have known that some problems would occur since I’m using my brand new equipment for the first time and working out the kinks.  Guess it’s best to get these problems out of the way before we shoot the actual film, right?  Also, we decided to move the launch of our kickstarter campaign back to April, so it’s not actually critical to have the trailer done right now.  But, rest assured, I will not be defeated by a software program!  I am riding bravely into the tech support battlefield and will have the trailer finished ASAP!!!!

As for the other goals for February, I did study my Spanish quite a bit!  Hooray for that!

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Reading List

I always try to read and research a lot about places before I go there.  I think it’s important to read more than just the travel guides and actually delve into the history and literature of places I’ll be traveling.  It gives me a lot more insight and helps me not feel like an idiot when talking to locals.  Here are the books I’ve already read or plan to read in preparation for this trip:

I read this in the fall and hope to read more of Marquez's books.
This is the book that Hugo Chavez famously gave Obama as a gift. It's supposedly a really critical history of imperialism in Latin America. I can't wait to read it.
Zach is reading this now but I call it next! Maybe I'll make him write a book report on here when he's done.
I found all of these books used on amazon.com for a couple dollars each when I searched "South America"

And of course the two essentials:

This will be our Bible.
I'm trying to do one chapter per week of this book.

 That’s what I’ve got so far!  Please leave any recommendations in the comments!

In Arizona Planning…

by Zach

So, planning a big adventure like this takes a lot of work. Especially when you have to pack everything you think you will need into what you can carry on your back. And as if that’s not enough, we really have no idea what is awaiting us when we touch down in Medellin. As of now I have a stack of things in the corner of my bedroom that will fill about half of my bag. Here is a list of almost all that will fit in my bag:
1 t-shirt
1 sweater
2 pairs of underwear
2 pars of socks
1 pair of pants
Chacos
Camping towel
Sleeping bag
Water bottle
Stocking hat
Machete
Nook full of books
Camera
IPOD
Journal
Pen
Travel documents
Hygiene products
This will fill up most of my bag. There will also be the video equipment and tent which we will distribute between the three of us. And I will have stuff in my pockets. I hope to have an exact list of every item we will bring made up soon. As of now it’s late and my 7 am LAP (La Aventura Project) funding project (i.e. my lame-ass job) awaits me so stay tuned for more updates, and word on when the trailer will be posted!