Mixergy and Lemonly put together an awesome infographic on how not to look ugly on webcam.
Andrew Warner, founder of Mixergy, has done nearly 1,000 video interviews with successful entrepreneurs around the world. He has got video conferencing down to a science and created this infographic to help prepare guests for his show, as well as educate people who use video Skype, Google Hangout and other webcam technology.
Here’s the checklist:
- Don’t have any light behind you (even if it’s from a window).
- Have light facing you.
- Mind your background.
- Use an ethernet cable to connect to the internet & turn WiFi off.
- Find a quiet place to record.
- Restart your computer, even if it’s a Mac.
- Turn off any programs you don’t need.
- Pause (or shut off) programs that upload or download programs in the background.
- Ask people who are sharing your internet network not to upload or download large files.
- Position yourself so you’re in the center of the webcam.
I’ve had the opportunity to help with the promotion of this infographic and have to say that it’s been awesome!
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In my case, I was using curly brackets in my title and text. WordPress didn’t like that. Once I removed all curly brackets, my sidebar appeared back on the side where it belongs.
After one whole month hiking and camping in nature, we headed back to the unreal world.
It was a gift that we could spend this time together.
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(photo taken with iPhone 4S)
There are six lakes on the northernmost trail from Summit Lake to Snag Lake and they are all so very beautiful!!! (Click here for an annotated version of the Lassen map.)
Below is Echo Lake. It is about 1.7 miles east of Summit Lake.
There always seems to be a few people around Echo Lake so it’s not the most ideal place to picnic if you want your own space.
Upper Twin Lake comes next on the trail and is approximately 1.8 miles from Echo Lake.
Then .4 miles away is it’s brother, Lower Twin Lake.
Rainbow Lake is .6 miles from Lower Twin.
The 2.7 mile path from Rainbow Lake to Snag Lake goes through devastated areas. Notice the purple flowers dancing around the burnt trees.
Snag Lake is my favorite! It reminds me of Blue Lagoon. Me, as Brooke Shields, loved swimming naked in the cool water.
Nothing beats homemade bread after a nice swim!
(photos taken with iPhone 4S)
From Juniper Lake (one of my favorite lakes in Lassen), we walked down the west side to Warner Valley.
There’s a stretch near Juniper Lake that’s spooky, as in Blair Witch Project. Click here to see where it is on our annotated map.
Past the BWP section, the path is nice and goes down, down, down through the valley. I’m glad we didn’t walk that way up! It’s rather strenuous.
What makes the valley so special are the streams.
We drank water from them without using our filter. It’s fresh and oh so yummy!!!
There are portions of the path that cut across the stream without warning. On this particular “path,” you can cartwheel across the fallen tree like a gymnast (Jaidyn, you would have loved this!) or you have to get your feet wet.
The water is ice cold and my feet were happy once they were on dry land again.
Here’s a photo of Terminal Geyser. Energetically, I didn’t like the trail leading to it but once we were there, it was fine. The sun was setting at a perfect time for this shot.
Taking Corral Meadow back up to Summit Lake was a good idea. It’s lush and beautiful!!!
Here’s an area we called “Matcha Forest.”
The terrain varies from dry desert to tropical bushes and everything in between.
(photos taken with an iPhone 4S)
If you have never hiked on cinder, you have to check this out when in Lassen.
Cinder Cone is about 2 miles from Butte Lake, where there’s parking & camping.
An interesting fact is that the Cinder Cone trail follows a portion of the Nobels Emigrant Trail. This trail was the second route, after Peter Lassen’s route, used by emigrants to travel across what is now Lassen Volcanic National Park.
(photos taken with an iPhone 4S)
After spending a week in Shasta, we headed to Lassen Volcanic National Park for almost three. It’s a beautiful national park that didn’t reach the tourist radar. Shh!!!
We kept our car parked at Summit Lake’s ranger station and backcountry camped for three nights at a time. That was long enough to explore different areas. We hiked about 7 to 10 miles a day and just before the sun started to set, we’d head up the nearest mountain and pitch our tent amongst the trees or just beyond the tree line, depending on the terrain.
See our innocent tent above?! We set it up here, which is about an hour east of the Summit lakes. It’s a beautiful silent spot, or so we thought…
As we were falling asleep, a bear let out a big “Roaaaarrrrrrrr.” He definitely made it clear who’s boss!
Following his attempt to claim ownership rights on the land, a terrified bird flew over our tent chirping warning signs. We were witnessing the laws of nature right before our eyes. Needless to say, I didn’t sleep much that night!
We never saw papa bear nor did we challenge him by staying there again.
If you were a bear, wouldn’t you want to live here too?!!!!
(photos taken with an iPhone 4S)
Here are my most favorite places to go to when I’m in Shasta. They are all food related. Ha!
Mount Shasta Super Market
One block north of the main street, this is a must go if you are in Shasta on a Friday or Saturday. On those days they grill tri-tip and chicken!!! The tri-tip is out this this world yummy!!!
While you are at the market, pick up a Mount Shasta chocolate bar. The dark chocolate is really good!
Mount Shasta Super Market | 112 E Alma St | Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Berryvale Natural Food Store
After getting some juicy tri-tip, head over to Berryvale for super fresh fruits and veggies. I really like their mangos & limes. Also, they make good smoothies.
Berryvale | 305 S Mount Shasta Blvd | Mount Shasta, CA 96067
Lastly, stop at Oven Bakery for a European tested and approved bread and pastry.
Oven Bakery | 214 N Mt Shasta Blvd | Mt Shasta, CA 96067
A bonus place
If it is hot enough, take a swim in Lake Siskiyou!
p.s. I heard that Wayside Grill is a great place if you are hungry for a burger.
(photos taken with an iPhone 4S)
I have to tell you, our Trangia became our best friend. It’s great to have backcountry camping!!!
I could only eat so many nuts before I turned into a squirrel. With our Trangia, we made cereal, bread, cookies and even crapes! And at night, we’d boil hot water for tea.
The Trangia is lightweight and compact. And, the weather won’t stop this thing from working. It is designed so even gusty winds won’t blow out the flame. You’ve got to give it to the Swedes. They (probably not by choice but by necessity) made a durable product that is totally great for all camping conditions!
What to pack
You will be able to make so many different foods with a Trangia and these ingredients:
* Dry milk powder
* Dry egg powder
(photos taken with the iPhone 4S)
Below is a list of what we brought with us on our month of backcountry camping.
* Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System for drinking from lakes and other questionable water sources.
* SteriPEN Water Purifier to use after you filter the water. We didn’t have one and were fine.
* Camelbak, though you have to watch out that it doesn’t leak water everywhere!
* LED Headlamp for night-time walks.
* Smart phone waterproof case to keep dust and moisture from your phone. I connected mine to my waterproof case to my backpack. After placing my phone in it, I tucked the case into a side pocket of my backpack. This allowed me to conveniently pull my phone out when I wanted to take a picture.
* Exped SynMat 7, which is an awesome sleeping mat! Instead of blowing it up with your mouth, you pump it with your hands. And I found it much much much more comfortable than a Thermarest.
* Suisse Sport Ultra-Compactable Sleeping Bag. Not recommended for cold winter months but during the summer, it’s fine. It is really light and bundles down to near nothing. I ditched the compression bag it came in and used my one from REI. It’s lighter and compresses it more.
* Travel pillow from WalMart. It’s small and can fit in the compression bag with the sleeping bag.
* Opinel pocket knife (made in France). My Opinel is so beautiful that I never wanted to use it!
* Rubbing alcohol to light the Trangia.
* Instant nonfat dry milk to put in cereal, tea and to make bread.
* Nuts (from Trader Joe’s)
* Dried fruits (from Trader Joe’s)
* Almond butter (from Trader Joe’s)
* Fruit bars (from Trader Joe’s)
* Parmesan cheese (from Trader Joe’s)
* Dried soups
* Beef Jerky
* Egg powder
* Spices: salt, pepper, cumin seeds, cinnamon
Note: REI has solid containers to keep liquids and they are only $2.50.
Clothes & Accessories
* Hiking pants
* Icebreaker tank top
* A lightweight 100% cotton shirt for sun protection. I bought mine at Goodwill.
* Short sleeved shirt
* Silk long underwear
* 2 pairs of socks. One SmartWool and one cotton.
* Black skirt (if you’re a girl)
* Hat & bandana
* Gortex jacket
Tip: I used a couple big Ziplock freezer bags to sort my clothes. First, so I could get to everything quickly. Second, so my clothes wouldn’t get wet. And lastly, to sort my daywear from my nightwear. The system worked.
* Lotion. You can buy small containers at CVS or Whole Foods.
* Toilet paper
* Folding shovel for digging before you go to the restroom.
* Lighter to burn the toilet paper and waste.
* Kleenex, if you want to go luxury.
* Nail clipper. I didn’t bring one and regretted it.
* GSE Liquid Concentrate, in case you catch a stomach bug or feel like you are catching a cold. It kills everything!
* Turmeric for aches and pains.
* LifeStraw Personal Water Filter just in case your Squeeze filter breaks.
* Bear attack deterrent. We bought a bear canister, which was a total waste of money. This spray would have been a much better bet!
(photos taken with a iPhone 4S)