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#TeamPixel: I Took Some Incredible Photos This Weekend

This past weekend I took a little time away from the hustle and bustle to go sightseeing and take some pictures. Some of which I decided to use as visuals in my "Google Pixelbuds Review". I also featured some in the "Pixel/Made By Google Community" on Google+. It was the first time I'd been to Great Falls Park which it happened to only be 40 minutes away from my house. My routine when going sightseeing is to take as many pictures as possible with my Pixel 2. If you hadn't noticed, the camera on this thing is incredible. It's caused me to be obsessed with capturing moments. So below are some of the shots that I took sightseeing on Saturday and spending time with family on Sunday. Enjoy!









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My name is Michael Brown and I have a movie problem

Ok, I know I said I was going to wait a while, for the hype to die down, to see Black Panther again. But when I met up with my cousin's to have brunch earlier on in the day, one of my cousins said she hadn't seen the movie yet.

I won't say her not seeing the movie yet ruined me being able to talk about the movie during brunch, but it did. Sorry, Li. **Kanye Shrug** We all decided after brunch we'll go see the movie.


We brunched at Cracker Barrel. Practically the best place for brunch to get more food than you actually paid for. I hadn't been here in a while. I used to attend the university that was near it. As a freshman, I couldn't afford eating here. Campus food was my pockets safe haven. The food was great though. We laughed, exchanged food, took pictures - as Millenials do - and went on our way to go see Black Panther.


We arrived at the theater, an hour early, to purchase our tickets. We found that the movie time we wanted to see was sold out. Disappointed…

Saw Black Panther. Now we want to go to Wakanda!

My family and I saw "Black Panther" last night and it was great! We planned and purchased tickets a full month ago to see it on in the Dolby theater. It's a tradition that we carry. Though we could just see it in a normal theater or just wait until we can stream it on a service such as Netflix, we like to go out and so support in the theater.

We all planned to wear all black, showing our enthusiasms for the film. Some participated, some didn't but still shared the same enthusiasms. I saw a lot of other people at the theater dressed with tribal paint on their faces, which I thought was creative. My nephew wore a Black Panther inspirited shirt. Despite showing how jovial enthusiasm during the beginning of the film, because it was so late, he dozed off into his usual bedtime sleep. The movie started at 10pm so I didn't blame him. Luckily, I slept in pretty late that morning to stock up on sleep.  Before I went on my photo walk. 

Ultimately, I enjoyed my time out wi…

"Bridges" with Pixel 2

This week, in the "Pixel/Made By Google" Community on Google+, there has been an updated "Pixel Photoventure" theme. The theme is to take pictures of bridges with the Pixel 2. Initially, when I saw the announcement of this weeks theme, I thought it might've been hard to find a bridge accessible to shoot in this current lurking winter weather. I recalled there being a historical park not too far from where I live. The Manassa National Battlefield Park.



Typically, when the temperature is higher, this Park would be populated with wine hoppers and hikers. Today it wasn't too bad. I took a 45 min. walk around the national park and took some pretty astonishing shots with Portrait mode and normal mode on the Pixel 2. I love the quality of pictures this phone produces. How can the Pixel 3 get better than this? My best photos from this week's Pixel Photoventure theme can be found below.


I wonder what next weeks photoventure will bring. All I know if that I'…

Reflection: Family and Growth

Yesterday was a very special day. Yesterday was my cousin's 21st birthday. Or as Olive Garden would say, it was the "21th". Just like any other birthday, we sat, ate, talked, and laughed, but I ascertained something different last night. I'll explain.
A lot of my family gathered in celebration. We might have been the biggest party that night with 30 people occupying an entire corner of the restaurant. Don't be surprised, this is how it usually is for family gatherings. It all took quite some time for Olive Garden to find room for us to get seated. Took us even longer to actually get seated because my family does this thing where everyone wants to help everyone else sit down. It's a circus, but entertaining to watch.  ...Everyone wants to help everyone else sit down Once everyone was seated, we all started to take pictures. Capturing birthdays, holidays, baby showers, baby deliveries, and any event that causes us all to gather together is a norm for my family…

Don't Throw Away The Rock Hard Croissant: Ironic Life Lessons

Yesterday something ironic happened while I was scrolling down my Twitter timeline. As I usually do, I scroll and I scroll and I scroll reading others tweets, searching for inspiration for my own tweet. Nothing awoke in me to deliver a tweet until my eyes ran across Florence Ion's tweet about croissants. If you don't know who she is, she is a fantastic tech writer and co-host one of my favorite podcasts, the "Material Podcast".
Don't throw that rock hard croissant in the trash. Give it a few seconds in the microwave to soften up and then slather on some jam. Stale croissant saved! — Florence Ion (@Ohthatflo) February 3, 2018 Her tweet was clearly about the value of not wasting food and finding a way to save a stale croissant. When I saw the tweet, I agreed with her. I too have been in a poverty-stricken home eating syrup sandwiches because that's all we had. Either that or eat in the dark. But I thought to myself -- to bring repartee -- that this could be use…