Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest Pinterest Facebook Google+ WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleBlood donations sought in InishowenNext articleLeah Gallen feeling strong ahead of European Junior Boxing Championships News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter A Donegal man has appeared at Derry Magistrates court charged with assaulting police in what has been described as a McGregor ‘inspired’ incident.District Judge Barney McElholm said the scenes witnessed was an ‘edifying display’ following the Conor McGregor fight yesterday.25 year old Leon Shovlin of Kilraine, Glenties admitted the charge of assaulting police on October 7th.Derry Magistrates Court was told that police were at an address to arrest another man and Shovlin became involved.A police officer told the court that ‘in the commotion’ the defendant shoved an officer and then lunged at him.Defence solicitor Maoliosa Barr said the 25 year old had been staying with his cousin and they had watched the mixed martial arts fight and maybe ‘inspired by that’ Shovlin had behaved as he did.The defendant was sentenced to two months suspended for 18 months. By News Highland – October 8, 2018 Donegal man arrested after McGregor ‘inspired’ incident Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further
Lettuce recently revealed plans for their first-ever festival event, Fool’s Paradise, to be held from April 1st and 2nd at the St. Augustine Amphitheater in St. Augustine, FL. There’s certainly a lot to love about the event, including a killer funky lineup with Lettuce, GRiZ, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson’s Soul Revue and more. Between the main event and the late night parties, the artist-led excursions and more, this looks to be quite the celebration!Find all of the Fool’s Paradise info you need, right here.Of course, one of the main reasons for the festival’s name is April Fool’s Day. While pranks aren’t necessarily a part of the programming, the history of music and pranks is a rich one. Take a look through some of our favorite musical pranks throughout the years…PhishSince their inception, Phish has shown a propensity for humor, both between themselves and with their fans. In 2014, to celebrate the then upcoming album Fuego‘s release, Rolling Stone wanted to settle the question “What’s your favorite Phish song” once and for all, so they decided to take a poll. What they weren’t bargaining for was the band’s “Phans” legendary love of taking any opportunity to mess with people. When the final results were tallied, the song “Lushington” stood alone as the people’s favorite. There was just one thing about it that struck the editors strange…the song hadn’t been played for 27 years. While it was clearly a joke, Rolling Stone decided to honor the voting and declared “Lushington” the winner. While phans congratulated themselves for the prank, they didn’t know that Phish would end up having the last laugh…literally.Phish has made a fun habit out of writing set lists that spell out messages or themes for the opening night of their annual run at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado. The tradition started in 2011 with the all “S” songs show, and continued with the legendary “FUCKYOURFACE” and MOST SHOWS SPELL SOMETHING performances. As the 2014 Dick’s run got closer, fans began speculating on what message the band would be sending them this year.The boys from Vermont opened with “Llama,” then rocked through “Undermind,” “Stash” and “Halfway To The Moon.” By this point, fans were anticipating the “Lushington” bust-out they’d secretly hoped for when they stuffed the ballot box at Rolling Stone. After a few more songs to keep with the spelling, the band finished the LUSHINGTON with a cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter.” Instead of the rarity, the group launched into “Ha Ha Ha,” pranking all of the phans who had pranked Rolling Stone earlier in the year. Anastasio remarked, “You asked, we delivered. Simple as that.”Watch it all go down below:moe. The band moe. has had an affinity for the irreverent throughout the course of their career. Though their songs have become more serious over the years, when they first debuted, they would base songs around puns and strange situations. A couple years back, moe.’s bassist Rob Derhak showed off another facet to his comedic skills, acting. He and Umphrey’s McGee bass player Ryan Stasik were in the artists lounge at the Summer Camp Music Festival in 2014, when their years long friendship appeared to have hit rocky waters.Though cameras were abound, the argument and ensuing tussle caught those who were eating their lunch completely off guard. When the first bottle is broken over a head, the resulting spray of fragments startled the unsuspecting onlookers and led to a tense instant, before the ridiculousness caught on. Check out the video below:ColdplayEngland’s Coldplay may be more known for being the punchline of Super Bowl jokes than their music lately, but they have kept their sense of humor through the years. On April 1st in 2009, Coldplay announced they were taking their recording process where no man had gone before. The band issued a press release detailing their plan to record their next album in a modified Boeing 727 that could provide brief periods of zero gravity.They followed it up a year later with a tongue in cheek nod to their own music’s tone with their Calvin Klein inspired Angst cologne. Angst sported a Brian Eno designed bottle and promised fair trade sourced ingredients such as sangre, sudor and lágrimas. While the band went on to acknowledge that their were superior scents already on the market, they did this mostly for themselves. “If anyone else likes it,” frontman Chris Martin explained, “then that’s a bonus.”John MayerLong before he was selling out shows with Dead & Company, guitarist John Mayer was selling out shows of his own and earning a reputation as a jokester. With media appearances that usually goofed on his “Aw Shucks” good nature, such as his appearance on Chapelle Show, his deftness on camera attracted the attention of Viacom. The media group offered to shoot a off the wall tour video with Mayer, with the potential for spinning it out into a full series. The production was kept small and intimate to best utilize Mayer’s affability by keeping the crew unobtrusive. Shot as he went around the nation on tour, John Mayer Has A TV Show was twenty plus minutes of Mayer improvising interactions with rapper Trick Daddy, a member of his crew, and a bunch of his fans pre-gaming in the parking lot. Not one to miss the chance to poke fun at himself, Mayer donned his favorite bear costume…what, you don’t have a closet full of bear costumes? Seriously? Mayer even wore his onstage with Sheryl Crow!Anyway, Mayer thought it would be fun to not only disguise himself, but to take the opportunity to take his image down a peg or two by taking a few shots at himself. Check out the grizzly results below:ToolThe band Tool has made an annual tradition out of pranking their fans on “April Tool’s Day” which have ranged from silly to horrific. The practice of playing these jokes is a direct reflection of the band’s core message of not taking themselves too seriously. For example, last year Tool issued an angry statement threatening legal action against those responsible for unfinished tracks from their upcoming album being stolen, released on the internet and even re-recorded by other bands. They even offered a link so fans could hear their stolen material performed by others, which you can check out below:Anyone who clicked the link heard the Hechizeros Band‘s dollar keyboard Spanish language insanity called “El Sonidito.” Obviously Tool was having yet another little joke with their fans. No harm, no foul…it’s not like any one got hurt…this time. They weren’t always so cautious, however.In 1997 the internet was rapidly becoming a part of our daily lives, and music fans were enjoying the ability to visit the official band sites and keep closer watch on their favorite artists. Tool fans found a shocking message on the band’s site on the morning of April 1st:[4/1/97] – Urgent: Information is still sketchy at best regarding the auto accident in Australia; the label won’t release any information about any of the band members’ conditions, except to say that at least three of them are currently listed in critical condition, and that tour dates for the next few months have been indefinitely postponed. Needless to say, this might end up being overwhelmingly disastrous. OK, Just in from BMG – they realized that a lot of you (hell, and me too) were going to be concerned about this, and would likely check this page for news, so they’ve set up an email address / listserv thing (I don’t know what it is yet) which they plan to use to keep us updated. Do Not Mail ME about it, I do NOT know anything that you don’t. I will post more about this as soon as possible. To get in touch with the BMG list thing, simply send mail to [email protected] “Obviously, anyone who read to the end saw the joke clearly lamp shaded by the fake email address. That didn’t stop thousands of people worldwide from bombarding news and media outlets for any updates or information about the “injured” band members. The hoax spread so quickly widely that radio stations and MTV felt the need to address the issue, and the band and their website administrator released a statement the following day apologizing.“To all those who took this too seriously, I apologize. Some have suggested that this post was in poor taste, and given that it was written past midnight, I won’t necessarily argue it wasn’t. To those who spent any time or money on web-searching or phone-calling to verify this information, again, sorry you didn’t see it for what it was. The subject is not one which calls for levity, and I stress that no offense was meant to anyone.I apologize for having potentially taken advantage of the trust many of you have come to place in this site by posting this. Fear not, this site will not indulge itself in such outlandish pranks in the future. You can continue to expect rumor-free news and facts from The Tool Page as you have been able to since early 1995.”Luckily, as proved by last year’s prank, they didn’t follow through on their promise to behave.The Merry Pranksters The originals. Ken Kesey and his cadre of social engineers/psychedelic enthusiasts took it upon themselves to help America “Wake Up.” After the horrors of the second world war ended, American soldiers had come home and spawned what would be known as the baby boom. This entire generation would be the first to experience true modern mass media, and more and more they were coming to question the accepted ways of the world. Kesey graduated with a degree in Speech and Communication, and his writing skills attracted prizes and scholarships. The attention was well founded, as Kesey turned out what would be considered a classic of modern literature, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. In early 1964 Kesey, Neal Cassady and a group of friends were living communally on properties owned by Kesey, purchased with the profits from his book sales, and experimenting heavily with LSD. In a moment of inspiration that has reverberated to this day, the group decided to take their weird show on the road.Inspired by beat poet Jack Kerouac‘s beat novel classic On The Road, Kesey organized a cross country road trip to see the open the lines of communication between people, make art out of the mundane and, ostensibly, to go th the fair. The journey entered into legend and gave us the book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and the phrase “On The Bus.” After that historic journey the Pranksters began throwing Acid Test parties regularly on the west coast, attended by literary notables Allen Ginsberg and Hells Angels members alike. The Merry Pranksters even picked up a official/unofficial house band, The Warlocks, who you might recognize better from the name they soon adopted, The Grateful Dead.The Dead did their best to spread the Prankster spirit with their music and their actions. Sometimes they even got to combine the two, such as their appearance on the Hugh Hefner hosted Playboy After Dark television series. The story goes that the band’s sound engineer and chief chemist Owsley Stanley, decided to spike the coffee for the crew during the taping. No one’s sure if Hef took a sip, but it’s a safe bet that more than a few of his staff’s minds were expanded up that night. Here’s Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann telling the tale on Conan last year:Rolling Stone and The Masked MaraudersSome April’s Fools pranks are more cruel than others. In their October 18, 1969 issue Rolling Stone Magazine editor Griel Marcus, under the pseudonym T.M.Christian, along with record reviewer Bruce Miroff wrote a breathless review of a secret new super group comprised of the greatest talents in the modern rock scene including Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger. The writers intent was to parody the then growing trend of so called “Super groups” like Blind Faith and Crosby, Stills and Nash. The review of the imaginary double album touted an epic 18 minute Dylan-led cover of Donovan‘s Season Of The Witch, McCartney doing a likely very racist Eddie Fisher styled version of Mammy and production from “Al Kooper.“The response from fans and shop owners was quick and impressive and funny to Marcus and Miroff, but most comical to them were the inquiries from the agents and representatives from the artists they’d parodied. The decision was made to take this whole thing one step farther, and actually produce an album. Griel and fellow editor Langdon Winner convinced Berkeley area group Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band to take on the role. The group recorded original versions of joke titled tunes “Cow Pie, I Can’t Get No Nookie” as Jagger and “Duke Of Earl” while aping Dylan. The tracks were then given to radio station and, amazingly, a bidding war broke out, resulting in Warner Brothers signing the act for 15,000 dollars. The record spent weeks on the Billboard charts, reaching #114 until word of the joke and closer inspection of the lyrics, liner notes and packaging tipped off the gullible record buyers and sent the album to the pages of history. In today’s world of smart phones and search engines, the Masked Marauders wouldn’t have lasted a minute before being exposed, but in the mad cap sixties anything was possible. The saddest part of this whole story is that we’d love to hear what music that version of the Fab Four might have created. Check out what a crazy idea, a band up for some fun, and a record label with mischief on its mind can do below:That’s just a small sampling of the silliness that’s gone on in years past. It’s hard to say what will happen on April 1st, but the odds are good that whatever it is, it’ll be hard to believe. Speaking of hard to believe, there are still a few tickets left for Fool’s Paradise, held from April 1st and 2nd in St. Augustine, FL. With a stellar mix of funk, electronica, rock and soul as well as sunny skies, after parties and late night shows, Fool’s Paradise looks to be the perfect way to escape your “Funny” friends attempts at prankery. Tickets and Information available HERE.
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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal hits during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson fields a fly-out hit by Cleveland Indians Jose Ramirez during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, strikes out during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley throws out Cleveland Indians’ Yonder Alonzo on a ground out during the third inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Cleveland Indians pitcher Mike Clevinger throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill throws against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chase Utley hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kiki Hernandez throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kike Hernandez throws out Cleveland Indians’ Tyler Naquin during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Adam Liberatore throws during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill throws during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill throws during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal hits during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)NextShow Caption1 of 22Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal hits during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Monday, March 5, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)ExpandTHE GAME: Matt Kemp, Yasmani Grandal, Alex Verdugo and D.J. Peters hit home runs and the Dodgers scored seven runs in the seventh and eighth innings to beat the Cleveland Indians, 8-1, on Monday afternoon at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: LHP Rich Hill made his first start of the spring in a Cactus League game. He allowed a run in the first inning when he hit a batter and gave up a double to Yonder Alonso. After the RBI double, though, Hill retired the final seven batters he faced. He struck out four batters in his three innings. … LHP Adam Liberatore pitched another perfect inning. He has faced nine batters this spring and retired them all (four by strikeout). … RHP Ross Stripling pitched two innings and retired all six batters he faced, two by strikeout.HITTING REPORT: The Dodgers were no-hit for the first four innings. Grandal led off the fifth inning with a home run. It was the second day in a row Grandal homered. He hit one right-handed Sunday against the Giants. Monday’s homer was hit left-handed. … Kemp broke a 1-1 tie with his third home run of the spring. … Peters is 7 for 14 this spring with two home runs. … Verdugo is 7 for 18 (.389) with two home runs.UP NEXT: RHP Wilmer Font is scheduled to start against the Chicago Cubs (RHP Yu Darvish) in Mesa, 12 p.m. (No TV or radio)
LAS VEGAS — It appears plausible the Warriors could go through their entire training camp without any resolution with Patrick McCaw’s free agency. Yet, Warriors general manager Bob Myers told Bay Area News Group the team has not wavered in its hopes to re-sign the third-year wing player.“I’ll update you if there’s anything new,” Myers said.The Warriors plan to finalize their regular-season roster on Saturday after huddling up following the team’s pre-season finale against the Los Angeles …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We will make a few tweaks to the forecast this morning, not really adding or subtracting moisture over Ohio, but rather moving it around in terms of its timing. Today looks like it may end up with a little more rainfall action statewide, and we are increasing our rain potential for Wednesday as well. As a tradeoff, we are dropping rain chances for Thursday, and will trend Friday drier as well, although we can’t rule out a few scattered pop up showers Friday, mostly south. Same story Friday night into early Saturday morning. While moisture tries to pop up over the weekend off to our west in Indiana and Illinois, we may escape here too. Our next good chance of moisture waits to develop until later Sunday afternoon and evening, into the start of next week. Still, we will look for rains through the balance of this week (today forward) to be from .25” to .75” over 90% of Ohio. Next week is wetter. We have to put chances of rain and thunderstorms in each day, Monday through Thursday of next week. Now, the action may be geared toward 12-hour period in there, that allow for almost 24 hours in between the events, but still, on a daily basis, there is a chance every day. The rains can be substantial too, if thunderstorms do develop. Right now, we will put new rain totals in the .5”-1.5” range but may have to expand the upper end of the range as we get closer to the event, if instability points toward stronger and longer lasting thunderstorms. The map shows 7 day rain totals through next Tuesday morning. In the extended period, we have a front for late the 21st into the 22nd that brings .25”-1” of rain to kick off the 11-16 day window, and then another front around the 26th that can bring equal rains. Both will end up with coverage around 80%. Temps will begin to warm just a bit today, getting back to near normal, and we will be close to normal over most of the coming next 10 days. Well above normal temps are not expected (troublesome heat), but we can see some slightly above normal action into the weekend. Next week, if rains develop like we are seeing, that will keep temps down somewhat. This continues to be a great forecast for crop growth and development.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Submitted by the Anthony Wayne FFA Chapter.Louis receives his plaque on stage at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana for being in the top 4 proficiency finalists in the country for Agricultural Mechanics Design and Fabrication.Louis Pawliski, Anthony Wayne 2017 graduate, made school history as he was a national proficiency finalist at National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana this fall. With 1,444 total state proficiency winners, Louis made it into the top 188 finalists in the country, being in the top four in the area of Agricultural Mechanics Design & Fabrication. This award was based on a application that Louis completed, as well as the state competition that he won. This was all due to the business that he began and grew as an FFA member called Krusty Lures. Today Louis continues to build his business, where he hand-makes fishing lures and rods, in downtown Toledo. He recycles used lead to create fishing lures that are useful to area fishermen. Louis is currently a sophomore at University of Toledo where he is studying business to further build Krusty Lures. This national award area was sponsored by Carry-On Trailer Corporation and Lincoln Electric. Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.
Changes for the LEED Accredited Professional Program for 2009As a builder, I have a pet peeve that I would like to share because I think it could be productive to other builders in particular and the building community in general. When I go to a green building event, an AIA educational event or most higher-level green education events, the facilitator inevitably asks the crowd questions about their backgrounds.“How many architects are in the crowd? Show me your hands. How many engineers? How many LEED APs? Any builders?”Builders are always last or, even worse, not in the question at all. Is it because not many builders are interested in these events, or do they not attend because they will feel excluded if they show up? I think it’s high time to combat both pressures. Architects, give builders a chance; and builders, show the architects that we are smart and we do give a damn. Disclaimer: This is a blatant generalization, but with all of the change in the air these days, maybe this trend could tag along.More and more builders are embracing green building, which is good. I think that green building could be the great unifier for architects and builders. Could the transition to a greener economy and built environment have a healing effect on this professional chasm? I’d like to think so. In order for American buildings to be the best product, they need the involvement of all professionals.That’s right, I’m calling builders professionals. How will you, as a builder, place yourself at the head of the pack when we emerge from the darkness of the current economic doom and gloom? Become a LEED AP. Take some of these higher-level green-building classes. Learn about the techniques and products that can make your projects truly green.Below is a description of the changes in the LEED AP system that are coming this year, including a LEED AP+ Homes and Neighborhood Development accreditation.LEED V3: Professional Accreditation ChangesFirst off, if you are already a LEED AP, you will not have to retest as long as you opt in to the new LEED Credential within two years. You will have to maintain your credential by paying a $50 fee every two years and taking 30 hours (6 LEED-specific) of continuing ed in the same time frame. The course descriptions are available at greenbuild365.org.If you haven’t passed the LEED AP test but still want to before the new program, you need to register for the test by March 31 and pass it by the end of June. If you are or become a LEED AP, you will always be one as long as you fulfill the maintenance requirements. You can also choose to enroll in the new system.The new LEED credentials will include tier-one (LEED Green Associate) and tier-two (LEED AP+) accreditation. There will also be a LEED Fellow designation for the true green-building gurus. These designations will require a multiple-choice test similar to the current LEED AP test. There will be tests in the specialty areas of Building Design & Construction, Interior Design & Construction, Operations & Maintenance, Homes and Neighborhood Development. With these credentials comes a biennial maintenance program that consists of a fee and course requirements.In my next entry, I will discuss the corresponding changes in the USGBC Education Program, lay out the dynamic LEED V3 roll-out schedule, and share my opinion about how high to set the green-building bar.
From capturing the image in camera to sitting down in front of your computer, here are all the ways you can fix (or work with) shaky footage.Top image via Zach Ramelan.I have a love/hate relationship with shaky footage. On one hand, the aesthetic can add realism while grounding your project, giving it a documentary feel. But on the other hand, it’s easy to write off shaky footage as amateur or low-quality. It’s all about what look you’re going for.However, sometimes you absolutely have to get rid of the shake, especially if you’re shooting for a client. Even if you don’t have a super-nice gimbal or a Steadicam, you can pull off sweeping, cinematic smoothness with a few of these tips and tricks before you hit record.How to Plan AheadSo before you actually start capturing your footage, if you know you’ll be using Warp Stabilizer in post, there are a few different things you can do to increase your odds of success. One is to shoot at a high shutter speed. This will reduce motion blur, making everything a bit crisper and making Warp Stabilizer’s job a lot easier.Some practical tricks to try with your gear include using your tripod as a Steadicam. The weight of the legs will counterbalance the camera and tripod head to smooth your tracking shot.Also, you could shoot in 4K (if possible) because Warp Stabilizer will crop the footage, so you’ll be able to get your full 1080p after the fact.Another way you can help your future self is to shoot with a wider lens. This brings us to our next video, which explains why shooting movement with a wider lens is a must.Choosing the Right LensesSo a rule of thumb is that if you’re going to move the camera around (necessitating Warp Stabilizer later), then you really want to shoot with a wider lens. Not only will you get more in the shot, but you also won’t have the condensed background you’d get with a longer lens — and there’s more in your frame. This means movements aren’t as big, which can make the shot disorienting for your audience.In the video above, Zach Ramelan suggests using a wide zoom lens, which gives you a little more freedom to find the right focal length for your gimbal shot. But most of these gimbal shots are going to be for B-roll, or they’ll be cinematic in nature, so it’s okay to use up to a 50mm. Anything more, and you’ll have to be careful with the steadiness and how much you move the gimbal.However, gimbals aren’t the only tools you can use to steady your camera.Building the SolutionThe solution to all your problems is here! Not really, but who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned dolly? For this particular build (there are many other variations of this rig), all you need is a piece of wood wide and thick enough to support your tripod. Throw in some PVC pipes, skateboard wheels, 4 L-brackets, and some hex bolts, and you’ll be rolling smoothly in no time.Even after using a rig like this, I still throw on Warp Stabilizer because there will inevitably be some minor shakes in your final shot, and the Stabilizer does a good job of smoothing it all out.Once You Make It to PostSo when it comes to using Warp Stabilizer in Premiere Pro, the hows and whats are pretty simple. You simply drag the effect over to your clip on the timeline and let the effect analyze it. The effect will take some time. But as you can see, if you’ve followed some of the tips from the videos above, the end result will look pretty satisfying. You won’t be able to include the shot if it’s a super long “oner”-style take, but there’s no denying that the effect works wonders under the right circumstances.Looking for more filmmaking tips and tricks? Check out these articles.Tips for Selling Your Cameras and Video Gear Online5 Production Tips for High Frame Rate VideographyThe 5 Top Editing Gadgets on the Market Right NowHow to Design a Close-Up Shot — And When You Should Use ItStrike the Right Balance: Choosing Music for Tutorial Videos