Seven years ago, I wrote a chapter for a book about eco-activism. It was during an incredible time in my life between spending 10 years chasing strange underwater stories, and a partial-return to tech. Ultimately, it was deemed that I was not "hardcore" enough of an eco-warrior; my chapter was silently struck after I was told that it needed to be "in some ways rewritten."
I've been asked a lot recently by friends for product recommendations for useful baby things (our son is now 18 months old). I remember how daunting it was to have a new baby on the way. A few friends dropped off literally truckloads of hand-me-down baby stuff, much of which were confounding collections of plastic tubes, cylinders, and funnels that were apparently supposed to connect in ways that might be useful. Every kid is going to be very different, but here's what Mako ended up using...
The state of 360 capture is such that you can currently almost always find the photographer in the shot, even in high-profile, brand-name pictures. These are from the 360 photos coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics by Getty Images in the Oculus 360 Photos app. There are so few photographers shooting in 360 at the Olympics that they become recognizable almost immediately!
Here's a consumer 360 camera comparison that includes videos shot using a Samsung Gear 360, Ricoh Theta S, and LG 360 CAM. I put the cameras side by side on a light stand and captured using default settings.
A lot of my friends are Mac users who are setting up dedicated Windows machines to run VR setups like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Many of them are trying to figure out where to put an extra desktop computer and all of the accessories necessary to accommodate a VR headset...
A few days ago, I wrote a note over at Facebook about how to get Facebook to recognize 360 photos that have been edited by programs that strip out the image metadata that tells the world that they should be treated as 360 panoramas.
If you're interested in editing 360 photos for interactive sharing over at Facebook, it might be worth a read!
On Friday, I lost my $2,800 Apple MacBook Pro by following standard TSA security protocols at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). I look back on the series of events that led to the lost computer with incredulity, and although all of the TSA staff and LAX airport police were courteous, I am still without my computer and am unsure whether or not I will be reimbursed for my loss.