My good friend, Dan Kitchens (of kozyndan), recently suggested that I should run Google's Deep Dream on some of my underwater video, which I thought was a fantastic idea. I started by experimenting with Docker containers like deepdream-locker and clouddream...Read More
Mako fell asleep during our morning walk, so I sat around for a few minutes filming this banana slug eating a flower in our entryway (played back at 14x realtime). Shot handheld with iPhone 6s and stabilized in post.Read More
During the time my dad battled stage IV lung cancer, Craig Blower, a friend of a friend, was also going through the fight. It helped me to see how Craig dealt with his struggle (he and my father had very different methods of doing it), and Craig documented the whole thing on his blog,Read More
I'm cobbling together a synchronized shutter-release / timelapse controller for triggering Sony a7 series cameras, and it seems to work! Although, as is usual when chaining remote cables together, I'm observing some strange behavior. For example, when I connected only a 2.5" to Sony Multi-Terminal cable plus a 2.5" to 3.5" cable adapter, all physical controls on the Sony camera disabled themselves (but I was able to trigger the camera via remote). Moving to a wired Satechi remote from a wireless Neewer remote seemed to free up physical controls, although I haven't done exhaustive testing. Still, the proof of concept is sound, and I'm going to order the remaining cables to get 4 cameras synchronized. I haven't tested how accurate the sync is (yet), but I'm targeting long-exposure timelapse, so having extremely accurate sync isn't required.
I processed 3D models / maps using Pix4DMapper Pro and DroneDeploy using the 569 aerial images I took at Cosson Hall on Treasure Island the other day, and the results are pretty spectacular. The images in this post are actually renderings of the texture-mapped 3D model, and are not photographs.Read More
Do people answer random phone calls anymore? I basically do not answer the phone unless Caller ID matches a (good) friend, or I have a scheduled call in my calendar.
I also use Google Voice to transcribe voicemails (I never listen to them). The transcriptions are never perfect, but I usually get the gist. It's much more effective to hang up and send an email or text, but if someone just writes "call me" without saying why, I usually do not call.
And this is coming from me! A middle-ager! Imagine what happens when you cold-call an actual millennial: you've just advertised yourself as someone who has not adapted, probably will never adapt, and possibly doesn't ever want to adapt.
The two, six-arm Cosson Hall BEQ housing buildings on Treasure Island, San Francisco, are abandoned and scheduled to be demolished. The field on front of Cosson Hall is a common drone flight area, and many aerial images of the building can be found online. The trees surrounding the building were recently removed, so I flew some mapping missions this morning with a DJI Inspire 1 and Zenmuse X5 camera (with Olympus 12mm lens). It's a beautiful place from the air.Read More
Cellist Philip Sheppard came by this morning to borrow my cello for a couple gigs in the SF Bay Area, and the Avegant Glyph happened to come up in conversation. This (of course) led to an impromptu photo shoot during which I wanted to get a picture of the display reflected in his eye. Also, I've shared a few notes after my first couple of hours using Glyph.Read More
In January of 2014, the Glyph personal theater launched on Kickstarter, raising $1,509,506 from a $250,000 goal. 2 years later, the Avegant Glyph is finally here! I stopped by Avegant HQ on Feb 4, 2016, to pick up my Glyph Founder's Edition, which is finally shipping to backers this week.Read More
On January 25, 2016, a state of emergency was declared in Pacifica, California, after king tides and storm surge pummeled the coastline. Many of the apartments in Pacifica are hanging off of soft sandstone cliffs and are in danger of falling off.Read More
My friend, Leyan, pointed out today that I'm on the front page of Facebook's new 360 video guides page (a surprise). It's a photo taken by Ragnar Sigurdsson of me piloting a DJI Inspire 1 over a volcano in Iceland. The internet is a strange place!
Today, I received my "surprise" 40th-birthday gift from Pam: an AwesomeBox! What a great gift—I absolutely love it. A diverse set of 63 friends from various parts of me life (family, school, music, photography, technology) submitted pictures and heartfelt messages (which are printed on the back).Read More
The FAA UAS Registration Q&A states, "The registration number may be placed in a battery compartment as long as it can be accessed without the use of tools," so I put my first registration label, which is on a DJI Phantom 3, in the battery compartment.
Yesterday, I went on CNBC to talk about drone registration. I only had time to really share that drone registration exists and fly around in the studio a bit using a Blade Nano QX 3D (one of my favorite indoor toy drones), but the reality of drone registration is that it is a complicated issue.Read More
What an amazing, historic thing to be able to see SpaceX (via livestream) recover the 1st stage of the Falcon 9 rocket in an automatic landing at Cape Canaveral!