Nathan has a lot of fun with technology. Almost too much fun with it. As you know, he has started taking photos, wholly composed by himself. In addition to the few linked above, he has also taken a lot of toy photos on his iPad.
It’s been a week, I’ve let it all settle in, and now I feel ready to recap my return to the Pitchfork Music Festival (day 3). I guess I could’ve saved this for Tu(n)esday, but, I needed a post so, well...
Tonight was Nathan’s final night of tee ball. I figured I’d commemorate it with a video!
I’ll admit it, I really love Screen Recording in iOS. I’ve been chomping at the bit for this functionality for years because of how easy it would make it to demo things on my phone.
And, just like that, I’m caught back up on my monthly videos!
I tried two new things with this video. I’m pretty proud of the results. First, did you know you can record video right from the screen of your iPhone? Yep! And I did! Second, I also did voiceover narration of the video through iMovie.
For some strange reason, YouTube wouldn’t accept the title of this video. Just kept telling me it wouldn’t accept the data upload.
Hey, my video this month wasn’t entirely last second. I had a few days of buffer.
Hey, look at that! Not only is it not a post about home automation gone awry but it’s my first video of 2018... and it’s on time... and it’s not about home automation.
I wasn’t sure if I’d actually get this 12th and final video done before the New Year but here it is!
Nathan leveled up in his swim class yesterday! He is now in level 5 after only about 15 months of organized swim lessons and loves it insanely.
At some point, I will have to do homework or the like with Nathan in the morning before school.
Days like this are what make parenting and the holidays great. The Polar Express... for reals!!
Yay! Another video. I know it’s nothing much but it was fun to make and it allowed Nathan and I to have a little fun with a Demogorgon.
C’mon, YouTube and U-verse! You’re killin’ me! I know this video is just a hair over four minutes but it can’t really take that long.
It really sucks because I have three partial videos sitting in iMovie waiting to be completed. Just an editorial decision or two and then some finishing touches.
Wow. It has been a while since I cobbled together a video. I’ve shot a ton of footage but I just haven’t had the motivation to edit them.
A very quick video thrown together in about a half hour's time. I think I'll let it speak for itself.
Update: I remixed the audio so the spoken word is louder compared to the music.
It only took a handful of hours but my video finally posted to YouTube.
Check me out! I'm actually a couple days ahead of schedule for my March video.
As I said the other night, I just wasn't feeling the idea of doing a video with my PBR bull riding footage. Just wasn't jiving. So I'm not.
I checked the date in my Fitbit a few hours ago and realized it was the 29th of the month and I hadn't given a second thought, let alone a first one, to completing my video goal for this month.
There's been a big to-do in Illinois news lately regarding reports that police officers have been allowed to be on duty while "half drunk."
According to an NBC5 Investigative Team report, this has been happening in several Chicago suburbs and it's protected, in some cases, by union contracts.
I finished the St. Baldrick's video!
This is actually the quickest I've turned around a video since, well, ever. And I'm kinda proud of it.
No, the edits aren't perfect and there are several areas where I probably could've improved things. But for a guy who only recently started into the heavy editing of videos as opposed to the shoot-and-post mentality I previously held, this is decent if I do say so myself. We're not talking Scorsese-level quality or anything, but enough to keep me excited enough about video editing to keep playing with it. So enjoy! [Facebookers, click through]
If you're having trouble getting it to play, click the play button and then pause it until the progress bar fills up most or all of the way. Might help. I hope. And the video quality is a bit low because it was shot using a little point-and-shoot digicam. I need to get a Web-ready, Mac friendly HD video recorder. *drools*
This'll learn 'im! ;-)
While you're at it and I have you as a captive audience, I've got a couple new photo albums up on Flickr from those field trips I went on with Katie. Don't worry, for the most part I didn't include photos that would identify any of the kids. Not to the point where Avitable's photo waiver would be necessary anyway.
Thank you, Typepad!
Typepad just introduced social media sharing options that show up by default on our posts (look below).
Sure, I could've gone out and nabbed my own code for this and done it myself, but I'm lazy.
And I know you Wordpressers out there are going to say something akin to "well, we've had this for years! So you should switch over." It's not gonna happen. I tried Wordpress when I was redesigning this blog some months ago and hated the experience. Sure, you have all kinds of cool plug-in toys and whatnot. But what you don't have is customer support. You're open source, which, in some cases is great, but in the experience I had with WP, was terrible. I couldn't get my RSS feeds to work and, when I posted on the boards, no one replied at all. Likely still haven't to this day, but I'm not going to bother checking.
So I stick where I have great (and quick) support even if I do have to pay for the service.
Hey! I actually did it! I recorded another video podcast! It's been a year almost to the day, but The Damn Fool Network is alive! Alive, I tell you. Alive!
Actually, I made a commitment to myself to defeat this video editing roadblock that keeps holding me back. So, while the results of this little experiment in habañero pepper consumption may not be the most exciting, I was doing this more for the opportunity to play with recording, editing and use of titles and transitions. I want to do this more often as it should get easier with time. I hope so anyway.
Again, if I only had an iota of Marty's talent.
Be honest and let me know what you think about it...
I received a note from the press people for the Chicago Public Library (CHIPUBLIB) asking if I'd be interested in helping them promote the CHIPUBLIB Sound Off competition.
It's a really cool music competition for participants 14 years of age and over to develop their own original piece of music about or inspired by the City of Chicago. The competition is being judged by local music critics Chris Force of Alarm Magazine, Jessica Hopper of The Girls' Guide to Rocking and Kanye West's collaborative songwriter Che Smith, more commonly known as Rhymefest. Submissions are being accepted until September 27, 2009, and the grand prize winner will headline the CHIPUBLIB Sound Off Concert in October and receive a package of recording studio time.
How cool is that? If music (making) were my forte, I'd be all over this.
So if any of my Chicago-area readers are interested, head on over to the CHIPUBLIB and get a bit more information or check out what else is there.
Updated to add photo link and to remove failed Pictobrowser embed (whoops)
Suffice it to say that after seeing The Flaming Lips in concert last night at the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival, I'm afraid that any live music experience I attend will pale in comparison. The only thing that could be better would be a longer show by The Lips.
Conclusion? The Flaming Lips = awesome. Festivals = crowded, but awesome. Pitchfork = I will be going to again, I don't care who's playing.
During the day, I Tweeted, snapped some photos, and captured a little video. Bear in mind that any photographic equipment with, as they called it, detachable lenses, was strictly forbidden. So all I had was my Blackberry. Translation? The quality isn't as good as it otherwise would be. I need to nab me one of those VIP passes next year. Those peeps all had the big cameras and I was jealous.
As for the rest of my recap, I'm going to let my evening's interactivity do the talking for me...
Photos - Apparently Pictobrowser doesn't want to work any more. Here's a teaser photo from the Flickr set:
Tweets - And, finally, the Tweets. Bear in mind, the correct order is from the bottom up. I could've reordered them for your convenience. But your convenience is my inconvenience and anybody who uses Twitter knows how it works and can adapt accordingly. Sheesh. ;-)
Katie and I hope you all had a great Fourth of July (whether you observe the U.S. Independence Day or not). We had fun with Katie's brother and his girlfriend at the fireworks in St. Charles, IL. We were going to head up to the Wisconsin Dells, but the weather kinda battered down that plan. So we stuck around here and just did our normal thing. And we loved every second of it.
If you weren't able to see any fireworks of your own, here are a couple videos I captured on my Blackberry for you to enjoy. Surprisingly good quality for a phone-based video camera. I was impressed.
All animals have their quirks, right? Oh God, I hope they do or we apparently have psycho-dog on our hands. Okay, even if they don't have quirks, just tell me they do so I don't have to live in fear for my life the rest of the time that Lilly's with us, okay?
Anyway, now that you've all reassured my nerves (you did, right?), I'd like to share one of the many quirks that Lilly has. I'm sharing it because we finally captured it on video. You see Lilly likes to spaz out on occasion. I got a photo of it one time, but it's hard to really make out what happens based on a single still frame.
And yet it's hard to know when she'll go into a full-blown episode to be able to capture it on video. The only time we can guarantee it will happen is after she's taken a bath. So here's Lilly in all her post-bath glory. We hope you enjoy.
And please forgive us the titling on the video. It's the first time either Katie or I have played with iMovie. I couldn't get it to work for the life of me (I could create titles, but iMovie refused to add them to my video on the iMac), but Katie got it to work on her new MacBook with a newer version of iMovie. I think she did a great job and I'm sure she'll only get better. It's just sad that I, with the media studies degree, can't figure the damn thing out. So she just may be my editor from here on out. We'll see.
Oh, and even though I've proclaimed my disgust with Green Day (oh god, how I love re-reading those comments on occasion; warms my cockles), even I've gotta admit that "Basketcase" is the perfect song to title this post.
Totally Unrelated Aside (TUA): I've been trying for nearly a year now to convince Katie to play. And she's staunchly refused. "No," she'll say. "I just don't want to. It just doesn't look fun."
How can Guitar Hero III on the Wii not be fun?
Well, something tipped the scales in my favor and finally drove her to want to play. It came in the form of a challenge from Kristy of Our News... All the Time who received Guitar Hero II for her Playstation II for Christmas. She and her husband, Graham, play a lot. Graham says he just can't quite grasp it but Kristy's glomming on like nobody's business. She'll play on medium and handily defeat Graham who's playing on easy.
I get the feeling this is going to turn into a tag team duel. I'll have to play the medium level (of which I've only played a little bit, but I rock all but one of the easy songs at a 93%+ rating) against Kristy while Katie tackles Graham at the easy setting.
I think we're going to have to spend the next several weeks with a hardcore diet of Guitar Hero III and deprive her of all other things. Oh, we may just have to. There is no way the kapgars are going down. No, no. Not to some Mommy Blogger and her hubby. ;-)
Oh it's on... it's on like Donkey Kong!
From what I've read, "remnants" of Hurricane Ike hit us here in Geneva yesterday. I'm having trouble believing it was from Ike. Seems far too soon since the 'cane only made landfall early Saturday morning (like 1 a.m., wasn't it?). But, if they say it, I guess it's true. Anyway, got some photos and video of all that happened in our neighborhood. We actually had to cancel plans because all the routes out of our neighborhood were flooded beyond driveability. But it certainly made for good camera stuffs.
Here are some photos...
And here are a few different videos for your viewing enjoyment...
Totally Unrelated Aside (TUA): Congratulations to Kristy Brown for correctly guessing the order slip challenge from yesterday. The pizzas we ordered were a medium stuffed with cheese and spinach and a medium thin crust with sausage and pepperoni.
The sausage and pepperoni was pretty obvious. But the other... "POPY"... was not poppy seeds or poopie or anything like it. According to the guy at Giordano's, they were going to use SP for spinach but they already used that abbreviation for their special pizza. So they came up with "POPY" meaning Popeye who eats spinach. And it has stuck. Cool.
I finally got off my butt and strung together the strands of video for that third of three Damn Fool Network posts that I recorded somewhere upwards of a month ago. It's a long one, I'll warn ya now. I don't even remember it taking this long to make the thing. Shame it didn't turn out. Oh, did I just ruin it? Hm, oh well.
Totally Unrelated Aside (TUA): Katie and I have a fairly busy weekend in store for us. Lots of things to catch up on and places to go/people to see. And yet, if I had the chance, I would totally drop everything to go to Flugtag tomorrow. Is that wrong?
Who wouldn't want to see homemade flying machines crashing down into Lake Michigan?
Yay for Vimeo!
Totally Unrelated Aside (TUA): Let's try a little social experiment, shall we?
I'm going to tell you -- nay, I'm going to insist emphatically -- that you not look at Avitable's post for today as it will burn your retinas beyond the point of recovery. How many of you will listen and how many of you will click through out of sheer morbid curiosity?
Av, can you check your stats on this one for me? My eyes still hurt. Thanks.
Actually, it's got everything to do with Mexican food. But I just love the theme song from Marzipan Taco (I only wish the guys would record a new podcast finally) and decided to steal it here. Sue me. No wait, don't.
But hey, I promised, and technology played nice, so... welcome to the debut episode of The Damn Fool Network! Yes, the audio and video are a bit out of sync. Seems like the camera likes to add a bit of delay when it shows my face, but seems to work fine when it's not my face on screen. So what does that tell ya? Hell if I know.
Totally Unrelated Aside (TUA): My buddy madirishman (as you've seen him in the comments on my posts) asked if I could help promote a new Facebook group he created. It's called the "Worldwide Irish Pub Crawl" and what he wants members to do is post pictures of some of their favorite Irish pubs the world over. Places where they are proud to gullet the Guinness. I'm a member (actually, I'm an officer) and AmyD has joined as well. This sort of thing could be cool for people who love to eat and drink in Irish pubs and are looking for new places to visit when they're out of town.
So c'mon by, join, and post away.
Happy U.S. Independence Day, y'all! And happy blogiversary to John.
Sorry this is so late, but I wanted to give you some fireworks videos. It almost came a day later than I had planned because YouTube is taking forever to process these little two minute videos. Go fig. Still and all the same, though, enjoy!
We love St. Charles' fireworks!
Dear Daddies of the Western Chicago Suburbs,
Happy Father's Day!
In all fairness, though, it's now 11:30 a.m. and freakin' gorgeous out. You'd swear it never stormed.