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A collection of 18 posts

Covering the Beatles' 'Eight Days a Week' and Recreating the Ed Sullivan Show using Unreal Engine 5

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The past few months marked the last summer before my daughters were both away at college. We passed the time working on a project together.  It combines all our interests, from music to engineering to filmmaking. So what was it? Well, we set about recreating the set of the Ed Sullivan Show and performing a cover of Eight Days a Week by the Beatles. Why? You'll have to watch the video to find out.

We used Blender for modeling, Unreal Engine 5 for creating the environment and lighting, Cubase 12 for recording music and vocals, Artlist for crowd noise, a

A Short Ride with a OneWheel and Skydio 2 Drone

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A couple weeks ago I spent the afternoon OneWheeling with my nephew. We decided to let the drone accompany us.

Let me just say the Skydio 2 is brilliant. DJI drones certainly win for camera quality, but this Skydio drone tracked us better than any camera tracking system I've ever used, and it did so while navigating complex obstacles like trees and cars and houses and street lights. Once or twice, we almost lost it, but that was operator error. I thought I chose a setting I hadn't actually chosen, which caused some erratic drone behavior. Even then, it always

Unboxing Ohmie, A Lamp Made From Orange Peels

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Kickstarter is fascinating place. Some campaigns offer niche products you never knew you needed. Others offer rewards you won't find anywhere else. In some cases, you back a campaign simply to support ideas you believe in or ideas that represent progress towards a worthy goal. Ohmie: The Orange Lamp was such a campaign.

I backed it in July 2021. The idea was simple: an organic, fully compostable lamp 3D printed from inedible orange peel waste. It hit all the sustainability goals: repurposed waste applied to a near-wasteless manufacturing process to produce re-usable electronics and a compostable product in compostable packaging.

Testing the DJI Mic On a OneWheel

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A couple weeks ago, I picked up the brand new DJI Mic. I own a couple lav mics, but they can be complicated, and they require XLR inputs, and they're never charged when I need them, and they're all just a little more cumbersome than I want them to be, which means I rarely use them. That being said, they record great audio. So the question became: if the DJI Mic is better from an ease-of-use standpoint, how good is the audio quality?

Before I made the purchase, I watched this review and this comparison. both reviews are better (and

Remembering My History with the TV Sitcom Wings 25 Years After its Final Flight

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On May 21, 1997, the tv sitcom Wings aired its final episode.

As strange as it may sound, discovering that show proved to be the beginning of a lifelong adventure. Together with my interest in computers, the emergence of the internet, and a desire to create, Wings helped jumpstart my career.

I explain it all in the video above, but here's a recap.

In early 1994, I started watching Wings by accident. It aired in syndication immediately before my favorite show, Quantum Leap. I'd occasionally flip on the television early, putzing about my dorm room, and I'd catch bits of

My First Studio Test

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I recently rented a space to work, to make videos, to shoot green screen and mocap footage. It's a place where I can set up my filmmaking gear without needing to disassemble every night when I'm done. Plus it frees up some space in my home office.

I have plenty of ideas for how to use the space creatively and how to use it for my various businesses, but, on the most basic level, it's a space to learn and experiment.

The first true output: this sneak peek test video. I'm thrilled by the way it turned out. After a

The Last Time I Visited Europe Before Covid. Way Back in 2019.

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We began with a short stay in London. We visited the Churchill War Rooms. Strode through several parks. Enjoyed a tour of Westminster Abbey to admire the resting places of Chaucer, Darwin, Newton, and, apparently, Laurence Olivier. Sadly, Big Ben tower was hidden behind walls of scaffolding.

We grabbed fish and chips at Red Lion pub. Visited Haggards, the oldest bookstore in London, because that's what you do. I was intrigued by a handful of American history books written from a distinctly British perspective. Finally, we hit up a couple bars and taverns for beers and to escape the rain,

A Relaxing Trip to Wisconsin (with Cameras!)

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Last week, the girlfriend and I took our Quarantine Roadshow to a tiny Wisconsin cabin we found on Airbnb. Our goal was to mix up the routine for a few days, do some hiking, experience some nature, and find a way to enjoy our now-traditional Autumn adventure despite the best efforts of a pandemic.

I won't go into all the details of the trip, but I do want to talk about my attempts to shoot video along the way.

Every shot was taken on one of four devices: a Pixel 4XL phone, my GoPro Fusion MAX camera, a DJI Mavic

Early Adventures in 3D Printing

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New technology excites me. Always. In my experience, learning and understanding new technology can only ever have positive results. It is never a hindrance to education or career (unless you make it so by misapplying what you've learned or prematurely forcing new technologies where they're not helpful, so don't do that).

I've been following the 3D Printing phenomenon for years. I continue to marvel at the number of applications people find for it. So why not give it a try, even if I can think of no personal use case for it today?

That was my thinking a month ago.

Building a Simple Garage Shelf

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My days at Expedia recently came to end. There will be a forthcoming post (or ten!) about that experience, but I’m passing much of my new free time growing out my quarantine beard and getting my house in order.

First up: the garage.  My old house had an entire basement for storage, but my current house has only a garage. I’m trying to be smart about optimizing the space.

So when I noticed an abundance of vertical emptiness above my table saw paired with the lack of solid storage options for my shop vac, I thought, “Hey! I

OneWheelin' with a GoPro Max

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Just a quick video shot on my OneWheel with a GoPro Max. Nothing exciting about February in the Midwest, but I'd been dying to play with the Max AND the OneWheel. Can't pass up the opportunity of a warm winter day.

Used the GoPro app to auto-create the video. The app does a decent job, but the output quality is horrendous. Too much noise and pixilation. The original Max footage looks great. From my online searching, it seems other people have complained about this problem, but I don't know if GoPro plans to improve the output.

That being said, I'm

NaNoWriMo 2015 in Time Lapse

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For those who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is an abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month. People across the globe take part every November. To “win”, you must write 50,000 words in 30 days, but the real goal is to get you to sit your butt in a chair and write.

Like so many others, I struggle with that part. I take pleasure in having written, not in the painful task of actually writing. It’s work. Brain hurt.

One of the more frustrating aspects of writing in today’s social media world is that you have so little to