Experimenting with 360 VR Video during Kids Club (our term for what other churches would call VBS). You’ll need to view this using the Chrome web browser or on the Youtube app on your smartphone.
Saturday. Summer Day. Swim Day.
Visiting Powell’s Used Books in Portland, Oregon and getting coffee my attention was quickly captured by a gentleman sitting at a table dancing with napkins and making flowers. Apparently he’s a well known fixture to the scene. Arnold World is mostly known for making beautiful flowers out of napkins using Japanese paper folding techniques. But what captured my attention was watching him choose a song from his playlist and then doing a mesmerizing ballet with strips of torn napkins. Mr. World said he’s been doing this for 12 years, “A hobby that turned in to a business,” he says
Every year I have the privilege of producing a video of The Crossing’s weeklong kids camp. If you are familiar with church lingo, that means Vacation Bible School. A couple of volunteers and I shoot the whole week and then I take a week to edit the video. It’s a grueling 2 weeks, but a lot of fun.
I hate writing with pencils. Can’t stand it. It’s a sensory thing. When I do need to use a pencil it has to be sharp. Really sharp. So I love that my workbench has an old Boston KS pencil sharpener attached to it. It’s so satisfying to sharpen a pencil with that thing.
I can still remember the creek of the door to my grandfathers workshop. He was long since passed. But I would still go in to his workshop when I visited grandmother during the summer. I’d find some wood, some tools, and some nails. I’d build. Usually I built a battle ship, or a tank. I was never good at it. Never pursued wood working or anything. Most likely this was something I did to stave off boredom. But now that I’m older and think back to it, that memory is so sweet. It was actually time spent with someone who wasn’t there. So when my son says he wants to build something at my workbench. We build. Together. Even if it’s for 5 minutes.
Last week I was in Las Vegas. Here’s all the little films I made while I was there.
Monday I woke at 3:30 a.m. and flew to Las Vegas for the NAB Show. It was a long day but a lot of fun seeing a ton of gear, talking to new people, honing my craft of being awkward, and hanging out with a few friends. Looking forward to another full day.
Just because I’m staying in a hotel doesn’t mean I should have to drink bad coffee. Here’s 15 seconds of #aeropress brewing #coffee with some @shortwavecoffee beans from my hometown, Columbia, Missouri.
At night at the intersection of Flamingo Road and Las Vegas Blvd. it’s noisy, crowded, and chaotic.
Last night I met street musician Steven Embry. We talked for quite a while. He shared his story with me, about his loses, his homelessness, his passion for music. He said he’s been working the bridges of the Las Vegas Strip for 10 years, sleeping during the day and playing all night.
Going home is such a good feeling when you’ve been gone for a few days. Here’s my trip from Las Vegas to Columbia in 15 seconds.
The other day in Las Vegas I met street musician Steven Embry. We talked for quite a while. He shared his story with me, He told me about his loses, his homelessness, and his passion for music. He said he’s been working the bridges of the Las Vegas Strip for 10 years, sleeping during the day and playing all night. He shared how he sometimes lets other homeless musicans barrow his gear to make money. I liked Steven and really enjoyed talking to him. It was a breath of fresh air to find someone like him amongst the chaos and craziness of the Las Vegas strip.
I talked with him for quite some time before pulling out my camera. Then I asked if I could record him singing his favorite song. During the first part of the song there was some feedback from his little amp, so this video picks up in the middle. I also shot some pickup shots, but when I came to edit I just couldn’t cut away from Steven singing.
For a video project at work I needed to find two long lights and hang them vertically. I know you can buy such lights professionally, but right now I don’t have a great need for them. So I thought I would DIY the lights. So I headed to the hardware store and found two LED shop lights. These things are really light, as in not heavy, and fairly bright with what seems to be even illumination. The next hurdle was figuring out how to hang them vertically on a light stand since these are meant to be hung from a ceiling and hardwired in. After some thinking I headed to the plumbing section. Found what I needed there and headed back to my garage to fiddle.
We love donuts. And when there’s a interesting donut place around the corner from where we are spending Spring Break we have to try it. Where’s your favorite donut place?