July 17th, 2014
Apparently, Google has this annual conference called Google I/O, which I just learned about this year. And one of the things they featured this year was this thing called Google Cardboard, which actually uses a little bit of code that I wrote for … uh, this thing that I’m working on.
If you haven’t heard of Google Cardboard, it’s like an Oculus Rift but made out of cardboard (TechCrunch called Google’s version, “Mockulus Thrift“). If you haven’t heard of Oculus Rift, it’s a virtual reality headset. You put it on and you see a stereo image that reacts to the way your head is turned. The great thing about the Google Cardboard is that it’s an easy way to experience virtual reality.
Anyways, I ended up getting one of these things so you can watch me putting one of these together with the
obstruction help of my son.
July 3rd, 2014
I got the day off today so I finally had time to put together a video of a hair cut that I did a couple weeks ago. (The original footage was about half an hour long.)
One of the nice things about cutting Dyson’s hair is that it gives me the opportunity to record everyday interactions with him. Also, it’s interesting to see how much he’s changed in a year and a half, since the last time I did one of these videos. For example, he’s way more talkative now…
May 7th, 2014
On some nights, Dyson wakes up crying for his mom so she goes over to comfort him and he falls back asleep. But last night, Tracy was really tired so she slept in another bedroom and I was hoping to take care of things so she could rest.
Sure enough, he started crying around 1am so I go over to comfort him. He starts screaming because I wasn’t Momma. I did what I could but it’s clear he didn’t want me. So I went back to bed hoping he’d cry himself to sleep. But he kept going, so I went in to check on him again. As soon as I came in, he started screaming and kicking again. So I left again. This repeated … for an hour and a half.
Fortunately, he eventually fell asleep. Until he woke up at 6am and started screaming again. I try to console myself that he still loves me and that he just doesn’t see me in the role of comforter, even if I really want to be. But I keep trying because I still hope that someday he will.
And I do try to appreciate that there are things he does like to do with me. Like having fun with ferrofluid on a Saturday morning. So, in a nutshell, this post is what it’s like for me to be a dad.
Some notes on the ferrofluid:
- This is the small bottle from Vat19.
- There was some dust and gunk in my bottle so expect some impurities.
- Be sure to read all the instructions to keep the ferrofluid in top condition!
April 25th, 2014
One of the benefits of having an incredibly obscure blog that no one reads (like, I don’t even think my wife will see this) is that you can pretty much do whatever you want. Hence, this video.
Things I learned while making this:
- How to use a mask with a video overlay in Final Cut Pro X (composite multiply with a shape, composite mode under for the top layer).
- A jar full of pennies is surprisingly heavy.
- Spit takes generate a lot of liquid.
April 20th, 2014
A friend had an Easter Egg coloring party last weekend. She included supplies for traditional Ukranian pysanka eggs and onion skin eggs. I didn’t make any this time, but Tracy and Dyson did.
Tracy made an onion skin one and a bunny rabbit one for Dyson. Dyson did some sort of interpretive Jackson Pollock thing. And of course, the color he picked for it was a permanent dye. I think my hands are still blue.
April 12th, 2014
Back in the 80s, people used to make videos to try to convince other people to date them. Now, I think people just text naked pictures to each other or something. I dunno, I’m not very clear on the concept.
This was a fun video to make although switching back and forth between the characters was tricky. I sorta had an idea of how it would go in my head but after I finished all the initial shooting and started editing it together the next day, I realized that I missed a couple lines. Thankfully, I didn’t go with my original idea of cutting my hair to differentiate between the characters.
So my advice for anyone doing this sort of thing: write a full script beforehand to make sure you’ve got all the shots you need. Or wear a hat. The hat’s easier.
April 6th, 2014
The wife and kid are out of town, so I decided to make some more silly videos. I don’t have a crew or anything so I have to think of ideas that I can do on my own. But I did recently purchase Final Cut Pro X, so now I can do jump cuts!
Disclaimer: I have almost no experience with dating! We were in a long distance relationship for a couple years, and then we got married. Also, I’ve only ever been in the one relationship. So I don’t really know much about either dating or relationships but I find the topic really fascinating.
Two more videos in this theme will follow…
March 3rd, 2014
Kids are crazy about cardboard houses. Dyson’s been asking for one for a while and we finally accumulated enough cardboard. So I asked him what he wanted. He was very specific:
- A door.
- Enough room to lie down in.
I get the desire to have a door and enough space to lie down in, but what’s with the need for darkness? I have no idea. Also, once I made it, he was very clear that Tracy and I could only come in if we were invited. And we had to knock first.
You know what else kids are crazy about? Dress up. Superheroes and fairy princesses. But at the age of 4, kids are not as gender-restrictive as adults. My mother-in-law forbids us from sharing any incriminating photos that might hinder a future Presidential bid but I will say that Dyson is adorable in a wide range of attire.
February 18th, 2014
Dyson really loves trains. I don’t know why. And for some reason, he’s particularly enamored of the Southern Pacific 4449. I think it has something to do with a video he used to watch over and over of a train scene from the movie Tough Guys.
So for his birthday, I took a couple of wooden trains and painted it the colors to match. He didn’t quite recognize it at first so I asked him what was wrong. He looked at it and said, “It should have 4449 on it”. So I painted the numbers on it as well and now it’s acceptable.
January 23rd, 2014
If you haven’t seen “Her”, you should definitely check it out. It’s thought provoking and I identified with a lot of it. It’s not like I have deep conversations with my computer or anything. But I have had a lot of conversations with people on the computer, which has a lot of the same sense of connection without physicality that the film explores.
This is kind of a different topic altogether, but technology has had a profound effect on the way I interact with people. I have a number of friends that I don’t get to see much, but I still keep in touch through chat or email. That’s great, but it’s also strange to think that some of my relationships have become almost entirely virtual. I have lots more to say on that topic, but this was supposed to be a post about a silly video inspired by an interesting movie.
I liked “Her” a lot and I found Scarlett Johansson to be particularly effective in that role. But I’m a heterosexual male and the film sort of caters to that. So I started thinking about what it’d be like with a different “voice”. Hence, the silly video.
Also, a funny bit of trivia: my dad actually went to high school with George Takei.