International travel can be daunting. I know this because I just left North America for the first time in my life. In my countless hours of research before the trip, I realized that checking bags at the airport has basically become a fool's errand. Any experienced traveler seems to be able to walk right onto a plane with only their carry on.Read More
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In an attempt to get better at video production, editing, color correction, and talking on camera, I have started shooting short Amazon video reviews. In this first one, I review the $2 Soap Saver. It's ridiculously silly, but was actually really fun to make. My girlfriend did all the filming with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera; it's a slick slick camera for anyone who wants to get into shooting beautiful footage on the cheap.Read More
Video game emulation is an interesting and tricky subject. Companies like Nintendo want to protect their intellectual property to maximize the profits from their games. This makes sense. But one might ask, "How would you profit from me playing Super Mario Bros 3 if I can't even buy it in a story anymore?" Well Nintendo has virtual stores where you can buy classic titles to play on the Wii and 3DS. This is great for everyone who owns those consoles. If you don't happen to own these devices, however, there is another option: emulation.Read More
Wind howls as I open my eyes to the arctic winter's chill. My plane just crashed into the mountains behind me and I was able to escape with some basic supplies. I check in my pack to get a grasp on what I could salvage. A box of matches. A couple energy bars. A can of soda. Some painkillers and bandages. An emergency flare. Beef jerky. Hmm. Not a lot, really. I zip up and start walking. Trees and mountains surround me. Luckily I have warm clothes on; a winter coat, wool socks, and a beanie.
As I walk up to the peak of a little hill, I spot a wolf just 100 feet to my right. It's walking slowly, maybe prowling on a deer or something. I steer clear of it as I head toward an opening in the trees. When I reach the clearing, I realize a frozen lake is right beneath my feet. The aggressive winds die down enough so I can see a little shack right in the middle of the lake, built upon the ice. I'm in the Northern Wilderness, so the ice should be strong enough to walk across. I step out on and slowly walk toward the shack.Read More
Since the age of about zero, I have been an avid computer user. Back in the days of DOS I would navigate the command line to open up Test Drive 3. Man, those graphics were the best. Since then, I have built many PCs, installed Windows and OSX at least 100 times (I have adopted the role of IT guy at work), and learned a little bit of basic code. I'm no IT expert, but I consider myself an advanced user. I'm comfortable in Terminal and know enough to cause some damage.
With this smattering of computer experience comes a toolset of programs that I swear by. These programs aren't all terribly uncommon, but I'll share them nonetheless. Hopefully one or more of them may spark some interest for you to try out!Read More