Apps moving to monthly/yearly subscription models are a necessary evil for ongoing development. Your app better be great and useful though!
The only bad part about dieting is the food.
I decided to start a YouTube Channel where I can post reviews, discussions, vlogs, and more. I’m sure it will evolve over time as I discover where my talents lie in the world of video.
As with most things I do, I researched equipment and strategies. This lead me down a rabbit hole that was, at times, difficult to navigate. One guy suggests an $8,000 setup, another says $2,000, some say $800, and others suggest using your iPhone.
I wanted a quality setup that wouldn’t break the bank. I wanted it to be easy to setup and transport. I want it to be capable of at least 1080p video and decent audio quality. This is the result:
- Camera: Canon G7X
- Tripod: Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom
- Memory Card: Lexar 64GB
- Microphone: Rode SmartLav+
- Lights: This random kit
- Software: Final Cut Pro
- Music/Sound Source: Epidemic Sound
I still have a lot to learn and a lot of room for improvement. One day, I’ll upgrade to a Canon 80D or 1DX. Maybe I’ll make a change and go mirrorless. Perhaps a future iPhone will render this entire discussion useless.
In any case, my first video is a review of an excellent iPad/laptop bag by Tom Bihn.
Brand new app that I fully endorse and suggest you get immediately. Especially if you read sites like Medium, CNN, TechCrunch, etc.
This seems like an important book for a lot of people. No one I know, of course.
Two years ago, my city (Lafayette, LA) was subject to an act of terror. A man walked into a movie theater and opened fire, killing two young ladies. The other moviegoers and well-trained policeman were able to heroically diffuse the situation before there were more casualties.
As you might expect, my quaint little city (known as the happiest city in America) was in total shock. With a population of approximately 120,000 people, we didn’t consider ourselves a target for things such as this. The theater is one that almost everyone in the city has visited, included myself. I’m sure I’ve been in the exact room multiple times over the years.
Like most people in our area, I was appalled. I tried to channel those feelings, and how everyone else in this city felt by writing a brief letter entitled, “Dear Terror.” I posted it to Medium for some unknown reason and it became shockingly popular. It reached number 1 on Medium, was tweeted by Jonathan Lucroy (MLB baseball player from Lafayette), and began to gain traction amongst news outlets.
NBC News (the national version) reached out to me on Twitter and asked if I was interested in doing an interview for their website. While I considered this, other news outlets began to pick up on it and like to it. Our local news agencies posted it everywhere, international news outlets (as far as Australia) summarized and linked to it. It became wildly more popular than I could’ve ever imagined.
I decided to accept the NBC News offer for an interview and did it via email. Once they published the article, my little letter received tens of thousands of shares on social media1. A few people reached out to me to condemn my insensitivity towards the victims, but the vast majority of people thanked me for encapsulating an almost indescribable unity in our city.
I’ve written things in the past that have gotten large amounts of attention in the tech world, but never anything that was so widely (and quickly) recognized. It isn’t a great work of literature2 and had I spent more time on it, I feel it could’ve been better. It was a single draft written in ten minutes. It was from the heart and I meant every single word of it.
If you want to look back to that time, you can read it here.
Recently, I’ve had some pain develop in my hands (probably related to holding my iPhone). I considered those iPhone pop socket things that seem to be all the craze, but they are awful looking & bulky. I stumbled across phone loops and got one. I love it.
My wife, Kalena, wrote about our trip to Waco, TX. Full of pictures as well. The whole trip was a lot more fun than I expected.