Only So Many Hours in the Day

In an effort to simplify my life and establish more balance, I've decided to write down everything that I spend a significant amount of time doing. This started with just a list of hobbies, to help me narrow-down and prioritize my "free time" ¬†[free-time is almost not a word in my vocabulary ūüôĀ hence this post ] . Then I realized there are many other non-hobby things that I focus my attention on, and found it interesting and helpful to list them as well.   Things That consume my time Note: Read more [...]

Random Thoughts on VR

This is a brain dump of knowledge and opinions I've gained over the past 18 months: My personal preferences for VR headsets: The HTC Vive is AMAZING, followed by the Oculus Rift, followed by Morpheus (Playstation VR), followed by Gear VR. The current Google cardboard is not VR in my opinion. I've played them all; room-scale Virtual Reality is where it’s at (Vive!). The Vive allows for room roaming and hand tracking, while the Rift is lighter and feels more comfortable (no roaming or hands, Read more [...]

Comparing Coffee Shops

I love coffee! The past few months have shown me that ordering an espresso macchiato is a great way to compare coffee shops. Any coffee place can make a latte or serve straight espresso. It takes a bit more skill to make a good cappuccino, and [apparently] even more to get a macchiato right. It surprises me though how many coffee shops fail at making a good, or even a correct, espresso macchiato. What makes a good espresso macchiato? Good espresso made from quality coffee beans, with the right Read more [...]

Taking a Photo each Day

Back in 2012 I embarked on a journey that has changed the way I live,¬†forever, for the better. I originally began a ‚Äúphoto 365‚ÄĚ project years ago (beginning of 2012), as a way to force my self to go take pictures each day with my new DSLR. Very quickly, the project became a lifestyle, and morphed from ‚Äúlet‚Äôs go take a nice picture with my nice new camera‚ÄĚ into ‚Äúlet‚Äôs just take many photos each day, and go back and select the most representative photo for that day‚ÄĚ. Basically, Read more [...]

As Seen on TV

I have some very exciting news! A few of my photos of Midtown Atlanta Georgia are now featured as the backdrop of the WSB-TV Channel 2 news station! Though most people viewing don't think too much about the "generic" city images on display behind newscasters, I now understand some of the behind-the-scenes of how that picture gets selected. The 3 images selected above were found on Flickr, a website I had actually abandoned, for 500px, over 4 years ago! I was just contacted randomly one Read more [...]

Google’s Cardboard Camera for 3D Virtual Reality Photos

Today Google released an app "Cardboard Camera" for Android in¬†the Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.vr.cyclops A free app to create 3D virtual reality photos (stereoscopic 3D 360¬į panoramas). VR Photography The app¬†takes a three-dimensional panorama you can view in the Google Cardboard app. The result is a 360¬į image where near things look near, far things look far, and you can look in front of you, to your sides, or all the way behind you to see the entire Read more [...]

Clean MacPorts

Low on disk space? You might need to check your macports space usage.  I'm always tight on space since I primarily use SSDs in my machines. Here are some tips I use to help clean macports. The following are some shell commands you can use to help reclaim disk space from macports. I've gathered these from around the web, and tested that each one is safe to use (on my machines at least!). Using all of them combined can save gigabytes of space! Run these commands in a terminal to help clean up Read more [...]

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy S6

In this post, I compare the Samsung Galaxy S6 SM-G920 (Release date: April 2015) against the Samsung Galaxy S5 SM-G900 (Release date: April 2014). Notes: I'm not trying to compete with dedicated phone review websites, rather I just wanted to share my two cents on how these two phones compare. Also, I currently own an S5 since it was released last year, and the S6 device I refer to in this post is one I snagged from work to test out. First Impressions of the Galaxy S6 My initial reaction Read more [...]

A little book made for you

This post is dedicated to my sister Erin. Erin made me a diy scrapbook of inspirational quotes about life, funny images, and some inside jokes. This is by far the most thoughtful gift I've ever recieved in my life. I truly treasure the book and her very dearly. Thank you, Erin. Every time I flip through the pages of this scrapbook I get a chance to slow down and reflect upon life, become more grateful for my family and friends, and get inspired to make the most of the short time we all have on Read more [...]

Chillout Music – Groove Stew

It's been a while since I've made and posted a chillout music playlist. I've historically followed a rule of posting a chill-out music playlist that is limited to one song per artist (to promote variety). This time, I've simply thrown all my chill music together (in no particular order) into one giant chill music set, found here: Groove Stew ... Enjoy! Groove Stew A nicely brewed mix of ambient / downtempo beats and grooves. Also, see Groove Stew (sorted) for a version sorted by artist (The Read more [...]