Seeing the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

I traveled to Beatrice, Nebraska to see a total solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017. It was difficult to film due to mother nature being difficult. Fortunately the clouds cleared a bit and stopped drowning out the moon’s silhouette.

Originally, I was going to see this in Pawnee City, Nebraska but they looked even worse on weather radar so I decided to stay put. I was gonna film this at a parking lot in Beatrice however when the eclipse was about 20 minutes away another small storm cloud formed right west of us. It appeared as if the storm cloud would be right on top of us during eclipse time. Judging by the looks on ppl’s faces, everyone had the exact same thought. So basically half the crowd (me included) decided to drive a few miles south, barely missing the storm. This is the first total solar eclipse in the United States in almost a 100 years and something I’ve always wanted to witness.

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Historical Events Captured on Photo

This slideshow video on history is not something I usually do but it’s something I’ve been wanting to put together for sometime. Some of the earliest pictures ever made are fascinating such as the last survivors of the American Revolution for example. Before doing this, I didn’t know any of them lived long enough for the camera to be invented and to have their pics taken.

There are lots more interesting pictures out that I was unable to include due to the background music only lasting about 3 minutes. I might possibly feature the other pics and create a ‘part 2’ video sometime in the future.

This was difficult to put together because the size ratio of early 19th century photos was way different than the standard widescreen format videos we have today. After doing some tinkering around in Photoshop I was able to get them to look reasonably nice in the video. I also remove some watermarks and timestamps in some of the photos as well. As I was removing a couple of these watermarks I was starting to get a bit upset. Think about it some of these pics are almost 200 years old and people are claiming ownership in something that clearly isn’t theirs…

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Minecraft – Zombie Pigmen Mob Farm

My close friends have known this video has been in the making for a while now and finally found the time to finish it. This mob farm was built by one of the players on my private Minecraft server. After my friend showed me his creation I easily envisioned how this could make an epic music video. I was forced to downgrade my server back to 1.8.9 cuz those XP points weren’t glitching thru the glass blocks as well on the newer versions. In short this was probably one of the biggest projects I’ve done as it took about 3 weeks to make.

Really wished I had more time to do music videos as I’ve made a few in the past. Depending on the project you’re doing they can be very time consuming but yet very rewarding upon completion. I enjoy doing these and I’m a lot better at it then lets say traditional art such as drawing.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChEjClkYTK0&w=560&h=315]

Kittens In A Crevice :-)

I noticed these 2 twin kittens a few days ago and couldn’t resist to film and share on the web. It also gave me a great opportunity to make a Caturday post since I haven’t done one of those in a while. Enjoy and have a great weekend!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aslXVCl2cH8?showinfo=0&w=560&h=315]

Upgrading RAM and Hard Drive for Toshiba L455D

I am working on computers again and wanted to share the fixing and upgrading of this Toshiba Satellite L455D. It came with Windows 7 (32-bit) and part of the upgrade involved removing viruses, fixing the registry, defragging the drive, BIOS update and removing lots of bloatware. Last but certainly not least the RAM was doubled from 2GB to 4GB and replaced an ancient hard drive (5400rpm) with a solid state drive. đŸ™‚

It was so bad it took around 5 minutes to simply boot up into the desktop. Plus, when I tried doing a re-assessment of the Windows Experience Index score it failed to complete! Afterwards, as you can see in the video it boots up a lot faster!

 

One of the coolest vending machines I’ve seen

Something I saw a while going about my normal day and couldn’t resist recording a video. I’ve never seen a vending machine so large and with so many different items for sale. Besides having candy and soda it also carries everyday grocery items as well. I’d go so far to say it’s an automated convenience store. Advanced drones and robotics is the path western society is steadily going towards. It started of with those unmanned Predator drones, now Amazon will be delivering packages via drones and soon there will be unmanned taxis via Uber and Lyft.

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ojw6ndyjknw&w=560&h=315]

 

Update: Yep I was right on it being more of an automated store and some are bigger than the embed from above. They’re made by a company called Shop24 and after a quick image search a few have been branded under major retail chains.

Minecraft Toilet Humor

This is an old map I recently loaded up on my Minecraft server and this is a build I never really shared. What motivated this creation is one of my friends was caught gifting himself sea lanterns and building a large building with them. He tried to deny it at first then somebody else on the server kinda poked fun at him. Suggesting if sea laterns were so easy to obtain, then he ought to make a toilet comprised of diamond blocks, with sea laterns as the sewer pipe and flush dragon eggs with it. Then that’s when I decided to make his imagination into reality đŸ™‚

 

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk6J8oEShiA&w=560&h=315]

#NoDAPL Protest in downtown OKC – Dec. 1st 2016

1st protest I’ve recorded and luckily I was working near the area so I was easily able to visit and get some footage of it. Sorry in advance for the audio quality, you may need to set volume to max to hear it.

 

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