Watching the clouds hang around the mountain tops near Windmill Alley.
1) I might not love the way it smells in the morning, but I do love watching the swirls of coffee steam in the sunlight. 2) While Erica and I were walking Willie around the block, a guy 40 feet away yelled out from behind an SUV; I asked if he was okay and he replied yes - but as Erica and I started to slowly walk away he yelled “cunt!” at the driver and started punching the SUV. I went back over to help him up and he said everything was fine and that the driver was his friend… still cannot make sense of that. 3) Driving across the 4th st bridge with Paul Dateh. 4) Getting a brain-freeze at Menchies - where we had just seen Beth Grant, aka, Kitty Farmer from Donnie Darko. It was exciting. 5) I just woke up and rolled over in bed - Erica was in the kitchen making us that toast with the cut-out area for eggs, when out of no where Breaker poked her head into frame. 6) At cafe’ Marie et Cie with Amanda going over FToM just before I headed back home to re-recorded a current narration track. 7) Helping Erica carry back in the 2x4s and plants she picked up at the hardware store - she saw her favorite neighborhood dog walking while parking and hit her head looking at him pass by :) *
A dashboard display of the past 5 months worth of iPhone data: 605.24 total minutes (over 10 hours) of video recorded and archived. December was the heaviest month of footage at just shy of 4 hours total. It will be interesting - for myself at the very least - to see these numbers after an entire year of tracking my iPhone camera usage.
Lady Gaga + Bob Sager reveal new Polaroid Grey Technology / Products.
The *entire* Polaroid booth at CES is designed around their classic 3x4 film dimensions, the main stage supports a backdrop projection-screen with the classic white border, the Made in Polaroid icon that animated every so often across their displays were again their classic frame design. Everything seemed to suggest Polaroid was going to launch something new that tied back into the nostalgic film and frame so many people miss. But, that was not the case.
I have to say, Erica and I were both disappointed to find that their newly revealed “Polaroid of the 21st century” lineup is nothing more than a digital camera that prints on plain paper. Oh, also, their wireless bluetooth enabled Polaroid printer doesn’t support iPhone, which I’m sure isn’t a very important camera to support seeing as it is so rare to see anyone using an iPhone these days. What are your thoughts?
via erica hampton:
This is for our families who we missed seeing this x-mas so that Xander, Mike and myself could spend our first x-mas together in California. This two weeks has been full of firsts for Xander; his first time on a plane, his first time in California, his first time to pet a shark, his first time at the ocean and many other adventures. We wish you could see the joy and wonder on Xander’s face the first time he went to the beach. I have to say it was probably the happiest moment of my life to date :) This iPhone pic pretty much sums up his joy, rolling head over heals in the sand and giggling every time the waves touched his legs. Thanks for not disowning us for spending Christmas at the beach ;P
Love, Erica, Mike and Xander
In any given day I record between 2 to sometimes 40 individual HD video clips with my iPhone 4 - managing all these individual clips, keeping the videos separate from the photos, and importing them into iMovie would get overwhelming after a few weeks. It’s a lot of media to move around and when I decided to commit to 52 weeks worth of 7x7s, I wanted to be sure it didn’t become a side-project that distracted me from my main-project, FToM. Here’s a few things I use to keep everything as automated as possible:
- Using Auto Importer to auto-import your camera roll →
If you aren’t already using Auto Importer for your iPhone then you’ll need to open up Image Capture, which comes preinstalled on every Mac, and while your iPhone is plugged in, choose under the “connecting this iPhone opens” device setting the Auto Importer option, then check “delete after import” so you don’t end up with a ton of duplicate files.
After this, you can close Image Capture, disconnect and reconnect your iPhone, you’ll see Auto Importer open up, it’s going to be a small transfer window, with a smiliar style you see when you drag a file from one folder to another. You’ll see this small window pop-up anytime you connect your iPhone if it has a photo or video in it’s camera roll - but otherwise, you can just worry about plugging your iPhone in for syncing or charging, everything else is going to run in the background with no effort on your part.
- Using Hazel to separate videos and photos →
At this point, Auto Importer has taken everything on your camera roll, and moved into one place, most likely your Photos folder, but you can choose any folder you prefer to have your media import into. For example, I have mine auto-import into my Photos folder under Dropbox - this way my media is backed up to the cloud within minutes of it being pulled off my iPhone. Now, if you want your iPhone movies to just automatically be in iMovie when you open the app to edit, then your video files being under Photos doesn’t do you a lot of good. This is where Hazel becomes very, very helpful.
You can see in the image above that creating a Hazel rule is as simple as creating a smart playlist in iTunes. I keep all of my iPhone movies in an iMovie Event called Randomness - so to have Hazel keep all of my iPhone movies in the right place, I just dragged my Dropbox/Photos folder into Hazel and told it if kind is movie, then to move file to the folder iMovie Events/Randomness. Next time I open iMovie, it notices new movie files in it’s Events folder and generates thumbnails for them.
And that’s it. After setting up Auto Importer and Hazel, I never need to do anything manual with my iPhone movies - I plug in my iPhone at night to charge and while I’m falling asleep, everything is being moved around my computer where it needs to be for when I’m ready to edit a 7x7 each week.
Now, I even have a Hazel rule to watch for movies under Randomness that are older than 2 weeks and move those files to an external Rugged drive to keep my computer from filling up. But, perhaps that’s another post for another time.
1) Watching out the front windows as it downpours for the 4th straight day in Los Angeles, I have never seen anything like it in the 6 years I’ve lived here. 2) Going over 64 Days parts 5 - 8 with Amanda. 3) Testing out the giant, giant loop train-track that Xander and I made. 4) Watching the wave-tank at the Long Beach Aquarium. 5) On a hike with Erica and Xander at Runyon Canyon Park - Xander is talking about why and how much he wants to be an armadillo. 6) At the Santa Monica pier just after the sunset - Xander getting his feet wet in the Pacific Ocean for the first time in his life. He loved it. 7) Vu, after waiting an entire 5 weeks, finally taste-testing Erica’s competitive banana pudding. She is determined to beat the banana pudding sold at Baby Blues in Venice. Vu’s reaction to this was great.