Using Splice for Super Simple Vlog Editing

I have had a bit of a problem lately.

It’s not a huge Earth shattering existential crisis of faith or anything like that. Just a small recurring nuisance of a problem that makes you purse your lips when you think of it, then it fades away after a few seconds to hide in the recesses of your brain until the next opportunity to bug you.

My problem is with my vlog workflow and the process of getting a video out into the world. I talked about why I started vlogging here.

Read More

Reading More

I wrote a post two years ago about how my wife inspires me and she keeps on doing it. This time she’s inspired me by the number of books she reads in a year.

Read More

Email Marketing: Learning by Subscribing

Over the past week I’ve subscribed to about 20 newsletters of people and companies that I use regularly, have listened to on a podcast, or offer some kind of course relevant to me.

Read More

A Good Week

Normally we focus too much on bad events or things lacking in our lives. Too much of social media lately has been taken over by negativity. Instead of giving in to negativity I want to remember to be thankful and show gratitude for things in my life that are good.

It’s Friday and looking back on the past seven days I can see it was a really good week and I have a lot to be thankful for!

Read More

Sowing Musical Seeds

Growing up my family did a lot of fun stuff, but playing instruments wasn’t one of them. Through my youth I focused more on sports and computers over music.

When I moved back home after a few years in college and joined a church where some of my friends played instruments I got the idea to learn to play an instrument.

Read More

Quitting When You’re On Top

Casey Neistat racked up over 490 videos, 5.8 million subscribers, and hundreds of millions of views while daily vlogging.

And ten days ago he quit.

Read More

The Final Lap of 2016

My wife and I start each year with a goals meeting. We find someone to watch the kids for a few hours, go to a coffee shop, and look to the past and to the future. We discuss what we accomplished in the previous year and what we would like to accomplish in the upcoming year. It’s a great time to reflect and dream together.

Read More

OK Go’s New Video

I’ve been a fan of OK Go’s videos for a long time. The creativity and craft they put into their videos is astonishing. I love watching the Rube Goldbergesque machines they dream up and build to integrate into their videos. The machines don’t need to serve a purpose necessarily, just look really, really cool on camera.

Read More

Black Friday is for Learning!

Today is the last regular season game of the 2016 season for my beloved Longhorns. It could be the last game of the year, and it is probably the last game for coach Charlie Strong. It’s halftime and the game’s not going well so writing some thoughts!

It’s Black Friday and we’re running a sale over at my plugin marketplace Shop Plugins.

While I was watching the plethora of Black Friday sale emails coming in, two offers caught my eye because I’ve heard nothing but great things about these two courses so I went ahead and pulled the trigger and bought them.

Read More

Enjoying Síclovía 2016

Sunday was one of the first cool days of the year in San Antonio. It was also the say of Síclovía.  A long section of Broadway (a road that runs near downtown) was designated as a car-free zone for five hours. There was a 5K, several booths, food trucks, and people riding anything with wheels.

Read More

Don’t Judge People by Where They Live

I’ve been vlogging more, lately, but with the move to the new house getting that vlog footage edited and published has been a challenge.

So this time around I decided to do a talking head style video!

Read More

Read: Red Rising

Read: Red RisingRed Rising (Red Rising, #1) by Pierce Brown
Published by Del Rey (Random House) on January 28th 2014
Pages: 382
Goodreads
My Rating: four-stars

"I live for the dream that my children will be born free," she says. "That they will be what they like. That they will own the land their father gave them."

"I live for you," I say sadly.

Eo kisses my cheek. "Then you must live for more."

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations.

Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children.

But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity already reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet. Darrow—and Reds like him—are nothing more than slaves to a decadent ruling class.

Inspired by a longing for justice, and driven by the memory of lost love, Darrow sacrifices everything to infiltrate the legendary Institute, a proving ground for the dominant Gold caste, where the next generation of humanity's overlords struggle for power. He will be forced to compete for his life and the very future of civilization against the best and most brutal of Society's ruling class. There, he will stop at nothing to bring down his enemies... even if it means he has to become one of them to do so.

I wanted to take a break from YA, but then two people recommended this book to me. I’m glad they did.

Read More

My Digital Archival Strategy

I’ve always had a slight obsession with organizing the paper and digital “stuff” of our family life. Only recently have I found a workflow of organizing all this stuff that I’m comfortable with and is easy to do. We’re now a ‘paperless’ house and here’s the system I use to keep that up.

Read More