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GOT DAN WHY HAVE I NOT WRITTEN A SINGLE THING ON HERE SINCE BEFORE I LEFT FOR DESERT BUS???

The answer is simple: I’m super forgetful and I have a one-track mind when I’m fairly stressed out.

ANYHOW, back to our normal programming… The house is done! We’ve been working on this whole thing for over a year, now, and FINALLY we’re moved in! Wow, so many things already written in all caps, I’m going to try to stray away from that for the rest of this post.

Now that we’re in the house, I’ve started the process of making the house a little more tech friendly. First up, I’ve finished terminating the ethernet lines, so now we have a nice little patch panel in our master bedroom closet, and a switch on it’s way so every room will have gigabit ethernet. Which will be nice between my streaming office/studio and since we consume streaming content in the living room and bed room. For whatever reason, when wiring the house’s ethernet, our electrician put a drop outside, so with that in mind, I’m thinking of putting a security camera out where it’s at. Up next is connecting up our connected garage door opener. Which would have already come in handy with us leaving the house a couple times and eventually feeling unsure of whether or not we’ve closed the garage door.

On a less technical side, I’m going to need to figure something out with our gutters. I am super inept when it comes to gutters, but I know I don’t need my downspouts dumping water so close to my foundation, so some french drain creation is in my near future.

Also, holy moly do we need some furniture.

On a programming related note: Let’s See a Movie will be making a return now that we’re no longer moving. The SpecialKolin Podcast will be back again, I promise. Also, I’m going to be doing some tech tests for the streaming office, but streams will hopefully resume, as long as those tests work out. Also, I really want to finish writing my Desert Bus 2017 retrospective, soooooo maybe eventually I’ll publish it. God knows I want to. A short version can be found in this tweet from a couple weeks ago.

Desert Bus for Hope 2017

About this time every year, I start going on and on about this thing called Desert Bus for Hope. If you’ve never heard of it, I feel like I’ve failed somewhere along the line, but also it’s essentially a charity drive that benefits the Child’s Play charity. During Desert Bus for Hope, a driver plays the game Desert Bus, a game where you drive a bus from Tucson, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada in real time. You drive on a straight road in the desert, there are no other cars, no people, just you and the bus. As you can imagine, this is kinda boring, so during the drive there are live auctions, giveaways, special guests, and of course shenanigans ensue. 2017 marks the eleventh year that Loading Ready Run has been putting on this strange thing they do. Most importantly, this year they needed an extra photographer.

This is where I come in. I’ve been watching and supporting Desert Bus every year for the past seven years or so. So when I heard the call, I put my hand up as quick as possible. Which brings me to where I am now. I’m going to be the second photographer at Desert Bus! I’m very excited especially now that I’ve traveled across the country just to be a part of this amazing thing. Naturally, the proceeds from Desert Bus go straight to Child’s Play, so this position is super volunteer, as in I paid to get out here and for my accommodations. Unfortunately, this means that I’m not going to be able to donate as much as I usually do. So, this year, I’m hoping that all of you can find it in your heart to give a little more. Not just for me, but for the children!

To see me in action, be sure to follow along at http://desertbus.org and their Facebook Page as well.

SpecialKolin Podcast – Episode 9

Recorded: October 3rd, 2017

This time around, Kolin talks about:

– Fujifilm X-T2
– GoPro Hero 6 (Raw footage: https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/9/29/16385642/gopro-hero-6-black-4k-60-sample-footage)
– Las Vegas

Find more of what I do and more podcasts at:
http://attackofthebeards.com
http://specialkolin.com

September 11th, 2017

Hurricane Irma has come and gone. We spent our Friday setting up sand bags at our back door and securing our grill closer indoors. Sarah and I then settled in for the evening. The air was nice and cool, there was a soft breeze, you’d hardly notice there was a category 4 hurricane headed your way.

Saturday, we did what two home bodies would do, we slept in, watched some TV, I played some Destiny 2, and cooked some of our perishable food. Irma was just starting to make landfall in Florida, still category 4.

Sunday morning, I woke up around 6am for no apparent reason. I then booted up my MacBook Pro and set up a weather stream. I had a camera facing out our window with a current weather radar showing the area, the local weather conditions, and the reported conditions of Irma. The stream lasted a whole 11 hours before we finally lost power. After getting the stream running, I played a little more Destiny 2 (by the way, I’m really enjoying it, I might go into more detail at some point). It had been alternating between raining very lightly a little heavily all day, and eventually we had the idea to take a nap. Finally, around 8pm, the power went out. By 10pm, we made our way out to our front porch and watched the storm with our neighbor and his dad. We even got to watch green flashes of light illuminate the sky every time lightning struck electrical equipment. It was very twilight-zone-y. By about midnight, I was feeling tired again, so we had made a go at going back to sleep.

It’s really difficult to sleep in complete silence. Especially when you’re used to having some form of white noise. The howl of the wind, and the noises from the dogs kept me up and down all night. Around 2am, I finally was completely asleep. Then again, 5am rolled around, and I was wide awake again. It was quiet, too quiet. We were in the eye. Naturally, I got up, got dressed, and went outside to check it out.

Eventually, we got back to sleep with the peace of knowing what our neighborhood looked like. Around noon we got out of bed and moseyed the dogs outside for another walk. On our way back to the house, we noticed that one of the houses had a light on outside. Then, people started popping out of their houses to exclaim “WE’VE GOT POWER!”

Due to all the damage outside our little neighborhood, neither of us really have work tomorrow, still. I hope everyone is safe and doing well.