April 6-10th | Stream Schedule

Catch me live every day and hang out in the chat at twitch.tv/specialkolin

This being the first time I’m actually putting a schedule to my streaming and adding some form of regularity, I must confess: this might not work perfectly. I do appreciate everyone’s patience, though, as I try to work this all out.

In the mean time, we’re going to start the week off a little slowly, and we’ll see where I all goes from there!

  • Monday, April 6th from 8am – 4pm – Animal Crossing: New Horizons
  • Tuesday, April 7th from 8am – 4pm – No Man’s Sky
  • Wednesday, April 8th from 8am – 4pm – CoD: MW Warzone
  • Thursday, April 9th from 8am – 4pm – Forza Horizon 4
  • Friday, April 10th from 8am – 4pm – MtG Arena

For those watching at home, you’ll notice that I don’t have much experience with Warzone or Magic as a whole. So Wednesday and Friday are going to be an experience.

Also, it’s probably worth noting that Animal Crossing is going to be a part of the stream every day.

Finally, I’m thinking of playing through all the Legend of Zelda games, chronologically (as determined by the Hyrule Histora) on stream. Let me know if this is something you all would be interested in, or if there are other series that would be of interest.

So, I’ve Been Furloughed

I’m not going to let it own me. I’m not going to let the next few months be all about how I’m now out of work for the first time in almost a decade. Nope. I’m also going to do my best to not blame my employer for what’s happened. What’s happened has happened, and it’s up to me to make the best of it.

That being said, a photographer such as myself is in need of some form of income. Now, with our Stay At Home order in place, I can’t exactly go out and start taking photos all willy-nilly, unless someone knows how I can go about getting press credentials, and start photographing on the front lines of all this, while also not contracting COVID-19.

In the interest of safety, and wanting to see the end of 2020, I am currently working on a little shop to sell photo prints out of. These will be selections that you’ve probably seen in my Instagram feed already, but also photos that I might not have published previously. I’m going to try to have selections available so you’re able to choose canvas or metal prints for different images, as well as different sizes for each print. Each print will be made to order, as I currently do not have any stock or have the means to maintain stock at the moment.

I’m also considering having a mystery box subscription sort of thing, so that you can receive a 3×5 inch print once a month of a randomly selected photo that I have in a few boxes around my house. You might even get a Polaroid image. Who knows? It’s a Mystery!

PLEASE let me know if any of that sounds interesting to you.

Another thing that I’m going to start doing… or… restart… or something like that… is STREAMS!

Look, I’ve got a lot of free time on my hands, now, and I don’t have the woes of my day job dragging me down, so I’m going to be filling the time slot where I normally would be working with streams. I haven’t exactly decided what I intend on streaming, so it’ll be a bit of a journey. Just you and me. We’ll figure it out, I promise.

In the mean time, please keep an eye here on my blog and also:

I appreciate each and every one of you, and I’m looking forward to being more outwardly creative for your enjoyment and entertainment!

Behind the Scenes – Jeep JL Rubicon Build

For the past week, we had a first in a long time: a Jeep. This time, though, it was a Rubicon that already had a lift and the wheels/tires already installed. We installed new parts from Fab Fours all the way around, which was very fitting for the specific wheel and tire setup that the Jeep’s owner had gone with. Fab Fours is known for their “in your face” design with the idea of “it’s not for you,” so with the extremely aggressive street-style, the old-school offroader types will definitely throw shade at the build. Overall, I kinda like it. No, it’s probably not best for the trails of Moab or some extreme rock crawling, but it’s still a Jeep, and it’s still on 40-inch tires, making it very capable on most Florida trails, regardless of how big the wheels might be.

Anyhow, during the build process, I captured these images of the team’s progress as there was a lot of work to do, and with the time crunch, it was great to see everyone come together to make sure that everything got done.

All photos were shot on the Fujifilm X-T2 with the 7artisans 35mm f/1.2 lens. Also, most of them were shot for Instagram Stories in mind, so don’t hate me for having so many portrait-oriented photos.

See the Photos

Thoughts on Smart Glasses

Slowly, we’re hearing more and more about the possibility of Smart Glasses. We’ve already seen Google Glass as well as Microsoft’s Hololens, but we’re starting to see more startups developing smart glasses. Now, though, there are reports on Apple getting into the game.

Granted, Apple has been working on their AR Kit for quite some time now, deploying it through iOS, and they already have a fair number of app developers using it in their apps. This, I think, will give them an edge when it comes to actually convincing people to buy their product. More importantly, though, I think the number of available apps at launch, while important, will not be the ultimate determining factor for a purchase.

Like smart watches, glasses will need to be a point of style as well as function. While the watches can, essentially, only take one of two forms (round or square), glasses come in so many different shapes, styles, materials, etc. that the big challenge for whomever wants to dominate the smart glasses market will most likely be partnering with an already established frame maker, and then integrating the smart system into a large array of frames. That’s been the biggest issue that I’ve seen with the smart glasses that are on the market at the moment; each platform only has one (or, if you’re lucky, two) styles of glasses.

The next level for smart glasses will definitely be that they will need to have and be able to work with transition lenses. Now, I understand that they might not be for everyone, although I am a firm believer in them, however, how much would it suck to have these expensive glasses that are made to make your life better, but then on a sunny day, you need to take them off just to make sure that you don’t burn your retinas out and put on sunglasses. Also, I understand that clip-on shades are a thing, but I just don’t think that those work with most glasses styles. Also, I’m always worried that they might scratch the lenses up, which I can imagine would mess a lot up when it comes to the display on the glasses.

Overall, while we may see more and more of these AR devices, I think we’re still a while off from having a product that an average consumer would be willing to wear all day, every day. Until then, we’re going to see many devices that just miss the mark or are purpose-built for commercial or engineering purposes.

What do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Coming Up: Desert Bus 2018

I wrote a little one of these up last year, but I figured if it’s worth doing once, it’s worth doing twice, sooooo…

Also, to save the trouble of all the explaining over and over of what Desert Bus for Hope is, here’s the short version: It is the longest running internet-based fundraiser and supports the Child’s Play charity, which helps kids who are in hospital have a better time.

Any questions about what Desert Bus for Hope is, feel free to ask! Also, here’s a little video explainer:

This will be my second year working the event as an assistant photographer, and, rather excitingly, Sarah’s first year as a site volunteer. Now, overall, this will be a great two weeks for us, but it’s also a lot of work that we’re both looking forward to.

The only thing I’m not exactly looking forward to is the 12+ hours of flying, but they haven’t invented teleportation yet, and still, I’m not really sure that I would trust it like that. So, flying it is!

It would mean the world to both of us if everyone we knew would come hang out in the chat every now and again, and felt free to make a donation, participate in a giveaway, or even just spreading the word about Desert Bus for Hope. Every little bit helps.

If you’re wondering when to tune in to possibly see us; I’ll be around for most of the day, and into the night time. If you know your DB lore; Alpha Flight through Zeta Shift. Sarah will specifically be working Zeta shift.

For now, though, bookmark desertbus.org (and photos.desertbus.org for the photos) and join in the fun when it all starts this Friday, the 9th of November!