2009 was all about family, friends, being home and watching our kids change and grow. Our kids are at an amazing age and enjoying home life, school, and spending time with friends and relatives. We feel so lucky that we continue to have many new adventures as we keep our life exciting and rewarding.
Here is a (5 min.) video with a few of our favorite photos from 2009.
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Here is a great tip that will allow you to take a screen capture of anything on your iPhone. Simply hold down the home button and the on/off button at the same time. The screen will flash white and you’ll hear a camera shutter sound. The screen grabs are saved as full resolution 320 x480 images to ‘Camera Roll’ directory in the Photos app. It’s then easy to upload to iPhoto or email the screen capture. I like to use Flickit to easily upload to Flickr.
This is a very clever use of stop motion for Oren Lavie’s song Her Morning Elegance.
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Here are some fun facts about the video:
- The video was shot all stills – roughly 3225 still photos for the entire video, using one camera, hanging from the ceiling for the main body of the movie.
- It took 4 weeks before shooting to create an animated computer generated storyboard for the video, with 3d dummies for the characters.
- It took only 2 days of shooting for the live actors on set to re-create the 3.5 minutes computer sequence, frame by frame.
- Some of the bed sheets used in the video were taken from Oren’s own bedroom and are now considered collectors items, worth at the moment not very much and therefore used as bed sheets.
For more information about the artist and this video go to: Everything you wanted to know about HER MORNING ELEGANCE video
Just back from a week at Burning Man 2008, our neighborhood picnic was greeted with a visit from the ‘Duck Flambe.’ This incredible machine was a huge hit with the neighborhood and at Burning Man. (Don’t worry, no trees or people were harmed or burned in this demonstration.)
The "Duck Flambe" making a grand entrance!
For more photos see the set on Flickr.
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Curious on how driving style affects gas mileage, I did a test over this past week to calculate my average fuel consumption on my commute to work. My commute is 8.2 miles (one-way) and has a mix of street and freeway driving. On Monday and Tuesday, I drove very conservatively trying to get the very best gas mileage I could. On Monday, I got an average of 23.5 MPG and on Tuesday I did a little better and got 24.5 MPG. Then on Wednesday and Thursday I drove as I normally would (faster starts and with more braking) and averaged 18.4 and 18.6 MPG, respectively.
This test showed me that I can increase my miles per gallon by 30% (or 5.5 MPG) by simply changing how I drive. This equates to an additional 99 miles per tank or a savings of $19.68 in fuel costs (assuming I fill the tank with 18 gallons of premium fuel at $4.77 per gallon and average 24 MPG).
I am amazed by these results and will definitely change how I drive to improve my miles per gallon.
UPDATE: Gary Richards, a.k.a. “Mr. Roadshow,” a journalist at the San Jose Mercury News, quoted a few items from this blog for his article Cheaper gasoline? It’s all relative on July 26, 2008.
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