Dropcam is an internet-based video camera that can be used for security or for fun. It has both day and nighttime modes, although the nighttime mode only works indoors. If you try to film something outside, the infrared night light reflect off the window making the image a screen of white. 

While I have used it mainly to film the dog, outdoor wildlife and view outside work being done while I was away, it is a fun and useful took and worth the $10 a month for the 7-day recording window. Videos can be edited and downloaded for future showing. Another fun feature is the time-lapse, which I used to create the video below. It compressed an hour of raking leaves into 60 seconds. 


Tree City Film Festival

I participated in the Tree City Film Festival 50 Hour Challenge. For those of you not familiar with a film festival challenge, I'll explain how it works. On Friday night, you receive the topic along with some specific items to be included in the film. The finished film, usually less than 10 minutes, needs to be uploaded by Sunday night. 

The specific items that must be included are there to prevent you from doing any work in advance, but they can sometimes result in some pretty odd plot twists. 

For the Tree City Film Festival, we had to include the following:

  • Pretty Boy Floyd
  • The Root of All Evil
  • Maple Syrup
  • A hill located in Sylvania, Ohio. 

Here is our entry.


Digital Services

There are hundreds of tools that we use in this digital society. I have listed a few to the right, and will continue to add to the list over the coming days and weeks. 

In addition, I'll give brief reviews of each of the services and a short explanation on how I use each one. 

Final Update: Cut the Cord

It has been a few weeks since we canceled cable TV, and since my last update. 

I don’t have much more to add, and I’ll make this my final update. I did add a Chromecast for $35 and a $20 credit, for a net of $15.

This allows me to stream Netflix from my laptop to the TV, like I am doing now while I write this blog post.

I'm Not Sorry

I read a great piece about not having to be sorry for the events that are outside of your control, and not apologizing for those things. 

I highly recommend you read it. You can find it here.