DJI Mavic Pro – Toy or Tool?

mavic1On Tuesday, September 27, drone powerhouse DJI announced a game-changing drone to the world.  It is the DJI Mavic Pro.  Some have called it an “Adventure Drone,” which I think fits it very well.  It is a drone with the same intelligence as their larger models (Phantom 4) but folds up to a size not much larger than an iPhone 7+ box.  What this means is that it is something you can nearly put in your pocket.  Even the remote is smaller than an iPhone 7, and has a range of up to 4.6 miles.

The question, however, is this a tool or a toy?

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Portland, ME 2016

Just last week, my dad and I went to Portland, Maine.  It was just a quick getaway, from Saturday, Sep 3 to Saturday, Sep 10, but it also marked his first real trip without mom being along.  There was no real agenda outside of eating some great seafood and spending some time walking the harbor and maybe seeing a lighthouse or two.

I will post all the photos at the bottom of this story, there are a lot.

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Lasagna Crisps

OK, so I had to try something this weekend to see if it would work.  I had seen somewhere online a way or reusing cooked lasagna pasta strips and making a crunchy, savory “crisp”.  The concept is simple for a quick snack and will let you get rid of some pasta that you would otherwise throw away.  Click the article title or below to continue to the actual steps.

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48 Hour Film Project – Results

WalkAMileShort description for those who do not know, the 48 Hour Film Project (48HFP) is where a team signs up to fully produce a short, 4-7 minute film within a 48 hour time frame.  The teams meet up to draw a genre from a hat that their film will have to fall into.  Then the teams receive the following requirements: Line of Dialog, Character Name/Occupation, Prop that must be featured.  Then, once released at Friday night, 7:00 PM, they have until Sunday night at 7:30 PM to turn in the finished film.

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GenCon 2016

Another GenCon has come and gone as of last week.  This was my 11th year going, and it is just as fun as the first – especially now that we know some tricks.  This year, however, was a bit different in that it was more of a tour of the local eateries and breweries more than games.  We did get in our normal events, but one of my more memorable ones was hitting up 4 different local breweries.  We also added Giordano’s pizza to the list of places we must go for food.  Just dont be in a hurry.  Webber grill was as good always.  We did hit up St. Elmo’s for their world famous shrimp cocktail – and it did not disappoint.

Here are the photos from the week: GenCon 2016 Photo Album

Upcoming Trips

Finally approved, I am heading on 2 different trips coming up in August and September.  In August (3-7) I will be heading up to Indianapolis, IN for the annual GenCon Indy event.  This will mark 11 years for a couple of us, and 10 of others.  It is 4.5 days of gamer heaven with events 24 hours a day starting Wednesday afternoon.  As we plan on being there around 1pm or so (depending on schedules) we will have an epic week.  Then, in September, dad and I are heading to Portland, Maine from the 3rd to the 10th.  Other than some great seafood and a trip down to Glouster, MA for whale watching, we will have plenty of time to see a lot of stuff in that area of the country, and I will be able to knock a few more of the remaining states off my list.  Gonna be some good times coming up!  Now, just have to get some things planned out for Portland.