Short 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.
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
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.
This weekend I went up to a small lake in north eastern Indiana called Adams Lake just outside of Wolcottville, IN. It is a place my family knows well, as my mom basically grew up there in the summers as a child. For my sister and I, it is our 4th of July destination for as long as I can remember. I haven’t been since 2007, so this is a big one for me, and I know a lot has changed. My sister, her husband and 2 daughters and my dad and I are all going in the same van. Yay for an iPad stacked with movies and good headphones.
So I briefly took a look at the Zagg Rugged Book for iPad Air 2 last night and threw up some initial thoughts. Now, I would like to actually give some real thoughts after using it a bit more for working on emails, Reddit posts and replies as well as more blog posts. First of all, it is so nice having a full keyboard to use and still see the whole screen rather than being stuck with the on-screen keyboard. This is like having a full laptop rather than a tablet. It is not a full-sized keyboard, but that is not possible because of the size of the iPad in comparison to a full keyboard. Even the Apple wireless keyboard, which is one of the smallest full-sized keyboards is wider than the iPad. That’s ok, because it is so much better than being stuck with the on-screen keyboard.
Well, this week I picked up a new Bluetooth keyboard and case from Zagg. It is their Rugged Case. Now, it is not a waterproof or dust proof case, however is it quite shock proof. It has some nice features, as without the backlighting and with normal use, the battery should last over a year without needing to be recharged. There are different ways to put the shell together, from normal keyboard usage to movie mode (where the keyboard is behind the iPad. For normal iPad tablet use, the case can be tucked behind and folded up.
I have now had the new laptop for a month, and have mostly adjusted back to the Windows mode of thinking. My new video editing suite has served well, but I still need to get into it further and get more comfortable with it. I have meant to, but it seems I just haven’t been able to get away long enough to spend the proper time. Do I miss the primary machine being a Mac? Sometimes. With the Mini, I still get to use OSX quite a bit – it does run the media center. For now, however, I am making my switch back to Windows and it hasnt been terrible.