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November 2017
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First Snow of 2017/2018

Yeah, second timelapse in a week, but we just had the first snow of the season. And the AbulCam was still pointed at the driveway and caught all of the snow falling… then rapidly melting again. It also caught me, Brandy, and Alex leaving for a trip to the east coast. So we missed the snow! Anyway… enjoy!

Trick or Treat 2014

Last Day of my Staycation

I took the last week off from work for the purpose of working on a variety of personal projects.

The above is the timelapse from my home office webcam for my last real day of vacation. Hit play to start it. I’m currently experimenting with a fisheye lens so you can see the whole room, although with a bit of distortion. But this way you can see what Alex, Roscoe, and if you don’t blink Amy too, are doing in the room, rather than just seeing a closer view of me at my desk. :-)

It has been a good week.  I got a few things done, although of course not as much as I would have liked. I made a decision early in the week not to worry too much about it, and also use the time to just take it slow and relax a bit. So I didn’t push myself.  I’m still a bit under the weather and tired…  and I’ll probably end up trying to finish a few more things over the weekend even though that is harder when Alex isn’t in school. So I’m not sure I’ll head back to work fully relaxed and rejuvenated, but it was still good to take the week.  I should use my vacation and personal days a bit more than I do.  I always end up leaving those on the table because I don’t use them.

Anyway, good week over all.  Glad I did it.  :-)

Halloween Timelapse 2013

It is easier to see Amy decorating than any trick or treaters, although you can see them if you pay attention. And for some reason it went slowly on some parts with no visible action the next day, but hey, timelapse!

Alex helps build an Expedit

12 hours of timelapse total crunched into 3:45. There is a bit of me cleaning before the construction starts, and a bit of me recording my podcast after construction is done.

Actual construction from about 1:30 to 3:00 on the video.

Roscoe and Brandy help a little bit too.

This is of course a snippet of the kind of thing always available on the AbulCam.

Updated AbulCam

The timelapse above is from my home office yesterday.  Since I was working from home due to snow, you actually get to see me in my office some.  The excitement of my crazy gesticulating during conference calls!  The thrills of Alex coming to fetch me and climbing all over me before getting me to carry him back downstairs.  The views of my midsection as I pace back and forth in front of the camera.  All very exciting stuff!

This is all to note that I made some updates to the AbulCam lately. There is now sometimes sound if I don’t have it muted. Also, the way the timelapses are made will slow down even more when there is lots of motion, and speed up more when there is not, leading to more interesting timelapses. At least I think so.  I’ve also matched the sizes of the live shot and the previous day’s timelapse.  They are a little smaller, but that means they will load faster and stream better.  I’ve also emoved some old clunky bits that didn’t work any more.  Finally, at least for the moment, the portable wireless webcam I moved from place to place has died…  a non-waterproof camera doesn’t like being left outside in the rain…  even if it does generate some nice movies before dying…  so the picture is going to be from the webcam on my desktop in my home office for awhile.  But that means more me!  Well, at least a little.  Reality is I’m not in my office anywhere near as much as I would like and sometimes whole days go by without me dropping in at all.  But hey, new and better timelapses!

Sunday in the Family Room