July 30, 2022

The $15 Dog: A shaggy alternative to a $200 gimbal.

Back in the days when gimbals and steady-cams weren’t priced or practical for iPhone, I came up with the Dog. It’s a gravity-based, steady-cam that gives you a dog’s-eye view. The cost of building one is about $15. The point to the Dog is that it lets you shoot dramatic, close-to-the ground video that’s fairly smooth, but with a realistic feel.

July 4, 2022

iOS Shortcut: Pix Converter.

This menu action converts your iPhone photos to multiple formats.

The Photos app doesn’t have an option to export an image in another format. (The Duplicate option in the Share menu just creates a copy of the image in the original format.) So if you want to save your ProRAW files as TIFFs or save a Live Photo as a PNG to preserve quality, you need to use a third party app. Or this free shortcut.

iOS Shortcuts
June 25, 2022

Shortcut: Live2Slow.

Turn your iOS Live Photos into slow-motion mini movies.

While some feel iPhone Live Photos are a gimmick, they actually have a practical use. A Live Photo is a still image along with a 3-second lo-rez video. So if you’re assembling a movie and all you have is a priceless Live Photo of someone you’d like to include, you can. Using the Shortcut below you can stretch a Live Photo out to a 12-second, choppy, slow-motion clip.

iOS Shortcuts
June 16, 2022

Recipe: Teriyaki Sauce

In creating a recipe for Teriyaki sauce, I wanted something basic: an Asian sauce that could be used for cooking, dipping, even as a simple noodle broth base. It needed to be the core seasoning for fried rice, or as a marinade, but simple enough that it doesn’t conflict with the flavors of spicier condiments. At the same time it had to have enough personality that it could stand by itself. The result is this potent sauce with a simple taste profile: not overly salty or sweet and with a subtle garlic flavor. Like soy sauce, you only need a little. It keeps in the fridge forever. I usually make up a big bottle since the flavors age together so well.

Food Recipes
May 30, 2022

How to be a conscientious cemetourist.

A brief guide to graveyard etiquette.

Cemeteries as destinations are becoming a large part of the Dark Tourism industry. What’s Dark Tourism? Visits to places associated with death and tragedy, including graveyards and haunted places.

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