Monday, March 30, 2015

Here's another cool thing ...

We know these guys that own, and masterfully operate, a DJI Phantom ... also known as a drone quadcopter.
This thing is operated by a remote control that incorporates GPS technology and your cell phone. As you can see, it carries around a high definition camera
that can capture sharp and vivid photos from interesting and unfamiliar angles.
Fun stuff.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Here's a cool thing ...

Samantha and Jake recently gave me a Bheard Sound Pod. It amplifies ... with amazing quality and in a really cool way ... the tiny speakers on your phone. Available in several colors, here is mine in toothbrush green. 
The Bheard Sound Pod is but one of many creative products made by b_hold, a company started by one of Samantha's Google buddies, Susan Taing, with a focus on cool ways to hold ordinary things. 

I first met Susan in 2006. She is a fellow surviving crew member on rookie Skipper John's hair-raising and multi-hour maiden voyage aboard a sailboat (aptly named Surprise) on the wickedly turbulent waters off the coast of Santa Cruz in the Monterey Bay. Survivor Susan is 3rd from the left. 

It was one of the scariest days of my life. I will be eternally grateful to Survivor Vaughn (far right) who actually knew what he was doing ... thanks to his competitive sailing days in college. The only photos that day were "calm water" photos which can be seen here. Taking a turbulent water photo was out of the question.

Without Susan knowing it, I have always felt a special "fellow survivor" bond with her. But for Vaughn, b_hold may have never been born. Come to think of it, neither would George.