Blog, Education, Video

Video: How to Make “The Pointing Arrow” Paper Airplane

I made this as part of my graduate course in adult education, around the idea of learning by creating and sharing “artifacts” on the web in a “digital portfolio”.

My 7 year old son Gabe is a big paper airplane enthusiast. In this video, Gabe shows you how to make a paper airplane of his own design, “The Poining Arrow”. As you can see in the video, Gabe is a natural explainer. We rehearsed once or twice before we recorded this, and he went into about twice as much detail in the actual video as he ever did during rehearsal, without ever missing a beat or needing to do a second take. Contrary to what he said in the video, this was actually his very first how to video, and I was very impressed with his style and ability to explain what he was showing. I recorded the video on my smartphone, and uploaded it directly to YouTube.

We’ve been using Gabe’s interest in paper airplanes in our homeschooling to learn about all kinds of things – geometry, symmetry, lift, drag, and experimentation with different designs to see how they perform. We’re just getting started with the idea of making how to videos and guides, but we’ll definitely be doing more. They’re a great way to take a constructionist approach to learning – making something (a physical or digital artifact), sharing it with others, and thinking/talking about what’s being learned.

Blog, Video

Bronyism in Modern Culture: My Five Minute Ignite Portland Talk on Why I Love My Little Pony

I’ve been involved with Ignite Portland from the very beginning. I helped get it started five years ago, and helped lead the planning of the event nine times. I’ve taken a break from planning the event, but it will always hold a place in my heart. After Ignite Portland 10, almost on a whim, I submitted a talk proposal entitled “Bronyism in Modern Culture: WTF is Up with My Little Pony?!“. Fast forward a few months, my talk idea was selected, and I shared it in Ignite format (20 slides, 15 seconds each, total of 5 minutes) on stage in front of about 500 people at Ignite Portland 11 on September 19, 2012.

This is the (very well done!) final video of my talk:

The highlight of the event was the people who came up to me afterwards, to introduce themselves as fellow bronies and pegasisters. Sometimes boldly, sometimes bashfully. It was wonderful to meet them, and share that connection.

Some people commented to me that I was really brave to share what I did, but it didn’t feel like bravery to me. Sure, I was a little nervous (about talking, not about the topic). But I was able to share something I love in front of a large audience, and I didn’t die. You won’t, either. Keep that in mind the next time you’re facing something that makes you nervous.

You can view/download the slide deck on Slideshare. I used Pinterest to research and gather material for my talk, and credits for all the amazing artwork and photography I used in the talk can be found here:

Thanks to the show’s creators, cast, and the brony community for being awesome! brohoof :-)

Blog, Video

Compare iPad 2 720p HD Video to iPhone 4 720p HD Video

Watch fullscreen and select “720p” to see it in HD.

This is a video Brian and I shot yesterday while messing around with my new iPad 2. It’s just a short video, about 10 seconds shot on the iPad 2, then 10 seconds shot on the iPhone 4. It’s well known that the still photo capabilities of the iPad 2’s cameras are much lower than the (very nice) 5MP sensor in the iPhone 4. But for video, the specs are the same. They both shoot 720p (1280×720 pixels) HD video. We wanted to see if there was any noticeable difference.

The verdict? To my untrained eye, I can spot the difference in the two videos, but it’s hard to definitively say that one is better than the other. I’d give the edge to the iPad 2, but the iPhone 4 shoots good video, too. One thing we noticed: the live “viewfinder” view on the screen while recording video on the iPad 2 was really grainy, and honestly looked pretty bad. But the actual recorded video looks much better when played back.

Side note: I imported the iPhone video into the iPad using Apple’s Camera Connection Kit, then used iMovie on the iPad to string the two videos together and add the titles/lower thirds. I then uploaded to YouTube from iMovie. The whole process was pretty slick, and only took about two minutes. I can’t wait to dig into iMovie on the iPad.

Podcasts, Video

Video: Hacking Intel and Web Services, presented in Second Life

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This video is about 40 minutes long, and weighs about 56MB. Quicktime format, 640×480. You can click to watch it, or right-click, save as this link to download it directly.

Intel Software Network web coding guru Kevin Pirkl goes by the name ZombieBob Zenovka in Second Life, and he recently gave a seminar/how-to on some web programming techniques – AJAX, JSON, etc. He also showed off the free sample web services that Intel makes available for you to include and use in your own site, like Comments, Voting, Email a Friend, and a Video Bar. Here’s a sample page with the code – view source to check it out.

I bet you didn’t know Intel offered those – pretty cool, huh?

There is audio from Kevin, and the people in the session participated via in world chat. Kevin shares lots of code samples and useful links, so this isn’t just a guy talking. Lots of web code goodies.

We think this was the best Second Life event that we’ve done so far, and we look forward to doing lots more like it. Check out the video, go play with the code and web services that Kevin covers, and let us know what you think! :-)

Podcasts, Video

Video: Intel Software Network launch in Second Life – Elliot Garbus

Here’s some quick video and audio of Elliot Garbus of Intel’s Developer Relations Division (my boss’s boss’s boss 😉 doing a “keynote” at the beginning of our Intel Software Nework launch day in Second Life. The video is about 13 minutes long, weighs 22MB, and can be downloaded directly at this link (right-click, save as).

Come check out our DevZone – search for Intel Software Network in Second Life. We’re all about developers, not marketing, and we know we’re not going to get this perfect on our first try, so come by, tell us what you like, what you don’t, and if you want to, help us make it better!

I’m Gadget Mandelbrot in world (the guy with blue skin and orange hair and shoes ;-). Feel free to IM or Friend me, and let me know if you have any questions! I’ll send you a landmark if you get lost (we’re kind of hard to find, we’re working on fixing that). Thanks! :-)

Podcasts, Video

Intel Quad Core Chopper

The famous "Quad Core" chopper, created by Orange County Choppers for Intel, is making a stop at Intel’s Jones Farm 3 building, in the lobby. I heard some people talking about it excitedly, and the first thing I did was grab my HD video camera and go down to shoot some video and take some pictures. Check out the video – it weighs 27MB, and is about 2:40 minutes long. Right-click here to download and save it to your hard drive.

You can read more about it in the Intel press release, and you can even "build" one for yourself in Second Life, to ride around on.

The chopper has two V-Twin motors, so it’s truly "quad core". I was kind of disappointed that the touted PC that controls the kickstand, media system, GPS, etc. wasn’t attached, but it is still a very cool ride.

Bill, now’s your chance to have one of these! ;-)Â

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I just posted an awesome HD video on Silverlight over at Intel Software Network

Last week when I was at MIX07, I got to sit down and do a Channel 9-style video interview with Tim Sneath, technical evangelist for Silverlight at Microsoft. The video turned out really well, and I just posted it up over at the Intel Software Network blog:

If you’re at all interested in what Silverlight is (Tim gives a great explanation!), what you can do with it, whether it will ever be released for Linux, how it performs, what you need to use it (hint: a text editor), and lots more, you’ll enjoy the video.

It’s about 40 minutes long, but I posted an index of the topics we talk about and their timecodes, so you can jump around. And I was super impressed at how great the video looks and how small the Quicktime file turned out. The video was shot in 1080i HD originally, and encoded at 640×360 using iMovie. The resulting file is only 93MB (I was expecting hundreds)! I credit the tripod for this – there’s not a lot of motion from frame to frame, so the H.264 compression really shines.

Anyway, please do go check it out, tell your friends, and let me know what you think! :-)

Podcasts, Video

Video: Intel Menlow UMPC prototype, hot off the camera from IDF Beijing

Some of my Intel blogger friends are attending IDF Beijing this week, and this morning, one of them sent me a heads up for this video they had just shot, showing a brand new second generation Ultra Mobile PC prototype, codenamed Menlow. This is the follow-up to the MID Linux based devices they have been showing, and is supposed to be out in 2008.

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The device that gets demoed has a Silverthorne processor (based on the 45nm Penryn chip), which runs at 0.6 or 2 watts of power consumption. At 2 watts, it delivers the performance of a Pentium M (not bad at all). It’s smaller than current gen UMPCs, and I love the slide-out keyboard. Has a touchscreen. Expected battery life is 4 to 6 hours.

I really, really want one of these, and you can bet that I’m going to be hounding the folks in the Ultra Mobile group to see when/if I can get my hands on one. For now, just check out this video demo, and drool along with me. :-)

(Update: Here’s the original post from Mark Parker, the guy with the hands on experience with Menlow, on the Intel Technology blog).

Podcasts, Video

This is what a UMPC will be able to do for you. I want!

Check out this video (by Intel) about the potential future of how an ultramobile device, like a UMPC, could work for you in your life. Sure, this is all “vision”, and future stuff, but it’s what we’re working towards, what we’re trying to make happen. At IDF Beijing next week, Intel is going to take the wraps off of the 2nd gen Ultra Mobile PCs. I haven’t seen or heard any details about it other than what’s been publicly available (I need to cultivate better friends in the Ultra Mobile group!). But it’s a step towards the kind of thing that you see in the video.

Check it out. Some parts of it are kind of hokey, and some can be done today, but I love to think about what cool new stuff I’ll be able to do with new gadgets. Sure, I love gadgets just for themselves – who doesn’t love a new toy? But there’s real, life-changing benefit to them, too.

What do you wish technology could do for you in the coming year?