Absence/Gopro problems

A few months ago I promised to post more on here, and I haven’t done that. I know I specifically promised a video from my February travels to Thailand and Cambodia, but it’s with deep regret that I inform you that I didn’t make one of those. Shorty after I landed in Chiang Mai, my gopro (Hero4 Silver in case anyone else has problems) decided that it wouldn’t record in anything other than a bright pink color and only for a few seconds at a time before freezing up. I guess you could say it became an “inaction cam” #dadjokes.

From the top of the Bua Thong waterfall or “Sticky Falls” near Chiang Mai Thailand. Would have been a really cool place to have the gopro

After about a week of trying to reset it and figure out if I could live with the pink, I got in touch with a gentleman on the gopro support team named Francis who took a few weeks to walk me through troubleshooting steps and  finally (after my vacation was over) offered to help rectify the problem by offering a new device under their 1 year warranty. The only problem was that I had ship the camera to a facility to California before they’d get me a new camera.

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Merry Late Christmas,

I hope everyone here has had a great Christmas, has eaten tons of Reese’s Christmas Trees, and is thoroughly enjoying the “afterglow” of the holiday. In my family, the day or two after Christmas was always one of our favorite days. We’d sleep in, eat leftovers/candy, and just be generally lazy before having to start doing things again (work, throwing away trash, other things you have to do).

Things are a little different here, but equally as enjoyable. I don’t have class on Fridays, so I got to sleep in some and then met a friend for coffee in the afternoon, but really spent a while making the video below.

My wonderful parents got me a GoPro camera for Christmas, and I’ve already put it to work. It arrived a few days early, so I’ve been playing with it for about a week, and have had some great tutorials from my roommate Gray (who is an accomplished amateur photo/videographer/dancer) and the internet. I’m really excited to try to use it to capture a lot of the different aspects of this life that I’m living, especially the adventures/travels that we’re working on for the future.

Hope you enjoy.

How to fix Christmas

Santa Clause and the author. 12-21-2014
Santa Claus and the author. 12-21-2014

I know there are tons of articles and posts and videos and tweets out there about the “War on Christmas”, I’ve drafted dozens of my own- they all stink and add nothing to the discussion.

(Main points of those posts I’ve written: I think we’re fighting this thing all wrong. If we really care about this thing, then we’ll think about what it’s actually about, instead of fighting for the right to say “Merry Christmas” by snapping at the Wal-Mart greeter who has been told by their boss to say “Happy Holidays”. Also, are we more upset when people don’t say “Merry Christmas”, or when people do say it, don’t care one bit about celebrating the birth of Jesus, son of God, born to die so we can all be forgiven of our sins and able to enjoy eternity in a full and perfect relationship with our heavenly father?)

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As many of you know, this past Thursday was Thanksgiving, an American holiday that is celebrated on the 4th Thursday of November. Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is not a recognized holiday in East Asia. This surprises me too, because I feel like every other day is a festival of some sort. We were able, however, to convince our teachers to let us have Thursday and Friday off in order to celebrate turkey day, and so far they haven’t made us make up the classes.

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