The Giant Race: Home Stretch

Hey, I was just happy to make it to the finish line of The Giant Race 5K. All proceeds of the race went to Project Open Hand. The Bay Area really came out and had fun.

I was amazed at the quality of the grass on the field. It was absolutely perfectly groomed. They roped-off the infield, but it was a lot of fun to walk the field a little before heading home.

 

The Heavenly Bluestreak Zipline + GoPro

We got the opportunity to take the zipline up at Heavenly in August and attached the GoPro. Here is my niece riding it. It was a blast and worth the line wait early in the morning.

View from the launch point (via HTC One camera)

The ride itself (via GoPro)

GoPro on a Timbuk2 Backpack

I have the need to mount a GoPro on a Timbuk2 backpack. I initially was going to fasten a fixed mount on the strap or top of the backpack, but found the cheap official head mount for GoPro and tweaked it a bit. Here is what I did.

The Timbuk2 backpack and GoPro helmet strap mount
The Timbuk2 backpack and GoPro helmet strap mount
The GoPro Hero 3+ in case with the angle mount
The GoPro Hero 3+ in case with the angle mount
Peeling the padding from the helmet strap mount
Peeling the padding from the helmet strap mount
Removal of the strap
Removal of the strap
Thread the strap through the shoulder strap and through the eyelets
Thread the strap through the shoulder strap and through the eyelets
Put the strap above the shoulder stitching
Put the strap above the shoulder stitching
After you have it set, cut excess strap
After you have it set, cut excess strap
Mount the GoPro on the plastic base
Mount the GoPro on the plastic base
Once in the mount, the angled bracket allows the cam to be fully-adjusted vertical when worn.
Once in the mount, the angled bracket allows the cam to be fully-adjusted vertical when worn.

Seems to work okay and stay connected but removable when necessary. We’ll see how it goes.

Video-Out to HDMI on HTC One (CyanogenMod 10.2)

HTC One Video-Out To HDMI

I bought a micro-USB to HDMI MHL cable on a lark down at Central Computers on Howard St. in San Francisco just to see if I could get video-out on my CM-modded HTC One. I hooked it up today to our Samsung TV just to see and it came up immediately! Pretty cool that it just pushed the video-out without a problem or additional configuration. My guess is any micro-USB to HDMI cable should work. Here are some pics of the $15.95 one I bought from Central that for sure works.

HTC One micro-USB to HDMI

HTC One Video-Out To HDMI

Here is the cable in the bag. It is a pretty generic model. I bought it because it was the only one that really didn’t make a reference to Samsung phones. My guess is though, it probably doesn’t matter as long as the cable is to the MHL standard.

micro-USB to HDMI cable from Central Computers

I was so shocked it all just worked, I have yet to test things like Netflix, and other Android audio/video apps.

Traffic Visualization Generated From Hacker News via Logstalgia

I wanted to play with Logstalgia (https://github.com/acaudwell/Logstalgia) a little so I found an older Apache log file back in Jan 2013 from my website when I was fortunate to get some votes and get on the first page on Hacker News. The video is using standard Logstalgia compiled on Ubuntu 13.10. I accelerated the speed during capture and put a minute or two of the log in prior to HN activity to provide a sense of normal before 14:49 when things get crazy.

Hacker News Traffic Visualization via Logstalgia from Jonathan Mergy on Vimeo.