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Friday, 01 April 2016 21:37

World of Warcarft: Traveler

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As an avid gamer, owner of an overly excited imagination and a father of a one year old, I sometimes am left pondering on some rather random things.  Here is one such random 'thing'. My mind has often left me wondering when and how I will one day introduce my child (or children) to the wonderful fantasy worlds that I have enjoyed while spending countless hours in games like World of Warcraft and StarCraft. Blizzard Entertainment (developers of video games like Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo) have always been the quintessential creators of epic stories and incredible worlds in my books. From the fantastic Sci-Fi story and setting of StarCraft to the stunning worlds and stories of WoW, Blizzard have always managed to captivate and inspire my imagination and this is what I want to share with my family.

So, you can imagine just how elated I was when Blizzard announce their collaboration with Scholastic (the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books) to bring to life a new book series for children (ages 8-12) based on the World of Warcraft franchise. Titled 'World of Warcraft: Traveler', this will be the perfect way for me to someday introduce my children to Azeroth and for Blizzard, it is a Brilliant way to introduce and usher in a new audience to WoW.

Thursday, 31 March 2016 09:15

How indestructible is your camera?

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After returning from a four week trip in Asia, in which I took around 3000 photos (yikes I know), I got home and wanted to shoot some closeups for blog posts. After getting the light box and fill lights setup, I realised that the test images where not as sharp as I would have liked and that there were some issues with the depth of field and general focusing. I immediate started frantically checking lenses, settings and everything that I though could be causing the issues. It was then that my wife reminded me that the camera had taken a fall in our hotel room.

As an amateur photographer with some pretty decent gear, it is a horror story in the making just thinking that my gear was damaged. The fall (from a chair to a carpeted floor) seemed inconsequential at the time, but now there was this looming possibility that it was enough to cause some damage. So, I did some Googling and to my suprise, the Canon 7D is rather indestructible.

Entertaining and educating are essential elements to be mindful of when you are a parent of a young child. The need to 'keep them busy' while still try to 'teach them something' is a constant challenge for parents. This challenge has been tackled by toy designers and manufactures for decades and it also plays well into the hands of those needing to market them. This challenge has reached a climax with our super connected lifestyle and the every smarter devices we surround ourselves with.

While trying to find entertaining and educational content for my son to view on a smartphone or tablet, I realized that the majority of content was neither very entertaining nor very educational. So, I decided to see if any one had tried to address this challenge on Kickstarter and that is when I found Labuntina; a sing-along crowdfunded project with animated music videos.

Thursday, 31 March 2016 12:26

Foldio360 - Smart photo turntable #KSPOTW

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I had backed Orange Monkie's Foldio2 project (pop-up studio light box studio) on Kickstarter last year and I am still very happy with it. So, when I saw that they had launched a complementing turntable for it, I was all in. If you are familiar with creating 360 images you will know is really difficult without professional equipment. Most all-in-one 360˚ photography solutions cost a lot and it is not easy to find rig to rent. For small business owners (like my wife's fashion accessory retail store), bloggers (like myself), and online sellers (for Etsy, Ebay etc), these costs make 360 image creation generally unaffordable.

Foldio360 is a smart turntable that allows you to create stunning 360 images. All you need is the Foldio360, a smartphone or digital camera, and preferably a light box and you are good to go.

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