Fall Colors

Hi all, my wife and I were able to get away last week for our anniversary (32 years by the way). We stayed at an Airbnb in Chatham NY and it was the perfect time to catch the fall colors. My wife was kind enough to put up with my request to capture a timelapse video of our hike. We went to Beebe Hill one day and climbed the old firetower and I was able capture this timelapse of the great fall colors.

Beebe Hill Firetower

Sunset Over New York City

Hi all,Hope you have been staying well during these trying times. I’ve continued to distract myself with creating timelapse and macro videos/photos. I’ve recently been studying Youtube videos of timelapse creators to help me refine my sunrise/sunset videos.

There are some technical challenges to capturing and displaying these type of videos. Here I present my latest effort. I like this one because it captures a lot of aircraft zooming around over upper Manhattan (very Blade Runneresque looking) and at the end you can see some *stars* appear over the city! Not something we city dwellers are used to seeing.

Hope you enjoy 💕🙏

Manhattan Sunset with Stars!

Timelapse Using Slider

I have been experimenting with creating timelapse video clips. I recently upped my game a bit by buying a motorized slider. I did some research and based on features and price I chose a slider from GVM the GT-80WD.

This timelapse uses the slider to capture storm clouds over Woodside in NYC.

Storm clouds over Woodside

Labor Day Time Lapse

Like many other New Yorkers since the city was hit with Covid-19 I’ve spent a lot of time staying home with my wife. To help pass the time I’ve started creating time lapse videos shot from the terrace of my coop.

I live in Queens and I have to say that I have a great view of upper Manhattan and the Bronx. Here is my latest time lapse that was created of the Labor Day weekend. The city enjoyed perfect weather for the holiday.

New York City sunset September 5th 2020

Hacking Passwords

I think everyone hates passwords and they especially hate complex passwords. I’ve been using a password manager for years now which allows me to easily create complex and unique passwords for every web site that I use.

I’ve been able to convert my wife into using the same password manager software and she has become very comfortable using it. Convincing other family members and friends has been a bit more difficult. Using easy to remember passwords is convenient but could be risky. Using that same password across multiple sites is even more risky.

I just came across an article that visually depicts how long it would take to ‘crack’ a password of a specific length and complexity. Could be an eyebrow raising read for some people.

Check it out at Digg:

How Long It Would Take A Hacker To Guess Your Password, Visualized

Dawn’s Handmade Jewelry

It’s great being retired but Covid-19 has pretty much killed off all my side hustle of playing bass in a couple of bands. It also killed off my wife Dawn’s business of selling jewelry at street fairs. It’s just too risky for her because of her Lupus.  

I’ve built her website to sell her hand made jewelry. I’ve found the the tech side is much easier for me then the marketing side <grin>.

I’m certainly biased but many people find her handmade designs both unique and beautiful. You can see some of her creations below. And, find the web site here: Dawn’s Handmade Jewelry

25 Years in IT

I’m retired now but I spent close to 25 years working in IT. A good portion of that was spent working in network security. So, this Dilbert cartoon struck a chord with me. There have been plenty of times where a firewall I managed was blamed for a problem.