GoPro on a Hula Hoop

Every once in a while I get the urge to do something interesting with my GoPro. Yesterday was one of those days.

I decided to tape my GoPro to my daughter’s hula hoop and see what happens. She’s getting pretty good at the Hula Hoop, so I thought she’d be able to keep it up for a while. I was right.

We got a TON of painter’s tape (the only tape I had around the house) and just secured the GoPro as good as we could to the hoop. I set the camera up to record 60 frames per second at 1080p (I have a GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition), and then after I got the video into my phone, I slowed it down a bit on iMovie and saved it again at 1080p.

I’m no DevonSuperTramp (his hula hoop video is awesome!), but it was fun to do and made us smile. I love the look on my daughter’s face as she concentrates on keeping the hoop going.

Do you have a GoPro? Where’s the craziest place you’ve ever made a video from?

Star Trek Buttons on Facebook


My dad is a huge Star Trek fan. I don’t remember the story too well, but my mom reminds us that he was watching the TV series when either my sister or I were born. She had to pry him away from the show to get to the hospital in time.

This is the 50th anniversary of the sci-fi series, and Facebook is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek by giving us new like buttons (for a limited time).

The new buttons include Spock’s Vulcan salute (love), Kirk (Haha), Spock (Wow), Geordi (Sad), and a Klingon (Angry).

Be sure you head over to Facebook and give a Vulcan salute while you can.

Super Mario Run on iPad? Yes, Please!

We’ve been waiting for this for a long time! Here’s how the conversation that went down between me and my 11 year old yesterday:

He’s grown up on Mario. Since he was about three we’ve played almost every iteration of Super Mario Bros, Mario Kart, Mario Party, etc.

When he was little, he would dress up as Luigi (he liked green) at home and wear the hat everywhere we went. When his brother came along, there were days when the two of them would do nothing but be Mario and Luigi in real life and on the Wii.

Now…he’s in middle school with his own iPad (for schoolwork, of course)…and we’re getting a Mario game for iOs! I just hope it isn’t terrible. It can’t be, can it?

I mean…look at this description from the app store:

At long last, Mario jumps into a new adventure on iPhone and iPad, this time playable using only one hand.

Even if this is your first Mario game, you won’t be able to put it down!

In this game, you constantly move forward through the courses while using a variety of jumps to navigate. Your character will behave differently depending on the timing of your taps, so it’s up to you to show off particularly smooth moves, gather coins, and reach the goal.

Super Mario Run offers three different game modes:

  • The first mode features challenging courses for you to complete.
  • In the second mode, you challenge the play data of other people’s completed courses. You compete to see who can finish the course with the most style!
  • In the third mode, you can create your own Mushroom Kingdom using coins collected by playing the first two game modes.

We’re looking forward to challenging each other in this game. I’m sure my boy will play it more than I will, but I bet I’ll be able to hold my own with him.

I’m sure this game will be one of our favorite iOs games.

What’s your favorite game on iOs?

Review of Hotel Transylvania 2

Yesterday we got out of church and decided to go to the early showing of Hotel Transylvania 2. We hadn’t seen the first movie until a few weeks ago, and I knew we would have to see the second one when it came out. I figured I would let you know our thoughts on the movie in case you are considering seeing it.

Loot Crate Unboxing – May 2015

When the Loot Crate arrives at our house, the kids get so excited. They come running into my office and beg me to open it so we can see what’s inside. It’s almost like Christmas morning for them. I like it, too, because I get some pretty cool geeky toys and a t-shirt.

In case you don’t know what it is, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription box of geek and gamer gear that revolves around a theme for each box. This month’s theme was “Unite.” The box included some great stuff. The value of each box is $40, but the price is much cheaper. You can unsubscribe at any time, so it’s worth giving it a try.

Check out our unboxing video of the May 2015 Loot Crate below (or on Youtube):

If you’d like to subscribe to Loot Crate, click here (affiliate link) and use the code SAVE3 to get $3 off your subscription.

Next month’s theme is “Cyber,” and it looks like it might be really cool. So check it out this month and see what goodies come in the mail for your clan.