I has been a long day folks.
Episode 2 crashed my iMac, at least twice.
As promised I returned and added some show notes, useful links, a hint or two about what I'm up to, a list, and some other stuff too.
I had a nice chat with the restaurant server at the airport. "Are you a YouTuber?" He saw me recording a time-lapse and composing these words. His question led me to explain the blog, the vlog, and the adventure. "That's so cool, have a good trip man." It was an eye-opener for me. I'm not naturally outgoing. I've been known to be quite a 'stick-in-the-mud' in social situations. I almost never talk to strangers. It's the reason vlogging is such a damn challenge. Maybe this will be a turning point in my life, where I learn to engage more.
I re-read a passage yesterday from Charles Handy's book The Hungry Spirit. The passage is entitled the White Stone. It's a bilblical parable about discovering your true self and how difficult and worthwhile the quest is. I first read that book years and years ago. The white stone metaphore struck a chord for me.
I wear a blank silver amulet that Susan gave me before we were married. It's like a small dog tag. It sits on a chain that I have worn since before my seventh birthday. I eventually gave up trying to think of something sufficiently and singularly important to justify a small engraving on that medal. Once I read that passage of Handy's, the amulet became my white stone. It needs to be blank, like a canvas. I reminds me every single day that I am still nothing. When I meditate I focus on the amulet.
I don't think I'll be getting a tattoo anytime soon.
The music for today's vlog was Big Blues Red by Audionautix.
I find myself learning what it means to vlog. I am progressing at a brisk pace with only two episodes under my belt.
Things I learned with this episode: a) I can upload video directly from the iPod to Final Cut Pro X; b) I need to quit all applications while I work in Final Cut Pro; c) using the iPod vertically gives you room for two elements simultaneously on the screen and you can move them around pretty easily; d) I still struggle with the audio tracks, hopefully the sound is a little more tame this time; e) I need to get my hands into the frame to point stuff out; f) I need to make a check list of things to look after in the YouTube editor; g) including show notes; h) I need a closing screen with an active link to the blog ALWAYS; i) need to be more Zen when the iMac is crashing.
There's probably more... but I've got to save some lessons for next time.
Wish me luck.
This is a pared-down list. For the unabridged moto-camping extravaganza, see my comprehensive Touring Guide page
ADVENTURE PACKING LIST
BIKE / GEAR
Bausch & Lomb Outdoorsman sunglasses
Sea to summit strap
White turtle light
Riding jacket 5.0
Teknik rain jacket
Icon Patrol boots
Gloves (2 pairs)
Summer - Fall riding gloves
Icon Patrol gauntlets
Nolan N104 modular helmet
Sena SMH10 bluetooth communicator (plus backup controller)
Polos, Ts (4)
Lumix point and shoot camera
IKlik tripod - selfie stick and remote
Hisy remote iOS shutter
RAM mounts and tripod adapter
New class 10 memory cards
iPad + equipment including keyboard
iPhone + cables
IPod + Røde Smartlav lavalier