Crows of Colombo

One day,a crow visited our house, perched on the open window watched Parkavi cook. When I went near the kitchen, it flew away quickly. Parkavi started placing some food in the window rail, which the watchful crow would devourĀ and quickly fly away.

Few days passed and it got comfortable enough to come in arma distance and eat, always watching your move.

On days there was no food, it started cawing until one of us showed up with food in hand and placed in the usual place.

There were more with days passing; most of them would sit on the wall and take turn to come to the window and then launch on the window rail.

Its been more than 2 months now and we have more visitors. But, there is only one who calls us to get his food. And this one is different from the others

Coracle Ride in Tungabhadra River

In Dec 2013, i gifted myself a GoPro Hero 3+ and got it in hand in Feb 2014. Now, i’m slowly learning to make the best out of the same.

Early learnings with GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition

1. Finger on the view

This is the reason for the zoomed in edit of many of the frames.

2. Start and Stop without the wifi

I’m not sure if this would be a mistake, the wifi sucks up a lot of juice and it was better to turn it ON and OFF directly. Sometimes, you end up shooting more thinking that you had turned it OFF. I would like to think that it is not safe to do it as well while driving. Need to check the Wifi and see how much it sucks up the battery.

3. Battery life – You need a extra battery

As awesome as it is as a camera, the battery is a dud. Carrying an battery pack would also help (which is what i manage with now)

4. Edit while you Shoot

This is the best way to do it or otherwise you will end up with a lot of HQ space swallowing footage which you wouldn’t want to get rid off. This is a hard learned lesson even with my Nikon D90. My first trip outside India was Malaysia in 2011 and i’m yet to sort out the best images.
‘Don’t shoot what you don’t need’
‘Delete on the camera’
With GoPro it is not possible to do the 2nd, but follow the 1st; would be really helpful.

Comments on the editing and the footage are really welcome!

Adtile Motion Ads – Beautiful as a concept!!

For someone who uses Adblock plus to stay away from the annoying ads of the web; this is quite appealing. Why? it would let me do something(very similar to the ads that begin after your hit the target 3 times in a row on web) and the element of instant gratification comes into picture.

I still don’t know if companies have started using the SDK of Adtile to sell their services and products. I see Nike has something like up here;

Flipboard
Are flipboard ads obtrusive? I don’t think, it looks the way ads used to appear on the old age magazines; right in the middle of great articles and the ads are well designed and i’m used to flipping over the next page to continue reading. But i find most of the web ads annoying especially the one on the news websites.

In Aug 2009, thehindu.com, was redesigned by Mario Garcia Jr., of Garcia Media, Tampa. Florida, USA; For sometime, it was a pleasant experience visiting the site. But soon the started putting the first ad right the moment you step into the site (mostly real estate – contextual? locale? yes). Not a great way to greet your visitor.

Online ads have evolved over the years – with yahoo leading the multimedia web ads in the starting years; google focusing on contextual text ads (mining into your search keywords and emails). Mobile ads industry is growing and its future and success would depend upon the personal experience it has to offer than its positioning on the page.
Adtile has truly showed one of the best ways it can be done on mobile – we will surely see more in the future ?