GoPro Head Mount versus Gimbal Chest Mount

I created a new mount for the Feiyiu G3 Ultra Gimbal, and here I have a ‘shootout’ between the chest-mounted gimbal, and a GoPro strapped to my head with a regular GoPro head mount.

In the video, I reference Scott Fabel’s two Gimbal comparisons.
The older one with the long arm:

The newer one with the short arm:

And some sexy bonus Chest-stabilized GoPro filmmaking!

I am Back! It’s been the Summer From (In) Hell!

Man, what a ride…

* It’s been too hot for me to shoot video for almost three months now, but I’m back! Job is good, life is mostly good.

* Mary and I parted ways three months ago, too. I’ve had a difficult time dealing with that, but I’m getting there. When it comes down to it, we’re just two very different people with very different outlooks on life. The biggest difference is that I’m much more comfortable with risk, uncertainty, and failure than she is, and there’s a lot of uncertainty and risk in the lifestyle I’ve chosen – Hell, I was unemployed for 4 months after my first contract ended – but it works out in the end.

* Between the heat, being stuck indoors, no traveling, and no companionship I’ve been depressed and put on 15 pounds. YUCK.

* That’s ending. I’m getting a bike, and a bunch of GoPro accessories that will let me shoot video hands free in the future.

* I bought tickets to the Star Wars Movie Marathon here in Phoenix.

*AMC Westgate 20*
9400 West Hanna Lane
GLENDALE, AZ 85305-3137

* Amazon offered me Zero Day shipping on it. Ordered at 10am, it’ll be here by 9pm! Amazing.

Oh, and I might be getting Figaro a companion this weekend!

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

–== 2015 Cost of RV Life ==–
284 Days on the Road
66 Free nights
231 Paid nights
297 Total nights

2015 Total Spent: $10250.74
2015 Average Daily Cost (lodging only): $19.58/day
2015 Average Daily Cost (lodging + fuel): $28.54/day
2015 Average Daily Cost (everything): $34.51/day
2014 Average Daily Cost: $43.49/day

–== WHERE AM I NOW? ==–
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Port of Call – Aurora, Colorado Wal-Mart

This was where I spent my very first night on the road, January 15, 2015, and I was pleasantly surprised – in fact, this Wal-Mart hasn’t really had any comparison or competition from any Wal-Mart I’ve stayed overnight at since.

I left my apartment in Thornton just as the sun was going down. Packing and making ready had taken MUCH longer than I had anticipated, and involved over 10,000 steps – most of that being more literal than figurative, since the apartment I was emptying was on the second floor. My first stop was the Aurora BestBuy to pick up a Surface Pro 3 so I could work on the road, but that’s a story for another article.

After that, as I was getting back on the road with every intention to make good time toward Amarillo, I spotted the shining feature of this Wal-Mart and had to stop for the night – the dedicated overnight parking for trucks and RVs! That’s right, this Wal-Mart has 11 easy-in, easy out dedicated pull-through spaces for trucks and RVs to overnight in. In addition to the fact that you’re near an enormous Wal-Mart stocked with goods to keep you warm and fed, there are a number of other places nearby that can cater to your needs. There are Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint stores, Chipotle with online ordering, Wendy’s, Firehouse Subs, Panda Express, McAlister’s Deli (I highly recommend the carrot cake, and a gallon of tea to go), Chili’s, Starbucks, and Del Taco. Just a little north on Tower Road, there is a BrakesPlus, Discount Tire, and Checker Auto Parts, in case you need a little mechanical help that goes beyond what the Walton Family can provide.

The lot was fairly quiet – there was one refrigerator truck further down the line that ran all night, but I could barely hear it, and traffic died off after most of the stores closed at 9pm.


4 of 5 Stars – This location is the ideal Wal-Mart for overnight boondocking, but I’m still deducting one star because it’s…overnight boondocking at Wal-Mart.


From I-70…either direction:

Exit Tower Road headed North
Turn left at the first light – Salida Street
Turn left again your first available opportunity – at the building with Verizon and GNC in it on your left.
Turn left again in the parking lot – you’ll pass the storefronts for Verizon and GNC this time.
The entry is directly ahead of you 300 feet.

Geocaching Opportunities

There are 11 Geocaches within walking distance.

Ingress Opportunities

There are three Ingress Portals within walking distance. They are all in close proximity to the WalMart building.

Stargazing / Timelapse Opportunities

None. At. All.

NFL-NASCAR 2016 Week 4 Results

Every year for the last…one…year, I’ve scored the NFL like it were NASCAR. Wins and Losses don’t count – only points do. Every point counts until you get to the last game of the Regular Season, and then the #1 and #2 ranked teams compare scores, with the team scoring more points in the last game being declared the Cup Winner.
To Recap: In 2015, the Packers (who ended their season with 380 points) took the cup from the Colts (who ended their season with 382 points) when the Packers scored 30 points in the final game of the regular season, to the Colts 27 points.

The NFL Season got started without me this year, and I just now realized it’s That Time Again. Here are the cumulative results for Week 4 of NFL-NASCAR!

Cardinals : 148 points
Falcons : 137 points
Bengals : 121 points
Patriots : 119 points
Packers : 113 points
Bills : 110 points
Panthers : 108 points
Giants : 102 points
Chiefs : 100 points
Broncos : 97 points
Raiders : 97 points
Chargers : 96 points
Steelers : 96 points
Cowboys : 95 points
Jets : 95 points
Ravens : 93 points
Titans : 89 points
Seahawks : 87 points
Saints : 86 points
Browns : 85 points
Vikings : 80 points
Eagles : 78 points
Redskins : 78 points
Texans : 77 points
Rams : 74 points
Buccaneers : 72 points
Colts : 72 points
Bears : 68 points
Lions : 66 points
Dolphins : 65 points
Jaguars : 62 points
49ers : 48 points

As much as I hate to do this, I’m definitely going to have to give the Raiders the nod for Most Improved Team. This week last year, they had scored a paltry 51 points compared to this year’s 97 points, and after just 4 games in the 2016 season, they’ve already scored more than half of their entire 2015 Point Total.

See you next week!