Leslie went and got herself photographed and quoted by ESPN’s website the other day. Very non-typical Leslie. Read it here:
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Brianna is back with a special holiday cooking show. In this episode, Brianna, Aunt Leslie, and Grandma Barbara make latkes for Hanukkah using an old family recipe. These latkes can even be made gluten free. Take a look, and be sure to watch the outtakes at the end.
Special thanks to Jacob Katz and the HBHA Tech Club for the use of their equipment, direction, and editing expertise.
My boy Jacob just finished his first animation, it’s our Minecraft animated family singing to Bruno Mars’ Just The Way You Are.
I asked Jacob a few months ago to help me animate a few lines of the song for a video present to Vicki. He took the idea and ran with it, creating the whole family, a stage, and a working drum set in Maya and then animated them to the entire song. Check out the modeling, lip-syncing, lighting, and camera work Jacob did! He learned a ton making this video, and has some pretty grandiose ideas on what to animate next.
A behind-the-scenes video will be posted shortly. Be sure and subscribe to Jacob’s YouTube channel to get notified when he posts new videos.
After a long hiatus, Brianna is back with a new episode of her world famous cooking show web series.
This time, she tackles Vicki’s “secret” cinnamon roll recipe. Filmed and edited by brother Jacob. Click here to see some of Jacob’s other projects.
Brianna got to show off her ballet skills at the Lied Center in Lawrence, Kansas once again. This was her 4th time on stage (the performance is every 2 years). Click on the pictures for larger versions, and be sure and watch the movie below.
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A lot my clients tell me that many of their problems disappear the second I get close to their computers. That got me thinking…what if I had a little version of myself that I could sell them, that would sit by their computer all the time and keep problems away? Other than the obvious silliness of the idea, I found a few apps that could help me create a virtual bobble head, and even a printable paper craft of my likeness.
The first app is called Bobbleshop, and lets you create an animated bobble head with tons of different details, and lets you tweak the look with different eyes, ears, and other face details. I’d love to have a real version of this on the dashboard of my car. Click the image for a larger version.
The next app lets you create and print out a custom paper craft of your avatar. You then cut out the model, fold and glue it together. It’s called PaperChibi. Before I printed out the paper me and a paper version of my car, I used my remedial Photoshop skills to add some details such as the MACMD license plate and the tiny iPhone. Click the image for a larger version.
Maybe someday I’ll figure out how to monetize my avatars, and there will be a little personal MACMD on everyone’s desk, while I sit home and count my millions…
Check out the jazz band class that Jacob took during winterims at HBHA. Winterims are a week of fun “camp like” classes that the students can pick from. These happen every year for upper schoolers, the first week after winter break. This year they offered a jazz band class, so we loaded up the drum kit, and Jacob got to play with a few of his friends. He also taught his own class on 3D Modeling.
Here’s a panoramic view of my happy place, behind the drum kit in my office/ theater/ mancave/ game room. Created from 15+ photos using an app called Photosynth, then cleaned up in Photoshop.
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This Halloween I created a nasty looking wound using my iPad, an old costume and an app called Digital Dudz.
I also carved a couple Futurama themed pumpkins; Bender and Nibbler (click to enlarge):
When you carve a pumpkin, don’t toss the seeds! They are high in Vitamin E and Zinc. Here’s a simple recipe to roast them:
1. Separate the seeds from the pumpkin guts. Put them in a colander.
2. Wash them under warm water and try to get the guts off. Measure (cups) how many clean seeds you have.
3. Put them into a small pot with a few cups of water. Add 1 Tablespoon of salt for each 1/2 cup of seeds.
4. Bring the water to a boil and let the seeds simmer in the salt water for 10 minutes.
5. While the water is boiling set the oven to 450 degrees and melt 1 Tablespoon of butter for each cup of seeds, in a bowl. Add a little garlic powder or pepper.
6. After 10 minutes drain the seeds and add them to the melted butter and stir well.
7. Pour 2 Tablespoons of olive oil onto a baking sheet and spread it out.
8. Add the salted and buttered seeds to the pan, and spread them out into a single layer.
9. Sprinkle a little salt on the seeds and put them on the top shelf in the oven.
10. After about 5 minutes, stir the seeds around, spread them out into a single layer again, and add a little more salt.
11. Bake the seeds for a few more minutes. Keep an eye on them as they burn easily, and take them out as they begin to brown.
12. Let them cool, and enjoy!