Dec 9, 2020

Gymkhana 2020 - Travis Pastrana in a Subaru

If you've enjoyed any of Ken Block's previous gymkhana videos, you'll enjoy this one too. This time instead of the Ford, Travis Pastrana is driving a Subaru WRX STI packing 862hp. The video was recorded in his home town and it's the same brilliant camera angles and action packed driving as always, with some huge and fast jumps. Travis certainly looks a bucket load more tense than Ken while driving, but he did drop a tyre of the edge and drive away. High speed, precision, thumbs up!

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Jun 27, 2020

Five Royal Caribbean Cruise Ships Compilation Video

Please click the video headline and watch it on YouTube, so you can use the timeline chapters.

This is a Royal Caribbean cruise compilation combining five cruises together in one video. This is by far the most ambitious video I have edited to date, but after our 2020 Royal Caribbean cruise from Barcelona to Copenhagen was cancelled, I started going through our video footage from previous cruises and decided to start pulling out all the clips that aren't included in our shorter cruise videos, all those extended scenes that had to be cut short can now be seen, and many hours later the footage now has a place to live on YouTube, which makes me very happy, even though it's almost an hour long.

Please use the chapeters in the timeline, by watching this video on YouTube rather than this website, to navigate to certain Royal Caribbean cruise ships, cities or cruise entertainment highlights.

We pondered over "five cruises in five years", because 2014 to 2019 is actually six years if you count 2014 as 1, but if you minus 5 years from 2019, you get to 2014... 5 year plan successfully completed either way :)

Royal Caribbean cruise summary:

Liberty of the Seas
Barcelona, Marseille, MOnte Carlo, Pisa, Rome, Naples

Vision of the Seas
Venice, Kotor, Corfu, Athens, Mykonos, Kefalonia

Quantum of the Seas
Shanghai, Sakaiminato, Fukuoka, Kumamoto

Symphony of the Seas
Naples, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Marseille, Florence

Serenade of the Seas
Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Tallinn, Visby

As Royal Caribbean say, I guess we are 'loyal to royal', We worked hard, saved hard and travelled hard, which is not that easy using South African currency, we're both very grateful for these experiences and love cruising, as we get to see multiple places in one overseas trip. Cruising is also pretty stress free, if you get the drinks package, everything is basically bottomless onboard in terms of food and drink, plus the only thing you need to carry is a small plastic card (Seapass card), no wallet, no cell phone and everything you need is around you.

The general vibe onboard is a safe space, so swimming and leaving the camera and bag on the lounger is no sweat and people are generatlly awesome - you meet people from all over the world and we've met South Africans on every cruise. Hopefully one day, the world and travel industry will return to normal.

Shorter cruise videos of this compilation per ship:

Thanks for reading this far :)

Jun 19, 2020

YouTube Chapters Is A Great New Feature

YouTube started testing Chapters earlier in 2020 and on the 28th of May YouTube confirmed Chapters are here to stay and available to all who upload videos to the platform. I missed the announcement and found Chapters in a video last week, which led me to investigate further.
Chapters is a fantastic new feature that will benefit both content creators and viewers, by allowing people to jump ahead to parts in the video straight from the timeline. This feature will likely be best suited to longer videos for things like recipes, tutorials, news, travel or documentary videos.

Applying Chapters to your videos is easy, all you have to do is add timestamps to the video description, starting at 0:00, each chapter should be 10 seconds long (9 seconds worked for me) and you should have atleast three chapters listed in ascending order.

Here is what YouTube Chapters looks like and how to apply them:

YouTube Chapters - standard timeline

YouTube Chapters - timestamps in description
This is fully customisable

YouTube Chapters - implemented

YouTube Chapters - further along the timeline

YouTube Chapters - mobile search result

When I searched on mobile for YouTube chapters, they seem to be indexed on the Google results page and allow people to deep-link into a chapter of the video straight from the search result page. The timestamps become links in the video description once saved. This makes me think that Chapters might be used as a ranking signal in the near future - we all know how mobile usage and video consumption is increasing year-on-year, so I predict Chapters may play a role in video Search Engine Optimisation. I love the feature, although I find it a bit strange that Chapters doesn't seem to work when videos are embedded off YouTube. 

See it in action on my How To Make Pineapple Beer or Five Royal Caribbean Cruises videos.

May 28, 2020

Mind-Blowing 70 Step Basketball Trickshot

This is one of the best Rube Goldberg machines I have ever seen. Trickshot expert (since 2014) Cree took one month to build this at his home, and another month to get it to work - that is a bucket load of dedication for the shot. The video was filmed in one take without any cuts or edits. I think it's incredibly smooth, especially with the aerial and fast moving shots of the course. Very fun to watch.

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May 26, 2020

How To Make Pineapple Beer

This is a few weeks late with level 3 lockdown restrictions announced this week, allowing the sale of alcohol from 1 June in South Africa, but I wanted to document this anyway as it tasted pretty good and it's my first attempt speaking to the camera. When my booz started depleting during lockdown, I went on YouTube to learn how to brew my own 'beer', this is obviously after I had conquered banana bread and all the other lockdown must-dos. I took what I thought were the best tips from multiple people and created my own recipe. Seven days later, the end result was fantastic. So much so, that we immediately started the next batch, the very next day. I'm no expert, but this recipe and method worked, plus it definitely had a kick, so it's worth trying, even if just to learn about brewing basics.

Pineapple beer making has increased massively in South Africa since lockdown restrictions banned the sale of alcohol. After the first batch of pineapple beer, we replaced the pineapples with apples and raisins with the exact same method and it produced a very pleasing cider drink.

The recipe:
  • 4x pineapples (or apples and raisins for cider)
  • 2kgs of brown sugar
  • 2x 10g sachets of instant/brewers yeast
  • 23-24L of water
The method:
  • Clean everything (scrub the pineapples with a brush)
  • Chop pineapples with skins and place in the brewing vessle
  • Pour sugar into the brewing vessle
  • Fill with warm water - only half way so you can dissolve the sugar (stir)
  • Fill the rest of the brewing vessle with cold water
  • You want the overall temperature of your mixture to be about 26 degrees celcius
  • Add both sachets of yeast (if the water is too hot, you will kill the yeast and prevent fermentation)
  • Stir well and seal the container, leave it alone for two days
  • Thereafter stir it once a day for five days
  • On day seven, you're ready, strain the mixture into another container to remove the pineapple chunks and then bottle - you can drink it immediately. 

DIY airlock

The airlock is essential, I read you can use a glove, but it might give your mixture a rubbery taste, I tried this initially and it popped off my container, so I quickly made the airlock, details in the video.

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Feb 22, 2020

Greyton and Elgin New Year Summer Holiday

For our December holiday we decided to break away from the norm and spend 4 nights on our own in the country. We chose Elgin and Greyton as our destinations for their proximity to Cape Town, but mostly for their small town, good wine and good vibes feel. Quality surroundings with tranquility.

We visited the Elgin Railway Market, which was nice and over New Years we stayed 8kms outside of Greyton at Oewerzicht, which was amazing and is perfectly suited to couples, groups and families.

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Jan 8, 2020

Danny MacAskill's Gymnasium

Danny MacAskill has released his first video of 2020, he gets creative on his BMX in a personalised gymnasium playground, to show that staying in shape doesn't have to be daunting. Respect good sir!

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Jan 7, 2020

Ken Block’s Climbkhana in China

The legend, Ken Block, is back with his gymkhana series, but this time climbing the most dangerous road in China, Tianmen Mountain. Not his usual hatcback, this time he is seated in a 914 horsepower Ford F-150 and although the road is narrow, he still manages to entertain in true Ken Block style.

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