Turn An Old Photo Into A Cinemagraph With A Film Grain Effect

Springfield South High

For my Springfield, Ohio: A Glimpse of the Past projects, I’ve come across some amazing historic pictures of my hometown. I found a picture of Springfield South High, the school I graduated from and thought it would look pretty cool with an old film effect applied to it. This is a great way to show off old photographs in a gallery (I prefer Picasa since it displays animated GIF’s when viewing the album). If you have any photographs that you would like to apply this effect to, I laid out the steps below. Read more


How I Made a Stealth iPad Case

An old book modified into an iPad case

When it came to protecting my iPad, I relied on a cheaply made but extremely reliable leather case. Besides proving my beloved device protection against drops, scratches and spills, my leather case was also great for transporting my iPad. It made my iPad easy to carry and more importantly, it didn’t make it  obvious that I was carrying one. From a distance, the leather case just looked like a portfolio. One day I was perusing through ebay for cheap Smart Covers and came across one ending very soon. I placed a bid at the last second and ended up with a brand new Smart Cover for just over 4 dollars. When it arrived I snapped it on and instantly fell in love with it. I placed the leather case in the drawer that time forgot and started life anew with my Smart Cover. As I was walking to the office the next day, I immediately noticed two things; the iPad by itself did not sit securely in my hand and nothing gets you more stares from questionable people than carrying an expensive electronic device in your hand, outside, across long distances. This was a problem and since my motto has always been “if there was a problem, yo I’ll solve it,” and that’s exactly what I did. Read more


How to Make a Tripod Mount for the iPhone

Making cinemagraphs has become my new favorite thing to do. I work in the downtown area of Springfield, Ohio where there’s a lot of activity and scenes for me to record and turn into cinemagraphs. I was in the market for a tripod mount for my iPhone 4 so I could leave a tripod in my car in case I was in the mood to capture some video at lunch or after work. There were several on ebay and Amazon but I wanted one STAT to record some live music at the City Hall plaza. Luckily, I had some parts left over from a kitchen renovation that I used to make a simple tripod mount and I went to Lowes for the rest of the material I needed.


The parts to make your own iPhone Tripod Mount

  • One 1.5 inch corner bracket with quarter inch holes
  • One 3 inch T bracket with quarter inch holes
  • One quarter inch machine screw, the one I used was a half inch long
  • Two quarter inch wingnuts

Finally, I used an old Incase Snap Case as the housing and Advanced Formula Krazy Glue. Depending on the type of case you use will depend on the type of adhesive. The Incase Snap Case is made of hard plastic so the Krazy Glue bonded the case to the metal bracket perfectly. Also, if you don’t have a spare case and need to purchase one for this purpose, I recommend going to somewhere like Walmart or Marshalls where they typically have inexpensive cases.

Now on to the construction: Read more


Cinemagraphs – Still Photographs That Move

Watch as I perform feats of magic with this picture of a Jack of Spade…
Playing Card Animated GIF

The awesome folks at Photojojo.com posted a tutorial on creating your own Cinemagraphs like the one shown above. Cinemagraphs are essentially animated GIF’s minus the nineties flair. The idea is to have a still photo with minor elements of motion. I recently purchased my first my first DSLR camera (a Nikon D3100 which I absolutely love) a couple of weeks ago and came across this tutorial when I was trying to find out what apeture was.

Cinemagraphs are a lot of fun to make. All you need is a video recording device, a tripod, video editing software (maybe), Adobe Photoshop (I use CS3), some imagination and a little time to kill. Once you have these things, just follow the steps listed here and you’re ready to get your GIF on.

Here are a couple I made in my hometown of Springfield, Ohio:

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Unable to Install Cydia from JailbreakMe 3.0?


I love JailbreakMe.com. Jailbreaking your iDevice couldn’t be any easier. Unfortunately, I ran into some issues using the recently released JailbreakMe 3.0 to free my phone. I thought I’d post the workaround here in case anyone else ran into the same problems.

After updating my iPhone to iOS 4.3.3, I proceeded to JailbreakMe.com and attempted to perform the jailbreak. Cydia would begin the install on the springboard then the icon would disappear when it was about half way through. Rebooting my phone and computer didn’t seem to help. I ended up making a backup of my iPhone and performing a factory restore. Once the restore was complete and I was prompted to restore from a backup image or set up as a new phone, I performed the jailbreak from JailbreakMe.com and it worked flawlessly. After the jailbreak I selected the option to restore my phone from backup and I was good to go. I also had to sync my apps and music which took some time but in the end I became the proud owner of an up-to-date, jailbroken iPhone.