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Photography

Got a camera for YouTube vlogging

Lately I’ve been hooked on watching YouTube daily vloggers and got inspired to try out vlogging myself. Daily vlogging is the real “reality TV”: mostly unscripted, casual and voyeuristic. Video is definitely something new for me but very appealing as a better way to preserve moments in life.

I remember when I was very young I watched The Wonder Years and the opening sequence was like a super 8 video capture of happy moments of that family. In my family video cameras never existed when I grew up so I have no videos of me as a young kid. I don’t know why that was the case, maybe it was too expensive back then, or maybe my parents were not attracted to technology as I am.

I don’t know if it came out of boredom or lack of good content on the TV or Netflix. Plus the inexpensive Google Chromecast makes it much easier to watch YouTube on the TV instead of on a computer or mobile device.

Somehow browsing YouTube I ended up stumbling with vloggers like Casey Neistat, Erick Conover, Ben Brown and Louis Cole. Their videos are inspiring to get off the couch and start having a life! Specially appealing for someone somewhat isolated working from home like me.

So being inspired and motivated, I wanted to try it out myself. I was definitely not going to walk around with my Nikon D750 all day and my current phone, the Nexus 6P, has a good camera but sucks at video stabilization. So I evaluated two options: the Sony RX100 Mark III and the Canon G7x.

These two models are the most popular for vlogging this year. They are not as expensive as a DSLR and have a very good image quality and features. They are both lightweight and robust for daily handling.

The Sony RX100 Mark III is a great camera: 20.1 megapixels, 1080/60p video, an electronic view finder and a tilting screen so you can see yourself while filming. This is a good option for taking videos and photos. It is a little bit more expensive than my second option.

The Canon G7X was the most recommended camera by many vloggers. It has 20.2 megapixels, 1080/60p video, a tilting screen, no view finder. For $100 USD less than the Sony and what I considered better video image quality, I decided to go with the G7x.

So if you want to compare both, here’s a video that helped me decide on which camera to get:

So here are some of the experiments with vlogging I’ve done. The hardest part for me is deciding if I should do videos in Spanish or English. I joined a community of people trying out vlogging for the first time and ran an experiment in English:

Then after a few days, I ran an experiment in Spanish. It would be easier to vlog in Spanish since everyone around me speaks it and interactions can be more natural:

Leave a comment below to let me know what you think about my vlogs. If you like them, subscribe to my channel for video updates. If you’re vlogging too, share your channel in the comments or recommend me good YouTube channels to checkout.

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Events personal

Trip to Villahermosa, Tabasco

Hotel Quinta Real Villahermosa

We’re almost done with the year and I realized there’s much to post in this blog. Back in July we went to Villahermosa, Tabasco for the wedding of a friend. It was my first time there so I didn’t know what to expect. Very soon into my trip I found out that they have very interesting food and recipes. We went to a traditional Villahermosa cuisine restaurant to try it out.

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No, this is not the traditional restaurant, that was a quick stop because we were running late.

Okay back to my story. The pejelagarto is a very popular dish around there. They prepare it in several ways: grilled, stuffed, in fillet, etc. In my case, I got to try it in empanadas. To me it tasted like crab (yes, with a B not a P).

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After the wedding, we went to a cacao farm where they give tours to show how chocolate is made. I was expecting to see a big factory and large farming lands, but it was a lot simpler. The farming land looks like a small jungle in the middle of the town, which grew around the perimeter of the old cacao fields. The place feels like a real jungle with the humidity, the plants everywhere covering the sun and the sounds of birds and other animals. The tour guide told us they have a section where monkeys live. This was their habitat before the town came into the jungle, so they are trying to preserve them there. We couldn’t spot any of them but sometimes you could hear them in the distance.

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Guacamayas

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We saw several types of trees that I’ve only read about in books. The rubber tree which produces a resin that native Mexican tribes used to create shoes and the first balls to play games. A cinnamon tree, which I never stopped to think how cinnamon is obtained. The tree is small and you can peel a part of it’s trunk or branches and that’s the cinnamon sticks. Then a gum tree used by Mexicans for centuries for chewing gum before Thomas Adams created the chewing gum industry world wide.

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Cacao plant

We also got to try freshly done hand-made chocolate. They demonstrated the traditional process of making chocolate from the cacao seeds. I participated adding the spices and trying the resulting mix. Then they explained how that process is now translated into industrial processes and how most milk chocolate has barely any of the outstanding health benefits of the cacao (also, white chocolate is just fat, no benefits at all).

Hand made chocolate

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It’s been a bad year for my writing but I started experimenting with video recording and editing. So I’ll be posting some of my video experiments using mainly a GoPro Hero 3+ Silver. I hope you enjoy this first one about this trip.

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Digital rights Law & Freedom GNU/Linux Free Software & Open Source News

YouTube offers Creative Commons licensing for video uploads

Today I uploaded my monster truck videos to YouTube and found the surprise that they are now offering the option to publish your videos under the Creative Commons Attribution license.

That is great news! YouTube is the biggest online video community and it was lacking this option, unlike its competitors Vimeo and Blip.tv.

But what does this mean?

Before this, all user uploads were licensed with full copyright, the famous “All Rights Reserved”, which means that if you want to use, distribute, share or remix (create a derivative work) you had to obtain explicit consent from the video author for doing so. This new option of licensing is a very important deal, because it meas that being the big video distributor that YouTube is, it will be a great platform for a lot of commons content that we can share, use and remix (of course, only material published under the CC-BY license by the author).

Although they are not giving users the ability to choose from all the six Creative Commons licenses available, they made a very smart choice of simplifying the options to the users by offering only the most free one. It benefits us all in the tech and culture worlds.

Free Culture = Free World

If you wish to change all your previously uploaded videos to CC license, you can go to your list of uploaded videos, mark the checkboxes on the left on all videos (or just mark the top one to auto select all), click the “Actions” button and select the menu option “Creative Commons (CC-BY)”.

I hope to see CC licensing in other Google products like Picasa web albums, like Flickr does. But anyways, the YouTube offer is a great milestone for Creative Commons. Lets just wait and see what new creations and remixes this move brings to the world.

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Digital rights Law & Freedom

Youtube Copyright School video


This video is horrible! It reminds me of the 50’s anti socialism/communism propaganda with the voice, tone and the graphic tactics used in it.

And while it doesn’t omit the topic of Fair Use, it does try to avoid it, or so it seems, by speeding up the audio and moving the letters so you can’t read the text about it comfortably.

What’s funny is that all the examples mentioned as a copyright violation are examples of maybe about 90% of the videos in YouTube.

I remember those days where you could “freely” make a cassette tapes with romantic dedicated tracks for your girlfriend. I think things like this make it clear that those days are over…just when you could send video instead of audio and instantly instead of waiting to deliver the tape.

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GNU/Linux Free Software & Open Source

A message from Richard Stallman on Software Freedom Day

Richard Stallman, the initiator of the Free Software movement, published a very easy to understand video message on what software freedom is about.

If you can’t see the video, you can download Richard Stallman’s video message here.

If you wonder why there’s no embedded Flash video version from a site like Youtube, please download the video, watch it and you’ll get your answer. (Although if only I could restrict Youtube to make it webm format only, that might be okay)

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GNU/Linux Free Software & Open Source News

Firefox to support OGG in


Open source browser Firefox is going to support Ogg Theora video natively without installing plugins and will support the new HTML 5 tag

This is great news since there has been a long debate about the HTML 5

The latest version of Opera browser also supports Ogg Theora videos natively already.