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In a failed experiment, daybreak comes to My Tilted World

I'm filing this under "learning."  I guess, generally speaking, one shouldn't post their failed experiments, but this one is only 42 seconds long and kinda cool.

So I got up this morning around 5.20am to take a leak.  It was still dark.  Nope, not summer any more.  So I thought I'd experiment with the Timelapse app on my iPhone and set it out on the lanai to catch the break of day.  You have to picture me kneeling on the lanai on the concrete so I could shoot under the railing and pushing the iPhone almost off the end of the lanai.  In the dark, you can't easily tell if the iPhone is level.  So my whole world turned out tilted.

But I decided to run the result through iMovie and add some sounds (and a title, which I had never done before).  The traffic and helicopter sounds are imported from Cupertino but are a close match for busy Makiki.  I'll have to record Makiki ambient noise on of these days.  It's densely polyphonic and quite entertaining on its own.

So this is kinda dumb, but it was fun.  I hope that's how we learn...

H. Doug Matsuoka
Makiki, Honolulu
7 October 2010


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