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Trey's 360 Podcast, Walking with Clever People: Kevin Rose

Welcome to Season 4, Episode 11! In this moody episode, I wander with Kevin Rose through a beautiful forest in Portland, Oregon. Before I tell you what we talk about, let me tell you more about Kevin!

Kevin is one of the fun success stories of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. I first came across him while watching Diggnation, which was the regular show in the orbit of the site he founded, Digg.com. Besides that, he was a founder with Revisiion3, Pownce, and Milk. After all that, he was a partner at Google Ventures. Now he lives in Portland with his awesome brainy wife Daria and his daughter Zelda. There’s another daughter on the way any day now, judging by Daria’s ponderous belly.

Kevin has a great podcast that I’ve recommended a few times and I’ll do it now again: Go check out The Kevin Rose Show. I’m going to be on an upcoming episode but I can’t say what we talk about!


You can click the gear to amp it up to 4K. Also, If you have not seen a 360 video before, you can grab the screen and look in any direction you want! This one will take a little EXTRA clicking and dragging because they gyro not calibrated after my long flight. Sorry, my mistake. But think of it like a game, to get the view you want! The other 360's don't have this problem... and I've fixed the firmware for future episodes. Sorry, team! :)


Watch the Origin PC team build my new PC

Some time ago I made the announcement that I was switching from Mac to PC! I admittedly still use my Mac while travelling but when back in my studio I like the power and feel of my Windows machine. Well, it's finally time to upgrade and I've decided on Origin PC. They custom make the absolute best machines and I wanted something powerful enough to handle image and video editing, and yes, hardcore gaming too! The built the entire thing live on Twitch / YouTube. Check it out in the video below. You can see the specs at the 14 minute mark.


AirMagic: Boost Your Drone Photography. Automatically.

The team over at Skylum keeps cranking out new software and this one looks like another winner. It's called AirMagic and uses Artificial Intelligence to automatically improve one or more of your aerial / drone photos. It's really slick and fast. They have a special pre-order bundle offer for a limited time with lots of goodies.

Plus you might grab a copy of my new Drone Tutorial over in our online store, we marked it 50% off to coincide with their launch.




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Reminder: The Text HDR Tutorial is Always Free!

I keep a completely FREE HDR Tutorial on my website. It is a living document that continues to evolve over the years. It goes over everything you need to get started and is a great introduction to the basics of HDR photography and post processing.


Some photos from my most recent trip to Japan

Girl on Bridge in Takayama
I saw this little girl crossing the bridge into the old town and asked her parents if I could take her photo. I thought she was really cute, especially with the red coat that matched the bridge. And you'll never guess (I didn't) where she is from. Taiwan! Yeah, even though I've been to Asia about 20 times, I still get confused when picking out what countries people are from. Of course, it doesn't matter, but it's still a fun DNA game I like to play. With the 75%+ pure DNA, I'm really good at telling the difference between Korean / Japanese / Thai / Vietnamese / Indonesian, but since there has been a lot of mixing in the past few generations, it's hard to tell. The easiest ones to spot (at least for me) are the Koreans and the Japanese because most of their pair-bonding comes from within their own (often jingoistic) countries.

Farmhouse in Shirakawa-go
Here's one of the beautiful farmhouse I lived in while in the north of Japan. I don't actually really CARE what people say about my photo when I post them online, but I do NOTICE. Even though this is not my own personal favorite photo, this is the one that got the most likes/comments online. I find it to be sociologically interesting when I have such a disconnect with the audience. Sometimes I like to think that I know what people will like, but photos like this remind me that I have no idea what happens in the minds of other people.

The TD Tadami Line in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima Prefecture
I was so excited to take this train through the mountains of Japan near Aizuwakamatsu! An interesting result is that, even though I took a ton of photos out the windows of the train during the journey, my favorite photo is this one, once I got off the train! I love these Japanese train guys. They take their job so seriously. They have amazing outfits. They are SO nice and patient. And these train guys know EVERYTHING about trains and schedules, so you can go up to any of them, any time, and ask questions and they will figure everything out for you.

A Week of Japan, Starting with Shirakawa-go!
Could this be a more perfect little fairy tale snowy village? I've been to Japan about eight times, but I've never ventured way out into the mountains in the winter. Now it's one of my new favorite things! Before the trip, I identified five different new towns to visit. It wasn't very easy to get to these places. It basically required me to master the rail and bus system of Japan. That's not the easiest thing in the world, especially because as you get out of the main cities, no one speaks English and none of the signs are in English. I made more than a few mistakes, but now I've completely mastered the system! This is exciting because it means I can go absolutely anywhere in Japan with no help! Now that I've mastered it, I'm hankerin' to go back!

Ginzan Onsen
I came to this place with one of my worst plans, but it totally worked out! Planning for this Japan trip was very difficult because I was going to many remote towns that a) do not take online booking b) where I stay in small hotels where no one speaks English. This makes getting reservations directly almost impossible! I tried to get reservations via the bilingual concierge at the Ritz-Carlton in Tokyo, and even though he was very resourceful, he said it was 100% booked. But I decided to go anyway and knock on every door of every ryokan until I found a room. I knew it would be hard because nobody speaks English in these places. Anyway, after I knocked on the door of ryokan #4 I finally found a room! Even better, they had private baths fed by all the steaming water from the nearby hot springs. It was incredible to be soaking in steaming hot mineral water while watching snow fall all around me.

Old Farmhouses in Shirakawago
Here's a rather embarrassing story.

So, a few of these old farmhouses in Shirakawago, Japan, have been converted to ryokans. A ryokan is an old-style "hotel" that was used by traveling samurais with the sliding rice-paper walls, you sleep on the floor on a futon, you have group dinners and breakfasts, etc. I stayed in one that quite bare-bones with tiny rooms. You could literally hear your neighbor turning over in their bed as the sheets rubbed across their body. I was trying so hard to be quiet.

Anyway, about 1 AM I felt a gurgle below my tummy. I tried to go back to sleep and deal with it in the morning, but that didn't work out well. It was that feeling you just have to deal with now: explosive diarrhea. I don't know what the heck I ate, but things were going crazy south of the border. So I had to get out of bed, which was noisy enough on its own, but nothing next to what came next to disrupt the silence.

The next morning at breakfast, the other four guests at the ryokan were glancing this way and that, trying to figure out who had the midnight issues... I think they knew it was me.

The Old Town of Takayama
On the way up to Shirakawa-go, I stopped for two nights in Takayama. The first night I stayed in a ryokan that was a bit on the outskirts. It was a great time, but I was actually a little tired from all the travel so I just stayed in. The next day I found a normal hotel by the bus station in Takayama so I could spend more time exploring the old town. There are a few of these sorts of places in modern Japan where they have kept one section of the city exactly like it was hundreds of years ago.

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