I just got back from a couple of weeks vacation con my fambly. One thing I am big on is documentation— I love to capture, annotate, and publish the simple facts of existence. I do this with journals, images, and video.
One thing I like to do when we’re on vacation is pull all this together into a single post + video for each day. Here’s the playlist for 2014 Spring Break in NYC , for instance.
Here’s the first post from our two-week stint in London and Paris. Note: I publish these items with a pubdate of the day in which the action occurred, rather than the day I happened to publish it here on my website.
Here’s Day One:
I take a lot of pictures. I especially take a lot of pictures while I’m traveling. Over the last few years I have also made a sustained attempt to produce “personal documentaries”– short-format videos made on standard Mac iMovie templates that show what I see.
My family, and the vacations we take, are of special importance to me. On all of our trips I pull together video snippets, still photography, meaningful music, and descriptive titles to show each of our vacation days. Here’s the ones for our Spring Break this year:
NYC Spring Break Day One from Daniel X. O’Neil on Vimeo.
The video from Day One pretty much sets up the trip and serves as a travelogue. The best part is at 2:21, where there is an unintended (I didn’t even notice it until later) duet with a cello and an umbrella.
NYC Spring Break Day Two from Daniel X. O’Neil on Vimeo.
On Day Two we went to the NCAA Basketball East Division Finals on a lark. Rainy day; perfect thing to do. Highlights: 0:03: Tour of the apartment 01:32: Madison Square Garden.
NYC Spring Break Day Three from Daniel X. O’Neil on Vimeo.
Day Three was a fun day, the first one that got sunny. We went all over.
NYC Spring Break Day Four from Daniel X. O’Neil on Vimeo.
I really love this one, because the music works great (Empire State of Mind) and I felt like I was finding my way in the editing. There are lots of beautiful shots– we went to the top of the Empire State Building and did the Circle Line Tour
NYC Spring Break Day Five from Daniel X. O'Neil on Vimeo.
Here’s where I am very happy with the editing and titles. We went to the TODAY show on our last day in NYC. Early!
Today we celebrated S-L’s birthday. Here’s a video:
SLBirthdayAndHydeParkJazzFest from Daniel X. O’Neil on Vimeo.
We had dinner at Francesca’s on Chestnut then went to the University of Chicago campus for the HydePark Jazz Fest.
We saw Angel d’ Cuba, walked around campus for a while, and then saw the amazing Ken Vendermark Ensemble.
Today we went to the Museum of Contemporary Art, mainly to see the Daniel Clowes show, though there was a whole bunch of great stuff there. Here’s a video:
Family Visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art from Daniel X. O’Neil on Vimeo.
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As is typical, I attended the DuPage County Fair this year with my children and some of their frendz. Here’s a short photo essay on the overall riff of the place:
There were the same old (antique) tractors as always, expect this time there was at least on chick, hatching:
There was a man on stilts eyeballing the fair map:
The food photography and colors never fail to appeal:
Fudge the Horse had her first fair:
Fantasy Amusements thinks of everything for the whole family, including the baby changing station:
There is very little chance you will get a basketball into these hoops:
I couldn’t decide if this goat spooked me out or made me happy:
We took a look inside a log home built out of a redwood tree:
The chickens were in top shape:
The rides were top-notch, as usual (more on them later)
The dude on stilts found his bike and his way around the joint:
God bless us all:
Here’s a video with some Mel Torme:
DuPage County Fair 2013 from Daniel X. O’Neil on Vimeo.