Videos

My Kawarau Bridge Bungy Jump

Christmas Eve 2014 in Queenstown, New Zealand.

Emily told me to go jump off a bridge, so I did.
43 metres above the glistening blue waters of the Kawarau river I perched on a wooden ledge – a towel tied around my ankles with a flexible cord dangling from it and a guy stood behind me telling me to jump. This wasn’t some sick nightmare, I’d actually paid to be here. And despite what my stomach was telling me, I was about to jump.
I took my last look down, the water looked so inviting, but I’m sure there were better ways to go for a dip in it. Nethertheless, I jumped. I had wanted to scream “YIPPIE KAI YAY” or yell out a manly roar, but in the moment all I did was fall – which came very naturally, I might add.
The water was hitting my hands before I knew it, cold and refreshing, but most importantly – I’d made it. I swung back up again, being tossed around by physics like a rag doll in a washing machine – and I loved every second of it. The smiles were all real.
I finally got into the support boat, and it was to be another 5 minutes before my heartbeat would return to its resting pace. Another New Zealand memory I won’t forget in a hurry.

Read more about our trip over on Tumblr

Stop Motion New Zealand

Our New Zealand Adventure.

27 Days.
3,673 photos.
5.5 hours of video.
Auckland, Hunua, Karangahake Gorge, Matamata, Hobbiton, Tirau, Otorohanga, Waitomo, Rotorua, Tongariro, Taupo, Napier, Hastings, Wellington, Nelson, Abel Tasman, Punakaiki, Hokitika, Franz Joseph Glacier, Fox Glacier, Queenstown, Arrowtown, Paradise, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Moeraki, Christchurch, Sydney, Blue Mountains.
in 3 minutes.

Off to Paris

Just a short post this week as final preparations are coming together for my trip to Paris next week. As I mentioned a few months ago, some of my work got accepted into the International Conference on Image Processing taking place next week in Paris, and now you can see my name in the program listing:

My paper in the ICIP 2014 technical program. I can tell you’re excited.

I’ll take lots of pictures for you all, and I’m taking my GoPro just in case :P

Speaking of GoPro, here’s the full timelapse for the Garden Soc Polytunnel building…

Can’t promise a post next week, but you never know,

Charles x

Climbing & Building a Polytunnel

As promised last week, I’ve got some videos taken with my new GoPro for you to pass through your cornea.

The first delight I have in store for you is footage taken at Craggy Island in Guildford – a large, indoor climbing centre with top rope and lead climbing walls. Since I’m new to the whole lead climbing malarkey, this video doesn’t exactly show the most extreme routes in the world, but for people who have never been climbing and want to see what it’s like, it’s a great insight into the whole thing.

I’ve also been testing out the timelapse function of the GoPro – where photos are taken at regular intervals and then stuck together to make a super-fast-forwarded video. I always thought timelapses of construction work looked super cool, so I timelapsed Garden Soc‘s 35ft polytunnel construction at the weekend.

The weekend started with a major setback when we discovered the builders had concreted the ground tubes in the wrong place, despite being given the polytunnel instructions and being explicitly told not to use concrete. We spent the first few hours digging out eight tubes (and their associated concrete blocks) and moving them all one foot to the right. Even still, by the end of the weekend we managed to get the polytunnel frame and sides complete with only the poly on the roof still to do – incredible progress considering the setback, and all thanks to literally dozens of volunteers who helped out despite the rainy conditions.

This weekend we’re going to get the polytunnel finished, as well as build a shed and some raised beds, so you can expect another timelapse very soon :P

Until next week,

Charles x

Lucky.cpp

Never get the lyrics wrong to Daft Punk’s Get Lucky ever again with just a few lines of code…

#include <iostream>
using namespace std;
int main()
{
   string pronoun[3] = { "She's", "I'm", "We're" };
   string endline[4] = { "'til the sun", "to get some", "for good fun", "to get lucky" };

   for(int i = 0; i < 12; i++)
   {
      cout << pronoun[i < 4 ? i % 2 : 2] << " up all night " << endline[i < 8 ? i % 4 : 3] << endl;
      if(i % 4 == 3) cout << endl;
      usleep(2100000);
   }
}