As I said in the last post here at the Airstream Chronicles, I’ve had a lot going on. With the recent launch of a new website class I’m building I have even more going on. And that’s a good thing, I’d rather be busy than idle any day of the week. And last week was extra busy thanks to a change with the X Theme (a tool I use for website building).
Rebuilding my website class days after launch
Only a few weeks ago I finished out my new website class on WordPress and X Theme for beginners. The class is an introduction to using WordPress and Themeco’s X Theme to build websites that are mobile friendly, extremely flexible in design, and extremely easy to manipulate. I was very proud of myself for finishing out such a long project, and then it hit the fan.
Themeco released a major update to their X Theme product. I knew an update was coming, but I didn’t think it would be that dramatic of a change. So what happened? Well, I spent the last 4 days doing almost nothing but re-recording sections of the class for students. I can see this course developing and evolving over time, and I know I’ll be updating it regularly, but the timing of the update forced me to do a lot of extra work only days after launching the class.
Go figure. Murphy showed up!
I’m happy to say, the updated video content came out good. And I’m happy with the additions to the course. Sorry I shot almost the whole weekend on video uploading, proofing, sound checking, etc. If you’re interested in learning about the tools I use for website building I’ve got a special offer for you. You can check out the class at Udemy, and use the coupon code RLCDESIGN_50OFF. The class is now 6.5 hours long, but it’s taught in small sections so easy enough to watch over a few days or weeks time. If you’ve always wanted to learn about making your own professional website, this might be the course for you!
Sunday’s downtime = 3D Mapping with drones
While I waited for all of my video updates to upload and get processed on Udemy, I took a little trip for fun. I met up with a few friends out in Prescott Valley and flew my drone. I wanted to test out a few flight planning apps on the iPhone in order to produce some 3D ground based models. You see, I have a few other ideas for drone use and my business. So my downtime was still kind of work time.
The actual flying time wasn’t very long. I decided to try out Drone Deploy and Maps Made Easy. Both allowed me to pre-plan my flights, and both worked in a similar fashion. In the end, I flew for less than 30 minutes. But in that time I managed to test out both apps on my iPhone and get a little confidence that these flight planning tools wouldn’t send my drone off into space!
After getting hundreds of images of the property I returned to the Airstream and uploaded all of the images…..and then waited for hours and hours for the applications to render 2D and 3D models. Below are some of my initial results using Drone Deploy. Not perfect, but not bad for my first time either.
I have a few ideas for a new drone service that I haven’t seen anyone else offer yet. So I’m going to continue practicing and learning more about mapping with drones over the next few months.
I need a nap!
So as you can see, it’s still busy here at the Airstream Chronicles. Online courses, drone experimentation, and an inability to sleep these past few nights. Seriously, I think the moon is getting me. Or maybe it’s the neighbors leaving all their outside lights on all night. Or maybe it’s the person revving their motorcycle every morning at 4 a.m. Hmmmm….a combination of factors?
Now you’re up to date once more.