A random opportunity arose last week when I realized a friend from Brooklyn was flying home for a month to Escondido, California. I quickly put together a plan to drive out for a visit as I had never been south of Los Angeles.
The plan quickly came together to include seeing friends from San Clemente and Tijuana, having a beach bonfire, and visiting some of the many local breweries.
Below I have made a really nifty interactive tour, with a service called Tripline, of my trip based on my Foursquare check-ins! Push the play button and see some of the places I visited… (Its Flash so it wont work on most mobile devices)
Some of the highlights from the trip you can see below. The beach bonfire on Saturday night put together by my friend Kanan was really excellent. It was a cold night but the beaches in San Clemente are beautiful and a commuter rail line running right next to it really lends to a unique atmosphere.
My favorite was Ballast Point because of the crazy and unique beers they had on tap that day. They don’t really advertise their adventurous stuff on their website, but I highly recommend stopping by if you’re in the area.
Everyone loves a good cat video. I recently toyed with this love by posting a very simple video of my cat Waffle to my YouTube channel. I uploaded it on December 19th, 2011. My expectations were low since I have no reputation for these types of videos. I took the video with my phone and uploaded it directly, no graphics or music added, very dry by my standards.
It exploded on Christmas day. It seems everyone is so bored while on holiday that they turn to YouTube for entertainment. Other than the span of a few days around Christmas the video has received very few other views.
Another interesting thing I found in the analytics was where this traffic was coming from. I expected to get some traffic from other cat videos because I loaded up on tags and keywords, but I got more traffic from mobile devices overall. I guess everyone was sitting at home, surrounded by family, playing with their phones. Lovely.
As you have no doubt seen I just launched a full redesign of my personal website http://kmuncie.com and this blog. I used it as a personal test bed for alot of responsive design tricks and cutting edge features like the image gallery called PhotoSwipe I am using for Adventures.
I designed from a mobile first perspective, making sure someone viewing my website from a mobile phone would have a full and optimized experience. From the I made sure the site would look and perform well on tablets using the iPad the benchmark, then expanding that interface to a wider resolution to take advantage of the extra screen real estate.
I am no designer, so there are many rough edges that need to be polished up, but I wanted to ship rather than tweak for another month. In the coming weeks I will be adjusting and improving the design based on feedback from some great designers.
I hope you enjoy my website and it helps you to get to know me a little better.