Starring Sammy, the Dog

Meet Sammy. The always hungry, always cute Labrador-German Shepard mix whose love I bought 6 years ago with a piece of doggie chocolate. It was well worth it, it came attached with a boyfriend 🙂

A few weeks ago I bought my first video camera, a small, handy and very cool Sony action cam. What did I attached it to first? Guess!

 

Behind The Scenes

You’ve probably heard about GoPro. A small smart camera for sport maniacs. Sony has something similar. It’s catchy name is Sony HDR-AS100V. It’s a little camcorder that can record HD videos, time-lapse, underwater videos, etc… you name it.  So when I ordered mine I got it with a few fun accessories. Yes, one of those was a dog harness.

Mounting the harness was a cake. Keeping the camera in upright position was a different story. Sony action cam prides itself with a superb image stabilisator but a dog is a dog. A dog moves and, surprisingly, to the question “Le’ts put a weird machine on your back” most of the time replies – “F*ck no!” But after many many tries, I found a way how to fit it so it wouldn’t bug him so much… or Sammy resigned, I don’t know 🙂 Here’s both of them – the machine and the dog:

Sammy The Cyber Dog 1.1

As you can imagine some shots were easier to get than others. As a rule of thumb – whenever food is involved, the for legged stars perform the best.

Sammy's most favourite shooting location.

Sammy’s most favourite shooting location.

And finally some moving pictures or Mission ‘Woof Action Cam’ Results

Look at world from a dog’s point of view – in this case 50cm/20″ above the ground.

*Disclaimer: This video contains shaky images, animal nudity and might result in drooling. 

Have a tip for a video? Leave it in the comments! 😉  I’ll write more on the dog harnesses in the next post.

 

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So You Want to Be Rocky?

Hitting the gym 5 days a week, thinking about what you eat more than you probably need to and slowly building that perfect body… That training montage video of you becoming stronger, better, more awesome plays in your head and you feel like Rocky…

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…and then you f*cking hurt yourself. And you are not Rocky anymore cause you were never really prepared to that sequence where they knock you out in the ring. Let me tell you, it sucks. You are no Rocky, you are wining at home to your partner and are a grumpy bastard at work.

It’d had been 6 months before I had injured my back. At the beginning I wasn’t sure about going to gym but I wanted to feel more fit and to be healthy. Of course, I wanted to shed some pounds too. So I started to exercise and felt better within the first month. Major difference. I had suddenly more energy, felt more positive and confident and there was this cool effect on my body – I became thinner as well.

Suddenly being healthy wasn’t ENOUGH. The daily dose of endorphins after running left me feeling good but wanting more. Each pound lost made me look at how many more I can lose if I push it more. The pages in exercise apps made me realize there are many many muscles that I don’t normally exercise. So of course I felt enlightened and set to become perfect.

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One day, a personal trainer from my gym offered me a lesson for free. So I took it. It was about 45 minutes and we took our time. He explained the exercises to me and we performed them slowly together until I was getting the correct form right. Then added some light weights. I felt utterly spent but great afterwards. Unfortunately, the prices they charge meant I never invested again into a personal trainer.

I kept pushing it, wanting more. What was it that I really wanted? And then I injured myself. Exercising with friends is great. It’s social, it’s fun, it motivates you. But, I pushed it too far wanting to be able to do everything they do. How silly. Silly silly silly.

It’s been a month and my back is still aching. On top of that it just gets agonizingly worse when sitting behind my desk. Which is what I do for living. Which is why I started exercising in the first place. To be more fit, to be healthy.

Now I’m Rocky, that is a bit broken, fighting the pain, anger and worries. Staying positive can be freaking difficult sometimes, believe you me!

Now my objective is once again – being healthy. Lesson learned.

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How 12 Hours of Non-Stop Gaming Can Change Lives

The Marathon Idea

A gaming marathon is like any other. It sounds cool, it will make you feel good, some would say one with the universe, (and look cool too) and leave you physically broken for at least the same amount of time you spent conquering it. This was my first marathon ever and my first stream on my newly established Twitch channel but we were determined and beautifully naive about the whole thing.

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When I say ‘we’ I mean my boyfriend Vince, me & our doggie, Sammy. Because we are no half pints we decided to spend full 12 hours (each of us, no cheating!) of our free time pinned to our chairs under the public’s eye… playing games! Except a few short necessary breaks we played and streamed World of Tanks totally missing on the nice day out that is so rare here in England, especially in winter. Now let’s get  to the big question.

Why??$!1!! Why, for charity!

24 hour gaming for Specialeffect

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Specialeffect is an awesome charity with an even more awesome idea behind them. I can go on and on about the cause they support but I think it’s just better if you see it for yourselves – check out their YouTube channel. Short story long: these guys make it possible for disabled people to have fun playing games. How cool is that?

I’ve heard about Specialeffect and what they do a while ago but I’ve never really taken an active approach towards supporting their cause. This year was different. We formed a team named after our cute and always hungry for-legged friend, his fuzzy lordship Sampson. As our mascot he appeared on our stream multiple times and had a share of the giant pizza we ordered halfway through our marathon as a gaming fuel.

Our dog Sammy as the mascot of our Gameblast team

Our dog Sammy as the mascot of our Gameblast team

Our Goals or Hitting People Up For Money Promising Silly Things Works?

We are no fund-raiser pros but we were pleased that within a week we were able to beat our £100 goal by using various abusive methods we’ve learned from the bribing master Sammy throughout the years. And with such success in no time we resorted to some funky ideas that would bring more treasure into the chest:

 “We’ve hit our original target of £100!!! Now for some stretch goals:

£150 – We’ll stream again next weekend for 4 hours

£200 – We’ll stream next weekend in military/pilot attire

£500 – We’ll do another marathon next weekend in full military garb only speaking in quotes from war movies”

I’ll Be Back!

Since there is still time to donate I can’t yet confirm which one of these it will be but suffice to say we will stream again. What I can say for sure though is that even though my back was killing me, I was getting that genuine more-zombie-than-a-human look after about 9 hours of streaming it and spent most of my Sunday recovering from the marathon experience, it was worth it! 

Sacrificing 12 hours for a chance of making a difference to someone’s life puts your free time activity schedule in the right perspective. Besides, being a gamer and working in the gaming industry it just made perfect sense to give back to the community. 

A big thank you to all that donated

and supported the worthy cause!

PS: next year we’ll be recruiting team members to form even bigger team (and thus each of us can look a bit more alive towards the end 😉 )

Links

Gameblast: http://www.specialeffect.org.uk/gameblast

Specialeffect YouTube page/stories: http://www.youtube.com/user/GameOnForEVERYONE?feature=mhee

Our Fundraising Team Page: http://www.justgiving.com/TeamSampson

Veronika

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