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DJI Mavic Air – Landscapes in Greece

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Last year we were fortunate enough to go on a family holiday to Greece. My father was born in Sparta and we decided to go visit together with my parents and our kids to see his birth place.

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What Drone to Take on Holiday?

Because to be honest we really aren’t going anywhere without one! We already have a DJI Phantom 4 drone but it is bulky and inconvenient to take on holiday, it needs its own whole backpack to travel. So we decided to purchase a small holiday drone that we could fit into existing backpacks, was light but also took great stills and video. After much research we went with the DJI Mavic Air.

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We were thrilled with the quality, the ease of use and the portability. Here are some photos we took while away in a beautiful country.

Gytheio, In the south of Greece (pronounced Yitheo)

The iconic Pathenon in Greece

Gytheio in Greece. The beaches are difficult to get to but are warm and spectacular

The Island of Paros. We caught this 4 hour ferry from the mainland.

Vrodomas – My dad’s birth village just outside of the city of Sparta

The ancient town of Mystras in Sparta. Well worth a visit

DIY Trip Wire Arrow Trap – Another Invention

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

So Craig is at it again with his crazy inventions! If you need a smile today, take a little break and watch  

How to make a simple Mouse trap / rat trap that fires a dart when triggered via a trip wire –  Seriously though this isn’t intended for actual use on mice and rats, it’s way too dodgy.

Make sure you subscribe to his channel Turnah81 so you don’t miss any further craziness!

 

And here is a little how to update video where Craig explains his thought process

 

And finally his very eagerly anticipated mouse trap to the extreme video!

 

Best drone of 2018 – Homemade “Cooler Drone”

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

So Craig is up to his inventions again! This time it is a DIY Drone Cooler, a flying Esky!

 

This is a tongue in cheek video so unfortunately it cannot carry a whole carton of beer and there isn’t really a cooler drone app, but the rest is actually real and it really does fly (I have flown it myself!).

This video has been 6 months in the making. The filming was an huge undertaking shot entirely with just 2 crew (apart from some “Extras” for scenes) – and often only 1 person. We shot it completely out of sight from the public- to keep it under wraps until we could complete the whole video. This meant some tricky locations had to be used. The drone build took about 4 weeks alone, literally Craig’s whole summer break – and then some. We aren’t sure if this is an invention, an artwork or a short film. I guess it is kind of all three? Yes Craig really did throw the bottle(s) at me but I’m kind of used to him doing that now, I feel like it is part of the filming process! Make sure you check out the blooper reel, pretty funny stuff!

 

 It was built using DJI parts, mostly the DJI Phantom 3. More information and build pictures on Craig’s blog

and you can also watch the build video here.

 

So we were lucky enough that this short film was a finalist for Australia’s Funniest Shorts for 2017. It was awesome to hear live reactions from the public.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a vlog of our adventures attending the live judging in Bunbury.

 

Autism Awareness Day – April 2nd

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Of all the work we do and all the videos that we make, this is the most important to Craig and myself.
Our son Nate was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 3 years old. He attends a mainstream school with the help of a special needs aide.
The school holds an Awareness Day every year to teach children about the disability and difference.

Through education comes understanding and through understanding comes acceptance.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all school’s embraced this?

To find out more check out the Autism Awareness website

Over $1500 for Madi’s Surgery!

Monday, August 17th, 2015

On Saturday we raised $1,564.85 for Madi Molloy!

We couldn’t have done it without the help of Rockingham Shopping Centre who donated a $500 gift card and a brand new bicycle that we successfully raffled off.

Thank you so much for everyone who donated and for the wonderful mascots from Chipmunks Port Kennedy who gave up their time to help a special girl.

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The 6 year old dance girls from Pure Beat Dance were there all day selling books and cricket sets and being so cute that nobody could walk past them yelling “would you like to make a gold coin dalmation???”

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If you haven’t made a donation yet, don’t worry we are doing a sausage sizzle this Sunday at Masters Home Improvement in Baldivis or you can just make a one off donation to Madi’s go fund web page

Hope to see you there!

Join us to help raise funds for Madi Molloy and her family.

Friday, August 7th, 2015

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Join us on Saturday 15th August at Rockingham Shopping Centre to help raise funds for Madi Molloy and her family.

11 year old Madi was diagnosed with an advanced brain tumour in February 2014. She’s currently booked in for surgery this month after a scan showed her tumour was growing.

The surgery costs $100,000.

Madi is our daughter Jasmine’s dance instructor at Pure Beat Dance. So this cause has hit us all as a family and our local community.

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Jasmine and her fellow dance class with Madi

As a wonderful show of charitable spirit, members of the community are banding together to help raise funds for Madi and because of this she is almost halfway there.

We still however need to raise over $50 000 for this life saving surgery.

Together with Rockingham Shopping Centre, we will be holding a fundraising day for Madi on Saturday 15th August outside the jewellery store Shiels to help raise the rest of the funds for her necessary surgery to stay alive.

We will be raffling a $500 Rockingham gift card and giving away books and cricket sets for a gold coin donation. If you would like to make a one off donation here is a link to the donation page http://www.gofundme.com/waawv4m

Thank you all for making a difference
Kristen and Craig
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I’m doing the 2013 Perth City to Surf half marathon!

Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

I am doing the half marathon for this years City to Surf in Perth. That’s 21.1km! I have never run that far before and I’m hoping that YOU will sponser me to do the run.

What is CJD?

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease is a rare and fatal degenerative brain disease of the central nervous system.

There is no treatment, there is no cure.

About me

So I have been running for about 9 months now and I can officially say that I am addicted. The amazing places you get to see, the feeling of freedom, the comradery from other competitors, just trying to better myself. I love it!

A compilation of my experience with running, 2013 Perth City to Surf, Marathon, vlog, video blog, sponsorship, photography

A compilation of my experience with running

To make a donation click here.

More information on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

Watch my personal journey as I train for this big event. Here is episode 1 of my vlog “And So I Ran…”

We Make Another Viral Short Film – How to Stop Cats Forever

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013

This is the sequel to my viral short film How to Stop Cats Pissing on Your Car – The Best Cat Video Ever! It follows on my struggle and solution to my problem with neigbourhood cats urinating on my car and property.

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Craig welding together the “device”

Seriously I don’t hate cats, This video was the result of a legitimate ongoing problem we have had with cats in our area. Washing cat urine off our doors and cars was becoming an increasingly time consuming and frustrating part of our weekly routine. Not to mention the many nights lost sleep with cat fights, we have even had property damage.

Basically I thought “bugger it”, why not turn our problem into entertainment? Everyone likes a funny cat video on youtube 😉

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A scene from the film

So what’s it about?

In the sequel I take the basic concept of the first video and just make it…well…extreme. I don’t want to give too much away, you will just need to watch the video. So far it has been received very well with over 230 000 views. Plus it has just become a finalist for the short film competition Rottofest. The winner will be announced on Sunday 8th September.

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The device in action on my first test subject (my sister)

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One of my other “inventions” featured in the video

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Drive by coffee. Sounds like a great idea (to everyone but the customer)

If you would also see how Kristen and I act behind the scenes watch the blooper reel below.

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I have been dubbed the Aussie MacGuyver so my lovely wife photoshopped this for me. I laugh every time I see it!

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Aussie MacGyver!

Original Cat Video:

If you are unfamiliar with my original video “How to Stop Cats Pissing on Your Car, The Best Cat Video Ever! I have linked to it below.

Craig goes viral on Youtube – Our online video with over 1 million views

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

As video producers, every now and then when time prevails, it is great to shoot something for no other reason than the fun and the creativity of it. Recently Craig’s short comedic solution to our ongoing neighbourhood cat problem has gone global!
Between Youtube and some foreign video websites (who pinched it :-p ) the video has now received over 1 million views and now online is the most viewed short film ever produced in Western Australia.

While having an underlying message of responsible pet ownership, The video shows Craig’s improvised humane solution to our ongoing problem with neighbourhood cats urinating on our property, including our cars!

With what has been amusingly described as a “MacGyver like solution” Craig improvises a defense mechanism from automotive and household items. Putting his camera rigging skills to the test he then documented the results for the world to enjoy with a combination of night vision, motion sensors, and high resolution photos.

Some facts we thought were interesting:

  • For a period in May according to TrendsMap the video was the second most discussed video in Australia on twitter, just one spot behind lady gaga’s latest song.
  • Shortly after upload the clip received over 200,000 views in a 48hour period.
  • The video has just under 800,000 views on Youtube.
  • The video has been featured in numerous online humor, technical and media websites worldwide including The Guardian UK.

Most interesting for us has been seeing the potential global promotional power of online video, whether it be for a message, idea or product. Considering the video was not at all intended for promotional purposes, it is interesting that we have had requests from numerous people who are ready and wanting to purchase the cat spray.

Check out the video below and tell us know what you think on facebook