New Photo Workflows for @WorkflowHQ

by Cam on February 25, 2015 in Apps, Tech

After Workflow released version 1.1 I got to work reading about the changes and checking out example workflows that beta testers had been hard at work on before the public release. Viticci killed it, as always. I love that Workflow so easily allows us to share our workflows, and that those workflows can be customized and changed to our unique specifications.

So here are my 3 newest workflows, all of which center around taking pictures.

First up is the Front-Back Picture Merge.

This workflow prompts you to take a selfie, then to take a photo with the rear facing camera. It resizes the images and combines them horizontally, allowing you to then edit the new combo image and share it if you’d like. This workflow is great for sharing the context of a selfie, for vacations, concerts, road trips and I’m sure countless other situations.

You can of course change when you edit the photos, which cameras are used and in what order and so on. If you come up with a different iteration of this idea I’d love to see it!

Next is the Daily Photo workflow.

This workflow prompts you to take a photo, edit it, and then is automatically saved to an album of your choice. This is nothing fancy. What is cool about this workflow, however, is once you create an action in Launch Center Pro out of it you can schedule it to repeat daily at a specific time. Mine is set for 8:30pm, as that is when I’m usually up to something other than the day job.

The Daily Photo workflow then goes hand in hand with the Daily Image GIF workflow.

This workflow will grab the last 30 days worth of photos from your Daily Photo album, which you use with the Daily Photo workflow, and create a GIF out of them to share. This offers a unique way to share your last month’s evening activities, if you desire.

You could esasily turn this into a selfie time-lapse if you want by changing the camera setting to ‘front’ in the Daily Photo workflow. It can be interesting to see how your appreance changes over the course of a month, or longer if you want.

All in all, these workflows are not mind-bending but they are fun and potentially even useful. They grew out of my desire to fiddle with some of the new features in version 1.1 of Workflow. I hope you like them!

How I Came To Hate Dinosaurs

by Cam on February 5, 2015 in Life

The Setup

The summer after I graduated High School my parents took me and my sisters on a vacation to Steamboat Springs, CO. Overall it was a great trip; I got to see a hot air balloon rodeo, call my girlfriend long distance (this was still a thing back then) from a ski shop’s phone, and I got rewarded with Chinese food for saving my mom from drowning. All in all, a fun vacation.

There was, however, one part of the vacation that I still have nightmares about: Dinosaur National Monument.

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You see I come from a long line of nerds and when my dad discovered that their was a museum about dinosaurs in the Utah desert, multiple hours away from our air conditioned condo and the rest of civilization, he decided that we all had to go. And why wouldn’t we want to go: dinosaurs…in the desert…hours from people…what could possibly go wrong?

The Departure

The 5 of us loaded up into our Chrysler Pacifica, which should be a solid foreshadowing of the fun to come, and headed from a perfectly great place out into the wilderness of Western Colorado on the hunt for the nerdiest museum that side of the Mississippi, disc-men (these were still things back then as well) and books in hand.

We were on the only road, a 2-lane highway, for long enough that anything resembling society had long since vanished when we came to an abrupt halt.

Something Went Wrong

Looking up from my book (I’m glad I can’t remember what I was reading because I know I’d be embarrassed to tell you what it was…probably Wild at Heart.) I saw a line of cars in front of us, surely the only humans we’d seen in quite sometime, and asked my dad what was going on.

A oil-tanker truck jackknifed and is blocking both lanes” he said.

It was like the Lions had won the Super Bowl! We were going back to the condo….or so I thought. Much to my chagrin my father pulled out his Atlas and found a road that went around the blockage. And just like every Fall, my hopes of going home went the way of the Lions’ playoff chances…down the toilet.

We back-tracked and found this ‘road’. I say ‘road’ because it, while technically speaking was a road, was actually more like the Oregon trail…I’m pretty sure people have died of Diphtheria along this road. It was dirt the entire way with steep hills, deep cliffs and no guard rails. And remember, we were in a Pacifica, not exactly the off road vehicle of choice.

I thought we were going to die. My life was going to end at the bottom of a ravine somewhere in the desert of Western Colorado or Utah, I can’t be sure where we were at this point. This was not how it was supposed to happen.

But Then Something Unexpected Happened

We came over a crest and in the valley below we saw a huge mass blocking the road. Construction we thought! Everyone but my dad was elated.

We’re going back!

We aren’t going to die out here!

Wild at Heart won’t be the last book I read!

My dad, intent on seeing this Dinosaur Museum, approached the road blockage to investigate. As we drove closer we realized it wasn’t construction. It turned out that it was a herd of cattle, probably 100 or so. The cowboys: grandpa, son and grandson, had built the cow pen with the road cutting right through the middle of it…because that makes complete sense.

I would have loved to have been a part of that conversation:

Well our farm is in the middle of nowhere, with literally nothing for miles, I say we build our cow pen so that the ONLY road goes right through the middle of it. Yea, that seems completely reasonable.

At this point my dad was unwilling to quit. He parked the Pacifica and in his Polo shirt, khaki shorts and Birkenstocks (we call this the ‘dad uniform’) approached the 3 generations of cowboys and said,

“Hi, we’re not from around here.”

My friends, truer words have never been spoken. The cowboys, unfazed by my dad’s suburban flare, simply told my dad “drive through the pen, the cows will get out of the way.

This had to be a prank. They smelled the yuppy-ness from a mile away and they were going to screw with us, they almost had to. When was this ever going to happen again!?

Well, it turns out we really did have to drive through and the cows did get out of the way. Although they were not happy about it.

Longest Day Ever

Unfortunately, we did make it to Dinosaur National Monument and stayed there for hours. My dad and the oldest of my two younger sisters read every single word on every plaque and sign. Meanwhile my mother, youngest sister and I sat on the sidewalk outside trying to find ways to erase the boredom.

This, friends, is how I came to hate dinosaurs.

A Blessing

by Cam on January 23, 2015 in Theology

In preparing for Episode 3 of The Master Class I came across this passage in Numbers:

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26

It is often easy for me, and therefore I assume others as well, to forget that God does want to bless me and be gracious to me. It’s hard to remember this when I’m so focused on trying earn my righteousness.

The goal for this weekend is to remind myself that God sees me as he sees Christ. Not because I earned it, or because I try hard, but because of his choice to give me that righteousness. It truly is a blessing.

A Massive Thank You Note to @_RelayFM

by Cam on January 6, 2015 in Life

In early 2014 I became obsessed with learning about iOS automation. I had discovered Drafts and Launch Center Pro and wanted to learn all I could about making them do amazing things. In this pursuit I came across one of my favorite websites, MacStories, by Federico Viticci. In the process of scouring his articles for tips, tricks, and tutorials I came across a link to a podcast called ‘The Prompt‘. That click has had an incredible effect on my life.

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Myke, Stephen and Federico, the hosts of The Prompt, which is now called Connected, have been leading me down a path to creating my own podcast and they have no idea. They don’t know who I am, what my name is, or that they have been an encouragement to me in my pursuit of becoming a podcaster. Heck I didn’t even know I wanted to be a podcaster until I started listening to their show.

It really does amaze me that 3 guys that I’ve never actually met could have such a great impact on my life.

So Myke, Stephen and Federico, if I ever get the chance to meet you guys I’d love to shake your hand and tell you THANK YOU. You’ve helped me create something special and I am grateful. But until then, this blog post will have to suffice. Thank you for all the great work you do with Relay, it’s a constant encouragement and bar to aim for in my own pursuits.

— Cam

I Made A Podcast!

by Cam on January 5, 2015 in Theology

Yup, it’s true.

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On January 1 I recorded the very first episode of The Master Class with my good friend Dave Hogue. The Master Class is a show about what Jesus said and did and why it matters today. We want to honestly and openly discuss faith and it’s everyday practice without being stuffy or unaccessible. This is, if anything, 2 normal dudes talking about the how and why of faith in God.

We plan on releasing episodes every 2 weeks, due mainly to our wonky work schedules, along with blog posts and other resources. Each episode will focus on a specific passage from the Gospels and most certainly a few tangents, sorry, we can’t help ourselves.

I’ve spent quite a few late nights over the last 2 weeks getting the website ready, all the syndication and iTunes stuff set up, as well as the social media up and running, and it has been a BLAST.

I’d be incredibly grateful if you would take the time check The Master Class out. Head over to the website, poke around, give it a listen and please let me know what you think!