Wow, speaking of a fresh perspective! A few weeks ago, my husband recycled the base of an old, rusted basketball hoop into a container garden for me. It wasn’t that I asked him to – I think he realized, finally, that showing me the second copperhead snake he found outside our door had deterred me from enjoying the yard I’d once craved. He’s coaxing me back out into the wild, bit by bit, knowing that – despite my notorious black thumb and talent for killing even silk plants – I occasionally have an urge to grow edible things. He suggested starting with an herb garden, and did all but plant the herbs for me.
You’ve seen my plot bunnies and dragons – now let me introduce you to the magical garden gnome with his solar-powered crystal ball. Click and drag on the image below, and you should be able to explore the garden from the gnome’s perspective.
I recently upgraded my mobile phone to a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – a move cleverly timed to take advantage of the offer of a free Samsung Gear 360 Camera. It took several weeks, but the camera finally arrived. Without an SD card. Just a note for those who ordered the camera but haven’t received or tried it out, yet – you’ll need to order a micro SD card if you want to take pictures. Seems obvious – who would buy a camera if they didn’t want to take a photo? But there you go. I bought the Samsung 64GB 100MB/s (U3) MicroSDXC EVO Select Memory Card with Adapter, and it arrived this afternoon.
This is almost as much fun as I imagine flying a drone would be, without the need for FAA licensing, manual dexterity, and 3D spatial awareness needed to keep from ramming it into the ground. Repeatedly.
You can see my first real photo above – and I hope that you’re able to move around and view it in all its 360-degree glory. Naturally, the first thing I do when I get a shiny new tech toy in pristine white is shove it into spider-infested potting soil. But how often do you get to see dill and basil from this perspective? Assuming this works well, the plug-in I’m using is WP-VR-view – Add Photo Sphere, 360 video to WordPress. The plug-in has not been updated in nearly a year, but it seems to work well enough. Let me know if you have any trouble with it!
Playing outside, just now, I realized there’s only one thing worse for us arachnophobes than finding spiders in the garden.
I haven’t yet tried video, live streaming, or VR – we’ll get to that. Meanwhile, can you find my garden gnome?