Somewhere around 5-8 years ago, I used to vlog a massive portion of my life. A lot of those videos made me cringe so hard that I hid them from the Internet, but I would regularly film sit-down vlogs, or just bring my camera around and film stuff in my everyday life. This was around the time I was an undergraduate university student, and vlogging and producing videos was just a hobby of mine that I did while studying. Fast forward several years and I have a job in the esports industry as someone who literally gets paid a full-time salary to professional create things… and somehow, I think I’ve become a worse vlogger. Now of course, the stuff I create for my job (thankfully) isn’t just exclusively vlogs, but I realized that I missed my days of vlogging. Back then, I worried too much about view counts and getting my video in front of as many people as possible, but recently, my interest in vlogging has been rekindled due to approaching it from a different perspective. My dad enjoyed filming stuff on his camcorder when I was young, and this gave me an opportunity to watch footage and see what life was like when I was too young to retain long-term memories. I think this should be the true spirit of vlogging – not trying to be as popular of a vlogger as possible, but just creating memoirs of the present day upon which to look back when you’re older. So, as I mentioned before, unfortunately, since the time I stopped vlogging, I believe I’ve gotten substantially worse at vlogging… not because I’m more shy or unnatural on camera – in fact, I believe I’m exponentially better on camera now than I was before – but because I literally forget to record footage. I’m going to work on that, but until then, here is a disjointed vlog of my recent one-week visit to Southern California. In case you’re curious, the rental vehicle I’m driving in that video is a Nissan Frontier. It’s pretty bad. Don’t buy one.
Jordan King, one of my co-workers at Tempo Storm, left the comfort of his cornfield hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska to visit Los Angeles. Humorously, flights from Omaha directly to Los Angeles were over double the price of flights to Las Vegas, so he decided to fly into Las Vegas first to visit me, then we took a road trip to Southern California. Along the way, we decided to stop by Zzyzx, an unincorporated community in the Mojave National Preserve, and a hot tourist spot for people traveling through the desert. I’ve driven to and from Los Angeles and Las Vegas a handful of times already, so I obviously have seen Zzyzx on the map and passed signs for Zzyzx while on the freeway, but I never actually bothered to stop; I felt this would be a good opportunity to experience it for the first time with Jordan. While traveling down Zzyzx Road towards the California State University Desert Studies Center, we saw “majestic creatures of the rock,” as Jordan called them (I believe they are officially named bighorn sheep, though I’m not entirely sure). It was quite unexpected, as there aren’t really too many wild animals in Las Vegas where I live. After we visited the Desert Studies Center and started making our way back to the freeway, they were still there and bravely stood their ground against my rental truck, so we were able to get some pretty good close-up shots of them. After the animals headed back up into the hills, we proceeded until we found a good spot where Jordan could head out deeper into the desert and collect some small rocks to bring back home to Nebraska for his daughter. He grabbed two small black rocks that had originally been located somewhere near 35°09’16″N, 116°06’20″W. I haven’t been vlogging too much lately, but I remembered to bring my camera with me, so I cut together some clips, starting from picking Jordan up from McCarran International Airport and concluding with departing Zzyzx.
Full photo album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/sets/72157667844122227
Literally three days after moving from Southern California to Las Vegas, I got on a plane and went straight back to California to visit Hollywood and Burbank for Tempo Storm’s Fortnite team’s onboarding. (Yes, I could’ve just chosen to move after the onboarding, but then I would’ve had to miss the Esports Arena Las Vegas grand opening, so that posed another problem. On top of that, we ended up postponing this Fortnite event by a week, so I was actually originally under the impression that it would happen before I moved.) I was hoping to turn this entire trip into a vlog, but unfortunately, I committed an idiot and literally forgot to bring my camera battery charger. I explain it in greater detail in this video segment, but long story short, this is the only video footage that I have from the event: That video above were from travel day, as well as the early morning before the first day of onboarding. Yes, we ended up just eating at Denny’s, and our players all successfully made it from the hotel by crossing the street without any fatalities. The first day was mostly composed of video interviews and photo shoots – we wanted to get as much media footage of the players as possible so we had some stuff to work with when creating features and segments. Our executive producer Doug was the one who primarily ran most of the interviews, while our photographer Bills captured head shots: Later on in the day, Greg Grunberg stopped by to direct a pilot episode of a talk show with one of our players. To conclude the day, we went up to the Observatory to enjoy the view of Los Angeles. The second day was show day. We had the players participate in a 10-in-5 challenge, where our team had to get 10 wins in 5 hours. We didn’t realize how easy it would end up being for them – they blasted through with 10 wins in a row in right around 3 hours, then spent the remainder of the time doing silly stuff to entertain the audience, like queuing up for 4-man squads the splitting up half-and-half to wipe out everyone else on the map and meet in the middle. The evening concluded with some group photos, followed by a trip to all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ and an escape room.
(Full album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamparkzer/sets/72157689199589840)
Remember a little while back when I went rock climbing with Tempo Storm’s Heroes of the Storm team? After we were done, I went back to one of the players’ apartment to film some more stuff while I was in the area. One of the segments we filmed was of Jun, the support player, cooking some Korean-style beef sirloin. I finished editing the clips together last night, and the video went live on the Tempo Storm Heroes of the Storm YouTube channel earlier today.
For what feels like the tenth time in the past week (it’s actually only the fourth time in the past week), I went back to Esports Arena to cover an event – this time, SpeedRun Arena with one of Tempo Storm’s broadcast personalities, Trihex. Of course, I don’t go to things unless I’m being productive, so I have a photo album of the full Speedrun Arena event. Here are some highlights: I’m also filming video footage for this event as well; I’ll be editing all that together into a vlog over the next day or so, and post a link to it here when it’s ready. Edit: I’m done editing, and the vlog is up – check it out embedded below, or on Tempo Storm’s Twitch channel.
I had some appointments to go to in Las Vegas, so I spent yesterday driving there, today attending meetings, and tonight driving back home to Southern California. I can’t drive long distances without getting motion sickness, so I took regular stops on the way to Las Vegas. I was traveling alone, because it’s a lot more convenient to do things on my own schedule rather than having to sync up with a travel partner. So, to keep myself occupied, I vlogged a bit on the way there and told some stories to my camera whenever I was stopped to take a break. This wasn’t exactly produced with an intent for public consumption (but rather, more so to keep myself entertained and to keep pushing myself to create things), but if you’re interested, here’s the vlog with my stories:
Source: http://youtube.com/watch?v=pkGsqlIOrXc&list=PLRz2JWFFHXPe0dE7zosqHLbxgrppwgeeg Today’s episode of Storm Psychology, a series written by Corey Tincher exclusively available on Tempo Storm’s website and YouTube channel, is on confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is the tendency for people to search for and interpret information in a way that favors their pre-existing beliefs, while not giving proportional consideration to alternative and conflicting possibilities. If you’ve ever seen an ally do something, even though there was clear evidence that they shouldn’t, they were most likely suffering from this phenomenon. This video goes over how it affects Heroes of the Storm, and what you can do to avoid falling victim to it.