There are quite a few things in life that I am absolutely passionate about. The top of that list includes movies, electronics, making things, cooking, learning, and teaching - which is not in any particular order. So if the opportunity to nerd out on any of these subjects pops up, my energy is focused into it 99.9%. There are times that I forget to use the bathroom or eat when I'm concentrating heavily on something cool.
Now the original reason this site was created was to answer questions I was frequently asked. Instead of answering the same thing over and over, it was much easier just to say "read mcwain.net/coldbrew" or something similar. In fact, mcwain.net/finance is a perfect example of that. I get asked investment questions a lot and I wanted a place to brain dump my thoughts that people could easily access.
In the last few months, I've had quite a few people ask me why there aren't any videos on my site and they'd explain how YouTube would be a great medium to teach people. Combining that idea with an incredibly talented video production buddy of mine, we are currently in the process of developing video tutorials for normal people wanting to learn nerdy stuff.
Unsurprisingly, there is so much that goes into making videos. It's clearly not as easy as throwing a few words down on a website and adding a few cropped pictures. This last week I've had a crash course in writing scripts, lighting a set, camera framing, color balancing, consistency through takes, creating and managing a YouTube channel, sound calibration, production hardware, recording, editing, screen capturing, and most of all, being in front of the camera. Other than giving a speech, talking to a camera is the most nerve wracking thing I have ever done. It's going to take a while until I'm comfortable enough with the process before releasing a proper video, but we're getting there. Hopefully these videos will kick ass by the time we're done!