Day to day life, recorded in Chengdu, Beijing, D.C., and N.Y.C.
About half a year ago I discovered an app called One Second Everyday, which captures and sequences one-second long video clips every day. The genius of this app, like so many outstanding apps, is that it’s so limited in what it tries to do. It doesn’t allow you to use more than one second at a time, nor to use more than one clip per day. It takes only a second to record and edit your clip, and then the clips all reside in a calendar interface.
Although I wasn’t as diligent as I could be as far as recording a clip every day, I quickly found that after the first few weeks you have to be mindful about what you record. Most of us live within a restricted range of motion, so to speak, wherein we become habituated in our routines. This can really come through as you look for interesting things to film each day.
I’ve found that after months of recording clips, I began actively looking for those unique moments which made each day memorable. One Second Everyday is all about identifying, capturing, and collecting those.
Some highlights from 2013 which are depicted in this video:
- The Natooke shop, bicycle polo, and group bicycle rides
- Outdoor street parties, club DJ gigs, rock shows, and music festivals
- Street scenes all across China, and a few in Europe
- Time spent with some of my best friends in 2013, too many to count
- Countless challenging and fulfilling days spent in my office
- Unforgettable memories at Dojo throughout the summer of 2013
- Too many more memories to count
Now that I’ve assembled clips from the last six months into one two-minute long clip, I have renewed interest in continuing this habit into 2014. If this has piqued your interest, download One Second Everyday and start collecting your own clips. It’s great fun.