3 07, 2015

Off to Visit Temecula

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Having lived in San Diego County now since January, my wife and I decided to take a short Anniversary vacation up to Temecula to celebrate the July 4th weekend.  We had such fond memories of our Napa trip a few years back and wanted to see how Temecula was which happens to only be about an hour and a half drive from our house compared to the 11 hour distance of Napa.

Looking forward to some relaxing days with just my wife and I exploring the Wine country and enjoying fine dining and alone time without the kids for a few days.  Meanwhile, I hope everyone who follows me has a Happy July 4th!

We are staying at South Coast Winery Resort & Spa and are enjoying a package deal.

10 06, 2015

How Gaming Can Translate into Real World Skills and Lessons

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So I run into a situation very similar to many parents out there of children who are even more consumed by gaming than when I was a kid, and trust me when I was a kid I had NES, Atari, Commodore 64 and gaming was very much a part of my everyday life but it pales to the access of amazing gaming opportunities that they have now.  My kids have taken gaming to the next level with wanting to broadcast, record and establish online personalities for their video game play which I encourage and will grow during summer vacations but there are some things I help them implement to lay down the foundation of getting some skills and knowledge that will help them other areas of professional life later on as well.


All it takes to realize about a MOBA or MMO game where you run a guild or league is to realize that this requires coordination and teamwork.  You have your gamer be in charge of a group or lead and tell them that they set the strategy and issue commands, take advice and help run it and they are going to start establishing themselves as a leader able to give orders, re-assign team members to other responsibilities, call out mistakes and help showcase or assist where needed.  As long as done in a friendly and helpful fashion without raging or disrespect this can help deal with disappointment when a team fails, lack of coordination from lack of trust, and allows different personalities to help mesh or determine what works and what doesn’t.  Encourage your kids who are gamers to speak to their ‘group’ on teamspeak or another chat group so they can do more careful coordination of strategy and this works particularly well for League of Legends, Smite, DoTA2 or Heroes of the Storm for example.  The same thing was applied for WoW Guild Raids and GW2 Dungeon runs as well however.

Public Presentation

Here I admit is something that some people abuse and turn to disrespect or childish behavior on camera, but if you encourage and provide proper encouragement your child may use the webcam and live streaming to be comfortable talking to an audience they can’t see, being able to issue instruction, call out what you are doing as you are doing it, thinking ahead and getting into the mindset of explaining things can help them become better presenters, be better on conference calls and may assist with public speaking later on (though doesn’t address the in-person anxiety).  This also helps kids who don’t like their own voice, appearance, or are generally uncomfortable on camera get more comfortable with being on camera or having a presence but be cognizant of the risks and how they handle it.  My kids were so riddled with embarassement when making mistakes on camera video doing unboxings and used to have trouble talking when the camera record light was on, but they with practice became so much more comfortable on camera and relaxing.  I don’t encourage people to just become screamers, ragers or disrespectful swearing for the sake of attention grabbing.  It is important they find a personality or persona they like being or presenting while recording but try to encourage they keep it more PG rather than R rated, particularly if they are already under age and their target audience is under 18.

Think About Your Audience

Asking your gamers who want to record or showcase their triumphs and gamecast about who they want to watch and see, how they should react what reaction or response do they want from viewers gets them thinking about “customers” and the viewer is a consumer of their entertainment offering, put these ideas in their head to treat themselves as a source of entertainment or a service with consumers and these terminologies will help them later on as well.  They should also consider if they want to potentially find a way to monetize their service in the future, subscriptions like a TV show, do you want to try and sell the games you are showcasing, or merchandising like T-Shirt, branding…etc.  Or is it purely for fun and no intention on doing anything further.


Consider using a fake identity or a “Hollywood Name” for your gamecasting so that should you ever want to stop or even have someone else take over, you can offload that entertainment offering.  Tying it into your real name has permanency online long after you quit and want to stop people will find that you used to do this, so consider where you want this to be in your history.  Though if you use a webcam and not just a voice it is likely friends and people you know will find out so don’t ever assume you can do any casting or streaming anonymously forever if you are using a webcam, they need to know that exposing who you are is leaving yourself open to anything and this is where parents should take an active involvement too.  Encourage them to come to you if they get any comments, concerns or feedback that is trolling, flaming or may even fall under hate speech.  It is important you don’t flip out as parents and know some of the people who comment on YouTube and Twitch can say the most childish and hurtful things but you shouldn’t penalize the kid, use it as a learning experience to point out the lack of manners, etiquette and help teach them how to block and report offensive comments showing them how to handle these things and not dignify with a response, never get into a flame war with a commenter.  This will teach them patience as well as the ability on how to handle a difficult personality provided it isn’t physically hostile in person but something done via email or online later on too.

Have your kid experiment with OBS (Open Broadcast Software) and they get familiar with creating inputs, channels, output, codecs, bitrate and other terminology to help learn how to take feeds from multiple sources and combine them into a broadcast whether it is to Twitch or to an output file they can upload to YouTube.  Encourage them with other video editing software to create titles, transitions, video intro/logo’s and teach them how to create YouTube thumbnails, do some editing and they can develop skills that delve into video authoring and editing later on.  There are a variety of free and paid tools that help and are worth learning here and it all leads to learning something new and software to help support the gaming as well.

In Summary

Done right and encouraged, your gamers can be developing skills that will help them outside of the field of gaming and this is even if they don’t end up being the next big YouTube Star!  One thing I like to do is help my kids use an Amazon affiliate tag on all their videos and donation buttons on their Twitch as just ways to encourage them to build a business model around their creation of media content as well.

4 06, 2015

The Price for Alpha or Exclusive Access and Leaks

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It could have been worse when I had my YouTube account penalized for violations and am now suspended from both setting unlisted videos and no longer can host videos 15 minutes and longer until the penalty is lifted in July.  It all started with a poor decision on my part that spiraled out of control when I failed to act in a timely matter as I considered making a decision.

I was in the market to bring more game play video to the Dragon Blogger YouTube channel, and had an offer to hire some freelance people to play and record themselves playing game play footage for our channel.  This was innocent, you simply record the play of the game you are playing and enjoying anyway in a series for the channel on that game.  As a sample to see how their recordings turn out, they could get a new game I would buy if they covered some game footage of games they already had first.

It worked out sort of at first, I got some game footage and some limited view interest and increase, but when one person I hired offered early access footage from the World of Warships game that he was part of the Alpha too I thought an Alpha would get some notice so I accepted some vids and uploaded them to the channel.

I failed take note that the game was under a non-disclosure agreement but a comment was left after the videos had started really reaching combinations of thousands of views and I was trying to dig up information on how an NDA applies to leaked information when my properties and myself didn’t actually sign an NDA we just received the game footage.  In the end I had made the decision to take down the content and immediately marked it all for deletion on my YouTube channel less than 1 week after it was hosted.

By that time it was too late, claims had been filed and went through after the vids were already deleted and slapped the penalties on the channel.  This was a lesson learned, in an effort to try and host early or first access content I had stepped into something without thinking of the consequences.  As a result being in a race to be the first to publish anything about any game isn’t something to really seek after anymore, a small site has very little chance to legally get early access to content as game developers provide snapshots and vids and access (with permission to share) only to the bigger companies.  Fortunately most games that go Beta aren’t under NDA like Alpha versions are, but be very careful when reading those NDA’s that you sign when doing any gaming, some NDA’s will forbid you from Twitch streaming, recording, uploading or even taking screenshots to put in a blog post or forum.

Lesson learned.

28 05, 2015

French Corner Cafe in Encinitas Review

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Having a Parisian French Cafe within walking distance of my house over in Encinitas is a wonderful treat and especially one that has the best crêpes that I have tasted out of all of the restaurants I have ever been to save one in Las Vegas.

You have many options for breakfast, lunch or just for sweet treats over at the French Corner which is located at 1200 N Coast Hwy 101 on the corner of Phoebe street, just North of Leucadia blvd and across the street from the Post Office and Seaweed and Gravel.

In the last two weeks I probably have been in and out about 6 times sampling various breakfast items with the Spinach and Arugula Quiche being a personal favorite as well as the L’Orange Crêpes, my wife even said the Vanilla Latte is the best she had and comparable to her favorite that she enjoyed while we were in Rome a few years back.

This little cafe has limited sitting space but it is quite charming and seating outdoors with your dog at your side while enjoying some breakfast is such a nice little treat on the weekend or weekdays.  They are open 6 days a week being closed on Monday.

As a bakery they have a fairly wide selection of pastries and treats but purchasing Baguettes whole requires you be one of the lucky first few to request one as they have a limited supply that they use for lunch sandwiches and only sell a few loaves per day due to them not being able to bake enough to meet all of the demand for them.  I had at least 2 other customers comment how lucky I was to get a baguette from them whole one day when I managed to scoop one up.

Back to the Crêpes what makes them so special is the batter, it is very fluffy and delicious and plain they are just the right combination of sweet and savory without the many varieties they come in.  For lunch sandwiches they use a delicious pesto sauce on most of the sandwiches and my wife just adored the Le Caprese one day which is simply tomato, mozzarella with that special sauce on a baguette.

The one thing I haven’t tried yet that I see ordered by so many is the breakfast sandwich, and every time I go I keep getting a Quiche or a Crêpe so the next time I will have to get the breakfast sandwich.  If you live in Encinitas or are in the area and in the mood for a lovely breakfast or lunch at a French cafe, then The French Corner is highly recommended.  I would think this delightful cafe is quite the temptation for all the people coming out of the Physical Culture 101 Gym across the street too.

You can visit their website for more information as well http://frenchcorner101.com/


French Corner

1200 N Coast Hwy 101

Tuesday-Sunday:7:30am – 3:30pm

Phone: 760-809-9120

Email: frenchcorner101@gmail.com

13 05, 2015

Why I Still Use Gleam for Giveaways and Patterns of Behavior

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I still love the Gleam.io giveaway platform and generally the flexibility makes it work for all types of giveaway situations.  But giveaways in and of themselves and how successful they are can greatly depend on the product being given away honestly. Tablets for my site still have a pretty good ROI but in general numbers are lower than with Punchtab and others due to better spam filtering and sheer saturation of the giveaway market as every company. Generally still able to get a .10 CPF (cost per follower) or better for most brands, but more important than Twitter/FB fans is getting those emails to add to a newsletter/marketing mailing list, which is part of my entry options. So getting 1,000 emails that you can send emails to is more advantageous to most brands than 1,000 FB followers. The other thing is it establishes brand partnership, I sell 10-20 Dragon Touch Tablets on Amazon from Tablet Express per month now due to their consistent 2 tablet a month giveaways, it helps connect people with the brand, establish patterns, recognition. I have had great success with them, and Anker and some others, but less with Havit who makes keyboards, headsets and mice, yet their counterpart UtechSmart I sell more mice, keyboards, tablets. I find it hard to predict why a user would buy one mouse/keyboard over another when both brands are same class/price range, so I can’t ever predict sales only raise awareness with my channels.

Facebook is sucking big time on pages lately, with the average post only getting seen by 1% of followers, I am really jumping in YouTube exposure and other methods of exposure besides Facebook. Our YouTube for example gets more traffic than the blog site now directly and some videos are just growing constantly.

For example with over 700 videos, some may get hundreds, and others tens of thousands of views, for some reason 1 Tablet model stood out and excelled against all other tablet models and not sure why really.

These are the 3 most successful videos related to a product on our YouTube Channel.




So what we do is try to do more than 1 video of a product if it’s value is over $100 to increase chance of videos being noticed (usually unboxing and a review) and then a blog post as well with both videos. I also leverage Gleam to add unique entry actions for users.

Such as adding a product in Amazon to wish list, promoting an advertisement message for product on social media (not just enter to giveaway message), viral share of course is the standard, but reaching into other methods too, like watching a video as entry method (usually keep video short, and award 3 entries per minute of video).

The bottom line is unless you already have a ginormous following and your existing following 1-5% added as followers to your brand or emails for them to market to is enough to provide ROI, you are going to have to get creative to make sure you both reward your fans with a giveaway but provide enough of an ROI to your partner brand so that they want to keep coming back to give you more stuff to giveaway.

In addition pay attention to your Impress/Actions to User ratio, too many entry options and you could inflate a giveaway with thousands of entries, but only have a few hundred unique users, it is far more important to get unique entrants than high numbers of actions, this may make brand a bit crazy, as they want to see big numbers, but it is important to educate brands that actions is not necessarily the value if you have many entries per entrant, it is unique entrants.  Gleam does let not display entries publicly in the widget, and you may want to take advantage of this if you want to hide and only keep that info with you and your brand partner.

There my advice in a nutshell!

6 05, 2015

Theater of War and Spreading Message of Community for PTSD Sufferers

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So last night my wife had taken us to see the Theater of War: Soldiers and Citizens tour which was a 2 act reading from a Sophocles play about Ajax the great Greek warrior who under the stress of 9 years of war as well as being betrayed by his generals spiraled into PTSD like scenario and madness depicted as “Divine Curse”.

This company and production known as Theater of War is an entry way into helping raise awareness for veterans and families of veterans about various mental illness states that affect our troops who come home from combat zones as well as civilians affected by similar symptoms as well.

The acting was particularly dramatic and read with timing and effect, the part of Ajax was read by Brian F. O’Byrne and the parts of Tecmessa were read by Heather Goldenhersh in this particular presentation, the actors reading and portraying the characters in the play varies by city and performance.

What was interesting about this presentation and performance is they actually encouraged you to use a SmartPhone app along with the performance and gradually keep pressing an emotion meter (1 – 10) as you were watching the play to help provide feedback on which parts of the reading stirred up empathy and emotion in audience. At the end of the play they showed the results of the feedback from the audience creating a graph on which scenes and how people responded to various segments of the play and what garnered more emotional empathy and resonance in the audience.

They then went into bringing up panelists to talk and compare real life experience and the Sophocles play and how they saw their own lives mirror elements in the part of the story that was read.  It then opened up to audience interaction where questions were posted and students, teachers and veterans shared experiences and participated in building a connection and a bridge.  This was held at MiraCosta College in Oceanside and made for an unique and interesting experience.

My conclusion and synopsis which of course was the same prior to the play is that communities need to come together and be involved in helping everyone who is having mental health issues, these issues cannot be skirted under the rug and actions need to be accountable for those who cause mental trauma as well as physical trauma in others.  Families, friends of loved ones who are suffering from mental trauma need to turn to professional assistance where needed as those suffering may be deaf to those who are closest to them who have the best of intentions but not the professional and training to try and help someone recover from the damage and self inflicted isolation that can occur from such mental and emotional trauma.

This play was worth participating in and watching, and I encourage you to learn more about Theater of War

Check out Theater of War on Facebook


5 05, 2015

All Smaller Blogs Migrated to InMotion Hosting Now

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Over the last month I have migrated all of my smaller blogs from Bluehost to InMotion hosting in an agreement with InMotion hosting to do a thorough and sustained review of the service.  Bluehost had been my hosting provider for well over 6+ years but the support situation had been getting lapse and some of the back and forth with basic domain and smtp issues had me frustrated, also Monitive and other sites were reporting downtime for several minutes every single day and CPU throttling was killing my sites from time to time even with caching and Incapsula cloud caching most of the resources.

I also wanted to try out InMotion Hosting SSD Drive standard with each hosting plan, running the services off an SSD drive gave you some good caching options when using Disk Based caching and could improve performance.  Just switching hosting providers with identical plugins and everything else

With InMotion Hosting you get your AMP screen before your Cpanel as kind of your consolidated access screen, it is easy to navigate and works well.

The DNS Zone Editor works fast and well, and I was able to put my sites back into Incapsula shortly after the migration by leveraging the DNS Zone Editor and configuring each site per the instructions on Incapsula.

Now all plans come with unlimited bandwidth and disk space which is a good feature, I have worked with clients with Disk Space and Bandwidth limitation plans before.  The main difference between the plans is the number of Databases and websites you can have on a single account.  I have the PRO plan even though I am under the 6 domains on a single account with the Power plan, I tend to experiment and build up new sites all the time and at one point I had 9 WordPress blogs, but currently am down to 5 plus a few sandbox sites only used for test purposes.

You also get unlimited parked domains and subdomains with the Pro plan, but the 6 parked and 25 subdomains you get with the Launch plan is no slouch either.  You also get SSH for full access not just FTP as well for those who need that level of access.

The part of InMotion Hosting that impressed me the most in the first 30 days was if you are transferring from another hosting provider, they will move your site for you at no cost for a single site.  To test out how thorough they are, I will be 100% honest, I had EVERY single one of my sites moved 1 request at a time and 1 site at a time with this request process.

WPCypher.com, WandererThoughts.com, TheChefsCookbook.com and JustinGermino.com was the last one to be migrated, and InMotion Hosting Support migrated all of the sites without issue including giving you the final instructions to update the DNS settings for your former host or the service that you purchased the DNS names from.

In one case they made a minor mistake and blew away one of my sites while migrating the other one, but they backup their work and had it restored in less than 2 hours.  It was this time saving piece that was of great benefit and will be most advantageous to the casual blogger who wouldn’t know how to migrate their Theme, Plugins, Uploads and Database from their old hosting to their new hosting provider.

So far 1 month in the sites have nearly a full second better pageload performance times than on the old host, and I am still letting them soak on the new hosting.  I have had no outages other than the minor outage when 1 site was taken offline for a short time during the migration and I am pretty happy with the service so far.

Note, most hosting providers you have to pay for a full year up front or more, they don’t do monthly billing anymore.  With InMotion Hosting the Launch and Power plans must be prepaid at least 1 year ahead of time, but their Pro plan is still a monthly plan if you want to pay month by month.  It is however a lot cheaper to pre-pay a full year or 2 years than to buy a single month at a time.

They also offer VPS hosting and Dedicated Hosting if you need it, though I haven’t tested those services yet.  So you can join me and give InMotion Hosting a try if your existing hosting plan is coming up, or you don’t have a site yet.  You can also have them move your site for you, so you don’t have to do any of the work and have your site up and running on InMotion Hosting in no time.


22 04, 2015

Son Excited for Coding Class and Learning Scratch

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My son in 6th grade joined and after school coding program and after his first hour of his class he came home and was so excited to show me how he built routines for sprites including edge detection, changing “costumes” which is a fancy way of just switching sprites between actions.  The scratch which he said was similar to BlueJ from what he told me is object oriented programming where you drag and drop routines which are blocks of code behind the scenes.

I myself have only really done shell scripting and some crude Java programming in the past where each line was written by scratch, so I am not really versed in the drag and drop of today’s programming methods but it is something I want to try and find time for in the future.  The Scratch program seems very intuitive and easy to learn and was developed by MIT and is worth checking out, they have tutorials, vids and some projects to start from.

You can check out more about Scratch here: https://scratch.mit.edu/

Meanwhile, I like that my son is encouraged and excited about playing around with Scratch and hope to see him blossom into a full app/game programmer over the next few years which is his goal.  He is going to be twelve this year and he wants to be a full fledged game programmer by the time he is 15 which I think is a doable goal if he works hard at it.

16 04, 2015

Family Cruise to Puerto Vallarta

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So the family just recently got back from our first family cruise in over 6 years as we hadn’t done a cruise since my boys where 5 and 2 and that was a Disney cruise so many years ago I can barely remember.  What’s worse is the kids were too young at the time and neither one has an memory of the Disney cruise at all, only pictures that prove they were on it.

So this time we did the Carnival cruise and were aboard the Miracle ship, we drove to Long Beach which is only 1.5 hours without traffic from where we live and is nice to be able to drive to the major port the ship leaves out of without having to fly like we did from Arizona.  We departed on Saturday 4/4 and our adventure began.  One great thing about this 7 day cruise was not just the ports but the activities to keep the family busy all day long as well as the wide variety of food.

Food there was, there is no joke when people say you will get fat on a cruise, it is 24 hour of non-stop food and they had a 24 hour Pizza bar which served up very good pizza, better than almost all delivery places all day long.  But the formal dining is where it’s at, and while I can tell you from experience that the cuisine is a bit higher quality on Royal Caribbean cruises from past cruises with the wife the food is still very fine nonetheless.

What I really like is each night of the reservation dinner night, they have a varied menu but one thing they have that I didn’t see in previous cruises is a “Try It” item, which is 1 rare or exotic food dish that is meant for people to try something new and different.  It usually is a starter that stands out and is highlighted and my oldest son Mason who is 11 was eager to broaden his culinary horizons.

One night we dined on Alligator Fritters which were fantastic, while another night Braised Ox Tongue was the option.  Escargot on another night and Frogs Legs soaked in heavy butter on yet another evening.  All were tried and only my 8 year old wouldn’t eat or try anything that wasn’t Pizza, Chicken Nuggets, Chicken Breast, French Fries or White Rice.  This was a great experience and my wife used it to help teach the kids formal dining etiquette (at least enforce it more).  Ironically unlike most previous cruises I took less pictures on this vacation than any previous vacation.  Nobody brought laptops, and I didn’t even bring my iPad. My phone was used only for minor check-ins at port and for telling time but was no good with no signal most of the time at sea.  The kids had Kindle Fire HDX tablets only to entertain them at bed time but generally had extermely little technology time other than maybe 1/2 hour per day on the tablets.

We did shows every evening, one night was a juggling act which was my son’s favorite of the whole trip with the worlds fastest juggler.  They also have Stand Up Comedy every single night and we had a great time watching those as well.  Music performances were good on most evenings and varied from 80’s shows to others.  And this was the cruise itself, didn’t even talk about what we did at the ports.

In Cabo San Lucas where we visited 2 days, the first day was just exploring and shopping, we ate at a local Oyster bar after eating at Cabo Wabo and I had way too many oysters as it turns out.  The kids found new Fedora hats which they love to wear whenever they can and show them off, the haggled with their own merchants to get the best price possible as well.  On the 2nd day we did the Salsa and Salsa Excursion where for 3 hours we made 7 different salsa’s and the boys were even put up front and competed with each other on which one would make the best salsa with all participants tasting and judging their salsa’s.  They also did a little bit of the salsa dance lesson, okay only Oliver who is 8 did, Mason stayed seated and watched for this one.

In Puerto Vallarta is where we had the real magic too, swimming with Sea Lions was the excursion and it was a blast, we had some of the most fun times and a video and pictures to show it.  They were very well trained as we swam, pet and played with two 11 and 13 year old sea lion females and learned more about them.

Here is video of our Sea Lion adventure.

All in all, if you ever are in a position where you can afford a cruise vacation with the family, it is a fantastic way to spend quality time together (or get some time apart) they have clubs where the kids can be dropped off and you can get alone time as adults and not parents too, though I will say my 8 year old liked the club some days and not others, and my 11 year old hated the club often just tagging along with us even through the 90’s trivia events and other time fillers rather than hang with his peers.  For his age group there was too much dancing and music, and activities that didn’t interest him.  They do have like Wii games and entertainment but it is usually crowded, and they complained about the quality of the monitors, equipment, games and other activities were a little limited.  I think if the retro-fit the kids club and added a little more modern type of activities it would be better, just setup a bunch of computers with Minecraft or something :)

All in all, it was a fantastic vacation and much needed after an extremely difficult 2014 that my family had.  My wife and I did come down with a cold on Thursday two days before we got back to CA, and we read in the news that another ship in the same port 1 day later over 100 passengers came down with stomach virus which we were thankful nothing like that happened on our ship and nobody got anything that I know of other than the common cold.  Viruses do spread easily in ships, so if you do cruise make sure you are using hand sanitizer OFTEN, coughing in your inner elbow, and wash hands very often.

Nothing like leaving the door open while sleeping and getting the ocean breeze in your cabin!

3 04, 2015

Gearbest has Affordable Drones for All

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If you have been wanting to try your hand at flying RC Quadcopter drones then you can look no further than Gearbest which has a sizable amount of RC Quadcopters for really great prices, click here for more products.  I personally have always been wanting a drone with a camera because I live near the beach now and I wanted to take video of a drone soaring over the ocean waves and sands, as well as the cliffs near where I walk down to the beach.  I think a drone camera is really cool to have and can take some great scenery video.  Gearbest has a wide selection of drones, and while they have drones ranging from $15 to over $200, and there are plenty of drones with HD Cameras on them to choose from, this particular drone caught my eye.


This is the Cheerson CX-20 which has a 10 to 15 minute fly time, as well as GPS built in and some auto-navigation and return so the drone will automatically return to it’s source location.  It has some cool features like auto stabilize and return home if it loses signal from the controller as well.

The drone has a mounting place for a camera, but does not come with a camera.  Still this is a drone that is a cut above the rest.

If you want a drone with the HD Camera built in that can stream video live, you can also look at the Sky Hawkeye.

Upside down in this picture to show you the camera, the Sky Hawkeye HM1315 has a screen on top of the controller as well as an SD Card so you can watch in real time and record what the drone sees as it sees it.  Navigate by flight and see some impressive things from a point of view that only a drone can get to.  Seriously check ou tthe Sky Hawkeye Product Page and see some of the pics and video of this drone!

The JJ-600 also has a camera though not live video mode, and is a lower priced model, this one can charge via USB cable and is easy to fly as well.

The JJ-600 6 Axis Quad Copter is only $46.27 on Gearbest at the time of this writing which is a fantastic deal for a quadcopter that comes with a camera.

So if you are interested in an RC Quadcopter you can take a look at them on Gearbest in their RC Copter category and see which one you want to take for a test flight.  Take a look and tell us what drone you would buy or are doing to by and I would love to see some comments and pictures of your drones!