So now Weebly allows post scheduling, so I am testing this to see if I can take advantage of it. Ideally that would mean I can write something when I feel like it and schedule it for later if I just posted something. I can post regular written articles interspersed with random spontaneous posts about where I am. I like this idea.
So I am trying to get myself reorganized. Get my projects off the ground. Actually accomplish something.
There is only a week left in FAWM. I have 1 song written. I need to get on the ball with that.
There is a video contest for Boxx. The first prize is a workstation made to handle to work of graphic designers, animators and 3d artists. That would be so nice. The rules say you make a 60 second video about why you need to leave your old system. My new computer is better than the old one, but it is still not as good as that. Video editing etc would be so much easier with it.
I am yearning to do another podcast. I tried to get one going a year ago, and it never got off the ground. I should just get off my duff and do it. I wanted to have a co host. But that seems undoable at the moment. I just need to buck up and do it.
Yeah.....Blogging needs to become a part of my life again. I have been busy and a tad depressed, and I had issues with my old laptop, and the Weebly iPad app isn't working anymore, and if I upgrade the app I need to upgrade the IOS, which I am resisting as long as possible.
Long winded sentence...one reason I need to get back to blogging: so I can get back into the habit or writing again.
So...this munth is FAWM again. February Album Writing Month. I am working on it...again.
I have 1 song partially done, another sketched out, and a 3rd has a theme but no words or music. I am hoping to record demos of them all and post them here if I can. We'll see.
Again I have missed blogging here. This time for nearly 6 months. I have been workling stuffs, but I haven't had time or energy to blog about it. I love my new job. It is awesome. My coworkers are awesome. My workload, while challenging, isn't so difficult that I am constantly frustrated. I get paid enough to live on. I am getting ready to move here soon to my own place, where I will be able to have room to stop mo and stuff. Once I get moved and settled, the plan is sto start looking for good used camera equipment. Yeah, I have now partially fried my iPad, so using it for animating is no longer an option. Well, it may be, but Wednesday morning I woke up at 3am to the smell of melting plastic and little tiny flames coming from the cable connector. Took it in to the Mac store and was told the transformer (the part that plugs into the wall) is bad and shorting out the cable and causing serious issues with the battery. Apparently I need to send it away to be replaced. So I invested in a new transformer and cable, and when I can brear to part with it for 7 days I will send it in. For now, though, I don't want to cause more issues by using it for stop mo.
Which actually is fine. I have a ton of other things going on. I am working on learning songs for Orycon concert with Those Pesky Kids. I am going to do a solo house concert in October. It has been fun. I invested in a cheap (really, really cheap) keytar. Silly me, I thought it would be straight forward and I would just have to learn where to find the sounds i wanted. Wrong. The one I bought is an Alesis Vortex. I named her Mrs. Nesbitt, cause I thought it was funny at the time. Mrs. Nesbitt is actually just a midi controller, not a full, synthesizer. Here is a pic of her:
Isn't she pretty? I would have preffered a black one, but the black one was wireless and $200 more. And still just a controller. But I have to plug her into the computer and open an sythensizing program to get the music out. I am still working it out. See, I knew nothing about synthesizers when I decided I wanted one. I did not realize how much there is to it. I can't just plug it in and play and have it work. I finally last night gav in a paid for an interface that was made to work with Mrs. Nesbitt specifically. Amazing how much better it works. So once they will let me activate the software so I can do more than demo mode, I will see if I can get her to do We Didn't Start the Fire, Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Doctor After Midnight) and Evil Pie (Talking Heads Swamp).
I also have been experimenting with materials again. A coworker of mine uses a type of epoxy putty to build out his miniatures. It doesn't stink, it takes longer to harden so you can actually sculpt it, and it dries so hard little tiny pieces don't break off. So I bought some at Funagain Games here in Eugene to experiment with. Wednesday nights a friend does a crafting night at her house, so I plan to take it with me and we will see how it works making dragon eggs.
So what I should be doing is mocking up a website for a guy so I can show him my basic design changes later today. I suppose I should get back to it if it is going to get done in time. Procrastination, thy name is Eleanor. :P
Well, I did it. It is not perferct, and I will probably re-record it, as I can hear all the things I do not like about it, but it is up now and out there and OMG what have I done...
I recorded this 2 weeks ago. I have been editing it, and editing it, and vacillating whether to upload it or re-record it. So I finally told myself to get over myself and just upload it already. I can always re-record it and replace it later.
So, here it is, warts and all, diving in, etc....
Another month has gone by. I suppose it is time to update this.
I have been working on audio, but I have a limited amount of time I can work on it, and I don't yet have anything I am willing to post. I will probably work some more on it tonight.
One of my favorite geek bands, Debs & Errol, were in the running for the CBC Searchlight. Errol wanted to do something with the #Votegeek hashtag, and called for fans to send him pictures of themselves with it. So I dusted off Wade and ran around town taking pictures. I also decided to take this as an excuse to actually build him a set. He needed furniture, big time. Everything I have is simply Liliputian compared to him. Here is one of the pics I took at Dutch Brothers. They are so awesome there.
So one odd thing that happened while out taking these pictures...I got something, but I am not sure what it is. There was no one on the sidewalk, and it was a mirrored window so you couldn't see in. On the right is the odd photo, on the left is the one taken immediately before it. The truck in the background is the same truck in both pictures. This is going to drive me nuts.
So, anyway, I took a few days a built Wade a sofa and an end table and a coffee table. I sewed a cushion and crocheted a blanket to go on the back of the sofa. I painted a background. So now that I had all these things, of course I had to play around with them. The resulting videos are not great, but the set looks awesome. Needs more detail, like pictures, a window, a book shelf, etc. Otherwise I am happy with it. Here is the mess I call a video...
So, there ya go. This month hasn't been completely uneventful. As I play with Wade and what he can do I hope to have more test videos to post.
Wow. I didn't realize I waited so long to post. Sometimes time just slips away from you.
I did play with keyboard triggering with the iPad. It worked great....sort of. I will have to admit I am happy with how much easier it was to keep the damn picture from jumping around. The quality is, once again, a bit shite. I used a ton of light. I made it focus as much as I could. but it again was too grainy, and after uploading it to You Tube it just got mushier. This frustrates the hell outta me. I really need to figure out why this is happening.
Well, for what it is worth, here are the results. The first part was done in Osnap, the second in iSttopMotion.
I also didn't pay attention to movement that much. Because the legs don't move independently of each other it is hard to get a smooth looking walk from this guy. Or any of the small guys I use. The iPad is a little tilted too. I need to shore up the sides inside the holder. I find it interesting that in the first video the sofa looks a lot closer than it does in the second one. I did not move the camera, nor did I change any of the settings. which would be moot anyway, as each application does it's own thing anyway and gives me little to no control. But the main thing with this video was to get the triggering to work, and it worked. One day I will get all elements to work all at the same time.
I know I have been promising this for a while, but external factors have motivated me to push forward with recording, and I hope to get a few things up by the end of the day today. We shall see. The person in the room next to me works nights, so I need to be quiet until at least 3pm. But as soundcloud worked so well, I might as well get that done and some sound samples up.
lá sona ú Pádraig! (Happy St Patrick's Day)
Oh, sigh. Ok...
Well, FAWM is over. Did I make my goal? Nope. I have lyrics written for a bunch, but no music. I am so used to placing my own lyrics in existing songs I have issues thinking of my own melody. If you go through several of your favorite songs, you may notice that the lyrics scan to more than one of the melodies. My issue is I hear an already existing melody that the words can scan to. And there usually are a few choices. But it was a good experiment. I enjoyed it, and learned a bunch. Still working on getting a few demos recorded to post here. Once I get them done I will put them here.
So yesterday I was dealing with migrainy goodness. That meant doing anything was out. When I got to the point where the pain was alleviated but the rest of the symptoms were still lingering (except light sensitivity), I sat and read a new book I got. this book is all about using the iPad for stop motion animation. I learned something I should have picked up on by now. I can trigger the iPad camera from my blue tooth keyboard. Duh! Of course! If I do it in Osnap, I use the volume button. If I do it in iStop Motion I use the play button at the top of the keyboard. It works. So today my plan is to play around with it, and see if it helps the smoothness any. I also am having issues with the stabilization of the iPad. I made the frame to place in on that screws on top of my tripod. It wobbles. Noy a ton, but enough to be an issue. Part of the tripod broke, so I decided I would just glue down the parts I want to be less wobbly. The point was to make something that I could remove from the tripod, but as it is broken in ways that will not support a camera, I would have to purchase a new one eventually anyway.
So I glued all the parts down that needed to be, and as soon as it all dries I will see what I can produce. The goal is to have a short video done by the end of the day. We shall see what I can accomplish.
So, although I am currently busy, I have decided I wanted to join this thing called February Album Writing Month, or FAWM for short. The idea is to sign up and write 14 songs in 28 days. I learned of this little event through the filk group Debs & Errol when I was at Orycon in November. It seems a good way to kick myself out of the doldrums I have been in lately.
As a test, I have created a Soundcloud account, and I want to see how easy it is to embed songs here.
So here is a test of the Eleanor Broadcasting System. This song is one I wrote, but the recording isn't a great one. It was done at a practice for Orycon with the Eugenics. On guitar are Dave Rogers and Andrew Ross. They also join me on the chorus, somewhat. So here goes nothing....
So...did you hear it? Did it work? I hope so. I plan to get better recordings of this eventually. And all my other songs.
BTW...FUC stands for FAWM Ukelele Club.
Ah, I love a good Eddie Izzard refferance early in the morning. Er, in the mid afternoon. :P
I have dropped the ball with blogging again. Quelle suprise. It has been a busy month, with a lot of changes coming down the pipe, both good and bad. Job change is happening. I am happy about that. More income will mean more money to put into videos. I may actually get to buy a new camera that will actually work instead of trying to continually use my iPad. I did an experiment the other day with my new Tardis toy. It was pretty bad. Very, very grainy to begin with, then got worse when I uploaded it.
Pretty damn bad. A good camera will alleviate this. I would hope. I am looking into investing in an actual stop mo software, such as Stop Motion Pro or Dragon Motion. I need to look into whether I need a separate video editor outside of the specialized stop motion software. I would hope not. but you never know.
The podcast is coming along nicely. the first one should drop around March 5th. That will give me time to finish the branding and website for it. Maybe get it listed places. Working hard on making that a reality.
Sorry for the drive by posting. Will write more later.