April 22nd, 2011

puffin

Knitting, videoing and videoing myself knitting

I have been wanting, for ages, to video myself knitting from my point of view, i.e. so that the viewer can see what I see as I knit, give or take a few degrees of viewing angle. I thought of something earlier that involved gripping my Kodak HD Zx1 digital video camera using the legs of the GorillaPod and holding the GorillaPod and camera in front of my face by gripping the part of the GorillaPod that would screw into a camera my teeth/mouth.

Well, it worked. I can see my knitting and, if I squint, I can see the screen on the camera to check framing. The camera does not seem to like to focus that close, thought and I may get better footage during daylight, so I will try again if I am ever awake during daylight one day.

I have also taken a short piece of video using the iMac's built in iSight webcam and iMovie that shows how clumsy this setup is (the camera is pretty heavy after a minute or two!) despite it taking a pretty perfect point-of-view angle of video.

I am now trying (unsuccessfully to be honest) to work out how to splice the two videos together and add subtitles to it (I cannot talk when I have the camera in my mouth!). Once I work all of that out I may take some more footage in anger.

I may excerpt some stills to flickr and update this post (or post a new post here). I may also work out how to upload/post/stream/YouTube/flickr/Vimeo these clips for your amusement. Don't hold your breath though!

This post is brought to you by the indecisive and repetitive use of the word "may".


P.S. Is it me or does the word "videoing" look wrong? It is probably just me…
pixelasleep, sleep

Writer's Block: Born to do it

What is your idea of the perfect job? Do you think you'll ever get it?


Wow. Hard question. I would love to be able to make money by doing the things I am capable of doing and enjoy doing. Wouldn't we all. The list of things I am capable of and enjoy doing is so varied and eclectic I doubt such a job could ever exist. I wish that I could do these things and make money of them for myself without there being a "job" per se, but I do not have the marketing and planning skills needed to even post stuff on ebay/etsy/folksy. Needing to be able to nap whenever my body/brain decides that it needs to is another constraint to there ever being a "job" out there that I would be able to do. Deadlines stress me out and make me ill. Phones freak me out and ditto. There is no wonder, to be honest, I am on long term incapacity benefit and disability living allowance (the UK equivalent of the US "disability" from what I can gather). So, yeah. I have skills and ambition but the body/brain is not willing and no employer would ever employ me to do any of the things I can do, working from home with 100% flexible hours and no requirement to use the phone. It is just, sadly, not happening.
chough

How Socialists Built America | Common Dreams

If there’s one constant in the elite national discourse of the moment, it is the claim that America was founded as a capitalist country and that socialism is a dangerous foreign import that, despite our unwarranted faith in free trade, must be barred at the border.


How Socialists Built America | Common Dreams

Interesting. *strokes invisible goatee beard*
puffin

From Twitter 04-21-2011


  • 00:07:34: Or air conditioning. Yeah. Right. I'll get right on with the whole "winning the lottery" pipe-dream, then.
  • 04:02:56: RT @natalief: "Happiness" http://t.co/Fm4NzaU Some more thoughts about this elusive (or is it?) state of being over at my livejournal.
  • 04:03:51: #stillawake but that is not surprising because I am cool enough for my brain to work. I am getting a headache though. #paracetamol
  • 05:32:31: #bed
  • 07:18:50: #stillawake Can't sleep. Cogs're still whirring and it os already getting hotter.
  • 09:56:48: Off to #bed again to see if I can put the elusive theory of sleep into some semblance of practice.
  • 18:37:47: #wakingup I seem to have slept through the worst of the day's heat today.
  • 19:11:43: Opened window that had blown shut, put on kooltie, turned on chiller and turned up fan.#cocodamol I took 15 mins ago is starting to work.

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puffin

Knitting, videoing and videoing myself knitting.

I have been wanting, for ages, to video myself knitting from my point of view, i.e. so that the viewer can see what I see as I knit, give or take a few degrees of viewing angle. I thought of something earlier that involved gripping my Kodak HD Zx1 digital video camera using the legs of the GorillaPod and holding the GorillaPod and camera in front of my face by gripping the part of the GorillaPod that would screw into a camera my teeth/mouth.

Well, it worked. I can see my knitting and, if I squint, I can see the screen on the camera to check framing. The camera does not seem to like to focus that close, thought and I may get better footage during daylight, so I will try again if I am ever awake during daylight one day.

I have also taken a short piece of video using the iMac’s built in iSight webcam and iMovie that shows how clumsy this setup is (the camera is pretty heavy after a minute or two!) despite it taking a pretty perfect point-of-view angle of video.

I am now trying (unsuccessfully to be honest) to work out how to splice the two videos together and add subtitles to it (I cannot talk when I have the camera in my mouth!). Once I work all of that out I may take some more footage in anger.

I may excerpt some stills to flickr and update this post (or post a new post here). I may also work out how to upload/post/stream/YouTube/flickr/Vimeo these clips for your amusement. Don’t hold your breath though!

This post is brought to you by the indecisive and repetitive use of the word “may”.


P.S. Is it me or does the word “videoing” look wrong? It is probably just me. *checks online dictionaries and google* video seems to be an example of a verbed noun that has entered common usage (verbed is another – a noun turned into a verb – to verb a noun into a verb). No wonder it looks wrong/awkward! </p>

This was originally published on my LiveJournal.

 

 

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