I think it's worth the effort as more and more browsers are supporting html 5 and it is the way of the future We'll see if this pans out or not.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
I think it's worth the effort as more and more browsers are supporting html 5 and it is the way of the future We'll see if this pans out or not.
Actually, it's probably not very well done as the main gallery index does not show any actual photos! It is a list of links to the pages that have the photos. Not the best way to do it since there are no "hooks" to grab people and get them into the photos themselves. My bad.
You can check it out here and see what all the fuss is about.
In other photography related news - my new camera has arrived! *squee* You can't see me, but I'm totally doing a happy dance right now. It's a Canon Kiss X4 and it's just dandy. I've only just started playing with it, I'm hoping to get some photos to share this weekend (or sooner!).
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The mildly interesting part is that most of my visitors come from three places. Australia, which will be mostly me and a few of my friends who read this, America (US) where occasional people pop up and read and sometimes leave a comment and ... Russia.
I wonder which accounts for most of my spam?
Be interesting to review visitor numbers in a few weeks now that the anonymous posting has been switched off. And a captcha has been added as well.
Sorry. But gotta fight the spam...
Sunday, October 17, 2010
However, my main site needs an update. I'll be totally re-doing the photograph section but the whole site I want to upgrade to 4.01 strict which means changing all the back end stuff. This is a lot of effort considering that on the outside it'll look pretty much the same.
Having said that, my primary focus is going to be the photography stuff.
I've already been sorting out through all of my photos looking for which ones to put up and have a fair stack sorted out. There's still more to go though, but I'm getting there. I'll need to re-organize the main page as well (plus write more articles, but I've been saying that for years).
Final thing on the to-do list is sort out the media computer and get it sorted out. It is too noisy and is running out of space. We'll see how that goes.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
I'll be starting to upload all my photos (meaning all the best ones, not every single one) and organising things into folders and such to share with the world. In my experience, more images with descriptions means more people are likely to visit the site - which can be a good thing or a bad thing.
This also means that I need to be taking more photos. This is fine with me as it is what I want to do plus I have all the fancy new gear to play with.
Speaking of new gear, I do have a small issue with flashes. I've been buying Yongnuo YN460 flashes which are pretty cheap and they have worked out pretty good for the most part (review / tutorial coming soon). The problem is that I want three of them. I bought one, liked it, then bought two more. Turns out that one of them was DOA but because I didn't get around to testing them for a few months I wasn't able to get it replaced.
Recently I bought another one and this one arrived faulty. It works in the sense that it turns on and the flash fires if you press the "test" button but the trigger on the bottom does not respond. So neither the camera nor the wireless triggers will make the flash go off, rendering it useless. I corresponded with the seller who said they'd send a replacement (I think) so now I'm waiting for the replacement one to arrive. I offered to send the faulty one back to them to which they asked how much shipping would be. I sent them a message saying how much it was and have not had a reply, so not 100% sure what's going on.
Hopefully they'll send a replacement, but will wait and see. Might need to buy another one from another seller.
Lucky I am patient.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Upgrading the hosting plan on my main site and it's gone a little pear shaped. Mind you, it's partly my fault as I'm moving it from an Australian host to an American host (still the same company, they just offer hosting on both continents). I could have gone with hosting in Australia but the American plans offer twice as much storage and twice as much bandwidth for the same price.
At any rate, at the moment the site returns a "domain not found" error message, but hopefully it'll be up again in a day or so.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Got home the other day and looked down at the tacho on the car and it read exactly 300,000km's (that's just over 186,400 miles for those using Imperial).
It isn't the insane amount of distance covered that I found cool, just that it happened to land on 300,000 as I stopped at home. I knew it was going to change over soon, but it didn't occur to me to carry the camera around and pull over when it clicked to it's thirtyeth millenia.
But I'm glad that it came up when it did, so I ran inside and grabbed the camera. That's why the oil and battery lights are on - the engine is switched off (no, I wouldn't try and take a photo of the dash as I'm driving along!).
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Tried a new antenna for the main tv but reception was a little spotty. Picked up most of the channels really nicely but didn't pick up all the channels. If we can't get decent reception out here then there isn't much point in getting a PVR. Maybe once we move back closer to the city?
At least internet has been sorted out. More or less, that's another battle and I'm tired. Off to bed now... though I should have something interesting for tomorrow.
Monday, August 30, 2010
I'm looking at a couple of microphone setups. My choice at the moment would be a Behringer B1 Condensor microphone. They are supposed to be pretty decent and they are cheaper than most condensor mics (which are better than standard dynamic mics). The downside is that they need phantom power to run which needs to be supplied by the mixer.
My current mixer (Behringer UB502) is pretty nice but it is a basic unit that does not have phantom power. So to run a decent mic I need to upgrade the mixer. I'm looking at the Behringer 1204USB which is pretty nice but carries a hefty price tag. I'd be looking to drop about $500 between the mixer and the mic (plus some cable and a pop guard and probably a stand).
Considering that my voice ain't that crash hot and that I have not recorded any lyrics since setting out (repeatedly) to record more lyrics, it makes me wonder if it is worth the effort to spend that much on a microphone. It will definitly be worth it if I manage to collaborate with someone who can sing, but not yet.
So before I can splash out on a mic and mixer I need to release my fourth album (which is where I am stuck at the moment). On the plus side, if I can get my music output up, then I'll be picking up the mixer, mic and assorted bit but also a camera and some accessories for that as well.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Then I realised I don't have enough friends to do that.
So I dropped the idea, but I'm still looking at options for recording several people at once. We'll see how I go.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Actually, I think that the majority of people have no clue and no desire to find out about the election process. You get tricked a little because most of the ads by the bigger parties will be promoting the two main leaders (Gillard and Abbott), but unless you live in their electorate then their names won't appear on the ballot.
Why? Because most people in Australia have been "Americanized" and think that they are voting for who will be President / Prime Minister. This is not true - people vote for their local members and the party with the most members normally makes it's leader the Prime Minister. People don't vote for who gets to be the Prime Minister which is why there was no major issue with Gillard kicking out Rudd and taking over. It wasn't a coupe.
The two best things people can do is:
- Do their homework. It takes all of three minutes to go to the AEC website (that's the Australian Electoral Commission) and click the big "who is on the ballot" button. This will let you find out the names of the people who will be on the ballot tomorrow. Most people will be surprised to find out that there are not three candidates, but fifty five. And none of these names will be familiar. By doing a bit of research, people will be able to decide how they will vote before going to the polling booth.
- Use their own preferences and vote for a minor party first, then the big party.
If people just vote for the big parties Labour and Liberal) then they are shoe-in and we get more of the same. If people vote for minor parties first (like the Shooters Association, the Climate Skeptics or the Australian Sex Party) then the balance of power is distributed and it means more stable political policies since the party that ends up in power can't just arbitrarily make new policies that benefit small sections of the community, they have to take a broader approach.
Having said that, I'm calling this election as a landslide victory for Liberal, making Gillard the first female Prime Minister in Australia and also the shortest serving (about two months). Labour were already on the way out with the mining supr profits tax and Gillard's back-stab of Kevin so close to the election was a destabilizing influence. Australian's don't like traitors and they don't like change.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
At any rate, the purpose of this update is to test the image function. Here's an image:
And here's alinks list:
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I'm running Firefox 3.6.8 on Ubuntu 10.04 and for whatever reason, I didn't end up with the default settings that I wanted (probably my fault at setup). At any rate, what I wanted to do was change the default search engine from google.com to google.com.au (sounds easy, right?).
Now, if you want to change the search engine, it actually is quite easy. In the search bar (top right box) there is a drop-down next to the current search engine favicon which will let you change between the different search engine. Mine lists Google, Yahoo, eBay, Wikipedia and a few others. What I want to do is change google.com to google.com.au which is a little harder.
I'll save you the boring details and jump straight to the solution.
- Open the terminal, type gksudo nautilus (don't use sudo, you want gksudo which will give you a graphical interface)
- Find the searchplugins folder. Mine was in /usr/lib/firefox-3.6.8/searchplugins (if you can't find it, run a search for google.xml in your system, that's the file you want). It may also show up in other places (like /usr/lib/.mozilla/ depending on your system). Also note that the 3.6.8 bit will depend on your version.
- As an extra step, in my system it had two more folders, en-GB and en-US and a google.xml file was inside both - you may have both, neither or something else.
- What I did was copy the google.xml file and rename it google-au.xml (this is so that if I stuff anything up, the original file is still there).
- Inside that file, find every instance of .com and change it to .com.au (or to what you need, like .co.uk). There are about three or four places to change this. I also changed the short name to Google AU so that it would make it easy to see which I was using in the drop-down list. Ignore everything else.
- Save the file, close Nautilus and re-start Firefox.
I initially only changed the xml file in the en-US folder (I assumed that was the one being used) but it didn't work. I re-did the above except that I just copied the google-au.xml file over into the en-GB folder and then it worked. This was also the payoff for making a new file rather than just editing the original file.
My biggest problem in getting this changed was that most places that said how to make the change either had the simple solution of altering the order of the drop-down or had the difficult solution of editing the google.xml file but omitted that you had to be in Nautilus with root permission in order to do it (if you just use "Places" to navigate to the file you can only read it, not edit it).
After that the rest was easy. Now, just need to buff out the fore-head shaped dents on my desk...
Monday, August 16, 2010
I've used both Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro and found both of them to be quite superb. I'm currently on the market for a basic but decent video editor. Ideally, I'd grab one of the Pro programs, but there are some minor considerations (like cost and hardware) which make it unfeasible.
I've been looking at a number of different editors and I can't say that I'm overly excited by any of them. There is a good round-up of the various different editing programs available here which shows a variety of different options. I like that they focused on the "home user" market and I'm surprised that Adobe Premiere Elements came in third. I may have to have a look at the ones that came in first and second. Or at least download the trial versions and see how they go. Pity the trial versions are over a gigabyte!
Of course, this is all moot since I have not been creating any music! Gah, I really need to get into gear with this. If I can't produce when I have the time available, how am I supposed to produce when I am time poor?
Sunday, August 15, 2010
- Need to finish and publish fourth album.
- Need to make at least one video clip and upload (two or three is better)
- Need to get going on lyrics and songs.
Still need to set myself up properly in order to get busy with music creation. Software that needs to be obtained / upgraded:
- Go Vista to Win7 for music box
- Get better editing software (Adobe Premiere Elements 8?)
- Get better music making software
Saturday, August 14, 2010
For those who are interested in getting this book, here's a summary of the information contained within this tome: write what you feel and make it good.
It's a pretty impressive effort on the part of the authors to pad out that short concept to over 300 pages and they manged to get my thirty dollars, so props to them. Still quite disappointed with that purchase though. This one page at SongLyricist.com provided more useful information.
Oh well, live and learn.
On other matters, I've now watched the dvd of Let the blood run free which I picked up off eBay (it's no longer available). It turns out that it's not the show that I thought it was but I still found it amusing. The humour is dated and it's very much hit-and-miss but it does have moments that made me laugh like a manic.
Not highly re-watchable but worth the $20 I dropped on it. Would I recommend it? You really have to be in the right frame of mind for it to be worth watching. It was made to look really low budget (a car chase scene is done with little toy cars on a scalectrix set) and a lot of it was improvised (it originated as a cabaret stage show) but not in the same way as Who's line is it anyway.
Friday, August 13, 2010
I need to get my game face on. It's Friday already and so far I have not written or recorded any lyrics, now video recorded and composed no new music. I really need to lift my game and get busy.
On the plus side I have worked out two options:
- Get a Mac - this would be around $1,500 for a basic, entry level model but would come with iLife and Garageband which would make things easier.
- Get Windows 7 ($130), Adobe Premiere Elements ($100) for editing, Fruity Loops ($160) for making music and a video camera ($300) and I can use my existing computer for around $700 and as a plus, still be able to use all my old software.
I just had a long post all written up and ready to post and I went and deleted it! Noooo!
So far, ScribeFire has been like totally awesome. I've now done more updates on this blog in the last fortnight than I have in the entire rest of the year combined. But having a "undo" button would be reeaallly nice when one accidentally deletes a long post in progress. Or an auto-save.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
The idea is to be able to get light flashes onto the subject from different sides at the same time.
Obviously they are not going to be anywhere near as good as the proper Canon flashes, but I'll have to have a play with them to see if I can get some satisfactory results out of them. I tried it once with one of the flashes mounted on the hotshoe on the camera and the result wasn't very good.
In other news, the copy of "Let the blood run free" mentioned a few posts ago has come through which is quite nifty - very fast delivery and it wasn't even express - just regular mail. I'll pop it into the machine tomorrow and have a watch and see if it was worth the expense...
Also, I temporarily have the Kogan hi-def camera again for a few weeks, so hopefully I'll be able to produce another video clip or two in the next fortnight.
Watch this space!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Increasing video output is relatively easy. I had been comsidering the old "get a Mac" solution that everyone else has been suggesting. Since I don't have a Mac I figured I'd look into it (since that would mean that I'd have all systems - Windows, Linux and Mac).
But computers aren't like Pokemon.
The cheapest option would be a Mac Mini (which is just a box) and use the old keyboard, monitor, etc. However, even this "cheap" option is still $1,500.
On the other hand, I already have a reasonably powerful computer that is getting under-used. I could get Windows 7 (currently running Vista - yuk!), Adobe Premiere Elements 8 for video editing, Acid Pro for music and keep using a slab of software that I already have and have enough change left over to buy an entry level high-def camera.
Looks like Apple is going to lose out on this one. I've used Final Cut Pro on a G tower and it is indeed awesome, but I can buy a car for the same price.
However, the point is moot if I don't step up my music production. So I should probably get on top of that first!
Monday, August 9, 2010
My song Svelte now has a video on YouTube! That makes my second video clip, this time from my second album, Jump.
This one is more of an experiment than the first one was. For this one I was trying out a video camera that I picked up off eBay. It's one of those low-profile "sports" type cameras that you mount on the side of your helmet or motorbike or skateboard or w/ever to catch all your "extreme" sports moments.
The camera itself isn't too bad for a $30 camera - but the annoying thing is that it comes with a time/date stamp feature. The really annoying part is that not only was this feature not advertised, you can't turn it off either! Dang!!!
Oh well, guess if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys. :(
It'll still come in useful for some specific shots, but I doubt I'll be using it much.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
(Note that this was a low budget comedy show - they didn't have an actual cadaver, it was just intended to look that way.)
At any rate, it isn't available (EzyDVD sell it but are out of stock) but I was able to find someone selling copies on eBay. I've ordered one and will see if it was worth the $20 I dropped for it.
Saturday, August 7, 2010
As usual, I've added a page on my site to publicly track my progress. We'll see if this progresses longer or not.
In other news, I've got my copy of Ubuntu Studios! Whee! I've already installed it and have been having a bit of a play with it. There is precious little documentation around for it, but it seems promising so far. I've already had a bit of a play with the drum machine that it comes with which is fun and reasonably intuative.
I am a little disappointed that I didn't find a good video editor (like Cinerrala) bundled in, but it remains to be seen if I'll be able to make any video clips during the holidays.
I've already shot a bunch of test footage with a camera mounted on the bicycle to make a filler video clip with, but I got nasuous watching the footage, so I don't know if I'll be able to use it or not.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
However, the first disc that arrived had an error on it and would not install properly. So arranged for another copy and it still has not shown up (this was in March!) which is starting to annoy me.
No matter, I have some time off coming up, I'll have to see what I can do then in order to get some stuff produced during the allotted time. If I can get hold of a camera, I'll see about making another video or two. That would be sweet. Still in discussion with others about collaborating, which will be awesome, but I need to get my own skills up first in order to make sure that I can keep my end up and bring a decent amount of talent to the group. Maybe.
Gotta keep practicing.
Monday, August 2, 2010
The current goal is simply to get <em>some</em> exercise each day (except Sundays). At the moment I have been doing okay, but it's winter and cold in the mornings so it's understandable if I miss a day or two (though I feel bad about it when I do).
Note to self: I also need more excuses to get out of the house and meet people.
Sunday, August 1, 2010
I tried BloGTK for Linux and it was a sad, sad failure. It'd install but when I tried to run it, nothing would happen. Even updated the kernel and did a complete re-instal. At any rate, this is the first post to my blog from FireScribe
Monday, July 19, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
I run Linux (Ubuntu). I also run XP and Vista and I run Windows 7. Yes, I have too many computers.
But when I buy a hard drive, I expect to be able to use it as a hard drive. I do not want to be locked into using some garbage software each and every time I plug it in. I do not like being lied to (moreso) about the amount of space on a drive. I do not like being forced to use garbage that does not do what I need it to do.
We already have to put up with hdd manufacturers fudging the numbers around so that they can claim bigger hard drive sizes. Having it use some of the space (230Mb) for their garbage is one thing. Having that be a lie since the actual space used is closer to 640Mb is a dis-service. Being completely unable to remove said garbage is like being spit in the face.
Sure, I can waste time and bandwidth downloading updates and programs from Western Digital that will turn off the GarbageWare but that's ALL it does - the garbage is still there!
I have previously only bought WD drives. They are good and reliable. If I can't get rid of this garbage or a full refund then I will not be buying any WD drives again and recommending to others that they avoid this brand like the plague.
On the tiny, miniscule, microscopic chance that anyone who is affiliated with WD in any way actually reads this - I DO NOT WANT SMARTWARE! I do not want to be locked into one way of doing things. I do not want to have to jump through hoops to use a product.
When I buy an external hard drive I want a hard drive that is external to my computer - that's it! Plug it in, transfer files, unplug it. Simple.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Going to have to do a catch-up post. Very sore at the moment as have been taking self defense classes and feeling it today. Tsbytomd will be better soon.
Musicwise, hit a bit of a dry spell, but getting better(ish), for loose definitions of the word "better". Getting fitter(ish) sortof. Hmm, lots of room for improvement (lots).
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I'm sure that people who make music properly would say "pft" but since I'm starting out I really like it.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Okay, so the first podcast is in the can. Haven't put it up on the website since the host is having issues at the moment and the site is down. But that's okay because I haven't built the site yet!
So got the first one done on schedule (finish them on Sundays for a Monday publication) even though I had a bit of a learning curve with all the new software. I'm using three or four programs at the moment. No doubt I could do it with a single program if I paid for a good one, but I like using freeware.
In related news, dug out the old music I'd made under the Dj Pyro name back in the day and pulled the better ones (read: less bad) into a ten-track album. Of course, calling the album "Pyro" but putting it under my new stage name of Tsbytomd.
So it is all coming together nicely. I have an old friend who has offered to show me how to do midi sequencing and stuff so that should be good. I have a program (also freeware) to get started with and if i can pull some halfway decent stuff together then I'll be splashing out for a midi controller of some type. I have a few on my watchlist on eBay to see if I can pick one up cheapish, but I'm not holding my breathe.
Looking forward to getting started!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Today I sold off the Corsair. It served me faithfully for the few months that I had it. Towards the end of December it was a pretty tight toss-up between keeping the Corsair and getting it serviced and such, or picking up a fresh car.
My desire for a ute won out and I bought the XH and have now sold off the Corsair.
May she serve her new owner faithfully.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
That’s right – it has been fifty years since the first Falcon rolled off the assembly line and came to our shores. To celebrate, I bought myself a Falcon Ute – an XH model, one of the rare ones (yes, I finally bought a ute).
Ford, to celebrate, decided to cancel the Falcons.
For the two people who are reading this but have not heard the news, Ford have announced that they will discontinue “regional” cars and use a single large sedan for all countries. From a business perspective, this makes a lot of sense. It means that they have to spend less money on research and development of different vehicles that do the same job and they will need to produce fewer spare parts.
For the end user, it is the end of an era.
I don’t really partake in the big “Ford vs. Holden” mentality that has been the primary focus of car enthusiasts for as long as my generation has been around. I guess this means that Holden wins?
At any rate, I doubt that this will affect me too much. I only buy old, second hand (more like tenth hand) cars. If I really wanted to support Falcons then I would go out and buy a couple of brand new ones. Since that ain’t gonna happen, then I’m not going to kick up a fuss.
I’ll keep driving my XH for as long as I can – though with the increasing fuel prices, I don’t know how long that will be…