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Friday, October 28, 2011

The Michael Jackson Dr. Murray death trial.

Dr. Murray, tsk tsk tsk.  If reasonable doubt prevails, will he be the first: "Deprivan Dapper Dan?" As a potential jurist on Halloween this year, I was originally siding with prosecution, however, I find the defendant not guilty due to reasonable doubt.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Parkinson's stuff

Yesterday, the The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
sent me a survey for clinical trial info. Gads that was annoying to fill out. It kept going on and on and on about the same questions basically.  Oddly, there were 2 spots that wanted to know if i just want to sing or play a nintendo Wii.  I wonder what  those 2 questions were about.

Oddly my symptoms seem to  mostly disapear when I turn on a camera. Perhaps they ought to do a co-related study of videoing and symptom relief.

This blasted  disease really sucks!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Ring Neck Snake


One day, my daughter and I were doing some pruning and when we returned to put the tools away she said: "Look, there's a snake." 

I am sorry, I was looking for the regular back yard denizen around here, the garter snake or the milk snake or perhaps the rareish ribbon snake.  All of those I have seen in our yard before.  However, I was looking right where she was pointing and didn't see any of them.

She said, "It's right there, its black."

Oh my goodness, I wasn't focusing on anything that small, it was a 6" ringneck snake. Last time I saw one of them was about 35 years ago when I was a kid.

I caught it and we put it in a plastic container so I could show her the snake closer up.  We discussed it and looked at it, and I took some pictures of it.  Then we released it back where she found it.  I did a slide show here from the images I took. These snakes are so pretty.  We haven't seen it since.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Fishspace Productions Message Boards

Well, after years of working 3 jobs and neglecting my orignal computer programming, I have had the time today to revisit it.

I spent a few years developing some message boards about Martha's Vineyard ("The Martha's Vineyard Message Board" A.K.A. MVMB) and our ASAP Aquarium Message board for fishkeepers.

I have been so busy with 3 jobs and a family for the past 5 years that I ignored them.  A few months ago I checked them to be amazed by the weeds of spam growing deeply into the boards.

I spent a few days trying to clean them up but realized that I had lost control and just decided to shut the posting function off to stop the spam.

Today, I installed a new, more normal, messaging system and tied the boards together.

I plan on installing the chat functioning into it also eventually. Work in progress. 

Here is the link: Fishspace Productions Message Boards

For those that used to  frequent the boards, I am sorry that I have been away for so long, I hope you enjoy the new style. Suggestions welcome.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Political challenges influencing (or not) Those serving on the bench


Federal Court Judges in a panel forum for the Martha's Vineyard Center for Dispute Resolution. A mediation group for informing the public via MVTV with this show about how Judges perform their duties.

I Shot and edited this video for the MVCDR.


Its a panel forum of Federal Court Judges discussing what they do on the bench.
Great video, very educational about the Judicial branch of the United States Government.

I burned 2 DVDs for the group. After about a year, they are still sitting on my computer. I see the contact on a very regular basis and I am just so busy I never have the time to test the DVDs and finish them for her.

Deborah, if you find this, please keep reminding me, I am such a procrastinator on this end of things. I figured if I threw it on YouTube it may be closer to you.

I really enjoyed this shoot, The Edgartown Whaling Church is such a major challenge for me. Getting the audio and lighting is extremely tricky. The orignal raw footage is very yellow. I applied a color correction effect to bring it back to near normal.  Odd, since I white balance every time I shoot, but these indoor things have a tendancy to change since most of my shoots are at about dusk and transitioning into night.

I have other ways of compensating for that though. The audio in this building is very difficult. Getting questions from the audience is such a hit or miss. In addition to using a Sony wireless on the audience microphone piggyback I always have a long audiotechnica shotgun pointed at the audience to boost it if needed.

Typically, on these type of shoots I use 2 crown tabletop microphones for the panel, a dedicated left channel wireless on the moderator/speaker podium, a second wireless in the sound mixer for the audience. 2 crown tabletop microphones aimed at the audience and an audio-technica shotgun on a swivel mic stand that I can swing around for anyone not hearable.

I use a Mackie 1402 mixer and tons of XLR cables. 

AUDIO IS INCREDIBLY CRUCIAL to me and I spend most of my setup time making sure I have adequate audio in place as well as backups if any part fails.

I do take feeds from available mixer systems, if offered, but I always have my setup separately ready for use. I have seen feeds fail or go black and I still have my setup completely available if so.