I generally do not weep when my heroes die. But I do for Ursula K. Le Guin, speculative fiction writer, poet, scholar and genius, who left us at the age of 88. Not all tears are wrought of misery – … Continue reading Works to nourish the uncolonised mind – Ursula K. Le Guin
Getting an acceptable image on a DSLR is generally not difficult. Getting a professional, consistent, stable image is occasionally very hard.
The single greatest aspect of achieving a pleasing image is ensuring the image is exposed well. Exposure is the process in which light reaching the camera’s sensor is absorbed, quantified, converted to an electrical signal and digitally coded into a recorded image. It is comparable to the photochemical film equivalent of light reaching the photosensitive film in sufficient quantity, so it can be developed later. Continue reading “Video production – Exposure”
Last night, I was working with a comrade on implementing a discussion forum. Looking at its functionality, fixing its breakages and ensuring it had access to all it needed to function correctly – and test with more people in due course. He was looking at administrative functionality, I was trying to ensure that it wasn’t going to fall over after being loaded to the party server.
We both had similar computers, laptops of similar calibre. But he gawked as I was reading error logs, fixing the errors and tying together disparate pieces of software and doing what I can to ensure that it cannot be owned. To me, this is what I do. I’ve learned how some of this works through half a lifetime of prodding and poking computers and their software to see how they work. It’s not a mystery – it is just study, experimentation and knowledge. And I am deeply average compared to many of my peers. Which is fine – you should never stop learning. Continue reading “I rely on a lot of people to make me whole”
Saturday and Sunday – was in Stirling. Stayed over on the branch organiser’s sofa. Had a pile of work to do, so headed there early, and brought my laptop to start work on a branch movie poster campaign, and to knit together a reasonably complex short film about the RMT’s struggle to keep the guards on trains. Continue reading “Recent SSP video pieces”
I’m a bit cheesed off that I have to travel nearly two and a half hours every day to work. I have to take two buses there and back, 30+ minute journeys each, and waiting time in connection. I try to make the best of it, by carrying a book or two, but I do miss my morning and afternoon bicycle rides to work. They were short enough to not get in the way, and long enough to build fitness, energy and power. Continue reading “Biking to work”
There’s an acute shortage of socialists who aren’t fighting with one another. During the past four years of activism two things have become clear.
- I’ve had no end of people being shut out and ostracised from politics because they’re ill-educated or say the wrong things without meaning to offend.
- There’s no shortage of folk that are blinded by pious bullshit in the Scottish Left.
Righto. Since getting a nice DSLR last year, I’ve been quite busy. Learning an absolute ton of useful information from YouTube on getting passable results.
- Filmmaker IQ
- The Basic Filmmaker
- Philip Bloom
- David Kong’s video series
- RocketJump Film School
I’ve been busy since getting a Canon EOS 700D. It’s been an interesting experience, in learning how all of this works: The holy quadrangle of exposure: ISO aperture shutter speed lighting Compressing space with high-power zooms and long-exposure times. Composition … Continue reading Photography
Had a braw time at the Edinburgh People’s Festival event – intended to welcome the great contribution that migrants and refugees make to Scottish society. It was a terrific night. A roaring fire, friendship, guests, dancing, music, poetry, song. And … Continue reading Edinburgh People’s Festival – Burns on the Beach
I don’t think I’ve managed to get over that night. I’ve really tried to, by diving into political work – and trying to develop the tools and the means of organising, and fighting future elections. Continue reading “Referendum Night”