Posted on August 8th, 2013 9 comments
I hadn’t heard of an Ignite Talk before my mate Roger told me he was thinking of giving a talk on our autonomous canyon navigating quadcopter idea at the upcoming Ignite Sydney event. Then he suggested I might want to submit a talk topic too, ranting as I do for a living.
What’s an Ignite talk? It is a “lightning” style 5 minute presentation given all around the world, on any topic you want to share. What’s more, it was started by Bre Prettis of Makerbot fame. Essentially a powerpoint presentation for those who hate powerpoint presentations, and the dreaded “death by powerpoint”. I felt somehow compelled to give it go, but there were a few problems:
#1 You only get 5 minutes. 5 freaking minutes? My average video length is 30+ minutes, I can’t even say hello in 5 minutes! I had given a talk before (off the cuff) on full time youtubing, and that went for a solid 3 hours.
#2 The slides in your presentation auto-rotate every 15 seconds, with a total of 20 slides. That means if you make a mistake in your delivery or timing, you are screwed – great, public embarrassment.
#3 #2 meant that rehearsal might be required here, I don’t do rehearsals!
#4 It would also mean writing a script, I don’t do scripts!
But was I going to let that stop me? Nope, I foolishly emailed off a proposal before I had time to talk myself out of this madness. My talk was going to be about how I make a living on Youtube, as that’s something that isn’t very common, but something the average person might be interested in. I called it “Make a Living on Youtube or Die Trying”. I figured the die trying part added a bit of mystique. Then, before I knew it, they accepted my proposal. Oh crap, I’m locked in now. Roger never did send in his proposal, thanks Rog. At least he would be there on the night to make fun of me when I failed miserably.
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Posted on June 18th, 2013 9 comments
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Posted on April 16th, 2013 83 comments
Another in my series of text blog posts:
In the last week or so I’ve been putting together the spec for a new desktop video editing PC, and I’ve learned a fair bit about what’s (supposedly) really needed for a video editing PC. Here is the story:
I currently do most of my video editing at home on a HP DV7 notebook with a 4 core 2GHz i7 2630QM processor, 16GB of DDR3 memory, and ATI Radeon graphics chipset, and a 7200rpm 2nd internal SATA hard drive. But I’m not using the ATI chipset (too many driver issues with Sony Movie Studio), just the internal Intel integrated graphics (which actually pretty good). I also run a 2nd external monitor for dual screen. The chipset is a HM65. In short, it’s not bad as far as notebooks go, and it’s pretty zippy at video editing. It has a PassMark CPU benchmark of 5643
However, my lab PC is an old dumpster dive 4GB single 7200rpm Dell XPS 420 Quad core Q6600 2.4GHz machine isn’t nearly as zippy at video editing, and I do occasionally do some editing at the lab. That PC has a PassMark rating of 2961
So the plan is to replace the home notebook with a new video editing machine, and move the notebook to the lab as the secondary editor.
And then the fanboy wars started on the EEVblog forum… :->
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Posted on March 7th, 2013 43 comments
This is first of hopefully an ongoing series of text based blog posts. Posts on subjects that I ordinarily wouldn’t get around to sitting in front of the camera and making a video about, and that are too long to rant about on Twitter. The idea is to give additional blog content to those on the main site and RSS feed. If you like the idea, or not, please give feedback.
There has been an issue that has been bugging me for quite a few years now, and I need to say something about it.
Bloggers being exploited for the benefit of the big players in the online engineering space.
You’ve seen them, the big companies going all “social media” internet happy and wanting to draw in and dominate engineering audiences with their online blogs, and piss-poor attempts at setting up online communities. I won’t name names, you know who they are, because it’s almost every major player in the online engineering supply or magazine/content business.