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ramblings of an information troubleshooter
slept in after i set my alarm 12
hours off. got to the college just
in time to catch the boys wrapping
up the filming of the 2d round of
auditions for the mahaha film
project. we're still looking for
a couple of young gents to play
the brothers in the script.
afterwards, i stuck around to do a
bit more editing on my poker doc.
i got most everything on my list
finished off, but there's still one
piece of audio that i want to clean
up before calling it a wrap. i'll
burn off a compressed version and
post it online later this week.
on the quirky side, i'm dubiously
pleased to note that it's currently
raining in iqaluit. yes, go ahead
and check your calendar to confirm
that it is still february. hey, if
we can have snow in june, why not
rain in the middle of winter ? any
one need any further evidence of
climate change ? as for being
pleased, the warm weather combined
with strong winds means that we'll
likely have a blizzard tomorrow,
and if it's not blowing snow, it'll
be roads slippery from freezing
rain. in either case, a longer
weekend would be the result
if it's not recorded, does it even exist ?
so it's been a year since i started
blogging. i've surprised even
myself with my online verbosity.
since then, i've added an archive,
permalinks, a webfeed, podcast
links and comments. who knows what
the next year will bring ...
tonight i zoomed over to the college
after work to try to burn off a copy
of the movie, but got sidetracked by
the captions again. they weren't
quite long enough for some people to
finish reading, and their uniform
green colour was still difficult to
decipher quickly. i ended up
switching most to a hallowe'en orange
which is legible, but oh so far away
from my original 'table felt' concept.
the uplink will have to wait until
i found out that i had messed up my
recorder settings on my pc, so i
didn't get a copy of my evening radio
show either. it's probably for the
best as i had a few glitches in the
booth today. the show was made up of
a collection of songs that i envisioned
as a soundtrack for my poker flick.
Aur.Oral Exposures setlist for 27feb2006:
- the hardest game - havana 3 a.m.
- Money (That's What I Want) - The Flying Lizards
- No Limit - 2 Unlimited
- Gamblin' Man - Mike Ness
- luck in my eyes - k.d. lang and the Reclines
- lucky to me - The Blue Shadows
- Joker's Wild - Blue Rodeo
- Gamble - Lowest of the Low
- I Hear You Calling - gob
- With These Hands - Tom Jones
- I want to hold your hand - The Beatles
- 52 pickup - brown eyed susans
- Lucky You - Lightning Seeds
- Lucky Number Six - the Lux
- Lucky Ones - Loverboy
- Pokerface - Ron Hawkins
- The Gambler - Kenny Rogers
- The Biggest Loser - Frank R. Wallace
- Hold - Gravity Kills
- Out of Hand - Bad Religion
- take me out - Franz Ferdinand
- Bad Luck - Social Distortion
- Sold Me Down the River - The Alarm
- Busted Afternoon - Old 97s
burning issues of the day
ran over to the college first thing
in the morning to pull out the
burned copy of my movie. however,
it was not the last version that i
had produced last night, so things
were still a bit off when i showed
it to chris and malcolm during the
morning coffee break.
after work, i was going to head
back to the college to wrap things
up for good, but instead got
sidetracked by a pancake supper
(yes, you read that right). the
supper was a fundraiser for the
local anglican church for them to
replace the cathedral that was
gutted by arson late last year.
after waiting in line for nearly an
hour, those pancakes and sausages
tasted fabulous. i even gleaned a
stock tip from a politician!
i finally made it to the college
just before 8, and then decided to
tweak the captions one final time.
it's *amazing* how changing the
font can really enhance legibility.
after updating all of the captions
one by one with the new font and
changing the colour to a burnished
gold instead of pumpkin orange, i
rendered the video and then output
it to disk. i then tried to export
the video into various quicktime
formats, but before i could find
out how big the resulting files
would be, the security guard came
by and pointed at his watch.
drat ! as the dvd was only
partially burnt, i'll have to pick
it up tomorrow.
iqaluit broomball chronicle:
team white: mark, jacques, me
team black: JFra, dan, martha, (and for the last 40 minutes) julian
we started off with even teams of 3,
and team white kicked things into
gear by building up a commanding 7-4
lead. dan scored on his first shot
of the game as i watched the ball
drift by me right into the open net.
the French masters JFra and Jacques
each notched hat tricks while mark
and i had to make do with a pair each.
however, once julian arrived to shore
up team black, the tide turned mightily.
team black rang up a tally of 5 goals
(the JFra and julian variety show) to
team white's solo (a breakaway by yours
truly) to take the lead 9-8. with only
minutes remaining, mark managed to tie
the game up and when the buzzer sounded,
we finished even steven at 9-9.
ran over to the college afterwards
and finally succeeded in burning
off the various quicktime versions
of the film. the smallest is 230
megs, while the best quality one is
over 2.1 gigs. i'm going to burn
the medium one (at 610 megs) to a
cd to sneakernet around, but for
those with wide enough bandwith
pipes, i've uploaded the brutal
it's best to watch this at half-size
to minimize the numerous artefacts.
behind the scenes notes follow the
SPOILER SPACE :
some of the original footage was
accidentally recorded without sound.
most of the pieces affected weren't
included, but the video of the poker
chip riffling was too good to lose.
i ended up recording the sound
separately by riffling a whole bunch
of times in front of a mic and then
spent a good hour trying to match up
pieces of sound with the video.
i repaired a pair of socks and a pair
of pants while playing the tourney.
my 'intro' to the online tourney was
filmed 2 days afterwards - check out
the beard !
the ron hawkins featured is the lead
singer of the band 'lowest of the low',
not the 1970's icon.
gord was not acting at all - he really
*is* that expressive when he plays
poker. i could've done an entire video
with just closeups of his animated face.
my reaction shots are filmed later than
the scenes facing gord - and i didn't
make sure that the hands / chip piles
matched, so i had to be *very* selective
about which pieces i used.
yes, that is a 'matrix' screensaver on
the computer monitor in the background.
the poker vest was picked up in a shop
in montreal on mount royal street that
featured a wide selection of emily
footage was filmed on sunday and tuesday
evening, while editing took place from
tuesday thru the following monday. total
time from beginning to end was just over
a week. total cost was $500 for the
final cut pro course and $40 for the
online tourney = $540.
camera: canon ZR 50MC A; editing software:
final cut pro ver.5.
this was the first time that i had ever
used a mac for more than a few minutes.
i played 2 more online tourneys after
the one featured in the flick, but did
not match my performance in the first one.
online gambling sites are still illegal
in canada. if you can figure out the
site from the film, great, but i'm not
going to explicitly state which one i
i have now moved up to riffling 2 stacks
of 8 chips each :)
touching the metal lamp was to minimize
the excerpt from the frank r. wallace
types of typing
found out that my sister will be
starting her own marketing company
in april. she's already designed up
a logo with bold red and white type
and has had business cards made up.
she can't leave her current position
yet because she's helping to bring
the rolling stones to shanghai after
SARS messed up the earlier attempts.
- link of the day: making lots
not thwart acoustical spies
The researchers show that a simple
audio recording of those keyboard
clicks can betray the text you
just entered, from passwords to
secret love notes.
The researchers were able to take
several 10-minute sound recordings
of users typing at a keyboard,
feed the audio into a computer, and
use an algorithm to recover up to 96
percent of the characters entered.
saturday full of games
got up around noon as the beautiful
sunshine flooded into my eyes.
swung by the northmart to cover my
ticket-selling shift for the banff
mountain film festival. christian
brought his laptop, so we were able
to show off the short previews of
the films to catch the eye of
iqaluit broomball chronicle:
team A: marco, dan
team B: jacques, mark
it was a pretty tight game until the
second half when jacques busted things
wide open with 4 goals in total. mark
and marco each gone one apiece as well.
in the evening, i picked up some supper
from the nav and then wandered over to
todd's where he was hosting a one-table
game. my online adventures seemed to
give me a bigger edge than usual and i
bet into some hands that i normally
wouldn't have. todd doubled me up
later in the session and that was
enough for me to limp into 3d place and
get my money back. j.d. faced off
against karen for the final and mouthed
his way to triumph. in the side game
afterwards, i was first out - i blame
the shot of rye :) when i left around
3, patrick and john were still battling
over the winner-take-all pot.
after i got back home, i stayed up
even longer to re-install diablo II on
my machine. everything went smoothly
and i started up a game. however,
when the video started going wonky,
i worried that i had gibbled my machine
again. after a reboot and a downgrade
of the video settings, tho, all was in
order and i began to play my necromancer
whom i had neglected for almost 2 years.
i started with an earlier level, but
finding an experience shrine, i got
cocky and went to the highest level to
maximize the benefit. errrgh. mistake.
speedy scarab lightning beetles
surrounded me and my posse to do me in.
my attempt at corpse retrieval was also
spectacularly unsuccessful and with all
of the opponents swarming around the
portal, i gave up my 2 hours of effort
and re-set the character back to where
he was when i started today's run. a
pink glow was just starting to creep
up into the darkness of the night when
i finally allowed myself to turn in.
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