Friday, February 02, 2018

Video Stream Success... sort of

I was actually able to make a video stream, on Hangout OnAir, and it worked, sort of.  The audio quality is pretty bad, and the video quality is not that great, but I was able to do it.  It is not available on my channel, because it is not ready for primetime yet.

Next I will try to make a video using OBS, and will see how that goes, but not today.  I need to check my Twitch settings, and see what I can do to improve the audio quality.  I do not expect that I will be doing many videos in the near future, but as I work through the process I am learning to do them, and perhaps in a while I will begin broadcasting them both on Twitch (live) and on Youtube (condensed versions).

As I get this down I will be able to set up Arleta's channel and using the Nikon or her phone (most likely the phone) will be able to make videos for her as well.  These will likely be the more popular videos as she is not only doing things that are interesting, but she is also much more social than I am.

Yes I have all the popular social sites, but I really only check on Twitter once in a while, and G+ here and there.  My Twitter repost everything to Facebook for me, otherwise I almost never check Facebook, as it is just too much crap.  Yes I am on Steam as well, but again I do not do the social thing very much, so I would not look for me there either.

I have been playing this game called Minetest, which is an open source voxel sandbox, like Minecraft, but not the same.  I would still like to get Minecraft, and I have made a channel on Youtube just for that.  If someone does gift me Minecraft now that I know how to stream, I will stream the raw video on Twitch and upload the edited versions to Youtube on my Mine Salad Surgery channel.

So there you go, two blog post in one day, what is going on with me, am I getting social like, no not likely.


SketchUp Pipes and Other Frustrations

Making pipes in SketchUp is not all that fun, but necessary if I want to be able to show all the mechanicals.  I thought the creation of a bracket was difficult, how wrong I was.  I know there is probably some pre-made things in the 3D Warehouse, but I have never really had much luck with fitting those models into my model, so I just make everything myself.  Sometimes I want to just buy some of the extensions that do that sort of thing, they look so useful, but I have to have the Professional version of SketchUp first, and that is at least $700.00 out of my range at the moment.  So I make it work, and it does, but it is definitely a process, and an exercise in frustration sometimes.

Yesterday I fought with the program for about an hour with no results, today, I was able to get it to do basically what I wanted in a few minutes.  That happens a lot.

In a related issue, I am fighting with trying to livestream on Youtube using Hangouts on Air.  I was able to do a few seconds of streaming, but my mic was turned off, so there was no audio.  Then try asw I might, I could not get it done after that.  I gave up and said "Hey I have OBS, we will try that".  No deal, even trying to find a video on how to do that ended in me just giving in and ranting for about a half hour on how back when I used to use broadcast cameras and film cameras this was not a problem.  That brings me to the point of my Nikon camera.  While it is a nice camera I guess, or so I am told, it is much more akin to the Kodak Disk camera or the Box Brownie than any Nikon I ever used.  Hell my Yashica had more control than this thing does.  I have managed to make it make some alright snapshot type pictures, but certainly not any type of real photography.  I have read that it is a good video camera, as long as it is hooked up to an external drive or PC as even with a big chip it will only make a few minutes of video in raw format.  My question is how do you shut off the microphone, and there is no place for an external microphone so how do you do passable audio.  Even a fairly cheap video camera has at least the ability to shut off the audio and or input external audio, so you can use a better quality microphone.  For some people it would be fine, it is basically a point and shoot camera, and with its auto settings it will do a decent job of taking a snapshot.  There are no real controls.  I do not pretend to understand how digital photography works, it is still a new process to me, but as far as cameras are concerned they were working, why reinvent the wheel.

I never did like auto-focus lenses, but I did adjust to one or two on my Minolta, for certain situations.  I preferred my Yashica, or my Contax or my Nikon, all of which were standard SLR cameras with standard lenses.  Personally I preferred the Contax over all of them.  I want to have control over the ASA speed of the film (or whatever is equivalent), I want to have control over the f-stop of the lens, I want to have control of the shutter speed.  These three controls were all that was needed to make great photos.  With control of these simple mechanisms you could do all sorts of things.  Yes you still had to consider the lighting, but I could shoot in near darkness without night vision, all I needed was a small amount of light and a tripod.  I could control the film speed, shutter speed and aperture setting, and with that make photos in near darkness.  Once you mastered those settings, all else was just style.

I used to teach photography to little children that came to the Art Guild, and we started without cameras, just learning how to see light and shadow.  Then we made our own pinhole cameras, and learned about how the light effected the paper.  Once they had learned that we moved on to other things like cameras and their parts.  Some of the parents were worried that I could not teach their children how to make good pictures in the short time we had over the summer.  Every single one of them were able to make great photos after the four Saturdays of lessons, and the parents wanted me to teach them.  I could not do the same today, I do not even begin to understand digital photography, and though I get progress, and I know film is dead, I just wonder why the hell they thought they needed to reinvent the camera.  The camera worked, they did not fix it, they broke it.  The digital camera is not a step forward, it is not progress, it is regression.  We are back to Box Brownies, which were great for their time, but when moveable lenses came out, no one said hey we still want our single focal plane cameras.  No one misses the Camera Obscura as cool as it was, Kodak and Polaroid were way cooler.

It is sort of like going back to quill and ink, it is cool for the historical aspect, but really the innovation of movable type made all the difference.  Even though now days most people use a computer to write (I am composing this on the blog on my laptop), the basics are still the same.  I am still typing on a keyboard, and the type is still being produced on the screen in letters that form words and in some cases ideas.  This is thoughtful and organized progression.  Touchscreens are not, touch screen swiping keyboards are not.  These are aberrations, and lead to regression.  Just like net-speak is not a language, and it should not be used by anyone of any amount of intellect.  I am a writer, I use slang, colloquialisms, dialect, and localized speech patterns for character development, but when trying to get a point across, I try (although usually unsuccessful) to be concise, and get to the point in an organized manor using language that is at least mostly proper.  This helps to facilitate communication of ideas without the need to figure out what the hell lol stands for.  The first time I actually heard someone say "lol" after saying something to someone, I wanted to shoot either them or myself, I wasn't sure which one would solve the problem.  Now I realize "New Speak" is on the rise, and soon we will either learn "New Speak" or we will be part of the 5 minutes.  At this point in my life I would rather be outside than in the Party, thank you.

On that note, I am leaving, not forever, but for a time, do not know how long, could be a day, or an hour, or maybe until I find something else to rant about.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

300ish Cabin Update 013118 Beams are Needed

The 300ish square foot cabin based on the Euclidean Phi ratio so far.  Still a lot to go, and the single deck bracket is just there to illustrate the bracket, I will have to lay out the deck first to place them on the beams properly.

The beams are built up beams from rough cut 2"x10" boards of various lengths so that no seams are beside another seam break.  They have 1/2" CDX plywood (exterior) between each layer of dimensional lumber, and are glued and nailed.  They are nominally 22' long giving the entire deck dimension of 13'5/8" by 22', which maintains the ratio of Phi (mostly).  The deck will sit on top of the beams with double ends, double centers, as the deck will be built in four parts, put on the beams, bolted together, and tied with the beam to deck brackets.  The deck will also have joist hangers for the deck joist.  The beams are also tied to the concrete pylons using brackets.  Each pylon has two J-bolts that are bolted to the brackets to tie the beams to the pylons.  Doing this will mean we will not have to have huricane straps, as the entire structure is tied to the concrete pylons.  The pylons are 8" above the ground surface.  The ground surface will be prepped to provide a level plane, which will include drainage tiles and pipes to ensure that the pad stays dry and level (as best as we can given the knowledge of soil types for a particular area).  The pylons are 48" though this is for areas with cold weather (zone 3) where the frost line is 48".  The pad will be dug down for 24" to provide space for tiles and substrate for drainage pipes.

Since this will also have a Geo-thermal pump installed, it may include a deep hole for the piping, but that is usually best if done outside the actual house, as the pump is not under the house.

That is the update for now, I will post more when I get more done.  Sometimes it is quite frustrating working on this as the software sometimes is a bit wonky, and I need a better mouse.  At some point I want to purchase the Pro version of SketchUp and the SketchUp mouse, which even at about $800.00 (for software and mouse) is still about $1,200.00 cheaper than the comparable offerings from companies like Autodesk.

Eventually this as well as at least three other designs I am working on will be made available in an ebook format, with links to download the designs in a format that can be presented as plans for the construction of any of the houses.  Most of the houses are on the small side, though not tiny per se, the larger colonial is over 1000 square foot, while this one is just under 300 (296.something) square foot.

Just a little disclaimer here; no these links are not affiliate links.  I used to have affiliate links, but Amazon pulled my account for inactivity or some such BS, and I have never actually had any type of Google affiliate account.  The fact is I provide them so that if you wanted you could actually see the stuff I am talking about.  I am done with trying to play that game, it just does not work for me.  I do still have adsense on my blog, mostly because I haven't taken the time to remove it, though I most likely will in the near future.  In the ten or so years that I have been blogging I have earned nothing for all the advertising I had on it, and I am not going to blog stuff just to get advertising.  I do this for me, if others find it interesting that is cool, enjoy it.  Comment if you like, I do not say I will even notice the comments, and I have no notifications set up on this blog anymore, nor do I check my email all that often.  If you really want to contact me, send me a message through Twitter, though I do not even respond all that quickly to that either, so do not expect a fast response.  Hey if you want to be all generous and shit, I have a PayPal, if I get some comments about such things I might consider putting a link in the blog so people can donate to my work through PayPal.  Share this if you want, take the work and do as you wish with it, I don't care, it is for my own reasons I do this.  I would like to get credit for my work, but I do not seek any real recognition, just doing what I do, and fuck the rest.

Some people say I should do a video blog or something like that, but so far I have not done well with the video thing.  I am not interested enough in such things to take the time to make quality videos, and really unless I can make them to my standards, what is the point of making them at all.  I am considering making videos for my Minetest and MineCraft plays, but again that remains to be seen.  Right now, it will not likely happen anytime soon, as I just do not care enough about the whole social scene online to bother.  Yes I have a Twitter account, yes I have a Facebook account, yes I have a Pinterest account, yes I have a Snapchat account (which is weird because I do not have a smart or even dumb phone), and yes I do sometimes even check on these streams, though usually only Twitter and G+, so those are the two to best contact me through.  So, yea that is the disqualifier BS that should help people if they want to contact me.

Thank you,