Microbe

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    • DIY...Holy shit, it's heavy

      10 years ago

      Microbe

      [Notes: 1337 Journal]

      The one thing I don't like about my Canon HV20 is that low lighting reverts quality back to WSDV. Not good. Total bummer. So, how do I get around that obstacle? The obvious answer is to buy a new camera that can take awesome images at low levels of light like this one:
      panasonic-hvx200.jpg
      However, that's neither here, nor there. As much as I wish I could get this puppy in my hands, it's an impossible goal at the moment. So, what's the next best thing?

      smiley9.gifDIY! smiley9.gif
      [fanfare]

      My dad works in the auto-parts manufacturing industry and he has access to welding tools and scrap metal. I presented him with a design and he brought me to one of his tooling department workers. In no time, et voila! Success! Here it is:
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      Now before you say it looks like something the Tinman would strap on to his nether region (I don't blame you), it has all the functionality I need, but the weight is much to be desired. The thing is made of steel and I wanted aluminum. The problem with finding big enough pieces of scrap aluminum is hard to come by at an auto-parts manufacturing plant with no smelter. It's heavier than I desired, but it will do.

      Now, this customizable piece goes on to the mini-rover:
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      The mini-rover is an equivalent to a steadycam, but barely. Manufactured and designed in Philadelphia (I might want to visit the place if I can at RT Philly) I don't know if that's good or bad. All I know is that it works.

      So attach the steel part to the mini-rover and you get:
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      Attach the camera w/ shotgun mic:
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      Attach one of the Cameron Photoflood Lights from my kit:
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      [Yeah, sue me. Black on black, shuddap!]

      C'est tres magnifique! Not much to look at, but if the video looks great, that's the pay off and that's all I can ask for. I bought some fabric and clothesline pins to dampen the light. If I can, gel diffusers are an option, but I have to find a way to make a holder for the gel or create some sort of barn door.

      I'll be doing some test video this weekend. I'll share it if it looks alright. One problem I've been having is trying to find portable power with an AC plug. I found some portable packs at a hardware store, but the small models (6lbs) only have DC plugs. If anyone as any suggestions to create a portable power system for it, please let me know!

    • Snow Day in July!

      10 years ago

      Microbe

      No not really, but sorta.

      I love being a contractor, because I can go out w/ car, do something work related and still charge the company. I went out to get some materials ready for my shoot next week. I headed up towards the Canadian Tire close to my work when the power went out. Now, I didn't know the power went out until I got to the store. I saw a small crowd gather at the entrance. One of the employees told everyone that the power is down and no one is allowed inside. I look around and it's the whole block.

      I decide to head back to the office thinking the company building isn't part of the grid. Whelp, I was wrong, the blackout affected home base as well. I contain my glee, because I know it means home time early. I'm good at containing 'happy' when I need to... Not really, but in a situation like this I had to force myself. Acting like the concerned contractor I was, I just voiced concern and nothing more. One of the administration heads told everyone to leave, because - as per the hydro company - the power won't be back up for another two hours.
      So, I get out, do some errands and then I end up here, typing.

      So... Tired... smiley5.gif

    • It's been a long four years

      10 years ago

      Microbe

      I was checking up my stats and I am very close to 1337 journal entries - this one being 1335. One of my most popular journals was titled: The Ransom It was done three years ago and to be honest, I don't even remember the effort put into that little comic. All I know is that it's pretty funny... Seriously, what happened? Also, reading it, you can totally tell how dated it is. WHAT? We collected MOD points? Since when!?

      Edit: Just realized I talked about this a year ago. My memory really sucks!

    • The room just got moist

      10 years ago

      Microbe

      New Moon Sneak Peak: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJXV1-ww0v8

      and

      Kevin Smith's comments about it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQ6W7wzTY0o

      I watched the New Moon clip and showed it to my sister. The removing of the shirt was totally unecessary. Way to be fucking subtle. We laughed, cried, Kevin just made what we were all thinking much better.

    • Vista Laggard

      10 years ago

      Microbe

      aaand proud of it. I'm going to miss XP. Had some laughs, cries and fits. As much as I would like to stick with XP, I'm going to have to say buh-bye.

      As of next Friday, I will be transitioning to Vista Ultimate 64, because I am - with the help of a friend - building my new editing system. I tried working capturing all my video from RvBTO, but for some reason my computer cannot handle HDV anymore. It's already a five year old system with fairly good parts: Pentium D, 4 Gig DDR2, XP Professional, ATI Radeon. I'm probably going to use it as a Creative Suite for all my digital art/comics/flash videos.

      New computer setup:
      Intel DX58SO extreme series main board
      Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz 8MB cache
      Kingston 6GB DDR3-1333 Tri channel (3 x 2GB)
      WD Caviar Black 1TB SATA2 32MB cache HDD
      LG 20x dual layer SATA DVD burner
      Thermaltake VJ60001N2Z mid tower case, 650W ATX
      PNY Nvidia Quadro FX1800 PCI-E 768MB DDR3, DVI, HDMI
      Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit

      Other hardware I will purchase on my own time in the near future:
      Blackmagic Intensity HDMI capture card
      Blu-ray/DVD writer combo

      You see, I just registered a business last Friday. I'm working in marketing and communications at a college (honestly they need all the help they can get) and they wanted to hire me as a full time contractor, but the only way to do it is if I had a business number. I worked for them part-time three months prior to the opening a business suggestion, but because I was given so much work with little time to do it in, they decided to offer me more money and longer hours.

      I went home that day and weighed out the pros and cons. Read some literature on the Canadian Government website about small businesses. Visited forums of Canadian graphic designers who opened businesses. A lot of the forums had great big literal X's that said specifically, "If you don't make exactly or more than this amount in a year, don't bother." I did the math and found out I was under slightly, but that didn't hinder my decision. I think the fact that I was given the opportunity to start my own business made me accept it more. After all, that is my ultimate goal - to be my own boss.

      I know what you're thinking, full-time work means you have a boss then? Not really. The fact she said that I have full autonomy on my work made me feel better about my decision to register my business. Yes, of course they will critique my work and possibly have me move projects into other directions, but I love a challenge. Plus, the more they have me change little things, the longer my contract.

      I'm still working in television, but as a freelancer, I haven't received many calls this year to come in and work. I would say at the very least I get called in once a week. I don't mind it now, because I have steady income for a while, but could you imagine if I didn't get the full-time contract job how miserable my life would have been?

      Anyway, I'm glad to be back and I hope this business thing works out for me.

      I actually have one client (a friend from a previous job) who wants me to film specific gym workouts for his website. Plus at the same time, I have a wedding to film next year (Jamie and Morgan's) and one pending (Ryan and Britte). Pretty decent so far.

    • *dusts off profile*

      10 years ago

      Microbe

      *removes cobwebs off Journal*

      Title: Entry After The Big Unknown

      ... Boy, whew, are my arms tired.

      Oh, Hi! I didn't see you there.

      Welcome, to my humble abode. Come sit down.
      Hungry?
      Have a sit down and rest.

      Where have I been? Why, I've always been here... there... everywhere. Not everyone can say they were truly where they once were, are... been. I am however, recalling a scary place... A quite monstrous place... Hideous... Most outrageous... But, every time I hold on to the thought it slips away, drops into a black rippling abyss. Was I supposed to remember? Or have I been wandering - meandering, aimlessly through a level of inconceivable - nay - incomprehensible consciousness. All, I know is, at this moment, in the present, here - whole...

      So, how have you been?

      I love what you've done with the place. It seems... modern.

    • Ottawa

      10 years ago

      Microbe

      It is the capital of Canada... It starts with an 'O'... Ottawa

      I'm actually going there for Winterlude with a couple of my fellow RvBTO crew mates.

      Anyway, I'll have pictures when I get back :)

    • Microsoft Soundsmith

      10 years ago

      Microbe

      Check out these hilarious soundsmith renditions of Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne, We Will Rock You By Queen and Ass Like That by Eminem

      These are the only videos that actually go towards the computer generated songs.. well sort of lol.

    • Font Jokes

      10 years ago

      Microbe

      If you didn't get today's comic it was a font joke. Har har!

      Here's a couple of ones I made up (from worse to horrible):

      What is a French village without an authority figure? Sans-Serif

      What do you call a flying letter? Arial

      What is a comedian without material? Comic Sans

      What do you get when you put wings on a bicycle bell? Wingdings

      Where do you get packages from? Courier

    • 1,474 Megapixels

      10 years ago

      Microbe

      Obama's inauguration taken in super high def.

      I want to use that camera to see how far I can see into someone's pores on their face. Better yet, I want a camera that can totally see past structure and show atoms... Pfft electron microscope my ass! lol smiley0.gif

  • Comments (2455)

    • crazyduckme

      14 years ago

      i know you have pictures and video of chicagoooooooooo!!!

    • jaspreet007

      14 years ago

      hmm i think i kno what i means lol

    • joseph3

      14 years ago

      you suck

    • HatHead

      14 years ago

      we miss microbe!

    • Preezerk

      14 years ago

      smiley4.gif I just had to explain your last picture to a woman at the office. I passed it off as Star Wars. That was too close.

    • kylebrodeur

      14 years ago

      Yes mister microbe

    • kylebrodeur

      14 years ago

      Do you like Jeskid TV? Ofcourse you do! Now watch it on your PSP. Shades of Gray coming soon!

    • thekellykidx

      14 years ago

      Oh you bastard.

      Just kidding.

    • HatHead

      14 years ago

      ha ha - digging on your 'origins'!

    • cutencrazy

      14 years ago

      hehe will do smiley8.gif

    • Capt_Ed

      14 years ago

      My best friend is azn, we have plenty

    • Lukie

      14 years ago

      Joe, are you coming tonight!

    • Barbara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      Oooh yeah! Sweet!

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      14 years ago

      Nevermind.

      >.>
      <.<

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      14 years ago

      And I have to kiss you on the lips for CJ.

      smiley3.gif

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      14 years ago

      Yeah.

      And I just had jaw surgery. So I won't be able to chew. I can talk, but it feels funny.

      Hopefully no one notices. smiley4.gif

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      14 years ago

      I want to meet Microbe in Chicago.

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    • Gee

      14 years ago

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    • whosmisled

      14 years ago

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    • SpicerK

      14 years ago

      Wow, I'm listening to Howard Stern now and their talking about the plane crash. They believe it was struck by lightening.
      That's wild. I was thinking about your journal when you were saying you were riding through a storm and all.
      I'm surprised & happy everyone lived.

    • CaptainLoozer

      14 years ago

      like, 1 minute

    • CaptainLoozer

      14 years ago

      hey, can you message me on msn real quick?

    • katti

      14 years ago

      Joey is microscopic! I can't see him!

    • cutencrazy

      14 years ago

      I see what you're lookin at... geez

    • takedown_200

      14 years ago

      dude check out my pic on my profile of me raceing in my car i built from the junk yard and that and i took it with my other car and won a 250 lap race

    • BasketOfFish

      14 years ago

      Who's van was it that everyone was piled in coming from the airport during RvBTO?

    • 5atan

      14 years ago

      "You look both ways in Soviet Russia, or car run over you."

      This is great stuff.

    • 5atan

      14 years ago

      i was gunna watch the commisar show....

      Warning: mysql_connect(): Lost connection to MySQL server during query in /home/savefile/include/db.php on line 23
      Lost connection to MySQL server during query

      Please contact the server admins ASAP.


      Stupid errors. Ill try again later.

    • katti

      14 years ago

      WOO! *plays metric*

    • holpar

      14 years ago

      Russell, and you should see it

    • Thundera

      14 years ago

      thighlengthrhinestonestuddedbeater_big.j

    • crazyduckme

      14 years ago

      hahaha you crack me up!!

      yay for chicago!! i cant wait to meet everyone :P

    • Thillbilli FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Not A Cyberman

      14 years ago

      Dorothy and Toto are from Kansas, not Kentucky.

      pwn3d

      j/k

    • gorreydeath

      14 years ago

      Why did you change from the cool wierd man pick?

    • Barbara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      14 years ago

      I wanted to put you in the video, but Brit didn't know you that well..
      Next time, it'll be you, and ONLY you! ^_^ <3

    • Gee

      14 years ago

      I am finally watching your videos from the event. they are so awsome!! You rock!

    • mofo FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold an older meme

      14 years ago

      just over one thousand people attending shark boy and lava girl (in 3D). with me letting them all in and doing most of the cleaning up after the show. i win.

    • blu_rookie

      14 years ago

      take someimages abbove out of there

    • SirTessa

      14 years ago

      It's a job with the police, so they have to check my criminal record.

    • thejewman

      14 years ago

      great vids of RVBTO thanks for putting them up for those who couldnt make it. even though i wasnt there, at least i have a view of what it was like now.

    • no_good_name

      14 years ago

      you've been....
      chiyowned.jpg
      ^_^

    • haloperson

      14 years ago

      that 20 dollar bill in your pocket!

    • Preezerk

      14 years ago

      Dude! Finding money is like better than winning the Lotery! Well...you know what I mean. My Dad once found $80 in a salvage yard. He bragged about that for ever. You brag.

    • haloperson

      14 years ago

      hey i um lost 20 dollars...
      did you happen to see it layin around anywhere?

    • cutencrazy

      14 years ago

      alone = (

      *hug*

    • BlackGoat

      14 years ago

      ahahah I put it back in the cupboard so probably

    • mrteenie

      14 years ago

      In this house we wage a constant battle against the microbe and the germ.

    • cutencrazy

      14 years ago

      I'll be sure to give him your number smiley8.gif

      *hug* (jus cause)

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