I have a new vanity site, my initials dot org Philip James Finlay Bryan yes it’s http://pjfb.org what fun and it only cost me 10 bucks. A four letter domain spelling your initials is quite an achievement and being part of the top three; dot com, dot net, and dot org well wowie! It has cool content too.
I was reminded of Hyperland : Hyperland is a 50-minute long documentary film about hypertext and surrounding technologies. It was written by Douglas Adams and produced and directed by Max Whitby for BBC Two in 1990. You can find it on YouTube and Vimeo. 1990 before the web please note. Some great interviews and history of The Internet. great to hear Ted Nelson the inventor of hypertext in the 1960s. One important element was the prediction of Micons or moving icons I like movie icons too . Didn’t happen. Not sure why but I like them. Leave a comment after visiting Micons.org and watching the movie, there is a relevant clip of the movie on the micons site, if you so wish.
I love making videos, especially using second life. If you need one for a club or function fill out the form below and I’ll get back to you. My main production site with the videos I love best ( made in the last month) is on Ravens Kiss (dot ) org. With modern software it is amazing what you can do if you use your imagination. If any one needs lessons likewise fill out the form and advice for me? Fill out the form …..smiles. I manage on disability but don’t charge much for making a video, it depends what you want. I charge €8 or $10 an hour and I’m pretty quick. Here is a list of the programs I use.
Expression Studio (there is a free version , highly recommended, lessons given)
Microsoft PowerPoint Excel Word 2013 ( I have MS Certs in them, lessons given)
Camtasia Studio ver 8 ( this is my main program you can pick up a lower version for very little, lessons given)
Autodesk 3DS Max (I’m learning this at the moment)
I use anything I can get my hands on. Its surprising the free stuff out there. Anyone using Paint to do graphics is daft! lol. Just as an example I have captured a PowerPoint transition and saved it as an animated gif on a loop. Ok I have been doing this for some time but to be perfectly honest its not rocket science. I studied PowerPoint online and then went up to Dublin to do my exam which I passed with flying colours! Cost? Nothing except my time.
Having your own domain, a personal domain is so much fun. I mean I just tell people to google me ( Philip Finlay Bryan ) and there are links to everything I do. My email address is me@PhilipFinlayBryan.com [I actually use a different one, Philip@IrishSecure.com, I forward all my email addresses there] So be a member of the 21stCenturyNetworks (dot ) com . Come join the fun.
One of the features of Photoshop is the ability to make the background transparent. It is then possible to paste the image on top of any background. This was how I was able to have my avatar in the Google offices. This was done by taking the first picture in front of a “green screen” a single colour background to facilitate its removal.
I am now able to do this with video.
Pretty good for my first attempt. I will be able to run a movie as a background. This means that one of my goals, that of bringing sl into rl is closer to being realised.
My choreographer friend Arabella has already come up with an idea of Halloween dances performing in front of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. She needed to see her video again so here it is.
Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.
Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he’s dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning.
Two people come together and form a business partnership. one has a flair for graphics and the web. One has contacts. One spends hours on end bemoaning an unhappy love affair, the other lends a sympathetic ear. Comforting, patient and kind for weeks. Then the other has a major crash, tries to come to terms with the preponderance of sexuality in “his” cybercommunity. He cries out for help and lashes out when ascribed the same base feelings as other men . ” How dare you talk to me like that? ” “I thought you were my friend” he emailed to her turned back. She refuses any reconciliation, any recompense. She “was getting very very fond of him” alas no more. He was drowning and she made sure no driftood was within his grasp. With a deft swish of her mouse the business partnership was disolved, “Gimme my blog back!!!”. This is friendship? Fair weather one way street friendship. I have said this before. All I know is this…….
All I know is this: the ravens kiss my mouth,
The veins are tangled here,
The sea is made of blood.All I know is this: the hands reaching out,
My eyes are closed, my ears are closed.
The sky rejects my scream.
All I know is this: my nostrils drip with dreams,
The hounds lap us up, the fools laugh out,
The clock ticks out the dead.
All I know is this: my feet are sorrow here,
My words are less than lilies,
my words are clotted now
The ravens kiss my mouth.
I was never very good at Art. At school I had all these brilliant ideas, my imagination flew, but when it came to putting pencil to paper, well even my stick men looked stupid. technology has always been a love of mine. At 5 years old my dad would bring me home instruments and magnets to play with. He worked in Smiths Industries making things like tachometers. I’m good at manipulating software. Ah but Photoshop I could never come to grips with. I did an online course and got the basics sorted but the more sophisticated stuff is beyond me.
However I can do a bit. Here is an attempt; This is a background i captured from the 3d world blue mars:
Then using Photoshop I captured avatars and removed their backgrounds and put them in and made this :
This is my first attempt at using Photoshop. i have a long way to go. Please right click on the pictures and View Image. They are very big. I have set up a gallery in sl called Don’t Panic. Here is the idea :
They get a website out of it too. It might just be a profile picture or it might be a whole scene. We will see. Meanwhile here is my best attempt so far :