My students are shooting a film that includes a light saber battle, so I found a tutorial to help them figure out the effects. This is my rough test footage.
Rotoscoping is annoying and tedious.
Rotoscoping is even more annoying and tedious when you realize halfway through it that you haven’t been setting keyframes.
It’s easier to to animate large movements.
It’s hard to match up prerecorded light saber sounds to new video. None of the sounds in this clip are timed properly, and most of them are the wrong sound altogether. I would have faked it with mouth noises, but Katherine is asleep and doesn’t need to wake up to me making buzzes and space burps.
Square ended light sabers look weird.
I also made this opening for the morning bulletin. A few nerds on campus will get it.
Managed to get in a nice 26ish mile ride today at (for me) a good pace. If I get back to riding more than once a week, I might get okay at this again!
I should get back to my “ride every street in the San Fernando Valley” project. I’ve got the Southeast corner pretty well sewn up. The hard part about the rest of it is I have to either drive my bike somewhere else (which I hate), or I have to re-ride for a while on streets I’ve already done (which will take longer).
Also, completely by accident, I found a great old bike song. This is a “new” (circa 1978) version by R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders.
Mostly picked by the Music app, with some assistance from Dan.
Checkout Blues – Eels
Creeque Alley – The
Mamas & The Papas
Life’s What you
Make it – Talk Talk
For Your Love – The Yardbirds
Dream Forever – Bumblebees
effect – The Mountain Goats
Hope Street – Stiff Little Fingers
Strangers – A.O.
Son (Take 15) – The Beatles
Laughter – Beth Orton
Canoe – John
12 Elliot In Your
Cup – The Blanks
Back in the
Saddle – Aerosmith
California – Liz
Time Out For Fun – Devo– there are definitely other Devo records that are more revolutionary and/or iconic, but “Oh, no! It’s Devo” was the first record of theirs I owned, so it’s the one that brings out the most nostalgia.
SUNLIGHT – BESOS
Nothing – Danko Jones
King Midas In
Reverse – The Hollies
Love of My Life –
Riot – Childish
St. Louis Blues –
Dancing In The
Street – Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
Israel – Miles
Mare – Piero Umiliani
Daydream Believer – The Monkees
I Got Life (James
Rado & Company) – Original Broadway Cast
Never Give You Up
– The Black Keys
Limerick File – Beastie Boys
– Skin Mag
Get Bummed Out – SPORTS
Don’t Pull Away
(Feat. Milosh) – J.Viewz
The Perfect Drug – Nine Inch Nails – I’m not a huge NIN fan, but this is an awesome bike song. Check out the “deep” visuals in the video.
In The Hanging
Gardens – Pinkshinyultrablast
BLEACHÉ – yuko
Borrowed – Jerry Paper
Company Calls – Death
Cab For Cutie
Unknown Legend – Neil Young – very different from NIN, but also an awesome bike song. And if you’re thinking that the song is about someone riding a Harley Davidson and that that’s a very different kind of bike, I have some news for you. There’s a real video for this song, but no high quality versions are on Youtube, probably because Neil Young only wants his music played in 6000 bit hyper dense magic quality.
Popeye Theme – Face to Face – the most important song of this or any other time.
Fool, Fool, Fool
– The Clovers
SOKA – Sister
Giving It All – 20/20
Sailor and widow
– Keren Ann
The Man In Me – The
The Power Of The
Heart – Peter Gabriel
Evil Angel – Rufus
Can’t Stop The
World – Ginger Sling
Donuts (Outro) – J Dilla
L.S.D. Partie – Roland
Grand Illusions –
Fade To Grey – Anteros – this is not a cover of Visage. This song is generic alternapop. No need to seek it out.
I decided it was time to load up my lungs with smoke while there was still some around, so I went for a longish bike ride. Along the way I came to the new bike/horse bridge over the LA River. I decided it can only be called The Finger.
The bridge isn’t quite open yet, so I didn’t get to finger The Finger. I look forward to future Finger fingerings. Maybe they’ll build four more and we can get the whole hand.
This was my wacky ride, in case you’re curious. It features lots of overlap and crisscrossing.
Someone on twitter did an awesome silly thing where they re-titled James Bond movies with their anagrams. I thought it was a great idea, so I stole it to re-do Beatles albums. Here’s the first batch. I’m skipping the early Capitol hacked-up albums.
Peep Lame Easels (Please Please Me)
White Slab Teeth (With The Beatles)
Aghast, Randy Hid (A Hard Day’s Night)
A Stereo Elf Slab (Beatles For Sale)
The problem with Beatles anagrams is that their album titles are usually pretty short. Some of these would be under ten letters if I didn’t include “Beatles” in the name.
The White Album is probably going to be super lame.
I used to do this thing on Facebook where I’d post the last 50 or so songs I’d played, along with some notes about a few of them. This is pretty much that, except I’m going to throw some Youtube links in along the way.
Charlotte Street – Lloyd Cole And The Commotions
Hold My Hand – The Rutles
Reptiles and Samurai – Oingo Boingo
Mah-Ná, Mah-Ná – Leroy Holmes – probably the best song to ever come from Swedish softcore that was used by the Muppets and Benny Hill.
Ain’t No Good – Cake Train in Vain – Annie Lennox High Fidelity – Elvis Costello and the Attractions A-Tisket A-Tasket – Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb And His Orchestra Don’t Let’s Start – This Radiant Boy Car Horns and Kentucky – Tom Waits There She Goes Again – The Velvet Underground Jump, Jive, An’ Wail – Louis Prima Baby’s on Fire – Brian Eno
Straight To Hell – Chum
I Feel Fine – The Beatles Sun Gazer – Hideout Do You Remember the Riots? – Jens Lekman Freedom for My People – U2 Hawaii 64 – ccc – ill chemist
Cool it Now (New Edition) – Len
Golden – My Morning Jacket Zero Hour – The Plimsouls The Long Grift – They Might Be Giants Suzanne – Leonard Cohen Bedsitter – Soft Cell Cat’s Blues – Palace Music Fight – The Kleptones Staircase to the Soul – Weston Smith Two Lives – Young Fresh Fellows Persona – Instupendo Shark Food – Starsailor Lonely – Bebel Gilberto
My Funny Valentine – Ella Fitzgerald
clairaudients (kill or be killed) – Bright Eyes No One Else Around – Orchid Mantis True Romance – Vacation Forever Blue Fire – Air Waves Monkey Man – The Maytals
Nice To See You (feat. Floor Cry) – Vansire
A Warning – Thievery Corporation I’m Not The One – Bye Beneco Diferente – Gotan Project Blackbird Chain – Beck Riding On The Subway – Jesse Malin
Jefferson Starship – – Aug, 5, 1975 – Rock Show Commercial – I don’t care for commercials on the radio, but I love the occasional 40+ year old concert commercial.
the promise – The Cure Beaten To The Punch – Elvis Costello and the Attractions I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Cowboy Junkies
You Wouldn’t Like Me – The Beths
Blind Love – Tom Waits Upfield – Billy Bragg
Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing – The Magnetic Fields
I’m really good about finding reasons not to ride my bike. Rain, a cold, a thing for work that has to be done by the morning, whatever; if there’s a reason not to ride, I usually take it. And that’s dumb, because I love riding my bike. I love it so much that I set up a special blog just for recording when I ride. Now I’m trying to ride more, and I’m trying to put most of my online self here. So, bike posts get posted here and mixed into everything else. Whee!
Here’s today’s ride: short, hot, and slow. Just like me!
Tomorrow, riding gets more difficult. Daylight Saving Time ends, which means sunset shows up around five, and riding in the dark on Los Angeles streets can be spooky. And winter is coming, so cold and rain are on the way.
But I do plan to ride more at least until the next Ciclavia. It’s right by my old neighborhood, so I feel obligated to ride it (and ride to it). I hope it doesn’t rain.