Who Am I?

Toney, Alabama, United States
Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, XML/X3D/VRML97 Designer, Consultant, Musician, Composer, Writer

Monday, April 22, 2019

Rivers and Trains

A two-fer: a cover of Al Green's Take Me to The River and Len Bullard's Last Train to Paradise blended into an OBS-crafted video. Like 45's without the plastic adapter. :)

Shout out to Dan Bullard at Spice Radio for turning me on to OBS. Spiffy platform.

Monday, January 14, 2019

The Room Over the Garage: Open Broadcasting Software Comes to Ancient Media Geek

Wow!  Open Broadcasting Software.   The Jinn is back!   With this... big juju.   Access all of the catalogs we've made.  Integrate music, animation, spoken stories, all from the room over the garage.

Bought a Logitech 922.   Major kick butt.  I can be in my own videos.  I can curate them live.  I can read the texts of the VRML epics.   Heh! Heh!  Heh! 

What is required to add X3D content to OBS framed live streaming?  X3Dom to Firefox browser?  I still have working Blaxxun client for local capture but have not worked out way to stream it.  So a video to stream resource?

The OBS possibilities are endless.  Cool times for pontifact.  This is the setup performance artists have craved since browsers were slate gray:  real time broadcast frameworks in open source. The same editor records resource layered displays organized as scenes with transitions.  Via the browser, if you have a YouTube content library, you can include it as a resource.  So mix live with video or animation or stills, apply effects such as chroma key while recording four audio resources independently for export as multi track mp4 ready for that Vegas Sony Video editor tweaking.

All the catalog building pays off.  Whew!  Not for naught.

Content repurposes like sets  on a backlot.  Assemble resources into scenes transitioning in real time to real time performance.   Broadcast as game,

We can gig live, tell stories, promote gigs, teach a lick while walking on the surface of Saturn sipping coca tea.

Cool beans. :)  Many thanks!

len bullard

Post Script:  Full up test tonight   It works.  I make Pavlov's Dog look reserved right now.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

CBS Celebrity Undercover Boss: Being There

On reality TV, the drinks are fake too. The photo is not. The lesson: sometimes when the call comes, raise your hand and take a risk. It was a long day of shooting but it was fun and I learned a lot. No, I didn't recognize Jewel. No, I didn't know this was Undercover Boss: Celebrity Edition. I responded to a call for extras posted on the Nashville Street Performers Facebook page thinking I would not get called. I was wrong. I thought this was a spec-production and nothing would come of it; or I'd find it someday on a D-list cable channel. I was wrong.
CBS. Prime time. Umm.. wow.
I had a great time. It was long and not being able to move around or get a drink of water was grueling. I know the rules: sign up, show up, dress as told, sit where told, shut up and don't bother the elves. It is a bit like being abducted by aliens: entities moving around you and not speaking but examining you with probes. I do have a theatre background and I recognize some bits. Get in character and stay there. If you are the old guy in the hat at the bar, be that. And sign all the papers that if you read you might not sign but sign anyway. Since I am an old guy in a hat and spent time as a musician sitting in the bar, type casting to the rescue. My hat.
What do I get: $100. Standard rate. I am still waiting for my check. ;)
Full Disclosure: I knew the girl was a fake (the makeup and accent don't work on someone who did a lot of theatre at one time, and few singers are actually that bad in Nashville), but not being a Jewel fan (a generation thing, Her music is great), you could have put her in my car without her prosthetic makeup and I wouldn't have known which is why they probably sat me up front: the old guy won't catch on.
And I didn't until last night when my wife, Dana, came upstairs to the studio where I was working and said, "Baby, you know that Nashville TV shot you were at....". She channel surfed into it. I would have been watching Ancient Aliens if I had been downstairs. So.... me on primetime. My 15 seconds of flame fame. Now in the past. sigh...
When I think back over some of the unbelievable moments I've had, and there have been a few, I realize it really is true: if you want the gig, raise your hand. Sometimes....
Here is the show. Enjoy!

Update a friend asked if this was staged:
Yes. Cleverly. It is impolite to say too much about alferic magic. The elves are not pleased. Elf displeasure can be felt when out in the world and tiny arrows destroy your left calf.
Standard extras call. Go, go where told to. Do as told. The premise is this is a show or pilot about street singers in Nashville. So the premise is fine. I know how to be in a bar. The premise is believable because The Boss can be hidden in sight of the extras. At no time did I know this was Undercover Boss. I knew it was TV. The conversation around me was plastic enough that my first impression was the House that Amy Built at the Bluebird was in need of new shutters. IOW, yeah, elven.
How well does that work: I can only say I've seen enough elves craft to know when the trees are speaking. I knew Amanda was a maguffin. OTW, yes this is staged, do what you do in the situation as given and as best as you can, ignore the elves.

This is true: a very very professional elf team. Obviously.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Insouciant Reality

In these days of manufactured rage and distance, take a stroll with Felix. Insouciance is not just an attitude, it's a survival skill.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Let's Do

Here is our new song from DawgHaus, some jazzy blues featuring Daniel Bullard on trumpet and Rick Van Nostrand on guitar. I hope you like it. Thanks for listening.