First Flight

This morning we watched a fluffy young bird learn to fly.

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The parents waited anxiously calling to their little one. Over the next minutes the calls increased back and forth, then a hop, leap, and flutter.

A little chick was learning to fly outside our window. We were lucky to be in the right place and right time to watch.

Little bird prepares to fly.
Little bird prepares to fly.
Little bird waits before learning to fly.
Little bird waits before learning to fly.
Parent beckons its little one over.
Parent beckons its little one over.

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What S Numbers Mean For Safety Footwear

I wear boots and I prefer steel toe capped boots. Recently I bought my first pair online sight unseen. While researching my choices, I noticed many pairs of boots advertised an S number. Here is what those S ratings mean: SB Basic safety S1 Closed seat region Antistatic properties Energy absorption of seat region S2 … Continue reading “What S Numbers Mean For Safety Footwear”

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I wear boots and I prefer steel toe capped boots. Recently I bought my first pair online sight unseen.

While researching my choices, I noticed many pairs of boots advertised an S number. Here is what those S ratings mean:

SB
  • Basic safety
S1
  • Closed seat region
  • Antistatic properties
  • Energy absorption of seat region
S2
  • Closed seat region
  • Antistatic properties
  • Energy absorption of seat region
  • Water penetration and water absorption
S3
  • Closed seat region
  • Antistatic properties
  • Energy absorption of seat region
  • Water penetration and water absorption
  • Penetration resistance
  • Cleated outsole
S4
  • Antistatic properties
  • Energy absorption of seat region
S5
  • Antistatic properties
  • Energy absorption of seat region
  • Penetration resistance
  • Cleated outsole

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House Update

The basement walls are done, and hopefully we have some wildflowers on the way.

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Another round of train strikes made getting to Vichy difficult for the second site meeting in a row. We had a beautiful sunny day for our visit, and took the opportunity to scatter some wildflower seeds in our future garden.

Another Visit, Another Strike
Denied Dessert (video)
The Basement is Done
Happy for Rain

Graham’s been adding some short progress update videos, which focus solely on the house. If you just want to see the changes to the house between each of our visits, these are for you.

Progress Day 3
Progress Day 5

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Week 12: basement walls
Week 12: basement walls

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YouTube Content ID Abuse

Abuse of YouTube’s Content ID is frustrating.

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My latest short film hit the brick wall that is YouTube’s Content ID system. This was the first time I have had an utterly misapplied copyright violation notice.

Other copyright notices have been raised on my videos but those have been for incidental recordings of music playing during public performances. I do not know the legality of those claims but they appear raised by the appropriate licence holder. Those claims are not my focus today.

I published my latest short film with a track of free music provided by The Passion HiFi. The music is appropriately licensed for use on YouTube:

  • Use them for TV, radio, Internet and film productions FREE of charge
  • Use these beats as backing music for your videos on Youtube as long as you state that The Passion HiFi is the copyright holder and the content ID is linked to the same beat on the iTunes store.

Sadly, YouTube’s Content ID system disagreed. A music label called Audiam claim The Passion HiFi’s content as their own – and can collect advertising income on it.

Audiam (label) claim The Passion HiFi's music.
Audiam (label) claim The Passion HiFi’s music.

It is worth noting Audiam is not a music label. Audiam is a company that enforces music licences and collects royalties. They describe themselves as:

Audiam is a music royalty collection agency trusted by the world’s publishers and songwriters.

Who gets to keep the money earned on incorrectly enforced licences?

Is The Passion HiFi represented by Audiam? Maybe but how can I tell? I have tweeted The Passion HiFI and await a reply.

The reply would not have changed my next step.

  • If yes, then new music is needed.
  • If no, then YouTube is in error and new music is still needed.

But knowing would be useful for the future. Should I avoid using tracks from The Passion HiFi? Might Audiam claim everything they produce; I do not know.

Move on.

The original version of my short film is gone. I removed it immediately from YouTube. Better to not give Audiam control. Better to not accept their claim. Better to not have to lodge disputes and risk my YouTube account’s standing.

I am not fighting. There are other choices.

Today I replaced the music and a new version of my Pérouges short film is available to enjoy. This time, I hope, the Content ID system will leave my work alone.

YouTube has a problem. The Content ID system is unbalanced in the favour of the claimed licence holder. The dispute process is broken and high risk for content creators.

I have no solution and propose none. I simply needed somewhere to note this passing moment of frustration.

Back to creating.

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Pérouges – French medieval hilltop town

Pérouges is a stunningly preserved medieval hilltop town in the Rhône Alpes region of France.

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Last weekend we visited Pérouges. Embedded below is a short film of our visit. The short film Pérouges – French medieval hilltop town is also available on my YouTube channel.

Faster Easier Editing

I am trying to get faster at putting together these short films. Final Cut Pro is a complex beast of an editing application.

This is the first video to use a compressor within Final Cut Pro for parts of the audio; previously I did this in Audacity. While a small step towards better sound, it is nice to be able to do as much as possible within one application.

I also learnt that L & J cuts do not require detaching audio first. By expanding the audio tracks of a video, it becomes possible to trim or expand the visual and audio elements independently of each other.

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