One-handed video editing
While on paternity leave, making videos is an easy, high value product to make. So I’ve made a lot!
The videos so far:
It helps that I learned video editing way back at RedMonk and have edited podcasts all these years. I mean, I’m no artful expert, but I understand the theory, what’s possible, and the tools.
But what really makes is the iOS video editing app LumaFusion and the iPhone 11 Pro. There’s lots of good tutorial videos in LumaFusion too.
Publishing is a mess in the sense that there are too many sites to publish to. Back in my day - sonny! - we dreamed of each piece of data/content having one URL, existing in one place. That doesn’t make as much profit as each website and app having its own copy - walled gardens, blah, blah.
Consequently, I cross post to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and, yes, TikTok. Each has its own novelty. LinkedIn gets a surprising amount of views, Twitter has the most rewarding feedback, Facebook exposes me to IRL people (who are always like “I have no idea what you’re talking about, but yay!”), YouTube gets a very low amount of views (I guess I don’t promote it much?), and TikTok gets a surprising amount of views and is really annoying to use (every time I open it I have to watch some perfectly sculpted ding-dongs dancing).
But, whatever: like and subscribe!
There are new episodes in Software Defined Talk and Drunk and Retired. Listen in!
I continue to read The City We Became. I started The Reactionary Mind. There’s an interesting theory of what “conservative” is, the philosophy and world view of it developing. We’ll see.
I finished listening to a book on listening. As I mentioned in asides already, it’s frustrating in that it lacks tactics and training for how to listen: it’s more focused on convincing you that listening is good, and throwing in a bunch of pop-academic anecdotes about communication. And, of course, lots of complaining about social media.
Also, I finished The Glass Hotel. It was good and some fantasy realism that was comforting. What I mean by this is that reading the book creates a space that’s calming to be in - a “room” you can find yourself drifting into that’s apart from real life. Not many books do that.
stress effects on frontal function also make us perseverative—in a rut, set in our ways, running on automatic, being habitual. We all know this—what do we typically do during a stressful time when something isn’t working? The same thing again, many more times, faster and more intensely—it becomes unimaginable that the usual isn’t working.
— Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky
Relative to your interests
- Nothing defined - ‘Odell understands and acknowledges that doing nothing — by which she means taking time out of one’s day to engage in an activity without considering whether it’s productive — isn’t something that’s available to everyone. But her book is least convincing when she suggests that meaningful political change would follow if the strategies she has adopted were taken up en masse. Though she acknowledges that she’s lucky to be able to exercise the freedom to while away the hours in her favorite rose garden or to go bird-watching, Odell seems to disregard just how individualistic her strategies are. She lives an artistic life, one that lends itself wonderfully to aesthetic expression but is less useful in the political realm.’
- The decline of old school high culture, novels edition - ‘Joseph Bottum mentions Andrew Ferguson’s cocktail-party test for books—would you be embarrassed at a cocktail party for not having read it?—and notes the last such novel Ferguson cites passing this test was Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities in 1987.’
- Vary the weight of type in a title - ‘“Imagine a shoemaker or car mechanic making their own sign,” Riccardo says. ‘
- Use title sequences for small stories, show lore - ‘The best television title sequences have historically interacted with viewers and their relationship to the show on some level.’
- Schedule creative thinking when you’re not stressed and peppy - ‘So if you’re wondering when you might be most creative, you need to think about when you might be the least inhibited. That would be the time of day that you might want to schedule, or at least experiment with scheduling, some creative time. For many people, that time is usually when they’re not at their most energetic, or most productive. You don’t want to schedule creative time during your most productive time; you want to schedule it when you’re slightly less goal-oriented and sharp, when you’re on the downward slope and you’ve started to fatigue, so that you’re open to different ways of thinking and creating.’
- The jig (could be) up! - ‘A deep, long recession will stoke anger, because the pandemic has held up an unflattering mirror to rich societies. Ill-run care homes for the elderly, high rates of death among minorities, the extra demands holding back working women and, especially in America, health care that is hard to reach for many, will all lead to calls for reform. So might the realisation that an unfair burden has fallen on ordinary people. Americans earning less than $20,000 a year are twice as likely to have lost their job to covid-19 as someone earning over $80,000. Much will depend on how fast they are rehired.’
- Working from home popular with higher income people - ‘The data also shows a major gap between income levels in the ability to work from home. Of people making under $50,000 a year, just 24% work at home. In the middle range, from $50,000 to $100,000, the number jumps to 36%, and for those making $100,000 or more, 46% are able to work from home.’
- Drop shipping - ‘Despite the fact that he’s earning executive-level pay while wearing boardshorts, he wants to leave dropshipping behind. ‘
- Plague Doctor Costumes