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Greetings from a train heading south...
Greetings new peeps. I hope you like it here. It’s not always like this, but often is. Kind of.
This last week felt 10 days long. I’d like more weeks like this please.
I’m writing this on a train leaving Leeds. (1st picture). 15 minutes ago I was recording audio with friend and fellow audio nut Ant Short (2nd picture). And I started compiling links in this post this morning as I waited for people to arrive for my final workshop at Leeds University (3rd picture).
I ran three workshops over two days based on mobile video production. The slides were the same for each, but as is often the case, every session was different. Immense fun and I learned a lot while helping others to hone their skills, and in some cases, explore new territory.
Firefly is Adobe’s video for generative ML video editing. Can’t wait to see what iterations of this will look like for mobile.
I asked Poe which is running Chat GPT version 3.5-Turbo, “What do you know about Christian Payne, aka Documentally?” It responded…
We are obviously so much more than a mere data scrape from a few years back. Still. I might get it to draft all my biogs from now on.
I’ve been having epiphanies every day that I’ve been released.
Earlier in the week I shared a podcast which was an impromptu chat with the band Lost Chimes. It’s handy having a little recorder sitting in your pocket, ready to use with little effort. It’s also empowering when you have a prop like a microphone to hand as it gives you a reason to approach people and spark up a conversation. I used to do this all the time when all I needed was to drop a mic shield on my phone and fire up the Audioboom app. Thankfully, although the app has gone, they are still online looking after over 2000 of my recordings.
This podcast by Catherine Carr called “Where are you going?” asks just that of people in the street. And this is a lovely piece of audio recorded not far from where I live, captures a young husband and wife during a bicycle riding lesson. The audio says so much to me. In the openness of the couple, the tenderness of the interviewer and the infectious laughter.
it’s not long before it will be humans vs AI for voice over work. But a little while yet before it’s just robots doing it. Adding fake intakes of breath will get it a step closer.
Nan’s Thai Malaysian cafe (used to be called May’s) in Leeds was a 30 minute walk from where I was staying. A simple little place i’d never have found it if not for a recommendation from someone in my workshop. I had a great meal, as well as a lovely chat with the lad serving me. As I walked in he was sat across the room, drawing amazing versions of Wolverine.
New motorbike gloves.
I was looking at a fancy pair of gloves costing £150 when the guy in the shop told me these £100 pair were as good (if not better as they are laminated). He owned a pair which when looking at the choice available to him, convinced me to buy the. I could have got them for a tenner cheaper going to amazon [affiliate link] but i’d rather give his shop my money as he'd already saved me £50. And i’d hate to lose the human connection from these kinds of purchases. The large size were a little tight to start with but now fit like a… errr… glove.
Here is something I can’t have.
While chatting with Gemma and Nicky (in the audio linked above), they told me Ian from Vinyl Revival had a copy of their first record on Vinyl. Excitedly I headed over to him and it was true. He even let me touch it. Sadly it was not for sale. It was one of only a few cut and he wasn’t going to sell it. I did check Discogs but no one has logged theirs yet.
All was not lost as I was able to spend the money on Burt Jansch’s ‘When the circus comes to town’.
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In my search for other places this popped up Comradery.co
Live closer to your friends.
A masterclass in business failure from Musk.
How the encrypted coms of criminals are snooped upon.
Farewell Harry Belafonte. Activist, singer and actor.
If you buy me a coffee I’ll get you one when we next meet. And if you are not sure about subscription services but want to support, send what you can afford via PayPal and i’ll unlock the archive and podcast.
I’m visiting a distillery tomorrow. Just for research obvs. Then next week i’ll be in Wales.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.
“Artists are the gatekeepers of truth. We are civilization’s anchor. We are the compass for humanity’s conscience.” ~ Harry Belafonte
See you out there.