The Dogs Of Machine Vision [163]

Greetings from Galway, Ireland...

Hello. It’s lovely here. But how the hell did I think I was going to deliver a workshop, moderate a panel and write a newsletter all in the same day?

There are people in a bar drinking sponsored drinks right now. And with every keystroke I get closer to refreshment.

This is a short one.


The run up to me getting to Ireland is a blur.

Most of the things that have happened here have been hard to hold onto.

I’m at Mojofest. It might be that I will have to go into more detail in the audio feed as there is so much to remember and share.

Computational photography, cool ways to use 360 gear, new tech, old friends. It’s all happening pretty fast and I’m not logging any of it. Only in my brain.

When I’m surrounded by vloggers, bloggers, reporters and journos all wielding phones like their life depended on it, I prefer to sit back and enjoy the show.

It’s a delightful circus of technology-enhanced story hunters.

It’s a lot of fun.

More so that my official engagements are now over.

Here are a few things that interested me this week.


Check out the work of Benedetto Buffalino.

This machine sorts river pebbles by their geologic age.

Totally working, totally serious. Not messing about at all.


I’ve not had time to read much. Tidbits here and there. Like this. And this story about a Heavy Metal conman.


Dr John is Dead. Heart Attack at 77. RIP The Night Tripper.

This year for Audio Bloggers Month I have mostly been dropping short audio moments into Twitter.

Day one I shared the sound of a Moto Guzzi Nuovo Falcone 500.

Day two was a moment captured while taking the kids to school.

Day three was me recounting the happenings of the day.

Day four was recorded from inside an ‘enrichment feeder’ as my dog ate from it.

Day five was a binaural moment in Galway.

Day six was recorded called The Honesty of a Donut.

This will be continuing through the month. o_0


I want to blame Ilicco for being a bad influence on me. I would not normally have this much food for lunch.

It wasn’t him though. It was the £10 voucher. If I have a food voucher I feel like I have to use all of it. We are being looked after at #MojoFest. But wow. If I ate like this every day I’d be dead way before my time. Whenever that is.

It was really nice catching up with Ili though. I can’t remember the last time we got to sit, eat and chat.

We got to do it again last night and Ili treated me to an amazing Seafood Chowder.


What do you do with the interesting things you find?

Taras Young said “I picked up a few more things on the beach while I was in Northumberland last week, and realised I'd inadvertently accumulated a huge collection of small objects. It was quite cathartic to photograph and catalogue them and get them out there, rather than just continuing to keep them in a jar in my cupboard.”

Check out his hand-coded and beautify simple website it champions these wondrous objects perfectly.

I bought a new contact mic on eBay. The AKG C411L.

I had high hopes for using it for field recording. But it doesn’t work. I tried everything. It’s the first time ever I’ve had to return something on eBay. Pretty good going since I joined 16 years ago.

Back in 2004 I sold a bar of soap on eBay for £37.

It was liberated from the bathroom of Saddam Hussein's palace in his home town of Tikrit, Iraq. I’d totally forgotten that my online name in most places was Anon Andon.

Years ago I had a smaller version of this light with 2 LED’s sat in the top of a plastic glow-in-the-dark cap. No idea where it went but have often thought about it.

Someone is selling a fancy black one called Block Light for £7 but I found this almost identical version for £1.99. Works well.

So much tech to see here at MojoFest. I’m not one to attach a load of gear to my phone as I tend to only record with what I carry on a day to day basis. If I was to do more though, I’d probably get something like the Shooulderpod G2.

Mostly for when I need to sit the phone on a tripod. I like the idea of leaving light and mic attached and quickly dropping the phone in, connecting it and you are good to go.



Like I said, this was shorter than usual. Normal service will resume next week when I’m back in England. It might be I get to go to the media production show in London otherwise I am mostly studying In Cambridge.

Thanks for reading.

“If you're going to be crazy, you have to get paid for it or else you're going to be locked up.” ~ Hunter S. Thompson

Charge your devices.

See you out there.