Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Today's vJournal

Just a quiet day on the home front but trying to keep the journal going!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

For Sale - or not for sale? :-)

Just had to laugh at this one. Depending on which side of the sign you look at you get a completely different story!

Today's vJournal

Continuing to experiment with using the iPad video camera and iMovie for iPad as a convenient way of keeping a short daily vJournal. Decided to try to continue with it for a little while longer to see if I can make it a habit because this does seem like a great way of supplementing my Evernote diary with a movie record. Once published to YouTube the link gets dropped automatically into the correct Evernote diary page using IFTTT, working really well so far. The key is to keep, as far as possible, each clip to less than five seconds, a thought borrowed from my experiments with Vine.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Ice Bucket Challenge - Rebecca & Francesca

Got to admit it these two are damned good sports, I sure as hell won't be having cold water chucked over me any time soon :-)

Sunday, 31 August 2014

vJournals - iPad - iMovie

Been thinking for a while now how to make a convenient vJournal by shooting short clips during the day and then pulling them all together into a short memory-jogging movie. Anyway, I tried Vine but to be honest the quality of the video was so poor I really didn't want to use it as a long term record so I looked around a little more.

I was surprised to find that there is a version of iMovie for the iPad and I have no idea why I hadn't played around with this before, maybe because I have done very little video recording with the iPad until now.

Well, I think this will work for me. I'm recording a series of short clips, each one maybe 6-10 seconds long on the iPad as the day passes. Later in the day I pull them together on the iPad using iMovie which has some basic editing features and then upload directly from the iPad to YouTube and share from there if required.

Once this is done I am then deleting the video clips and the project from the iPad to avoid chewing through the available device space and then repeat the process on another day. It may be that the best thing to do will be to do say a week's worth of clips at a time but at the moment I'm just getting used to the tools so experience will dictate what I do in the future.

Lorena's Ice Bucket Challenge

Well, I told her it wouldn't be any fun but she would insist on doing this so of course I had to oblige and chuck the water over her. I think it was colder than perhaps she had been expecting :-)

Saturday, 21 June 2014

IFTTT - Blogger + Evernote

I've not posted here for a while and this is very much a trial. I've been messing about with the IFTTT service which essentially allows you to "pull" information from various sources and bring them together into what for me is a much more useful format. That more useful format is Evernote, because I can search it and filter it. Facebook and Twitter in particular make it very difficult to find your own material some way down the line. If, 18 months down the line, I want to know when I bumped into Freddie, which I mentioned on Facebook at the time, I just can't find that easily. With the data in Evernote I simply search the "2014" notebook for "Freddie" and bingo, its there.

I'm using Evernote to keep a diary/journal which I'm hoping will become increasingly valuable as time goes on. I also post material from time to time to Facebook, Twitter and to this Blog. It struck me that IFTTT could be set up to collect any material I publish from these three sources and add all the postings to the Evernote page in use for my daily diary.

I reckon if I "point" all these feeds to an Evernote note called "Today's Diary" everything will appear in there from whatever source, all in chronological order. Because all this information is then in Evernote it will be extremely easy to tag/filter/search and all I will have to do at the end of the day is change the name of the "Today's Diary" note in Evernote to say 21 June 2014 at the end of the day and then it will then be all ready for the next day's material.

Seems to me like this will be the best way of getting a diary to autocomplete itself to a great extent! Anyway, this post should appear in my Evernote diary for today without any further intervention from me, all I have o do is click the "Publish" button. That's the theory anyway! :-)