Given the Muskrat shenanigans taking place over at “the birdsite,” it’s probably a good idea to have this link handy: How Does Mastodon Work?
I’ve put a lot of time & energy this past couple weeks into being “the Mastodon guru” for friends online, mostly on Discord servers, so if you have questions I am happy to answer. My qualifications are that I ran a Mastodon instance for a few months and have been a regular boring user for several years now, and that I’ve read a lot and listened to both praises and complaints along the way.
I’m absolutely digging this GoPro HERO9. I did another session outside, because I cannot get enough of watching clouds go ‘vroom’.
I also wanted to play a bit with slow-motion video, and this afternoon I got that chance. I put together the light tent (as all advice I’ve read about doing 240fps video emphasized the need for good lighting), I gathered some handy duckies, Vyx had the bright idea of putting cling-wrap onto a small mixing bowl, and I found a pillow with a nice bit of “bounce” to it. The results are… modestly amusing:
My original plan was to do “speed ramping” in Hitfilm Express, but I learned today that the software is kind of… actually terrible at that. (Speed ramping is that moderately-overused “things are going fast then they slllloooooowwww doooooowwwnn and then go fast again” visual effect you see in a lot of action shows/movies lately.) So I just loaded up VirtualDub and said “yeah, take this 240fps thing and make it 30fps for me” and here we are.
Look, if nothing else I’ve found a fun new thing to do with duckies. Can’t go wrong, there.
Life tip for y’all: Don’t save up so many years’ worth of medical bill notifications and insurance notices and similar needs-shredding materials that you nearly burn out the motor on your budget-level paper shredder.
How do I know this? Because experience is what you earn when things go sideways, that’s how.
In related news, I’ve done a little bit of de-junking around the place. Wires and connectors I’ll never use again, thrown out. Gear that will never be plugged in again in this household, into the Goodwill box. (It’s not busted gear, I’m not a jerk. It’s just stuff that’s obsolete for my needs.) Old papers (warranty notices, instruction sheets, etc) without personal info on ’em, recycled. And, old papers with my personal info on ’em, shredded.
Some of them, anyway. Once the shredder cools down a bit I’ll try to do the rest…
Over at Cat Valente’s Discord, someone posted this image:
And yes, at first glance it’s kind of ridiculous and definitely hilarious on at least one level. Then I got to thinking.
Dejah Thoris is the titular (ahem) Princess of Mars. (She’s Princess of Helium, which makes one wonder if she talks with a weird squeaky voice, but that’s beside the point.) The Disney corporation released a movie, John Carter, based on the Edgar Rice Burroughs Martian novels, and Dejah is in that movie.
Therefore, Dejah Thoris is officially a Disney Princess.
And that cover you see above tracks better than it really ought to.