Monday, December 28, 2020

Narrative Morse Dust

Transitioning from Medicare to Marketplace. (.pdf)

Narration In Film

Narratology in Film.

Narratology Of Film.

My sister is making shadow puppets for our upcoming opera.

USB Lavalier Microphone.

Sharon Fogarty
Sleigh Ride.

Opinions on OpenReel.

A way to learn Morse code.

A Russian movie called Dust.

Greg Bodine's Christmas Carol

Groove to Greg Bodine's Christmas Carol. This is the 2020 version shot because of the whole pandemic thing keeping him from not performing live this season. 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

This barely closes a third of my open tabs.

Making a MIDI controller.

Prague recording orchestra.

Eight sequence method for film writing.

Narratology in film.

Eventfinity Expos. lets you record audio and video separately for podcasts and videocasts.

Real Time Messaging Protocol

Vmeet specifications.

New York Times on making cold sesame noodles:


  • 1 pound noodles, frozen or (preferably) fresh
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, plus a splash
  • 3 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Chinese sesame paste
  • 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons chile-garlic paste, chile crisp or chile oil, or to taste
  •  Half a cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/8-inch by 1/8-inch by 2-inch sticks
  • ¼ cup chopped roasted peanuts
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add noodles and cook until barely tender, about 5 minutes. They should retain a hint of chewiness. Drain, rinse with cold water, drain again and toss with a splash of sesame oil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons sesame oil, the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame paste, peanut butter, sugar, ginger, garlic and chili-garlic paste.
  3. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss. Transfer to a serving bowl, and garnish with cucumber and peanuts.


  • The Chinese sesame paste called for here is made of toasted sesame seeds; it is not the same as tahini, the Middle Eastern paste made of plain, untoasted sesame. But you could use tahini in a pinch. You need only add a little toasted sesame oil to compensate for flavor, and perhaps some peanut butter to keep the sauce emulsified.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020


A socially-distanced shoot. Written by Richard Byrne, produced by Laura Schlachtmeyer, composed and directed by Andrew Bellware. 

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

So much cleanup to do.

 I like Aurora.

Aurora concert.

Black and gold engravable acrylic.

The MFOS Voltage quantizer. I tried pricing out the parts and it was about a hundred bucks. And there aren't any kits available. And apparently it really wants .1% tolerance resistors. A whole bunch of 'em.

There is group video calling on Skype. 

Lament progression. I VII VI V. You know. Dido's Lament. Purcell. 

Micachu is kinda interesting. Atonal pop music. And some scoring. 

Consumer Reports likes Icelandic Provisions Vanilla Skyr.

Murray Gold composed a bunch of stuff including the new Dr. Who.

Laser engravable aluminum plates.

I don't know that I ever was able to read those inversion markings under the bass. I certainly can't now. Dido's Lament arrangement in .pdf.

A video on the accuracy of the costumes in the 2005 Pride and Prejudice.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Things to know.

 How this does, and does not, apply to video games.

One might reasonably presume that dramatic "moments" do not occur in video games as such. 

The direct analogy for a dramatic "movie" in a videogame is, of course, the "cutscene." Outside of the cutscene, however, the player controls the moments in well-designed and well-written music in a videogame. 

Moments in the game, which is typically attached to the player entering into a specific physical area of the game, can be revelatory in a story sense (seeing the "Big Bad" for the first time) or in an emotional sense (discovering the entrance to the golden cave), or even in formative (you can ride whales here.)

A post-sound workflow.

Sometimes you need just a white, black, or blue screen. Whitedisplay. I'm not proud. I've used it as fill light.

Streamyard is a multiple participant video-production software which you can use for webcasts and panels and such. 

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Maybe I AM a Robot

How to write a detective story. I've been reading a lot of posts about how to write stories and the one big thing is to add an antagonist, which honestly I hadn't thought of for a detective story. RIMS is a risk-management "society." They have podcasts. PRMIA is another one. Beechwood Cafe in Jersey City. Sennheiser HD 800's. Man, this post is starting to look like a 'bot wrote it. The Production Bot is a box with some SDI ins and out, it can record to internal hard drives and runs on Windows 10. Outlining with index cards.

Hypatia of Alexandra

The Shadow calculator. I'm not entirely sure how to really use it. But for the shoot next week it seems like we'll be in sunlight all day. I should remember to bring a hat. Astra light panels. Adobe is making things which might automatically take out "um's" and such. Well, at least find them all for you. The Eight Sequence Method of writing a screenplay. 

Monday, September 14, 2020

Nigh on the Ides of September


The Microsoft Lifechat headset.

Montclair Radiology patient portal.

Locking female 3.5mm to regular 3.5mm male connector.

The crime: there are three IAs who control the city. Each has it's own weaponry.

The White Queen controls the SUZI security android force.

The Medusa has an army of killbots -- floating little poison-infected things that can key onto an individual's biology.

Amaryllis controls nanobiotechnology. That's used for both medical and security purposes. 

Robots have certain other powers. They can see into the future. Some see better than others. The ones who see all the paths are called Cassandras. The Cassandras were all but wiped out in the wars between the Warlord AI's, before the truce and peace of The Triad. Their manufacturing plants were shut down and all the humans involved with creating them were exiled or terminated. 

Amaryllis, a powerful AI who is worshipped as a god, has died. But the only people who know this are The Medusa and The White Queen. This could permanently upset the balance of power in the city. 

The Cassandra is dead. The Cassandra was supposedly killed by the White Queen because the Cassandra knew of the Trojan Horse the White Queen had planted in Amaryllis and had warned Amaryllis (who ignored her.) 

Except both the White Queen and the Medusa know a Cassandra is very hard to kill. 

The Medusa believes that a hunt for the Cassandra's killer, will reveal the Cassandra herself -- putting her into grave danger before she can advise the Medusa on how to prevent it's OWN death. The White Queen believes that putting Logan on the hunt for the Cassandra will give the White Queen another opportunity to murder the Cassandra, leaving her free to take over the city with the Amaryllis nanobots. 

When Logan finds the real Cassandra, the two of them race across town to the Amaryllis Castle, only to discover the god has perished. 

Although seemingl

Saturday, September 05, 2020

It was the Panda

OBS Studio can emulate a web camera so that you can use it with Zoom and suchwise. You need OBS virtualcam. (A Mac version is here.)

Mi electric scooter

Izotope academic policy.

Using .srt to After Effects plugin from Digital Anarchy


The scooter is six hundred bucks. I may be too overweight for it.
I don't know. But I've been told. Marketing an indy video game with no money.

Friday, September 04, 2020


If you have your captions in Word and you copy-paste them into a Notepad document, make sure that when you save you use UTF, not ANSI encoding, if you want to maintain Chinese characters.

My kitchen isn't even this clean right now.

Digital Anarchy's After Effects SRT Importer Script. If you need to format captions (which I way do) it's kind of a life-saver.


 Title safe nowadays

QLab on Zoom.

R0DE made a video on using lavalier microphones that's pretty good.

Saturday, August 29, 2020


 Standdesk collapsed. I'd put wheels on it more than a year ago. I can't find the instructions for the wheels but they seem to all be stripped. I mean, they're loose -- and I can't imagine I put them in that way originally. But in any case, I went to move the desk and it fell off a wheel and then went gerblonk.

This makes me just want to lie down and sleep for a while.

No cats were harmed. I'd actually grabbed onto the desk as it was collapsing and I moved a lot a lot a lot of stuff off of it with one hand while holding it up with the other. That why there isn't, for instance, a smashed monitor or speakers on the floor. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Let the Darkness In

Christa Kimlicko Jones as Dr. Ellen K. Henderson in Richard Byrnes' Let the Darkness In. This was shot entirely remotely, it's a "Zoom play." But we set up a second camera (a Panasonic GH4) and separate audio (a Zoom -- not the same company as the teleconferencing app -- F1 with a Sanken COS11). Laura Schlachtmeyer produced, I "directed" (more like a TV director, with Richard having worked with Christa beforehand and Laura as always having the best notes and adjustments.)

The lighting was all Christa's practical lights except for a ring light she has.

Christa really knocked this out of the park. There are two camera angles -- the actual Zoom call and the GH4 but this is all one performance (take 4.)

Sunday, August 23, 2020


 I'm working on a short with Richard Byrne and Laura Schlachtmeyer. Little do they know this is part of my PhD journey.

Here are Laura's notes. Followed by Richard's notes in all caps. The "You know, more yellow" is an old joke.

1. Title can be shorter than 10 seconds
2. Opening music could be more tension, excitement, nerves, less ominous and more busy. You know, more yellow. 
3. Can the second bubble at the beginning say "You have a new message" instead of "voicemail"? (Maybe that fits in the bubble better anyway)
4. Can the last bubble at the end say "Disconnecting" instead of "Good Bye"?

1. Title can be shorter than 10 seconds (I AGREE; MUCH.) 
2. Opening music could be more tension, excitement, nerves, less ominous and more busy. You know, more yellow. (BUZZY? AGITATED? FIZZY?) 
3. Can the second bubble at the beginning say "You have a new message" instead of "voicemail"? (Maybe that fits in the bubble better anyway) (YES)
4. Can the last bubble at the end say "Disconnecting" instead of "Good Bye"? (YES)

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Your things for today


TDR Kotelnikov GE

It's a kind of cool compressor which seems to get a goodly amount of attention from classical engineers, which is cool.

The Star Wars Original Radio Drama

Use a wizard to create a Gantt Chart. Only works in Project.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Remote Production

 Today we're attempting a remote production of a short film written by Richard Byrne. 

Romulus is the catmer operator.

I dragged a microphone and a GH4 to Christa Kimlicko-Jones' in fabulous Sunnyside today. We are partly on Zoom, partly with the Panasonic. We'll find out if we can cut back-and-forth. 

Romulus pulling focus.

Photos by Christa, of course, because we're not there.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Crane Control 

1 cup white, granulated sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
1 cup lemon juice
2 to 3 cups cold water (to dilute)

The Tokyo Dawn Labs Kotelnikov limiter. 

Ink beds. Next time we need a space bed.

Saturday, August 08, 2020


 The latest Scampr beta.

The link will only work for a few months.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

That which

The water's translucence amuses me.

Oof. The new Blogger interface makes it hard to see where the cursor is. And you can't tell if the images you post are "original size" or just some arbitrary Blogger size. Bleh. 

Tegeler makes some very interesting compressors and EQ's. 

Sound Skulptor makes an interesting 500-series kit for an SSL-style compressor. 

I actually own Camtasia, but it is a bit annoying. There are other options. Free Cam. And even the free, built-in screen recorder in Windows 10. Depends on what you're up to. 

All I've done during the pandemic is gain weight. I haven't gotten better at guitar. I haven't gotten into shape or written a screenplay. 

Dungeons of Chaos. I understand you can be killed by rabbits. Video game. 

It works like this:


4 h 35 m10 servings145 


Add a notePrint
  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 145 calories;  38.2  0.1   

I don't really have a way to measure of "cup" of anything. I should get one of those Pyrex things. I know, I'm such a single man. It's interesting to me that you make the syrup separately. And that you use more sugar than water to make that syrup. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Monday, July 20, 2020


For me, it's easier to just put everything into one blog. So I've stopped posting to the Tyrannosaurus Mouse blog, and to the Pandora Machine blog, and to the Puppies and Toast blog, and I'm putting all my nonsense here where I started -- the Pleasure for the Empire blog.

Why? Well. Yes. Why. I have no idea.

Winston, with Meydl in background.
Part of it is that I don't know whether some things belong under "music" or "film." Like, for instance, video games. Or my PhD that I'm working on, which is music in film.

Anyway, all my incoherence will be here now.