Category Archives: Videos

An archive of posts for quick reference, especially my Krip Kam© series posted to YouTube

Celebrate Anti Tyranny Day!

As you likely surmise (especially if you saw my response to Nick’s comment last night) I survived another trip to the doctor’s office and I’m good for another three months before I have to risk my silly neck again.

Even better, last night I was delighted to see that another ally has joined my cause, adding his voice to the growing numbers of those who want it to succeed. I’d like you to meet Adam House, one of the principal organizers and writers in the Combat Veterans for Ron Paul organization. He’s one of the good guys, and I’m proud to call him a friend. I hope you’ll all follow his recommendation to pitch in with some help, and you’ll have my gratitude if you do:

Now, if you out there like my writing and would like to see how much better I can do once I’m out in the world, well, we ain’t GOT three months, I’m afraid.

If I’m going to get to Tampa to join the crowds to observe the Combat Veterans March for Ron Paul on the RNC, not only will my fundraising goal have to be met, it’ll have to happen by mid-June at the latest. Why? Because the extensive modifications to my Honda Element take about two months for Freedom Motors to accomplish. It’s big stuff…and it’s why it’s so expensive.

Those of you after me to follow up on Andrew Wordes‘ case, where local officials hounded and ruined him after years of their criminal conspiracy to do so resulted in him being backed into a corner where he chose to take his own life so visibly, same deal. Think the creeps in Roswell aren’t working even now to cover their tracks? The sooner I can get down there to reconnoiter and do some interviews, the less opportunity they’ll have to spin their way out of this.

That’s the reality of it; if you want to see me out publicly advocating for Ron Paul, the message of liberty, and all these other issues…well, I hate being a pest, but it’s impossible to effectively push for everyone else’s liberty until I recover my own.

Incidentally, on the subject of liberty, today is one of those unofficial holidays observed by many in the liberty community highlighting our quest for freedom…among other events that happened on this day, it’s most widely known as the date of the ‘shot heard ’round the world’ in 1775.

It’s my wish that you’ll choose to promote liberty today by donating even a small amount to help me reach my goal. Every dollar helps…don’t let anyone try to get you believing otherwise. Think of it as your shot heard round the world, since it will help free me to do my best to make sure our message is heard loud and clear by the public, as it must be if we’re going to win them over to the side of liberty.

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Krip Kam #3 video released!

This video is a result of my going for shakedown cruise with the wheelchair mount I assembled to allow me to take pics and videos from my power chair using a reasonably steady platform for my camera.

Even though I traveled a mile to the parking lot I use as a flying site while bearing my micro R/C airplane and gear as well as my camera, only to find that the wind had sprung up to a speed too high to fly in, it was a valuable trip for getting some experience with this sort of thing, and I’m pleased with the results.

I’m enjoying the whole video creation process, from selecting suitable music at Incompetech to trimming the individual clips to creating and placing titles, then putting it all together to make it tell a coherent story.

I hope I’m succeeding in this and improving my technique as I go…but you can be the judge of that! As always, comments, questions and constructive criticism are welcomed.

I’ll Be Hawk for Christmas

My, my…it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet and I’m already looking forward to spring!

My mom noticed me slavering over an item on the Hobbyking site a week and change ago and insisted I order it for myself for Christmas. That’s not too terribly guilt-inducing; she’s decided that getting me an airplane or two is a new Christmas tradition and it’ll give me something to look forward to for my spring morning outings.

The advancements in miniaturization, better construction materials, and light weight electronics and batteries have brought some amazing stuff to the table over the last few years that was pure fantasy a decade ago. Last year’s ultra micro R/C machines have been loads of fun, and now I’m getting a 35mm electric ducted fan jet model. The Chinese company Skyangel has been releasing machines in this tiny size over the last year and they just came out with a  BAE Hawk military trainer in the bright red colors of the Canadian Red Arrows airshow exhibition team.

Remember, this plane is miniscule…its wing spans just about 14 inches and the aircraft’s all up flying weight is only 3.4 ounces! A guy on RC Groups just got some video of his Hawk flying…this looks like it’s going to be a blast. Another fellow attached a midget keychain video camera to his to get some aerial videography done, now that’s cool stuff.

Bad Blogger…No Biscuit!

I can’t believe it’s been three weeks since I posted last…the days really are running together, one of the not-so-pleasant things about being housebound with this late fall weather, I observe to my chagrin.

The time hasn’t been entirely unproductive, I had another article published over at the American Daily Herald a few days ago, and so far it seems well received. I certainly enjoy the writing, but it does take it out of me. To a healthy observer, it must seem like I’m moving at a snail’s pace; lots of breaks to clear my mind, making sure to keep some food in me lest I get even more lightheaded and gloomy than usual, and LOTS of editing. I’m the sort that mainly edits on the fly, not a bad thing when I’m writing a narrative based on my experiences…there’s a strong tendency for the topic to get lost as my mind tries going in a dozen directions at once. A 2000-word article takes me a good two to three days to put together, something that I could have done in a matter of hours in my healthy days.

The satisfaction of putting these things down in print is worth it though, and gives me all the incentive I could want to keep up with it. Still and all, I only have a limited amount of energy even when I’m at my best (remember the Spoon Theory I wrote about a while back?) and I just haven’t had anything left at the end of the day in me to write anything here.

It’s getting better with practice, albeit slowly, and that’s gratifying. Over these last few weeks I’ve also been devoting a bunch of time and effort to getting up to speed on my videography. That first Krip Kam video came out acceptably, but there was and is plenty of room for improvement. It’s not just the editing that’s been on my mind, I also spent some time researching no-royalty music I could use in my videos without running afoul of the  horribly tangled IP regulations that swarm around these creative endeavors.

In this area, I’ve found some fine resources, but one stands out from all the rest: Kevin MacLeod’s terrific incompetech web site…he’s a gifted and prolific musician who’s also very serious about helping people like me (substitute the phrase ‘poor slob’ in my case) find all sorts of great audio for all manner of creative productions. His songs and sounds are available in every conceivable shade of tone and feeling to fit any project, the site is the most user-friendly I’ve come across in a long time, and best of all, he only asks for a properly worded attribution for himself in new works, along with an acknowledgement of the Creative Commons license structure. If you’ve ever wondered how you can find genuinely good music for a video or other artistic endeavor, look no further.

There’s plenty more coming, but I’m out of juice for now, so until I get caught up, allow me to leave you with my latest offering in my Krip Kam© series of videos. It’s my first go at using a wheelchair mounted camera for videography, as well as trying new things with my video editing skills. I hope you like Krip Kam Video #2!

Le Gimp, C’est Moi!

As I indicated in my last post, I’m inaugurating my new Krip Kam© series of videos on YouTube beginning this week. The name ‘Krip Kam’ is not intended to minimize or trivialize the nature of my disability, it’s meant as a handy tag to clearly distinguish the videos I’m making from others out there and make them readily searchable for interested viewers.

The name is also a reminder to myself not to take things too seriously. There’s no getting away from the fact that this is a deadly serious business for me, but being able to have some fun in my life is every bit as important as keeping my responsibilities met…life is not some grim utilitarian exercise, it’s meant to be lived, an idea I intend to celebrate every day.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video has to be worth at least ten. I can talk about the difficulties and hazards of transferring to and from my power wheelchair all day, but I think a video like this really demonstrates the subject far better than words alone can.

I hope you find it instructive, with time and experience I think this aspect of documenting my life and doings will be rewarding. I’m already researching ways to mount my camera on my chair, as well as other forms of videography that will enable me to share my perspective with the world even more successfully.

My special thanks to Marc and his Wheelchair Kamikaze blog for providing an inspiring example of a disabled person living life as fully and rewardingly as possible.

Without further ado, I present Krip Kam© Video #1 for your delectation. If this doesn’t illustrate the importance of this blog’s goal, I don’t know what will!