Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Python

December 12, 2018

Today I wrote my first program in the computer programming language called Python. It was, as tradition demands, a program that printed out on screen the message:

Hello World!

And, as always, it is very satisfying to get that far. I am hoping to use Python to help me with the perspective problem in sketching that I have been wrestling with for some time. Specifically, when Vanishing Points are a long way outside the margins of the sketchbook frame, how do you work out where parallel lines should exit the drawing frame on the sketchbook page. For some time now, I have been working this out using basic school trigonometry and a hand-held calculator. I just think it would be nice to write my own app to take care of it for me in future.

Of course, this could be a displacement activity to avoid pushing ahead with my piano and drawing practice and projects. Another factor that occurs to me is that I am thinking of having an ‘un-festive’ season this year (apart from cooking a traditional turkey dinner on Xmas day). So, getting into Python (and returning to podcasting) could provide a way for me to avoid the excesses of Xmas and New Year. Since I quit drinking (over two years ago, now) this time of year has less of an appeal, anyway.

Well, I had better Bah-Humbug my way off and leave you in peace.

Bye for now!

Advertisements

I have now abandoned the Vlog idea

November 18, 2018

Hello! This blog has been inactive for months. In part this was due to my tentative exploration of vlogging. I have decided not to go down that path; it takes too much time and effort. I have not tweeted for ages and obviously don’t seem to like doing that; I have no aspirations to emulate the Trump. So, maybe I will come back here and post from time to time. It is a matter of getting into the habit again. I also need to spruce up my website, so I do have a few things to be getting on with.

I’m still streaming my live gigs into Second Life and the 3rd Rock Grid, on the Internet. In this connection I am very much enjoying playing the Telecaster. As for piano, I plod along. The songwriting has been going slowly this year. That is a bit of a mystery to me. The  ideas are flowing but I am slow to work the finished compositions up to standard  for performance. I shall continue to ponder this issue; it would be good to get some more of these numbers into my repertoire.

Speak to you later, my dear blogophiles.

Lachlan Goudie’s thoughts about painting

May 20, 2018

Yesterday evening I watched a programme on cable TV about Van Gogh and was struck by a comment made by the (Glasgwegian) painter Lachlan Goudie. I jotted down what he said on the back of an envelope, to share with you. I may not have this word perfect as a quote but it certainly will give you the gist:

Painting is a difficult, troubling and enormously frustrating activity. Everyday, when I stand in front of my canvas, I will expose the gap between what I want to achieve and what I can achieve. Painting exhausts you if you are doing it as a conviction or a passion. That’s no lie, it’s for real!

In the programme it was explained that Van Gogh was largely self-taught to begin with. He worked from books on technique and so forth. I have sometimes felt that I suffer from autodidactic polymathitis.  I hasten to add that the syndrome does not appear within any scheme of diagnostic categories I have come across, it is merely a term I invented for myself. So, the comments made by Lachlan Goudie about painting can be extended to cover music and prose writing, as well as art, as far as I am concerned. Indeed, I think they apply generally to all acts of creative work.

I say this without any implications of self-aggrandisement since I am highly critical of my own paltry attempts to create works of art, music & songs, and works of fiction. I think that creativity, however small, however modest, contains within it a tendency for the artist/musician/writer to experience bi-polar swings of mood. I hit a down swing over the past few weeks. At such times it is not infrequent to be hit by a block, too. I suppose one  might think of writer’s block as the prototype, but I recently had a sketching block lasting for a month. Fortunately,  this has now been broken. I have three new songs with the sets of lyrics completed in full, yet I have not been able to bring myself to practice them up to performance level. I can’t understand this; it has never happened before in this fashion.

I do sometimes search for evidence that I might be on the right track, whatever that might mean. Perhaps I am looking for a modicum of feedback. Here is the problem. I have maintained a website for many years. Nobody downloads my songs from links I provide on that site; nobody buys my novels or my art books; very few people listen to the live music shows that I play each week, streamed on the Internet. It is true that these are primarily played for people with avatars in the virtual community known as Second Life on the Internet, but I give clear instructions on my website as to how to listen to my stream ‘live’ should anyone who is not in that community wish to do that.  So, basically, I sometimes wonder why I bother. It can’t (given the time and emotional effort required to create and perform all this stuff) be for the joy of knowing that it is widely appreciated. However, I do have a small but loyal group of fans within my Second Life audience and for them I am truly grateful. Without them, I do think I might just quit and settle down to a life of watching soap operas on cable TV channels!

Oh, one more thing. The bipolar down swing curbed my enthusiasm for moving more deeply into the phenomenon of vlogging. I am not saying that I have given it up, but for the time being all is quiet on the vlogging front. Speak to you later, my dear blogophiles.

Cement Mixers

April 12, 2018

Hello! I have today placed a Vlog up on my Lewis Music site, about cement mixers.

Hope you enjoy it!

Bye for now 🙂

Blankets & Lemonade

March 10, 2018

Hello!

I have just put another Vlog up on You Tube. In this I ramble on for a few minutes about two topics: blankets and lemonade. At least these are the key words to which I free-associate. Here is the usual link:

http://www.lewismusic.co.uk/Vlogs/Vlog01.html

Hope you enjoy it. Talk to you later, my dear Vlogophiles.

Vlogging virtually by Tower Bridge

February 6, 2018

Another attempt to make some progress with the Green Screen and the sound. Both still need work; the project is ongoing.

Virtual Vlog from Tower Bridge, London

I shall be playing a show today in Second Life at Cafe Musique at midday in SL (that is midday in Los Angeles, too), streaming from my mini-studio in England at 8.00 p.m. this evening. Hope to see those of you who like to listen, inworld.

Btw, if you do not belong to the Second Life virtual community, you can still listen to my show live (but with no graphics). There is a page on my website that explains how to do that…

http://www.lewismusic.co.uk/RemoteAccess.html

Hope that link works for you. Speak to you later, my dear blogo/Vlogophiles

Vlog with a nice sunset

February 3, 2018

Hello!

Here is my latest Vlog. I am slowly making progress. I have used a better set-up for the sound, I think. And this vlog was taken on  proper camera, as opposed to a phone. I think I have succeeded in getting the vlog to appear in landscape orientation and this will obviously be better for the folks who want to watch on a computer screen. Here is the link

I am speaking against a rather nice virtual sunset in this Vlog

Another blog

February 1, 2018

I am trying to get a reasonable workflow in terms of my attempt to become a Video-Blogger (Vlogger). One problem has been that my movies have arrived at some of your screens in the incorrect orientation (so you have to lean your head to the side at 90 degrees in order to watch them).

Regrettably, my learning curve is very steep in this regard and I am still not confident that I have got the hang of things. My primary objective is to get the Vlogs to work on You Tube. I’m not sure how well the links  from my Lewis Music home page are working.

The current situation is this. I have cleared out some old stuff from my You Tube channel. There are now basically two blogs up on it (one dated 28th January and the other 31st January, 2018). So you could try to reach them from my Lewis Music site, and hopefully that will work.

In terms of the 31st January blog, I will endeavour to now put a link to that directly from here, as follows:

Fyrm’s latest Vlog

 

Hope this works. Bye for now, my dear blogophiles

My First Attempt to Vlog Using a Green Screen Technique

January 25, 2018

It has taken a while and I am still not confident about using the HitFilm software, excellent as it may be. However, I have succeeded in getting a VLog up on You Tube that makes use of the Green Screen technique….

I recorded the blog sitting in an easy chair in my little studio. The room is too small to take a proper Green Screen, but I managed to make do in a Heath-Robinsonesque sort of way. I’m afraid the content is not brilliantly inspiring but, at last, I managed to turn my solid wall background into an open window looking out onto some rather old-fashioned buildings on a street in Paris.

I hope to explore more virtual scenes in the future. The downside of doing the Vlog in this fashion is that I cannot play the piano. I attempt to explain what the problem is, within the Vlog. And I talk about my spectacles and the fact that I possess a high-domed forehead! I bet you just can’t wait – lol…

Fyrm’s first use of the Green Screen technique in a You Tube Vlog

Speak to you later my dear blogophiles/Vlogophiles !!

 

 

New Vlog on You Tube

January 21, 2018

Hello!

I have just started a new Vlog on You Tube in the name of Fyrm Fouroux (aka John Lewis Smith)…

Enjoy!