Ben North's blog.

Covering various topics, usually of a vaguely nerdy nature.

01 July 2012

Another stop-motion: Witch stirring potion

Did this with Meg last Christmas day, but only getting round now to putting the loops in and uploading. The AGC in the webcam was playing up a bit, so I tried to fix the exposures but some flashing and colour oddness remains.

19 June 2012

Ireland's copyright consultation

Background Ireland's Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation are in the process of conducting a review of how copyright operates in Ireland. They published a consultation document and invited submissions. The Irish Free Software Organisation made a submission, which I drafted. There were also several points about the paper which I thought were interesting, but […]

19 June 2012

Some older videos

Some stop-motion animations that the older three kids did with my dad a while ago: Meg's: [Youtube] Jude's: [Youtube] Zach's: [Youtube]

18 June 2012

Making of 'water video'

Zach of course was holding a hosepipe, which I removed using a background shot. Partly by masking off the relatively static length of hose, and the rest using bodged-together chroma-keying of the yellow of the hose. There's next to no live sound; only Zach saying 'I need a pee'. The swishing sound for the last […]

18 June 2012

New video

Did a bit of video editing recently, using OpenShot. The kids and I took a good bit of footage, and separate sound, then I added special effects and put this very sophisticated comedy together: [Video on Youtube]

17 June 2012

Solving Professor Popalop's puzzles in Prolog

This puzzle was in my daughter's Dandy: and I thought it would give me an opportunity to experiment with Prolog, which I'd been meaning to do for a while. I used SWI-Prolog. Structure of the puzzle We'll represent a block of nine boxes as a list. A box is the expression X/Y/C, meaning that creature […]