February 01, 2010

Apologies & Book reviews

To all regular readers of this blog:

I apologize for the lack of posts recently. I have had way too many things going on for me to sit down and write a blog post, and I'm afraid that there's probably not going to be another one soon. In a few weeks time, I should have sorted a few things out, and my compulsion to write blog posts will have returned.

In other news, I have decided to stop writing book reviews for this blog. That being said, I am still going to make book reviews -- except now they will be in video format! I have no idea if it will work, or if it's just a plain bad idea. Call it an experiment. If you want to see the first video book review, 'The Hunt For Red October', click here.

Discoveries so far: Talking to a camera is a strange and somewhat unsettling experience.


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  1. Krystakia

    S’okay, you have a cute enough accent that people should listen to it just for that. XD

    I shall agree that talking to the camera is very disconcerting, it kind of looks like an eyeball actually… once you get more comfortable with it that shouldn’t be as much of an issue.

    (Americans do like to exaggerate a lot, don’t they?) Also it sounds like a pretty good book.

    03 Feb 2010, 05:12

  2. I think that once I get some more viewers, it should make me more comfortable, as I can then pretend I’m talking to someone rather than something.

    03 Feb 2010, 08:31

  3. Krystakia

    Well you could always talk to me, still technically a computer attachment/not real but I could follow you and give you a little bit more than just a compliment, as I also thought that the video itself was pretty funny but I would have to watch it a few more times (I tend to space out a bit if I’m not paying close attention to things like this, and I was also doing other things while I was listening to it. XD) before I could give you anything constructive.

    (Honestly I haven’t braved putting any videos that have me in them (aside from one with pictures at the end) up so you’ve done better than I have.)

    krystakia is pretty much my main user-name for things, but I decided to use fairlyimaginitive for youtube. So you could find me on there as well as on yahoo and such should you choose to do so.

    04 Feb 2010, 04:22

  4. Anden15

    What video editing program do you use? It looks very well done – only someone like me would be weird enough to actually take note of all the edits :P. Ok never mind, I just watched a bit more and it does get a bit noticeable :P.. But I really liked what you did with “it’s just one big clusterf… mess”. Ah, and later it becomes much less edited. One funny thing I always notice with people doing these videos is that they tend to exaggerate every facial expression when talking; much more than when speaking to people in real life. I wonder why..

    04 Feb 2010, 21:52

  5. Vincent

    Yes, very well done! And you know, rather exaggerate than being dull and boring:) A good way of doing book reviews.

    05 Feb 2010, 10:27

  6. @ Anden15: I use plain and simple Windows Movie Maker. It is good enough for my purposes, but if you know a better one (that will still allow me to watch/listen to previews before publishing the movie), I’m all ears.

    Also, I’m not trying to hide the fact that I edit it. You don’t want to witness the unfinished sentences and ever-present pauses that appear in the raw material.

    If you try filming yourself, you may understand the exaggerated facial expressions. You have to convince yourself that you’re talking to someONE, and exaggerated body language must be the brain’s natural reaction, to compensate for the lack of response from the camera’s side.

    14 Feb 2010, 22:24


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