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                   Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 12:39PM

More September randomness

By DAN ROBINSON
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The only weather-related photo I have to post from the past week is of this weak thunderstorm and shelf cloud moving southwest into downtown on Tuesday. It's an interesting view only because a storm moving in from the north-northeast is pretty unusual.


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Other than that, the weather scene in the USA has been pretty dead, as it tends to be this time of year. Fred (in the Atlantic) became a major hurricane for a short time, but is now quickly fading into nothing. Blue skies and mild temperatures are going to dominate for at least the next few days in the central Appalachians - great for getting out and taking in the last days of summer.

Video studio updates

After several 15-hour work days of research and testing, I've finally found an acceptable workflow for professional-grade chroma keying. This saga was much more involved (and more costly) than I had anticipated. Which is a good thing - you don't want to be in the business in doing something that is easy for just anyone to do. Basic chroma keying is pretty simple, but a good key - one that is acceptable for professional use - is an elusive goal. It takes just the right combination of lighting, (expensive) software and settings to look right - and I've definitely paid my dues (both in time and money) to find it. I finally finished my first clean render this week, and I'll hopefully get it posted here sometime soon.

Normal sleep!

You might have noticed from my blog post times this past week - today marks the 10th straight day that I have been running on a normal sleep schedule. That's a milestone - I haven't had a streak of more than a couple of days of sleep-at-night, work-during-the-day in a very long time, probably years now. In fact I've been waking up without an alarm clock between 4:30 and 9 every morning, and I have to say it's pretty nice. The new web video work prospects have been a good motivator to get in here early in the morning and get things going. For a long time I hadn't been sure where my business was going in the post-weather video market collapse world - and finally I think I can see some career direction again. Of course, the Lord sometimes has plans laid out that mean I can never be certain what lies ahead a week, or month or even a day in the future - but at least for now it's nice to have something more certain to put time and energy into.

Sorry, not much else to talk about at the moment! Just trying to keep the gap in between blog posts from getting too long.

Great composition nonetheless! Just as boring here. I'm surprised you didn't go for the ISS/Discovery flyby's? That was fun, not as easy as it might seem.
- Posted by Paul from Decatur, IL

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