2017 Vacation Reading

A quick list of what I read during this year’s great vacation.

  1. Destiny: A Love Story about a Video Game, Marketing and Storytelling by Erin Blaskie
  2. Red Storm Rising by Tom Clancy
  3. Cujo by Stephen King
  4. One Second After by William R. Forstchen
  5. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  6. The Sign of Four, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. Cradle by Arthur C Clarke & Gentry Lee
  8. Spaceman by Mike Massimino
  9. Failure is not an option by Gene Kranz
  10. Lock-in by John Scalzi
  11. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
  12. Myth Directions by Robert Asprin
  13. Myth-Nomers and Im-Pervections by Robert Asprin
  14. The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
  15. Witches of Litchford by Paul Cornell
  16. Island of the Lost by Joan Druett
  17. Replay by Ken Grimwood
  18. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  19. The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell
  20. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  21. Spell or High Water by Scott Meyer
  22. You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost) by Felicia Day
  23. Miniatures by John Scalzi
  24. Aircraft Systems for Pilots by Dale De Remer, PhD
  25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  26. Trekonomics by Manu Saadia
  27. An Unwelcome Quest by Scott Meyer
  28. A Study in Aether by Éric Desmarais
  29. Why NOW is the time to Crush it! Cash in on your Passion By Gary Vaynerchuk
  30. When Life Nearly Died – The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time by Michael J Benton
  31. Lost in Translation by Sofia Coppola
  32. Verbal Judo, the Gentle Art of Persuasion by George J Thomson
  33. Getting to Yes – Negotiating Agreement without Giving In by Roger Fisher & William Ury, and revised edition Bruce Patton
  34. Scott Pilgrim vs the World by Edgar Wright
  35. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Algonquin Park to Ottawa at 16,000 KM per hour – or, how to beat an erroneous YouTube Copyright claim

Algonquin Park to Ottawa at 16,000 KM per hour on Youtube

As we were leaving Algonquin Park at the end of August, I decided I would try the time lapse feature in iOS on my nifty new iPhone SE to make a short video highlighting the drive home.

I used my trusty hand-held tripod and phone mount and turned it on and off at various points on the trip. Next time, I’ll see about some kind of mount so I don’t have to hold it.

Initially, this was going to be done real quick. Then I crashed into the wall of reality at Mach 13. There was WTL confetti everywhere.

I decided on a minute long video to make it quick and digestible, then started looking through my library of music that I have rights to use online.

After an hour of flailing around through my collection, I couldn’t find anything that met my… acoustic vision, so it occurred to me that I had a copy of GarageBand installed.

After a few minutes of reacquainting myself with GarageBand, I started clicking on samples and began to build the piece. Forty minutes later, I had something I was happy enough with, and finished under my self-imposed one hour deadline.WTL-2016-Algonquin-to-Ottawa-Background

I exported the video with the music mixed in, uploaded it to YouTube, and made a note to myself to write up a blog post for the following Monday to release it.

Later that day, I received notification from YouTube that there had been a copyright claim made against my freshly-uploaded video.YouTube Copyright Claim notification

I read through my options, and decided I would dispute it; it *was* all my content after all.

Fortunately, I tend to keep things, so I re-opened the GarageBand project for the tune and made a quick screen recording video explaining how I made it, and played the song through, commenting on a few parts, exported it and dropped it into my Dropbox public folder, and wrote my response:
The video was shot on my iPhone. The music was composed by me in
Garageband using the default samples installed by Apple. Here’s a video of the Garageband project:

This part was pre-written:

I have a good faith belief that the claim(s) described above have been made in error. and that i have the right(s) necessary to use the contents of my video for the reasons I have stated. I have not knowingly made any false statements, nor am I intentionally abusing this dispute process in order to interfere with the rights of others. I understand that filing fraudulent disputes may result in termination of my YouTube account. I understand that my video will be viewable by the claimant(s) so that they can review my dispute.
YouTube Copyright dispute filing

Satisfied, I clicked Submit and waited. Four days later, I received an email stating that the copyright claim to my material had been released.YouTube Copyright claim released

In the scheme of things, I think it went pretty well – I’ve read of other folks having a nightmare of a time. I’m glad I thought to make the video documenting the GarageBand project showing how I arrived at the final piece.

The song is available for your use licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License and can be found on the audio samples page. I’ve even included the Garageband project to make changing it easier.

If enough people would like, I’ll whip up a quick tutorial on how I made the tune in Garageband (basically a lot of clicking and listening).