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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

The VOSS is still on, but the venue is changing. Watch this place for more details!

Hey fuckers!

Yes, you read it correctly. I’ve got a last minute task to locate a new online venue for the big fuck-off VOSS on Saturday. Why? Because nothing ever goes as planned for this hippy, anniversary week or not.

I went to check out my shroomroom in my MSN group yesterday, just to make sure my brand new 20” G5 iMAC would be able to get me there and guess fucking what? MSN chatrooms aren’t compatible with OS X, the Apple operating system.

Oh I tried it on Firefox, Internet Explorer, even Safari, but it wouldn’t work. MS are out to get Apple, I’ve just read that they have dumped their support for Mac’s on their ISP service in the states.

MS knows that Apple makes superior computers and probably the most stable, well written OS in the business and they’re scared. They’re pussies! And they just fucked me!

But that’s ok, I’ll fuck them all back, the big VOSS will not be stopped! They can try, but they won’t succeed! We’ll all be VOSS’ing together on Saturday one way or another.

Next stop, Yahoo. If I can make it work, I’ll update the details here in the blog, so you all know where to go on Saturday.

Look kids, I’m sorry about this, but in my world, you gotta roll with the changes! The important thing is that we’re not gonna let “the man” bring us down. We won’t be stopped. feel the freak power!

I’ll sort it out, leave it with me, it will all be groovy by Saturday. What’s my life without a little bit of drama.

And I know, I always say “let all the drama be someone else’s”, but sometimes drama is thrust upon you and you don’t have any say in the matter whatsoever.

Yesterday was slightly better, though I still didn’t get that much done. I managed to post a lengthy entry on my other blog, which ought to keep the net-pervs busy for another week or so.

You hippyfans are lucky, but I don’t have to tell you that! You get an entry from me almost every day. On the other blog, it’s probably closer to 7-10 days between each entry.

I may be getting more visitors on the other blog, but I know where my bread is really buttered! Right here in hippy heaven with you guys! I’d rather chillout with dopeheads than net-pervs any day!

Sex sells and the entire internet is buying! Throughout my “research” for the other blog, I’ve discovered a world of casual and commercial sex online that even a jaded old cynic like me is impressed with. There’s a helluva lot out there.

I’ve found websites set-up to hook up married people for casual affairs. I’ve found sites that let you post adverts for free seeking casual sex of all sorts. And not only have I seen countless sites advertising expensive callgirls, but there are even companion sites run by punters offering reviews of their experiences with the hookers.

And let’s not forget the countless porn sites and endless amounts of spam we all receive offering anything from viagra to local women in your area that need it now to making your dick larger.

There’s a lot of money being made from the net-perv brigade. I haven’t managed to get so much as 5p from them myself, but that’s because I give all my content away for free!

What a fucking crazeeee hippy I am!

Speaking of free content, I’m going to end up letting you down on another front this week. The UA-25 hasn’t arrived yet and when I checked the vendors website this morning, it still hasn’t been shipped! The cunts!

I’m going to phone them a bit later and see what the hold-up is...if they had it in-stock, like they said on their website, it should be on its way to my lair already.

Without that box, I can’t record my first northlondonhippy single, “Gimme a yipppeee (The northlondon hippy says)”. I wanted to make it available to coincide with my 1st anniversary on Friday, but it doesn’t look too likely now.

Unless by some miracle it comes in the next 24 hours, I’m going to be disappointing you all. Again, I’m very sorry, but it’s out of my control.
Naturally, the item I didn’t expect till the end of the week, did arrive yesterday. My brand new Sony PCR HC42E widescreen camcorder was delivered around lunchtime! Yipppeeeee!

From the time I hooked up the battery and put in a tape, to my first finished (1 mins) edited film with voice-over narration, music and titles took me less than 2 hours, using iMOVIE HD.

That might sound like a long time to you, but I’d never used any equipment like this before, so I was learning as I went. It’s pretty easy to use and fairly intuitive, but it was still all-new territory to me.

I’ve worked in television production since the mid-80’s. I’ve been a professional cameraman and videotape editor, but this was back in the old days of Beta SP and 2-tape machine editing. All this digital stuff, which has been around for years, came after I stopped being technical. I haven’t played with many of the new pro production toys.

As a concept, non-linear editing makes total sense to me. Plus I’m computer literate, so it really wasn’t that hard. I still need some practise to get faster and I can already see the rather tight limitations of iMOVIE HD.

I’m not knocking the program at all, as a freebie included with the computer, it’s not bad at all. If you want to do anything a bit fancier, like A-B rolling (to do cross-fades and dissolves) or multiple audio tracks, you need a better application.

I’m sure I won’t wait too long before I get Final Cut Express. With my discount, it’s not actually that expensive.

And here’s the thing: It wasn’t all that long ago that to match the capabilities of Final Cut Express, you could have spent anywhere from £20,000-£50,000 for analogue decks, vision mixers and controllers.

Today, you can do the same for a couple of grand.

I’m practically a movie studio already!

I just wish the UA-25 would arrive so I could be a recording studio too!

The tripod should be arriving today or tomorrow. That’s cool, because it means I can start making little comedy films starring me. The camera has a remote control, so I can do everything remotely - mainly starting and stopping the recording.

Making films starring myself will be a good way to learn how it all works, then when I’m ready, I’ll put together a small crew and find some actors and actresses and make some proper hardcore...I mean proper drama and comedy.

Why not? I don’t see anyone else offering me a budget. I’ll do everything on the cheap and make my own goddamn fun.

Wanna play along? Are you in the London area? Do you have skills or talents you’d like to offer the hippy? I’m always open to offers, just send me an email.

Sorry, I got distracted away from the computer for a bit. Not that you would actually notice, since this paragraph flows seamlessly from the last. Trust me, I’ve been away from the computer for over an hour.

The tripod arrived. It’s even better than I expected and it only cost £17, including a carry-case. It’s perfect! I’ve set it and attached the camera and it works like a dream.

Having played with the camera a bit, I can see that a wide-angle extender will be a useful addition to my bag of tricks, and most likely an external microphone as well. No rush though.

I also sorted a bit of business with my accountant, well, I signed a form and sent him an email, but it’s something. I’ve also moved my now-obsolete printer off my computer desk. I even spoke to my younger brother for a little while. I sent him a compressed version of my first film. At least I think I did, it’s taking ages to go through my POP3 email.

I also called the company I purchased the Edirol UA-25 from to check on the status of my order. They said they were currently out of stock and their back-order of 100 of the little suckers was overdue, but expected in the next 9 days. They are popular, they are good value and no one can get enough of them! There isn’t one to be had in the entire country. So I left I order with them and if everyone is telling the truth, it should be with me in 10 days.

So no northlondonhippy single anytime soon. Don’t worry, it will be well worth waiting for!

I’m going to wrap this up now, I’ve got places to go, people to see, drugs to smoke. I can be pissing about here all damn day, I’ve got an all-new digital lifestyle to sort out!

Oh and keep watching, I’ll pin down where the VOSS will be in the next day or so, I promise!
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