VISIT THE HIPPY'S NEW SITE: Spend some time chilling out with the hippy...He used to be "the most shroomtastic stoner on the internet!" until the UK banned fresh magic mushrooms. He's still "the biggest internet celebrity you've never heard of!" He'll make you laugh, he'll make you think...he'll make you wish you were a hippy too!

Monday, June 27, 2005

I really don't have that much to say, I'm not certain even why I logged into Blogger.

I've got about an hour and half left at work, then I'm off until the middle of next month. It's not my idea, there's just no work to be had, which occasionally is the life of a freelancer. I'd rather be working and earning, but it ain't up to me.

I'm back in that mode of thinking of absolutely winning topics to write about here, then forgetting them when it comes time to write something. Ho hum.

I'm having second thoughts about shrooming on Saturday during Live8. Why? Simple, because in the middle of all the really cool and groovy music, they will show me video of starving African children, which is upsetting enough when sober. Imagine being shroomed to the gills while seeing it, it could be a real downer.

Which I appreciate is the entire point of those sorts of pictures, to depress you and make you want to donate money, or time, or food, or something. Shrooms would only make those feelings more extreme, so I don't know how clever this idea is. I'll decide on the day.

I'm sure there's plenty of other stuff I could write about this morning, but I'm not really feeling myself. Sometimes life is more complicated than people let on, mine especially.

Anyway fuckers, I'm making it a short term goal to post something here of merit this week. Keep your eyes peeled for this amazing, posting. It will take your breath away!

Sunday, June 26, 2005

I don't know why there is so much space between my previous post and the one before that...?

That's really the only reason I've popped online, because I noticed this problem at work and I wanted to check it out on my iMac too. Yep, there's a lot of space there.

Something is definitely up, I've just checked this page in Firefox, Safari and InternetExplorer and it's not displaying properly....I've got no idea why!

It looks especially bad on IE, so if this looks odd, or the characters are mixed up with weird ones, blame Microsoft or Blogger, but not me.

It appears Blogger have updated their stuff to allow direct uploading of photos, which could have made things go kerpluie.

You might have noticed a picture of my brand new kitten at the top of this post. Its there as an experiment, which appears to have worked!

I'd rather have my blog working, than this brand new capability. I'm hoping normal service will resume very soon!
Hey you!

Yes, you, fucker!


I’m tired of apologising for my utter lack of consistency when it comes to posting here in my own goddamn blog. I’m rubbish, I’m shit…I’m a complete waste of fucking space.

There, it had to be said…and better by me than you, fucker!

I used to post much more regularly, but I’ve gotten slack, haphazard and just plain lazy. It is inexcusable and I have no real reasons for my lack of attention.

Blame the heatwave, blame years of drug abuse, blame anything you want, I don’t mind. My intentions and my actions are often not the same. So it goes.

Let’s talk about the heatwave, which ended a couple of days ago, everywhere except my lair. For some reason, my north London home is a heat-trap. It’s like a kiln and even though the outside temp has dropped 10 degrees C, it’s still boiling in my home.

Not that I’m home right now, I’m actually at work. Yawn.

It’s a dull Saturday night, not much of anything is happening. I can’t say I’ve done anything constructive in the nearly 8 hours I’ve been here and I don’t expect that to change in the remaining four hours either.

Unless you think posting this exceptional drivel in my blog is constructive, in which case I should really hire you as my agent! And man oh man, do I need an agent!

I’d so much rather be writing full time, from home, then doing a real job. My problem is that a real job pays real money, my writing hasn’t even scored me any imaginary cash. That’s where you, my brand new agent would come in!

As well as having a few things ready to go (a novel, screenplays and loads of ideas), I’d be willing to fix other people’s scripts and accept commissions too. Yes, I do dream in Technicolour, but then shouldn’t I?

I may have mentioned this before, and tough if I have, but the only decent piece of career advice I’ve ever been given by a university professor is this: “Don’t give up on your dreams. Persistence is often the thing that brings success.”

Well, I haven’t given up on my dreams, even though I’m old and should know better. The longer you believe something will happen, the better chance you have of seeing it through.

Or so I try to convince myself…fooling myself is one of my favourite pastimes actually. I’m particularly gullible to my own bullshit!

Let’s get personal! It’s what I claim to do here, so here’s a dose of private shit:

My mother moved into a nursing home around a month ago. I haven’t seen her in around 3 years and have no intentions of visiting anytime soon. She’s 75, a stroke survivor (or victim if you prefer to be less PC), pretty much bed bound, with speech and motor function problems. But that’s not the point of this…

Since my mother has moved into this nursing home, chosen by her youngest (and most evil) sister, it’s become nearly impossible to reach her on the telephone. I expect it’s because she can’t reach the handset when it rings, but it doesn’t really matter why. The bottom line is when my younger brother and I try to phone, we don’t get her.

This is shit, as the telephone is our last and only link to her. She probably thinks we don’t care, or don’t think of her, or are just callous cunts?

Well, I’m here to tell ya that I am a callous cunt most of the time, but when it comes to my mother, that description is far from accurate. Well, maybe not, since I don’t visit her, but my reasons are a different kettle of fish. It’s a long story that I won’t bore you with.

I hope she knows we love her. I think she does.

So its Live8 this coming weekend, with concerts scattered all over the planet in aid of wiping out poverty in Africa. An admirable goal, but one that will take more than a bunch of aging rock star millionaires to solve.

I’ll be parked on my sofa for the duration of the concert, I think they are showing something like 13 hours of it here. I do believe shrooms may be involved in my experience, which could even lead into the live blogging throughout the show. Won’t that be a treat for all of you hippyfans out there!

Are there any hippyfans out there any more, anyway? Have you all abandoned me because you think I’ve abandoned you?

That’s crap, I haven’t abandoned any of you, I’m just not around as much as I would like. Stick with me, fuckers, 2005 remains the year of the hippy! Good things will come to those of you who don’t lose faith in me!

Though there is one less reason for you to still be alive, I’ve been forced to cancel my latest (and some say greatest) promotion!

As you may (or may not) know, I was planning on giving away a copy of my first DVD project as a prize to promote this blog. Mrs. Hippy, who is the star of the DVD took great exception to this and has forced me to give up on the idea.

I don’t really get what was bothering her…as the winner would be some internet weirdo (sorry, no offense) who wouldn’t know me or her from Adam. Who’s Adam anyway?

I don’t have a problem with a stranger seeing me, so I’m thinking of giving away a close-up photo of my cock instead.

That’s a joke, before you all get too moist thinking about it. My cock is private and private viewings can be arranged, if you live in London and are a really hot chick!

Sorry Mrs. H, but if I can’t give away the DVD, I have to make it up to the hippyfans somehow!

Enough you hippytwat! Don’t you have some fucking work to do!

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Win a copy of the hippy's hippest holiday video ever! Click here to learn more!

Yo fuckers! It's not like I have all goddamn day to spend with you, but a little blast of the hippy right now couldn't hurt, could it?

It's nearly 1pm, north London time, I've been awake for around an hour. It's fairly hot today, with summer finally saying "hello", but that's cool because so am I....I bought mahsef an airconditioner fuckers!

The British are not known for their air conditioning technology and the concept is still quite rare, not just in private homes, but offices as well. I'm lucky, having always worked in television, a/c has always been available. Not to keep us humans cool, but to keep the gear and equipment from overheating. Having one in your home is almost unheard of here....

....Until the summer of 2003, when we had a killer heatwave here in Europe. You might remember that one, loads of old people croaked in France. I tried to buy one around that time and was roundly laughed at, wherever I went, because they were all long sold out.

Since then, air conditioners have been slightly more available, though I gambled last year and didn't even try to buy one. This year, as soon as there was a hint of proper hear coming, I executed my cunning plan to score my very own a/c unit.

I started out online, checking out the different websites that sold them. The problem with all of these sites is that the minimum delivery was 10-14 days. Fuck that shit, man! The best buy on the net was a 12,000 BTU, stand-alone unit from B&Q for ?249, so I decided to go for that one.

My nearest B&Q superstore is about a 15 minute drive from my lair, so I decided to phone them to check they had the sucker in stock...not only did they have some available, but it was on-sale for 20% off! Talk about lucky, eh? That made the price ?197 and change. Dig it!

Now the air conditioner is the size and shape of a Dalek (I hope you're all watching Dr. Who! More on this in a mo') and probably weighed the same as well. I had a trolley at the shop to get it to the car, but I had to lift it into my little Yaris all by myself. Everyone say "awwwwww" for this old, decrepit hippy! It barely fit in my tiny sized car!

Once I got home, I wasn't able to park very close to my front door, which is common here in corner of the ghetto. I then had to carry this giant, heavy box to my front door. It weighed around 100 pounds, or around 40 kilos if you prefer. Fuckin' hell!

I got it inside and I was digging the cool in no time. It has a 1 and 1/2 metre vent out the back that is suppose to go out a window, but I have it aimed at a wall vent in my conservatory, which is the best I can do. It does the job so far and I'm not even sweating right now ! Outstanding!

If you're in the UK and you want one, you better hurry, they are going to sell out fast. The sale at B&Q is on until the 23rd of June, so you can get the same great deal I got if you're really lucky.

And what about the environment, you might be thinking? How green do you think you are, hippy?

The climate is fucked already, my tiny little a/c unit isn't gonna make a blind bit of difference. If global warming really is coming, don't you think I deserve to stay cool?

Of course I do, fuckers!

Now, on to other matters...who is the "Bad Wolf"? In about six hours, I hope to find out, as the final episode of the current series of "Dr. Who" airs tonight on the BBC. If you haven't bee watching it, shame on you, it's the best thing the BBC's done since "State of Play" and it is worthy of your valuable viewing time.

I was never a fan of the earlier Dr. Who series and I've not seen many of them, but you didn't need to, to follow this excellent series. The Beeb hired Russell T. Davies to script and produce it and he's done an amazing job. If they didn't broadcast it where you are, like in America, you could be naughty and download it (wink, wink) or spend your hard-earned cash on the DVD of the series, once it is released. Trust me, it's really fucking good!

I've also been digging this year's Big Brother, but then I am a self-confessed fan of the format. Endemol have done a fantastic job already, with their choice of 13 absolutely loathsome contestants. Beyond that, what's really floating my boat this year is the tone Big Brother has taken with the housemates.

Big Brother is being more playful this year and dare I say, perhaps a bit whimsical as well. I watch the highlights show every night on Ch4 and every scene is a winner. The argue, fight, snog, and bitch constantly. They really do seem to hate each other. It's entertainment at it's lowest common denominator, how can you not love it?

I was sorry to see Sam go last night, as she is now the 3rd women in a row to be evicted, leaving 3 women and 7 guys remaining. We need to start ditching some boys, folks!

Oh and in the immortal words of some texting moron: "SAM IS WEL FIT" and I look forward to her topless photos in one of the Sunday tabloids tomorrow. There, I said it. Ha, ha, ha, HA!

And check this shit out, fuckers, here THE LATEST NEWS ON CLAUSE 21 AND MY BELOVED MAGIC MUSHROOMS, courtesy of my favourite newspaper, the Guardian. The date they are going to implement this new cuntlaw continues to slip. Perhaps they will see sense soon and decide to scrap the whole thing! Now wouldn't that be groovy! Anyway, keep enjoying the fresh, legal shrooming while you can, I know I will....I just don't know when!

Perhaps this week would be smart, maybe even tomorrow....or Weds, Weds could be good too! We'll see.

And on that potentially promising note my dear hippyfans, I bid you all adieu. Parting is such sweet sorrow, but I need a spliff and I can't smoke one here because I'm too close to the air conditioner!

Thursday, June 16, 2005

It was a holiday too far…and you can win the exclusive, special edition DVD…”Fuerteventura! A holiday too far!” just by clicking here and following the simple instructions! Someone has to win it, why not let it be you?

I must be mad, clinically insane even, to be giving away my holiday DVD as a prize in a contest, but then you all knew that a long time ago. So did I, way hey!

I’ve loaned a copy to a couple of my colleagues at work, for their critical assessment of my work and the feedback has been universally positive. With the exception of a slight technical problem, a drift in the the audio sync on some of the longer clips, it was “thumbs-up” all around.

I’m working on sorting out the lip-sync problem, which in the first case means tracking down where it’s coming from. Basically, I cut the video in Final Cut Express HD, I export it using Quicktime compression, THEN I burn the video onto a DVD with iDVD and somewhere in one of those steps, this slight loss of sync is occurring. Boring, boring, boring!

I thought I was done with all this, but I want to fix it before I give away that desirable copy to one lucky hippyfan and I will! Technology will not defeat me!

I’m at work right now and I’m nice. How nice for me. It’s my last night of four, then I’m off for around 9 days. Yippppeeee to that, fuckers! Except not working, means not earning and that’s not ideal. But it is the life of a freelancer who exists on the crumbs thrown from the grown-up’s table!

I do alright, really. Except this month, they fucked up my timesheet, which means I didn’t get 2/3’s of what they owed me! Could you exist on a third of your normal monthly pay? I didn’t think so, but I should be OK. They said they would fix it next month, but that’s not really ideal, is it? Fuck ‘em, they can try to drag me down, but they won’t fucking win!

My plan for my time off is to get my head around Logic Express and start getting my musical skills back up to scratch and then some. I haven’t forgotten about my promise to finally record and release my future number one single, “Gimme a yipppeee, (I’m the northlondonhippy).

I’ve even got a couple of lyrics:

Everything’s always alright…
As long as I’m high as a kite…
So gimme a yipppeee
Gimmee a yippee
I’m the northlondonhippy!

It will hit the Billboard charts straight in at number one, with a bullet, whatever the fuck that means!

Anyway kids, I’ve got work to do and women to oogle. What is oogling anyway? Catch ya later, fuckers!

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Want to win a copy of the hippy's latest DVD? Click here for details!

Yes, you read right, fuckers! I'm giving away a copy of my latest DVD, the special edition of "Fuerteventura! A holiday too far!" to one lucky hippyfan and I defy anyone to stop me!

I've tried to give away my car, I've handed out handfuls of Gmail invites, I've even shroomed with a hippyfan, but this is by far my wildest and wackiest promotion yet! If this doesn't get me some much needed media attention, then dammit, I don't know what will....?

I know some people's vacation videos are pretty dull, but not this one. Test audiences are all giving it a big thumbs up! I defy you not to laugh! I defy you not to piss your goddamn pants!

Dig it, fuckers! The hippy's back, he's crazeeeee and he needs your love and devotion!

I'm at work, where it's been fucking busy all night. How often do I say that? Seems a little court case in Santa Maria Californ-I-A reached it's rather underwhelming conclusion. As I don't want to be sued by any litigeous pop-stars, I won't say much more than that. I wasn't in the court, so I can't say with any certainty whether the jury reached the right conclusion, but I'm sure we all have our own opinions on that score.

I'm just glad it's over with as I was sick of it anyway.

I've scored an extra night on this run, which means I'm doing four in a row, finishing on Thursday morning. Work-levels haven't been that great for the last couple months, though I'm trying not to worry about it. I'm sure it will pick up soon. It better, as this hippy needs all the disposable income he can get! Drugs don't come cheap you know, but then neither do I!

Anyway, I've got just over 2 hours left tonight, before I can saddle up and head off into the sunrise. There's an adorable little kitten back at my lair, awaiting my return!
Just when you thought it was safe to return to my blog, I’ve done it again! This crazeeeee hippy is running his craziest contest ever!

How would you like to win a copy of the hippy’s latest DVD?

That’s right, one lucky hippyfan is going to receive a copy of “Fuerteventura! A holiday too far!” whether they like it or not!

This limited, special edition DVD includes the 11 minute F! H2F! film, plus additional bonus material, including the 1 minute trailer for the film AND 3 minutes of out-takes. That’s 15 minutes of primo viewing! Start popping your popcorn now!

I’ll be posting a copy of the DVD to the winner personally with my own hot little hands. The prize includes postage, so you won’t have to pay a red cent. Even if you live on the other side of the world, I’ll post it to you, the delivery budget is unlimited!

How do you enter?

It couldn’t be easier! Simply send an email to me at with “Gimme your holiday video you crazeee hippy” in the subject line and let the internet do the hard work!

All entries must be received by 10 July 2005. The winner will be advised by email after that date. Don’t worry about a mailing address for your entry, if you win, you can tell me where to post it once I let you know you are the luckiest hippyfan on the planet.

Remember, first prize is a copy of my latest, super-neat-o cool DVD, second prize is two copies.

Ok, there is no second prize…

But one lucky hippyfan will be digging my DVD in a month. This prize is priceless! You can’t buy it any shops!

Be the envy of all your friends, enter my contest right now!

Disclaimer: The hippy will not be held responsible for any mental damage caused by viewing this video. No purchase necessary, only one entry per house-hold. Normal hippy terms and conditions apply.

Monday, June 13, 2005

This is a flying visit, my hippy-wheels will barely be touching the ground.

I’m at work, first night of three, yawn, I’m tired, bored and a bit grumpy. Mrs. H has been visiting relatives since Saturday and she’s not back until Tuesday. That means my adorable little kitten has been on her own all night tonight and will be alone again on Monday night, while I’m working.

I know I’m a worrier, worrying is what I do best. I’m sure my little kitten is fine, but I’ve been concerned for her all night. She hasn’t been left alone this long since she moved in and since I’m keeping her locked away from my other 2 cats, she doesn’t even have them for company.

I know I’m being silly, but I can’t wait to get home and see if she’s OK. I might even let her spend the day in the bedroom with me, though that could be a bad idea, if she tries to wake me up all day. I don’t know what to do. I just can’t wait to see her.

Enough kitten nonsense, I’m insane, but consistent with it, so that’s ok.

I finally finished my holiday video, or DVD to be more precise. As well as the nearly 11 minute edit, I’ve also included 2 bonus extras on the “special edition.” They are the 1 minute trailer for the film, plus 3 minutes of out-takes of Mrs. H being silly in front of the camera. For a first effort, it actually came out pretty damn good.

Now here’s the cool thing, my latest promotion. As I’m always looking for new ways to pimp my bloggin’ ass here online, I’ve decided my next BIG contest will be a give-away of the special edition of my holiday video! That’s right, you’ll be able to win a copy of my new DVD, “Fuerteventura! A holiday too far!” It will be like all your northlondonhippy dreams have all come true at once! How lucky will you be if you win the DVD.

Details on how to enter the big contest will be forthcoming later this week. The lucky winner will receive a free copy of my DVD in the post and I’ll even pay for the postage myself. Hippy, you do treat your fans just too well!

And here, check out this article from this week’s Sunday Times. The guy who wrote it sure does make sense, but then that’s because he’s saying what I’ve been saying for fucking years. Legalise everything and make the world a better place. What are they waiting for? This hippy has spoken.

I was going to shroom on Saturday night, but elected to have a Malaysian take-away instead. Perhaps not the hippest choice of activities, but it was the right thing to do at the time. I’m sure I’ll be shrooming again very soon, maybe even this weekend!

Anyway, enough of my drivel, I’ve got work to do. Catch ya later, fuckers!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

I'm the hippy who can't be beat...
Check out my blog and you're in for a treat...
As long as I'm high, life's always sweet...
But I can't write poetry to save my seat!

What a load of shite, eh fuckers?

To be honest (and I always am), I'm just killing a bit of time at the end of a long and dull nightshift. I'm out the door in about 20 minutes and ready to confront London's rush hour traffic as I make my way home.

The thing about working overnights is that you are always travelling against the rest of the world. When I'm heading in, everyone else is going home. When I go home, everyone else in the world is heading to work. You'd think that might make my journeys easier, but you would be wrong.

Here in London, people are always going in both directions, which makes my commuting miserable. If there were no other cars on the road, I could make it back to my north London lair in around 15-20 minutes. It will take me 45 minutes to an hour when I leave this morning. Damn all you other drivers!

But that's ok, because I dig working nights. It suits my weird and twisted lifestyle, though what would suit me more is being independently wealthy and just chilling out at home, writing, recording music and making my weird little videos.

Speaking of which, I cut a short promo for my holiday video, mainly for something to do on Final Cut Express HD. It's about 1 minute in length and nothing that exciting. Mainly it's one of the "extras" I'm going to include on the special edition of my forthcoming DVD, along with some out-takes and a "making of" film as well. How exciting!

Now here's the really cool thing I did, I encoded the video as a 3GPP file.

Don't know what 3GPP is? How about 3GP2? No? Ok, here we go...

They are both file standards for video on a mobilephone. It's a compression that makes a video that can be played back on most up-to-date mobiles.

I was able to re-encode my promo to 3GPP, then I used Bluetooth to send it from my iMac to my Sony Ericsson S700i and presto, I could watch my video on my phone. How fucking cool is that?

What it means is that I can now create video content for mobile phones. Now all I need to do is think of stuff I can make that people would pay a quid to download. Get a million people to download and pay for it and I'm a rich hippy!

The only thing people would pay for is porn, so if you're some hot chick in London and you wouldn't mind degrading yourself in front of my video camera....

Ok, let's forget that idea!

But I have another next wild and wacky promotion.....!

How would you like to win a DVD copy of my wild and wacky holiday video? Once the special edition is finished, I think I'm going to run a contest to give it away! Yes, you read that right, the hippy is getting ready to give away more content, for free! I'm crazeee like that!

So what do you think? Would you like to win a copy of my holiday video? If you do, watch this space! Once it's finished, I'll provide details for the contest. I'll even post the DVD to you anywhere in the world, for free!

Hippy, you really are the gitchiest!

Sunday, June 05, 2005

As part of my effort to write more, here I am, ready to blog just for you! Don't wet yourself from the excitement!

I've just finished a spliff AND I just swallowed about .25 grams of Kanna extract. It's quite euphoric and reminds me of a mild "E" or maybe a bit like taking some charlie. Also, it's cheap, it's legal and you can buy it online. I've been digging it lately.

Always go for the extract if you have a choice, it's stronger, which means you can take less to feel more!

The other legal high I've been enjoying is the Sacred Blue Lily of the Nile, also known as Blue Lotus Flowers, which is also cheap, legal and easy to get. The effects of the blue lotus flower are similar to a narcotic, it's a bit like taking strong cough medicine with codeine, or some other codeine like pain medication. You can smoke it in a spliff or make tea from it. I've found the effects are stronger with the tea, you brew about 4-5 grams of it in hot water for around ten minutes for one cup of strong brew. Strain out the leaves, sweeten it with honey, and drink it right down. It will taste slightly bitter and a bit flowery, but it's not unpleasant.

Both kanna and the lotus flower tea take around 20 minutes or more to hit you, depending upon how empty your belly is of food. The kanna will make you feel up, up, up...! The tea will make you go very quiet and introspective. I've not discovered any unpleasant side effects from either substance, they are both relatively mild, pleasant and enjoyable.

Kanna extract and Blue Lotus Flower tea are this week's hippy legal high tips! Dig it, fuckers!

As if I give hippy legal high tips every week. Ha!

I didn't shroom this weekend. I might do next weekend, as I'm off on Friday and Saturday and Mrs. H will be away visiting relatives. I've got to stick around since our little kitten is way too young to be left unattended. I wonder what she'll make of me all shroomed to the gills!

Ooooooh, the kanna's just starting to kick in. Lovely.

Check this shit out! Here's some good news about weed! I'm not surprised, I've known for years that spliff is beneficial for things like depression, anxiety and just about anything else that ails you!

But was that story on the front pages of all the papers this week? Of course not, they only reserve that space for stories that claim marijuana causes mental illness, not that it can cure them. That's why you come to the hippy, so I can tell you the truth!

And I am truthfully digging this year's Big Brother, here in the UK. What a collection of wanna-be weirdo's. It makes excellent television and if you haven't been watching it, you're really missing out! It's my hippy tv tip of the week!

As if I give hippy tv tips every week! Ha!

I'm a big fan of the Big Brother format, I think it's as near to perfect as a television format can get on every level, from the production side to the business side right to where I sit on the viewing side. It's modern life in the media made into a factory. What's not to love?

I'm not going to bore you with my views on the specifics of this year's crop of losers or anything like that. Instead, I'm going to direct you to my favourite Big Brother related website, called DIGITAL SPY. It's a website dedicated to electronic media and includes a section on reality tv, where Big Brother UK features. It's called DS:BB and it has news, columnists and one of the best user-forums going. Don't bother with the official C4 site, stick to this one. It's my hippy tip website of the week!

As if I give a hippy website tip of the week, every week! Ha!

See, when I make an effort, I don't just entertain, I inform as well! How motherfuckinggoddamn lucky are you!

See, I'm back, I'm bad and I'm all you need to feel fufilled in your otherwise bleak and dreary lives! "I'm blogging my life away, every night and every day, just for Y-O-U!"

Friday, June 03, 2005

Time's up fuckers, no more Gmails. You'll have to wait for my next wild and wacky promotion. I don't even know what it will be myself!

You know, I wouldn't object if you reported me to the authorities for willful negelct of my beloved hippyfans. I'm shit, there I said it. Someone had to.

I've been quite a megalomaniac for the last week or so, battling with Final Cut Express HD, from here known as FCE for short. FCE is Apple's video editing software package, it's a cut down, cheaper version of the pro one and is complicated as fuck. Well, not any more, this hippy has cracked it!

I finished cutting my first FCE film, which was using footage shot in Fuerteventura recently while I was on holiday with my widescreen DV camera and my cameraphone. I had loads of problems, but managed to sort out or work around them and actually have a finished version.

I could tweak it somemore and probably will but I felt I needed to get something fairly finished on a DVD because of one of my problems...

Right after I finished my initial edit and voice over, my source clips vanished unexpectedly from my hardrive. I don't know how, why or where they went, but they were there one second and gone the next! Holy mother of fuck!

The software has an easy way to recapture from scratch and reconnect it to your project, but this wouldn't work for me because of some simple technical mistakes I made when I shot my footage. The problem was a lack of pre-roll, because I didn't record any on my tape, blah blah blah.

The long and the short of it is that I had to recapture the source video from scratch and then repaint my entire project. The whole thing took 4 hours to do. Fucking hell. I then spent another probably 8 hours tweaking the video, adding music, adjusting the final mix, rendering and burning test copies. This shit eats up serious amounts of time!

I've had loads of trouble exporting anamorphic widescreen PAL and getting Quick Time or iDVD to recognise it. The only way I can easily get my video to play in widescreen on my tv is to stretch the image on my television. It's hardly elegant, but there doesn't seem to be an easy way around it until Apple fix the bug.

Well that's about 12 hours of my week covered, what about the rest?

I've been hanging out with my kitten, doing other boring stuff around the house, smoking dope. What haven't I been doing? Shrooming. Writing. Playing or recording music. That's all going to change this weekend,

My plan is to cut a promo length version of my holiday video, more for practise than anything else. I might even do a making of video as well, then I can put extras on the final DVD, cool huh?

I'm also planning my next film, which will be a short thriller starring me. I'm serious.

I'm going to do another entry on my other blog, just to keep people interested.

I'm going to put some more effort into marketting it as well.

I'm going to decide on my next long term writing project and start on it.

I'm going to attempt to put an hour or two into playing music daily, practising and recording. I could use some copyright free music for some of my future films and it would be cool if I could provide it.

That sounds ambitious, what about this blog though? Are you saving a little time for your hippyfans?

You're right, of course. I'll do my best to drop by when I can, but if my recent track record is anything to go by, don't hold your breath!

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