Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Monday, 3 October 2016

timelapse tool


i shot a series of timelapse images with my sony a7 as i "built" my tobu drawing. tonight i started the job of finding an appropriate tool for making a timelapse movie out of the images.

almost 6000 images counting 25 gb. size matters!

earlier i have used adobe after effects for such a purpose. with current price model i am no longer a adobe user. i tried using "quik" aka "gopro studio". no luck. my high res image formats were not supported. i searched google. discovered several alternatives, and got convinced that ffmpeg was the tool for me. i was right.

env for envious, or environment. add a path to ffmpeg.

spent a few hours reading the docs, testing, and writing some code. super happy with the choice i made. ffmpeg is feature rich. the possibilities seems endless. and, it is free and open source. now i have generated a movie from the images. to be released in the near future, to a screen near you.





outer strength inner weakness

if you exercise hard,
with the motivation of looking good,
are you building a fortress around a weak inner self?

tense muscles as a protection against insecurity?

what will a strong wall lead to?
protection?
isolation?

what comes first?
the wall?
the insecurity?





big five


big five personality test
"the general consensus in academic psychology is that there are five fundamental personality traits. this model is assumed in most personality research, and is the basis of many of the most well regarded tests employed by psychologists who maintain close connections with academia. the "big five" tend to not be popular in consumer focused personality assessment or self-help because too many people the feedback of the model seems relatively basic. this test uses public domain scales from the international personality item pool."
src: personality-testing.info

Trait descriptions
"Factor I was labelled as Extroversion by the developers of the IPIP-BFFM. Factor I is sometimes given other names, such as Surgency or Positive Emotionality. Individuals who score high on Factor I one are outgoing and social. Individuals who score low tend to be shut ins."

"Factor II is labeled as Emotional Stability. Factor II is often referred to by other names, such as Neuroticism or Negative Emotionality (in these two cases interpretations are inverted, as Neuroticism and Negative Emotionality can be thought of as the opposite of Emotional Stability)."

"Factor III is labeled as Agreeableness. A person high in agreeableness is friendly and optimistic. Low scorers are critical and aggressive."

"Factor IV is labeled as Conscientiousness. Individuals who score high on this factor are careful and diligent. Low scorers are impulsive and disorganized."

"Factor V is labeled as Intellect/Imagination. This factor is also often called Openness to Experience. People who score low tend to be traditional and conventional."





Sunday, 2 October 2016

do what you love

it sounds like a cliché, but i personally reckon we all should strive to do more of what we love. based on 40 years of experience, and numerous of conversations with numerous of people from a wide range of countries, i have the impression that we all have an inner desire. it is as if we are all born to do something. what this "something" is, will vary. for some it might be hiking in the mountains, for some it might be having a family, for some it might be teaching, for some it might be making music, for some it might be helping others. when you do what you love, life is great. when you don't, you are dissatisfied. this seems to be a universal truth.

is there such a thing as a universal truth?

finding your inner desire is difficult. this is manifested in the huge amount of self-help books that are said to help you in your quest. and then you have eastern philosophy that warns against desire. with desire comes craving. the buddhist monk strive to have no desires. but isn't a goal of not having any desires also a desire? life quickly gets difficult thinking too much. looking for answers generates more questions.

instead of "inner desire", "inner love" might be a better expression. an inner love to do something that is special to you. but are there right and wrong desires? if you feel you are born to make music, making music makes you feel alive. hence that is your inner love. making music then is a positive desire. right? what if you love to write hateful songs, with discriminating lyrics? is it possible that doing this would make you a happy person? what if your desire is to have as many girls as possible? or have as much money and power as possible?

are there rules that defines that "inner love" is only valid as long as it has no negative outcomes for anyone? in that case the person that makes love songs follows his or hers "inner love", while the person that writes hate songs does not. or? is it possible feeling love knowing your actions hurt someone else? what is love? what are feelings? questions leading to more questions than answers.

i love to build, things...
that is what i love.
i know this.
i have known this all my life.
i knew without realising.
i realised this two years ago.

for me it was far from easy finding my inner love. i had to go through many life changing experiences. now i believe i know my answer. at the same time i know my answer might change. because i change. i am not the person today that i was yesterday. tomorrow i might not even be at all.

life is wonderfully exciting. more questions than answers.