The Study Vacation

This weekend marks the beginning of a beautiful time of vacation. The time to see the world and go on road trips...where the sun is continually rising on the cheesiness of this metaphor. Now back to reality...

What will we really be doing? My wife and I will be neck deep in books and highlighters, post its and computers. We are inching closer and closer to finishing up our M.A. degrees. During this vacation we will be cooking meals in the crockpot, living at coffee shops and libraries, and spreading paper on the walls and floors paving the way to the wonderful world of linguistics graduate school bliss.

Why, you may ask, do we submit ourselves to the burden of squishy languages and simultaneous morphology? We like it, I guess.

Over the next few weeks, I will be updating our progress here as a space to defragment my brain after hours of intense study. I cannot promise my filter or my brain will be firing on all cylinders, but that adds to the fun right?

Enjoy the ride!

Video blogging

Video blogging is something I have been thinking about doing for years, but I was just scared to start. After watching hours of various well produced video blogs on YouTube, I went from thinking about it to actually doing it. I am still a newbie to the realm of online video, but I am enjoying it more and more as I make more videos. Here are the top ten things I have learned since starting to vlog

  1. I am crazy picky about video quality
  2. Video cameras are expensive
  3. Video editing software is expensive
  4. Linux still makes me happy (I knew this, but it was affirmed again with free video editing software)
  5. Tripods make everything look better
  6. Do multiple takes (You can always cut stuff out later)
  7. Shooting in public makes me self conscious
  8. Jump cuts are okay
  9. Video codecs are a pain
  10. Filming anything is really all about the lighting and angle

Okay, as I was writing this about forty more things popped into my head. I have found making a somewhat decent video is a lot more work and a lot more time consuming than I had originally expected. I definitely have a lot more respect for all the YouTubers and video makers who take the time to produce great work.

Do any of you video blog? What tips do you have to share?