30 August 2007

28th August 2007, Alice plays Juliette

My daughter Alice plays Juliette in Front Row Theatre's production of "Shakspears Girly Bits". Written and Directed by Leah Pellinkhof. I should note Alice's Full name, "Alice Reif Waller"

"Alice... is 11 years old and in grade 7... She has been involved in drama since the age of 6, attending Fame theatre classes and Harvest Rain Theatre Company. Through Harvest Rain Alice has participated in three MAD kids workshops performing in 'Orphans on Broadway', 'The Great Talent Quest' and 'Wiz-Kidz'. She has also attended Master classes and performed in a Christmas Pantomime called Mathew's Adventure. Alice is interested in costume and set design and also enjoys singing and dancing." (ref. taken from the programme.)


28 August 2007

Setting up an RSS feed using edna.

Setting up an RSS feed using edna is very simple. First of all edna is an Education Australia web site (http://feed2js.edna.edu.au/feed2js/) that has many tools and just one of those is a converter. What it does is converts a URL to an RSS java script that can be used to keep up to date with changes on the web site you wish to monitor.

You will have a few options there to choose from before you validate the web address (click the "Preview Feed" button), Believe me this can save you some time, and once you see the

[Valid RSS] This is a valid RSS feed.", You're right to go. Click the Generate Feed button to see the java script and you can now paste that code into your web page. I've pasted mine in after Heading 3. At the moment my RSS feed page is very sparse, but I haven't done any graphics work on it yet. More to come.....

15 August 2007

Life Skills, My personal Favourites.

Chow Gar Tong Long
Southern Praying Mantis Kung Fu
Sifu Paul Brennan (Brisbane, Australia)

Wing Chun
Lo Man Kam
Master of Wing Chun in Taiwan and nephew of Master Yip Man
Paul Rackermann Lo Man Kam, Brisbane, Australia

Tong Long UK Home Page || Many Styles represented.
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Sun Tzu, Philosopher


Tao Te Ching,
Index to Stan Rosenthal's Translation


The Art of War, Sun Tzu


09 August 2007

Working with RSS feeds and pod casts.

This week I have been developing an audio file as an mp3 to use on my web page (for the assignment). Also I have been discovering pod casts and just how simple it can be to have all of your favourite news listed and up to date right there on my home page (I use iGoogle for this).

Details of getting an mp3 file together.
A pod cast will be developed for a web page that consists of an original music file overdubbed with a spoken dialog. Sounds simple enough, so I grabbed an old song I wrote in the early nineties, and proceeded to edit the tune until I was happy with the length and content. I rearranged pieces of the track to resemble the songs original arrangement without the introduction build up and other dynamics (a bit like cutting your arm off to save your leg). Any how, I'm happy with the result and moved on to the spoken dialog and imported it (Sweet SunShine95_clip) into Audacity, an Open Source sound file tool freely available through GPL. I used about a third of Sweet SunShine to get the end result.

I wrote a quick introduction and body that shares some information about the mp3 file and communications technology. Upon time to record I found that both of my microphones were not giving very high input levels, to buy or hire a powered mic was out of the question, I borrowed an sm58 (http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Products/WiredMicrophones/us_pro_SM58-CN_content) from Larry Cozzie (Larry is a local jazz musician without whom this project would have been delayed , (thanks Larry)) and proceeded to record the parts. I recorded the four parts and used the time shift tool to move them into position. Processing involved using the noise reduction, envelope and equaliser plugins to make the changes. Note on the noise reduction, less is more.

I then simply save the tracks, as an mp3 and backed up the file.

next, how to use it for the assignment.