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Simplicity is in the Eye of the Coffee Cup- Web Cam Saga 4

Ok, so I turn on the program, hit two buttons and there I am. Simple, effective- awake! I realize the microphone is working by a little diagram on the screen that goes up and down and from green-to-yellow-to-red as it reads the sound and tells me I’m too loud (I’m shouting directly into it just to turn it red- it’s kind of fun! For uh, testing purposes, I mean.) Ha. Ha. My technological illiteracy has once again sufficed for my needs!

Now here’s a few decisions I need to really focus on.

1. WHAT in the world do I do about the 6 ultra-bright LED lights fixed to the web cam to allow for night-vision, that I had mistakenly believed could be turned on and off at will, only to find myself completely blinded every time I look at it? There really is nothing I can do. Plus, I need more light anyway. Decision taken care of. Try not t squint.

2. BACKGROUND. I have studied video and film making enough to know that you want something subtle, distinct, and not too eye-catching in the background. You don’t want BLANK, you want personality, but you can’t have it cluttered. Right now my scenario is clutter/generic pieces of white paper tacked to white wall with scribbles of notes regarding my novel. The most interesting scribble of which reads “holy fucking potatoes!” (A quote I need to remember to insert, also the set-up for a chapter. Long story. My niece asked about it too. She thought I meant to use it as a chapter title. I told her it would make a funny chapter title, and she burst into laughter.) So… decision: Chose 1 wall piece to initiate subtle visual stimuli. If I had a picture of Jezzie my Chuhuahuador, I might use that. But I don’t. And with how intent she is on helping me slowly type this through claws and gritted teeth against the pain she is causing me with those claws- I may just tack her up.

3. Make-up, hair, clothes? My mother says I am the most “vain” of the family (she did not mean it in a mean way, she means it in the way that I am more particular about my appearance than most others. Including clothes and make-up. And I tended to disagree with her until she brought up the point one day when I turned around and drove back home in my car, making myself late because I noticed in the rear-view mirror that my black hat and grey/blue shirt in the greyish winter sky washed out my hazel eyes and I needed to put on some blue eyeshadow to bring the blue out in them again to match the blue in my shirt and push aside the grey, because I hate grey….) Anyway I’m off topic. I need to look good and not washed out. So makeup, hair, and I need to drag in my lamp because unfortunately, my corner is not bright enough and those blinding LEDs just don’t work well enough.

Ok so that’s all for the moment. Me and my bleeding clawed arm will continue on as I go. Hopefully, one of these nexts posts will include a short video for demonstration!

More as events unfold.

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Setting Up My Web Cam- Written Version 3

“I just wanted to read my Kindle… that’s all I ever asked for!” As a fake invisible tear slowly drips down my exhausted cheek.

The coffee is in the gut! And the web cam program awaits my return. I have to fight the feeling that this web cam appeared when it did in the mail solely to interrupt my private time with Jacki (my Kindle, silly) and much needed rest. But that’s not true. It arrived when it did because it’s excited to meet all of you!

Or to torture me on how to figure it all out (sometimes things you buy from Amazon.com don’t always come with instructions. Worth it, however, considering buying it from amazon saved me almost 40 dollars.) Now you would think a simple, “duh, plug it in and turn it on” would do. Not when you’re planning to record. “Just hook it up and record directly to YouTube!” Not my style. I want it saved to my computer and edited before I look like an idiot in front of my friends.

So what to do, what to do? Continue this adventure. I have refueled, I’m ready to continue. What will the next few moments bring?

More as events unfold!

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Setting Up My Web Cam- Written Version 2

And contrary to my Chihuahuador’s belief- she isn’t actually “helping” in the strictest sense. Luckily, she’s gone off to play elsewhere for the moment.

I’m taking a break from the perilous task of plugging in a microphone to gear up myself (and heat up my coffee) in anticipation of figuring out how exactly this software I found to record video from web cam works. I’m afraid. I should be afraid. This is what I was afraid of. Having to learn new software!!

And slipping off that desk. However, until my headset is needed- and it only will be for skyping in the future, not for this task- no further work is needed behind the computer. The dusty, cobwebby computer- when was the last time I cleaned this thing??

Don’t ask.

I’m wondering three things now in my three-hours-of-sleep lethargic funk- 1. When the hell is my coffee going to be done? 2. How long is it going to take to learn this new program? And 3. Should I record anything looking as horribly tired as I do? I don’t know. I think those decisions are best left up to the sound judgment of thick organic espresso.

More as events unfold.

P.S. Question number 4. Why does my computer’s dictionary not recognize “Chihuahuador” but it DOES recognize “cobwebby”? Is “cobwebby” really a word? I’ll have to look it up in a dictionary I actually trust.

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Setting Up My Web Cam- Written Version

Why won’t this plug in?? It’s universal!!! It should fit!! There is no difference between this and every other thing that plugs into this….. thing! Whatever this thing is, it should plug in! They’re the same color, right? Check. Made for a PC, right? Check. Made for the right operating program right? Check times three. Why won’t it fit??

Oh, it’s turned the wrong way. Nope. It’s not. Wait. ::jiggles it:: Nope. ::Glares at it:: That doesn’t help either. “Why won’t you fit!!??” ::Crawls all the way on top of desk, perches vicariously on the edge of slippery desk in even more slippery socks, bending and twisting like a contortionist to ensure there isn’t something absolutely obvious I’m possibly missing:: Nope. It should fit.

Why won’t it??

::Studies it:: “Nope you’re the right one.” ::Perches on desk like a parrot, moaning at sore muscles and studying the plug-in again:: There is no reason this shouldn’t fit. “What is wrong with you stupid thing??”

:::Jams it in the plug- goes halfway.:: “Whoops, did I break you? No. There’s wiggle room. That’s because you’re only half in. Well… shit.” ::Takes it out and carefully inserts it into hole, losing grip halfway through due to slippery socks slipping off slippery desk:: “%*#$!”

Finally, leaning over my computer balanced on top of it carefully on my belly, using unnecessary “oomph”, it inserts completely in, as intended by the manufacturer.

And that, my friend, is the correct way to install the external microphone to your web cam. (The web cam installment itself was uneventful- it plugs into the USB, and the USB is located conveniently in the front.) And this plug-in couldn’t be so convenient why?? To make silly people like me look sillier, that’s why.

More as events unfold.

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