Knaw's vignettes

A LiveJournal refugee posting short self-made videos on no particular theme, all in high definition and with transcripts where possible.

Willing to contribute to video projects.
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Original video 2011-09-21: Part 1: can you fix a 1980s computer?

I own a BBC Microsystem from circa 1981 and it was working until this week. The request for help is in the second video, but here’s a little background.


"I feel like Clive Sinclair doing this.

"Well, kids. This is what computers used to look like, big beige boxes with imposing red buttons on them. I brought this out after an online discussion yesterday with the intention of hooking it up to the TV, tapping a few things in and filming it as I went along and posting a video blog.

"But as I was setting up, I knocked the unit slightly and the power cable started making a slight fizzing sound that I didn’t really like. So I turned it off, unplugged it and you can still ac…, yeah you can still actually faintly smell burnt components back there."

An appeal for help in the next video.

Original video 2011-07-16: Return of the Gavs.

I need to apologise on two counts:

  1. I’ve been experimenting with ways to reduce the file size of my videos without reducing the quality, but the sound on this one isn’t as crisp as it should be.
  2. I intended to post this yesterday but it’s taken so long to experiment that I had to post it today.

And here’s the transcription:

"[Gavin Cruickshank] Crikey, this is the first proper video entry I’ve done for a while, altho’ I did update a few days ago if you scroll down the page, about a music video that I helped to shoot and edit.

"All you need to do is visit the page and if you’re a Facebook user, click Like under the video, that’ll give us a vote and… it’s a competition, and the competition is quite stiff, so the more votes we have, the more Likes we can get, the better.

"In other music news, I’ve booked my T In The Park ticket for 2012. It’s a whole year away, which is quite a long time to plan in advance, however it’s… I last went in 2009 and I thoroughly enjoyed it so I thought I’m not going to go back in 2010 because it would have ruined it but now is the time to return.

"And this’ll be the third time that I’ve been. The way I do it is rather than camp, I get the bus there and back each day which to me, works a lot better. And obviously, because it’s so far in advance, we don’t know who’s going to play. I mean, Lady Gav Gav could be playing, are you?"

"[Lady Gav Gav] I have, like, no idea. You’ll have to speak to my agent."

"But yes, whatever happens it’s going to be good and, er, I can’t think of a way to end this.

"Heck, I’m just going to leave that in. I can’t think of a way to end this, apart from to say:

"Carry on."

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