The new site: details emerge

When I said, previously, that the new site would take a few more weeks, I vastly overestimated the amount of work left to do on it. Or, to put it another way, I didn’t expect everything to go so smoothly. Which is to say: it’s almost ready.

I could just leave everything waiting for a couple of weeks in order not to make a liar out of myself, but that would be a bit ridiculous. Expect the changeover, then, in days rather than weeks.

So, what’s going to change? Well, first of all, this incarnation of the site will move to a new subdomain, where it will remain, archived forever. Hopefully, all the articles will still be available, just under a new address.

This main website will serve as a sort of hub, linking to different parts of the rewboss network, as it were. The blog itself will move to a new address: There are a few posts up there already, but nothing very exciting (and mostly for testing purposes), but those subscribed to my RSS feed might want to hop over there now and subscribe to the Atom feed (link at the bottom of the page).

Why use a blogging platform like this? Well, there are several advantages, but the most important one is that I don’t have to spend time I don’t have trying to develop a method of allowing people to comment on my blog posts. I would have been an interesting challenge, and given time I think I might have managed to create something, but a ready-made solution that is tried and tested (and coded by people who know roughly what they are doing), and allows more effective networking to make it easier for me to market myself, just seems a more realistic approach.

The hub itself will host articles I may write from time to time that should have a more permanent presence.

So, that’s about it. There are a few more things to do, but I wanted to give you all advance warning. Let’s hope this all goes according to plan.

In the offing

This is by way of a heads-up that, as part of the overhaul of the whole “rewboss” experience, there will be some massive changes to this site.

I’m not going to reveal too much at this stage, as this will take a few more weeks, but the current set-up is unhelpful and inconvenient. The coming changes will encourage more interaction and make it easier for me to network properly, and more than anything is a response to the way the internet has changed and developed over the years into a two-way communication system.

The people who should take note are those who subscribe to my RSS feed, because that, by necessity, will have to be retired. There will be a new RSS feed for those who need it (or who just want it), and I’ll give you all the details in good time.

Fair use

A lot of people on YouTube have questions about copyright, which is widely misunderstood, and particularly about how the fair use doctrine relates to videos they may make.

YouTube collected some questions and put them to some experts from the Stanford Center for Internet and Society, which they answered in the video below. It’s a long video, but if you go the video watch page on YouTube and open the description, you can skip to a specific question.

Tweet, tweet

In case you haven’t already noticed, I now have a Twitter feed.

Greenscreening lessons

Below is a video I made about a YouTube feature, in which finally, thanks to the wonders of chroma key, Tarquin and his boss get to wreak havoc on a global scale from a proper secret lair. I’ve always wanted to do this.

The thing you may notice straight off, especially if you switch to high definition 1080p and view in full-screen mode, is that Tarquin looks a bit fuzzy and green around the edges. One of the pitfalls of a budget greenscreen setup involving a piece of green paper and a sunny day.

It goes without saying that if you are going to greenscreen at all, don’t wear anything green. What doesn’t go without saying, and therefore bears repeating here for the benefit of budding Hollywood directors, is that if you are going to greenscreen without proper lighting, don’t wear anything yellow. Yellow, basically, is green with a bit of red mixed in, and this makes keying out the green very, very difficult without also keying out parts of the yellow.

In future, at least until I get to the point where I can give up my day job (hah!), Tarquin will wear a different shirt, and a new baseball cap — his alternative baseball cap is mostly grey, but the logo on it has a lot of yellow.