Wednesday, May 4, 2016

2016-05-03 (Tu) Charged: DesertIrish

Chapter thirteen was recorded and the text was revised. Catching errors in the text has been easier when reading meticulously. If the text is read quickly in order to concentrate on speaking it is likely that more errors will be missed. Reading meticulously also forces the verbalization to slow down. It seems reasonable to always read meticulously for the audio book but the natural inclination is to read quickly. Any high school speech teacher can tell you this. The upgraded recording space should make it easier to relax and read meticulously.

Charged

To do:
  • Show how Shana knew Motor and Heather were a new couple.
  • Describe a reality TV show which demonstrates the powers of contestants.
  • Describe a trial where a Charged person sues for the right to have a second identity but the case turns against him into a vilification of vigilantism.
Total word count: 27 240 + 60 228 + 83 897 = 171 365 words

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2



This disclaimer must be intact and whole. This disclaimer must be included if a project is distributed.

All information in this blog, or linked by this blog, are not to be taken as advice or solicitation. Anyone attempting to replicate, in whole or in part, is responsible for the outcome and procedure. Any loss of functionality, money, property or similar, is the responsibility of those involved in the replication.

All digital communication regarding the email address 24hourengineer@gmail.com becomes the intellectual property of Brian McEvoy. Any information contained within these messages may be distributed or retained at the discretion of Brian McEvoy. Any email sent to this address, or any email account owned by Brian McEvoy, cannot be used to claim property or assets.

Comments to the blog may be utilized or erased at the discretion of the owner. No one posting may claim claim property or assets based on their post.

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2016-04-27 (W)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2016-05-02 (M) Charged: DesertIrish

Inside and outside of the recording space sounded much different. Humans naturally filter out the unnecessary reverberations of an echoey room but when it comes to recording we expect to hear no reverberations. When we hear a Facebook video of someone in a large room the echoes don’t process as echoes, we just think of it as an amateur video. A quick recording, 65 seconds, was made to show the size and layout of the recording space but also exemplifies the difference in sound when the door is closed. The microphone used for the recording was the stock microphone in the mobile phone.

Tour of recording closet

A pop filter was purchased to dampen the gasps and breathiness affecting the recordings. Unfortunately it came with mounting equipment that was not ideal for a shotgun microphone which was longer than a normal voice recording microphone. A nearby hardware store had enough parts to bring the filter to a usable position even though the filter and microphone used metric threads while the hardware was not.

Microphone and hardware parts

Chapter twelve was recorded without issues and may sound different because of the microphone arrangement. Longer and longer takes are being used to help with pacing. This should also make recording go faster and seem less halted.

Microphone with pop filter loosely attached


Charged

To do:
  • Show how Shana knew Motor and Heather were a new couple.
  • Describe a reality TV show which demonstrates the powers of contestants.
  • Describe a trial where a Charged person sues for the right to have a second identity but the case turns against him into a vilification of vigilantism.
Total word count: 27 240 + 60 228 + 83 897 = 171 365 words

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2



This disclaimer must be intact and whole. This disclaimer must be included if a project is distributed.

All information in this blog, or linked by this blog, are not to be taken as advice or solicitation. Anyone attempting to replicate, in whole or in part, is responsible for the outcome and procedure. Any loss of functionality, money, property or similar, is the responsibility of those involved in the replication.

All digital communication regarding the email address 24hourengineer@gmail.com becomes the intellectual property of Brian McEvoy. Any information contained within these messages may be distributed or retained at the discretion of Brian McEvoy. Any email sent to this address, or any email account owned by Brian McEvoy, cannot be used to claim property or assets.

Comments to the blog may be utilized or erased at the discretion of the owner. No one posting may claim claim property or assets based on their post.

This blog, including pictures and text, is copyright to Brian McEvoy.


2016-04-25 (M)

Monday, May 2, 2016

2016-05-01 (Su) Charged: DesertIrish

Progress has been great. Reading a chapter at a time will bring the audio to the last written chapter quickly but there is has been no measurement in terms of word count. All this means is that there isn’t a time estimate on how long it will take to get to new material. Fortunately most plot holes or problems can be caught before writing new material.

Chapter eleven was recorded in a day. One chapter per day continues to be a goal that is reasonable and ambitious. There is still no timeline for how long this rate will take before reaching the end of everything that has been written so far.

Charged

To do:
  • Show how Shana knew Motor and Heather were a new couple.
  • Describe a reality TV show which demonstrates the powers of contestants.
  • Describe a trial where a Charged person sues for the right to have a second identity but the case turns against him into a vilification of vigilantism.
Total word count: 27 240 + 60 228 + 83 897 = 171 365 words

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2



This disclaimer must be intact and whole. This disclaimer must be included if a project is distributed.

All information in this blog, or linked by this blog, are not to be taken as advice or solicitation. Anyone attempting to replicate, in whole or in part, is responsible for the outcome and procedure. Any loss of functionality, money, property or similar, is the responsibility of those involved in the replication.

All digital communication regarding the email address 24hourengineer@gmail.com becomes the intellectual property of Brian McEvoy. Any information contained within these messages may be distributed or retained at the discretion of Brian McEvoy. Any email sent to this address, or any email account owned by Brian McEvoy, cannot be used to claim property or assets.

Comments to the blog may be utilized or erased at the discretion of the owner. No one posting may claim claim property or assets based on their post.

This blog, including pictures and text, is copyright to Brian McEvoy.


2016-04-21 (Th)

Sunday, May 1, 2016

2016-04-30 (Sa) Charged: DesertIrish

Equipment trouble has been greatly reduced or at least the solutions are easy to find the second time. One problem was when the computer refused to acknowledge any sound equipment including the internal hardware. This was remedied by restarting twice. Environmental sounds haven’t been completely eliminated and likely never will be in such an amateur space.

Chapter 10 was recorded in a day. Recording a single chapter in a day has been the goal since the chapters are good breaking points and recording a chapter without interruptions means there are fewer inconsistencies in the recording. These inconsistencies can be as simple as changing the distance between the mouth and microphone or the angle of the microphone since an omnidirectional microphone isn’t used.

Charged

To do:
  • Show how Shana knew Motor and Heather were a new couple.
  • Describe a reality TV show which demonstrates the powers of contestants.
  • Describe a trial where a Charged person sues for the right to have a second identity but the case turns against him into a vilification of vigilantism.
Total word count: 27 240 + 60 228 + 83 897 = 171 365 words

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2



This disclaimer must be intact and whole. This disclaimer must be included if a project is distributed.

All information in this blog, or linked by this blog, are not to be taken as advice or solicitation. Anyone attempting to replicate, in whole or in part, is responsible for the outcome and procedure. Any loss of functionality, money, property or similar, is the responsibility of those involved in the replication.

All digital communication regarding the email address 24hourengineer@gmail.com becomes the intellectual property of Brian McEvoy. Any information contained within these messages may be distributed or retained at the discretion of Brian McEvoy. Any email sent to this address, or any email account owned by Brian McEvoy, cannot be used to claim property or assets.

Comments to the blog may be utilized or erased at the discretion of the owner. No one posting may claim claim property or assets based on their post.

This blog, including pictures and text, is copyright to Brian McEvoy.


2016-04-21 (Th)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

2016-04-29 (F) Weekly Summary

Recording space is important. If it’s a little uncomfortable that’s probably all right but when it is so bad that recording becomes undesirable then something needs to change. Anyone who follows the day-to-day blogs could tell that a change was necessary and inevitable.

I think there are two kinds of people when it comes to inconvenient situations. There are those who complain about a situation and those who do something. Maybe the fix is to alter a procedure. If your shoe squeaks when you tap the toe you might roll your foot differently while you walk. Another person might cut/glue the shoe to stop the squeak. Those are the people I hope are reading my blog. The people who just buy another pair of shoes or whine about their broken shoes probably don’t bother coming here.

Recording on chapter eight took two days to finish. This could have been done in a single session but it was too easy to break and too hard to resume recording.

Chapter nine recording was started but the cramped closet finally got the best of me. I spent a day at the hack space cutting and drilling a custom shelf for the closet. It only had to be large enough to fit a computer, mouse and keyboard. Inexpensive shelving planks were purchased because I needed several other shelves for my place. This custom shelf had to span the entire length of the closet but not block all of it. The basic idea was a shelf on a couple risers, one of the risers was narrow and could reach the far side of the closet.

Shelf parts

Constructed shelf from the bottom

Shelf in closet

Computer set up in recording space

The closet was put back together and looked great, it was easy to get into and out of, there was room to crouch and drop things. A light was added and I realized that should have been done days ago because it added so much comfort to the room. This time gamble should pay off quickly.

A day was spent listening to the audio continuously. This listening was done without distraction while on a walk, a nice way to listen to an audiobook. There were some corrections to be made, which are being kept on a list, but what struck me was that I enjoyed the story. I obviously knew it by heart but listening to it in a single sitting was very enjoyable and I was glad that I spent 60+ minutes listening without distraction.

There was no trouble finishing chapter nine. The upgrades to the recording space and renewed enthusiasm for the story made recording fun and exciting again. Chapter nine took only one day to record, which isn’t a feat but will hopefully be the start of a trend.

Charged



The rest of the weekly summaries have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1
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All information in this blog, or linked by this blog, are not to be taken as advice or solicitation. Anyone attempting to replicate, in whole or in part, is responsible for the outcome and procedure. Any loss of functionality, money, property or similar, is the responsibility of those involved in the replication.

All digital communication regarding the email address 24hourengineer@gmail.com becomes the intellectual property of Brian McEvoy. Any information contained within these messages may be distributed or retained at the discretion of Brian McEvoy. Any email sent to this address, or any email account owned by  Brian McEvoy, cannot be used to claim property or assets.

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This blog, including pictures and text, is copyright to Brian McEvoy.

Friday, April 29, 2016

2016-04-28 (Th) Charged: DesertIrish

Audio recording finally resumed. After taking days off to revamp the recording space and review the existing audio it was finally time to record again. Chapter nine was finished quickly despite being tired, almost exhausted, when starting. Previous recording sessions have been cut short due to tiredness. While tired it was easy to slur words together and difficult to concentrate on a sentence while keeping all the other factors of recording in mind. Without the added distraction of a cumbersome recording area it was possible to finish a chapter without significant problems.

The new recording space was roughly the size of a telephone booth, which is a reference some young people won’t appreciate. Heat buildup in the space was a problem but it was easy to vent by opening the door briefly. When the door was open a sleeping bag still hung over the opening so the sleeping bag had to be moved while the door was held open. It may be smart to replace the draping sleep bag with more egg crate foam and attach it to the door. The sleeping bag was held in place with a wooden dowel previously used as a hanging rack for clothes in the closet.

Charged

To do:
  • Show how Shana knew Motor and Heather were a new couple.
  • Describe a reality TV show which demonstrates the powers of contestants.
  • Describe a trial where a Charged person sues for the right to have a second identity but the case turns against him into a vilification of vigilantism.
Total word count: 27 240 + 60 228 + 83 897 = 171 365 words

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2



This disclaimer must be intact and whole. This disclaimer must be included if a project is distributed.

All information in this blog, or linked by this blog, are not to be taken as advice or solicitation. Anyone attempting to replicate, in whole or in part, is responsible for the outcome and procedure. Any loss of functionality, money, property or similar, is the responsibility of those involved in the replication.

All digital communication regarding the email address 24hourengineer@gmail.com becomes the intellectual property of Brian McEvoy. Any information contained within these messages may be distributed or retained at the discretion of Brian McEvoy. Any email sent to this address, or any email account owned by Brian McEvoy, cannot be used to claim property or assets.

Comments to the blog may be utilized or erased at the discretion of the owner. No one posting may claim claim property or assets based on their post.

This blog, including pictures and text, is copyright to Brian McEvoy.


2016-04-21 (Th)

Thursday, April 28, 2016

2016-04-27 (W) Charged: DesertIrish

All the part one audio was reviewed. The quality seemed to improve after initial problems were fixed. The sound quality was acceptable for now. Other things recognizable were the flat tone of voice and unnatural intonations. These problems did improve as the recording progressed and will hopefully continue to improve. Listening to over an hour of recorded audio without interruption helped to see some of the persistent problems so they can hopefully be improved.

Since the story was always read in small portions before, and of course written in small chunks, the full impact of the story was never apparent to me. Listening to the first chapters all at once had a much better effect, even through the less-than-perfect recording.

Charged

To do:
  • Show how Shana knew Motor and Heather were a new couple.
  • Describe a reality TV show which demonstrates the powers of contestants.
  • Describe a trial where a Charged person sues for the right to have a second identity but the case turns against him into a vilification of vigilantism.
Total word count: 27 240 + 60 228 + 83 897 = 171 365 words

The rest of the posts for this project have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1.
Completed projects from year 2



This disclaimer must be intact and whole. This disclaimer must be included if a project is distributed.

All information in this blog, or linked by this blog, are not to be taken as advice or solicitation. Anyone attempting to replicate, in whole or in part, is responsible for the outcome and procedure. Any loss of functionality, money, property or similar, is the responsibility of those involved in the replication.

All digital communication regarding the email address 24hourengineer@gmail.com becomes the intellectual property of Brian McEvoy. Any information contained within these messages may be distributed or retained at the discretion of Brian McEvoy. Any email sent to this address, or any email account owned by Brian McEvoy, cannot be used to claim property or assets.

Comments to the blog may be utilized or erased at the discretion of the owner. No one posting may claim claim property or assets based on their post.

This blog, including pictures and text, is copyright to Brian McEvoy.


2016-04-20 (W)