OK the first couple of clips are still from the old, knackered year but this is still the first video of 2021 😉 Roads are definitely quieter, with a few exceptions, and I feel much safer now. Still a few dickheads out there though as you can see… especially the very last clip which was deliberate and unnecessary antagonistic behaviour at 1am on virtually empty roads while approaching a red light!
The last day of clip opportunities was very busy on the roads with absolutely no sign of lockdown. However, even with the volume of traffic everyone was well behaved and the day gave no clipworthy events, proving motorised vehicles and cycles can get along without animosity!
The last few days have been very cold, but thanks to good clothing I barely feel it! Those gloves were probably the best cycling purchase I’ve ever made because the days of painful fingers at this time of year are no more 😀
Anyway, onwards and upwards. Hope you like the new music 🙂
My ultimate cycle video of 2020 and it’s a cockwomble extravaganza! I hate December on the roads and this year is no exception. I really don’t feel safe. My anger and frustration is prominent in many clips and my stress levels are through the roof. I just wish people in motor vehicles saw that cycles have actual people on them and are not just inconveniences to push out of the way!
This is also the last video to use the S4C Clockwork Dragon music. My next video will feature music from Wintergatan and is expected around the 8th of January.
It’s that most wonderful time of the year! Even with heavy restrictions traffic is still mad in December, as is clearly demonstrated in this video! I’m not exactly on top form myself so I can be seen (and heard) getting agitated by it all.
I also had fun while creating this video. I added the final clips, saved then went to review and kdenlive crashed. I reloaded to be presented with an autosave recovery prompt, which I discarded because I’d just saved, but it turned out that the save file was corrupt and I had to start again! Thankfully all the text I’d written was in the save file so it only took around an hour to rebuild the video. Still a pain in the arse!
Just one more video left this year, then the new year will herald new music! I now have a license to use Wintergatan’s music which I’ll be putting to good use here 🙂
It was my Twitch stream of the old Tehkan arcade game Star Force from 1984.
The whole video has been blocked for 1 minute and 53 seconds of VIDEO (not audio) from almost an hour of almost identical gameplay. This is complete bollocks and I’ve disputed the claim. The YouTube content matching AI is drunk and needs to piss off!
Also, and I’m aware this does break Twitch T&Cs but I’m hardly a high value streamer and this has seriously pissed me off, YouTube isn’t the only content sharing platform out there. This video is the same as uploaded to YouTube (scheduled for publication at 7pm – 24 hours after the stream) but hosted on LBRY/Odysee. Also, it takes up to 30 days to clear this bollocks!
Regular visitors will know I’ve been using LBRY for months. It really is a good alternative to YouTube. It does host some questionable content because it’s basically unmoderated by design, but we’re all human and we can choose to give that shit a miss. I fully recommend it to content creators, even as a backup (or for cases like this). It will automatically sync from YouTube if you don’t want the hassle of uploading twice so worthwhile giving a go.
I’ve put this is both the Negatives and Positives categories because while it’s a Negative against YouTube it’s a Positive towards LBRY/Odysee. Odysee is the more web friendly interface to the LBRY platform, go check it out!
Starts and ends with paint scrapers and while shorter than usual has a very high level of ignorance, impatience and arrogance!
Oh and rain. Lots of rain. Did I mention the rain? I’m so glad I’m not soluble!
Starting from Volume 150 I’m going to be experimenting with different music. I’ve got a licence to use Wintergatan music on my channel so I’ll have a listen to all the licensed music before deciding what to use. Watch (or rather listen) to this space.
It’s not very often I post negative things here but this one is regarding the very platform I’m using to show you this crap and the recent increase of hackers targeting WordPress.
Well most, if not all, of the hacks are for plugins. Most of these hacks are quickly patched but some are abandoned and some admins aren’t vigilant and don’t keep their installations updated!
I’m not naive, I know I’m not invulnerable, but this is a very slim installation of WordPress with very few plugins (none of which have been knowingly hacked yet) and kept up to date. If it ever does get hacked though I’ll sadly have to discontinue this blog. Hopefully I can stay on top of it and not let anything through between frequent updates. Such a pity that hackers have to get their dirty hands into just about every tiny corner, nook and cranny on the Internet. Sad fact of life.
Opening on a Christmassy theme… on Remembrance Day! All piss taking aside, I’m not so humbuggy about it this year. It’s been a shit year all round so anything that makes people feel better is OK with me.
The rest of the video is quite eventful with impatience, once again, being the overriding theme. So many drivers just need to get in front, regardless if they’ve anywhere to go, pass with absolutely no regards to the safety of an unprotected person and plenty of red light jumpers, both with and without engines!
Traffic as we approach Christmas this year is just as bad as ever, and when combined with a but of rain it gets abysmal (rain being the other very prominent theme). I find I’m really relying on my wits and experience (and in some cases pure stubbornness) just to stay in one piece more and more!
Now for the video, both on YouTube and LBRY as usual.
Not as busy as usual, but should have had a few more at the end. More about that later. In the first clip we see a guy on a bike (I refuse to call them cyclists unless they follow the rules) jumping a red light. The pavement is a shared cycle path. He could have used that and not had to jump the red, which is something I’m often tempted to do, but I tend to stick to the roads and follow the Highway Code.
In this video we also see a highly amusing advertising board. Thanks to the Snowflake Society we live in it’s been deemed as racist and has to be removed (but was still there last time I passed). I don’t see it as targeting more than a single person, and I’ve seen far, far worse on prime time TV, but there we go.
As for the missing clips, I was on my way to work when 10 minutes into the journey I realised I’d forgotten my work pass. I phoned in to make sure I would be OK being a little late and no issues there, so I went back to get it, but this meant the crap battery I had in the camera wasn’t going to last so I had to change the camera battery on my way in. I took it out of my backpack at one set of lights and put it in my pocket, but when I went to retrieve said battery at the next set, it had fallen out. I could not find it. Tried to recharge at work but it wasn’t having any of it so no footage on the way home and missed a bus cutting me up and a taxi jumping a red light.
Anyway, I’ve ordered 3 x genuine GoPro batteries which were £20 each but as I pay for the GoPro premium services I paid less than £14 each for them. Enough of the waffle, on with the show!
The first clip shows a guy on a bike jumping a red light, but if he’d been on the pavement he’d have been legal to do so because it’s a shared cycle path. I’ve often thought of this myself, especially at daft O’clock in the morning, but I consider myself a road user so stick to the road, and the rules that apply.
There were a lot of clippable incidents in the first few days. Thankfully things got a bit quieter or this could have been an hour long 😉
Technical info: Kdenlive won’t use the composite effect over a frozen clip, but I’ve found if you create a blank title clip you can use the composite effect over that and the result is the same. Kdenlive has its quirks and bugs but for a free video editor I’ve still yet to find something that is comparable for my uses!
What started as a quiet video ended up at over 10 minutes! Road users complain about cyclists… well there are more motorised road users who just completely ignore Rule 167 of the Highway Code than cyclists who jump red lights, and all down to impatience.
Relevant parts of Rule 167:
DO NOT overtake where you might come into conflict with other road users. For example
approaching or at a road junction on either side of the road
where the road narrows
stay behind if you are following a cyclist approaching a roundabout or junction, and you intend to turn left
The last one listed here in particular is smashed almost every time I go out!
The last clip of this video is almost a minute on its own, but what a catalogue of cockwombles that contains!
Anyway, you don’t want to read, you want to watch so here are some embeds!