Jody Bruchon

I was photographing a few neat flowers in my back yard and decided to shoot a short video to share with everyone. I hope you enjoy it. The Red Spider Lily (Lycoris radiata) is probably the coolest plant ever!

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We can fix racism. All we have to do is stop talking about race. It's not hard.

Imagine being a child that was born decades after the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, far removed from the extremely tense race relations of that time, where seeing people from all walks of life in a television show wasn't even remotely controversial. You've never known racism and never seen racism beyond caricatures in media. This continued into your adult life, with racism just not being a thing that you saw around you

One day, circa the year 2012, you see a very different piece of news where a black woman gets a white man fired from his job (a job in the same field you're in!) for making benign jokes while waiting for the start of a show at a tech conference, and the reason the woman gives afterwards is based on who he is physically far more so than the jokes he made. It's obviously a race-based attack, but it's a black woman destroying a white man's life rather than the way it has always been depicted in the movies and publications you've been exposed to throughout your life. White people were oppressive and black people were oppressed, or so you're told since you didn't exist until most of the dust from the fight for civil rights had settled.

From 2012 to 2019, this sort of white-targeting racism explodes and somehow becomes overtly acceptable within large chunks of the media. A narrative builds wherein white people are spoken of in the same way that black people were spoken of in the 1960s. The vast majority of the racism you see now is coming from people who call themselves "anti-racist" and it's a lot closer to affecting you personally in very real, very negative ways. You are broad-brushed into being a target of hate because of your ethnic group by people who are scolding other people for broad-brushing people into being targets of hate because of their ethnic groups. The people who attack your group claim they're victims of your racism as they strike you with racism.

What do you do? The natural thing to do is to defend yourself, but even that is now somehow "racist." And that is how you revive actual racism in the United States, because anyone who would abuse you in such a manner isn't treating you like a human, so why should you treat them any better?

Or...you and everyone else could just stop making everything about race and watch the while racism thing slowly go away.

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I disassemble the back of an HP 15-db0064nr and perform a simple RAM upgrade. I also look at how to remove the battery and hard drive and what our upgrade options are. For some reason, HP doesn't have a detailed spec sheet on their website for this model.

Don't replace the keyboard; replace the whole palmrest isntead, and thank me later for that advice. I've replaced those terrible plastic-welded keyboards before and they are an absolute nightmare of a task that's just not worth the cost savings.

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You can have a college degree, a name plaque on your office door, and the respect of thousands...and still be stupid. Appeals to authority are not logically valid and your credentials won't save you from me calling you out. This isn't a smear against credentials; it's only a stab at the smug who act like credentials make them superior and unquestionable.

Over the course of my adult life, I have run into an ever-increasing number of people that seem to think that their opinions matter largely because of their credentials. This concept sort of goes back to parents, who are the boss by the simple virtue of having birthed you. This issue seems to grow more common with every year I am alive. Trusting someone on the basis of their credentials or reputation is a risky matter that involves throwing skepticism and facts to the wind, favoring instead to take actions based on nothing substantive. I, for one, am quite done with faith-based correctness.

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A (very) casual comparison of a Panasonic VX870 camcorder and a Panasonic G7 camera with 25mm f/1.7 lens. This comparison is honestly pretty bad. I'm working on completing projects that I started right now, and this was one of them. The G7 is objectively better than the VX870, especially in low light with a pro lens like the Panasonic G X VARIO 12-35mm f/2.8, but as this video shows, the raw quality that a camera can produce is not everything. The amazing stabilization that a small-sensor optical system provides definitely wins out here.

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A lot of myths are circulating about "platforms becoming publishers when they censor people." CDA Section 230 doesn't make a publisher/platform distinction. The SCOTUS case about Trump's tweets doesn't make all of Twitter a free speech free-for-all. Read the laws and decisions before you spout off about them. I'd love it if big platforms like Facebook weren't allowed to censor due to the amount of market share they have consumed, but it hurts your cause when you argue that the law already provides for this when it doesn't.

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In which we go "drone fishing" and I get shot in the hand. The newly tree-dwelling quadcopter in question is a Hubsan X4 H107C. You can see it fall out of the tree at 10:28, but I didn't notice at first.

I made the unfortunate mistake of flying a tiny quadcopter on a fairly windy day, and through a combination of the wind being too strong and me getting confused about the quad's orientation in the air, it ended up living in a tree for a while. I did some research on methods to get a stuck drone out of a tree and some of them were pretty obnoxious, such as asking for a favor from the fire department. I'm not doing that over a $30 drone.

Fortunately, I soon found an excellent tactic for drone retrieval that could be done cheaply from the ground! Buy a slingshot, a large fishing sinker, and some really strong (50lb test in my case) fishing line, tie the sinker to the line, and slingshot that sinker onto the tree branch that's holding the drone hostage. From there, it's a matter of using the line to shake the tree branch until the drone falls out of the tree or you give up.

One more thing: in retrospect, I could possibly have saved my sinker since it wasn't wrapped around anything but it wouldn't come through the branch when I pulled. Simply spool out more fishing line until the sinker is within reach and cut the sinker off the end! Ah well, it's just a cheap sinker, so I didn't care too much.

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A video that is self-explanatory, but I will explain it anyway. I have created several articles and videos about why not to shoot in log or flat picture profiles. One of these articles was misunderstood by someone.They left a comment saying that I was jealous of people who use their cell phones for videography and that all I do is put a LUT on my videos. I still don't understand where they got the LUT thing from since the first link featured prominently in the article is to another article I wrote that says LUTs suck...

Anyway, I thought about it for a while, and I decided that I could have done a better job of explaining my intentions clearly. Even though some of the fault rests with the person leaving the comment, I could have worded things differently.. I have since added an update to the top of the original article that clarifies my criticism. You can read that article here:

http://www.gazingcat.com/2019/01/05/youtube-video-experts-dont-understand-why-flat-log-footage-on-8-bit-cameras-is-a-bad-idea/

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Vox Media made a video called "Color film was built for white people. Here's what it did to dark skin." In that video, they claim that "chemicals that make certain red and brown tones look good were left out." I already made a video ripping their video apart, mostly addressing the physics issue where they can't seem to understand how light and dynamic range work while ignoring the chemistry claims due to dynamic range being the major and obvious issue. I'm quite happy with it as-is...but as I looked through some photos of mine, I suddenly noticed that I had taken a film photo that could finally prove that their claims were 100% full of bullshit.

This video reviews sections of the Vox video that make the claims about film chemistry being intentionally designed to poorly reproduce darker skin tones, then shows two photographs that completely destroy this bogus "film was racist!" narrative. One is a film photo of a coffee table while the other is a cell phone photo of the exact same table. The phone's picture is obviously done with digital imaging, benefiting from the technologies described in the Vox video and implied to be some sort of proof that film chemistry was racist, despite the fact that film and digital image sensors are two completely different methods of capturing images and have nothing to do with each other.

But what of the film? Well, it's a FujiFilm ISO 200 C-41 color film roll manufactured in approximately 2006. It was technically expired for a decade, but I've since taken photos with a brand new Kodak GOLD ISO 400 C-41 color film roll and the same brown reproduction issue existed there as well. Notice that we're talking about a Japanese company that presumably makes film with the Japanese market in mind, a market that has a large number of "brown" skin tones when compared to the United States, and we're also talking about film that's at least 30 years after when Vox claims that poor brown reproduction complaints from businesses pushed film chemist..

While shooting footage for Jackie Adams's mayoral campaign website video, this obnoxiously loud truck went by that couldn't be ignored, even in the Gazing Cat Productions studio. My ulterior motive is subsequently revealed. ;-)

It's just a funny moment! I'm not trying to get a muffler ordinance passed, you guys! She had a good sense of humor during the shoot until the heat from the lights started to get to her. Can't say I blame her!

Jackie's campaign site is http://www.mayorjackieadams.com/

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*WATCH THIS AT 720p OR 1080p FOR 60 FPS SMOOTHNESS*

I stuck my old Canon R60 camcorder in the window in time lapse mode, then drastically sped that footage up to get what you see here. This is 25 days worth of video in 2 minutes. *That's about 5 hours per second.*

I'll be doing one final set of videos once August ends with a time lapse for the full month of August presented at varying speeds, then I'm going to stop the project. I have several hundred gigabytes of footage at this point!

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It's illegal for stores to sell alcohol before 12:00 PM on Sundays in North Carolina. This is what's known as a "blue law." Blue laws are anti-freedom, authoritarian bullshit. In this video, I drink on Sunday immediately after the cutoff time just to give the middle finger to religious assholes that think it's okay to use the law to manipulate how I choose to conduct my life.

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*WATCH THIS AT 720p OR 1080p FOR 60 FPS SMOOTHNESS*

I stuck my old Canon R60 camcorder in the window in time lapse mode, then drastically sped that footage up to get what you see here. This is 17 days worth of video in 2 minutes. *That's about 7 hours per second.*

I plan to continue doing this and making time lapses covering longer and longer periods of time. This is the second one of this time lapse series where the sun shadow movement over time has made me quite happy.

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*WATCH THIS AT 720p OR 1080p FOR 60 FPS SMOOTHNESS*

I stuck my old Canon R60 camcorder in the window in time lapse mode, then drastically sped that footage up to get what you see here. This is 12 days worth of video in 3 minutes. At this speed, the movement of things is starting to look a lot more interesting!

I plan to continue doing this and making time lapses covering longer and longer periods of time. This is the first one of this time lapse series in which I'm starting to really enjoy seeing the sun shadow movement over time.

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*WATCH THIS AT 720p OR 1080p FOR 60 FPS SMOOTHNESS*

I stuck my old Canon R60 camcorder in the window in time lapse mode, then drastically sped that footage up to get what you see here. This is 10 days worth of video in 5 minutes.

I plan to continue doing this and making time lapses covering longer and longer periods of time. This is the first one of this time lapse series in which I'm starting to really enjoy seeing the sun shadow movement over time.

https://www.jodybruchon.com/
http://www.gazingcat.com/

I stuck my old Canon R60 camcorder in the window in time lapse mode, then drastically sped that footage up to get what you see here. This is 6 days worth of video in 6 minutes.

I plan to continue doing this and make a really huge and super fast compilation time lapse. Stay tuned to see if I actually do it.

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The second video I've ever cut together. I was making coffee and it hit me that this song by The Arrogant Worms was perfect to go with it...so I grabbed my camcorder and went to town. After the Can music video, I enjoyed doing something a little more light-hearted and energetic.

This is the first thing I ever edited together. It's made up of random things I'd recorded on my Canon R60 camcorder, including a lovely rain storm. Since I had so much footage from that storm that was visually interesting, this song seemed to fit very well. I still like this video even after learning so much more about the craft of expressing things through moving pictures.

Check out a playlist with all of my short films: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7RxkOabi7GyOrVEpYXs1BbvSeNHbviSG

Watch the improved Second Cut here: https://www.bitchute.com/video/PpUMARTKnHAh/

After being attacked by an old wizard's pendant, the professor's life has been normal and boring...until the mysterious old man calls him back to the woods with a surprising demand.

Watch the first movie here: https://www.bitchute.com/video/y24pKfh4KtUO/

Hear and download the soundtrack: https://soundcloud.com/jodyleebruchon/sets/the-old-mans-pendant-ii-soundtrack

Official trailer: https://www.bitchute.com/video/pVpmCpfiyogI/

Behind the scenes preview: https://www.bitchute.com/video/fCoDGlAT4Vda/

Movie magic teaser (in color!): https://www.bitchute.com/video/C7uQiNl9DoMu/

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Check out a playlist with all of my short films: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/iMnMKeiqiGEJ/

After being attacked by an old wizard's pendant, the professor's life has been normal and boring...until the mysterious old man calls him back to the woods with a surprising demand. This is the second cut of this movie with several improvements and dialogue revisions.

Watch the first movie here: https://www.bitchute.com/video/y24pKfh4KtUO/

Hear and download the soundtrack: https://soundcloud.com/jodyleebruchon/sets/the-old-mans-pendant-ii-soundtrack

Official trailer: https://www.bitchute.com/video/pVpmCpfiyogI/

Behind the scenes preview: https://www.bitchute.com/video/fCoDGlAT4Vda/

Movie magic teaser (in color!): https://www.bitchute.com/video/C7uQiNl9DoMu/

https://www.jodybruchon.com/movies/
http://www.gazingcat.com/

I thought I'd be done with The Old Man's Pendant II in February. Due to an unexpected lack of free time, it's near the end of February with a lot left to complete. Here's a tiny peek into some effects work as an apology. (The film is silent but I've added sound effects just for you!)

Of course, it's been a while since this update was posted, so you can now watch the final cut of The Old Man's Pendant II (TOMP2) here: https://www.bitchute.com/video/PpUMARTKnHAh/

Check out a playlist with all of my short films: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/iMnMKeiqiGEJ/

Coffee dispelled his negative thoughts dragging him down...until now. They're back and they're a lot more aggressive. Will he be able to overcome them again?

The "Coffee is Happiness" films are impromptu projects shot alone by me in a span of only a few hours and with minimal editing. They are my own extreme version of a "48 hour film" challenge, a way to take what I have learned so far and quickly crank out a simple story.

This sequel was shot on a Panasonic G7 with the 14-42mm kit lens and a Canon FD-mount 50mm f/1.8 lens.

See the first movie, "Coffee is Happiness:" https://www.bitchute.com/video/oZkfHKqOBop2/

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Check out a playlist with all of my short films: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/iMnMKeiqiGEJ/

This is the second short film I made and "rushed" is an understatement. I challenged myself to film and cut together a short in four hours or less. This is the result. This is the most polarizing thing I think I've ever made. Some people think it's really horribly dark and seem put off by it while others think it's pretty great. Let me know how you feel about it.

There are obvious problems like screen splits that weren't done very well; at this point tools such as After Effects weren't in my arsenal and I didn't have much editing experience either. The lighting is garbage because there wasn't any. This is a true "no-budget" film because the only thing I can even think of that cost me any money at all was the bag of coffee!

https://www.jodybruchon.com/movies/

Check out a playlist with all of my short films: https://www.bitchute.com/playlist/iMnMKeiqiGEJ/

They take REAL good care of Mickey.

Filmed in under an hour for the fun of it, this turned out better than it should have. I wanted to use the bank vault in my old business location in a film before the last month's rent ran out. The cowbell cult thing was added on a whim to make things super weird.

The best part of filming was when I told Ydion to beat and scream on the vault door like he meant it. There was something awesome about how well that part worked and you had to be there to fully appreciate it. Thanks to Will and Ydion for visiting and helping out!

https://www.jodybruchon.com/movies/
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Check out a playlist with all of my short films: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7RxkOabi7GyOrVEpYXs1BbvSeNHbviSG

He's back, and he has a strange request! The story of the old man and the professor continues in this slightly more ambitious sequel to the original. The Old Man's Pendant II will be released in the summer of 2017. Watch the first movie here: https://youtu.be/GiJK6o0NbIc

It's been a while since this was posted! You can now watch the final cut of The Old Man's Pendant II (TOMP2) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D103weW4pRo

https://www.jodybruchon.com/movies/
http://www.gazingcat.com/

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I'm a one-man filmmaker that also fixes computers and does generally wacky things.

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