Yoga Nidra

I’ve been reading a book called ‘Yoga Nidra‘ and there is a lot of interesting ideas in it. I’ve learned that what I used to think of as ‘letting my mind wander’ as a child, is actually an ancient yogic practice, and is really a spontaneous activity of the relaxed mind. The images and visions are called ‘samskaras.’ That sounds correct and appropriate somehow.

It’s a good book. It is scientific in it’s explanation of how the yogic practice affects the body, nervous system, etc. It also recommends many practices that I had developed on my own, but didn’t know they were so well documented. Like visualizing the day at the end of it, to help ease into Yoga Nidra, and other techniques.

It’s available on archive.org for free and I highly recommend it.

Link

kachekleaner™

You want your AE projects to render faster, so you amp up your disk cache allocation. That speeds things up, but now your disk is actually filling up with all that cache, creating a new problem.

You can just delete your disk cache in After Effects preferences UI, or go to ~/Library/Caches/Adobe/’After Effects’/16.0/ (16.0, or whatever version of AE you’re actually using) and delete it there. These both take several steps. And I want to save you some steps. So I made this script called kachekleaner that gets in there and deletes your after effects disk cache.

I put scripts like this on my OSX Dock, and they run with a single click. You really only want to clear that cache in between projects, and not during one. It won’t hurt anything, you would just have to re-render your un-cached project if you wanted to preview it again.

For clarity and quality control, this is the actual one line script, which is also attached in the zip. If the file is not ‘Unix Executable’ on your device, change it’s permissions to 755:

#!/bin/bash
# kachekleaner

rm -r ~/Library/Caches/Adobe/'After Effects'/16.0/*

Click here to download the script.

Bye!

October 2018

I’ve been spending most days in Santa Monica, designing ads at Tremor Video DSP, and doing coursework at SMC. This summer I was convinced to join Promo Pathway and have just finished the first round of classes. I’m starting new coursework in editing, writing, and producing today.

This month, I decided to get distribution with DistroKid and have exactly one song available on Itunes, Spotify, and Amazon. Would like to make more time for writing and recording.

I quit selling coffee. I did not quit drinking it.

Getting ready to VOTE by mail here in the next few days. I am definitely in the research phase, that I need to speed up. Generally it looks like we have an opportunity to update rent control here in California with Prop 10, and that seems important. It will probably be too late to save me, but it is a problem that needs attention.

I have a respectable Halloween costume lined up, really just a mask combination, but it works with my usual attire.

Trabajando

My personal routine is about to change. For nearly a year, I’ve worked as a barista in a coffee shop. I have thrived there, and came to enjoy customer service for it’s structure and personal contact with the public. Time spent, and I’ve remembered my appreciation for work that is done away from the open front door.

Now, I’m beginning a role as an interactive designer with a company that manages and distributes digital advertising (so is my current understanding of what this company does). I’m excited, and very grateful these people saw value in the portfolio and experience I have shown. Intrinsic to their industry, and the company’s specific offering, is the demonstration of results. I intend to approach this work with as much sincerity and diligence as I can summon.

Prior to my time at the coffee shop, I had fulfilled the office worker’s fantasy of throwing the tie out the window and hitting the road. Aloft with the necktie were a significant revenue stream, professional momentum, and a sense of purpose. I have been making a gradual comeback, beginning with coffee and a few refresher courses in design and production. Re-entering an established creative space is a significant milestone for me on that path.

Part of my strategy to make this endeavor a sustainable one is to remain a barista on weekends; steaming lattes, mopping the floor, facing people and serving them. I believe that will keep me feeling humble and appreciative of both employers. The two jobs are so different, I believe I’ll alternatingly look forward to work on Mondays and Saturdays.

imgshuffle

I’ve finally arranged my image shuffling script into a form that can be downloaded and used by others. It is dependent on fancybox and jquery in it’s current form, while the fancybox functionality could be easily removed by removing those libraries from the directory. The rest of the code is my own. If you click on the “Graphics” button on this site, or any of the subcategories there, you can see how it works. It takes a list of images and properties and reorders them on every page reload.

You can also view a generic version of the script in action here. I’ve packaged that version, with sample images from Death To Stock in a .zip, and you can have it for free under an MIT licence by downloading from Github.com here.

This whole idea and project is finally, truly complete, and that feels good.

Book Cover Design – The Stanislavski System

The animation below demonstrates an original book cover design I created for “The Stanislavski System,” written by Sonia Moore and published by Penguin Books. Stanislavski’s ideas have become so prevalent in the world of acting and directing, that they’ve been referred to simply as “The System,” or “The Method.” This cover reads as either “The Stanislavski System” or “The System” at first glance. “Stanislavski” is often alternatively spelled “Stanislavsky” in English.

Media 46 TV Production

I just finished Media 46 TV Production at Santa Monica College. Someone snapped this photo of me with a nineties era 35mm camera about four weeks in. We shot a lot of college basketball, a puppet show, and a few talk shows. I was kind of hoping to get a TV job after this, so I need to actually apply for one. If I have, and you’re here for that reason, I can operate a camera, video switcher, mics/audio, lights. I am not intimidated by large quantities of cable, and I have excellent color acuity.

Reset

I had a blog going here.

I decided to change my permalinks to the kind with descriptive urls, instead of query strings. I’m reluctant to dig into the task of redirecting every post or messing with the old database, so I’ll just start again today and progress into the future.

A summary of what was here before:

• I didn’t know where to specifically direct my efforts professionally.

• I talked about this website. It’s a fancybox gallery and a wordpress sharing a theme that I wrote. It’s really a heavily edited version of Kubrick. I got really excited about randomizing the order of divs in my homepage at one point.

• There were photos, that are mostly also on instagram. I’m @ohokphil there.

• The best part was the music. I embedded a lot of tracks from my soundcloud. They are original compositions, self produced, and I’m proud of them. My name there is Regularhands.

What will come of this space, I hope, is something more truthful; at least honest, if inaccurate. The freedom of thought and speech I now enjoy is a well of power.