First outing of 2012

February 23rd, 2012

Heading out from Norbury tomorrow. Aiming to do a return trip to Kidderminster.

Walking the Four Counties

August 11th, 2011

I am, and have been for a while, a big chap. I’m fairly active in walking a bit and going to the gym a couple of times a week – mainly keeping ticking over, but no big effort. Once you get past 40, as I am, then its time to take things in hand deciding what you want out of life. So since the end of June, I’ve a new eating and gym routine that has meant I’ve lost a whopping 30 pounds. Super pleased with myself, however I have a hurdle now – going away on the boat for 2 weeks!

No gym to go to and usually I’m at the tiller, which isn’t really energetic. I suppose I could run/walk on a morning/evening but that wouldn’t be much fun and feel more like a chore that I’d probably end up giving it a miss. This time out we are taking my 16 year old nephew, so he can steer the boat. So I have an idea, why not walk along side the boat? We are doing the Four Counties plus some extra bits to extend it to 2 weeks, so should be plausible. So that’s what I’m doing – or planning to (keep watch of my twitter account for updates).

Nothing for a while

August 4th, 2011

My PC is up and running, but I’ve yet to do any new videos. went to Chester in March, so thee is that to upload. We are off out mid August and doing the four counties. So plenty of material to come.

Google Earth Canal Maps

January 10th, 2011

With Waterscape changing its map every so often, I’m always on the look out for alternatives. Their new one is fine for route planning but the lines don’t actually follow the route of the canal (straightened/simplified to reduce amount of data points I guess), so I was quite pleased when I found someone had done an overlay for google maps that actually followed the canals. So I aim to use the Google Earth Canal Maps in my next video. Hopefully it’ll be done this month (free time availability dependence you see).

BCN Circular (revisited)

October 19th, 2010

In May I posted a couple of videos comprising of my 10 hour cruise in a day from Cuckoo Wharf to the Engine Branch Canal going via Tame Valley, Walsall, Wednesbury Old, and Main Line canals. Whilst my old set up using a Ricoh R6 digital camera meant the videos translated as 1 hour cruise equals 1 minute timelapse video, the Canon camera didn’t have the 5 second intervalometer limit as it was implemented by an add-on script. The settings I used meant a 1 hour cruise became 100 seconds of video, so the day was split to comply with Youtube’s 10 minute maximum duration. Whilst the videos looked smoother I was aware that some of the long straight sections of the TVC can be less interesting, so I have had another go, but rather than removing elements (I like the “whole cruise” element) I played with time warping taking parts up to 300% faster. I also had another change in the maps by orientating it around the current location to keep the direction headed to the top, so more SatNav like. The result is a single video for the whole 10 hours. Have a look …

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC3Trt-f1Hs[/youtube]