Uploaded to Vimeo!

‘Take that, Google!’

I did start the account creation process with Google [so I could upload my videos to Youtube], but when I was asked to verify both my email address and my phone, I started to get goosebumps, and not in a good way. This is a small part of Google’s privacy [sic] statement:

It was about this point that my survival instincts kicked in again and I aborted the process, or at least I tried to. I very much fear that my phone number is forever in Google’s possession. Given that it’s an Android phone I’m very glad I have GPS turned off. 😦

Anyway, with Youtube no longer an option, I went looking for alternatives and discovered that WordPress.com allows Vimeo videos! Yay and double yay. 🙂

So here is my rather ambitious Plotagon video entitled ‘Prepare for Induction’:

Go on, you can laugh. I won’t mind. 😀



About acflory

I am the kind of person who always has to know why things are the way they are so my interests range from genetics and biology to politics and what makes people tick. For fun I play online mmorpgs, read, listen to a music, dance when I get the chance and landscape my rather large block. Work is writing. When a story I am working on is going well I'm on cloud nine. On bad days I go out and dig big holes... View all posts by acflory

28 responses to “Uploaded to Vimeo!

  • D. Wallace Peach

    That was so cool. Nice job on the vimeo. 🙂 That looks complicated. Was it hard to do?


  • Widdershins

    “…I promise noting will go wrong.” Hah! … run girl, you are in danger!!!


  • Matthew Wright

    Actually that is a very cool video! I must admit I hesitate before allowing any of these third-party mega-corps to have personal information about me – some of it, alas, can’t be helped. What worries me is the amount they are likely siphoning anyway. And it’s not so much what this private data will be used for by the collector, it’s what happens to it after that, particularly if an end-user applies the “2 + 2 = 5” principle and criminalises the innocent. for unwittingly or coincidentally matching whatever they judge to be wrong. Oddly, Frank Zappa predicted just this outcome in the corporate-commercial dystopia he portrayed in ‘Joe’s Garage’ (1979).


    • acflory

      Thanks, Matthew! And I agree. It’s naive in the extreme to believe that all of this personal data isn’t being siphoned off, or even on-sold to underworld types who then use it for their own, malicious purposes. In fact, I’ve often wondered how much of these big hacking events are related to information hoovered up by the social media behemoths. After all, if that info can be used to identify individuals, and it can, how hard would it be to work out the passwords used by individuals working in sensitive areas? My guess is, not hard at all. Most of us are pretty uncreative when it comes to passwords.


  • anne54

    I was reading recently about the importance of doing many things, of not pigeon-holing ourselves. Well, you are doing that in spades! I know you have always loved techie things, and here you are, combining your writing with your technical knowledge to make new goodies for us!


    • acflory

      -grin- Thanks Anne, but it’s just me being a Jill-of-all-Trades and master of none. I do have fun though, and learning new things keeps the creative juices flowing. Anyway, you can’t talk, from botanical drawing to tapestry! 😀 😀


  • Alien Resort

    That’s good. How long did it take to put it together, including the learning curve?


    • acflory

      About 2 days, including the learning curve. I have to tell you though, the part that takes the longest is experimenting with the different ’emotions’ because they change, subtly, depending on what comes before and after. That friendly, slightly quizzical look on Kenneth’s face comes from the ‘Happy’ option, but I found it quite by accident because I certainly wasn’t aiming for him to look happy. So yeah, a lot of experimentation. I have a feeling that the emotions appear slightly different depending on which combination of facial features you choose.
      Bottom line though, it’s /easy/. And fun. 🙂

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  • Remembering Lives

    Hey. You use Plotagon too. I have been through the same experience with You Tube. I think all this is now an unfortunate reality of the modern world. They know everything about us. I love watching the ads and trying to work out , where I have been pigeon-holed. For me decades ago I was of this. Long story.
    I have also switched from You Tube, owing to the new, confusing regulations.


    • acflory

      I still use Youtube to find music videos, and how-to videos, but for new stuff, I much prefer Soundcloud. It’s just for music, no videos, but it’s where a lot of Indie musicians got their start, and I love discovering new composers.
      I think I’ll be using vimeo a lot more from now on. Facebook and Google think they ‘own’ the world. I really, really hate that they almost do. 😦


  • marianallen

    That’s great! I wish they could smooth out the digital voices, but that’s not a you problem, that’s a them problem. How long would you estimate it took you to make that video?


    • acflory

      Actually, the voices sounded a lot smoother on Plotagon itself. Some of the ‘crunching’ has come about because I chose to upload a mid sized file. Even so it was 35MB. As my weekly limit is 500MB and total is only 5GB, I’m trying to find the sweet spot between quality and file size. Haven’t quite got it yet, but close.

      Oh! The voices have a lot of trouble with ‘you’re’. In the beginning I fudged things by typing in ‘your’ instead. But that then made the subtitles look as if I couldn’t spell. -sigh- So I rewrote what I could and decided to live with ‘yurrrr’.

      All up, it took me two days to get to the point of being able to produce something that didn’t make me cringe. Give it a try. But be warned, it can become…addictive. 😉

      Liked by 1 person

  • davidprosser

    It made me remember her asking him that question in the book. She was pretty friendless at that time.


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