Link Dump

Just some link-dumps really for the moment as I'm rather stupidly busy with many things. I'm also in a rather amazing amount of pain after clearcutting half of my garden – breathing is painful, let alone actual movement.

These ambulance links were sent in my readers, and I do appreciate them.

First up, a paramedic is jailed for stealing from a dead patient. As Vic (who sent me the email) said – who'd give up their job and pension for that.

Adam sends me this news from Japan – that they will be telling people with minor injuries to make their own way to hospital. We have something similar in the LAS, the Telephone Advice Service which tries to persuade people to use 'alternative pathways' – Like asking people who are dialling 999 for verrucas if they wouldn't rather see their GP. I'm not too sure about telling nosebleeds to make their own way though, I've seen more than enough people nearly die because of serious nosebleeds to consider this safe.

Quixote also sends news of what the office of an American senator really thinks of first responders. Oh dear. Still, I would suppose that similar documents are floating around the UK government as well.

Finally – Would you like to see me use my zero media experience in interviewing someone? If so you can see my interview with artist Emma Vieceli from here or via youtube. I've learned a lot about video work during that day…

1) It's a good idea if the interviewer isn't in shot – because the encouraging body language is just a distraction.

2) Check that the tape hasn't been accidentally rewound between interviews (as I lost three interviews that way and am trying to work out what to do about them)

3) Some people are very hard to interview.

4) My brother is actually a rather good cameraman.

My photos from the event are up on my Flickr account – there is a distinct lack of young manga girls because I refuse to take pictures of school age girls in flimsy uniforms.

5 thoughts on “Link Dump”

  1. Emma didn't really need any encouragement to talk. Wait till you get someone who freezes on camera. It's like trying to start a cold engine on a January morning – then realising there's no petrol in the tank.

  2. I think you did amazingly well with the interviews! Considering the people you had to work with. THey were more like monologues once you got them rolling, huh? :DGreat job!

  3. 2) Check that the tape hasn't been accidentally rewound between interviews (as I lost three interviews that way and am trying to work out what to do about them)Use a different tape every time. Tape is cheap. Time is not.

  4. Nice photos of cosplayers 🙂 One of my friends used to share a flat with a girl who decided to go to a convention dressed as Tails from the Sonic the Hedgehog games. She bought masses of orange and white fur fabric and made herself two big tails and a headdress with little foxy ears on it. There were bits of furry stuff all over their place for weeks (but the costume looked good)!Looks like I picked a bad day to quit lurking (first time poster) I thought it was about time I sent off my application to join your army of screaming fangirls, but the link in the verification e-mail I got sent me to a page with an error message so I cant set up an account. Ho hum. – QoD.

  5. 1) It's a good idea if the interviewer isn't in shot – because the encouraging body language is just a distraction.Nah, okay fair one BUT I have done boocoo interviews (not for video) and still “ahem, aha” all over the subject, which you didn't do (yes – I'm cr4p!), and since the interviewer is – sorry – part of the deal, part of the equation (would I – we – even know about this int w/out your blog?) all it seems to me that you lacked, was the 2+ cameras professional TV uses: which would have taken the best parts of your stuff, and patched them in smoothly with her.

    It looks like you had one camera and focusing this, Stasi-lamplight stylee, on your subject, would have been a bit fake.

    JMO.

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