I’m working on a full review of installing and use of open source collaboration apps.

This is my second series and one I really look forward to getting done. I am working on comparing and contrasting the use of Riot, Retroshare, Kolab and NextCloud for community messaging and collaboration. These are some very interesting projects. I have used Kolab and OwnCloud (NextCloud was forked from OwnCloud) in the past, but it has been a while, so I look forward to checking out how much they have changed.

March 16, 2017: Podcasts for a road trip.

I’m getting ready for the three and a half hour drive to Coshocton County for grain. At DiggingDeeper Farm, we like the whole grain, non-GMO, non-corn or soy, chemical free stuff we can get up there, so up there we go.

Time to load up the podcatcher.
Since I have spent the last couple of days on Steemit, I have found some podcasts there I am going to check out first:

The best source of liberty podcasts that I have found is LRN.FM/shows/ I counted 37 to choose from on that list with a few extras that haven’t recorded lately.
My favorite of these podcasts is from the School Sucks Project, but I keep up with Free Talk Live and Freedom Feens.

One of my main interests these days is filmmaking and specifically documentary production, so I’m always on the lookout for those.

March 15, 2017: More Steemit and building this site.

I have been spending most of my web work time on Steemit and setting up all of the new subdomains for this site.

These subdomains are a really tedious project. Each of the currently thirteen subdomain has it’s own WordPress install. It took quite a while to figure out what theme I wanted to go with. After trying a bunch out and then messing with a child theme of the 2017 theme for quite a while, I finally turned to the familiar stripped down Bootstrap.

I figured out a general navigation layout to start with. Now I am just going though one site at a time and putting all the menus together and installing the base plugins I use.

The stripped down Bootstrap theme is pretty basic looking and far from polished, but so is everything about my site under the front page. There is a lot to work with and I think base will be a good solid foundation to do my writing in. We all know that appearance matters, but content and function are truly king.

I’m not sure what to do about distributing the content I make on this site to Steemit. I don’t want to just copy and paste the material from here to there, but for the moment, that is what I am going to do.

March 11, 2017: Steemit and SuperNet

Today I registered and set up a Steemit account. I remained very skeptical of Steemit for a long time, but these days I feel that it is proving worthy of a next generation social network/ censor proof blogging system.

I also have been thinking a lot about doing some animating for blockchain or other open source communities. The one I prefer is SuperNet, and I think that would be a good start. Probably over my head technically, but hey, gotta stretch.

February 16, 2017: Getting started on building the subdomains.

I have put a lot of thought into how I want to organize this Digg’n Deeper project semantically. It is important to consider the long term effects of organizing in a variety of ways, but what is important to me is the ability to separate the topics specifically while being able to create a fluid union among them generally. I will explain more as I go and put it into a more coherent explanation later.

Over the last few days, I installed 11 subdomains on diggndeeper.com. Those include: education, prohibition, property, food, communication, travel, currency, trade (those two may be combined), makers, security, and governance. These are all separate WordPress installs per subdomain.

Now, I need to go through and set up each site with a brief explainer. But first, off to shoe some horses.

February 13, 2017: Strange winds.

This weeks goals are:

  • Reorganize site layout using subdomains for topics.
  • Finalize monetization plans and outline projects.
  • Start searching for stories to cover.

I was talking with a contractor about fencing on the phone this afternoon and as I was standing there in my yard, a little cyclone thingy started up and threw this trampoline from the other side of that propane tank to right in front of where I had been standing.

Then built up even more and picked up one of our young bucks right in front of me leaving this evidence in the fence. Strangest thing I’ve ever witnessed.

February 7, 2017 Motion tracking

I have moved on to learning to do motion tracking in Blender. This was initially one of the main reasons I have put so much effort into Blender even though I am just now getting to it. I felt that it was best to have some modeling and animation skills first, so with that out of the way, it is finally time to buckle down on this skill.

It isn’t so much that it is hard to do, but it sure is time consuming. At this point, I’m guessing I have put at least eight hours into this first rather short clip of drone footage. Obviously, this isn’t economical going forward, unless I can find a way to drastically speed the process up. I was really hoping that I could use this regularly for overlays of drone footage and horseshoeing videos, but I’m not so sure now. I’m just getting started with learning motion tracking, but I’m not seeing any way to make that speed possible.

Each track has been hand tracked because automatic tracking hasn’t been successful at all. There is a steady drift on most tracking points that need to be managed and many times the tracking point is lost every several frames. So, for now it is frame by frame, and so far I have over 50 tracks with probably at least a dozen or more left to do. Even still, I don’t know if solving for the camera will be successful, especially since I am using a GoPro Hero 4 Black, which has a significant fish eye effect that motion tracking can have trouble with. I have seen where it is possible and I will take the necessary steps to ensure the highest probability of success. Not only that, but this clip has some camera rotation to solve, which can further complicate the solving. Again, I have taken all that into consideration, and believe it is possible too. Painstakingly hand tracking is going to be the key at this point.

In other news, we are talking about finally getting serious about starting Chicken Manor. lol We’ll see…