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Start Here End There

2013-03-21 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)

Start Here End There from Dave Riley on Vimeo.

Stop Motion Animation. Ridiculous stuff.But plenty of stop and go with a beginning and an end. (The end happens soon enough).
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Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald comes ashore

2013-02-10 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


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Yummy

2012-12-10 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)

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Going Out With a Bang

2012-12-07 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)



My first stop motion animation.

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The Bells: lifting kettlebells and dumbbells

2012-06-18 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)



This is what I do when I'm not doing HillFit. I use the same principles and try to follow the same physiological logic in order to be true to High Intensity interval Training approach. Obviously my form could do with some overhaul, but then practice rules, even for non-jocks like me, right?     The RatbagMedia Channel …

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Urban Soul Line Dancing with Artsteppers

2012-05-29 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)




I arranged for some video of our Thursday night soul line dance class. Maybe not the best shots to be had, but with a little bit of editing there is a germ of a story there.
The group dancing  is the keenest of the  Artsteppers attendees.
It is I out front.
The venue makes shooting video difficult and that's unfortunate because video is a major 'sharing' medium for line dance.
It's the way choreography gets around and travels the world.
That's not the intention here  as you always need full body shots  with nothing cut off. So  the vid doesn't do the dancers justice.
Maybe another time?
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Solder Shooting to prevent video camera 'shake'

2012-05-09 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)




The annoying shake you get when filming with pocket digital video cameras can be greatly reduced by using a solder rod to hold the camera steady. A cheap and easy rig that 'folds' away when not in use.

Solder 'rods' come  in various lengths and gauges so you get a choice, but the property that suits this  rig is that the rods are flexible while remaining stiff.With a hand on the base and one just below the camera, the tension is sufficient to offset  much of your body's tendency to shake while filming and it is that shake that gets transferred so easily to the video file when using these small light weight digital cameras.

I attached the rod to an old mini flexi tripod with duct tape and screwed that into the camera mount.

The whole rig sort of rolls up and folds when not in use.

Works for me.

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 I just can't cram that much rod in my purse.

 There are a few devices that do the same thing following the same principle of tension like the  ReadySteady. However, solder which is used for soldering metal to metal is flexible while retaining its stiffness so it rolls up and folds on itself.And lead free solder is, of course, minus the lead.I'm sure there may be other materials some which are plasticated. But solder is dirt cheap and is a standard hardware store item.I had previously used cords either supported under my foot or attached to my belt to create the tension while filming but they wave left and right and the vertical tension isn't always constant as it depended  on my pulling upwards.I'm thinking that because I can twist the rod to suit so that I anchor it to one side by bending it into a hook for my right hand I have much better lateral support than I would have with a sharply vertical stem which would tend to act like a pendulum.

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Ewen Maddock Dam

2012-05-08 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)





Ewen Maddock Dam is one of many smaller dams on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. It is situated approximately 5 km (3.1 mi) south east of Mooloolah and 3 km (1.9 mi) from Landsborough. The lake is weedy and shallow, except in the northern parts close to the dam wall.South-eastern banks of the lake are heavily forested and protected within the Beerwah State Forest and a great walking, cycling and horse back riding tracks skirts the northern shoreline..

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The Garden in April

2012-04-16 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


Now that the Summer heat and humidity has passed, the garden can get back to growing cellulose. After 18 months of laying down all the matter I can collect -- paper, grass, clippings, dead cane toads and poo -- I can now drive my fingers into a rich sandy loam and feel the moist biomass in every sod. It lives. I made life. Once upon a time it was sterile golden sand.Now I eat from this earth. They may say that your legacy is your kids, or fond memories or what's listed in the will...but I reckon if you can make soil happen you must be nature's own. " Here lies Dirty Dave. A keen soiler, devoted husband and father. "




And fungal ecstasy...


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A simple Zydeco slide

2012-04-14 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


'Tis easy to see how far I have to go before being in anyway a good dancer. This clip is a rather formal presentation of the steps for one, among many, Zydeco slides. I'll have to be more creative with the camera next time.
Zydeco slides and shuffles are where it's at. Seemingly simple moves that demand an absolute engagement with the music and culture. You may start with the steps but technique isn't really the main game. It's all that inside out thing you see -- not something you can will on yourself or impose despite your discipline.
But hey I gotta start somewhere, right? So I start with a coupla steps to the right.

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HillFittery

2012-04-11 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)

Hillfit by Chris Highcock is the very simple to follow program that occupies the core of my exercising. Four routines done one after the other as slowly as I can manage while progressively increasing the difficulty and weight. Get the book and study the method. Highcock also offers a excellent essay summarizing the conditioning science behind his approach : www.hillfit.com

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Two Dawns

2012-03-07 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)



After the rain, the sun always comes up. I am dawn gobsmacked over and over again. Beachmere, March 2012




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wet wet wet

2012-01-25 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


Beachmere: Heavy rains and rising river levels inundated the road out of town. We were cut off today. Water every where. In the sea, in the river, and in the sky. Local marsh frogs however were ecstatic.

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Deadwood

2012-01-22 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


Dead trees on the shore line. A common feature of South East Queensland's sand islands and protected shoreline near Mangrove and Malaleuca forests. Uprooted trees and drift wood litter the beaches. This is beach on the mainland at Beachmere. Dawn.
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Soldier On

2012-01-21 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


Soldier Crabs at low tide: Beachmere 2012. These crabs are the lifeblood of the tidal flats sustaining birdlife and stingrays.

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Hip Hop through the looking glass

2012-01-21 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


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An experiment with some video self shot by my son.I was after texture and a bit of a soundscapeFormats available: Quicktime (.mov) …

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Tides

2012-01-07 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


A short meditation on the King Tides over Christmas.     The RatbagMedia Channel …

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Camera Shake

2012-01-01 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)

Since I had engineering problems with a  long cord -- the length of me -- I created a short one and attached it to my belt.

..and pulled on it.

Voila! Much less camera shake.

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Dawn. Low Tide. Deception Bay

2011-12-27 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


Sunrise: December 27th,2011. Summer. Low Tide 4.57am -- Sunrise 4.53am... Smooth sea and then a general ripple at the change. Experiment in HD mode.


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Port Philip Bay

2011-12-26 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


I grew up on this shoreline. I've swum, walked, ran, dived, waded and paddled it all my life. Every time I come back to Melbourne I have to visit it. I'm always drawn to it. I've known it on, above and under water. 
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Beachmere, Boxing Day

2011-12-26 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


Where I walk the dogs: the south swamp and mouth of the Caboolture River at Beachmere, just north of Brisbane on Deception Bay. Walk event: Boxing Day, 2011; just short of the King Tide.
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Twilight Carrum Summer 2010

2011-08-03 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


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The magic of twilight in Summer time on Port Philip Bay during a hot January evening.Formats available: Quicktime (.mov) …

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Jill's 60th

2011-05-26 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


A belated edit from my sister's 60th Birthday Party in July 2010...

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Video:Gaza Protest Rally, Brisbane

2010-07-19 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)

Click to Play January 3rd 2009 Protest rally against the Israel's war on Gaza. The protest was organised by the local Palestinian community and their supporters among campaign peace and social justice groups, and Islamic congregations. Musician: Phil Mon…

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Video:How should we respond to Israel's latest attack on Gaza?

2010-07-19 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)

Click to Play Interview with Paul Benedek from the Socialst Alliance conducted at the Brisbane rally in support of Palestine, December 29th, 2008. The rally was called to respond to the latest attack by Israel on the people of Palestine and was one of se…

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Lifting the Kettlebell February 2010

2010-07-18 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


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The Socialist Alliance 7th National Conference

2010-07-18 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)




In the face of global environmental, economic and social crises that threaten billions of lives, if not the very survival of humanity,  the Australian Socialist Alliance held its 7th National Conference in January 2010.
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London May 2009 (a sculptural journey)

2010-07-18 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


Click to Play play_blip_movie_2486148(); A few days spent in London with a view to enjoying the sculture collection in the town -- especially at the Victoria & Albert MuseumFormats available: Quicktime (.mov)Tags: london, sculpture The RatbagMedia Channel …

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Vigeland Sculpture Park , Oslo

2010-07-18 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


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Vigeland Sculpture Park is a part of Frogner Park, located in Oslo, Norway, 3 km northwest of the city centre. The park covers 80 acres (320,000 m2) and features 212 bronze and granite sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland. Vigeland personally sculpted every figure out of clay and individual craftsmen were contracted to fabricate the pieces into what they are today.

Most of the statues depict people engaging in various typically human pursuits, such as running, wrestling, dancing, hugging, holding hands and so on. However, Vigeland occasionally included some statues that are more abstract, such as the "Man attacked by Babies" statue, which shows an adult male, fighting off a horde of tiny babies.

Vigeland park is a well known picnic area, popular in the summer for sunbathing, games, and relaxation.

I visited the park on a wonderful Spring evening in May 2009 and the park was full of picnickers frying sausages and drinking beer. Magic.

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Scotland May 2009

2010-07-18 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


Click to Play play_blip_movie_2354495(); Another country on our overseas trip.  Youc an do the tour in 5 minutes.Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)Tags: scotland, highlands

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VIDEO:Barcelona April 2009

2010-07-18 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


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play_blip_movie_2340722(); One week -- or 8 minutes -- in Barcelona as part of our trip to the capital of CataloniaFormats available: Quicktime (.mov)

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Alice Riley's Birthday

2010-04-25 :: ratbagradio@gmail.com (ratbagradio@gmail.com)


Click to Play play_blip_movie_3125324(); My mother's January 9th, birthday spent in Carrum, Victoria, with the fam (part thereof) and Jim.Formats available: Microsoft Video (.avi) …

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Video: No Sell Off Public Meeting -- Brisbane June 30th, 2009

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Video of a meeting organised by the Socialist Alliance to discuss a community response to the privatization of public assets by the Bligh state Labor government -- Brisbane, Qld Australia.

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Video:Sam Watson, Socialist Allliance Candidate for South Brisbane

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One of the most prominent Murri campaigners in Brisbane, longtime social justice activist, Sam Watson, will contest Queensland Premier Anna Blighs seat of South Brisbane at the March 2…

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Video:Green Left Weekly Twilight River Cruise

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March 1st, 2009: A cruise on the Brisbane River to raise funds for Green Left Weekly.

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Video:A message from Mike Crook, Socialist Alliance candidate for Sandgate

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Mike Crook is the Socialist Alliance candidate for Sandgate at the upcoming Queensland state election on March 21st.

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Video:Tamil Protest in Brisbane, Australia, February 4th, 2009

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The Tamil minority in Sri Lanka is now under savage military attack and the Sri Lankan army advances on the Tamil Eelam provinces, indiscriminately slaughtering Tamils who mainly l…

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Video:They have changed the Jordan's course and sown the desert with spears

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A video adaption of a photographic series selected by Prof. Norman Finkelstein on the present occupation of Palestine.

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Video:FREE PALESTINE - فلسطين حرة

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Click to Play This is a quick montage of images of Australian, and a selection of some overseas, protests in support of the suffering people of Gaza.

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