16 Jun

Sometimes I Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

Whether you are interested in a hummingbird’s eye view of a half billion monarch butterflies waking from their naps (see video above) or a Komodo dragon destroying a (robotic) spy pig for muscling in on his mating rituals, these spy animal videos have you covered.

From the people behind the BBC Earth & PBS Nature program(me) Spy in the Wild and Spy in the Wild 2, get up close and personal with the help of robotic cameras made to look as life like as the animals they portray. Choose from bats, penguins — these are narrated by David Tennant and not Benedict Cumberbatchsinging (and farting) gorillas, ostrich, otters and eagles, owls, seals AND sharks, and even the adorable quokka. And of course, a spy tortoise.

Not enough creepy spy animals for you? Well, tune in to see spy orangutan, spy crocodile hatchling, spy meerkat, spy egret, spy prairie dog, spy macaw, spy sloth, spy cobra, spy bushbaby, spy squirrel, spy adelie, and spy baby hippo.

This post was created for MetaFilter, but I forgot to search before I composed and found on preview that there was a post from only last month.

03 Feb

Noon All Year

Ten years ago I made a video titled One Year, which showed the founding of our farm; from the building of the barn, the digging of the well that provides water to the barn, the erecting of the fencing, and the arrival of the llamas and the sheep. However, that film was with the old analog camera pointing out a window, and — while I love it — entirely too long at over 16 minutes.

I have been looking for a similar project since.

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02 Sep

Farm Cam Moves to Farm Site

After some hemming and hawing, and consulting with Sarah, we’ve decided to move the Farm Cam Project to our Gage Hill Crafts site.  It was something being considered for some time, and now seemed like the time to do it.

All the articles and technical musing on the project will remain here, in my private stash. If one is interested more in the technical aspects of the project than catching a glimpse of a good snow storm or one of the llamas posing, those types of musing will still live on this site.

The images are also all still being uploaded to this site, which will remove any broken image links from the past. Redirects have also been established for any links to the previous location, so there really shouldn’t be any interruption to the find visual products you are used to seeing at Rick Scully dot com.

Be sure to bookmark the new location; and follow me on Mastodon for daily reminder links when the new videos post.

Lastly, there is a new outdoor webcam project in the works. Stay tuned.

07 Feb

Do As I Say, Not As I Did

Look, I have never claimed to be an expert on anything.  I hunt and peck my way around the keyboard, and do the same when it comes to figuring shit out.

I like to pretend that what I am creating with the FarmCam Project is like software development; each tweak or improvement a new version. Sometimes it feels that way as I wrestle with EvoCam to get the most out of the abandoned software, that has gone dark without explanation. I can’t just make a support request or post to a support forum. If there are diehard EvoCam enthusiasts, I have no idea where to find them.

These instructional entries are here for two reasons. One, I hope to help others who may have similar interests — or needs — to my own. Secondly, if I don’t write this stuff down somewhere, I am likely to break something and forget WTF I did. These are my own manuals in some sense. Hence, many entries with lots of guess work and promises to report back later. Most of the time I forget to do some things in advance, and I am left wondering if a change will make any difference at all. Other times, I’m not patient enough to test things before I write about them here. [This is another of those times!] Read More

05 Jan

Options Are Always Nice

A few days ago I wrote about the new features I have added to the FarmCam. While writing the entry I stumbled upon actions settings in EvoCam that allowed me even more flexibility in the ways I share the views. However, I had a few concerns before I could decide if it would be a viable replacement for the current method.

My experiments in the last few days have resulted in mixed — but encouraging — results, and as promised I am sharing them with you. Read More