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Site Video Player corrected – details

Posted by is9582 on September 20, 2016 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , ,

Unfortunately the videos on my site were all automatically set with the auto-play switch set to on, and I couldn’t seem to get to the level needed in which to change this. I know this created a wall of audio with my vocals talking on top of one another. This was very frustrating and I’m sorry anyone had to endure this problem. For those that went through and clicked the pause button, and continued to stick around, I’m very grateful!

Last night I updated the video player on my site to Spider 1.5.18, which makes the handling of the auto-play easy and understandable. Beyond letting my audience know this is now resolved and all videos loaded since Friday 9/16/2016 (at this point) and any future videos will play only when the user clicks on the video play button, I thought I’d provide an extremely limited how-to for anyone using this specific video player.

The Spider Video Player 1.5.18 has large number of parameters that the site admin can control to (hopefully) make the end user’s experience better. To actually control the mass of parameters (of course including auto-play), from the Side-bar menu, under the Video Player heading, choose/click Themes. This opens a window that allows you to either select one of the auto-generated themes, as well as the “Add a Theme” button towards the upper left of the window.

 

The Theme selection/addition/deletion window, with the

The Theme selection/addition/deletion window, with the “Add a Theme” button and my theme surrounded by a red line.

 

Choose/click this button and as you probably expect, you get to name your new theme, but don’t forget to scroll down the page, as this is where all of the detailed control is located. Much of this control is via choosing either “yes” or “no” radio buttons, but others like the volume of video/audio are controlled via a slider you drag from 0-100. The two screen shots below, are just some of the controls provided, which is why I decided to focus attention on the most important areas, related to this discussion.

 

Make sure to name and save your new theme.

Make sure to name and save your new theme.

 

This is the bottom section of the Theme Creation page, where I drew a red oval around the auto-play switch.

This is the bottom section of the Theme Creation page, where I drew a red oval around the auto-play switch.

 

Some or all of this may be child’s play for most reading this, but hopefully it will assist someone else that was having difficulty with the control of their videos.

Thank you for checking out this article/tip. Please let me know if you have any questions or comment.

 

Lee Laird

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Organizing some chisels

Posted by is9582 on December 12, 2015 with No Commentsas , , , , , , , , ,

As I’ve mentioned at earlier times, I love chisels, which translates into quantity. I’ve been working to plane some more slabs of the Soft Maple, for my workbench top rebuild, and some of my chisels weren’t close at hand in a functional manner, but still showing their presence, if you know what I mean.

I had a couple of White Oak boards that I’d pulled for another potential project, but one of them really didn’t match up visually or structurally, so I decided to make a chisel hanger. While I was visualizing the placement of the selected chisels, I noticed three of them would be too tall, to hang on the intended location of the rack. Rather than re-develop my plans for the large rack, I decided I’d just make a smaller rack, that would live on the plane/spoke shave board I installed on the wall earlier.

Rack for three longer chisels, before any drilling or cutting.

Rack for three longer chisels, before any drilling or cutting.

I laid out my plans on the board and headed over to my band saw. A couple of quick cuts later and it was back to the bench. I planed all of the show surfaces and edges, as there really isn’t any reason in my book to leave the wood with the powered planer marks, since its easy and doesn’t take much time to accomplish.

On the large version, the second edge of the backer board caught my eye, as it just didn’t look even close to square. Sure enough, it was crazy how far out the edge really was off. I took my old Stanley No. 6, that I’d just recently sharpened, as it has a fair amount of camber that I prefer when I need to take a decent amount of wood off relatively quickly. I was just going through my planing routine when I thought I should record a short video discussing wispy vs. full-bodied shavings. Everyone loves to dial in that sub-thou shaving that almost floats away, and that can be exactly what is needed, when working to get the perfect finish, but when you have almost an extra 1/8″ of wood at one end of a board, you don’t want to take 250 passes (based on a 1/2-thou shaving, and 1/8″ = .125″) with your plane to get the wood off. I had a saw close at hand, but decided since it ramped up from almost nothing at one end, to 1/8″, I’d rather use my coarsely set No. 6. Feel free to saw if that is more enjoyable to you.

 

Oak backer board (red arrows), for larger rack.

Oak backer board (red arrows), for larger rack.

As I moved onto final placement for the chisels that would live in this rack, I brought the actual chisels to the workpiece. Sure I could measure the size of the neck of the chisel, and the socket, but the best method is to lay the actual pieces out, where they will reside. This really cuts down on math errors, and provides a true representation, so you can shift pieces around if needed, or perhaps add a piece as I did with the Auriou Model Maker’s Rasp at the far right.

Actual chisels and rasp that will live on this future rack (red arrows pointing to rack board).

Actual chisels and rasp that will live on this future rack (red arrows pointing to rack board).

I have some other things taking my focus currently, so this was the end of my shop time for now. I’ll get back to drilling and cutting and attaching in the near future.

Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Lee Laird