COSIT 2009, L’Aber Wrac’h

L’Aber Wrac’h is on the north coast of Brittany. It’s rather beautiful. On the first night, outside the pub, we found a bucket of fish. A large group of barefoot heavily suntanned and weatherbeaten young men were very amused at me taking a photo… I presume it was their fish. But you never can be […]

A long way…

This is a big week travel wise. On Friday we have a project meeting near Nice (we’re going there and back in a day, taking the lab car – this means I have to be at the polygone scientifique at 5.15am Friday morning, and we’re not due back till 10). And on Sunday I go […]

Video->images, images->video

Another geeky interlude with mplayer and mencoder… See this earlier post on streaming video for video download assistance. You can get the software from here and it’s free. Taking a video file and splitting it into a load of numbered jpeg files is a useful thing to be able to do (particularly if you can’t […]


This view takes about an hour to get to from my front door, on foot all the way. Click on it to see a bigger version, if you want. This one’s about half an hour further – the sticky out bit of grassy building & mountain you can see about half way across is where […]

Downloading streaming video using mplayer

General geeky interlude… From time to time I need to download, grab from a webcam, convert, cut, and generally manipulate video files, and every time I do it I have to look up the settings for mplayer, mencoder or ffmpeg again from scratch. So I thought I’d put some recipes for common tasks up here […]