FYI I don't post here often. For more regular updates see long-winded explanation here.

The ultimate video studio-on-a-desk

Have been spending a lot of time in video meetings, and running remote training over the last 12 months. Not to mention creating videos for online training, podcasts, youtube, instagram, tiktoks etc.

Found myself collecting a range of pieces of gear and tips and tricks to set the home studio up in such a way that it’s fast and efficient to create videos and hold meetings, trainings and events.

Some of the features it supports:

  • Zoom/teleconference calls have two webcams
    • one as main view front on
    • The other to ‘share’ which allows (via ATEM Mini) switching between 2 camera angles + an overhead camera + a laptop screen
  • Overhead view is used for ‘whiteboarding’, drawing diagrams and taking notes
  • Laptop screen is used to run slideshows or any software for collaborative viewing
  • ATEM Mini also allows for external audio sources (lavelier mic) to be mixed with audio from the laptop (can send video or spotify etc)
  • HDMI switch into the teleprompter display allows for:
    • An input running directly from the main camera, so you can monitor yourself while staring down the lens
    • An input from laptop which can be used to view a teleprompter script, or the participants of your zoom/remote call while you maintain eye contact with the camera
  • StreamDeck allows easy access to mute me, mute all others in zoom, or end the zoom call, as well as powerpoint controls and music controls
  • A Hue Smart switch controlled by Google Home allows for all the cameras, lights and ATEM to be powered on and off easily together

I may create a more complete run through of the different components and how to hook them together in future. Let me know if this interests you?

Otherwise, for now, here’s a parts list, from which you can piece all this together.

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Bouldering at Passchendaele

Rock climbing (and in particular Bouldering) has become such a big part of my life over the last few years. I might post in more detail about why in future, but long story short: For health, stress management, social goodness (I find climbers are generally quality people) and just because IMHO it’s super fun! Definitely one of my main happy places.

At any rate, Passchendaele has become a bit like the holy land. Been down 3 times now, and keen to go as often as possible. It was amazing to go with a group of climbers and see the ear-to-ear grins as first-timers get out of the car and step beyond the tree-line to see boulders in every direction. Boundless potential! 😀

For easy retrieval, here’s my map of the best bouldering spots at Passchendaele. And where to park/rendezvous for Middle sector (a great place to start the day).

Also, these are the best guide books for Passchendaele, available as free PDFs thanks to Peter Crane.

And finally, a couple of climbs from the last trip in February. The first is a climb I found that hadn’t been officially sent yet. Recorded now on The Crag as Battle of The Bulge 🙂

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irama live!

irama live at Tago Mago

Thanks to an invite from incrementalist, I had the wonderful opportunity to perform live in Melbourne last Wednesday (at Tago Mago). It was my first ever live electronic performance, so lots of lessons to be had there. But it was a fantastic experience and I had a blast!

My style is evolving, but still a bit mad. Here’s a mixdown of the set if you’re up for a listen…

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Is this thing on?

So, it’s been a while between posts. Lots keeping me busy since my last post, which makes it tricky. I:

  • started a business
  • launched a podcast
  • have been researching and drafting a book (but to be fair this has taken a backseat to everything else)
  • have made bouldering a regular habit (best habit I’ve ever started, closely followed by mindfulness meditation)

I also recently had the opportunity to make some more music and perform it live in Melbourne last week.

What now?

For more regular updates in future, I’m likely to post to these channels…

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Using Divi theme with LifterLMS

Update 30/03/2017: An official solution is now available. For more information, see the Lifti section on the LifterLMS Blog or watch the overview of Lifti on YouTube.

When establishing an LMS with WordPress, LifterLMS is a solid LMS plugin, and Divi an excellent theme. But they don’t play together seamlessly out-of-the-box.

Specifically, you need to go to extra efforts to enable Divi builder and Divi settings for custom post types that come with LifterLMS: Course and Lesson.

But there is a solution!

The longcut

For all the instructions to do this yourself, see Nagdy’s post.

Pay to progress

Another good option, if you’re happy to pay a nominal fee is to use Divi Booster. This plugin allows you to enable Divi on custom post types without getting your hands dirty by touching the code below—I mean, eww, who knows where it’s been??

Free shortcut: My child theme

  1. Download this child theme
    Divi child theme – enables Divi on custom post types for LifterLMS
  2. Unzip it
  3. Tweak as necessary (should work out of the box)
  4. Upload to your WordPress instance
    Path to child theme
  5. Activate the child theme in your WordPress backend: Appearance > Themes

You can use this for any custom post types, just keep adding to the $post_types array at the top of the functions.php file.

function my_et_builder_post_types( $post_types ) {
    $post_types[] = 'course';
    $post_types[] = 'lesson';
    $post_types[] = 'another'; // Repeat this line and tweak
    return $post_types;
add_filter( 'et_builder_post_types', 'my_et_builder_post_types' );


You should now see the Divi builder and Divi settings options appear when you edit those custom post types.

Divi examples in custom post

Let me know how you go!

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