The Frustration of when Things go Wrong… | Pixel Pusher

Well today was crap.

It’s just one of those annoying, horrid, foul things I suppose that just happens. And when I come to think about it, we don’t really have that many ‘issues’ or bad days with the Dirty Boxers Universe – especially with the amount of days that strangely dance in to months. But that’s such a pansy thing to say. And this is a rant. So let me please continue…

For those who haven’t heard, just as we started to enter the second hour of the show, there was several power surges, and finally a power cut, which obviously crashed all the PCs and lost all the recordings up to that point.

What really annoys me about shitty things like what happened today is that it is out of the hands of the Dirty Boxers Family. It’s the frustration of not being in control, or if we have lost control through out own stupidity, at least we have the opportunity some how to bring it back on track.

It’s probably my own foolishness that is not allowing me to ‘let go’ about what happened. When the power finally disappeared the air was blue for a while, I can tell you. But as the day turned in to evening, I am still harbouring some ‘anger’ towards the loss of discussion that we had created up to that point. (Especially as I was told I was right on several occasions on subjects covered in yesterday’s show, and now there is no recording of that).

But I suppose what I have learned about today is that I have a strange affection for the old DB show. It’s always been, for so long. It’s my day and night. All I seem to do is work, rest and play Dirty Boxers (thanks Mars Bar). I am unsure if other creators have the same kind of relationship with their creations. Is JK Rowling returning to the Harry Potter world cause of the money? Perhaps it’s because her young adult book failed? Or maybe, is it because she can’t leave Hogwarts? Or maybe I am a freak who can’t leave.

This is some of the reason why I need to pull back the shows to 3 times a week from January 2014. It’s not because I want to, a part of me kind of knows I need to. Today was the first time it has been proved to me. I have so many ideas, concepts and desires that I want to achieve before I am chucked 6 feet under – and the schedule of DB (which I completely acknowledge is my own doing), needs to be pruned a little to fit everything in.

This doesn’t mean you as a Family member of DB will be short-changed or left high-and-dry. As you have started to see over the past few days we are moving towards producing a lot more video – which was always my first love. But that doesn’t mean that video is now my only love. I have become so appreciative of the tender and personal media of radio over the past few years, that I don’t think I’ll ever be able to let it go. So until the other one finds out, I’ll be cheating on them both for you.

Quick Studio Tour | Pixel Pusher

After much bullying and requesting, here is a quick over view of the Attic Studio in a rather messy state – with old coffee cups and dust everywhere! (Leigh needs a womans touch perhaps?!)

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Test Footage | Pixel Pusher

In the middle of November 2013, Ali and Leigh decided it was a good idea to test out the new Canon cameras Leigh had purchased for the DB Show (and other projects). However, for some STRANGE reason they decided to do this at 3am and the trip was to McDonalds. But the following footage was captured – and gives a good insight to the pros and cons of the Canon footage and sound.

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Should the Dirty Boxers Family have a Saucy and Sexy Uniform?

So I’ve been thinking during my week off about creating something that might freak some people out, but there is as always, theory to my madness.

Everywhere you look there are uniforms for the different things. Some boring and dull ones for work. Others are produced to show your support for sports teams. Then there’s those legendary ones from Star Trek.

What’s weird to me concerning sports shirts is the fact it is publicly acceptable to wear one in public without too much issue. (That’s unless you’re unfortunate enough to bump in to a crowd full of your team’s arch rivals). However, what isn’t acceptable to society at large is wondering down the road dressed in a Star Trek uniform. Double standards if you ask me.

But I was wondering, what if the Dirty Boxers Show has it’s own ‘uniform’ that people could wear out and about, and would look almost identical to a sports shirt – until you looked closer at it. When you look closer, people would realise that it isn’t a sports shirt at all, but in fact an epic geeky creation.

This got me thinking further that perhaps each year the design changes, like a football shirt, to reflect a different TV show or geeky thing perhaps. For example, this year it would have been cool to base the design on Doctor Who – to celebrate the 50th anniversary. In 2015 we could have one based on Mars One – as they get ready to launch their manned mission to the red planet.

So now suddenly, it’s a collectible item. The new Dirty Boxers ‘kit’ is only available for that ‘session’ or year – and once the year is over, it’s gone.

Now, I’m not saying there should also be an away kit too, just one special shirt that is based upon something that is going to happen that year. These won’t replace the current shirts that are available in the store, just something that is slightly more special for people who’d like that kind of thing.

Would love to hear your thoughts – please post them below!

Welcome to Dirty Boxers: Pixel Pusher

So it’s been a long time coming, but here it is, Dirty Boxers: Pixel Pusher!

Unlike the other productions within the madness of Dirty Boxers, it isn’t a show or series as such, Pixel Pusher is a slightly different form. Dirty Boxers: Pixel Pusher is a no-holds-barred behind the scenes look at how the shows are made – with the budget of a used elastic band.

The thing that is rather exciting to me, is that Pixel Pushers isn’t JUST an audio or video. Instead, it’s a ‘scrapbook’ approach including a mixture of blog posts, photos and vlogs – and the odd sneaky audio recording – as well as full documentaries [when we get there]. Whatever the best media is to tell the story, we will use.

The ultimate goal is to be as open and honest as possible. To let you in to how things are made, what I am thinking about situations and projects, the pressures of creating madness for the Family of Dirty Boxers and everything else in between.

It has been tough to get here though.

I’ve always been worried about showing behind the curtain. Every time I get close to talk about what is really going on concerning DB – I get worried. It’s a difficult line to walk. Between trying to be ‘professional’ (as much as a show called Dirty Boxers CAN be) so we can spread our legs I mean the love of Dirty Boxers to other outlets and radio stations, and being as honest as possible with the people who actually matter – you!

This is our secret not-so-secret stash of what is really going on. It might not always be safe for work, but it’ll be the truth. And what’s more, it’s only available to TV Licence holders. Those spongers might see the first paragraph and featured image – but after that, it’s just you and me baby… (Oh crap, I meant that figuratively speaking Laz…)

Hope you like…

Pre-Production FINALLY started on the “Dirty Boxers: Car Wash” project

From time-to-time I do come up with some AMAZING ideas – come on, you know it’s true – and I think the best by far still has to be the Dirty Boxers: Car Wash concept that will be coming up very soon.

Now, if you’ve have been living under a rock [or wheelie bin – times are hard I know] for the past few weeks, and somehow don’t know what the Car Wash project is, then let me explain.

In a nutshell, the Dirty Boxers: Car Wash will be a 7 min [or so] video episode where I [your fearless leader] goes to take his car. But like most things, sitting in a large piece of machinery while it cleans the crap off my bonet for 7 mins is… well… BORING! The main reason for this is because I do not actually look after my car that well. I’ve always been under the belief that my car is a tool, and is not something to clean, polish or worship.

So to somehow help encourage me to look after my car better, I thought it would be a genius idea to invite complete strangers in to my vehicle to teach me a new skill or trick – to help pass the time. So imagine two strangers locked in a car; surrounded by water, soap, and large amounts of noise – and they have the length of the wash itself to start [and complete] learning a new skill. Exactly, GENIUS IDEA!

While this concept has been bouncing around my head, I’ve been keeping my eye out for a decent [and affordable] camera[s] that could capture the painful experience for your enertainment. The obvious solution would have been to purchase a selection of Go Pros and a suite of accessories – but of course this would be foolishly expensive. This lead me to find Techmoan on YouTube about 10 months ago. He is a fella from the Manchester [UK], who reviews [mostly] strange and unique cameras, tech and gadgets that he has picked up [mostly] from eBay, [mostly] shipped in from China.

Eventually, and the reason for this post, is that he has stumbled across an almost perfect little windscreen car camera called a “808  #18 DR32”:


Techmoan 808 # 18 DR32 Car Camera – Demonstration Review

Obviously, this is still early stages at the moment – especially as now I need to focus on how we’d capture the sound effectively – but thought I’d give you all a sneaky look in to the scrapbook mind of mine 😛

Please check out Techmoan on YouTube and his website [http://www.techmoan.com] – cause I’m a HUGE fan, and think the geeks amongst us would really appreciate his work too!