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How to save a video from Facebook to your computer

It’s pretty easy to make a video on most smartphones now, and a doddle to upload them to Facebook, where they seem stuck forever in Facebook limbo.

This is how to save any Facebook video onto your computer so you can then do what you want with it.

If you want to upload a private video, that you don’t want the world and your mum to see set the options to private, only you can see it. When you have saved it to your computer you can then choose to share it with whoever you like, not the whole world.

  1. Upload a video to Facebook making sure you have set the Audience (little icons lower right of the box you type status reports into) to Only Me. The icon for this looks like a handbag.
  2. When your video has uploaded, click to watch it then at the bottom of the screen click on Options
  3. Then click on Get Link and Ctrl C to copy the link
  4. Go to http://fbdown.net/ and paste (Ctrl V) the link into the bit that says ‘Enter Video Url’
  5. Click on Start Download
  6. Click the button to download it as low quality or as high quality
  7. Your video will start playing, right click to save it to your computer
  8. If you want to upload it to a Facebook group it is just the same as adding a photo.

If that doesn’t make sense just let me know.

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30 days of creativity – Day 17 – Sprog and a mobile phone rant

30 day creativity challengeDay  17, child playing on tablet

Quick sketch of my son playing on our lovely new Samsung Galaxy Tab. Behind the main drawing is his arm, when he moved to lean back and stroke Scumspawn the cat, but he kept moving and there is no way I can draw a moving hand.

The tablet came ‘free’ with the doggiest piece of shit phone I have ever had in my life; the Samsung Galaxy Ace.

If you want a phone that seizes up everytime you want to make a phone call, check your Facebook or text someone, then this is the phone for you. It’s a total pile of shit. It can’t cope with more than 3 apps on it, there are loads of totally useless space taking up apps installed already for you, that you can’t take off unless you root the phone and invalidate the warranty. I might drive over the fucking thing and they can stick their warranty where the sun don’t shine.

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Haiku time, on my state of mind

Fucking Idiot

Why did you do it like that?

I hope you hurt too.

 

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 16 – Narco Lounge Combo at the Louisiana

30 day creativity challengeDay  16, Music

This was a quick sketch of the very entertaining Narco Lounge Combo who describe themselves as Bristol’s Handsomest Band. They had nice shirts and good cheesy demeanors and they play lounge with electro/prog overtones if you can imagine. If you can’t, you can here it here – http://narcoloungecombo.bandcamp.com/

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Anyway, they were entertaining and I liked them and I attempted to draw them. In the dark that is the upstairs room at the Louie.

After this lot there was a horrible samba band, lots of noise and writhing bints but after that was this!

They are called Armchair Committee and they totally rocked. The restorative quality of gratuitous guitar solos, clever riffs, lovely harmonies, smashing drums and basically lovely loud noise made me feel loads happier.

So lets have another Haiku

Chugga Chugga Wah

Screaming guitar mends my heart

For a sweet short time

 

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 15 – Fucking Glastonbury tor and lots of swearing.

30 day creativity challengeDay  15, Glastonbury tor.

I’m not a fucking hippy trust me, but I did need to get some exercise and blow some cobwebs out of my stupid mind that is full of what if’s and if onlys. I was hoping to get to the charity shops because my retro Denby came from Glastonbury but I have a very low tolerance of crystals and fucking dreamcatchers make me pull wings off fairies.

It started raining about half way up the hill, and I did this quick sketch of the door of the church at the top of the hill, I was sat in the relative dry (stupid thing has no roof) but the raindrops made it really difficult to draw anything so I stopped and was menacing to a fucking hippy instead. Only indirectly menacing; I told him I liked the music he was making with his Indian hippy flute thing, then I told him that it was lucky he wasn’t a drummer because I would have thrown him down the hill if he was. I hate fucking drummers.

Which made me feel lots better.

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Along side it comes a Haiku, maybe I am a fucking hippy after all.

I have cried so much

I got cramps from lack of salt

I hope it stops soon

 

 

You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days of creativity – Day 14 – Drawing without looking at the paper

30 day creativity challengeDay  14, breakfast with my son

This was a really quick sketch of my son (on the left, he has long hair) drinking orange juice while waiting for breakfast to arrive at Bordeaux Quay. 

We needed a treat, it’s been shitty recently.

After the quick sketch we both did drawings of each other, some when we looked at the paper and some without looking at it.

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You can see the reason this started and the rest of the days here – http://www.ragbaby.co.uk/1120-2/

And if you want to join in we have a Facebook group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/154085144775381/
Over on Crackbook a bunch of us are going to be working through Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence

The first exercises are to draw a self portrait, your hand and something else I can’t remember so you can see improvement. Then you move onto drawing a vase from a silhouette. You can see the vase exercise here – http://drawright.com/vaceface.htm.

The plan is to do an exercise every Sunday from the book.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Clutter Death 5 – Places to get rid of clutter

Easy ways to get rid of clutter:

Freecycle – http://uk.freecycle.org

A worldwide network of people who give things away to people who collect them. Great for big things (like Pianos!) and for boxes of random crap for other people to take to a car boot sale. You need to find your local Freecycle group and join it, then you just post what you want to get rid of.

Freegle http://www.ilovefreegle.org/

There are 1,462,341 Freegle members in 383 reuse groups all over the UK. It works the same way as Freecycle but in some areas is more active, which is important when you are getting rid of stuff.

GumTree – www.gumtree.com

Has a free to collector section and is free to list.

Recycling – www.recyclenow.com

The Recycle Now website has a handy way of finding out what you can recycle in your recycling box and what your local tip will take.

Scrap Metal Collectors

If you Google ‘scrap metal collector in (wherever you are) there will be a whole bunch of people who will collect your stuff for nothing, then make money on it by weighing it in.

If you prefer to keep the money yourself, but have the hassle of taking it to be weighed in Google ‘sell scrap metal’ and your location.

Leave it somewhere with ‘free to good home’ note attached

This works for me nearly every time. I just leave things on the wall at the front of my garden. I don’t live in a very nice part of town but things so far have not been trashed, just taken.

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Local Councils Bulky Item Collection

This is usually free if you are on the right sort of benefits, or there is a small charge. They will generally collect anything that 2 men can pick up.

Charity Bags

This is easy as you just leave the full bag outside your house but be aware that the majority of the money made by selling these clothes will not go to a charity. The clothes you donate are sorted into sellable and recycling and then sold on to other companies to make money out of. The collectors pay so much to the partner charity per ton collected.

www.charitybags.org.uk says “Taking your unwanted clothes etc to a charity shop raises around 50 times more  money for charity compared with giving your clothes to a typical house-to-house ‘charity’ collector !”

Medium Hassle Involved

Charity Shops

This involves you taking the stuff to the shop, though if you have a local one it might be worth asking if they can collect. You might want to avoid some of these if you are not happy about testing on animals  – there is a list of charities that do use animal testing here: www.peta.org.uk

Also, some of the bigger charity shops have a reputation for spending more money on shops and management than on the charity. Oxfam is famous for this and the RSPCA are said to destroy half the animals they rescue. This article in the Independent says “On average, 73p of every pounds 1 you spend is soaked up in the expenses of running the shops” Personally I try to give my stuff to smaller local animal shelter charity shops or to places like Emmaus who help, home and retrain homeless people. My local one takes clothes and books as well as furniture.

Amazon

You can sell your old books on Amazon for free, the listings stay up as long as you like but you do pay a commission when they sell. This is pretty painless because all you have to do is type in the bar code but then it’s a hassle packaging and posting them out. The best thing I think is to check the prices of your books on Amazon first then just sell the ones that are going for the most, ones that sell for 50p you might as well just give away. The only problem with this is that you will have a box of books waiting to be sold and this could take some time.

More Hassle and Stress

Ebay

Easier now that you can list items by phone but this is still a lot of time for (in my experience) very little return and then the worry of getting bad feedback. Watch out for free listing weekends though.

Etsy and Folksy

Etsy has a more American audience than Folksy. On Etsy you can sell vintage clothes, fabric and furniture, on Folksy just fabric unless they have changed the rules recently. It’s 20c per item to list on Etsy, 16p to list on Folksy (prices subject to change so please check them). The item stays up for a few months and great pictures are really essential here.

Car Boot Sale

If you can really stand the thought of a thousand people pawing their way through your stuff and judging it, car boot sales are perfect for you. Personally I’d rather eat my own flesh. One good idea I heard was of friends selling each others stuff, though of course there is a very real danger of buying more stuff than you came in with.

Vintage Fairs

Really popular at the moment, stalls range from £10 to hundreds and kitchenalia seems to sell better than clothes.

I’m sure this list could grow so if you have any other ideas please leave a comment below.

 

Clutter Death 4 – One in one out

This is such a tiny easy way to limit the clutter coming into your house.

If something new comes into your house, get rid of something else.

I have been operating a book in book out principle for some time and it works really well. I keep books that are hard to find or good resource books but the rest, the ones you find in a charity shop for a quid, they get given back to a charity shop, left on the wall outside my house or put in the box of stuff to get rid of.

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There are no rules, you don’t have to get rid of a dress because you bought a new dress, but when you do hang your lovely new find up, check it’s neighbours and see if they still deserve to be there. If all the other dresses are just fantastic, then leave them and check out your shoes, or books, or a drawer in the kitchen. Drawers in the kitchen are wonderful breeding grounds for clutter.

Quick checklist of reasons to get rid of something:

  • Does it make me feel bad?
  • Does it have bad memories?
  • Is it 2 sizes away from fitting me?
  • Is it broken and a hassle to fix?
  • Is it just plain ugly and therefore deserves to die?
  • Have I used it in the past 3 years?

Happy decluttering, feel free to clutter up the comments section on here and tell me how you get on.