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I’ve been a little frustrated with what scientific concepts I can get through in words and crudely drawn illustrations on this here blog. When I teach at my day job, I do a lot of hand-waving, emphatic underlining, symbolic gesturing and smashing together of whiteboard markers, and not having the ability to show movement sometimes feels a bit like I have one arm tied behind my back. So I’ve decided to venture into video, which has allowed me to whip up some very crude animations which took me way WAY longer than you’d expect from looking at the end result.
The video is on why pH matters for acids in skincare. I touch on why different acids need different pHs, why free acids penetrate better, and why some acids aren’t affected by pH, amongst other things. (Chemistry and pharmacology nerds out there, it’s very simplified… I should have talked about anion stability and not just bond strength, but cut me some slack!)
I know it’s not the best quality, but I wanted to get something out there to act as a starting point, and I kept changing my mind on what to use and I just reallyreallyreally needed to get it out of my hands so I’d stop fiddling with it. I’d love any feedback and tips you have!
The things I’m particularly annoyed about are:
- Sound quality – I’m recording on my phone’s voice recorder program, and I’m struggling through the back end of a cold after a 24-hour teaching week. The volume isn’t super consistent because I didn’t manage to record it all in one go, but I feel like there must be a video editing program that would let me fiddle with that?
- YouTube know-how – I have none. What have I forgotten to do? Hit me with all 5000 obvious things I should’ve done…
- My phlegmy throat. I’ve taken pseudoephedrine, Zyrtec, guaifenesin, bromhexine and warm honey water… what else can I shove in?
- My hair. Will my hair ever not be frizzy?
All that aside, here it is – my first video!