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Solving the Zoom “Virtual Background Video Could Not Be Found” error

When you add a still virtual background into Zoom, it copies the image file into a private directory. But when you add a video virtual background, it copies only a still thumbnail into its private directory, along with the video file’s location. If the original video file is deleted (e.g. it’s removed from the downloads directory) you’ll see the “[file].mp4 could not be found” error shown below. If you want to use custom video backgrounds, be sure to put the file in a place where it will stay around before adding it to Zoom.

nebula background.mp4 could not be found

See me guest-host Thursday Night Live!

Tune in TONIGHT (May 21) at 7:30 PM Pacific Time to see me guest-host Thursday Night Theatre: Facebook Live! from The Pulp Stage!

To see the show, go to http://www.facebook.com/thepulpstage and click on VIDEOS. You’ll see the “Is Live” video with the red dot starting around 7:25 pm, Pacific. The show runs until 8:00 and will be followed by a 15 minute talk-back with director Matt Haynes.

This week’s offering is our variety show. FRESH BLOOD AND OLD FAVORITES, with guest host: David D. Levine, actor, writer and honored recipient of The Hugo Awards,

The theme for this evening is “Pulling the Trigger.” Dare you

  • activate an unruly weapon against an invading army?
  • play out your most scandalous fantasy in a hotel encounter?
  • fire a superhero who is setting a horrible example but giving you great publicity on Youtube?

See what happens, quite unexpectedly, in an old favorite by Tom Slot plus new works by William Thomas Berk and Thomas Gondolfi (a special theatrical adaptation of his story from the celebrated anthology by Impulsive Walrus Books… go Frog and Esther Jones!)

The show is directed by Matt Haynes and features David D. Levine, John Marks, Molly Gregerson, Kathleen Barnebey and Michèle M Tredger.

David’s Index for 2019

Novel words written: 55,427
Short fiction words written: 0
Notes, outline, and synopsis words written: 27,409
Blog words written: 1,294
Total words written: 84,130

New stories written: 0

Short fiction submissions sent: 3
Responses received: 3
Rejections: 1
Acceptances: 2 (reprint)
Other sales: 2 (non-fiction)

Short stories published: 3 (2 audio, 1 reprint)

Collection submissions: 9
Rejections: 3
Acceptances: 0
Other responses: 1 (withdrawn)
Awaiting response: 5

Happy new year!

My OryCon schedule

OryCon starts today! Here’s where you can find me:

Friday, November 8
3:00pm-4:00pm @ 166 B
Be a Writer? Yes You Can!

Saturday, November 9
1:45pm-2:45pm @ 166 A
Gender sex sexuality and expression. Breaking it down for the layperson

Saturday, November 9
3:00pm-4:00pm @ Autographs
Autograph Session 5

Saturday, November 9
5:30pm-6:30pm @ 166 B
Writing Trilogies

Sunday, November 10
10:00am-11:00am @ JBs Night Club
10 am Sunday Kaffeeklatch

Sunday, November 10
1:00pm-1:30pm @ Readings
David D. Levine Reading

I have had an Adventure

I have had an Adventure this morning, but all is well.

While hurrying to catch the train to the airport on my way to Montreal for Scintillation, I stumbled on the platform and face-planted on the concrete. I broke a tooth and cut my lip. There was quite a bit of blood. I kept telling the train driver to go on and not hold up the whole system for me, but he kept the train in the station until paramedics came.

The paramedics checked me over and offered me an ambulance to the ER, but although I was technically in shock my neuro signs were stable and I declined. I considered continuing to Montreal with a broken tooth… for about one minute. Then I hailed a Lyft to my dentist. On the way there I started messaging with the airline about changing to a later flight.

The dentist got me into the chair almost immediately. And twenty minutes later I had a new plastic tooth nearly indistinguishable from the old one. Dr. Dotson at Smiles Northwest in Beaverton gets my highest rating.

I got out of the chair to find that the airline needed my credit card to pay the small fee for the new flight (most of the fees were waived due to a medical emergency). But I still had an hour and a half before my flight. I decided to decline the new flight and try to make my original flight.

Lyft to the airport, TSA pre-check, and I arrived at the gate with five minutes to spare. But I did find square dance friend Don Hicks there, who was at the airport for another flight and came over to my gate when he heard them repeatedly paging me. (They needed to check my passport.)

So. Here I am with a new tooth and a split lip, just about to depart for JFK on the way to Montreal. Whee!

The picture below is the After pic. If you want to see the horrific and gruesome Before photo, it’s here: https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0w5ON9t3tn6Xm

After the ordeal

My Worldcon schedule

I’m heading for Ireland tomorrow (ack!), where I will be attending in the World Science Fiction Convention. Here’s my convention programme schedule:

Stroll with the stars: Friday
16 Aug 2019, Friday 09:00 – 09:50, Ground Floor Foyer (CCD)
Zen Cho, David D. Levine, Michelle Sagara, Kate Heartfield, BE Allatt, Paul Cornell

Autographs: Saturday at 13:00
17 Aug 2019, Saturday 13:00 – 13:50, Level 4 Foyer (CCD)
Michael Carroll, David D. Levine, Alexandra Rowland, Leah Bobet, Micah Yongo, Dr Kristina Perez

Why are so many romantic aliens humanoid?
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Wicklow Hall 2A (Dances) (CCD)
There is a wealth of human/alien romance but, although they might have scales or extra arms, aliens are mostly depicted as humanoids. Are there any romantic aliens with other forms, or does it become too difficult to create a believable attraction? The panel will discuss how the SF romance genre portrays alien life and the possible reasons for those portrayals.
Laurel Anne Hill (M), K.M. Szpara, David D. Levine

Kaffeeklatsch: David D. Levine
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 14:00 – 14:50, Level 3 Foyer (KK/LB) (CCD)
David D. Levine

Why isn’t humour taken seriously? Comedy in SFF
18 Aug 2019, Sunday 16:00 – 16:50, Wicklow Room-4 (CCD)
Writing humour takes a lot of skill, but it’s rarely recognised during awards season. Writers and fans of humorous fiction discuss their favourite funny novels and the status of humorous fiction in SFF.
Heide Goody, Gail Carriger, Jay Key, Mark Galarrita, David D. Levine (M)

I am now officially a Nebula Award winner!

So, a couple of weeks ago the official SFWA Twitter account posted this:

My immediate reaction was a snarky grin and I prepared to tweet a gentle correction. Everyone knows that the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy is not a Nebula. It said so in the Nebula Rules at the time I won the award (“14.a. The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, established in 2006, is awarded in tandem with the Nebula Awards. This award is not a Nebula, but shall follow all Nebula rules and procedures except as follows.”) Except that I am a pedant, and I wanted to check my sources before tweeting.

So I checked the current Nebula Rules. And that phrase is no longer there. (“15.1. The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book, established in 2006, is awarded in tandem with the Nebula Awards. This award shall follow all Nebula rules and procedures except as follows.”) However, other phrases in the rules, such as “The winners of the Nebula Awards, Bradbury Award, and Andre Norton Award shall be announced at an annual Nebula Awards ceremony” implied that the distinction still exists.

Suddenly I was Schroedinger’s Award Winner. Was I a Nebula winner or not? That depended on whether the change was deliberate and whether it applied retroactively. Not that it really mattered, of course. The award trophy is the same, and it means exactly as much or as little as it did before. But, for me, it would be huge if I could call myself a Hugo- and Nebula-winning writer. I always wanted to, and I had been disappointed to discover after winning the Norton that I couldn’t. But now I could. Or could I?

So I wrote to the Nebula Award Commissioner for an official ruling. It took a week, but here it is:

From: Nebula Award Commissioner <nac@sfwa.org>
Date: Sun, Apr 7, 2019 at 1:50 PM
Subject: Congratulation
To: David D. Levine <david@daviddlevine.com>

David,
Just got confirmation back from the higher ups at SFWA.
Congratulations, you ARE a Nebula Award winning author.

Jim Hosek
Nebula Award Commissioner
Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America

There it is, in black and white. (On my screen, anyway.) I am now a Nebula Award Winning Author! And so are Sam J. Miller, Fran Wilde, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Nalo Hopkinson, E.C. Myers, Delia Sherman, Terry Pratchett, Cat Valente, Ysabeau S. Wilce, J. K. Rowling, Justine Larbalestier, and Holly Black. Congratulations to them!