Friday, January 31, 2003
Arrgh, so it's me buried treasure yer after matey
Take 41,000 tiny "buried treasures" in 161 countries; add tens of thousands of computer geeks worldwide putting down their mice and keyboards in favor of their GPS to find them, and what do you get? Geocaching!! Me, Marcy and the kids will be heading out to explore our community in search of these caches this weekend, what will you be doing? This is our first exploration so we are keeping it local, but with caches in just about every area of this, and many other, countries our adventures could take us around the globe. Not since Lewis and Clark has a family braved the elements in the spirit of exploration. OK, so that may be an exaggeration, but it will a great way to find places and things we never knew were there.
Thursday, January 30, 2003
Battling a virus on my network here wasn't helping matters either, but it looks like I'm in the clear. With the help of InnoculateIT running on our Novell Network and AVG 6.0 to scan local drives, I may just have beaten the beast. One beast down, one to go.
Wednesday, January 29, 2003
Tuesday, January 28, 2003
- I did not like having to keep Mozilla open via the system tray to speed up the opening of the browser itself (which otherwise is sluggish) - AND
- Getting to the preferences to turn off the Pop-up Killer, which has to be done on certain occasions (using bookmarklets primarily) is too intensive
Monday, January 27, 2003
A quick Saturday recap of events at Michael's Pinewood Derby for those interested....Michael's car came in third place and gives him the right to compete in the District Championships. Yes, these events can even go to national races. I wonder what type of competition are at these events....Do ya think parents sabotage other kid's cars? I bet it happens. It would be easy enough. Superglue could be made to look suspiciously like lubricant that's used on the wheels of these cars. I think I'll make a movie about that......"Coming to a theater near you, Tom Cruise is Little Timmy in....Pinewood Days of Thunder."
Saturday, January 25, 2003
Meet?? Will they really be meeting in midair? How long will it take Mike to realize this and jump from the airplane using the plane's only parachute? That's a better question.St. Louis and Portland are 2060 miles apart. A small plane leaves Portland, traveling toward St. Louis at an average speed of 90 miles per hour. Another plane leaves St. Louis at the same time, traveling toward Portland, averaging 116 miles per hour. How long will it take them to meet?
Friday, January 24, 2003
P.S. In the future I will try to keep all my vids under 2 minutes. I guess I got a tad bit carried away with this one. Sorry.
Thursday, January 23, 2003
Back to the task at hand...There are two parts to this morning's challenge. One, transfer a single clip, non-edited, and make a movie file that will be decent quality, without having a file size too large to comfortably view from the site. Sounds simple enough, but which format do I choose? OK, let's try a few. My first attempt is a .wmv file with a res of 320 x 240 at 30 fps. This being a 4 minute clip that file came out way too big to be of any use to my blog. Moving on (for now), I created a quicktime file with a res of 160 x 120 at 15 fps and the results are not too shabby, but it is an 8 MB file. Next I made the same clip (same res and fps) into a real media file. This movie came out with almost the same quality but at 4 MB is only half the price. I still want better quality with less size so I may take that huge Windows Media file and encode it with Windows Media Encoder to see how that turns out, but that will have to wait til tomorrow.
Next I wanted to do a basic test drive of the editing software that came with my computer, MovieShaker. The video could be a better quality (reference earlier concerns) but so far I like what I see (please disregard the cheesy safety-short music). Click here to view this edited file. Enough already, I'll try again tomorrow.
Wednesday, January 22, 2003
Although it would not surprise me to see such a complaint brought against BK next, hopefully this one decision will set a precedence in these frivolous and wasteful lawsuits. With any luck at all, more cases such as these will be tossed out of court before too many of our tax dollars are wasted on them.
Monday, January 20, 2003
Saturday, January 18, 2003
Let's get real here for a second shall we? How many burgers have you been forced at gunpoint to eat? How many french fries have been shoved in your mouth by Vinnie and Guido? I can't count how many times I've have been forced to eat. Wait, no....I haven't. In fact I think I remember learning something about having free will, and I'm pretty sure everybody else does too. When will the court system stand up for itself make someone, anyone, responsible. That's all I ask for, is that we as a nation and world simply take responsibily and accountability over our own actions. Nobody else, just our own. Maybe that's too difficult though.
Friday, January 17, 2003
Blog, and a new beginning. I'm only trying this out right now....but if I like it, it may become a permanent fixture on this site. If it does, BloggerPro will have to be purchased and more and more features will start popping up. It all depends on how easy this software is to use.