Life as I know it… plus commentary

No Time for Chit Chat?

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I am not a fan of chit chat.  I’ll usually deflect the rote conversational dances we’re supposed to engage in with people we’ll never see again.

The other day though…. I’m driving through Del Taco (which is always a great way to just get your stuff, pay and leave) and the teenager working the window says “Isn’t it a beautiful day today?”

I look up from my phone and he’s not looking at me.  He’s looking outside.  ”I mean really… this is a beautiful day.”  I kind of smile to myself because I don’t know what else to do.  Here’s a random person, not asking “how are ya?” or “how ya doin’?!” but really asking me a question.

Of course, I was trying to listen to the end of the really entertaining story about a man, a homeless girl and a dog on NPR so I say, “You know what?  it really is” and I flash a genuine smile.

Having satisfied his attempt to be friendly, I turn my attention back to the radio.  ”You know…. my sister doesn’t want to go outside today.  She’s sitting inside reading a book.”  OK.  Radio gets turned off.  ”She doesn’t know what she’s missing obviously.”  See.  I can do this too.

“Read outside, I told her.  You see… we don’t own a television.  All of us are book readers.”  Now normally, I’m annoyed that some stranger is telling me personal information…. I’m a big believer in non-over-sharing.  And double hyphened words.  But I was actually intrigued.  What kind of prairie family doesn’t have a TV?

But then my tacos were ready and I had to leave.  But the next time someone asks me “Isn’t it a beautiful day out?”, I’m going to pay attention.


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December 5, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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He gasps…

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Oh hi, blog.  You’re still here.  That’s somewhat good to know.

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January 16, 2013 at 6:42 pm

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What does it say about 80’s music?

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According to a survey from, a dating site that connects you with people who share your musical preferences, fans of the British soft-rock band best known for hits like “Yellow” and “Viva La Vida” are least likely to have sex on the first date.


Least Likely to Have Sex on the First Date

1. Coldplay
2. Adele
3. Lady Gaga
4. Katy Perry
5. Kings of Leon

Most Likely

1. Nirvana
2. Metallica
3. Linkin Park
4. Kanye West
5. Gorillaz

Even more stats from other tests can be found here at the Men’s Health article.

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April 21, 2011 at 11:53 am

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The one with the awesome lion

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Apparently Frederick I of Sweden had a lion he liked.  When it died, they gave the pelt to a taxidermist…. who had never seen a lion.  Not too odd for 1731.  This was the result.  I’m still kind of perplexed why the taxidermist went a human route rather than a cat route but who am I to  judge?  I have a hard time getting the stuffing in the turkey.

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April 10, 2011 at 8:47 am

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The one with all the edits

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I’m technically a numbers guy…  which puts my life in the hard and fast world of data entry, analysis and reporting.  So you can imagine why I like doing music and photography and other non-numerical pursuits in my free time.  Last night I spent some time working on a neglected skill set… video editing.  Boy that’s fun stuff.  It’s tedious and monotonous and if you’re like me, there’s tons of nitpicking involved.  Just for fun, I made a promo video for a friend who’d been on the second season of The Sing Off and sent it to him.  He liked it and asked to post it which I, of course, declined 🙂  Needed more work…. which I was willing to put in.  The added tweaks did a lot to make the video seem more interesting I thought.  If you’re interested, you can view it…

If you’re interested (and I only know of one arnoldcam reader who might be), here’s what I did.

On the first text slide, added two sound files, a bit of the chorus from  the Sing Off group number “Use Somebody” and crowd noise.  The song ends with the slide and the applause fades into the first clip.

Grabbed three clips from the show and cross faded them.  A little tricky since I had to use the small screen on the software on the capturing computer since the I was outputting the video from the first computer and was sending all video externally.  (I couldn’t look at that first computers screen at all).

Grabbed judge comments from same way.  These clips are older than the song clips… you can see the color is less saturated and there’s a little screen lag.  I did all these the same way so I’m not sure why there was a difference.  What I need is a real video editing station 😀

The next text slide was initially silent.  I dropped in a stock sound from iMovie.  The result was a more dynamic 2.8 seconds than before.  Really cool what just a little sound can do to bring energy to a still slide.

The next bits are the finished song videos.  Wish I could take credit for all the multiple screens and quick cuts but they were just part of the finished products.  The editing part here is trying to find interesting parts of the songs that can stand alone and yet only be snippets.

So I’m learning a few things.  The next step is get Final Cut Pro… then the real challenges begin.

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March 25, 2011 at 10:53 am

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Historically Hardcore

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I don’t know if these ads are legit or not but they make me want to visit the Smithsonian anyway

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March 21, 2011 at 10:33 am

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A new trailer

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OK.  The news is kind of heavy lately.  Here’s a little grin for the end of the day… a trailer for Ferris Buehler’s Day Off more suited to today’s tastes.

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March 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Posted in Entertainment