Jan 162015
 

I was watching a video with my 3 year old yesterday. It was the raw footage of our vacation to Disneyland last fall. I realized a few things while watching this. First I really need to edit the thing, I seem to have a lens cap problem and recording the inside of said lens cap. Second, although these are “precious memories”, are they really necessary? The video that is not the memories. Those are what is important.

I have always liked the idea of video cameras and the wonders of home movies. But many times I watch them and wonder if a slide show of still pics would be better. There is something that I like about looking at the split second captured in a picture. I like to remember what it felt like and what I was thinking when it was taken.

I know that you can still get all of that with video, but video is laced with noise and stupid comments that take some of the “remembering” out of the equation. It is kind of like reading the book vs. watching the movie, not as much imagination needed. Maybe they had it right before with 8mm movies. Sure they were people waving like mad at the camera but there was no sound and much more “remembering”.

Video isn’t bad. The kids especially love to see themselves having fun and sometimes it is great to sit back and be shown your memories. I just happen to like my still pictures. I like to be able to take some pictures with me and show them off. I can’t do that with video and don’t start emailing me with how ipods and iphones can have video on them as well as pictures, I don’t care about that. I don’t have the right setup to get the video off of my camera to the computer. Sometimes paper pictures are the best thing to have with you.

Not that digital photos are not the best thing that has happened since kodachrome film, I love digital pics.  I don’t want to get along without them.  I just get prints made at Costco.

Plan a weekend to go capture some memories, on video or in still pictures.

Justin

Jan 162015
 

It has been quite a while since I have posted on here.  I don’t know why exactly, just life got in the way, or I just didn’t have the desire.  I finally came up with a solution to some registrar problems and that is why my URL has slightly changed.  I worked quite a while last night on getting links changed and things working correctly on my blog here, and it is mostly fixed.  The podcasts are still a mess, another issue with Amazon S3 that we wont get into.  Here is the thing that I found the most strange after all of this, I got everything set up because I wanted to post something again.  Then, I got into a blank post editor and I didn’t know what I wanted to do.  I have looked at this screen off and on for about 9 hours now, and I am finally writing something.  I am kind of confused because I did want to post.  Bring a little of that old cathartic magic back, but when it was time to step up and do it, I drew a blank.  I didn’t want to write.  I guess I was just content to let the site lie.  I don’t know how many people are actually reading this blog anymore, I don’t really care.  There are so many blogs out there, who can keep track of them all?  When I started in this adventure, there were many but not overly flooded like there is now.  I started podcasting because it was cool, and I really wanted to have my own private radio station.  Now the market is so flooded that I don’t know that I should bother.  I think I will stick to writing and maybe have a Talk Like a Pirate Day podcast and that is all.  I just don’t know what to do for sure.  Write, put it out there and hope that there is someone who googles for just the right thing to bring them to some profound post that I have written.  Even the Stay at Home Dad market seems to be flooded and we are not such a novelty anymore.  Bah.  I am just going to rant for a while and post.  I need the discipline of writing often and well so that I can finish my book by the end of the year.  That is the goal, the resolution, the ultimatum from the wife.  We will see what happens.  Comment down below if you feel so inclined, if not, no worries.  Just know you were here for the first post of the reboot…

Later

-Justin

Jul 092014
 
A heap of old and unwanted cassette tapes.
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Were any of you like me, laden with a huge bag full of cassette tapes?  Did you ever hit a point where you got rid of the outer cases because you figured out that you could put 2 tapes top to bottom in the same space as one in a case?

Ahh cassettes.  I grew up with cassettes and walkmans.  I used to record my record so that I could take them everywhere and still listen.  I would record those brand new cd’s onto cassette so that I could listen to them in my car.  Do you remember the places where the tape got stretched and had a few seconds of higher pitched music?

Do you remember exactly where the breaks were at the end of the tape?  Did it piss you off when the CD of your favorite album came out on CD and the songs were in a different order!?!?  (I am talking to you EMI with Queen’s Greatest Hits)

Or how about the points where you had to unscrew the shell and retape together the broken ends.  Inevitably it would skip right there and become more of the charm of the tape.  Did you stay up all night Sunday nights to record Dr. Demento so that you could listen to him all week?  Did you ever long for a double deck system so that you could dub tapes because holding a headphone of your Walkman up to the microphone of another set just didn’t have the same, well any quality?

Now we have cd’s and I don’t know of many cassette players around.  I don’t have one in either of my cars, my old Walkman has given up, my old stereo doesn’t play them anymore, it just eats them.

I did find a whole bunch of my old tapes the other day in the case that I used to haul around in my truck.  I opened it up and saw some of my old compilation tapes that I had made, and some of the old Dr. Demento tapes.  I can’t quite remember all of the songs that are on those tapes now, but I can remember which ones were the good ones, the ones I would listen to for hours.

I am sure that most of them would sound like crap if I cranked them up today.  I know that I keep meaning to get rid of them, I have for the 4 years since we moved.  I just haven’t done it yet.  Somewhere in the back of my mind I think I will get an old player and hook the thing into my computer and record off those old songs that I loved all of those years ago.

Come to think of it, my daughters new stereo has a cassette player in it….

I would love to hear your stories of times with your Cassettes.  Stories about the one that broke and got replaced the next day, stories about the ones you got for Christmas that never got side B played because side A was so good.

Please regale me and the rest of us with your stories in the Comments section as well as digg, stumble, facebook, linked in and twitter!

Thanks for reading!

Justin

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Jul 092014
 
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Today is now known as Cyber Monday.  It sounds ominous and it probably should, you couldn’t possibly shop online any other time of the year.  So why do they insist on getting your cash today??  The only explanation I can think of is so the online retailers can get in on some of that Black Friday cash.

It is not like anyone shops online for Black Friday anyway.  You should, many of the same deals in the stores are available online at the same time.  And you don’t have to stand out in the cold or deal with crowds, out of stock items and people in general.

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