July 27th, 2005



So... self, what's been up with you lately?

Well, this past weekend was spent almost entirely at work. Ever tried to build a whole new domain on new servers and then slip it into place over a weekend? Probably not. I can't imagine any other type of business that would've needed to do this. But we had a unique mess of a situation and decided it was better to start over clean than to migrate stuff to new versions but still have it all be a mess. Plus we had the manpower to do it, being a networking company and all. We became our own customer. :) So I ended up working 'til 3am Friday night, 2am Saturday night, and then about 3 hours Sunday before I finally got my small piece of the picture taken care of. Monday was hell setting up all the users and putting out fires everywhere, and I ended up staying 'til about 9pm. Today it was finally almost back to normal and I got out at my usual time.

A week or two ago I bought a new bike. I haven't had a bike since I quit delivering papers my senior year in high school, and that bike was all rusted out and falling apart from delivery during salty winters. I've taken the new one for a spin a few times now... Works great, as it should. Seat's a bit hard and narrow though. I coworker recommended a Serfas seat... Looked like this one. Maybe I'll look into that.

And the same day, I picked up the new Harry Potter book. That was the day it came out, actually. Walmart had a pallet of them right in the entrance. $16 or so. My mom finished it already, but I'm still only about 1/4 of the way in.

Before that I went to a Shakespeare in the Park play at Highland Bowl with Jamie and met a bunch of RIT friends there as well (wasn't planned, but I'd be surprised if they weren't there). That was an interesting and entertaining take on Shakespeare. I think the play was called Comedy of Errors. But it had Elvis in it. :) You had to be there.

And a week before that Jamie and I went to see Batman Begins. Good movie.

I've been banging around on the piano of course as always. The strings I broke playing Jon Schmidt stuff have been fixed and aren't being too troublesome. They just needed some adjusting the first week as they stretched out. I've learned a new Jon Schmidt piece now... Bells of Freedom. Another one in the key of G major. Jon seems to like that key. (Waterfall, I Saw Three Ships, North Pole Express... all also in my repertoire :) ) He announced on his mailing list that he'll have "minus" tracks available for Game Day and Pachelbel meets U2. That should be fun... I always thought the orchestration with Game Day was cool and the piano part alone doesn't quite cut it. So with the minus track, I'll be able to play along. :)

That's about it these days.
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Windows Movie Maker (3x) ... YOU SUCK!

How annoying. So I put together this (thankfully) simple movie and tell it to save at a size reasonable for sharing on the web. It goes through its progress bar and saves the file. Or so it would seem. When it finishes, it prompts me for my login to a video hosting service. Um, no... Just give me the file please thanks.

I skip that and exit WMM then go to My Videos to find the file. There's the file with the name I gave it, but it's too big, and it's not the movie the way I put the clips together. WTF? Ok, so I thought I was an idiot and had one of the clips selected instead of the timeline when I clicked "save movie", causing it to save that source clip instead of my timeline.

So I delete the file and then go back into WMM and recreate the movie (I hadn't saved the project) then try to save it again, this time being sure to have the timeline selected. It goes through, then at the point where it would save, it instead gave an error that it couldn't save the movie... and told me to make sure the destination doesn't already exist and that the source files are still available.

Um, no the destination doesn't already exist because I just deleted it. Source files? I dunno, where would they be?

You mean to tell me that you took the filename I typed in as the name to give my finished movie and saved the source files as THAT??? How much sense does that make? You first asked me what to name the captured video collection, and I gave you that. So then why wouldn't you name the source files after THAT? And if the filename I typed in for the finished movie was used instead for the source files, then where the heck did you save my finished movie???

Much suckage. I just wanted to use you for a quick simple movie, and you couldn't even do that.

Prime directives of movie editing software:

  1. The user must know where the capture files are.

  2. The user must know where the saved movie files are.

  3. These two groups of files must not be confused.

WMM fails at all 3.
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