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Recording Life and Other Such Madness

Two of my purchases during the Boxing Day madness this past holiday season was the Inspiron Mini 10v netbook and a Kodak Zx1 pocket camcorder. I figured that the netbook would suit my needs for a portable and practical computing device and the pocket camcorder would be an easier item to carry around to capture life than the DSLR I picked up a couple years back.

Since their arrival in late December, I’ve used both to varying degrees of success. I had a hoot recording video of my day with Liam (my 2 year old nephew) and have since transferred those files to my netbook. The problem I’ve since found is my ability to edit and share the vids after I’ve popped them on the netbook.

This video when uploaded to youtube was nearly 60MB in HD goodness, but it’s completely as-is. What I’d like to do is be able to add a watermark or something to tag it as mine and possibly compress it a touch. So can anyone suggest anything that not only runs in Windows 7 but has a fantastic price of free?

And then there’s the issue of where to share the videos.

With all the options that are out there, what do you recommend? So far I’ve checked out youtube and vimeo, but don’t really think either is what I’m looking for. What am I looking for you ask? I have no clue. What I do know is that viemo has the one upload limit (unless I completely misunderstood that) which hampers my ability to share, while youtube is just not where I’d like it to be if I’m going through all the trouble to film, edit, and then share (y’know?).

I’ve put some feelers out there on twitter (and even to my resident twitter video expert in Allie), but thought I’d also blog about it to see if my other three readers had anything to contribute.

So can you help me record life and other such madness? I sure hope so.

The Proud Owner of a Mortgage

For those keeping score at home, I officially became a landowner today with the completion of sale. That’s right. Chris and Marnie are now the proud owners of a mortgage and possible lifelong debt. Although we don’t actually take possession until noon on Saturday, we are both pretty stoked.

Mount Baker 2007

Farmland + Mt. Baker = My New View – courtesy of Gord McKenna

We’re still a fair bit away from being ready to move, which is somewhat worrisome due to the fact that we move on Sunday, but I think we’ll be fine. We provided our current landlord notice for July 31st, so we actually have time in between to ensure we get everything moved out, cleaned up, and sorted. But still, y’know? And I also guess that this means that I’m officially a grown-up or something like that. Sure it took me a few years longer than most, but I think owning a home and getting engaged all in one year is a good sign for a 31 year old who would like to think he’s still 13.

What do you think? 😀

Rules of Engagement

When I last posted, it was the NHL Trade Deadline Eve and I was explaining the finer aspects of what is considered by some an unofficial holiday here in Canada. Much has happened since. The Canucks have been on a tear (albeit had a scary one this weekend against Phoenix), Vancouver has been awarded an MLS franchise for 2011 (put down my $100 deposit for two season ticket packages this morning), and Spring arrived.

Oh yeah – I also got engaged!


Marnie – she’s hawt like fyah


The Ring – it’s sparkly

Marnie and I have been together for close to nine years, and it’s my belief that anyone who could put up with me for that long deserves national holiday to be named after them. That being said, we had talked about marriage casually for some time and she had dropped numerous hints that a ring on her finger would be quite nice.

Anywho, when she told me that she wanted to go away a couple weekends ago to spend some time together, I put the wheels in motion to pop the question – seeing as it was to be a romantic trip for us to Saltspring Island. I first bought the ring and then I asked her parents for permission. To ensure she didn’t expect a proposal, I had commented that I wanted to get her a ring and propose but couldn’t afford it at this time (even though I already found what I felt was the perfect ring for her). So when we arrived at Arbutus Point B&B, I’m sure the chance of me popping the question was far from her mind.

In my own unique style, I placed the ring on this counter underneath a large vanity mirror and ensured that all the lights were on nearby to make sure it was as shiny as it could be. Now I’m sure you’re thinking that I should have gone on one knee or maybe had some speech ready to whisk her off her feet, but those that know me would likely understand why I let her find it instead – I’m always playful. Anywho, when she did find the ring, the look on her face of shock and sheer jubilation was priceless.

I can’t believe how nervous I was leading up to it though. Even though I knew the answer and also knew her parents would support us taking the next step in our relationship, it was still quite nerve wracking. That said, I’ve been on cloud nine since – and I don’t want this feeling to ever go away.


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