Solo Picnic

I had a bad lunch today.

Not so much bad, as dissapointing. I had plans to have a business style lunch with two friends, and we had planned on a fast food joint. Nothing impressive. Since I arrived a little early, which is the norm for those who know me, I happened to discover a MONGOLIAN GRILL in the same area.

This is a unique style restauarant I have visted once before in a diferent city. I decided to go inside while I was still ahead of schedule and see how it comparred to the one I was familiar with.

It was totally different, and deceptivly superior. I was impressed and my mood shifted from wanting a regular burger to wanting some grilled food.

Price was fair, and I was able to convince the other two. All three of us had been to Grills in other cities, and this one seemed better.

It wasn’t. It was actually worse. Oddly so.

I watched a game today, and asked; “how do you create new humans?”

Sex wasn’t involved. Points and Status resources were.

How does society make more people, make abortion hard and don’t teach contraception.

Not only will you make a large generation, a lot of thenm will be perfect for the army.

Microsoft Windows Movie Maker

I’m going to have to do a video about Microsoft Movie maker, but for the short version, I say DON’T IGNORE IT.

I’ve never used the MAC iMovie, but for Windows XP (and ME) users, Windows Movie Maker is an amazing tool. Shot down without a trial like so many Microsoft products, the MS bashers would have you believe it’s crap. Pirate or buy Adobe Premier, or use any one of the nice video editing programs that came with your video card or video camera.

Windows Movie maker is actually better than good, and not just for kids or home users. Well, ok… pros may like stuff you can do in others enough to justify them, but for a lot of people, the FREE and EASY MM is perfect.

It will AMAZE even the pros how powerful it is with a very quick learning curve. Tonight, a nerdy friend and I spent well over an hour trying to edit one clip in uLEAD’s newest V10 of their suite. We had to give up. It just didn’t work, and in the end, I decided we needed to try it on a different computer to see if the anomoly was specific to me. Instead we gave up and went to Move Maker.

The bad news.

My camera shoots MPEG4 but saves in .MOV format. Microsoft is the McCoys to Apples Hatfield, and won’t read an Apple invented .MOV format.

I can’t edit my camera movies in Windows.

Silly.

Sad.

The conversiuon tools I’ve found so far are either costly, or sucky or both.

Get with it. Shale, makeup and let me edit .MOV MPEG’S in Movie Maker.

See my video. Ask me if it’s not there.

Call me… its free now and your parents don’t know.

Wow. I’m not sure why, but I just had a thought that shocked me. A sudden realization that just came to me in the middle of thinking something else. Kids can now make secret phone calls to anyone in the entire country, and Canada… and nobody knows.

Free.

The scenarious of how bad that can be, and probably is, flood my mind. My friend uses it to call her boyfriend at night, so the folks in then next room don’t see the line in use.

Hell, I’ve wanted to do that a few times. Calls that don’t go through proper channels.

Unknown calls.

Think of the bad stories you’ve heard about kids being bated and mislead online… now they can call each other, free.

Real conversation. Scary stuff.

I mean, real conversation in general is a good goal. Getting people to talk instead of type is a good thing. It’s a step in the right direction, slowing down our eventual evolution to being alone and living 100% virtually.

I still can’t think of a down side of that future. It makes a more pleasent level playing field. You create who you want to be, and live that life, in personal relationships the real world could never hope to compete with.

Red Dwarf had an episode called BETTER THAN LIFE where a virtual world was hard to turn off, and we have that now. We don’t need the virtual reality headsets. We’re happier with less realism.

So calling people seems like a good attempt to keep people talking -m real world style. I find you can learn a lot more from a personal voice conversation than text. Its harder to fake.

But with SKYPE being free, and so easy to use, it could stand to take over everything as the tool for IM and voice IM. But real calls still scare me.

It means teenagers canprank in different states… with no caller ID.

It means young girls and boys can call out to perverts anyware in the USA.

It means people who are not perverts will still experiment.

On the adult side of things, it means employees can make calls not logged. They can even work two jobs at once. My recruiter client constantly complains that employees often try to work for more than one company at a time.

I think long distance works best if it’s a pay system. Just a bit. ENough to make you think about the call. An investment. In fact, if all calls cost again, you can bet each call would be more worthy.

But Skype lessens the who concept. There is no more local calling area.

The Internet. Allows friends to spread apart,
and brings strangers closer together.

Jeff Quote.

SKYPE NOTES

From my point of view, I like Skype. It lets nerds who prefer email over live phone calls, a nice compromise. It’s a phone, but we dnon’t have to take our hands off the mouse.

SYMPATICO UNPLUGGED

Let me tell you about an amazing product I discovered today.

Nope. Sorry…. thye blog loses out. I just spent the last hour or so creating a video of me talking about it. Shared on http://frogstar.tv

Ask me about it, if you can’t find it.