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WarrsawPact
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I'm breaking university policy by connecting to wireless right now instead of using their (non-functioning) network.

Anyway, I arrived. Thursday and Friday were just fine weather-wise. Saturday and today... a bit colder.

And yes, I'm taking over the world... it's not in my interests to blow it up. My posts here, as far as anyoe is concerned, are entirey for the purposes of debate. I'm too fond of playing devil's advocate for people to use my arguments against me.

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quote:
Originally posted by WarrsawPact:
I'm breaking university policy by connecting to wireless right now instead of using their (non-functioning) network.

Anyway, I arrived. Thursday and Friday were just fine weather-wise. Saturday and today... a bit colder.

And yes, I'm taking over the world... it's not in my interests to blow it up. My posts here, as far as anyoe is concerned, are entirey for the purposes of debate. I'm too fond of playing devil's advocate for people to use my arguments against me.

Congrats - keep us in the know!
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Anybody watch the Colbert Report? The new commercial Colbert says "The Colbert Report is coming up, so don't touch that dial! And if your TV has a dial, go get a new TV!"

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Just teasing you WP, from what I understood elective office wasn't your objective.
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Ah, well, elective office isn't the only way -- nor necessarily the easiest -- to take over the world. You probaby won't notice until it's too late.
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By the way, any Ornery regulars on MySpace or Facebook (besides simplybio)? I've officially been dragged into both of them.
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BTW, WP, we're also in the DC area, so if you find yourself in a bind, don't hesitate to holler. I mean it. Sure, eventually you'll make a hassle of buds, etc., but just in case....
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Did anyone ever see me the movie with Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer -- some fantasy with wolves and hawks/falcons...? Allen Parsons did the score, and it's so anachronistic it makes watching the movie (for me, at least) just wretched.

And I liked Moulin Rouge and A Knight's Tale, so go figure....

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quote:
Did anyone ever see me the movie with Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pfeiffer -- some fantasy with wolves and hawks/falcons...? Allen Parsons did the score, and it's so anachronistic it makes watching the movie (for me, at least) just wretched.

How can you not like Ladyhawke? The soundtrack is weird because it'll go right from rennaissance sounding to 70's synth porn music.

It's not as bad as the music for "Hawk the Slayer".

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Speaking of growing up...has anyone here at Ornery gone into burn-out mode with their jobs yet?

I feel like I am really reaching that point...all I do is work and I have no life and hardly any friends outside of work (and I am the youngest person in my division, everyone else is like 20 years older) and my roommates now. Working 60 or more hours a week is expected in my chosen line of work...has anyone left a job like that and regretted it? At the end of my life, I am not so sure I will be happy saying I spent it in my office, buried under suspense dates and thousands of emails.

Yesterday I was on the phone with my dad, practically in tears because I told him that I have hardly any friends out here anymore. Is working like a dog worth it? Taking a vote...

[ January 18, 2006, 04:49 PM: Message edited by: FIJC ]

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no...
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FIJC:

No. Unless you are working for a cause you believe strongly in, or for your own business, and even then, there must be a time-limit on the "working like a beast" lifestyle.

Tell me, how quickly has the time since you started that job passed? What do you have to show for it, that is of lasting value outside of that workplace, and couldn't have been acquired in another way?

Answer these questions, and then imagine yourself asking the same questions after a worklife spent this way. Say, at the age of 52 or so. Then think about what kind of path you want to establish for yourself now.

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@ cperry

Actually, Alan Pasons didn't do the score, it was a member of the Project, Andrew Powell. I actually like the score, but agree with you, it didn't do the movie justice. Of course, there were other problems with that movie -- it was a GOOD movie -- like the casting of Rutger Hauer as the hero, and, well... Mathew Brodwick, period. [Smile] Neither, to me, were right for their parts.

Ed.

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quote:
Originally posted by FIJC:
Speaking of growing up...has anyone here at Ornery gone into burn-out mode with their jobs yet?

I feel like I am really reaching that point...all I do is work and I have no life and hardly any friends outside of work (and I am the youngest person in my division, everyone else is like 20 years older) and my roommates now. Working 60 or more hours a week is expected in my chosen line of work...has anyone left a job like that and regretted it? At the end of my life, I am not so sure I will be happy saying I spent it in my office, buried under suspense dates and thousands of emails.

Yesterday I was on the phone with my dad, practically in tears because I told him that I have hardly any friends out here anymore. Is working like a dog worth it? Taking a vote...

It's not worth it - and I've gone through burnout many times. I'm currently "working like a dog" - but it's all part of a plan to "stop working" sooner - have the money I need so I can do what I want to do - and yes, some of that would be considered a "job" by most.
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Speaking of growing up...has anyone here at Ornery gone into burn-out mode with their jobs yet?
Yes. On a couple of occassions. I was the very picture of the corporate ladder climber for over a decade. Then, I had my first kid and reassessed what I really wanted out of life. After a looong and fruitful discussion with my wife, we both left our jobs after our second child was born. She to spend more time with our kids (we have three now), and me to pursue a business that allows me to work out of the house, and thus, also spend more time with the kids.

I probably still work as many hours as I did when I went into burnout mode, but since I'm doing it all from home, it feels like a lot less. There's also the benefit/curse of having a set of chilluns wandering into my office about once an hour to ask me a new earth shattering question. A question like, "What happens if you... (insert atrociously bad idea here)?", and knowing full well they've already done it.

I'm not saying what I did was right for anyone besides me, but I certainly would advise taking a good look around every now and then and making sure you're still traveling the road you want.

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Speaking of growing up...has anyone here at Ornery gone into burn-out mode with their jobs yet?
I abandoned my first career because I couldn't deal with the insecurity of being a musician. I'm close to walking out on the second because I'll have made enough cash to get back to the first without being so scared I can't sleep at night *mutters something about growing up real poor and being generally crazy*. I'm currently working like a dog, but I have a lot of freedom to set my own hours--and I'm paid hourly--, and the first gets closer every day. It's really easy for me to stay that extra hour when I can call the reason a specific bill or a tool.

Working like a dog can be worth it if you've got your eye on the prize, and you're getting to it. What is it you're working so hard for? Is what you're doing getting you there?

I think you need to recharge. A vacation for you. I think you need 5-10 days without having any obligations to work or daily life at all. Turn off your phone. I also think you need to go somewhere else. For you, I'd pick a stable in California or south/central America where your main tasks would be to ride a few sessions a day on a fun horse and then be catered to like the goddess you are. THAT is one of the many things you are working for. You can claim it now. You've earned it.

Also, have you considered grad school?

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quote:
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@ cperry

Actually, Alan Pasons didn't do the score, it was a member of the Project, Andrew Powell. I actually like the score, but agree with you, it didn't do the movie justice. Of course, there were other problems with that movie -- it was a GOOD movie -- like the casting of Rutger Hauer as the hero, and, well... Mathew Brodwick, period. [Smile] Neither, to me, were right for their parts.

Ed.

You're right: the music wasn't bad, just wrong. And I love Hauer and Broderick, but that was off too.
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Does anybody know where PaH and Oz are these days?
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Richard: Pete is insanely busy at the moment but coming back (I believe), and Oz is Writing and not coming back (both can be reached by email, you know).
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I have a lot of friends, but all their names are Benjamin. It takes a lot of time to make those friends. I did burn out once, so I cut back from 70 hrs to 55 hrs a week.

Seriously though, you can't really go wrong if you embrace a profession you like. If you're weeping and moaning about the time you spend at work, you're probably not in the right job for you. The best indicator I've seen for a healthy job is one in which you are so engaged that you lose track of time.

It is extremely personal, but the worst burnouts I ever met were people who thought they could "do it all" - raise the kids, demanding job, community volunteer, travel, ...

At the end of my life, I will be quite content to look back on that which I created at my jobs and personal projects.

I concur that a reset is a good idea from time to time. Remember that when you're on vacation or your day off to really disconnect yourself from the job. One week is not enough. I just finished a four week hiatus between jobs, and now I feel All-Powerful.

My last advice is to get a hammock. I can't explain it. You just need one.

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I love LadyHawke and have it on LaserDisk. I need to get it on DVD.

The music is great and all the actors are wonderful.

And I will ban anyone who says differently. [Smile]

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I get burnt out from time to time.

It was weird. As most of you know I had surgery last year for a herniated disk. I was off work for 5 weeks. My wife says that she noticed a marked difference in my behavior and attitude. She said it was the drugs but I was off all drugs with in two weeks of the surgery. It was, in my opinion, the lack of stress from work.

People kept asking me "Were you going stir crazy at home all the time?" And I told them, no, not really. I had a nice schedule down for getting up, doing some house work, getting my meals, etc. It was actually very relaxing and I can see myself retired very easily. Now if only my parents would hurry up and die. [Smile]

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I just can't see myself ever retiring. I want to do what I love as long as possible.
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That's what I thought...I think I simply need a career change. The good thing is that I can very possibly stay where I'm working now, just switch up what I actually do and work from a completely different location.

[ January 19, 2006, 05:44 PM: Message edited by: FIJC ]

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TY, Fun. I just don't want to disturb them.
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I haven't seen Ladyhawke in forever. I should change that.

Also, for the person who asked, I'm on facebook.

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Yeah, I have a myspace account, but not under my screename here.
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"Actually, Alan Pasons didn't do the score, it was a member of the Project, Andrew Powell. I actually like the score, but agree with you, it didn't do the movie justice. Of course, there were other problems with that movie -- it was a GOOD movie -- like the casting of Rutger Hauer as the hero, and, well... Mathew Brodwick, period. Neither, to me, were right for their parts."

Anybody seen the other Rutger Hauer medievel movie, "Flesh + Blood?"

Basically Paul Verhoeven without many of his usual studio restraints as to blood, gore, sex and cynical worldview. I liked it a lot, but it's a fairly realistic story of medievel mercenaries, so obviously not to everyone's taste or one to bring the kiddies to. Also stars Tom (The Man From Snowy River) Burlinson and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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Just thought I'd let yall know that I'll be in Boston all next week, but I'll have this awesome laptop so I'll be in tough. Hopefully see you there, Ev.

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quote:
Originally posted by FIJC:
Speaking of growing up...has anyone here at Ornery gone into burn-out mode with their jobs yet?

I feel like I am really reaching that point...all I do is work and I have no life and hardly any friends outside of work (and I am the youngest person in my division, everyone else is like 20 years older) and my roommates now. Working 60 or more hours a week is expected in my chosen line of work...has anyone left a job like that and regretted it? At the end of my life, I am not so sure I will be happy saying I spent it in my office, buried under suspense dates and thousands of emails.

Yesterday I was on the phone with my dad, practically in tears because I told him that I have hardly any friends out here anymore. Is working like a dog worth it? Taking a vote...

Working like a dog and having that amount of stress in your life is not worth it. Especially when you're young. No wonder you looked forward to those weekends for getting out and riding a bit!

What about a church ministry? It's an excellent way to meet people, get involved, and focus on others. One of the things that I enjoy is gettting to know like-minded, spiritually focused people with whom I can go have fun with. Try it out and you might find some of the stress falling away. [Smile]

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I just had the pleasure of walking alone all around DC. I went to the White House, then off to the Capitol, then the Washington Monument, the WW2 Memorial, and finally across the Reflecting Pool to the Lincoln Memorial. The Lincoln Memorial -- well, by the time I got there, I was already feeling particularly at peace -- was just awesome. I mean, when I read the Gettysburg Address up on the left inner wall of the memorial...
quote:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that "all men are created equal."
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure.

... at that point, I actually was in tears.

I highly, highly recommend anyone who has the chance to do the same. My feet are tired as hell, but it was totally worth it. I stopped at each one and really got to check it out at night -- when they're all lit up beautifully, with the exception of the WW2 Memorial.

I don't even know how long I was out... but I was a bit surprised to see it was 12:30 AM when I got back to my room (basically just up the street from the Lincoln Memorial). Oh, and this morning I saw the Washington Monument in person for the first time. I was on my way to class, I walked around a corner, and all of a sudden it was right there, with the sun right next to it.

Going to this school has its benefits. [Smile]

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I’ve noticed a few camera threads here and the original post said this was the place for recommends so I thought I post this. Being really old, I rate six on the pitch drop scale, I have a lot of VHS cassettes containing family scenes. I am now converting then to digital with the aid of Dazzle Digital Video Creator 90. I then can put them on CDs or DVDs with the aid of Pinnacle Studio QuickStart. This is probably old hat to the camera buffs of Ornery but I thought I’d just mention it. I have no connection with the Company but will say the DVC 90 works a treat.
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"I highly, highly recommend anyone who has the chance to do the same. My feet are tired as hell, but it was totally worth it. I stopped at each one and really got to check it out at night -- when they're all lit up beautifully, with the exception of the WW2 Memorial.

I don't even know how long I was out... but I was a bit surprised to see it was 12:30 AM when I got back to my room (basically just up the street from the Lincoln Memorial). Oh, and this morning I saw the Washington Monument in person for the first time. I was on my way to class, I walked around a corner, and all of a sudden it was right there, with the sun right next to it."

The Memorials are hand's down, the best to see at night. I have never gone by myself though...the last time I went with my best friend, it was around 1 or 2 in the morning and they shut down the lights of the Lincoln around that time. We figured it was time to go home then...and just ended walking home across the memorial bridge, past Arlington cemetary, past the Iwo Jima memorial, and across the street home. I live in a great location too...right across the street from the Iwo Jima, with views of the memorials. [Smile]
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WP,

Most of my family has made that pilmigrage. (We all are history buffs and proud Americans) And I already had planned to go, but after reading your post I can't wait.

And the VHS to DVD things sounds like a great idea if it's real. Athelstan have you actually used it?

KE

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And the VHS to DVD things sounds like a great idea if it's real. Athelstan have you actually used it?

Yes I have. I've converted VHS to digital on my computer and then transferred them to DVD or files on computer & web. I had to buy a new computer as well though. Something to do with the Data Rate of my drive. No idea how this Dazzle thing works but you plug one lead into a USB port and other leads into your VCR and away you go.
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I'm still in the midst of what has become a very expensive conversion of an older PC into media machine. Dual layer DVD recorder, digital audio, video capture card with hardware compression, BeyondTV (like Tivo, but without subscription fees), bluetooth wireless keyboard/mouse (which required the purchase of USB 2.0 ports),....

I may never be heard from again.

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quote:
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I'm still in the midst of what has become a very expensive conversion of an older PC into media machine. Dual layer DVD recorder, digital audio, video capture card with hardware compression, BeyondTV (like Tivo, but without subscription fees), bluetooth wireless keyboard/mouse (which required the purchase of USB 2.0 ports),....

I may never be heard from again.

Interesting! Let us know the results, will ya?
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The results are that you get to record your shows and store 'em to DVD, which is exactly what I do with my setup. Playback on Windows sux, unless you get a capture card with a hardware decoder, which Drake has, so he should be OK.

I've been using my setup for more than a year now, collect lots of old movies, am presently building a "Johnny Bravo" collection, as well as, all the new Battlestar Galacticas.


@ The Drake

Word has it that the new hardware decoders come with that DRM crap installed on them? You encountered this? Just curious.

Ed.

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Here's my update. I am now many hours into my project.

Current status: The software and all hardware are in, but I don't have a functioning system yet.

I out-clevered myself by getting a digital audio card (the E-MU from Creative) so that I can record and edit music, including the use of my MIDI keyboard and analog microphones. Also, I wanted to have optical audio to the receiver, and an optical audio in (preparing for HDTV when I get it).

It's a nice card, but required a trip to Radio Shack because the analog inputs were 1/4" plugs, and I need to patch into my cable box which has the usual RCA stereo connectors. Actually, even with the supplied "Everything you need" kit, there is no way to patch in audio out of the box. [Mad]

The software for many of these things assumes a 1024 resolution, which causes a serious problem since you can't read it on NTSC. I am furiously trying to avoid adding a second monitor, but I might have to while I'm still working on setup.

The IR blaster doesn't appear to change the channels properly on the Hughes DTV satellite box, which is really vexing because I don't have a workaround. This will make it hopeless as a recorder, and must be solved. The worst part is that I might have a positioning problem for the IR LED, or it might be a bad code. Luckily, they used an IR LED that echoes in visible red, so I can see that it is attempting to send codes.

I'm having a good experience with the logitech wireless keyboard, which has the bizarre feature of showing me the temperature on the built-in LCD. It is now reading 27C, but without a calculator I have no idea what that means. The mouse is sick, I can use it comfortably on the surface of the sofa next to me.

The software found my programs with no problem, and the guide is what you would expect. The good part is that I can search for shows with a keyboard instead of plucking characters with a handheld remote. Even punching in channel numbers on the number pad is pretty nice, probably just because I use that so much more.

Results: Inconclusive

This is in no way a beginner solution. A technically savvy person can do it, or someone very familiar with standard home theater concepts. And I thought that I was going the easy route with Windows software instead of retooling for Linux. The scary part is that it probably is the easier route.

Degree of Difficulty: High

More on the features when I can properly test them in practice. I haven't even gotten into the DVD software yet. But I've already seen some cool stuff. When I pull up the record menu for a movie, there is a selection "Record this movie within 30 days" - so apparently it finds a convenient time to pick up the movie when it is not in conflict with other shows.

Whew, I'll bet that's more detail than you wanted.

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A note on DRM:

The audio card specifically said to ignore the windows logo testing message, because it doesn't have DRM. Which makes sense, since the card is built to record your own music, etc. Imagine not being able to make copies of your own performance!

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