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At 4:16pm on October 28, 2011, Robin said…
TH is one of my fav bands
At 8:08am on September 24, 2011, USkipper said…

Ahoy, matey!
spiff new PhotoID~! that you? (jk)

From what I have been reading, you have to pick the ski-tow

carefully. The shape of the bottom of the boat determines the size of waves behind the boat. Good news for rookie skiers: water skiing can be as slow as 12 knots, which is 22 kph or 14 mph.

if this little guy can ski, maybe anybody can do it!

Thought you might enjoy my latest video.

you can fast-forward through the "Young Disciple's Moment"

(skip to 2:39) religion is a personal thing, that is your right.

I have a short audio clip of pop music at the beginning, so I don't know if they are going to play it during church service or not...

At 12:20pm on September 19, 2011, USkipper said…

I tried to look up a simple question about water ski.
Namely, what is the recommended minimum horsepower,
or how large an engine, for towing one skier behind a boat.
Still don't have an answer!

The price of soda in the grocery store has gone up a LOT
today. Should have bought some Saturday!

Oh well, tea or coffee is OK.
At 7:04am on September 15, 2011, USkipper said…

yes it was good. And we got more rain yesterday!! My new rain gauge
measured about 4.8cm (1.9 inches). Turned on my electric space heater
for the first time this season, overnight temperature was 8.8 (48'F) brrr

That is exactly what I thought at first, about La Manga del Mar Menor
(I just now realized I have two spellings in my comment here,
pretty sure I copy-n-paste the names. oh well.)

Here is a satellite photo the place...

Apparently they offer year-round instruction in water ski, recreational
boats, etc. I wonder if it smells like fish (jk!) Looks like 100% FUN

- - -
That Fortress of the Sun reminds me, a little, of Lookout Mountain,
near Chattanooga, Tennessee USA. No trees in Spain, tho.

During the American Civil War that was the scene of a really dramatic
battle between the Armies of the South and North. The stuff legends
are made of. I saw it when I was a kid, and marveled at the mountain
and the cannon on display.

Haha, I buy either Pepsi or Coke, mostly just shopping for best price.
I do kinda prefer the no-caffeine, it tastes just a little better I think,
and then I can drink tea and not worry about too much caffeine.

Sprite is also very good, always have Root Beer and vanilla ice cream
floats in summertime, orange soda is nice...

I never met a glass of soda I didn't like!
At 8:03pm on September 12, 2011, USkipper said…

The Ministry of Music is a regular segment of
weekly Sunday service. It's pretty much volunteer
musicians, but they are talented.

Hopefully sometime next year I will be able to offer
a CD-R (music CD) to any of the congregation who wants it,
containing an audio collection from the Ministry of Music segments.

MinistryOfMusic Mindy's Moment 2011-08-28 by USkipper
will become part of a longer video (about 3 minutes).
It is from our church picnic. They might use it on the
official church website.
YouTube is changing stuff, I hope it plays OK for you!
At 8:13am on September 12, 2011, USkipper said…

oh yes, that rain was like heaven! But
it wasn't very much, the rain was stingy.

I was searching for manga when i found images
of "La Manga del Mar Menor". It is on the
Mediterranean in Spain.

La Manga del Mal Menor:
315 days of sunshine per year, average 21'C, 70'F

Not too far away is
Castillo de Lorca (Fortress of the Sun)

Enlarge that pic, and check out:
the tunnel in the lower left and cell phone transmitter
towers just below the parked cars in the middle right.
Kära, is that fun, or what? I wonder what kind of soda they
offer, Pepsi or Coke ;-)
At 3:21pm on September 5, 2011, USkipper said…

Hej, kära!

haha, rain at last. Not sure how much rain it was,
but was worried it would rain on our outdoors Church
service and Church picnic yesterday morning. We were

The rain fizzled out, but then the wind picked up
and temperature started getting colder as we set up for
the picnic lunch.

Was wishing for a jacket by the time I was done eating.
Grabbed my stuff (camcorder, etc.) and made a beeline
for the Buick.

It felt warmer inside the car, it was like heaven!

I bought a rain gauge last week but started installing it
in the backyard this afternoon.

Oh well. No hurry, there are no raindrop icons on my
Wireless Weather Forecaster for the next 5 days.

- - - - -
Oh yes, that was a long time to run the Kodak in "Video"
mode. That was the only way I could record the sound
of the entire church service.

I use my Tascam PR-10 digital audio recorder for that now.
No probs, and very good audio quality!

First the Kodak, and now the PR-10, is in the FRONT ROW
to get closer to the sound.

I got started doing that because I was using the camcorder
from the back of the chapel to record the Ministry of Music
without distracting the musician/vocalist or annoying the
At 7:50am on September 3, 2011, USkipper said…

That's awesome! Lots to see and plenty of good food in Japan. Travel on a jet airplane was always fun, before security issues got serious.

Aha! would you believe, had record-setting heat again
here in St. Louis. 100+ (37.8 and hotter!) for several days
in a row. Forecast is for a lot cooler, and light rain, Sunday.
Hope so.

The battery in my Toshiba camcorder is like 10 times bigger
than the "wafer" battery in the digicam. That means I can
record for a long time, and camcorder only gets just a little
bit warm. The digicam would get warm enough to make me
nervous after recording (in video mode) a half-hour or so.

Things like that make a big difference!

When I record live music at Church, I use my new Tascam PR-10
Digital Audio Recorder. Then I can use the video editor to
add the sound back to the video of the vocalist or musician.

Honestly, though, its mostly just luck.

I just stood there like a dummy working the camcorder
at Vacation Bible School in July...

It was the kids and helpful adults who brought the scene to life!

Kitty says "hello!", and yes, that is a real rooster you can hear!
I boosted the volume 10dB, but absolutely no tricks!!!

At 5:47am on August 25, 2011, USkipper said…

Hej, kära!

oh wow, send some of that rain over here! Lucky!!
Hit 100'F (37.8'C) here yesterday, and "schedule conflicts"
required me to mow the lawn. eek. Fortunately, I had plenty
of bottled water, iced tea, Sprite, juice for Vitamin C, and
a GLORIOUS cooling wind... ahh

Microwaving "Teriyaki Beef style" Japanese noodle kit that I'll
have with leftover ground sirloin to start the day today. yum!

Yes, it can be difficult to make a good video. When i recorded
that short one ^^ with the 3 "mavericks" headed for the snacks,
our heat-wave had already been on for more than a week, and
we were all getting tired and worn out. Except for the kids!

So I just found a comfy place to sit for that one, that's why you
can't see the 3 kids at first, I was just too worn out to get into
the best position.

You also have to be alert, and aware of the situation. When I
record, I look over the top of my camcorder and try to be aware
of everything going on.

I was wishing that I was home, taking a nap, but I'm glad I didn't!

Thunderstorms make me and the cat nervous, but I love the rain, too!
At 6:59am on August 15, 2011, USkipper said…

haha, thanks! Well, those are called "transitions" and they
are from my Video Editor. You place icons representing your
video clips into a Story Board, then drag-n-drop one of a LARGE
selection of ready-to-use transitions between the icons.

Here is a short clip with a "not supposed to happen" moment. o.O
It was fun!

There are 3 little kids to the left, where you can't see them. They take
off for the snack area! Maybe they didn't understand they were
supposed to sit down with the other kids...

At 7:14am on August 8, 2011, USkipper said…

Hej, kära!

I had told the Pastor she could use the video as they like.
The "Creative Commons" License on the video is less
strict that the "All Rights Reserved" type of license.

The chief of the Pre-School department asked me, on 20 July,
for a video to present to the congregation at church service,
Sunday 31 July, as part of a special program on Bible School .

So I gave her a DVD with this video, in 5 different formats,
because I wasn't sure what they would use to project it onto
the movie screen.

Turns out they were using ordinary Windows Media Player.

This was the first time they presented a video that wasn't from
YouTube. It is new to all of us, and we had a lot of fun.

One of the kids in the congregation on 31 July said that the
video was "awesome!". That made me happy!

At 6:52am on July 28, 2011, USkipper said…

ah, i didn't make videos FOR the Bible School, i have been
making videos OF the Bible School. It is little kids, and a
few older girls, and Church ladies are in charge. They do
music and act out Bible stories, with costumes, on a
small stage. The kids can be really cute! They enjoy
the activities, but they can't wait for "snack time"!

i have learned a lot about video editors from this project. There
are so many video/audio formats and types of player. it is a challenge.
At 4:41pm on July 21, 2011, USkipper said…

i'll fly in circles around you anytime you tell me to, dear!

Actually, Dawn finding that asteroid is not a mystery,
just really complicated.

People agreed to a system of notation, related to ship's
navigation, to keep track of celestial objects. That system
was based on adopting "GMT", Greenwich Mean Time, as
a universal time reference.

People have been keeping accurate written records of the
movement of the planets and comets for many centuries.
Names like Copernicus and Kepler come to mind.

Nowadays, of course, all that info is stored on computers,
but, believe or not, somebody can look up the position of
just about anything you can see in the sky, and tell you exactly
where it has been and where it will be at any time in the

So how can they tell where an asteroid is GOING to be?

They got the recipe, or mathematical formula, from
Sir Isaac Newton. Allegedly he got bonked on the head
by a falling apple and that got him to thinking about how
to describe gravity exactly.

You is not supposed to be sitting under a tree in the first
place, dude! (Lightning safety)

Well, rules are meant to be broken! ;-)

So it really was not difficult to accurately aim and navigate
little Dawn to intercept the asteroid. Designing the spacecraft
tho, was a really neat piece of work. Her ion-drive rocket
motor is very efficient.

All of that mathematics and theory was really "brought to life"
because of the Russians and Americans trying to out-do each
other in the 1950s, to be the first to put a human pilot into space.
And claim the credit for it.
At 4:40pm on July 21, 2011, USkipper said…

Now that was simple enough, right? (jk)

wow, that "box camera" pic brings back childhood memories!

i had forgotten about the dual viewfinders: one for vertical format
photos and the other for horizontal. That's because the image
area made by the lens was not a square, but a rectangle shape.

Today was super-busy, church videography in the morning, then
most of the afternoon watering the lawn and flowers. That's cos
it was up to 107.2'F ( 41.8'C ) this afternoon. If the lawn dries out,
it is really difficult to restore and make green again.

This heatwave is really bad, but i have chilled bottled water and so forth,
no prob!
At 2:43pm on July 21, 2011, USkipper said…

i would use the Kodak for a close-up still photo of one of my
roses from my two rose bushes. i bought those 2 bushes and
planted them both on May 16th this year.

yes, it is true! i can e-mail a snapshot from my LG-600g cell.
it won't remember the e-mail addy, so you have to type in the
addy every time.

hahah i don't know any sweet boys around here, except for me ;-)

one of those manga boys is very not sweet. i think he is called
"shamus" - here is a pic that is kinda kool, i dig that guy's outfit...

At 10:31am on July 21, 2011, USkipper said…

hej, just back from a video assignment this morning.

my church invited me to video the little kids at their
Vacation Bible School.

it was a fairly long shoot and i don't have a tripod yet,
so i am glad that i exercise to stay in good shape.
At 5:20am on July 21, 2011, USkipper said…

the thumbnail of the ice hotel was easy to notice amongst the
other thumbnails in the search result. I was curious and wanted
to know what it was.

aha ;-) that'll warm up the place! ;-)

well, that's why they need to build a new one every year, it melts
soon after the wedding!

some peeps get a little crazy about their wedding ceremony and
spend too much money on it @!@ "i do" like wedding cake, tho,
the recipe is very good.
At 11:27pm on July 18, 2011, USkipper said…

the first part of this video is the best, cos it tells a story...

This video contains a series of animations that illustrate portions of the Dawn mission to Vesta and Ceres.
Image credit: NASA/JPL

At 5:42am on July 18, 2011, USkipper said…

Kekkaishi Manga

By night, junior high student Yoshimori Sumimura is a "kekkaishi"--a demon-hunter who specializes in creating magical barriers around his prey. By day, Yoshimori's got some other demons to battle: an addiction to sweets and a seriously crotchety grandfather!
At 5:31am on July 18, 2011, USkipper said…
ah, 3 cameras: the new Toshiba camcorder, and the Kodak snapshot camera i bought in 2008.

My cell phone has a snapshot camera, so that makes 3.

It does not have a flash like the Kodak, and is not HD (high definition), but takes surprisingly good snapshots and then you can e-mail them from the cell phone.

The Kodak has a Video mode, but if you record too long it gets warm to the touch, and sometimes the buttons don't work then. The original Memory Card was destroyed while i was making a video in church a number of weeks ago.


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