Monday, December 18, 2006

Baby, it's cold outside!!! (for SoCal, at least)

We had our first frost this morning... white rooftops, and specks of ice on the morning mulch... a whopping 35.2 degrees Fahrenheit on my backyard thermometer. They're expecting even lower tonight.


Saturday, December 16, 2006

iMovie HD: Getting Your Clips BACK in Order

What's up with this madness where the clips in your clips pane get all jumbled and totally out of order? Then, after carefully rearranging your clips one-by-one in the clips pane, you go to drag a series of two or more clips to the timeline only to have them reshuffle and end up back OUT of order. INSANITY!

So, if you've got your clips with all their default names (e.g. Clip 01.dv, Clip 02.dv, etc.)...

here's the easy (though not so quick) fix if you have not yet started editing:

FIRST - make sure you have enough disk space to essentially duplicate all your clip files

THEN follow these steps...

1) create a new folder in the Finder
2) go to your iMovie project's icon in the Finder and Control-click
3) choose "Show Package Contents"
4) open the "Media" folder
5) Command-a to select all the clips/files
6) drag these clips to your newly created folder (step #1)
7) reopen your iMovie project (or start a new one) - if you opened your old project, there should no longer be any clips
8) in iMovie, go to File/Import and import all the files from your newly created folder
9) wait for the whole process to happen - this can take a long time, so be patient
10) now your iMovie project should have all the clips reordered according to filename - drag/drop should work without reshuffling

keywords: imovie clips order reorder

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Speaking of the weather...

curwx_277x187Everytime I do it, I think, boy, is there really nothing else of substance I have to say to this person?

It's time for the madness to stop!

No more talking about the weather...


(yes, there has to be a but-clause because I know better than to corner myself into an absolute)

Okay, so no more talking about the weather unless there's something truly noteworthy about it that is directly affecting me, the person I'm talking to, or someone else I know personally. Certain other exceptions might include natural disasters or weather patterns threatening masses of humanity (e.g. category 5 hurricanes, magnitude 8.0 earthquakes, tsunami, etc.).

It's time to challenge ourselves to make real conversation or none at all. Saying, "isn't the weather great" in a place like San Diego is ridiculous and simply filler for lack of desire to make a real connection with someone.

All right, soap box is behind me.

(how's the weather where you're at, by the way?)

Friday, June 02, 2006

Unheard Of, or things I thought I heard right as a kid but really didn't

"Yeah, the pay's all right, but what's really great are the French Benefits!"
(fringe benefits)


"You have to order the Eggs Benedict, it's amazing with the Holiday Sauce."
(hollandaise sauce)

Anyone have any others?

Friday, May 05, 2006

San Diego County Stay-At-Home Dad's Group

In case you're interested, check out Dad-to-Dad San Diego, for which I also maintain a website and blog.

See you there!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Chevy Racing Partners with Cure Autism Now to Raise Awareness in April

NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Races In Martinsville And Texas Raise More Than $12,000 To Date During Autism Awareness Month; Phoenix Races Still To Come

DETROIT – As part of an extensive national partnership between General Motors Corp. (GM) and Cure Autism Now (CAN), Chevy Racing is sponsoring the organization by raising funds and awareness at NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series™ races during April, Autism Awareness Month.

As the official pace vehicle for three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events (Martinsville, Texas and Phoenix), two NASCAR Busch Series races (Texas and Phoenix) and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race in Martinsville, Chevrolet has put the pedal to the metal for a good cause. Chevy pace vehicles at the races are sporting the Cure Autism Now logo and a $50 donation will be made to Cure Autism Now for every lap each pace vehicle completes under the yellow caution flag.

With event results from Martinsville and Texas on the books, Chevy Racing has raised more than $12,000 to date for Cure Autism Now during the month of April, with yellow caution flag laps totaling at 254.

To generate additional awareness, various activities have been planned with NASCAR drivers, including a signing of a Chevy SSR hood that will be donated to Cure Autism Now after the race in Phoenix for fund-raising purposes. Throughout the month, public address announcements are being made during all the races encouraging NASCAR fans to support Cure Autism Now.

“Chevy Racing is proud to contribute to GM’s partnership with Cure Autism Now by raising awareness about autism among NASCAR fans,” said Terry Dolan, marketing manager of Chevy Racing. “We hope that our activities throughout April will encourage the racing community to support Cure Autism Now and everything they do to improve the lives of those affected by autism.”

“General Motors and Cure Autism Now have partnered on many fronts to address the national epidemic of autism,” said Peter Bell, CEO of Cure Autism Now. “We are grateful for this opportunity to bring our message of finding a cure for autism to one of America’s most passionate communities – NASCAR fans.”

In addition to NASCAR race activities, GM’s partnership with Cure Autism Now was highlighted during the NCAA Men’s Final Four championship when Pontiac presented a donation to Cure Autism Now on behalf of Jason McElwain, the high school basketball phenomenon affected by autism. To conclude Autism Awareness Month, Chevrolet will also kick off its national sponsorship of all 17 of Cure Autism Now’s WALK NOW events throughout the country at the fourth annual WALK NOW Los Angeles on April 22.

About Cure Autism Now
Cure Autism Now is an organization of parents, clinicians and leading scientists accelerating research to prevent, treat and cure autism. Cure Autism Now is a leading private funder of biomedical research in autism, providing more than $31 million for research grants, education, outreach and scientific resources, including the establishment and ongoing support of the Autism Genetic Resource Exchange (AGRE). Cure Autism Now has chapters across the country with national headquarters in Los Angeles. WALK NOW events will be held in 17 cities around the U.S. this year. More information about Cure Autism Now and WALK NOW can be found at

About General Motors
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world’s largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 75 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 327,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2005, 9.17 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM's global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM can be found at

About Autism
Autism is a neuro-developmental disorder that now affects as many as one in every 166 children in the United States. Autism is commonly diagnosed by the age three, and in some cases, as early as one year. Characterized by varying degrees of impairment in communication skills, social interactions, and restricted, repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, children with autism can exhibit symptoms that run from mild to severe with widely differing symptom profiles.


Friday, March 17, 2006

GRAMMAR: when -er goes bad... (adjectives, comparative/superlative)

Almost everyday, as I drive east on Madison Avenue approaching Main Street, I see a small sign on a vinyl picket fence surrounding a manufactured home dealer's lot - the sign reads: "new and newer homes from $100,000"

Okay, I get it, new and newer homes, that's great. But, wait! Hold the horses! What have we here but another example of English grammar gone bad.

We've all been taught about comparative and superlative adjective forms in school. You know, the -er (comparative) and -est (superlative) forms of descriptive words. Whether we still remember what they were called is another matter. The basic construction was simple. Let's say there's something big, but then there's another item that is more big, we just call it bigger. Then lo and behold, there's another item that is bigger than all the others, which we call the biggest - the most big. Got it - big, bigger, biggest. Works with a whole slew of other adjectives (mostly of the one-syllable or ends in -y two-syllable varieties). Let's give it a try:

small, smaller, smallest (small, more small, most small)
cold, colder, coldest (as above...)
smart, smarter, smartest
dirty, dirtier, dirtiest
silly, sillier, silliest

Now what about that sign advertising new and newer homes? What's gone wrong there? How can something be newer than new? Those of us who've ever looked into home ownership understand that something advertised as "newer" really means that it's old (or used, if you prefer), but just not as old something older. Ah yes, confusing. I'm actually confusing myself a little as I type this.

So let's break it down:

A new house = a new house, simple; a house that has just been built and no one has lived in it
A newer house = an older house than a new house but not as old as an old house; a house that has been previously owned and/or lived in, but only a little bit!
The newest house = either the single new house among newer houses or a house with the most recent completion date among a group of other houses (whether new or not)

I hope this gave you a new (or newer) perspective on the English language.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

FATHERHOOD: Oh the things you'll eat! - Part 2

Dole Diced Peaches in light syrupSo I'm packing Nolan's lunch as I do every morning, but lately he hasn't been too fond of his daily applesauce cup, so I thought I'd load up his lunch box with a pre-packed bowl of Dole Diced Peaches in light syrup. This brought to mind an infamous moment of things-you-shouldn't-and-normally-wouldn't-do-but-now-have-done-because-you're-a-parent.

So it was baseball season at newly-opened Petco Park. A beautiful day, glorious sunshine, the Padres were on the field, and we had finally arrived in our seats in the second deck in right field. Behold, my son Nolan was hungry. So I dug into our plastic shopping bag and pulled out a bowl of diced peaches, peeled back the plastic cover, and started spooning the tasty fruit into my son's mouth when I realized the light syrup was simply making a mess all around me, dribbling on the floor and my jeans. What to do? Aha! I needed to somehow pour off the light syrup, then I could properly feed my child. But what have we here? Or, better, what have we not here? A trash can, of course. No trash cans mid-row. I would have to abandon my now starving child to walk back out of my row and section to find a proper place to dispose of said syrup.

But, no, I'm smarter than that! There must be a better plan. I must act swiftly if the proper sense of calm is to remain and the day-at-the-ballpark experience is to be enjoyed to its fullest.

So I did something I shall never do again, something I would never ever recommend to another under any circumstance - I drank the syrup.

Bad idea. Though it had no lingering ill effects, it's a non-alcoholic apertif not worth trying.

Why don't I learn my own lessons? After all, I blogged about another such "inedible edibles" experience last year (see: FATHERHOOD: Oh the the things you'll eat!).

Thursday, January 05, 2006


The Rose Bowl Game

The National Championship on the line

Three titles in a row also on the line

Darn that Vince Young and his insane ability to run the ball anytime, anywhere, into seemingly absolutely Trojan-less acres of the field last night. And you had to know that it was he who would take the ball in himself on that final play, so why didn't anyone just cover him?! Nine yards between the ball and the end zone and no one decides to pick him up personally!

Yeesh! I shall continue my sulking until next season. Seriously though, who's left at SC for next year? Reggie, gone. Matt, gone (though he seemed to check out two games early, if you ask me). LenDale, gone. Is it back to the doldroms of the 90s for the Trojans? Let's hope not.

Hey, maybe my Cal Bears will make a nice run at it next season.