Our Xmas was great by all standards. Erin woke up Ultra-Early so she could attend Xmas Mass in Union City, a mysterious place where the Man-Bat patrols the alleys punishing evil-doers. I chose to sleep through everything. I awoke at 10am to find that the Ghost of Xmas Future did not have the foresight to fix our furnace while he was showing me the error of my heathenistic ways. Damn cold in that house in the morning.
I set about making a Very Special Xmas Video for our family. Due to the problems inherent with using Free Software, I still haven’t been able to burn the move to DVD. Problem 1: Microsoft Movie Maker, while easy to use, only outputs movies in WMV format. Problem 2: DVDs do not use WMV format, they use MPEG. Problem 3: I couldn’t find a converter worth shit. Problem 4: Once I have an MPEG, I don’t have any software that will take that MPEG and just make a Fucking Movie™ out of it. I refuse to use Easy CD & DVD Creator 4: Return of the Startup Folder. I downloaded some Open Source shit that doesn’t work, probably because I’m not running it on the Actual Developer’s machine.
Whatever, so now I have a 300MB movie with no way to distribute it. I’m gonna keep tryin’ though. More info when I have it.
So anyways, I made this Xmas magnum opus and then Erin got home and we opened gifts. Lots of Best Buy gift cards hidden in Boston Store boxes and such. On Sunday Erin and I strolled (with our feet!) over to the Best Buy up the block from us to use our newfound gift card-based wealth to buy a new digital camera. For those just joining us, our camera was stolen out of our room by someone at the Concourse Hotel last Xmas when we stayed there for a night. I hope those bastards are having fun with a camera that had no link cable or battery charger. So we got a new, smaller camera (see moblog for picture) that will most likely be even easier to steal. I am very dumb, but I get a boner when they make electronics small. I mean, my iPod is the size of a deck of playing cards yet has 5 times the storage capacity of my first computer (which cost me $2700 at the time).
I haven’t downloaded any pictures from the new camera yet, but I did find some pics from the 2004 Intuit Holiday Party. We had a dandy time, what with the free liquor and all. Our good friend, Jan Oeljeschlager, put some of his pictures up on his website and I copied them. Here you go, whazzmaster.com: me and my coworkers.
I have some other assorted pictures, but I’m anxious to re-encode the movie in Divx. I think I can shrink that bitch down to around 40 or 50 MB so I can just throw it up on the website for download.