Monthly Archives: February 2008

Kinda Where I’m At Right Now

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For some people like me its hard to complete things. The mind can be this heaving ocean that floods the corners of my skull with all sorts of ideas. Some seem very cool! The frustration starts when I try to decide which ones I’m going to pursue and put some energy into. My mind wants to move around. So its hard to work very long on one idea.

I’m getting better at following through on an idea, but it is still quite a struggle. Who knows? Maybe it will be a struggle the rest of my life. Health improvements can help I’m sure: eating properly, exercise, taking vitamin supplements…

That’s a struggle too since I tend to eat bad food, drink pop as a comfort to my frustration (I hear processed sugar can work like an opiate in the brain).

The Kinoki pad testing is slightly stalled at the moment. I’ve fallen behind on my Six Sigma class I’ve been taking, and I’ve not done any work on the project with my sister for awhile.

Part of the blame could be placed on panic attack symptoms I’ve been having of late. These have dissipated as I’ve gotten back to being more disciplined in my eating habits and excercise. I’ve had to really struggle to get back to some half-way decent baseline.

Last Friday night I talked myself and my wife into buying FinalCut Express for my Mac. I was excited about some of the post-production problems I hoped it would solve. Naturally, after installing it the program would not work. The splash screen would come up and then the program would silently end… without any messages or anything. That was very discouraging!

I tried everything I could think of… I Googled for information, tried a few things, no dice! Finally I called Apple. Guess what Steve, it doesn’t always “just work!” I waited about a half and hour on hold. Yuck! Finally, I got through and, working with the guy, I was able to get FinalCut Express working. Whew!

Let’s see, I’ve done no work on Chomer.com, or any of my other forward looking projects. But I won’t quit! I want to write a post soon on what’s important in life.

Until Later… God bless!

Kinoki Pad Video Investigation

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Embedded below are videos that that I posted on YouTube regarding some experiments I ran using Kinoki Pads:

Part 1 of 6

Part 2 of 6

Part 3 of 6

Part 4 of 6

Part 5 of 6

Part 6 of 6

Check out these videos! It covers the first two days of using the Kinoki pads. Please go into YouTube and rate these videos. Even a low rating can help. Thanks!

Keep a Weather Eye Out for the iPhone SDK!

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What month and year is it? Duh! It’s February 2008 of course! And what be that you scurvy dogs? Arrrrr! It is the month when the new iPhone SDK is supposed to come out!

In the high seas of mobile development this is a much anticipated event. I’ve been Googling allot lately looking for news. I keep asking, “When?”

More buzz is stirring up on the net lately.

Consider this story: iPhone SDK Release Around the Corner. It’s getting close. American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu wonders if it will increase sales of the iPhone. I think so. Killer apps are what sells hardware. An SDK will dramatically increase the chances of excited developers out there creating a killer app for the iPhone.

Unstrung is asking “Where is it?” I think Apple is smart here… Secrecy, waiting til the last possible moment. It is both annoying and clever at the same time. Everyone’s talking about it, guessing about it, their brains are reaching out for any scrap of information. Apple has our attention (us developers least-ways).

Could the much coveted SDK be coming out next Tuesday? Chris Finn of MacFormat thinks so. You can see his thought processes on TechRadar.com.

Whenever Apple decides to release that durned SDK won’t be too soon!

Keynote and iMovie Issue Resolved

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You may recall that I was trying without any success to save a Quicktime file of a Apple Keynote presentation and then load it into iMovie ’08. The file would be grayed out when I tried to import it.  I found out the correct way to do this! Yes!

When exporting your Quicktime file in Keynote, choose the Large file size. It’s that simple. I imported a logo I made that explodes into confetti. The possibilities are endless!

Kinoki Experiment Videos

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I’ve posted the first 5 videos of the 6 part Episode 8 of the Orville Chomer Show. I get really into the nitty-gritty of my usage of the Kinoki pads. I hope to have the last video part up on YouTube by the end of today! I will also embed these videos right here  on this blog.

Some of the topics covered:

  • I give dates and day counts from when I ordered the Kinoki pads to when I received them.
  • I do an “un-boxing” of the Kinoki pads.
  • I list out the ingredients.
  • I read you the instructions that came with the Kinoki pads.
  • I put a pad on my foot for the first night.
  • The next morning I bring you along to seeing the results as we look at the pad I take off my foot together.
  • Then I do one more time putting the next pad on in the evening and taking it off and looking at the results in the morning.
  • I share with you various thoughts that I’m thinking as I go through this process.

iMovie Issues

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I really like Apple’s iMovie a lot. But there are some real problems that I keep running into. Some of them I can work around. Some of them I just find myself plain stuck!

  • Placing titles on the movie:
    • It many times does not allow me to place titles on the time line like I would like. It will allow me to place at beginning or end but usually not in the middle.
    • When it gets placed on video, the length the title plays is usually way too long and it puts it in the wrong place.
    • I can fortunately drag the title to the right place and change the duration but it is a very tedious thing to do.
  • Sound:
    • It would be nice to extend the fade in or out length to a longer value if desired.
    • It would be nice to be able to adjust the volume in and out on different parts of a sound clip and not have to split things apart outside of iMovie.

Some frustrating things I can’t so far figure out how to work around:

  • I can’t really do any overlaying of video (video playing on top of video with some translucence inside of iMovie).
  • I purchased iWork because of the presentation software (Keynote). I saw that it exports to Quicktime files (which can be imported into iMovie). Unfortunately I found out that iMovie grays out these Quicktime files and I can’t use them! This was really a bummer because a figured out how to create layers of video in Keynote and have it play just like I want it to… If I could just get it to import into iMovie! Arrrgh! That was SOOOO disappointing!  Apple, please make this work! If someone can direct me to software that gets that Quicktime file generated by Keynote into iMovie I will be very grateful!

Kinoki Update

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I’m just getting around to telling you this… sorry… but I did receive my order of Kinoki pads a few days ago. I did some initial testing and video taped the whole thing. I’m in the process of editing the video and have gotten a significant amount of it completed.

So far I’d have to say that I’m not very impressed. I am going to go into more detail on that later.

Amazon Web Services Went Down Today

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My sister told me of her frustration in finding certain information on the internet. She told me how much work she put in digging up the information and how it was too bad that someone didn’t provide a site under said information. “Why don’t we create the site?” I asked her.

We started brain-storming and came up with our idea. I signed up for an Amazon web service. I’m not telling you which one right now because at this point, I want to keep my sister’s and my ideas a secret!

Needless to say, the service going down like that did give me some pause. It also made me think about the design of my site. The whole site will not be on Amazon. The new site will be on my web host and use the Amazon web service in question.  What will happen on my new site if the web service has gone down? I need to take that into consideration.

What information do I cache? Can our users still get some things done on the site if the web service is down?

My Six Sigma Class Begins

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I signed up for a Six Sigma Green Belt course that you take on-line. It officially began February 1st. I just really started getting serious about it last night. I’ve got to get off my mental couch and get cracking!

Tonight is the first “live” class. This will be happening every Tuesday night for the remainder of the course. The rest of the lectures are videos with accompaning slides. The course also came with a thick binder with more information on each module.

I am trying to take notes in a way that the notes could be the starting point for creating my own Six Sigma “prep class” on Chomer.com! It’s just an idea… we will see where this will go!

Wish me luck!

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