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Fun with Fatherhood – Sick Day

Sick day. No fun, right? Well au contraire, I say.

My oldest son got sick at school yesterday. Stomach bug of some sort. That’s the bad news.

The good news is, it turned into an opportunity to make the best of the situation and resulted in some great one-on-one time with both of my sons in the past 24 hours.

He was asleep within minutes of getting here last night. The kid was exhausted, it had clearly been a long day for him.

So that meant time for me to hang out with my youngest son. I had him help me with dinner. He got to cut some of the ingredients (supervised, of course) and stir them into the pot, then help season the food. He did great.

After that, a quick game of hockey on  the PlayStation was followed up by both of us reading a shark book to each other (it was timely as my former home of South Carolina has been ‘stalked’ by a Great White just off the shore this past week.)

From there, we ended up watching an episode of ‘Here’s How’ and then a 20+ year-old rerun of ‘3-2-1 Contact’ on YouTube. I’d forgotten how great and informative that show was. Here’s a link to the user who has a number of these episodes available online. Looking forward to watching more of them with the boys.

My youngest son fell asleep and fortunately, my oldest slept through the night, only having to get up once. Unfortunately that was to be sick at 5 in the morning. So he wasn’t going to school today.

No problem, though. He may not have felt his best but he wasn’t feeling awful. So, we ended up spending the day talking about computers. I’ve always been a bit of a computer geek and he seems to be interested in them a lot, too.

He had his new laptop with him and I spent part of the day teaching him how to customize it and what to look for, etc. It was a lot of fun. He was really getting into it. I’m sure I was too.

Toward the end of the afternoon as we were getting ready to put the computer away my oldest son said, ‘Today was awesome.’

I gave him a hug and no doubt my smile was from ear to ear at that moment. He even threw in a ‘thank you’ for helping him set up his computer.

All in all, not bad for a sick day if you ask me.

Computer Vision Syndrome

Image by ShaneRobinson via Flickr

Ever heard of this? I hadn’t until today. It made me wonder how many people experience this in some form.

From the American Optometric Association’s website:

Computer Vision Syndrome describes a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing a computer screen for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of computer use.

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Help (iMovie Insanity)

Does anyone know anything about video editing on a Mac? I am not a Mac person – never have been and more than likely never will be. But I am in need of some expertise as a project I am helping with is currently in a bit of limbo due to, well, I don’t know what or else I wouldn’t be typing this.

The project is being edited on iMovie. Perhaps that’s the first problem. Never used it before and I will admit that I despite a fairly extensive knowledge of video editing, I have no answers to the curves this program is throwing at us.

For whatever reason the clips will all line up and play correctly in the timeline but when you go to export the movie or burn it to a DVD it goes haywire. By that I mean some of the clips will have their audio playing before the video, some will have no audio at all, and more.

It doesn’t make sense. I have done the normal troubleshooting of checking transitions, levels, etc. Nothing fixes it. Have tried going into the cache files and removing the one for iMovie, after reading a suggestion online. Have hit numerous other online help pages and while the good part is we are apparently not alone, it still doesn’t solve the problem and meanwhile this video is sitting idle instead of going where it needs to go.

So, if you know anything about the Mac or this rather finicky software (or if you can suggest any reasonably priced software that’s better) I ask you to please comment below. I would greatly appreciate it. The folks who are in charge of making this video would too.

Thanks so much.

-Brian