mandysee_mandydo: (Weekend Update)
It was by far a very interesting weekend, but I need sleep so here's the Cliff notes version:
  • Did laundry on Saturday. Not my idea of excitement, but necessary. Got it done. Yay clean clothes!
  • Went for yet another four-mile walk by myself and it was glorious.
  • Did some packing for the upcoming move. Still haven't found a place yet but we have a couple of prospects. There's a possibility of a house we might be able to rent from someone I know but it won't be available until September, which means we might end up renting a summer place. We'll see.
  • Helped [profile] painted_wolf proofread her paper.
  • Listened to some awesome new music, but you already read about that. ;)
  • Went to fellowship this morning for servie and the annual meeting. I got the "You Put Your Whole Self In" award for being extremely active and helpful. Very unexpected!
  • We spent most of the afternoon hanging out with Sarah and Randy, watching a bunch of those real-life forensic science shows and playing Zombie Fluxx.
  • Watched the first five episodes of Doctor Who season four (new series) and oh holy crap. I love Donna! I love the return of a classic species!
Very busy week ahead. Lots of meetings and traveling and presenting. Life is going to be crazy busy for a while with two jobs and all. I hope I have the energy I had when I did this sort of thing thirteen years ago (except I have one less job this time).
mandysee_mandydo: (Paz)
A couple of weeks ago I picked up a few interesting CDs that WPCR was giving away for free. I'm glad I did, because I've discovered the awesomeness that is Client! I'm really enjoying it. :)

Tis the season for annual meetings. Tomorrow it's the annual meeting for the fellowship directly after service. Tuesday is the quarterly workshop for a non-profit of which I am a member and VP. I'm presenting for the first session. It's also the annual meeting and I'm the only one on the Board of Directors whose term is not expiring, so I'll have to preside over the nominations and elections at least, but possibly the whole annual meeting. I'm not sure.
mandysee_mandydo: (Mrs. Peel Tunnel)
I keep having dreams about me going back to work in nursing at The Courville. It's not one of those dreams where I revisit my past like "oh, here I am back in the day when..." but one of those where I'm me now going back to someplace I was before like "oh, by the way, I just thought I'd come back here 15 years later and..." It's kind of interesting, though, to see what my mind does with the place after all these years: how the place looks, who on nursing has stayed around, what the new people look like.

I don't know what it is about The Courville or nursing that has me dreaming about it, but I haven't had any real interest in going back to that, either as a nurses' aide or advancing to the next step I was planning at the time: becoming a nurse. Even if I did, as great as The Courville was to me, I wouldn't go back to a nursing home. It's too damned depressing.

Has it really been 15 years?! Ugh. Wait, actually I started 16 years ago because it was junior year of high school when I graduated from St. Joseph's with my CNA certification and then the summer when I was hired at The Courville. I guess in some ways I miss working there.

Fun Night!

Apr. 2nd, 2008 10:00 am
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Yesterday was a better day than Monday, which was certainly a welcome change. The weather was gorgeous, the work situation was calming down and I managed to get some earnest work done. My work day was pretty much spent either in meetings or being a tech monkey doing all kinds of pulling cables, soldering, testing and replacing cables.

After work [profile] painted_wolf and I grabbed a small bite to eat. Portion control has worked wonders because on Monday night I had a footlong sub and a bottle of water at Subway and I felt so bloated beyond full. There was a time only a few years ago when I would regularly go in and order two footlong subs, a bag of chips, a large soda and maybe a cookie and/or soup to eat in one sitting. Yesterday I had a hot dog and a soup at Junkyard Dawgs and it was more than enough to fill me up. :)

After eating we walked around a bit and bumped into [personal profile] pyrbennu, so we chatted for a bit. [profile] ciliandis showed up. We chatted with her, too, until we parted ways with them so they could do some shopping and we could go see Jim Tyrrell at Cicero's.

Holy crap was Jim's show a blast! We had a lot of fun hanging out with [profile] lordpagus and listening to Jim play an incredible assortment of originals and covers on guitar.

I think highlights from the night included the running joke that after each Beatles song he would say "I just wrote that," his song "God Hates Penguins," and a very inventive cover where he sang the lyrics to The Beastie Boys’ "Paul Revere" over the tune "A Horse With No Name" by America. Very cool!


If you are in the Plymouth, NH, area on April 15th, stop in at Cicero’s between 7 - 9 pm (the little coffee shop that just opened between Tom’s Brothers and Plymouth Book Exchange) and stay for a night of great music. He takes requests and has a VERY impressive repertoire listed from which you can choose songs. Hopefully we’ll see some of you there on the 15th. If you can’t make it, he’ll be there every first and third Tuesday of every month and he also has a list of upcoming gigs on his MySpace profile.

After Cicero's we went back to meet up with [personal profile] pyrbennu and [profile] ciliandis for some food, conversation and Venture Brothers. Much fun was had! That is, until I fell asleep. Ugh. I've been sleeping like crap lately, waking up frequently throughout the night and getting up well before the alarm sounds. [personal profile] pyrbennu was very kind and gave me some tea in hopes it would help. Sadly it didn't, but it was a very nice gesture and the tea was delicious! I will certainly try it again tonight in the hopes I just need to give it an opportunity to work its way into my system.
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It seems I have caught whatever Kathy has. The dry, scratchy throat, the runny nose, the chest congestion. Ugh. I think I'm going to try that Airborne stuff that Preston was drinking on Saturday. He says it works really well and I need to do something. Staying home sick is not an option this week with all the meetings that I need to cablecast, so I will have to suffer through it the best I can with as much grace as possible.
mandysee_mandydo: (turtle and children)
That was absolutely adorable!

My office is just off the big community room in the public library. Today they started their weekly story hour for toddlers. Afterward while everyone was hanging out and socializing, a little boy and little girl came to my open office door. The boy said "We're just here to make sure everyone is okay." I assured him I was okay and he said "Okay!" and they ran off. They came back a couple of minutes later and the little boy introduced himself and I did likewise. Then he said "You have a lot of stuff in your office! I have a lot of toys at my home." Then they ran off again. They came back a third time but I was on the phone and couldn't chat.

I think having children around on Monday mornings makes things so much more fun and bearable. It makes coming into work after the weekend so worth it. ^_^
mandysee_mandydo: (V)
Just in case any of you wondered what I do for work, here's a sample. The Town Clerk and I got together and made this informational video in just a couple of hours to educate voters on the new ballots and what to expect at the polls. Not only will this cablecast on the government access channel, but it's also available on the town website. This is the best part of my job: I get to have a positive impact on the community while applying my technology skills and having fun playing with gadgets. :)

mandysee_mandydo: (weekend update)
This "three day weekend" was a bit hectic and mixed, but last night was totally made of win.

Saturday we stayed home and did nothing. Absolutely nothing. I lounged around the apartment all day in my nightwear and a sweater it was such a lazy day and I didn't care one bit. I haven't had such a lazy day in so long that it felt wonderful. The only downside to the day was the fact that, as usual, if we're home and the guys are home and awake, Lonewolf has to come down and be social. The complete lack of privacy bothers me but otherwise it was a gloriously slothful day and I enjoyed every tamely decadent moment of it.

Sunday I went to church and sat through a very thought-provoking sermon and follow-up discussion on suicide. I felt our minister did an excellent job of presenting a very sensitive topic in a way that challenged us all to think about it and either empathize or question what we could do to help if we know someone in that situation. After church I was supposed to help set computers back up in two of the offices at work but the carpet installers still hadn't finished, even though they were supposed to be done by then. While it was nice to not have to worry about work after all, it meant I was going to have to do this after the parade on Monday, which in turn meant a delay in getting to visit [info]ciliandis. I went on to do the grocery shopping for the week and went home. painted_wolf and I went for a lovely walk together and enjoyed the cool, crisp autumn weather on such a gorgeous sunny day. After the walk we returned home and once again were interrupted several times by Lonewolf doing laundry and wanting to be social.

Monday I had to work producing the cablecast of the Veterans Day Parade. It was supposed to go out live and record to tape, but the live feed cable failed so no live parade, only taped. Oh well. At least it was preserved on tape and people will still be able to catch the repeats. I'm actually really happy with the production as it was the first parade produced with the new portable studio and professional graphics and titling. After the parade ended and the gear was all put away I still had to wait an hour for the carpet crew to finish in the offices where the computers were going, as well as waiting for my boss to get back. We ended up getting the furniture in place and the computers hooked up in little time so we were able to get t visit [profile] ciliandis with only an hour delay.

The visit was totally wonderful and made up for the crappy bits the rest of the weekend and then some. First we got to meet Lucy, her incredibly energetic puppy. Oh my stars she is soooooooo adorable! ^_^ We had fun playing with her for a while, including tossing the squeaky hedgehog and me surprising her from behind and getting pounced frantically for like 15 minutes as I lay on the floor. After that we watched Reservoir Dogs, which I had never seen, and it was a great movie.I really enjoy how Quentin Tarantino played with the sequence of events in that and Pulp Fiction. It really is a neat effect to start at the end and go back and piece things together until it comes full circle and you get that "Aha!" moment. Then we watched Noises Off, which was absolutely hilarious. That movies is to theater as This is Spinal Tap is to rock music. We finished that just in time for a delicious pot roast meal prepared by [profile] ciliandis' parents and ate very well. After dinner we showed ciliandis "Survival," the very last episode of the classic Doctor Who series. It's an excellent episode with the seventh Doctor, Ace and the Master. Then we watched a couple episodes of Scrubs, made and read Secret Messages of Rassilon with improv sonic screwdriver markers and had an enormous pillow fight in which [profile] ciliandis and I teamed up against [profile] painted_wolf. It was a very relaxing end to a hectic weekend and a nice reprieve before a rather stressful week full of meetings and stuff.

As an aside, if you're in the Plymouth area Wednesday night, there is going to be a presentation for Transgender Day of Remembrance (the campus GSA is doing it early since they'll be on break on the actual day). At 8:00 PM in the MPR at the HUB, Mikayla Howden from TS Haven House will be speaking. I would encourage you to attend this free event. It should be very informative and interesting!
mandysee_mandydo: (paz)
Here's a quick one before I head into town for the penultimate day of hell week. Muthafuckaweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Yesterday was odd. I was convinced I had to be at a public hearing at 7:30 last night. It's actually tonight. It left me feeling a paranoid anxiety like I was supposed to be doing something but forgot what it was.

I got to be a total music geek last night, which was wicked cool. Lonewolf and I noodled around on the piano doing some improv boogie and of course the obligatory Heart and Soul and I also just noodled around. I started playing with a progression something like I - V7/V - V7 - I - IV - iv - I in C (very easy key). As I was playing around with the iv chord I realized some of that sounded familiar, realizing that I may have accidentally discovered the chord progresssion to the piano part at the end of Layla. Lonewolf and I puzzled over it until I figured out that where I thought there was a iv chord it was actually a ii half-diminished7. It totally makes sense because when you look at the third, fifth and seventh in the ii half-diminished7 chord in C (F - A flat - C) you'll notice...

... they're the iv chord! :D

Pretty coool, huh? It would have been nice if I could have figured this all out 15 years ago when I was supposed to play it at a New Years Eve gig. So the progression is...

I - I (first inversion) - IV (two bars) - I - I (first inversion) - IV (two bars) - ii half-diminished7 (two bars) - I

I have to go now.
mandysee_mandydo: (weekend update)
I posted about yard saling on Saturday, which was pretty much the whole day, so here's Sunday!

The morning was pretty slow and uneventful. We did some stuff around the house and just kinda slept in and were lazy. We met up with Ray at the HUB in the afternoon, which was really cool. Ray and I haven't had a chance to hang out in quite some time! We played Legend of the Burning Sands, a CCG based on Arabian Nights and built on a modified version of the Legend of the Five Rings mechanics. As with most CCGs I had trouble getting my mind around the game mechanics but it played fairly well. I brought home a copy of the rules to read at some point to see if we missed something. My biggest problem with CCGs is that there's too much to keep trasck of what with every card changing the rules in some complicated manner. I'm only good with multitasking to a point and don't handle a constant flux of rules very well. After the game we grabbed some lunch and chatted for a while, which was awesome. Ray left to spend time with the family and I waited for [profile] painted_wolf to finish her meeting for work.

After PW finished we went to meet up with [profile] ciliandis. Her mom cooked us a delicious meal of chicken cacciatore, salad and garlic bread. We got to meet Pablo Stitch, their new dog (though he may not be sticking around sadly) who is cute and extremely energetic (OMGYAYIMAPUPPY!!!1!). We went bowling for a couple of strings at Funspot where PW and [profile] ciliandis proceeded to trash-talk eah other in character (very amusing to watch!) and we had a blast. After that we returned to [profile] ciliandis' place to watch Bubba Ho-tep.

We had a great time on Sunday! Hopefully it helps ease the grueling week ahead. I have meetings galore this week (four today alone!) and all kinds of appointments and work and stuff. Today is going to be a 12.5 hour day with about 200 miles of driving! Seriously. Four meetings in two towns about 100 miles apart. Gotta love it.
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Quick post since I'm at work. This is work-related and I'm seeking any technical advice anyone may have on this subject.

First, let me just say again that I ADORE Ubuntu Studio! I am just generally impressed overall with Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) and especially this particular multimedia-centric installation of it.

So anyhow, here comes the work-related question, and I'm asking it publicly here in the hopes that perhaps someone may know the answer. I have installed an IEEE 1394 (you may better know this as FireWire or iLink) card in the computer and it's picked up fine and works without trouble. I am able to plug in our two MiniDV camcorders and they are recognized. Using Kino to capture, I am able to manually control the camcorder and capture video just fine. The trouble is the camcorders, despite being controllable through IEEE 1394, are not being recognized as AV/C compliant and so I am unable to control the camcorders through the software interface. I simply get the error message "No AV/C compliant cam connected or not switched on?" even when the camera is in fact connected and switched on and sending audio and video. I'm using /dev/dv1394/0 as the camcorder device for the dv1394 configuration.

The question is: does anyone know how I can get these AV/C compliant camcorders to actually play nice with Kino and have full software control over them through IEEE1394? It would be nice to have more precise control over the start/stop in capture rather than doing things manually.

EDIT:
Okay, so I opted to use /dev/raw1394 instead and made sure the group permissions were all set for video and the group had rw permissions on /dev/raw1394. Even still, the only way I could get Kino to assume AV/C control of the camcorder was to start Kino as root. Not even sudo worked! So there's obviously some sort of permissions issue here, but I'm not sure what.

FURTHER EDIT:
Curiouser and curiouser. Having found no easy way to get a normal user to run Kino and get AV/C control I decided to retreat for now and do a bit more research before tinkering more. I changed back to /dev/dv1394/0 and tested capture as a normal user to make sure I didn't accidentally kill it. Not only did it work fine, but... I had AV/C control! Not that I'm trying to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I would have liked to have known how I managed it, especially without touching any permissions on /dev/dv1394/0.

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