Hunting Energy Leaks

Hunting Energy Leaks

A shorter NY Times video that occasionally features bad lighting, bad sound and bad camera shake.  I learned that spiders dwell near drafty wells–that is, they like breezy places so if you see spider’s webs in the corners of windows or walls, then that’s probably where you’re losing energy.



Going Green and Off the Grid

Going Green and Off the Grid

Not the greatest of videos but not bad either.  It appealed to me because it is about an organic farm that is off grid.  The heroine of our tale is a former journalism professor who doesn’t come into contact with newspapers now unless she’s using them to start a fire.  Being stressed 24/7 was wearing on her health so she was ready when she met her outdoorsy partner Sam, and they’ve lived and worked together on the farm for 10 years.



Alternative Energy Revolution

Take a break and giggle at this alternative-energy themed comic (which was posted just in time for this class-dontcha love that?).


Freecycle-The beautiful red-headed stepchild of Recycle


So there’s this thing that people do in various cities around the country, and it’s called Freecycle.  Carbondale does it.  You join the group on Yahoo then you post things you want to give away, are looking to receive, saw on a corner and thought someone might want, etc.  Basically it’s a way to keep gently-used things out of the landfills (it kind of goes with that saying “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”).  I’m a member and I’ve used it to get a microwave and obtain and give away moving boxes.  Did I mention it’s FREE?  You can’t beat it.  There are rules, of course, but they’re pretty easy to follow.

I thought if someone is doing a story on recycling, this could be a part of it.


Here’s a snapshot of how the posts look:
Freecycle posts


Alright, so I’m not sure if pleas for help count as a blog post, but here I am pleading.

So I plugged in the FireWire drive, turned it on, connected it to the computer and to the camera (also plugged in and on).  I know it was correct because at one point I could see images of the desk via the camcorder in the Log and Capture window.  Now…nothing.

Here’s how I set it up (I also tried HDV-1080i60FireWireBasic, but that didn’t work either):

Warning window 1

When I click “Setup” it goes apeshit and says this:

Warning window 2

Then when I start cursing like a sailor and give up by pressing “Continue,” this pops up in the Log and Capture area:

Warning window 3

Any assistance would be appreciated and may even be rewarded with a cookie.  I’m also pretty sure all my recording settings were correct.  I double checked with the sheet Roger gave us and everything looked OK.  I’m free to meet with someone tomorrow afternoon if someone is available and free to help.


PS:  This is me (a frustrated me).
Me, Myself, and I (And another one of me)

Blood for coal

Grieving familyAnother cost of coal mining? Human lives. A series of explosions in a Chinese mine killed 74 workers Sunday and injured 114 other, five critically. Read the story here.


Time-lapse video of Columbia Glacier in Alaska

GlacierI just thought this National Geographic clip of the Columbia Glacier retreating was cool. The video consists of 436 frames taken between May and September 2007.


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