Monthly ArchiveJuly 2005

Movies 27 Jul 2005 10:03 am

Nerd goes to the movies: The Life Aquatic

At Chez Nerd, we have just subscribed to the new BigPond Movies “4 DVDs for $9.95 a month” plan. Our local video hire shop charges $7.60 for any new or recent release, so the BigPond deal seems pretty good to a penny-pinching Nerd.

Our first DVD on the plan was The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.
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Church 27 Jul 2005 08:50 am

Revelation: impenetrable or encouraging?

For many people, Christian or not, the last book of the Bible — Revelation — contains so much strange content that it appears to be totally incomprehensible. But if you’re prepared to think about about the context of Revelation and the type of literature (apocalyptic) that it is, then everything starts to fall into place.
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Flying Nerd site 26 Jul 2005 09:50 am

New-look Nerd

The Flying Nerd site boasts a bold new header today. It’s a little bit slower to load, but I think it’s worth the wait. And in any case, you are on broadband, aren’t you?
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Miscellaneous 26 Jul 2005 09:34 am

Nerd flying slowly

Your friendly Flying Nerd is now (more-or-less) back on deck after a week of unpleasantness in the throat (hoarse as a horse and barking like a dog).

As ever, the Flying Nerd welcomes your comments and fedback on anything you read here.

Flying Nerd site 25 Jul 2005 05:47 pm

Gravatars are enabled

The Flying Nerd site now supports Gravatars (Globally Recognised Avatars) which will be associated with your comments.

Do you have one?

Formula 1 25 Jul 2005 02:29 pm

F1 Round 12 (German GP) Rant

Not much to rant about here.

Last night’s race results reflected the practice and qualifying form, save for those who suffered misfortunes.
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Music 25 Jul 2005 01:55 pm

Music — what’s happening to me?

At my age (please try to contain those giggles), you’re not supposed to start liking new styles of music. All around the world, radio programmers put enormous effort into finding just the right mix of classic hits music to attract people like me (and the advertisers that target us).

So why do I find myself listening to Moby and Venus Hum?
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Video editing 22 Jul 2005 12:59 pm

Buying Ulead video editing software in Australia

I use and recommend Ulead video editing software.

For low-end, quick-and-dirty jobs, VideoStudio 9 is just what you want. It’s pretty stable, has a good set of features, reasonable flexibility and a moderatley flexible DVD burning engine.

For high-end (non-professional) editing, it’s hard (for the price) to go past MediaStudio Pro 7. (But note that MSP8 is on the way — it’s already being spoken about in the forums.)

I have used both VS9 and MSP7 for home videos and for videos produced for church. If you know me and are interested, ask to see the results!

Problem is, if you live in Australia, these products are WAY too expensive to buy.

It seems to me that this is down to the arrangements that Ulead has made with the distributors. Some time ago, I posted to the Media Studio Pro User Group (MUG) on this subject. Here’s what I had to say (in April):
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Miscellaneous 21 Jul 2005 06:36 pm

Still feeling crook

For a few days now, my throat has been bugging me. My voice comes and goes at inopportune moments.

I had an important meeting this afternoon — voice was acceptable (not good). But now I feel whacked. Got to get rid of this thing.

Flying Nerd site 20 Jul 2005 06:38 pm

Welcome to the Flying Nerd

The Flying Nerd web site took off on 20 July 2005.

The F1 posts are dated earlier, but have never previously been posted on the web — they come from a series of emails I shared with like minded friends (known in the F1 world as ‘anoraks’).

Enjoy, and join in.

Formula 1 04 Jul 2005 10:51 am

F1 Round 10 (French GP) Rant

(Actually more of a meander than a rant)

Well, well, well.

What a stunning drive by Fernando Alonso. The guy is a metronome.

Great performance also by Kimi Raikkonen. 13th to 2nd is a tremendous result. And running third fastest in qualifying with SOOO much fuel on board was impressive. Maybe he could have challenged Fernando if not for the engine failure on Friday — but I doubt it.

But what of the others?
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