Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 12:23 pm

Wildcat rising

Filed under: Wildcats — Lex @ 12:23 pm
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This time a year ago, hardly anyone knew about Stephen Curry. They know now. In addition to being named a finalist for the Wooden Award last spring, he’s now on the preseason All-America team.

Will he match or exceed last year’s blisting 25+ scoring average while also moving from shooting guard to the point, succeeding graduated national assist leader Jason Richards? “His contribution to the team should change some,” the AP delicately puts it. Let’s hope that means adding big assist numbers to his scoring average.

Mom got Davidson season tix, so I hope to see a few games this year. I doubt there’s any way this year’s team exceeds, or even matches, the 2008 version, but they should be exciting to watch.

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Rogues’ Photo gallery

Time to get caught up on a backlog of photos. All these were taken with my cell phone, and to my surprise they didn’t turn out too badly.

First: Victoria rides a horse at our church’s fall festival, held at the farm of two of our more gracious members.
Victoria rides a horse at our church's fall festival, held at the farm of two of our more gracious members.

Next, Victoria took this picture at a Barack Obama campaign stop in Greensboro while sitting on my shoulders. Somewhere up there between the two lights is Obama, although I guess you’ll have to take my word on that.
Victoria took this picture while sitting on my shoulders. Somewhere up there between the two lights is Barack Obama. Really.

Hooper with a friend at the fall festival. As far as we know, Hooper is not a Parseltongue.
Hooper with a friend at the fall festival. As far as we know, Hooper is not a Parseltongue.

Hooper is ready to enter his team’s soccer game at a moment’s notice. Really.
Hooper is ready to enter his team's soccer game at a moment's notice. Really.

The closest we’re going to get to a full team picture of the Fusion.
The closest we're going to get to a full team photo of the Fusion.

The Buttercups, Fall 2008, after their last game of the season, a 2-2 tie.
The Buttercups, fall 2008, after their last game of the season, a 2-2 tie.

First Presbyterian Church at sunset.
First Presbyterian Church at sunset.

I haven’t attempted any action shots with the phone, primarily because you would have to get really close to the subject for it to come close to filling the frame. Still, it works pretty well on closeups, and I’ve got a particularly soothing Lake Norman sunset shot on my desktop at work now. (I’ve still got the Alexander tartan on my desktop at home.)

I sent the photos to Flickr at 800×600 to try to get the width to match the width of the text column of BOTR, but it looks like the biggest Flickr will render them is roughly 500×375. I guess that’s to accommodate smaller monitors than my 19-incher. Oh, well.

Saturday, November 1, 2008 1:24 pm

Frustration with phone video

Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 1:24 pm
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Folks, I’ve got a problem that perhaps someone can help me with.

My cell phone takes video in the 3gpp2 format (*.3g2), which supposedly is the standard, or at least a popular format, for phone video. I’ve transferred the file to my computer with no problem. I’ve downloaded a low-tech but serviceable *.3g2 player. However, I cannot find any freeware that successfully converts the file to *.avi, *.wmv, QuickTime or any other more commonly used video format. The best candidate I found won’t convert video that doesn’t have an audio track with it, which my phone video does not. I have Googled for possible solutions and downloaded/installed more than a dozen, but when I’ve tried each, either the “converted” file is empty or it won’t convert at all.

I can convert it online through Zamzar.com, but I’d like to have something in-house.

Does anyone have any suggestions for something that might work?

Thanks.

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