December 1st, 2008

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The more you spend, the more you care

I'm not sure if I mentioned it but I finally offloaded all of the advent calendars last week. It was nice to see them out the door. Since then I've been trying to sell off some other things on ebay including my Flip Ultra. It's a wonderful camcorder, taking great video for the size and price. I took it with me to both Origins and Gencon this year and was very happy with the quality. The only reason I'm looking to sell it now is I just saw online that the new updated version is out. The Flip Mino takes video in HD, more than doubling the video size and also has an internal lithium battery. The entire thing has also gotten smaller and lighter, but that's of little consequence for me.

Usually, I'm never an early adapter. I hate the idea of paying more for something just because it's new and hip. For instance, I think anyone who bought an iPhone the first time around should get a Cat scan because they might have a brain tumor. That's the only way to explain dropping that much cash for what is essentially nothing more than a handheld status symbol. That said, why would I be picking up the new Flip Mino? Well, I think it's a steal at a little over $200. Other comparable camcorders range well into double that or more. Also, if I loved the ultra so much, this could only be better with the added specs. I only wish I had more of an opportunity to use it. I find that my career as a shut-in in training doesn't really provide for many video taking moments.

Yay! I bought my Flip Mino off of eBay. They were having a 40% off sale today which means I managed to pick it up for less than $150, or around $60 less than I would have gotten it for on Amazon. I'm also happy to report that my Flip Ultra sold just a few minutes ago so I can take that $80 and use it to offset the cost of the Flip Mino. Paying $70 for an upgrade like that sounds pretty spiffy to me. The whole thing might encourage me to take and post more videos.
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Rainbows are teh ghey

Ganked from la_vie_en_love

Your rainbow is strongly shaded violet and black.


What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate mystery. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it. You may meet people who are afraid of you.

Find the colors of your rainbow at

I feel a stupid even saying this, but this quiz is full of crap. It doesn't describe me at all, except for perhaps that last part and that's only because those people are worried I'm going to snap one day and go on a rampage thirsting for human blood. Remove that and it doesn't ring true at all. Maybe it describes a bizzaro-world me who's corrupted the quiz results in an attempt to make interdimensional contact. That's the best answer I've got. Well, besides the fact that quiz might just suck.
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Once a year makes it more meaningful

Considering all the griping that I usually do about how much things generally suck (because they do), I thought I should take a moment to address what I'm thankful for. I started thinking about it, no surprise, on Thanksgiving and I just never got around to jotting it down. It seems that there is really only one thing in my whole life that I really have to be thankful for and that's family. The winds of fate and blind chance seem to have resulted in me being born into a family that, sometimes against all expectations, loves me. It certainly didn't have to have ended up that way as I'm sure millions around the world can attest to.

My family has provided care and support far beyond what I could have expected. It's no small part due to them that I'm still around and kicking. While my medical problems might not be fatal, they're awful enough that I'm not sure what I would do if I were somehow off on my own, all crippled and alone. Well, actually, I'm pretty sure I know what I would do which is why that last rainbow meme might have at least gotten one thing right. Still, as much as things suck for me, it can't be a cakewalk for them either. My parents no doubt had aspirations for all of their children to be successful and happy and I ended up being completely screwed as far as that goes. It can't be easy to come to the realization that I'll probably never accomplish much more in life than I already have. Well, barring some sort of miracle cure that comes out of the blue. The odds are good that I'll spend at least a good chunk of the rest of my life decrepit and if they feel at all bitter about that, it's never something they've directed at me.

It's not a bad time of year to remember that things could always be worse.
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