Sunday, February 26, 2006

Hockey Night in Ville St. Laurent

After 2 weeks I was finally able to bring my camcorder to hockey Friday night. Bonnie, my friend's girlfriend that comes and watches us play all the time was kind enough to film about 50 minutes (in high definition) of the game for me. So I pretty much spent most of my afternoon today playing back the video and taking screen caps of myself in action. Watching myself on the tv was kinda neat, its not very often I see myself on video playing hockey, but now I actually have action pics of myself. I posted all my screen caps on my Flickr photos page so you can go check those and my other pics out and leave comments there if you want. The screen cap below is one of my favorites out of the batch, I'm the guy in RED...

Hockey Feb. 24, 2006

While were on the topic of hockey, I just found out that the #1 ranked McGill Redmen hockey team just won game 3 of their best of 3 OUA Eastern Semifinal series with U of Ottawa. This means they will now play in the best of 3 Eastern Conference Finals (Mar. 1-5) against UQTR. If they win that series, they will go on and play for the Queens Cup (Finals) and earn a berth to Nationals for the first time. I'm hoping to go to one of their upcoming home playoff games and take some pics while I'm at it....

Anyhoo moving along now, I'm just about done making a list of accessories I'll need to get for the camcorder for my video podcast (KINFIT). Next thing is to figure out what hardware upgrade I'll need for my computer but I'll probably end up getting a brand new one seeing how cheap it is nowadays. Software I'm pretty much set, still need to get one more, Adobe After Effects 7.0. My friend and I started to discuss more about the content and the structure for the show so everything seems to be on schedule. Still gotta decide on a host site and a domain name but that can wait. Thats it for now, I'll keep updating our progress in my blogs as we go along...

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Car anniversary, Mathesis puzzle box and my del.icio.us

Well today my car (Black 2005 Mazda 3 GS) officially turned 1 yrs old. I thought about going out and getting it washed and waxed and taking some nice pictures of it, but then I realized I washed it last week so it would be a waste of money (money that I need to pay for my super expensive camcorder for my video podcast) and I have my winter rims and tires on so it doesn't look as nice as if I had my 15" alloy rims on. Maybe when spring/summer time rolls along I'll take some nice pics then, so for now you can just click this link and check out reviews and pics identical to my car. After a year I can say that I am very pleased with it, it really is a cool car, semi-automatic transmission, good performance (148 HP), nice exterior and interior. No major accidents yet (thank god), although I do have slight scratches on the front and rear bumper caused by incompetent drivers/parkers...but luckly they're not noticable. I also have a paint chip on the left rear passenger door handle caused by some idiot who hit it with his car door at hockey, and some small little chips at the bottom of the car from highway pebbles..but again these aren't noticable either, so I've been lucky so far hehe...

Moving along now, my friend Geoff Brown (some of you from may remember him from high school) who graduated in Industrial Design decided to make some extra money by making and selling a project he did when he was at Dawson. It's called the Mathesis Puzzle Box...its pretty neat and is a really good gift to give someone. He already sold about a dozen but I was lucky enough to have gotten 2 for free (gave 1 to a friend) since I helped him buy and pick up wood one day. You can read all about it on his Official Website, his contact info is there too.

Finally I just like to mention that I added links to my del.icio.us page (a bookmarking page with all my favorite links/sites) and my Flickr photo album with all my digital pics of my recent adventures, so go check both of them out. Both Flickr and Del.icio.us are free so sign up and start your own accounts too!! Later!

Monday, February 13, 2006

Free bandwith, testing my HDV camcorder & where's Michael Franks?

For anyone who wants to do a podcast or video podcast (the next big thing to blogging) like me and is worried about storage & bandwith, then you should definitely check out Libsyn. I was researching on which blog site (Typepad or Wordpress) to host my video podcast when I heard about them on commandN (the Hak.5 guys use it for one of their podcasts). At Libsyn, all you have to do is to pay a small monthly fee to get storage space and unlimited bandwidth. Yes, "unlimited". I'm not entirely sure how they do it (apparently no one does either), but that they do it well. Aside from storing your files, Libsyn also allows you to start a blog, it manages your RSS feeds, and it even allows for easy BitTorrent file creation. You can even play/test it out yourself for free before signing up. I'm actually considering it since the last thing I want to worry about is paying for extra bandwith if more people start downloading our video and the fact that they take care of all the other stuff like RSS feeds and yada yada is a bonus...

In other news I finally tested my new Sony HDR HC1 camcorder today (didn't have a bag to bring it to hockey Friday) and I must say filming in high definition is really nice, and when you convert hi-def into standard-def it still looks way better than recording in standard definition. The sound quality is really good too. There are also a bunch of other neat features with the camcorder which I'm not going to go into detail about except for that it can also function as a digital camera too (2.8 megapixels) with a built in flash. I can take still pictures like any other camera or the neat thing is I can also take still pictures from a video recording. I just replay what I just filmed and click on the photo button when I want to make a still pic of that particular video footage. To see how well taking still pics were using the flash I decided to test it on one of my favorite Patlabor models I built from 3-4 years ago (you can view them at my flickr photos page). I wasn't able to get many angles since I had already placed it on a display shelf and I didn't want to disturb it but I have to say I was really impressed with the quality, they came out nicer than I expected, especially for something that was a built in feature, but then again this was a +$2000 HDV camcorder hehe. In anycase so far its really living up to its value. The next thing now is to see how well it does when you film (in HDV) people running and jumping, so I'm going to bring it to my martial arts/lion dance practice this week and hopefully get some video at hockey next week with some action pics too...

Last but not least for all those from Centennial and/or Dawson, hopefully you guys still remember Michael (Franks), one of my best friends. Well if you do and are wondering what happened to him, well he ran away to some boonie hick town (Prince George) in BC. I recently got him to start his own blog with Blogger so if you want to read up about what he's been up to (hanging with the natives...literally) you can. He did a pretty good job summarizing the last 2 years there and what he's going to do next. Anyhoo time to play more with my new HDV camcorder....


Friday, February 10, 2006

The Asian glance & my Sony HDR HC1

If you guys read my New Years blog you may recall my peeve about how most asian people will 99% glance at another asian even if they didn't know them at all, as if by some chance they did (seriously, do we all look alike?!?). In any case this happened to my friend while she was waiting for me at McGill. Some Asian guy who was walking towards her did the glance (a long one at that) and then continued on his way. Now the funny thing is that, when she was telling me this we stopped at a light to cross the street and this mini tour bus filled with Asians stopped right in front of us and I swear everyone starred at us as if they were surprised to see other Asians ("Yes we're yellow and wearing winter coats, and no we're not Inuit")...Some man and woman actually waved at me...so to be nice I waved back while repeatedly saying in my head, "Why me..why me..??"...

Well after the Asian starring fiasco my friend and I went to Future Shop to buy my new Sony HDR HC1 camcorder, which we'll be using to film our Kinfit (video podcast) episodes. It was on sale for $400 off. We pretty much gave the salesperson the easiest sale of his life, walked in, told him I want to buy this and aurevoir...well sorta...he did try to sell me additional stuff and yada yada. I eventually agreed to take the 3 yr warranty only since he took off another $200 from the discounted price so I ended up getting $600 off on the camcorder, which is pretty good if you read the specs on it (I can film in Hi-Definition..wooooo). A friend of mine said if Kinfit doesn't work out we can go shoot porn and make millions haha. Anyhoo, I might test it out when I go play hockey Friday night...let's hope it doesn't get smashed by flying pucks on it's first field trip...

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Happy Birthday Redmen & Pocky Mania

The McGill Redmen, the oldest hockey program and the world's first organized hockey club celebrated its 129th anniversary Jan.31 and on the same day were ranked 1st in the nation on the CIS top ten for the first time ever in their history. The Redmen who are 15-1-2 are first in their division, 3 pts ahead of #10 ranked and hated rival UQTR and have a record 9 shutouts this season thus far. At least one hockey team in Montreal is winning..hehe.. and hopefully this regular season success carries over into the playoffs and get the Redmen to nationals this year. Next home games are Feb. 3 & 4 against Ryerson and U of T, if anyone wants to go give me a shout, college hockey is always fun to go to, love the atmosphere, plus they're better to watch than the Habs right now thats for sure...can't wait till playoffs start hehe.

So I was watching an episode of commandN, a favorite video podcast of mine about tech news and they were filming in a Japanese store in Toronto called Sanko and it had every possible Pocky flavor, over 40 varieties I believe...that's alot of Pocky...there's even a flavor called Men's Bitter Chocolate. For some of my friends who don't know what Pocky is, they are this sorta pastry snack (sticks) dipped in chocolate or other flavors, addictive and good hehe. Also, here's 2 online quizzes I found (http://www.blogthings.com/pockyquiz.html & http://sugardew.com/bloggalicious/quizzies/pocky/pockyquiz.htm) that you can go to and see what Pocky flavor you are...have fun!



what flavor pocky are you?

[c] sugardew

Anyhoo, for those who noticed, I have media player on my space now. It was playing Best of You by Foo Fighters before but I just discovered I can play The Kids Aren't Alright by The Offspring which is one of my all time favorite songs. Enjoy and I'll try to change songs every now and then but seriously, who can ever get tired of this song?