Month: April 2012

April 29, 2012

A couple of years back, I treated myself to a pocket video camera – a Kodak Zi8. I had big plans to do various things with it – including some music videos and perhaps some cooking demos on YouTube.

My first outing was to the Gadget show, where I filmed as much as the SD card would take; subsequently I filmed some other local events, just to get a feel for it.

But I was greatly disappointed, as almost everything I filmed had audio sync problems. I spent a long time online, and discovered this was not an isolated problem. The Zi8 saves to a MOV file, and uses a fairly obscure codec, little used by anyone else. As a result, films worked with the Kodak software, but loading it anywhere else (or exporting it), I found I had syncronisation problems.

I should have really returned it for a refund, but I was hoping to find a solution. In the end, the camera got put away, and my dreams of video editing were forgotten.

Then the other day, I saw that Amazon had the Bloggie 3D camera reduced to 89 quid. Last time I looked at this, it was over 200 pounds. So even though I have bought too many toys lately, I decided I had to have one.

April 24, 2012

Played an interesting game last night – Risk Legacy. It is a version of Risk, but one where the board, factions and rules change from game to game, based on what happened in previous games. I haven’t come across anything like it before – a…

April 18, 2012

News about my new Kamado ceramic grill. Had friends round for boardgaming on Saturday, so enlisted some help on lifting the heavy main unit onto the wheeled stand. Completed the rest of the assembly last night, and poured in some charcoal to give it a…

April 13, 2012

… as I have even started buying flour through them! Following my breadmaking course in December, I haven’t had many hands-on sessions. I’ve used the bread machine for convenience when busy, but was determined to start making it by hand again, as what I made…

April 13, 2012

I am expecting delivery of my new GPS today, with a large (5″) touch screen. Was upstairs when the doorbell rang. Excited (I can be like a kid with my toys!), I ran downstairs and opened the door. I signed for ParcelForce, and was given…

April 12, 2012

When I bought my new Berlingo, I must admit I was puzzled that they were selling a car – at a very good discount – that had only been registered in November as a demonstrator, and had only done 600 miles. I know there are…

April 11, 2012

Some of you who know me will think I have gone mad. I had a new grill delivered yesterday. Yes, in addition to the pellet grill and the Weber Kettle. It is a Kamado ceramic cooker. These are beginning to come onto the popular market,…

April 6, 2012

I was somewhat uplifted to hear that Mad Men was not doing very well on Sky Atlantic – viewing figures are down to 47,000, from 255,000 when it was shown on BBC4. According to some sources, this means the show is costing Sky £5 per…