Monthly Archives: April 2008

Cold Winter Continues!

Anchorage April 26, 2008
Picture from Borealis Broadband Webcam taken this afternoon.
 
It’s snowing today in Anchorage.  Fairbanks too.  OK, you say, “that’s Alaska.”  OK.  it’s snowing in Minnesota today too.  It is almost May.  While this sort of weather isn’t unheard of, it sorta goes against the “Oh no!  The ice caps are melting, the ice caps are melting” mantra from the Global Warming fanatics.In case Chicken Little can read, here’s something from the Australian Press.   The article is dated April 23, 2008.  That’s three days ago, but I just found it!  Anyway, here is an excerpt from the article in case you don’t feel like clicking, or you find this blog entry after they remove the story:

There is also plenty of anecdotal evidence that 2007 was exceptionally cold. It snowed in Baghdad for the first time in centuries, the winter in China was simply terrible and the extent of Antarctic sea ice in the austral winter was the greatest on record since James Cook discovered the place in 1770.

It is generally not possible to draw conclusions about climatic trends from events in a single year, so I would normally dismiss this cold snap as transient, pending what happens in the next few years.

This is where SOHO comes in. The sunspot number follows a cycle of somewhat variable length, averaging 11 years. The most recent minimum was in March last year. The new cycle, No.24, was supposed to start soon after that, with a gradual build-up in sunspot numbers.

It didn’t happen. The first sunspot appeared in January this year and lasted only two days. A tiny spot appeared last Monday but vanished within 24 hours. Another little spot appeared this Monday. Pray that there will be many more, and soon.

The reason this matters is that there is a close correlation between variations in the sunspot cycle and Earth’s climate. The previous time a cycle was delayed like this was in the Dalton Minimum, an especially cold period that lasted several decades from 1790.

Northern winters became ferocious: in particular, the rout of Napoleon’s Grand Army during the retreat from Moscow in 1812 was at least partly due to the lack of sunspots.

That the rapid temperature decline in 2007 coincided with the failure of cycle No.24 to begin on schedule is not proof of a causal connection but it is cause for concern.

Cause for concern if:  you like normal growing seasons,  you like Winter to start and end on time (rather than start early and end late like this year),  you are a Global Warming true believer and are committed to raising carbon taxes and receiving grant $$.

I hate to admit it, but I am rooting for cold cold and COLDER.  I’ve always liked the cold and I would really really like to see Al Gore and his followers have to admit they are wrong.

Stay tuned and we will all see what happens.

Wedding Done Right

What a cool day at church!  One reason why I bought the Flip Video camera yesterday was so I could use it today.  We had a “surprise” wedding between Buzz and Alina Wright.  Well, she’s a Wright now :-)

A few people knew about it, but for the most part it was a surprise.  The service went pretty much as normal.  Great worship.  Great sermon.  Pastor Scott was talking about how our relationship with God is so awesome and so personal.  That we are the Bride of Christ!  Then he segued into the wedding.  Very cool.

I was there last year when Buzz asked Alina to marry him.  That also was at the end of second service!  I see a pattern here. One of honoring and loving God.  Great way to start a life together.  Always in His presence!

Here’s my second video edited in iMovie.  Much better that the first thanx to a much better subject!

Flip This Camera

Flips

The Flip Video Camera.  I learned about them at RTNDA.  The Flip Video Ultra is the one I got.  Just $150 (I need to quit spending my economic stimulus before I get it!) and you can shoot an hour of 640 x 480 video on to 2 Gigs of flash memory.  There are no moving parts.  No zoom.  No traditional hard drive.  So the two AA batteries supposedly last for hours.  We will see!

So, I put this little video together last night.  It was also my first experience with iMovie 08.  Imagine my disappointment when iMovie woudln’t import the .avi movie files from the Flip!  After much reading online, I downloaded iMovie HD 06 and use that to convert the video files into something iMovie 08 can use, and there you go.  Seems like Macs aren’t immune to these types of frustrations!

So here is the movie.  Hopefully future projects will be a lot better!

Yummy!

CodLiverOil

Call me crazy (I’ll wait…  OK) but I LOVE Cod Liver Oil.  Maybe it’s because my parents never resorted to using it as a punishment.  (Thank You Parents!)  It’s true.  Cod Liver Oil is muy muy muy good for you!  Chalk full of vitamin D  (why is something “chalk full”?  What does that even mean???) and Omega 3s.  Mmmmmm Omega 3s.

Another reason that I love Cod Liver Oil?  When I have my tablespoon full every morning, it reminds me of the ocean!  The pungent fish smell (and taste) take me back to Ocean Beach in San Diego catching rock crabs trying not to get pinched.  Or walking along the Oregon Coast, stopping for salt water taffy.  (don’t misunderstand me.  I’m NOT saying Cod Liver Oil tastes like salt water taffy)

It may be just me, but Cod Liver Oil is nutritious AND delicious!

Brilliant!

If at first you don’t succeed…

Read the directions!  Or at least the “Help.”  I was trying to send a test message with Mail on the Mac and again, I was having trouble.  I checked out “Help,” and it explained that sometimes when you are on a public WiFi a lot of times they block that port to prevent spam from being sent out through their servers.  BRILLIANT!

Brilliant that it was in the help and brilliant that they block spammers at the Las Vegas Airport.  I guess I’ll rely on gmail when I’m on the road.  It’s a great backup!

What Would Murrow Do?

The last session at RTNDA.  A SUPER session combined with NAB and BEA (I don’t know who that is and I’m too lazy to Google it right now).  The subject?  With all this new technology and changing newsroom structures, just “What Would Edward R. Murrow Do?”  Anyway???

They had a couple of panalists who had written books on Murrow;  Marci Burdick, Senior VP of Broadcast and Cable for Schurz Communications;  Stacey Woelfel, News Director of KOMU-TV in Columbia, MO;  Harvey Nagler, CP of CBS Radio News;  Mark Effron, Senior VP Titanictv.com;   and the whole thing was moderated by ABC News Correspondant John Cochran.

I guess it was a fine session for what it was worth.  Really though, how much credence can you put in a session that seems to know what a guy who has been dead for a long time would think now?

What really upset me though was the whole discussion on, “Gee.  We as the media really messed up by giving Bush and Colin Powell a pass leading up to the war in Iraq.”  I will give Mark Effron credit when he pointed out that all the military and intelligence experts thay talked to said that WMDs was a slam dunk.  You think?  Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and the British Inelligence Service were saying WMDs were a slam dunk!  The whole premise that we didn’t find WMDs so the press must have dropped the ball is so ridiculous.  They weren’t going to go in and inspect Iraq!  President Clinton allowed the inspectors to get kicked out.  What do they think they should have done given EVERYBODY was saying there were WMDs in Iraq?

The discussion also deteriorated even more when the comment was made that Murrow wouldn’t have worn a US Flag pin after 911.  Who knows.  I have a problem with those who have a problem showing some patriotism on the air in a time of war.

This is pure speculation, but I am waiting for the day when it’s revealed that Saadam sent his WMDs into Syria.

I DID get a lot out of RTNDA, but it did confirm for me that the MSM is mostly very liberal.  Maybe RTNDA and/or NAB will surprise me and get Brit Hume on one of their panels.

Ramblin’

I thought it might be a mistake when I booked the flight, but I figured worse case scenario, I’ll sit around the airport and wait.  So.  What am I doing?  Sitting around the airport.  Waiting  :-)

I booked the 8:30 p.m. flight out of Las Vegas thinking I might want to explore the exhibits or whatever.  Nope.  I’ve been at the airport since before 2:00!  I had my best meal of the week here though.  No.  The second best.  The Radio Lunch lunch was outstanding!  The patty melt today was good too.

So.  I’m trying to answer some e-mails.  Problem seems to be with my Mail program on the new Mac.  (probably operator error)  My SMTP settings are right, otherwise why would my mail send just fine sometimes?  Right now it’s not at all!  I can still use my gmail, so it’s not that big a deal, I guess.  I would like to use the Mail though.  Better.  Except right now it’s not.  I think part of the problem might be the airport connection.  I’ll know more once I get home and have a consistent connection.

Check it Out

Check out time is 10:00 a.m.  The RTNDA @ NAB Conference end at Noonish with exhibits continuing until 3:00 or 3:30 this afternoon.  That means I get to carry my bag and my carry on to my workshops this afternoon and around the exhibit hall, if I choose to do that.  I’m hoping the RTNDA will have a place for folks like me to stash their luggage while attending the other stuff.  Either way, I’ll make it work!  It’s not like I have a choice :-)

Tim Robbins Revisited

Robbins

I was just on Drudge and there is a link to the 6 minutes of Tim Robins speech that I talked about earlier in the week that helped kick off RTNDA.  Robbins’ remarks were dripping with sarcasm, and I suppose if I shared his liberal views I would say even hilariously funny.  I guess as a Conservative Christian the best I could give him is offensive and at times mildly amusing.

As I mentioned in my previous post, he did end with a few serious points.  Some I do agree with.  It would be interesting to actually talk to him and see if we saw those points the same way.  For example he talked about the opportunity the media has to elevate the level of debate and to educate to make the world a better place.  To unite us, not bring attention to those who divide us.  Yet during his speech he took numerous swipes at President Bush and defended Former President Clinton’s lying under oath.  He also took a shot at some of my favorite conservative commentators like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham.  If that is uniting, who needs dividing!  As far as knocking off the celebrity type coverage and the car wreck type stuff, he and I agree.  When he says educate the public, does he mean liberal causes only?  In the case of Global Warming and other liberal ideals, the mainstream media already does!

The story mentions that the NAB ordered all cameras to be turned off.  I was there and didn’t hear that or see that.  I am still kicking myself for not recording those 6 minutes myself.  I had just finished video taping some of Charles Osgood getting an award.  If I had brought my FireWire for my camera I could have had Robbns’ comments on YouTube that very day.

What bothers me most is that the NAB/RTNDA would invite Robbins to speak at all.  He is obviously very partisan and by his own admission has no idea what the future of digital media even means (although I know he was being a bit sarcastic).  It just confirms for many that my business as a whole is very liberal.  If that’s not the case, why have Robbins speak and cause people to conclude that it is true?  Judging from the reaction to Robbins speech from most in attendance, it is.

Good Save

RTNDA Logo

I was wondering yesterday if staying in RTNDA is the best idea for Family Life Radio.  I still haven’t decided that it is for sure, but today was a much better day at the RTNDA.  Today was the first day that I felt like radio is even a thought in the organization.  Most everything is focused toward TV.  Don’t get me wrong.  It IS fun to hear about and I can definitely relate!  It even makes me wonder if I should go back to TV since I keep hearing how someone who can shoot video, report, edit on a laptop, and post to the web is a valuable commodity these days.  Hmmm.  That’s me!  Of course, I keep hearing by “valuable” they don’t mean as much $$ as the big anchors used to pull down.  It sounds like there will be less and less of those over time too.

But, I really do feel called to Family Life Radio right now.  That means I need to figure out how to take these TV centered workshops and glean info for my radio job.  Today was a big help.  One workshop was even ALL radio!  The latest in recording devices for the field.  Nice stuff to know!

Also, today was the NAB/RTNDA Radio Lunch.  Great info on the projected future of ad revenue.  To summarize, Radio, TV and the internet are not drawing the dollars when compared to who uses the medium.  Radio especially is loosing out.  Newspapers, magazines and the Yellow Pages are pulling way more ad revenue than the eye balls they are drawing.  Eventually advertisers will figure this out and newspapers and the yellow pages will lose more and that $$ will migrate to radio, TV and online.  Pretty sweet!  It doesn’t affect us directly since we are listener supported.  Still.  It’s nice to have a healthy industry!

Back to whether to stay in RTNDA.  I’m going to have to go through my notes and determine if staying in justifies the station paying over $1,500 for this visit plus the yearly dues.  If I have enough useful information to share with my team back home that will help a lot.  There IS a benefit for me to be in the industry loop.   I do feel much more connected to what is going on thanks to this trip.  That is certainly worth a lot too.