If You Build It, They Will Come.

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

If you are reading this, then you are invited to

The "Twelve Page Paper" Expofestarama.

Saturday May 22, 8pm at the Little Theater, WMU East Campus, Kalamazoo, MI.

Questions? Leave a comment.

Monday, April 26, 2004

Before I go to Orlando, Florida, I want to drive to Leonardo, New Jersey. If anyone else wants to go, we could probably swing up to NYC for a bit. Lemme know.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Started job #2 today. Seems okay. Less soapoperaesque.

Also, I bought Encore, and it worked beautifully on the first try. So the DVD stuff is no longer a problem.

Sorry this is so short, but I gotta sleep. Two jobs is two jobs too many.

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Friday, April 16, 2004

So for the longest time I thought no one read this anymore, as I was not receiving comments. Everyday I looked and thought, "Nope. No one said anything." And today I get on and there are 4 new comments.

And I'm all like.. "WTF."

So in response....

Jackie, My address is

2809 Quail Run Ct
Lexington, OH 44904

And Lola, I'm leaving in like 5 minutes.

Saturday, April 10, 2004

I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job.

Happy Birthday Krissy.

I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job.


I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss. I hate my boss.

At least she's not Bambi. Poor John.

Again, anyway, happy birthday Krissy. I think I'm going to try to call you today. Erin, you never called me. Laura, sorry I called you. Marcy, I almost called you.

Anyway, laters.

Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Wow, this IMDb board is starting to get really interesting. Senor Bat is beoming a megalomaniac, and it's totally awesome, as I am his right hand man. Unless of course, my most recent post upsets him.

On another note, why is it that spam emails usually end with a bunch of strung together seemingly random words, like,"kamikaze permian wilfred referred amazon paralysis polypropylene very sprightly crash?"

Today at work everything ran smoothly until about 5am, when all hell broke loose. Suddenly there was an onslaught of customers, my register locked and the coffee machine exploded, all within moments of each other. I almost wigged out.

Wigged out. Interesting term. I wonder where that term came from.

I also wonder how to say... well this is hard to explain, follow this.

"I don't mind" is to "I didn't mind." as "He shouldn't mind" is to __________.

All I could come up with was "He shouldn't have minded." But I don't think "Minded" is a word that exists in reality. "Mound?" No. "He shouldn't have mound" was my first instinct, but that's just retarded.

Anyway, check out that board, it really is pretty funny.

Monday, April 05, 2004

IMDb Message Board - Batman Begins.

Check out the posts by Senor Bat. The dude's hilarious, and everyone else thinks he's serious. BTW, I'm PreciousRoy.

Also, I just found an update for Encore, and a FAQ with all the problems I've been having. This may be the best day of my life. Ok, not really.


Sunday, April 04, 2004

Encore is quickly turning me to the dark side. I started over again last night and changed the bitrate to about half of what it was, and everytime I saved, I saved it under a new file, so there now are 15 copies of this DVD project on my desktop. Again, I encoded, and went to work, and again it didn't work because the bitrate was too high, and again it wouldn't let me go back because my access was denied. I only had to go back and redo a few changes though because it let me into the 12th save I made. So now I turned the bitrate all the way down, which should make the DVD play like shit, but maybe this time it will actually burn. The entire project is half the size it needs to be. If not, I gotta figure out how to get it to drop the data rate effectively, and I need to find where Adobe houses their main offices so I can burn their building down.

In other news, last night was my first night alone at the store, and I think I did pretty well. I've been cheating on my diet like mad though. I've been drinking lots of pop and over the week I've eaten half a box of Chicken in a Biskets. My mom would probably get mad, but I've lost 9 pounds this week. Yes, this week. Who knows. I think I invented the "Stay up all night eating Nabisco Snack Crackers and drinking Dr. Pepper." Diet. I should write a book.


Friday, April 02, 2004

I can feel the hatred burning inside me. It's right in my heart. I can literally feel anger. It's very bizarre, because I'm very calm. I feel like I could flip out, but I know I'm not going to.

It's frustrating. I'm trying to make this DVD, and it keeps telling me that the data rate is too high. I realized it was first because I was trying to put 7.3GB onto a 4.7GB disc. So I encoded it with a lower maximum bit rate, so that it came to 4.1GB. Now each time I transcode these AVI files it takes around three hours. I tried again, and the data rate was still to high. In order to trun it down again, I need to change all the transcoded files back to their original state. I did this smartly though. Since this is the fourth time I've had to completely start over due to some stupid error, I saved multiple copies of the project. Everytime I saved, I saved it as a seperate file, so that way if it fouled up again after I saved, I wouldn't have to start completely over. So I tried to revert the files to their original state. And I get an error message I've not gotten yet. "Access Denied." Interesting, I think to myself, this is my project, and I've not put read only access on it, so "Access Denied" should not be an error message I'm receiving. So I go back to the other file, transcoded as well, but in the larger 7.3GB version, to try to revert that back as well. Again, "Access Denied." So I go back to the earlier one, with no transcoding done yet. I double click on the icon of the project. "Cannot Find Project." Again, I'm looking right at it. Ok, I think, I'll just open it with Encore. I go into Encore, File > Open > 12ppVer5.ncor "Access Denied." None of them open now. I exit out, and I reinstall Encore. No help. I check the project folders properties. They are all read only. So, I turn off the read only and try again. "Access Denied." Read only is turned back on. I'm not really sure that is my problem, as Encore was fouling up constantly before. Encore is a $550 program, it really should work if people are going to buy it. So now, if I start over again, and I transcode again, and it's still too high, I'm going to have to start all over again. Authoring the DVD took about 3 hours, plus the three hours to transcode, and then the error message would pop up. So I am officially completely pissed off. This has been five total days worth of work, starting over over and over again. And now I have to start over again.

So if you have any ideas, please leave them in the comments. I don't know what to do.

I hate Encore.

Thursday, April 01, 2004

Cross your fingers.

The presale DVD is burning as I type this. Presale as in the audio commentary track isn't recorded yet, and the film isn't tweaked to perfection, but the copy I have is on there. There were no crazy errors today as of yet. Everything ran smoothly. By my math, the encoding should work. Here's hoping. I should know in about three hours. Knock on wood.

In other news, I start on third today. I was up at 11. I couldn't sleep any longer. So, I work at 11 tonight until 7am, then I have a doctor appointment at 10am friday. So I'm going to be up for a while. Maybe I'll try for a nap sometime today.

Dear Lola,

SBC sucks. I called them to cancel my caller ID and call waiting and voicemail so I could save about $20 a month. They took it off right away, but continued charging me for it for two months. I called them angrily and told them what had happened, and they said I still had it and hadn't requested the termination of service. I told them that I no longer had the service, as my voicemail was gone, along with my caller ID, and they finally agreed and said I'd get a credit, and it wouldn't show up anymore. Next month it was back on there. I called again, and complained, and again, was promised a credit and again was billed for the service. Six months total. I cancelled the services in december, and they weren't off my bill until june. It finally got taken off when I told them I was cancelling their service completely, and the lady almost begged me not to. I did end up getting all the credit I deserved and didn't have to pay a phone bill for about three and a half months. So that was okay. But those guys are total assclowns.

Dear everyone,

All skate.

The DVD was coming together nicely, then I found out Encore wants to fight me. And Encore is fighting dirty. Everything got erased today, when suddenly Windows couldn't find the file on my desktop. Now, I'm no computer, but, I had no trouble finding the file. I was looking right at it. Then after a series of reboots, suddenly one of my files, (which one, I'll never know) apparently wasn't right. I was told to go to Photoshop to fix the RGB error. What that means to what file, I have no clue.

And I swear to god I got the strangest error today. I felt like someone was watching me, like I was being Punk'd. I was using Encore, and this error message pops up, and word for word, it says:

"You have encountered a Really Bad Error (tm). You had better stop before it gets worse."


So I lost everything I've done so far as far as transcoding. That's not so bad, all the links I have to redo, and remake all the menus, and that's about all. And all the conversions of AVI to MPEG-2. When it's done though, it'll be beautiful.

I work a 3rd tomorrow, and I worked 1st today. So I was up at 6am, and I need to stay up so I can get on a third shift schedule. It's kicking my ass right now. It's 2:04am, so I've been up for 20 hours. I was ready to go to sleep like 5 hours ago, but I can't let myself. Ugh.

I think that's all for me tonight.

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