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Monday, December 15, 2008

Dude, Where The Ef Are My Videos?!?
or stupid stupid technology 

Okay, so I've returned from vacation with a small problem...well a couple small problems actually. 

For some reason I have not been able to sleep (fall asleep, stay asleep, go back to sleep) for like...four days now. 

What the ef is that about? 

It's not like I've been hammered every night, my alcohol-soaked brain unable to ascertain the need for a nocturnal sleep pattern. Nor have I been having night sweats or some other such "transition years" hideous side effect, no doubt created by the Man to continue the long-suffering of us gals. (I'm not bitter.) My brain just.. will.. not.. SHUT UP!! I'm at the end of my sad, flacid, dangling rope. (which is not to be confused with the much maligned dangling participle, or equally maligned dingly dangs of prior posting) If either case were true, at least there would be a place to start looking for a remedy to my current malady. As it stands, I'm left pleading for sweet release from my higher power. Perhaps I need to wear sexier PJs to attract said deity's attention. 

Moving on...

My other Issue Du Jour is technology related. Namely, iPhoto is toying with me. Mocking my misfortune of being hatched in an era when black and white TVs were all the rage, phones had rotary dials and communications were written on papyrus, sent via slave-driven river barges. Okay...we actually had ponies. 

Anyhoo, last Friday night Geo and I caught the King-Of-All-My-Thangs, Rhett Miller at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Fabulous concert! You sure get your money's worth from this charming fellow. He ripped through 21 songs in a little under 90 minutes. Standing on my perch a mere six feet away, I recorded about four songs in their entirety and a handful of smaller bits of fun banter. I didn't tape more because quite honestly I just wanted to enjoy the show and sing--LOUDLY, which frankly should not be preserved on any tape unless you need to scare away dingos or something.

 I jumped on the computer, my friend (HA!) to upload the photos (including this one of me and the blue-eyed wonder) and the videos ranging from :24 to 4:18. 

tic toc tic toc tic toc 

Ah, done. But wait a minute... Where are the longer videos? What the? 

I tried to load again. Surely there was some sort of disturbance in the matrix during the transfer or something.

tic toc tic toc tic toc  ...infinity

Still no longer videos have imported. They're still on the card. I can see and hear them play through the camera! What the ef?! 

Stupid Stupid Computer!!!!!

*Sigh*  Of course there is no "help" section in iPhoto. I've spent hours caught, knee deep, in the quagmire of Apple "support" and YouTube tutorials. All to no avail. 

In the words of Charlie Brown, "AAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!?!" 

I think I've aged 10 years this afternoon alone. Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! You're the only one who can save me now. 

Ideas, anyone?


George Freeman said...

We had the same problem when we got our new 24in. iMac. Fortunately Apple provides an app called "Image Capture" that does the job. It should already be installed in your Applications folder.

Murray said...

Hi George-

Thanks for the info. Sorry I didn't respond earlier. I don't know how I missed your comment until now. Anyway, my lovely hubby was able to load the videos onto iPhoto using Quicktime. He's the computer whiz...I'm just a dying electronics dinosaur.

We have since found Image Capture and I'll try to learn how to use it.

Thanks again for your help.