dotsandlines: (ATLA: OBJECTION!)
I slept through a round of flu and have worked on a sewing commission, but that's about it since the video was finished. Oh - I did submit the Spice & Wolf video and last year's Princess Jellyfish video to my local con, so that's fun. (One can submit up to three, and since the hubs still wants to try to make a joint project before the deadline, I'm leaving a spot open.)

And in the process of doing so, I realized that I'd encoded the Jellyfish vid as 4:3 when the series is 16:9. D'oh. I swear to the AMV gods (heretic though I am) that I will STOP DOING THAT this year, like, FOREVER. I didn't expect a TV series to be in 16:9 because I mentally live in 2003 when it comes to video specs. Always thought it looked kind of screwy, but I never investigated why. That's why.

The 4:3 version is up on YouTube and the org, and I haven't had the focus to do anything about it yet. I may as well do a sweep and fix all of the ones I've messed up over the years, and by "fix" I just mean "post a new version on YouTube and link it to the old one." Anyway, haven't done that yet.


Story stats next week; that's doing OK. I think my snafu with the Kindle a while back was due to having too many annotations on the same file - the last time I approached 100 notes, it started to load/save verrrrrrry slowly. Noted. ...so to speak.


Still playing the heck out of Dance Central; I have gotten the DC1 and 2 songs imported over and just use the DC3 interface now. I'm looking forward to re-establishing my schedule now that the flu has passed. Still fun. I think I could play some things on Medium rather than Easy, so that's something to try.


And finally, we started re-watching DS9 from the beginning recently, on Netflix. To tell the 150% truth, I did not start paying attention to this series until about season 3. While it hadn't hit its stride yet, I missed some fun things here and there. ...Like Garak's "lay the subtext on with two trowels" acting. There are at least two possibilities as to what's going on in Bashir's head during those scenes ("Squee I'm finally in a spy movie!!" is the less obvious one), and either one is pretty entertaining.

Oh, and actually finally, Red Dwarf is back on Netflix Instant. Just sayin', internet. However, when one of the major cast members departs the show, for the love of all that's good and holy, stop watching. Please.
dotsandlines: (ATLA: Wave Dance)
(Please excuse the retread from FB, universe. This will be longer.)

I bought a second 360 and a Kinect on Black Friday for the sole purpose of adding Dance Central (and probably Just Dance and some XBox versions of DDR, eventually) to my PS2-era-DDR routine.

Questions of space, though not time )

edit: OK, just finished a really satisfying set: Easy Start / Cardio / Warmup. (I love ending on "Bulletproof." Fun.) I hadn't done the Cardio set before, assuming I couldn't hack it. I sometimes couldn't, but the scoring is pretty lenient, and I never got kicked out of a song. It actually felt worthwhile this time. Woohoo.
dotsandlines: (ATLA: Wave Dance)
Retro time!

So as not to annoy my FB feed, which is already being subjected to my ranting today: As of today I've met my goal of working out 3 times a week, 40+ minute sets in DDR (or an hour, for the one that doesn't have a timer) for four weeks solid.

I've been slowly lengthening the sets, up to 44 minutes so far. I'll plateau that when I don't have the stamina to do a longer set, or when I run out of songs that I like in each mix. Or, I suppose, when the time commitment gets to be irritating; I do need to sleep.

I'm not trying to lose weight (heck, we don't even own a scale), but I feel a lot more energetic afterward. There are a lot of ancillary benefits that don't get enough press, IMO. People focus on the aesthetics - look good at the gym! bikini season! blahblahblah! - and that's a shame.

I'm still playing the PS2 versions of DDR, while I mull over the expense of a second 360 and a Kinect to upgrade to Dance Central. That's a chunk of change. On the other hand, my middle-of-the-road DDR mat has gotten really heavy use over the last 5 years, and I feel that I've easily gotten my money's worth out of it. It's a frivolous idea, but it's not entirely stupid.

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