Wednesday, December 23, 2009

There is a sleet/ice/snow storm coming our way over the next few days. This Friday is Christmas day and that is when the snow and whatever else is supposed to stop falling. I do snow removal for 14 residential houses. I am bummed.

I really really don't want to go out and do snow removal on Christmas day. I am actually letting this start to ruin my mood. In all actuality I can do all the houses in 5 hours if it's just a few inches or it can take as long as 12 like it did the last storm with someone helping me but we got 12 to 18 inches that go around.

I feel like a big baby but I SO look forward to the Christmas holiday, not to mention Christmas day.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

After the two snowfalls we had last week (the latter delivering much more snow than the first) we get freezing drizzle this morning which means... scraping.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Omah Singer Songwriter - Tracy Skretta

I'd like to tell everyone about a local singer songwriter named Tracy Skretta. He writes and sings alternative rock and his sets include some covers of great songs.
Tracy recently recorded and put out a new CD, please follow the link below to check out his music.

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Happy December everyone! I'm writing this after the big ol' snowstorm we had two days ago. Sunday night we got a few inches of snow then a few days later another and bigger snow came through. That snow started falling early Tuesday and got BIG later that night and ended early Wednesday morning. The rest of Wednesday turned out to actually be sunny and a little blustery until the wind totally subsided by Wednesday afternoon. All in all we received 12 to 18 inches with some drifting up to 3 feet easily.
I did snow removal for the houses that I usually do plus my own.

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Crazy Mystery Light(s)

Did anyone see this story the other day. The photo was taken by a guy in Tromso Norway on his way to work. It turned out to be a failed missile launch from a Russian submarine. For a day it was a mystery though. I love the image, it looks like a crazy black hole sucking energy from our planet.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Back to work after Thanksgiving

Today is Monday, November 30th, and also is back to work after having a whole work week and two weekends off. It was nice to have some down time. Thanksgiving went well, there were many days of eating plenty.
We had very nice weather most every day, you really couldn't ask for better this time of year.
I hope everyone had a nice holiday.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Thanksgiving Day 2009

6:00 AM start to this day. Lisa and I got the turkey in the oven ( 21 pound tom ) and she went back to bed. I decided to stay up and turn into JoeCubicle for a few hours. I hope everyone is going to have a great Thanksgiving day. I know we will.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Sony Vegas Preview Fix

I recently had to reload my laptop that I use to edit and render video using Sony Vegas 8 Pro. When I had the laptop all set up once more and had Vegas installed and was ready to edit some video I noticed the video preview was REALLY jerky and skipped over transitions. It did not do this on the previous install before I reloaded my operating system.
There is something that does work for small, selected regions; select a region of the video timeline and press 'Shift-B'. Vegas will 'pre-render' the selected region then you can play it back smoothly without the jerkyness, that does work, BUT, you will want the preview to work all the time without the 'Shift-B' pre-render.
I'll make a long story short and get right to what helped me make it good.

Once you have a new project open and you have dropped in a clip or even before you have dropped in a clip, perform the following steps:

Click 'Edit' in the menu, then go down to 'Properties' and click it.

Once the new project properties window opens, click the little yellow folder.

Navigate to one of the video clips you are going to use, select it (the clip name should populate the file name text box) and click 'Open'. This will make Vegas 'read' your video clip and import all the properties correctly for that specific clip as well as subsequent clips of that type.

This worked for me like a champ! Please give it a try. I don't know if this will work for sure in Vegas 9 or other flavors of Vegas but it did help a ton for me in Vegas 8 Pro.

I have to credit Eugenia Loli for the information. I will include her website which contains MANY helpful articles as well as two great links I use to go to directly from time to time.

Eugenia's Website:

Sony Vegas hints and tips.

Exporting with Vegas for Vimeo HD.

Here is another thing I had to do a little searching on to 'fix' ( In the menu, click on 'Options' then 'Preferences'). Every time I would switch to another window away from Vegas then come back, all my video clips in the timeline had 'ghosted' text across them saying 'Media Offline' and I could not edit until it went away, anywhere from 5 to 45 seconds. A major pain. Unchecking the box will keep your clips 'online'.

Good luck and thanks for reading.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Motorcylce - 4 out of 5 days

I have ridden my mototcycle to work the last 4 days in a row. With running errands and such plus to and from work I'm probably sitting at about 20 to 25 miles a day so figure I've saved about 100 miles in my truck at 12 mpg.

Here is our 'new' kitty, Zuuko. I don't really know how we spell it exactly but that's close enough. He is a really loving cat. He has started jumping up on the couch and sitting next to me. He's a good cat, sweet, playful and loving.

Two weeks to go till Thanksgiving

I love love love Thanksgiving. I will have the whole week off from work and that is a good thing.

I should NOT have taken this photo...

Hockey Game last week

My son and I went to an Omaha Lancer hockey game last week. It was fun, it was my son's first hockey game and my first since I was his age. I think we would go again.
The Lancers won. We got there when it was 5 to 1. The final was 7 to 4.

Friday, November 06, 2009

3 weeks till Thanksgiving 2009

A funny thing, I worked really hard getting a blogging application downloaded and installed on my website a few months ago, then, I remembered I already had a 'Blogspot' blog page for JoeCubicle. After much trying to remember my sign on and password, I'm in!
It's been two years since I've put a posting up here but I guess you could apply the saying; better late than never.

With all that appologizing out of the way, I'm really excited about Thanksgiving coming up in three weeks. I will have the whole week off from work, which I love much big.

Here's a pic of me from 'right now':