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Hello, dear f-listers! For some inane reason, I woke up at 1 AM and couldn't go back to sleep. Doncha just love that? *sigh* So I've been prowling around eBay, reading some of the multitude of new fic that's on LJ these days, and generally idling the wee of the morning away.

1. Who knew Jeeves was a painter?

2. The BOUO is up for auction!
It's a charity auction to raise money for Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Garrett Lerner, who wrote a number of House episodes, has a son who suffers from the disease. You know how much I want the BOUO, right?

3. My LJ is decorated for the holidays. What do you think?
If only decorating my house was as simple!

4. I will get my Christmas cards out this weekend!
If you'd like me to send you one, please leave your address at this post (comments are screened) or send me an email at msliz4857 at yahoo dot com.

5. My younger son turned 18 on Monday.
If you have a child that age, you'll understand when I say "yikes!" If you don't, you'll just have to trust me.

6. Merry Little Christmas.
"Again, statistically speaking, better me than him." *sob* I adore Wilson. House better sex him up real good when all this is over.

7. Stephen! On my TV!! Chatting away!!! *bounces* Life is good!!!!
He was all yummy in brown. He chatted a bit about Hugh (called him "m'colleague Hugh"! squee!), his flying, his taxi, and the poetry on greeting cards ("there isn't enough vomit in the world"). I'd upload the interview, but frankly, I've no idea how to transfer it from a Tivo file to another format in a reasonalbe size. My 10-minute mpegs are 200 and 300 mb! If anyone has any tips, I'd appreciate them!

Guess that's it for now. Have a wonderful Friday and a great weekend!


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Dec. 15th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
Y'know, it would be fun to send you a Christmas card and all, but I have the feeling I'm not going to get mine out at all. So, how 'bout next Christmas? :)
Dec. 16th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
Next Christmas it is! :)

I haven't sent Christmas cards in years, but when I saw this idea on cicerothewriter's LJ, it looked like a good idea. I've not been doing much to get myself in a festive mood, and I thought this might be something to help with that.

Hope your holidays are wonderful!
Dec. 15th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)
What is with that ebay ad for that picture? You'd think they'd try to play up the artist a little bit, if they want to sell, but no indication as to who this Jeeves is.
Dec. 16th, 2006 12:42 pm (UTC)
I thought the same thing! From the photo it looks more like a paint-by-number, frankly, but I assume that has more to do with the quality of the photo and less to do with the quality of the painting.
Dec. 16th, 2006 01:05 pm (UTC)
Do they make paint-by-numbers that look that surreal?
Dec. 16th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
That anonymous comment was me. Not anonymous.
Dec. 15th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, and do tell me where you're finding this multitude of new fic? I'm feeling a little ficless. I could really do with some Mike/Psmith, but asking for that on yuletide would have meant I'd have to write for someone else and I'm fresh out of brain for writing, lately. I mean, anyone wants a yuletide fic that's good, and I'm not up to par, I think.
Dec. 16th, 2006 01:10 pm (UTC)
Most of the new fic I've found around is House-related. hw_fest is currently underway, so there's always new stuff being posted these days. Some good, some not so much.

We need some new J/W fic!
Dec. 16th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
Hi, I run tivolovers

This may help: http://www.zatznotfunny.com/ttg.htm

If you have questions, I'd be happy to help.
Dec. 16th, 2006 12:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the offer of assistance!

I'd already found the link you provided. I'd installed DirectShowDump and used it to convert the tivo file. I wound up with a 1.2 GB mpg for an hour-long show (which is the exact size of the tivo file).

So that takes me to two issues.
1. Screen captures. When I play the mpg in Windows MediaPlayer it looks fine. But when I try to take a screen cap (pause, then CTRL+i), it looks like this.
2. Edited files. I used Windows Movie Maker to edit out just the 10 minutes of the Stephen Fry interview (how tedious was that!) and wound up with a 300 MB file.

I guess my problem isn't so much how to capture the tivo as it is how to effectively edit and compress the resulting mpg. Any ideas of tutorials I could refer to? Or software recommendations?

Thanks again for whatever help you can provide. I'm off now to look over and join your comm! :)
Dec. 17th, 2006 03:10 am (UTC)
I know VideoReDo is popular for editing in the TiVo community, I think the latest version can even import raw .tivo files and strip the DRM internally. Any standard MPEG tools like Sonic DVD or Nero that support editing should work too.

For making smaller files, look at the suggestions for converting for iPod or PSP. MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 encoding will provide a much smaller file for the same quality than MPEG-2. Also, if you add the MPEG-2 to your Windows Media Library, it should allow you to convert it to WMV/VC-1 encoding for portables, which is also a smaller file.

TVHarmony AutoPilot can do conversions. And if you buy the TiVo Desktop Plus, while it can only convert new transfers, there is the TiVo Converter Wrapper which a user wrote that allows you to use it to convert old files too.
Dec. 16th, 2006 06:29 am (UTC)
I'm (as of this second) the top bidder for the BOUO. I imagine that's not going to last long... especially once the link to it starts getting passed around.
Dec. 16th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
That's awesome! I have no doubt the bidding will go well over $1000 by the time all is said and done. Didn't the broken cane go for nearly $3000? And to me, the BOUO is kinda the Holy Grail of House memorabilia. LOL!

I've been debating bidding, but the only people I'd ever tell would be folks around here. No one in RL would understand. :)

I do have it in my eBay watch list, so I'll be keeping an eye on it. :) Come on...it's the BOUO!!!!!

Oh, and good luck! If you win, will you invite me over to see it? Please??
Dec. 16th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
I don't remember exactly, but both canes they auctioned off did go for well into the thousands. I had hoped the BOUO would go for a bit less since it maybe wasn't as well known as the cane and it doesn't come with a note from Hugh and a photo like at least one of the canes did. And, that the autograph on the BOUO looks weird, but I figure that's because it's probably hard to write on a tennis ball.

If I won, I'd build a museum for it. :D :D

I got outbid, so I think I might go commiserate by stopping by Target and buying my own BOUO from pet supplies.

I hope the BOUO isn't gone from the show.
Dec. 25th, 2006 02:53 am (UTC)
I forgot to write back to you on this...$3,050!!! In my wildest, most fangirl-crazed imagination I could never justify spending that kind of money. I'd actually thought about going up to $1,000 (which is crazy enough), but at that rate I would have been too embarassed to tell anyone that I'd won. ;)

So, what should they auction next? Hmmm...how about the whiteboard?

Happy holidays, m'dear!
Dec. 26th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC)
I know - for $3,000 I'd be expecting it to be hand delivered by Hugh. :D

I was going to say shoes, but they did that already. They have at least 2-3 other old canes. Um.... Steve? A whiteboard marker? The red mug! XD

Happy holidays. ♥
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