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Comment Seattle, WA (Score 1) 474

I live in south King County and logged into my Comcast account to see what all the fuss was about. Because I have a separate router running DD-WRT and it is connected to my Arris cable modem I do not have the Xfinity WiFi option; or perhaps it is because my Arris cable modem does not have WiFi available when checking it's IP address of Using their online Xfinity WiFi finder, one person near me has Xfinity WiFi and one person near where my dad lives does as well.

Comment Re:Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 (Score 1) 201

WTF, that is a TV tuner. We don't need a TV tuner, we just need a VCR to PC adapter. Where do I get one? I don't even know where to start.

The WinTV PVR has analog input for recording from analog sources. It does happen to have both analog and digital tuners but I do not use them. Their analog capture is the best that I have ever seen.

Comment Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 (Score 4, Informative) 201

2 head VCRs are SP only. 4 head VCRs add two heads for EP. If all of your content is SP then a 2 head VCR should suffice. Depending upon the quality of the audio you want to present you might consider either stereo or Hi-Fi. Whatever VCR you choose should have manual tracking adjustment.

For capturing content on a Windows box I cannot recommend the Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 highly enough. That capture card should also be compatible with MythTV.

The output from my current consumer grade 4 head Panasonic Omnivision (mono audio) VCR was friggin amazing. My wife had a selection of out of print VHS tapes and I captured them with that card. She was missing one tape and while searching for it I found a three pack of DVDs, one of which matched what she was missing and two of which matched what she had. I had to look at the output frame by frame to see if there was any perceptible difference between the Hauppauge output and the DVD. There was none.

Even with normal recordings from home there can be issues with the picture quality. If you have problems with the video becoming lighter and darker that my not be a copy protection issue (obviously as you are working with home movies). Consider purchasing a Digital video stabilizer. The guys at the electronics repair shop nearby recommend ones by MCM Electronics to help mitigate transfer issues.

Tossing your MPEG-2 output from the Hauppauge through the NLE of your choice might help with noise reduction (I use NeatVideo> and color skew. YMMV.

Comment Learned Optimism (Score 4, Interesting) 163

The path out of depression has been well documented in Dr. Martin Seligman's book Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. He has spent 30 years of his life in the field of positive psychology and has multiple case studies showing how people can get over "learned helplessness" in all three realms of personal, pervasive and permanent.

He has a talk on Ted:

And a website with some questionnaires:

To use Chris Farley, who unfortunately committed suicide due to depression, as an example I provide three typical phrases that he would use in his work:
Personal: I suck!
Pervasive: Everything sucks!
Permanent: It will always suck!

Please note that motivational speakers are typically all optimists and people who are unmotivated go to them for a "motivational fix" which lasts for about two weeks without optimism to back it. See also the typical person who starts a diet, exercise regimen or other self improvement plan.

Comment Re:I'm aware of a few of those (Score 1) 12

Um, you do realize that he has been trolling you for a long, long time, right? From what I can see, and I don't come here very often, he has specifically chosen to troll you with accusations of being gay and you keep biting.

A few thoughts come to mind.
1) You are not able to distinguish between reality and being trolled.
2) You are projecting.
3) All of the above.

I've been laughing at you being strung along since I last checked in here months ago.

TTFN, dude.

Comment Re:DNFTT (Score 1) 12

To be clear, which of the following are you stating:
1) He makes the conservative movement look foolish when in fact the conservative movement is not foolish.
2) He makes the conservative movement look foolish, which doesn't help because it is foolish enough already.
3) I just like to troll him to see his reactions.

Just wanting some clarification there as you did not reply directly to my original question of:
What about conservatism do you consider foolish? EMWTK.

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