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valinor spider party ([personal profile] aria) wrote2013-12-04 03:18 pm

five things, as you know

I caught myself thinking "I have so many things to tweet about, but I don't really want to limit myself to soundbites," and then remembered that I have a Dreamwidth, c'mon, self. So here are some things I was going to tweet about, in more than 140 characters:

i. I have completed 90% of my holiday shopping for my parents! As usual I have fifty gift ideas for my mum and very few for my dad, so I'll try to just locate some nice chocolate for my dad and not go on some sort of tea and mugs and earrings rampage for my mum. I also have wrapping paper! And I should find some nice things for my housemates, and Jessie & co's white elephant gift exchange, and ... maybe for some other people? Idk, my general policy is to get physical gifts for in-person friends and bang out a few giftfics for fandom friends generally, but I actually have a lot of friends in the area this year, and lots of nice wrapping paper. Only my parents' stuff was urgent, though, as I'm going to see them next week. This weekend, though, the tree! (I really love December, and festival-of-lights gift-giving style Christmas. I would like some snow, though, c'mon, let's get winter up in here.)

ii. I have a new laptop! The old kind of broken one (m key hasn't worked for aaages, lid will no longer close because it was winching off slowly) is called Methos, which was apparently a terrible idea, because it kept dying but never stayed dead. I think I'm calling the new one Frigga, and it will hopefully be a much better-behaved immortal until its time comes. I haven't set it up yet, though, because that really feels like a day-long task to transfer all my files and get my music in order and make sure it has the right browsers and useful programs like VLC &c. It is also going to have much better processing power than my current one, which means it is time for me to LEARN HOW TO VID. Seriously, I want to try this! So, vidding friends: anyone know what vidding program would be good? Keep in mind that I'm still on a Windows OS, so all the nice Mac-only programs are right out.

iii. Speaking of vids! The Aims vid project, in which vidders are making a vid to each song on said Vienna Teng album. The latest is The Breaking Light, a Pacific Rim vid by [personal profile] such_heights, which I knew was going to slay me going in, because anytime she vids a Vienna Teng song I basically become a sobbing mess. That it's also Pacific Rim just made everything 1000% betterworse.

iv. And speaking of Vienna Teng, I had this theory that the song Never Look Away is just one of those great songs that is applicable to basically any pairing one is currently having feels about. I was fairly sure of this when I was having lots of Thor/Loki feels about it, and now I am entirely sure of it, because I've started showing Housemate A due South and suddenly Never Look Away was this ridiculous amazing torrent of all my old Fraser/Kowalski feelings. So yeah! I am showing Housemate A due South! We're still only in first season, and I'm enjoying it immensely; it's been at least two, possibly three, years since I watched it last, and oh gosh I just love it so much, what a perfect show to watch in the drawing-in of winter.

v. I hear there is a meme going around where you suggest topics and then I post a response to one a day! I ... really don't have the wherewithal to be that diligent, but if you like, please do comment with a topic, anything you like, and I'll choose some to talk about!
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[personal profile] starlady 2013-12-04 09:29 pm (UTC)(link)
I've been using Premiere Pro, which is for both PC and Mac OS, but it's definitely not a program you'd want to start out on. I don't even know whether they still package PCs with Windows Movie Maker - I learned on that, but it was terrible ten years ago and I can't imagine it's gotten better.

Hooray new laptop!
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[personal profile] scribe 2013-12-04 09:52 pm (UTC)(link)

I'm sad you can't have Final Cut, but I was also going to suggest Adobe Premiere as a pretty good Windows option. I don't think it would be too overwhelming to learn the basics on!

Also, I can't tell you how excited I am that you are rewatching due South. EEEE DUE SOUTH.
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[personal profile] scribe 2013-12-04 10:11 pm (UTC)(link)
I know, uh, a little of Premiere if you want help with it at some point! Not too much, but I was editing on it at work today and nothing disastrous happened, though I did bitch a lot about how FCP is better.

I WILL NOT HELP TURNABOUT IS FAIR PLAY. Would you like recs of new stuff? Also you should read the rest of my big bang sometime if you are back in the land of due South fic! :D

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[personal profile] thewrongkindofpc 2013-12-04 10:56 pm (UTC)(link)
:D congrats on the gift-buying! I am wayyyy behind on mine, which is sort of disheartening.

I'm watching due South right now too, actually--I've seen bits and pieces before, but never sat down and watched the whole thing, and then roommate and I did a Slings and Arrows rewatch the other week, which spiraled into a major Paul Gross kick, so it felt like the time. I am wicked charmed, and actually really pleased that I never got it together to watch it before, since it means I get to have pretty much all of it new now. Though it's funny how much is familiar just through osmosis.

I've seen that meme going around, too. It sounds like a lot of fun I feel like I might want to try it, you know, literally any other month ever, but I'm loving the journal output it's producing. If you want a topic, I'd always love to hear about The Dawn Treader Movie That Should Have Been ;)
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[personal profile] yarngeek 2013-12-05 01:16 am (UTC)(link)
Windows Easy transfer will make the first half of moving your files easy! It also provides a useful little report when it's done with all of the programs you might want to install.

In W7, type "easy" at the start menu. If your old computer is running XP, you can download a utility; I haven't had to move from Vista to 7 yet.
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[personal profile] such_heights 2013-12-06 09:36 am (UTC)(link)
anytime she vids a Vienna Teng song I basically become a sobbing mess.

Mwahahaha *drunk on power* I mean, thanks!