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Cat Fight: Part I - Rough Cut

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I spent about 45 minutes playing with Final Cut Pro tonight for video... I had 3-4 minutes worth of cat video to play around with, so I made a short film. The editing is horrible -- I literally spent 45 minutes or less with it, and was experimenting with some of the tools. I spent about 10 minutes on the compression, so the file-to-video size might not be all that great... as soon as I get some real time, I'll work on something better...

Here's a link to the video - click it, or use the "Right click; Save As..." to save it to your computer. It's about 20 MB in size, so a download will take about 5-8 minutes depending on your connection speed.

And don't be too hard on it - it represents less than an hour's work. :-)

they totally redeem themsevles by putting Gnarls Barkley on the MTV music awards:

(and an extra point for anyone who knows the movie I referenced with this blog title/first line)

She thinks she's a Dane...

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The puppy already thinks she's a Dane... she sort of looks like a mini-Big Boy, but she's a bit of a stinker, just like Monica. Speaking of Monica, she's not quite sure what to think of the new dog. Monica tries to play with her but then either gets mad at her, or squishes her by accident... Regis on the other hand, loves her (as expected).

She spent the day with me today, working in the basement and going for rides. She also got a bath, and she'll get some Frontline treatment on Monday. She also got her own collar today, but she hates it - she itches at it constantly...

In other news, cardiologist said everything looks normal, so I'm not sure what's going on. My neck still feels weird about 70% of the time, and my chest hurts about 15% of the time (instead of about 85% earlier). So... I don't know...

We're off to Joplin tomorrow to get some groceries and dog food.

Blazing Saddles

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Man, I forgot how (wrong yet) funny this movie is.

Bart (sheriff): "Are we awake?"
Jim (the Waco Kid): "We're not sure. Are we black?"
Bart: "Yes we are."
Jim: "Well then we're awake, but we're very puzzled. I think I better straighten myself out."
Bart: "Need any help?"
Jim: "Oh, all we can get."

(after blowing up Mong with the CandyGram)

Jim: "Don't know how you did it..."
Bart: "Ahh, he was nothing. The b*tch was inventing the CandyGram. And they probably won't give me credit for it."

(in Lili Von Shtupp's dressing room after her show)

Bart: "Riggates, mon-schotzee." (phonetic spelling)
Lili: "How-woe"
.... (small talk)

Lili: "Von't you excuse me vor a momvent vhile I svip into something a wittle more comfowtabble?"
Bart: "Bitta, baby."
Lili: "Vooo"

.... (the next morning)

Lili: "Vood you care vor anover schnitzen-gruupen?"
Bart: "No thank you - 15 is my limit on schnitzen-gruupen."
Lili: "Vell, then, how about a little..." (whispers in his ear)
Bart: "Baby please, I am not from Havana... excuse me honey... besides, I'm late for work - I've got some heavy chores to do."
Lili: "Vill I, vill I zee you later?"
Bart: "Well it all depends on how much vitamin E I can get my hands on."
Lili: "Nein! Nein! Achtung - bitta, you musn't go, I-" (crazy German rambling)
Bart: "Baby please, you're makin' a German spectacle of yourself. Alveederzane, baby." (phoenetic spelling)

Oh, that movie kills me. I can't get enough of it.

And in other news:

We got a new friend tonight - we think she's a Whippet or an Italian Greyhound, or some type of mix like that. She's about 9 months old, and is a little bigger than Kramer (our cat). She's the cutest thing you've ever seen, and is a real sweetie... It's going to be hard (read: impossible) to send her to someone else's home. I might request that we adopt her - it would be like having another cat, only easier...

She's full grown...

She's a little shy, though.... she burries her head when we take her picture.

No word from the cardiologist - I need to call them tomorrow...

Still tickin'

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So I had my "stress test" on Thursday morning at 7:45am.

Pretty interesting deal... they hook up about 10 electrodes to your chest, and then put a blood pressure monitor on your arm. You just sit there for about 15 minutes while they get a baseline reading on your heartbeat, patterns, and blood pressure (they check it every 3-4 minutes).

The good news: my blood pressure (resting) is 118/78, which they said was really good. My cholesterol was 155 (good), and all of my other blood info was "good," save for blood sugar, which was just a tad higher than they'd like (111). The only thing they thought was odd was that my heart rate would go from 68 beats per minute (bpm) to 90+ without any stimuli or reason. The nurse commented that this is a "normal abnormality" and she said that it's nothing too uncommon, but it isn't considered "normal."

So after I sat there just chatting with them, they said, "Ok, time to get on the treadmill." The treadmill, by the way, looks like it was straight out of 1973. It was this massive, noisy, beige, rickity-looking Quinton machine... it had this gross leather pad on the single hand bar, and no display of any type.

They set the incline to 10% and the speed to realllly slow. Almost too slow - it was hard to walk on it without stumbling over the belt (the part you walk on). After 3 minutes, they crank up the speed, and continue to do so every three minutes. They take your blood pressure at regular intervals the entire time, and record that, along with what the EKG stuff is recording and printing.

Long story short - I did about 16 minutes on the treadmill; I could've gone longer, but they only needed 8-9 minutes, and even after 16 minutes, the speed wasn't quite fast enough to run at, and it wasn't slow enough to jog/walk at, so it was really awkward. After it was finished, they have you sit down for 5 minutes while they watch your heart rate decrease, and again, they take your blood pressure.

They said my blood pressure was on the lower side, but that it wasn't anything to worry about. And the nurse said she didn't see anything irregular in the EKG, but said a cardiologist would know a lot more about it than she did. I felt fine throughout the whole thing, except for when I got up after they unhooked everything - then I felt this huge "fist-like" thing in my neck, and I got light-headed (but not too bad). Pretty much the rest of the day I felt normal - no real chest pains or anything like that.

Today, I had some chest pain intermittently, and right now, my neck still has that fist feeling to it... It's the weirdest thing; everything reads "normal" but I don't really feel normal. So, I'm confused...

Tomorrow is Pups in the Park, so Amy will have to work at it, and I'll go and film/photograph it. Some friends are coming to visit from Wisconsin on Sunday, so that should be fun. I went to the baseball game tonight (SEC playoffs) - we lost - but I had fun with Karl and Nat, so it wasn't a total loss (the game did go extra innings).

Well... that's about it - it's 12:45, and I should go to sleep. Hopefully I don't have a heart attack before the cardiologist looks at my EKG, and if I do, I hope Blue Cross doesn't see a dime of my next health insurance premium.