So, Memorial Day weekend is coming up. Hmm, it’s this weekend. I have absolutely no plans whatsoever.
I want to play with Windows 7 a little more. I finally found my thumbdrive, which has some of the essential Utilities. I’ve been needing to put on it ever since I installed it using Boot Camp. (Which was no easy task, it was giving me the weirdest errors).
I’d still like to play a little more with iPhone development.
I kind of want to play a Game of Thrones, specifically 5 player with ports, one time orders, using the Storm of Swords event cards. I doubt that’s going to happen though.
I’d like to maybe talk GARC into using squarespace perhaps. Maybe they would like it. I don’t know if Squarespace has what GARC needs, and there’s not really a sandbox for playing with it at all. Sure you can try it for free for a bit, but still, I want to try it without registering.
I guess I could catch up on a little bit of reading then. What’s good lately?
So, I’m still exhausted from this weekend helping Valerie out with the GARC Championships. It’s always fun, but it can also mean pretty long days making sure everything works, and pushing out the data people need.
This time I took the liberty of catching video with my Flip Mino HD again. Wanting to get some more practice with iMovie and putting together video, etc. This time, I stayed away from the titles, making everything more subtle, but I played with other stuff, transitions, having titles in the video.
Also, this time, I posted it in HD. I bought an HD Camera, might as well use it right! In order to view the HD you’ll actually have to go to the page and click Watch in HD. Of course, since it’s HD, the file sizes are big, so if you don’t have a rocket connection, you’ll want to pause it and let it load a little bit.
I’ll embed the Standard Resolution here:
The macbook was hurting on this one toward the end, after adding about two or three minutes of video, or having about 30 minutes worth of source video, it hiccups on some of the transitions and cuts. I need to learn about all the color correction and stuff, as under some of the lights, some of the video looks very different than others. It’s all passable, but I’d still like to fiddle with that stuff more later.
So you may have noticed from the picture on the post about the GARC Championship I made earlier this week. The spiffy new Artwork all around Valerie’s Rifle Range.
The GARC Championship was actually the debut for the artwork. It’s been in the works for sometime, but just now finished and was installed literally days before everyone arrived.
I took a few pictures of some of the pieces. There are a couple that are missing from these pictures. But they are all very nice.
I like this next one alot…
This next one is my favorite one…
The missing ones contain one which looks like you are looking down the sight at a bulls-eye. And another which lists the years that Ole Miss went to the NCAA Championships, along with another Ole Miss Script Logo.
So this past weekend, Valerie hosted the GARC Championship for the fourth year in a row. It’s almost becoming a regular thing. I’m sure that all the kids are tired of coming to Ole Miss, but they do have a great facility for shooting here, and it keeps getting better and better every year. This year, the entire competition was shot on Electronic Targets.
On another note, this year was the first year that I did not have to be there in any official capacity. Since Valerie has switched to Electronic Targets, it has rendered the program that I wrote for her to display all the scores and automatically figure out the placings etc. has officially become obsolete.
That’s a good thing in my book. Now I won’t be inundated with the request at 3:00 the afternoon before that they changed the tie breaker rules and I need to recode my SQL query that figures out who won based on the new tiebreaker. It’s not like I didn’t enjoy providing that for her, but to be honest, they could have been a little bit more forward and open on things like the changes, rather than waiting for me to set it up and seeing that something doesn’t work like they thought and then realizing that they made rules changes. Obviously, this is now a concern for the dudes that wrote the software for the electronic targets. Good luck with that!
Actually, it turns out she did use my database and viewer. But really, only for the standings, and to generate the final results PDF’s. Perhaps I’m not as obsolete as I think I am…
Anyway, as far as the results, you can head over to GarcRifle.com for the scoop, but to pull out Ole Miss in Context:
Team Smallbore: 5th (Army Finished 1st)
Team Air: 5th (West Virginia Finished 1st)
Team Overall: 5th (Army Finished 1st)
It wasn’t a great meet. I suppose it’s been a fairly down year as well. But she looks poised to bounce back. On a high note. Shannon Wilson (One of Valerie’s two Seniors) did win the Individual Smallbore Championship this past weekend. So Congratulations to Val and Her for that accomplishment. Chris Abalo from the U.S. Military Academy finished 1st in Air Rifle and the Overall Combined Categories. Wilson finished fourth in combined.
On a side note. This is the second time I’ve seen those electronic targets in action. Those things are just too cool. They make shooting actually a pretty decent spectator sport during the finals.
Hopefully it will be over soon. It’s long, it’s hot. It’s really bumming me out. We’ve had a pretty crappy couple of months here at the Oxford Chapter of the Boothe family. It’s not just due to the heat, but that definitely adds to it. I won’t go into any of it here, because it’s depressing and not really something I would post in a public forum anyway.
I know there was a four day stretch where the air conditioner did not shut off at all. Maybe a time or two at night, but other than that, it was going full speed all the time. I am not looking forward to that August Bill.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to dad coming home in a couple of weeks. I know the girls are too. Because they have told me in so many words. It’s one of the things I enjoy most about coming home and seeing them shout my name and run over to give me a hug. It almost makes it worth going to work just to get to come home to that.
I’ve found out that I’m going to have to miss another HOME football game this year. I had already given up that I wouldn’t go to the LSU game just so that I could go to Boardgamegeek.con in Dallas (They really have to got to learn to start scheduling around the SEC Schedules). Anyway. I was cool with that. I hate missing any conference game. Especially when it’s against the Arch Rival.
But now I have learned that I will definitely miss the Alabama game as well. I have to go to a conference in Orlando, FL that week/weekend for work. I had considered coming in on a red-eye on Friday Night and skipping the last day of the conference, but it really is fairly important stuff that they are covering on the last day (for our ERP software) so I felt I really needed to be there.
Oh well. I have a funny feeling that I won’t really miss a bunch this season. But who knows, maybe they can make it up to me by letting me go to Atlanta.
I need to get Val to post with a team outlook this year. I have some preseason stuff for GARC that I will be posting on the Garc website sometime in the next day or two. It was kind of interesting to read.
Alright. Later all. I promise it won’t be quite so long before I make another post.