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For a long time now, I haven't been able to watch video on my iMac. I don't know why, but it comes through as a series of freeze frames instead of a smooth-flowing image. The sound is fine, but the video doesn't work. No YouTube for me. I wish I knew what to do about it, because it's very frustrating. Maybe it's just my computer, since it's about 6 years old. Shannon says we need to buy me a new computer when we've payed off our debt, but I have no idea when that will be. Maybe never if I can't get more work than this. Sigh.

Watched Whale Rider today, and it was much more of a fairy tale than I expected, with the under-appreciated main character being good at everything and accomplishing impossible feats. One might even say that the main character is a bit of a Mary Sue, though fairy tale hero is probably more accurate. I liked the movie but wasn't amazed. I might like it better on second watching, but I don't have the patience to sit down and watch it again now.

We produced a great many dirty dishes while making pasta for dinner, so I spent a while washing up afterward and it was all very domestic.

We've been watching Season 2 of "Carnivale" on DVD lately, which I like but find puzzling. It's chock full o' symbolism and mystery. Like Whale Rider, it has definite fairy tale elements, though this is a much darker fairy tale. Often, things happen and I can tell that they're momentous, but I don't know why. I should look for websites about it.

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wolflady26
Feb. 26th, 2007 10:08 am (UTC)
By the way, have you watched The Lake House? I saw it the other day, and was thinking that you might like it. It has both star-crossed lovers and Jane Austen overtones.
kimberly_a
Feb. 26th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
I remember seeing an ad for it when it first came out, but I never saw it. I'll put it on my Netflix list.
silversliver
Feb. 26th, 2007 01:12 pm (UTC)
I watched most of Season 1 of Carnivale in the last month, and I find it extraordinarily well-done, but heavy. I'm loking forward to more, myself, but like you I don't get all of the symbolism all the time.
kimberly_a
Feb. 26th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
It's not your typical Hollywood output. I can see why it had a small but vocal fan base.
cartman94501
Feb. 26th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
Have you tried disk defragmentation on the Mac?
kimberly_a
Feb. 26th, 2007 07:31 pm (UTC)
I've heard of "disk defragmentation" but have no idea what it even is. What would be involved?
cartman94501
Feb. 26th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)

Basically, files are written in sectors of a fixed length (on Windows, often 4,096 bytes). Wherever there's a free sector, I can write a sector, and then a file allocation table keeps track of which sectors belong to which files. If a file has sectors all over the disk, it's considered highly fragmented, and a defragmenter would be used to shuffle the fragments around so that they were all (or nearly all) contiguous. This greatly affects disk performance.

I have no Mac experience, but I suspect they work similarly. This page> lists a number of Mac defragmentation tools, but I can't vouch for any of them. The MacOS might also have a defragmentation tool built in. Recent versions of Windows do.

kimberly_a
Feb. 27th, 2007 12:30 am (UTC)
And if the disk is highly fragmented, it might cause the kind of video problems I'm having?
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