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My family films archive project is coming along very well. Last week I finished transferring the fifty-four Super 8 films to miniDV tape, and then digitizing all of those into my computer. I digitized each tape as one long file, and then went through a cut up the longer videos into shorter sequences. Before I went to bed last night I setup a job to export all of the sequences as stand alone Quicktime files. This will be used to convert the videos for possible iPhone use. This morning I setup another job to export each sequence as MPEG2 files to use on the DVD. Tonight I want to start creating the DVD interface and figuring out how I want to organize the videos. It probably just makes sense to put them all in chronological order, but I'm playing with other ideas.

I'm also thinking about how I may want to edit these together to create a nice 30 minute loop to play at my parents fiftieth wedding anniversary in September. It was suggested that we just play all of the unedited videos, but that would take after three and a half hours to play. A nice loop will let people see it and move on without fear of missing something.

My one disappointment was that the films start right *after* my Grandpa Bertke died, so I didn't get a chance to see him in motion. The first films are from my parent's 1965 trip to the World Fair with my Granda Bertke. She was along because her husband had recently died. However, I was very happy to see footage of my Grandma  Bertke and my Grandpa and Grandma Penk, and of the old Lake of the Ozarks cabin that our family used to have.

At the end of August we're having a Bertke family reunion for the first time. Of course, when I say Bertke family, I really just mean the families of my Dad and Uncle. We're renting a couple houses in the Ozarks and spending a week there. While watching the films I realized that the ten year anniversary of my Grandma Bertke's death will be in just a couple weeks, right before the reunion. I think she would have really liked these films and the fact that her children and their families are still getting together.
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Joe and I had a very nice weekend as we celebrated our second wedding anniversary.

I have to admit, I almost forgot it about it last week because we're not at WorldCon right now. We got married at WorldCon in Toronto two years ago, and thanks to our friend Warren, we celebrated our first anniversary at WorldCon Boston last year. Due to WorldCon being overseas, and almost a month early, we're not at WorldCon right now. We're just home... which feels so strange for the end of August.

Last week while Joe and I were talking about weekend plans he asked me if we had anything else going on this weekend. I responded that I didn't think so... to which he told me to think again. I glanced at the calendar on my cube wall and noted that this weekend included our anniversary date, August 28th. I think I might have been sleeping on the guest bed if I'd not quickly responded that I remembered our anniversary. Of course, this is just two years of being legally married. We've been together for nearly 17 year (17 in November).

Back to this weekend...

We had fun going to two movies on Friday. We first saw The Brothers Grimm, which was ok (better than Val Helsing), then we saw Red Eye, which was suspenseful, but not really so scary. After the movies we went home to cuddle while watching the SciFi Friday shows.

Saturday was a bit of a mess, but I had a good day anyways. Joe got up early and went to the gym while I slept in. We had a quick bagel breakfast, then went over to Southdale to do some shopping. JC Pennys was having a nice sale on bed sheets, and there were some nice cloths on sales also, but we couldn't decided which set we liked so we didn't buy anything. We are expecting a nice Labor Day sale, so we'll just go back next Monday.

We had been undecided about what to do Saturday night. We had an invitation to a wine and cheese tasting party, and we were thinking about having dinner at The Melting Pot to celebrate our anniversary. Well, but the time we called Melting Pot, they were already full for the evening, to we placed a reservation for Sunday instead. As for the tasting party... we ended up blowing that off too and we just stayed home and watched a pile of Gay themed movies that Joe had recently picked up on DVD.

Harry and Max: Nice movie, but disjointed. What happens when to incestuous brothers are twisted by the world of fame and boy bands.

Sugar: Suburban gay boy (who lives in a very strange and liberal house, smoking mom's pot) goes into the city to get laid for his birthday, and instead meets up with Butch, a handsome edgy drug using hustler, played by Brendan Fehr (of Roswell tv show). Of course things don't go well, but its turns into a messed up queer coming of age film.

Zero Patience: I always have to thank [livejournal.com profile] fauxbear for introducing us to this movie. I haven't seen this movie for several years, but I've listened to the music on CD on occasion since then. But... I forgot how strange this movie really is! And its SO Canadian!

Sunday was a little more structured. Late morning we headed over to Saint Paul for my company employee picnic at the Saint Paul Saints stadium. The picnic was nice, and we stayed for four or five innings, but finally got bored and left. That was probably for the better, because when ever I go to a local team's game they loose. If I leave then they win. It's all me.

After that game we went home to relax for a little while. I read comics and then took a short nap.

Finally we headed down town for our dinner at The Melting Pot. The place is kind of cool. Each table has built in electric stove tops, for heating your fondue pots. We were presented with a menu that featured their "Big Night Out" meal on the inside front page. Then the majority of the menu was taken up with their wine selection. Finally the back to inside pages provided us with details on the fondues the entrée .

Joe and I occasionally make a swiss cheese fondue for ourselves and for friends (yes, I know we're over due!). The Melting Pot was very different than our typical fondue dinner. Since our home made fondue is only cheese, we're not used to cooking our meat in an oil fondue. At home we just use pre-cooked ham and turkey.

After debating for a while, and sending the waiter away several times, Joe and I finally decided to just try it their way and we ordered the four course Big Night Out meal.

The first course, of course, was a cheese fondue. They had a swiss cheese fondue on the list, but we decided to go with the Wisconsin Trio Cheese Fondue instead. The buttermilk bleu cheese just sounded too good to pass up. After that I got the Mushroom Salad... which was a plate covered in chopped mushroom caps, with a little bit of lettuce and italian dressing.

The entrée was a big plate of meats that we got to cook ourselves in the Coq au Vin Fondue. I think the restaurant should give you a little digital clock so you know how long you've been cooking those meets. I'm sure that our first couple of forks didn't stay in long enough. I think we eventually got the hang of it, but I'm still not a fan of cooking my own food. (Remember, I'm great at reheating food at home... I rarely ever cook.)

Dessert was a very nice dark and white chocolate fondue with a plate of fruits and other tasty things to dip. Very yummy.

I took a couple of pictures at the table, but I haven't posted them yet. I'll try and do that tonight.


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