iMovie and iDVD

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 14 Mar 2003 13:00:00 GMT
I Have Come Into This World to See This

I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands even at the height
of their arc of anger

because we have finally realized there is just one flesh to wound
and it is His--the Christ's, our

I have come into this world to see this: all creatures hold hands as
we pass through this miraculous existence we share on the way
to even a greater being of soul,

a being of just ecstatic light, forever entwined and at play
with Him.

I have come into this world to hear this:

every song the earth has sung since it was conceived in
the Divine's womb and began spinning from
His wish,

every song by wind and fin and hoof,
every song by hill and field and tree and woman and child,
every song of stream and rock,

every song of tool and lyre and flute,
every song of gold and emerald
and fire,

every song the heart should cry with magnificent dignity
to know itself as

for all other knowledge will leave us again in want and aching--
only imbibing the glorious Sun
will complete us.

I have come into the world to experience this:

men so true to love
they would rather die before speaking
an unkind word,

men so true their lives are His covenant--
the promise of

I have come into this world to see this:
the sword drop from men's hands
even at the height of
their arc of

because we have finally realized
there is just one flesh

we can wound.

Daniel Ladinsky - Love Poems from God

If you look at the link above, and at the ad in the left-hand column, you'll notice that I'm now an associate. Buy the book, and I get a cut. Go ahead. It's a great book. I just ordered it myself after reading a few poems from a friend's copy. If you want something from Amazon, and don't mind sending some coin of the realm my way, use the ad link to get there and I'll get a few nickels to help support this site.

Almost a year ago, my wife made a video of her sister's fortieth birthday, promising her sister to send a DVD of it. Well, I made the DVD on Wednesday night using Apple's iMovie and iDVD. It took quite a while to do. Had to play the video at real time out of the video recorder into iMovie, export to QuickTime, which was a little faster than real time, import into iDVD, which happenned right away since no bits were copied, and write the DVD, which took about 3 times real time. Bottom line: two and a half hours for twenty some minutes of video. And I did no editing. Still, the result was a nice memory of the occasion that I mailed yesterday.

We've got an enabler package that allows us to use iDVD with an external CD-ROM burner. This package is no longer sold because Apple sicced their lawyers on the company that made it. We're stuck with OS X v.10.1.x, because Jaguar breaks the enabler. I don't understand why Apple doesn't support external DVD burners.

William L. Anderson at - Regime Change? - some good reasons why Iraq is lower than another country on the list of places that need a regime change. [trt-ny]

I am choosing this venue to announce that I am breaking ranks with many of my friends and am calling for regime change in the country about which I am writing. I have been observing the behavior of the sometimes-maniacal political leaders of this nation and have concluded that not only the rogue at the top, but many others who are part of this particular government also need to go.

William F. Jasper at The New American - True Patriotism - some are equating anti-war protest with treason. Why The New American is warning against the attack on Iraq. [trt-ny]

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the President or any other public official save exactly to the degree in which he himself stands by the country. It is patriotic to support him in so far as he efficiently serves the country. It is unpatriotic not to oppose him to the exact extent that by inefficiency or otherwise he fails in his duty to stand by the country. In either event, it is unpatriotic not to tell the truth -- whether about the President or about any one else -- save in the rare cases where this would make known to the enemy information of military value which would otherwise be unknown to him.

Whatever faults critics may find with Teddy Roosevelt, he was certainly a patriot. And who would question the patriotic credentials of George Washington, the patriot nonpareil? Yet, in his wise and eloquent Farewell Address, President Washington warned his countrymen against "the mischiefs of foreign intrigue" and "the impostures of pretended patriotism." Those cautions are especially apropos to this moment, when pretended patriotism is being called into service of the most mischievous foreign intrigues.


In proposing that these United States go to war and send our troops into battle on the other side of the world, President Bush must satisfy two important requirements: demonstrate that this is being done to defend the United States of America; and obtain a congressional declaration of war. He has done neither.

Thomas - the text of H. R. 1157, the "Freedom to Read Protection Act of 2003", is now fully available. Looks like a good bill to me, as I expected it would when I noticed that Ron Paul is a cosponsor. I sent the following one-minute message to my congress critter:

I urge you to cosponsor and support H.R. 1157, the "Freedom to Read Protection Act of 2003". This bill restores privacy to America's libraries and bookstores, requiring, as was until recently the status quo, proper warrants to discover which books people have purchased or checked out. This privacy was criminally infringed upon by the so-called U.S.A. P.A.T.R.I.O.T act.

The Urantia Book is online. I remember seeing this in the new age bookstore I used to frequent in the early eighties. Definitely interesting though I can't vouch for its relationship to reality. I doubt I'll bother to read the whole thing, but I'll likely browse a little. [smith2004]

CTMU: The Cognitive-Theoretic Model of the Universe - "The CTMU domain has been created to provide information on Christopher Langan's Theory of Everything..." Looks interesting. Haven't read anything here yet. [smith2004]

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