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Mark attacking the climbing wall at Arlington Beach, Saskatchewan.

Mark made it a decade today as he turned ten.  We woke him up quite early this morning so I could give him his birthday presents before I went to work.  I gave him Little Big Planet for the PSP, Wendy gave him a docking station for his iPod, Oliver gave him a Coleman clip-on watch, and the dogs gave him a compass and a case for his digital video camera.

Mark is blessed and burned by my rebellious spirit and attitude towards authority which causes the occasional conflict at school and at home but he has always been a great kid and Wendy and I are always proud of him, even when he attacks a climbing wall without safety gear.

Movie Pix HD Review


We bought one of these this week.  I had wanted a camera that I could use at work and carry with me everywhere.  It is basically a Flip Video camera competitor but takes HD video for a lower price.  No internal memory but 1 gig SD cards are going for $7.99 in some places around Saskatoon.  I bought 2 two gig cards for $15 which gives me a couple of hours of recording time.

As a PC user, I needed to download a QuickTime to AVI converter so Microsoft Movie Maker could import the video (yeah, the software is horrible).  You can do this with the free Rad Video Tools.  Another option is to upgrade to a decent video editing program.  I prefer Movie Magix 12 which you can purchase for as low as $20 and it can read the files natively and handle HD video (download free trial here)

It isn’t perfect and it is uses a lot of batteries.  It came with some nickel cadmium batteries and a charger (nice bonus!) but I find during the holidays I keep several extra around.  You can get 40 Maxell batteries at WalMart for $10 which made for a good backup.

It won’t replace my DV Camera but it is great for taking to the lake, to the park, or just having around the boys.