Sidetracked into playing with my Stirling Engine model

| November 17, 2018

Last week while clearing off our bookshelves I came across a ticket to The Music Man from 18 years ago when my nephew Ben played the lead in his high school musical. It occurred to me that his birthday was this month and that I should post it to his Facebook page while sending him […]

Enjoyed a great week in Florida with Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn

| October 27, 2018

*Video: corbett oostra vacation in delray beach fl – oct 2018 All good things come to an end … but Brenda and I sure had a great time in Delray Beach FL with Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn. It was our first vacation with Annalyn and we enjoyed being with her … and Katelyn and Drew […]

Annalyn visiting with her Oma and Bompa – part two

| September 30, 2018

As "warned," here’s a follow up post to archive the special time Brenda and I had with Annalyn this past week. We have been looking forward to having our little 1-1/2 year old granddaughter stay at our house without mom and dad for a while now and had a wonderful time. She may have not […]

Happily busy with our granddaughter Annalyn these past few days

| September 29, 2018

Brenda and I had a few days this past week to enjoy Annalyn “alone” at our house for the first time. It is different than babysitting just a day or so at a time at Katelyn and Drew’s house and was a bit more challenging considering she was not feeling 100% and of course could […]

Weekend chores rewarded with granddaughter fun at the zoo

| June 11, 2018

As usual the spring pine pollen left a mess of the patios and any furniture left outside. The annual chore of power-washing and cleaning our outdoor living space seems to get tougher every year … and the moving of furniture on and off the patio heavier. Nevertheless, I completed the project after a full day […]

Weekend project: A few more staircase safety items for Annalyn

| May 7, 2018

Now that our granddaughter is walking around much FASTER, the staircases in our house are high priority safety fixes for her visits. We liked the “nautical flavored” ones that I put up for Katelyn and Taylor in Hudson Ohio, so I am duplicating them. Although I already set up a “gate”  heading to the basement, […]

Tech Friday: Handbrake video compression testing

| January 12, 2018

Testing and tweaking the Handbrake software I use for video encoding and am hoping to improve the .MP4 compression settings for MyDesultoryBlog and others. The test video is an 18 sec knife sharpening iPhone clip and the new setting should average about 25-30 MB per minute at full 30 frame/sec at a reasonable 1280 x720 […]

It looks like there is hope for America #Millennials

| February 28, 2017

Spotted this on my Facebook feed (was posted in 2016). *Video: millennial speaks out

Christmas 2015 – a family time

| December 26, 2015

We had a wonderful family time on Christmas day. Taylor came after work on Christmas Eve day and Katelyn and Drew drove from Minneapolis after a half day of work (long day for them), so we were all home for Christmas morning. After our morning gift exchange, which was wonderful, although too much … we went outside and enjoyed […]

Video for WordPress and embed issues for multiple browsers

| April 23, 2012

Here’s what works and what doesn’t work when using the Hana Flv Player plug in with my WordPress install in an attempt to figure out the best way to post video that will play in all browser/hardware combinations. Embedding test video with the Kodak Playsport Zx5 1. Safari on the iPad 2 only post description […]

A test to see how well the Hana video plug-in works

| April 22, 2012

Testing the Hana plug-in with H.264 mp4 files. This first is with the Kodak Zx5 at the lowest setting. (iPad compatible) *Video: hana flv player plug in for wordpress test ADD — Test 2: Palm Pre raw video upload test *Video: palm pre video clip

New video embed compatible with Apple devices

| April 22, 2012

I’ve been using embedded flash video for everything up to this point on my blog and unless the services like YouTube offer Apple H.264 mp4 versions, viewers have been out of luck with my posted video. I spent a few hours looking at different option and will give Hana FLV Player a try. Hopefully it […]

Test encode 2 – Canon 5d mark II

| October 23, 2010

My friend Jeff and I use a shared folder on Dropbox to send files to each other and this morning he send me a short ‘portrait’ oriented video clip while on his trip to North Carolina. I chuckled when opening the file because by default it is in a “landscape” format (sideways), then wondered how […]

Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.