Fun Word Friday: War

Posted by Emma on July 22, 2011 at 10:49 am. Fun Word Friday

by Kirsten Dirkes

War of the Three Sanchos: a war between three kings of Spain who were first cousins.  (They shared a grandfather who was also named Sancho.)  The war took place between 1065 and 1067, hundreds of years before most large bookstores established baby-naming book sections.  The war was eventually won by Sancho.  Ha!  Apparently, the war reached a stalemate by 1067, but it was a violent period of history, and eventually all three Sanchos met violent deaths.

Long War: the Long War began in the 1590s was fought between the Hapsburgs of Austria and the Ottoman Empire.  This pitiful little skirmish of approximately 14 years was named the Long War despite occurring AFTER the Hundred Years’ War (total running time: 116 years).  Get over yourselves, Hapsburgs and Ottomans.

Peach Tree War: Interested parties: Susquehannock Indians versus the Dutch colony of New Netherland.  Year: 1655.  Duration: One battle. (One of your shorter wars.)  Apparently, the Dutch have nobody to blame but themselves, because not only did one of them allegedly kill a young Native American woman for stealing a peach, but they also tried to steal Swedish colonial lands while the Swedes weren’t looking.  (The Susquehannock were allied with the Swedes, who probably believed in free peaches for everyone.)

Honey War: The Honey War was the best kind of war: the kind with no casualties.  Nobody’s willing to die when the prize is nothing but Iowa.  (Yes, this is about Iowa, but please keep reading!)  The Honey War occurred in the 1830s and involved a border dispute with Missouri.  Being in Iowa, the war involved people being chased with pitchforks, payment in honey, and trees being cut down in an extremely angry manner.  Nobody cares who won.

Pastry War: An invasion of Mexico by the French in 1838.  This war, like many wars, began with arguments over money and pastries.  A French pastry chef in Mexico got all upset over his ruined pastries, the French government demanded pastry restitution, Mexico refused to pay that or the millions of dollars it already owed the French, and finally the French got fed up and captured Mexico’s entire navy.  Now the Mexicans had no navy AND no fine French pastries.  Things weren’t looking good.  They eventually agreed to pay the pastry restitution section of the bill.

Our Top 5 Favorite Blogs

Posted by Emma on July 13, 2011 at 9:16 am. Captioning, Movies, Subtitling

There are so many amazing blogs about living with disabilities. Here are 5 on our ‘need to read’ list. Do you have any favorites?Thank you to everyone who have shares their story.

1. CaptionFish

This is a directory/search engine for captioned movies nationwide. There is nothing like it on the internet! Just type in your zipcode and find the nearest movie theater that displays closed captions! It’s a snap.

2. Speak Up Librarian

Read stories about deaf living by a hard of hearing librarian attempting to find her way in the world as a deafened adult. Her stories revolve around her everyday experiences. She talks about the latest TV trends, watching closed captioned movies in a theater, and issues around communication. She has a great voice!

3. BrailleWorks Blog

This blog has a wide range of articles about the need for braille, social networks for blind families, new technology, movie reviews, and parent resources. There are also current event updates.

4. Great Things About Being Blind!

This blog contains enlightening and uplifting stories about being blind. It was started in January 2011 to add a new voice to the disability community.

5. Hearing Your Voice

This blog has news, updates, and stories about being deaf & hard of hearing.

Fun Word Friday: Revolution!

Posted by Emma on July 8, 2011 at 9:37 am. Fun Word Friday

by Kirsten Dirkes

Happy July! In honor of the recently departed 4th of July and the quickly upcoming Bastille Day, we’re bringing waving the red, white, and blue flags in our minds and learning some revolution-related terms.

broadsides/broadsheets: large sheets of paper printed vertically and often used as posters or as pages in newspapers or magazines.  On July 4, 1776, hundreds of copies of the new Declaration of Independence were printed by a man named Dunlap and cleverly called Dunlap broadsides.

cockade: a circular decoration of ribbons usually worn on a hat and whose colors indicate an allegiance.  Because of ribbonosity, the colors are often displayed in concentric rings, which sounds very nice in theory, but if you Google “French Revolution cockade” and see a picture of actor Sam Neill in costume, you’ll quickly decide that wearing a large bull’s-eye on one’s head during a revolution isn’t perhaps the best idea.

flying camp: a small, mobile reserve of troops, particularly the ones organized by the Americans during the Revolutionary War.  A lot of the soldiers who joined were probably very disappointed to learn that the alleged “flying” actually involved walking really fast and that there were almost no s’mores whatsoever.

real tennis: The French signed the Tennis Court Oath in the early days of the revolution, but the “tennis” in question is not the tennis of today.  Today’s tennis is also known as “lawn tennis,” and it is derived from an older game that was originally called “tennis” but then, after those cocky upstarts introduced the new version, changed its name to “real tennis,” which I think really conveys its attitude toward its successor.  Real tennis is played indoors, and bouncing the balls off the walls is a part of the game, so you really needed to watch your back if you were a real tennis player (or someone whose name ended in “the Sixteenth”).

seigneurial: of a seigneur, a man of high position, especially a feudal lord.  “Dudes, I’m totally going to use this sweet broadside poster to advertise my seigneurial real tennis court.”

Is FCPX Right for CaptionMax?

Posted by Emma on July 6, 2011 at 8:44 am. Captioning, Subtitling, Techy

by Emily Bell
Multimedia Manager

MacBook Pro with FCPX Software
(credit: Apple)

So, we probably won’t be “upgrading” (is crossgrading a word?) to Final Cut X anytime soon. While we offer many file-based workflows already, we also do a lot of work with the broadcast TV market, and for us, Final Cut Pro is integrated into our technical operations center along with our video servers, routers, and high-def and standard-def tape decks. For the time being, we will continue to use Final Cut Pro 7 to provide tape capture and tape transfer services to our clients and to access your finished projects in our archives.

This is kinda how we feel about FCPX. Take it away Team Coco.
(There are no captions or description since we are using a clip from the Team Coco website.)

We also love DVD Studio Pro too much to say good-bye, since our authors know all of the scripting secrets to make really cool DVDs with it.

We will be doing some testing with the new software, however, to see how our subtitle and closed caption files import and whether our software nerd needs to make any tweaks. If you are a current client who already made the switch to FCP X, please let your project manager know when you set up your next job with us so we can be sure to send you the right file!



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