I spent a good share of my Saturday taking the movies of our Tonga vacation from my Canon zr-40 into Movie Maker 2 and working with them. I really like Movie Maker 2, and if want to augment it with additionally sophisticated video editing (cropping, adding balloons, complex text, layering and so much more) try Camtasia Studio as a complement to MM2. I have been using it since early versions, and I love it.

Then, I used MyDVD 5.3 to burn the actual DVD. I chose the wrong screen res, so my video was a little dithered. I'll fix that on a re-burn.

Anyway, it was a lot of fun doing this work. Some people do it for a living. But, that's not me.

There is a truly brilliant site maintained by, of course, an MVP that gives well-organized and very valuable information about how to make your own movies. Check it out at www.eicsoftware.com/PapaJohn/MM2/mm2.html. This site deserves a special award.

 Rock thought for the day: I recent heard Black Flag's song "T.V. Party" from 1981. It's a song that captures the essence (if there is one) of punk. What a song. True punk aficianados (if there can be any) would deny that punk is conventional in any way. But, the mere objection, as anyone who suffered through a liberal arts graduate school program knows, is a sign of convention, so trapped in convention we remain. It's called post-modernism...get used to it.

Rock on.