Friday, 29 February 2008

Converting .mov files to .avi files

Videoclips on digital cameras tend to be .mov files which can be played by QuickTime. However, if you want to edit them using Windows Movie Maker, they need to be converted into .avi files first. You can do this by purchasing QuickTime Pro, or for free by using RAD Video Tools. If at first the latter does not work, try different compression types. I use Intel Indeo for my Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ3 camera clips.

Thursday, 28 February 2008

New BBC homepage

Just looked at the BBC homepage. You can now customise it - very useful.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

Mock the Week

Hilarious clips from Mock the Week, currently being repeated on BBC2.

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

On my doorstep

Found this frog on my front doorstep wanting to come in after choir practice (mine not its!).

Saturday, 9 February 2008

Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man

Attended a workshop to rehearse and perform this work with Thornbury Choral Society today at Thornbury Baptist Church - excellent work, excellent conducting (Steven Kings), excellent venue!

Excess Baggage

Did you listen to this morning's Excess Baggage programme on BBC Radio 4? Included was a feature on the Island Man who is the first person to sleep on all of the 162 Scottish islands over forty hectares (as featured in this book - must put it on my wish list). You can hear Mendelssohn's Overture "The Hebrides" (Fingal's Cave) here:

Friday, 8 February 2008

Embedded routes and photos on walking logs

I would really like to do what you can do with EveryTrail (see earlier posts) with OS mapping.

The Ordnance Survey have just announced the launch of OpenSource for developers. This looks like rather hard work unless you are used to Java programming.

Anquet tell me that they are soon to launch something similar to EveryTrail but with OS mapping so I will be interested to see how that pans out. However, there are licensing restrictions with showing OS maps on websites, so I will be getting in touch with OS to see exactly what the situation is. Watch this space.

The demise of the British pub?

Listened to You and Yours on BBC Radio 4 at lunchtime. You can listen again here at BBC iPlayer. There was mention of the Black Swan in Ravenstonedale which the BAsWC have used as a base for memorable walks in the Howgills. Is diversifying the way forward for the country pub?

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

Lunar eclipse

The next lunar eclipse is on 21 February at about 3am! See wikipedia for more information.
Here is a YouTube film of the one on 3 March 2007 taken from Bristol!

Sunday, 3 February 2008

Another test of EveryTrail

A Cotswold Way leg last month. The software is a bit quirky and takes some getting used to, but I haven't found anything better yet....
Cotswold Way Cleeve Hill to Stanway at EveryTrail

Map created by EveryTrail:Share GPS tracks


Experimenting with this EveryTrail website after a walk yesterday. This is the result. Looks very useful. You can upload a GPS route with digital photos and the photos will be marked on a Google Earth map using the clock in each! I suppose this is a form of geotagging. Note that Google Earth now has a 'terrain' option.
River Severn walk at EveryTrail

Map created by EveryTrail:Share GPS tracks
I have started to use this for my walklog.

Here is a YouTube demo of EveryTrail:

Friday, 1 February 2008

Avalanche awareness quiz

Click above for a very useful quiz from Glenmore Lodge.

Pancake Day is on Tuesday!

Something I found in a YouTube news item on the BBC website:

Look up other videos by Provster Productions - hilarious.
You might like to look up this website as well:

Satmap Active 10 GPS

At last a dedicated GPS with OS mapping! See here.
Here are two reviews/discussions: here and here.
It is also reviewed by Trail Magazine here:

You can win one here at
You can subscribe to YouTube channels Trail Magazine and Country Walking Magazine for more useful videos.