Viva Le French! UPDATE!

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Of the presidential elections held today, resulting in a run-off between conservative Nicolas Sarkozy and socialist Segolene Royal (love her name, but a commie, and a girl – yuck), here is the knock against Sarkozy:

Mr Sarkozy is hated by the left as a reformer who many fear would change the French way of life by making the nation work harder and longer….

Oh, my! We can’t have that!

PS. BTW, just so no one accuses me of cutting out something that might damage or somehow mute the snarkiness value of this post, the rest of the post read:

…and by cutting back on its generous welfare state.

UPDATE: In the election, the conservative Sarkozy lead with 31% while the socialist Royal garnered 26%. Well, now the leftist are uniting in cause against the electronic voting machines used in the election. They are not right-out claiming the machines are responsible for Sarkozy’s lead, but there is an underlining inference that the new electronic voting machines are to blame for their losses. I’m not a fan of these new machines either; why not stick to the KISS rule (Keep It Simple Stupid) and use tried and true methods of voting, such as the hard to screw up fill-in-the-bubble type ballot we use here in Fresno County. But still,has anyone noticed there are never voting machine problems when leftists win?

Video Player Test.

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(I don’t know if this will work, but here goes nothing)

This is a tree.

Within the tree is a most boisterous mockingbird.

Enjoy!

here

OK. On two linux desktops, Ubuntu and Mint, the video plays but has no audio. The video plays fine plays on XP desktops, so most of my friends should be fine. It’s a codec issue. I’ll explain.

A codec is, in a nutshell, the format that the video and audio are displayed with. Mp3 is a codec, as is WAV, DIVIX, MPEG, JPEG, and GIFF. When you shoot video, or record audio using a digital device, camera, phone, etc, the recording is store in 1’s and 0’s, and the codec is the thing that tells all digital devices how to convert those 1’s and 0’s into something you can watch and or listen to. One codec is not compatible with another. Think of it as the difference between VHS and DVD; they both contain video, but one won’t play on the other machine (try sticking a VHS tape into a DVD player and you’ll know what I’m talking about). Computers are cool because, unlike the VCR or DVD player, which are limited by physical hardware issues, you can download and install the different codecs to allow the different formats to play on you computer.

The video I posted is in a codec called 3gp. It is used on many cell phones, including my Sony W810i. Unlike Mp3 or MPEG, this is not a common codec and is not included in the Ubuntu or Mint Linux (which is based on Ubuntu) software package. I will convert the vid to a more common format so everyone, including myself, will be able to see, and hear, the video / audio thingy I posted.

PS. The video for RareForm is on being converted even as we speak.