October 20, 2014

Republican Email

You might have gotten an email like this:

This is the first time in decades that spots have been made available on the Founders's Wall at the Ronald Reagan Republican Center on Capitol Hill. These names are engraved on the walls surrounding an Eternal Flame that honors President Reagan and his conservative legacy.
The names that are added will be seen by thousands of visitors, include our Republican Senators - both those who serve now and those who will in the decades to come.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to have your name added. Claim your spot now with a donation of $25 or more.

The fact is there is no such wall at the Ronald Reagan Republican Center. There is a "Eternal Flame of Freedom" that is near National Republican Senatorial Committee. The Flame is not open to the public, which means that thousands of visitors can't really see it. The flame isn't even listed on the Eternal Flame wiki page list of eternal flames.

From the VirtualTourist website:

Behind the building is a small square courtyard visible from E Street NE. Walk up to the fence and you can see the Ronald Reagan eternal flame, which I think they call the "Eternal Flame of Freedom." This area is called the Republican Victory Monument. On one wall are inscribed the names of those who help out the party a lot (probably if they give enough money). The east wall is labeled the Founders Wall and has many more names.

Here is the official address for the Ronald Wilson Reagan Republican Center:

The Ronald Wilson Reagan Republican Center
National Republican Senatorial Committee
425 Second St. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4914

If your in the DC area, go ahead visit the Center and ask to see the Wall...

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October 20, 2014

Sorenson Video

Looks like Apple is no longer supporting Sorenson Video in their Quicktime plugins in Mavericks and Yosemite. I have many quicktime video clips in my online collection and some of them are no longer working. (Basically you only see the status bar and no picture or audio.)

If I open the videos in Quicktime, they get immediately converted to H.264. So it looks like I'll have to update all the videos in my collection to make sure that they are using the latest H.264 standard.

Since I don't get much traffic to the Quicktime Gallery, I'll update the collection when I have some time next weekend. I am sure there is some automation tool to get this done.

I found this note on Apple's website:

In OS X Mavericks, some older media formats listed above, and those that require third-party codec components, are converted to H.264 or Apple ProRes when opened. These older media formats can be played without conversion using QuickTime Player 7.

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