grim pandango

posted by tom / December 13, 2005 /

catherine by the sign for the baby panda exhibit

As Catherine mentioned, we finally went and saw the panda cub. He was cute. People cooed. Good times, all having them, etc. It was a close thing, though — if not for the dedicated zoo staff's willingness to harass young Butterstick, we would've just had a view of some rocks. Which, while adorable by rock standards, would have been kind of a letdown.

I knew better than to try to compete with the Nabob's action shots, so I just took some video instead. It turns out that my camera's zoom function works really, really badly when you're shooting movies. Oh well. Cleanliness is next to Godliness is next to Mysteriousness is next to Blurriness is next to Fuzziness, and that is, after all, why we've declared this ball of fur to be our new golden calf (although he's probably pretty filthy, so I'm not sure if that the transitive property actually holds all the way through this construction).

Anyway! You can get the panda viewing experience without paying $40 for a FONZ membership if you click here (MPEG, 16.6MB).

PS: Catherine and I promise to try to stop making horrible panda-related post titles. Or at least we'll try to try.

Comments

1 comment abt yr video - v bad quality? Made in?

Posted by: GDL on December 14, 2005 04:36 PM

made on my canon sd450, exported from its native compressed AVI state to uncompressed AVI, then turned into an MPEG with TMPGEnc (default settings).

Posted by: tom on December 14, 2005 04:39 PM

Hey, the video quality is just fine for a camera. What do people expect you to use? A high-def MiniDV professional camera?
That would just expose the wires moving the panda puppet around its unnatural habitat. And we wouldn't want that, would we? Hey at least you know how to take pictures through glass. Silly people with their flash cameras. You ain't going to see anything but big flash spot...

Posted by: Tomas on December 14, 2005 04:55 PM

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