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  1. We had to make the same decision when we bought a new camera. Here were some things we kept in mind: HDD: if the hard drive failed and we hadn't moved all of the video off, it was lost (or else required the time and expense of finding someone to try to save it). DVD: cool, but they take some time to finishing "writing" to the dvd. Not usually a problem, but if you're in the middle of shooting, say, a birthday party or a soccer game, you could miss some good video opportunities waiting for the DVD to finish until you can pop a new one in. Flash: we almost went this route, but I'm so
  2. Are they digital? The Microsoft Movie Maker that comes with Windows XP (part of Service Pack 2, maybe?) is the cheapest (FREE!) decent option out there. Pretty much plug and go. I had a bunch of tapes that weren't digital, but we bought a Digital8 camcorder a few years back that allowed playback of the analog tapes. We were then able to get them on the computer and DVDs with no problem. If you are all analog, then you will have a more difficult time.
  3. Checking your own credit report does not show as a "hit." I don't know if you live in Canada or the US, but in the US you can check your credit reports free once per year. There are 3 credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. We check one of them every 3 months (Equifax in April, Experian in August, TU in Dec, for example) just to make sure everything is as it should be. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com. If you have any questions about your credit, now is the time to be checking. That way, if there is a problem, you are aware of it and have time to work on cleaning thin
  4. I've only been hanging around here for a couple of years, but I've already seen this topic at least a half dozen times, maybe more. No one is going to feel happy and accepted all of the time. Carry on.
  5. Very simplistic example: I know my child. If I put chocolate in front of him, he will eat it. He has the free will to eat it or not, but I know what he will do. I imagine the same thing with God but on a much larger/deeper scale.
  6. Did I miss a baby announcement?? Details! Details! (Or please point me to the baby announcement thread.) :D
  7. I think most people would agree, but the problem is we haven't yet figured out how to do this. In a typical cycle, let's say a doctor is able to retrieve 13 eggs. Of those 13 eggs, 10 eggs are mature enough to proceed and 8 are able to be fertilized. Of those 8, 5 make it to the blastocyst stage. Of those 5, 3 are implanted. Of those 3, only one makes to to a full term baby. And that is generally a best-case scenario. (And to add to the best case scenario, only 1 of those 2 remaining frozen blastocysts survive the thaw and become a live baby for the second round.) The success rates in IVF
  8. Thanks for the great feedback. Just to clarify, we aren't moving. This was just for my own curiosity (I think I've just been watching too much HGTV lately). Our house is quite roomy and I think it is laid out reasonably well, but I always wonder what people mean when they talk about a well laid-out home. We do need to remodel the kitchen at some point though... I've never been a big fan of the "great room" and it looks like I'm in good company. :001_smile:
  9. That's a really fun site. Thanks for the link! Your description is very helpful. Thank you.
  10. I read the small house thread with interest. I saw many people commenting about the layout of the house making all of the difference. I'm curious what you mean by this--do you have some specific examples? Are long hallways bad because they take up otherwise livable space? What kind of flow makes the house good? I'm assuming lots of big closets are good. I tried to find some floorplans online that we could critique, but I don't know if that would help. some KB Home plans a DR Horton plan. This one has a great room. Is all of that open space desirable or not?
  11. Pseudo rep for an awesome post!

  12. I don't claim to be mature [how can you in a catwoman costume? lol!], but if someone makes a public statement, it's fair game in ANYONE's points. post on ;)

  13. you are brave, way to go!

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