Archive for May, 2011

I bought a video player at the flea market.
Even though I have one, my video player only supports mono playback,
and doesn’t support the LP speed.

In 2002, I recorded the wedding of our crown price Willem Alexender
and Máxima. As the broadcast on TV was longer then 4 hours, it
wouldn’t fit normally on a tape, so I recorded it on the LP speed,
using my uncle’s video recorder.

So, in order to play it, I needed one that does support the LP speed.
So, I bought this recorder at the flea market.

Since I’ve been at my family’s place this weekend, I took the tape
with me, and I decided to try to play it.

And it played back fine, even though the quality was a little low,
so I thought, I need to run a head cleaning tape through the VCR.

After watching a few minutes, rewinded the tape. Suddenly,
after rewinding, the take was ejected, but the tape somehow
got stuck.

After unplugging the VCR I opened it

There you see where it got stuck
Eeps…. doesn’t look like a healthy take anymore!

Back in the box for now… 
Well…. it’s just the introduction part that got damaged… nothing about the event itself yet…
Hmmm…. is there a way to straighten up a crumpled tape?
Lesson learned: use an unimportant tape to test a used VCR.

Some of my foreign friends on Facebook are

learning/speaking some Dutch. I think this
post might be interesting for them.
I was thinking about the Dutch word “zin”.
What does it mean? Well….. it can mean multiple things…
“Dit is een zin”  would be translated to “This is a sentence“.
But if I would say “Ik heb geen zin” it would mean “I don’t feel like it” 
“Het heeft geen zin” on the other hand means “It’s in vain” 
“De zin van het leven” translates to “The meaning of life”