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Chuck, crackbaby

As part of ongoing experimentation with features on this website which recently has included opening up comments, purchase of a dedicated server to handle bandwidth, and new mastheads every month, I’ve decided to expand this site’s content to include weekly video and audio posts. We experimented with audio before (here and here), and that will continue soon once we figure out how to capture a clip that doesn’t sound like it’s being recorded inside a jet engine.

Today will be the first in a weekly series of small video posts, and since this is still in the experimental stage I’m starting off with a very small video (with no accompanying audio) just in case our server explodes from the downloads.

This clip was recorded in April 2002 in Los Angeles on our Nikon Coolpix 990 before we ever bought a proper camcorder. Chuck was probably eight weeks old, and it was during this incorrigible phase of his life that I asked the Lord every morning to give me strength not to drop kick him off the top of our two-story apartment building.

Click on this screenshot to view the video clip:

UPDATE: If you don’t have Quicktime installed or are otherwise unable to view the video here, you can see it over here.

  • Mary Craig

    2006/03/22 at 3:28 pm

    Crack puppies. It’s a national dilemma.

    It’s a good thing he was so cute, it’s probably the only thing that saved him from that free two story ride to OuchieVille.

    I, too, have been delighted with the opening of the comments. I most always have something to say and am glad of the chance to say it.

  • Heather Anne

    2006/03/22 at 3:23 pm

    That’s a bit foreboding, isn’t it? He was trying to eat you before he even had teeth!

  • Erika

    2006/03/22 at 3:26 pm

    Aw, but just like kids, you forget what they grow up into, unless you occassionaly look back.

  • Charles R. Kaiser

    2006/03/22 at 3:26 pm

    Doh! Standalone version! I swear that wasn’t there when I last tried to install quicktime about a month ago! And I didn’t even look today!

    At any rate, for those of you who are having trouble with an older version of Quicktime, best course of action is to uninstall Quicktime and do a new install of the new version. This bypasses the need for an upgrade.

  • erin

    2006/03/22 at 3:22 pm

    Love it – I especially like how you can time his little puppy attention span…BITE THE CAMERA BITE THE CAMERA oh hey now what’s that over there? AWESOME.
    FWIW, fellow Firefoxers, just download the standalone version, install, and FF will pick it up. No IE necessary.

  • Chelley

    2006/03/22 at 3:12 pm

    I’m having the same issues Hilary is having. I see the little slider, but no Chuck! 🙁

  • Cloudy

    2006/03/22 at 3:16 pm

    I love him so so much, I think I might die.

  • Jessica

    2006/03/22 at 3:16 pm

    Oh my god he’s the cutest little doggy ever

    Works for me on a WinXP PC with Quicktime 7.0.4

  • rivetergirl

    2006/03/22 at 2:57 pm

    It’s the ears. The ears and the little puppy eyes are the reason more puppies aren’t disposed of before they reach maturity.

  • Manda

    2006/03/22 at 3:01 pm

    Aww, I want me some puppy!

  • hilary

    2006/03/22 at 3:01 pm

    Ditto what Ursula said. I have Quicktime, and I can see the little slidey thing move as if there’s a movie playing, but alas, no movie. Quicktime says I need an update, but then goes on to say that there is no update available.

    Maybe I need a Mac? :/

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    2006/03/22 at 3:03 pm

    Funny, he doesn’t look like any of MY crack babies.

    But, you know…unless you’re taken C-section, we’re ALL crack babies.

  • Jennifer in Kansas City

    2006/03/22 at 3:08 pm

    Well, the picture will have to tide me over…. what a li’l punkin! (My work internet is powered by gnomes, chicken-flavored crackers & a hamster wheel.)

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Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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