Here’s Where You Can Stick Those @!#*ing Instructions

I bought an iSight last week with the hopes that I would be able to get some video going on this site, and since we’re talking about Apple products here, I figured that it’d be a snap to set up. Right?

I mean, this is a video camera, right? So it should be really freaking easy – I’m talking lobotomy patient easy – to get rolling and record some video footage…Right?

All ya gotta do is follow the instructions!

Although my mind likes to hang out in an imagined utopia, my present day reality falls somewhat short of that. Walk with me to find out just how far from utopia we can really get while trying to set up a stupid unnecessarily difficult camera.

Alrighty, I’ve got ‘er hooked up, and boy was that easy! This thing is slick, light, and really nice! Hooooooo boy!

Look at that, iChat automatically recognizes that the camera is attached, and I don’t even have to install any software. This newfangled gadgetry is a real modern marvel, I tells ya.

Awesome, five minutes in and I’m ready to vlog like it’s my job. Let me just find that record button here, and…

Umm, Houston, we have a problem. Where the #!*@ is the record button? Looks like I can set up video chats with people or record stuff on my microphone, but who the hell cares about that? I want to vlog! Just freakin record me already!

Well, I still have my trusty iMovie HD software that came with my Mac Mini, so surely to god that’ll save the day. Right?

Oooh, nice, there’s even help instructions on how to integrate your iSight with iMovie. Boy, this Apple stuff sure is great.

Let’s see here…step one is easy, what’s step 2?

Click the mode switch to set iMovie HD to camera mode.

Crap, what’s a mode switch? Hmm, maybe it’s this thing here. I’ll click ‘er over and see what happens.

“No camera attached.”

You know, that’s funny. I’m looking right at the son of a bitch, and I can tell ya – she’s definitely attached…might as well be conjoined twins.

Well, ok, maybe this is part of the process. On to step three:

Click the triangle to the left of the camera mode switch and choose iSight from the pop-up menu.

Triangle? Click a freaking triangle? Who do I kill? Here’s what I’m looking at. You tell me where the triangle is – I failed shapes in preschool.

It’s all downhill from there.

Anyway, folks, whenever I figure out this marvel of simplicity, I’ll humor you with a worthless video.

And I promise to wear clothes.

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Jesse May 4, 2006

and I promise to wear clothes

What happens to all the google hits you’re getting from “Chris Pearson naked”?


Dennis Bullock May 4, 2006

Sounds like an adventure. Keep us up with episode II.


Dennis Bullock May 4, 2006

Or better yet can you record yourself trying to figure out the problem for us so we know how it fix it.


Tom Flowers May 5, 2006

The original instructions, in the language of origin, are probably clearer. Triangles, in some cultures, may be thought of as squares without a corner. Perhaps you’re missing a corner.


lawton chiles May 7, 2006

Christ, great blog design. Did you design it yourself? If so, where did you learn how to? School, certificate program?

Just too curious for my own good,



lawton chiles May 7, 2006

sorry, chris, i’ll learn how to spell…



Chris P. May 7, 2006

Lawton, I designed this site from scratch using Photoshop CS 2 coupled with Dreamweaver 8 for code.

I learned how to design sites by actually designing them – not by school or anything like that. I took cues from existing websites that I liked on the elements and styles of good design, and I guess I kind of meshed those together to develop a style that was uniquely my own.

After about 5 or so sites, I really started to get the hang of things, and now stuff like you see here is the end result.


andrew March 31, 2007

i am having the same problem, and my iSight is *built in* to my iMac. iReally am not having fun, but at least reading your post gave me a much needed chuckle. thanks!


Mike Surace April 8, 2008

Did you ever figure that out? Here I am 2 years later dealing with the same problem.


Bhaskar October 22, 2011

Doesn’t your blog design violates that conventional wisdom with round 60% of top browser screen covered with picture and content moving to the lower fold.

What is that picture all about and how did it land up to such a prominent place above all the good content that you write ?


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