My Quantified Self - Video Conversion Station

05 December 2011 10:14 PM CST

The Quantified Self movement is all about self-surveillance and study via collected data and numbers.  More than simply analyzing my day-to-day life, I have a desire to study the trajectory of my life from birth to the present.  I was born over thirty years ago, long before mainstream digital cameras, GPS devices, heart rate monitors, etc. Fortunately, I come from a family of pack-rats and I have a large collection of photos, videos, papers, etc. spanning my whole life.  I now spend a great portion of my time digitizing this analog information. Today's blog will highlight my Video Conversion Station.

I like a bargain. Naturally, I'm a big fan of the Metropolitan Nashville Surplus Auction site, eBid. If you haven't yet, check it out.  You never know what you may find there.  They have a lot of old industrial stuff because they're usually emptying old office buildings or schools.  Last week I managed to pick up an industrial audio/visual cart.  All of the action takes place online and I thought I was bidding on a modestly sized TV cart similar to those I saw in school as a kid.  Well, $9 later I'm the proud owner of a giant AV cart.  The thing is a beast!  It's big enough to support a 40 inch tube TV!  The cart is solid steel and holds up to 500 pounds.  I even had to borrow a friend's Toyota Sequoia (thanks, H!) just to get it home.  I'm surprised I didn't die trying to get the thing upstairs.

This mammoth piece of furniture is big enough to hold my TV, VCR, DVD player, HDV deck, and other digital video recorders (all the components of my video conversion setup), plus an old Mac Pro, monitor, RAID drive, and Epson flatbed scanner. AND it's on wheels.  I love it.

Here's a look at the setup:

Video Conversion Station

Video Conversion Station

The Brain's of the Video Conversion Station

The "Brains" of the Video Conversion Station