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Yes, I understand very well, Griff. It's hard to let go - it's so final. A girl I loved for decades died last year of scleroderma is still alive in my dreams and prayers - her Facecrack site is still alive and well - and I hate to part with her, though I'm still in contact with her kids, who I helped to raise.
Had to read through the entire thread before I realized that your use of the word 'dead' was meant in a literal sense and not metaphorical.
With the increase in inexpensive storage space, I only remove contacts which I can't remember any details about. If a person has passed away, they are still in there. If I look through the list and see their name, it is a reminder of the good times we shared.
Otherwise any contact I made over the course of my life or career might be useful down the line, even if I need to make an effort to track them down. On the other hand if it is a person that I don't wish to associate with any more, I move them to the blocked contact section instead.
It would work better if you did not capture and encode a video. Instead, you could try to process each frame with the help of the graphics processor on the fly. And you could lower the frame rate to give it more time. Shirley you don't need so many almost identical frames.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them were cats.
His last invention was an evil Lasagna. It didn't kill anyone, and it actually tasted pretty good.