What I need to do

October 08, 2005

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This always happens. I go shoot something one night and the next day I'm in the best mood I've been in since the last time I shot. Guess that makes it pretty obvious what I need to do more of.
– Tags: tagPhotography


Night of the Matts

October 08, 2005

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Just got back from a show at Freebird Live (one of the only places in Jax that has live music). There were three acts. Two of which were named Matt. I did some shooting which I'll post once I get a chance to edit it. The real key to the night was the other Matt. The Matt who was running the lights. I've talked to him a couple times before when I've been shooting and he's always been cool about making the lights a little hotter for me. That's just awesome. Afterall, photography is really painting with light. So, the guy who contorls the lights is key.
I plan on brining him some prints just as a thank you. Tonight, I also discovered that he's the son of the bar owner. This makes things even better since I've been wanting to provide some images to the bar as well.
And now, heading to bed with a nice little buzz…..
– Tags: tagPhotography tagMusic


Part 2?

October 07, 2005

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Netflix just threw up "Final Destination 2". Funny. I suppose the first one wasn't so Final after all. I think I saw part of the first one, but my mind is doing it's best to block it out.
– Tags: tagMovies


Passwords

October 07, 2005

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I have a lot of passwords…. I mean a whole lot. And with what I do, security is important so they can't all be the same or easy. A while ago I found a piece of software called "KeePass" that makes life much easier.
From their site: "KeePass Password Safe is a free, open-source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager for Windows."
Basically, it let's you have one little file that has it's own password. Inside that file are all your other passwords.
A few of the nicer points about it:

  • It's open-source which I'm a big supporter of.
  • It will generate as many passwords for you as you want.
  • The passwords it creates for you aren't likely to be broken easily. For example: Vb4iTwpRmTX4g
  • When you open the main password database file you can drag and drop these tough passwords into login boxes. So, you don't have to even know what your passwords are.
  • The file is really small and you can carry it on a keychain drive. I do this so I can always have it with me and so I don't have to leave a copy on my work machine.
  • It's free.
    Check out their site if you are interested: http://keepass.sourceforge.net/
    – Tags: tagSecurity tagSoftware

News Reader

October 07, 2005

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Recently I've been using "SharpReader" as an RSS news aggregator.
http://www.sharpreader.net/
It's one that you install on your machine which I was trying to avoid, but it's the first one that I've found that lets you view all stories by date instead of having them all grouped into their own feed. So far, vary pleased with it.
– Tags: tagSoftware tagRSS


Tune in vs. Available

October 06, 2005

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What you always here on the commercials is on the order of:
"Tune in Thursday at 9-8 Central".
Things like Tivo have been around for a while now, but we are still in the Network Control paradigm. If they have their way it would stay like that till the end of time. But more and more technology is creeping in. One of the things that I'm waiting for is when networks start saying "Available starting at 9-8 Central".
In the ideal situation, once a show has been broadcast the network (or whoever owns the rights to the specific content) would then make it available for whoever wants to consume it in what ever way they want to. Think of it as Network backed video podcasting. This is better than the Tivo approach which is a solution that you have to have in your living room. It moves it out to the world at large so that you can access content even if you don't have the channel it was originally distributed on.
Of course, this already happens. Albeit on a small scale and without the network's permission. Take a show like Battlestar Galactica. It airs Friday nights on Sci-Fi. Thanks to a combination of its geek overtones and the fact that it's one of the very best shows out right now, you don't need to get Sci-Fi to watch it. As long as you are willing to wait a few days you can pick up DVD quality versions of the show on the net.
There is added benefit in that those versions generally have the commercials removed. This is where the networks need to get smart, if the would make versions available that they produced, they could populate with commercials. Sure most folks would fast forward thru them, but in general they would still be there. General consumers would take what's available easily instead of trying to find hacked versions where someone removed the commercials.
(Incidentally, there is some research to suggest that people actually have a higher commercial recall when they fast forward thru commercials than if they play thru in real time. Turns out that when people fast forward they have to get very consciously involved in what they are looking at instead of just tuning it out.)
Anyway, I hope that in the future we can do more with our entertainment. All the technology to allow it is place. It's the old school thinking of the content producers and advertisers that are reducing what we can do with it. With luck, some tech kids will grow up and take over a small studio and get it setup the way they would like.
– Tags: tagTV


New Music

October 06, 2005

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Check out "Hiatus on the Horizon". I've heard a couple of tracks so far and like them.
– Tags: tagMusic


Odd recommendations

October 06, 2005

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Just logged into Netflix. One of the features it provides is recommendations based on what you like. The two it just gave me are "The Muppet Movie" and "Stalag 17". Me thinks you could read into that that my taste in movies is relatively varied.
– Tags: tagMovies
P.S. spell check didn't know the word "Muppet" or "Stalag".


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