NASA Images

July 31, 2008

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imageJust discovered the recently launched NASA Images web site. From this article that talks about the launch: The launch is the first step in a five-year partnership that will add millions of images and thousands of hours of video and audio content, with enhanced search and viewing capabilities and new user features. How cool is that?!?! The design of the site looks like it should be easy to get around. I've downloaded a couple and they are decent resolution. My hope is that higher resolution becomes available as well.


No idea

July 29, 2008

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Not sure where this is from Though I'm sure the internet would tell me, I prefer not to look this time. Sometimes it's fun to just let the random happen:


St. Johns County Library uses Codebar

July 25, 2008

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imageBetween the library, grocery store, and various rewards programs, I've got several cards with bar codes. Since I use a money clip instead of a wallet, I keep all these various cards in my car and only grab the one that I need whenever I need it. A great idea I heard a while back is to scan all these various bar codes and print them out on one piece of paper which you then laminate. The goal being to have one card instead of several. Since I don't have a scanner hooked up right now, I decided to see if there was a free online tool to generate the bar code graphics for me that I could use to make my single bar code card. I ended up with this one from waspbarcode.com. I had never really thought about the fact that there's more than one bar code standard which apparently are called "Symbologies". If I would have started with the Wikipedia page I would have quickly discovered there are several. My library and apparently lots of others use Codebar. Of course, the way I figured this out was by punching my library id number into the waspbarcode generator and just going though all the possible symbologies till I saw one that matched. One interesting part of this was that I found another barcode generator at barcodesoft.com which is the one I tried first. Everything lined up on theirs except the last few bars which were off which means the number would be incorrect. So, props to the wasp guys for getting it right. Now I just need to figure out the symbology for each of my other cards. Now that I know that what I'm looking for is a "symbology", I'll start with a search. I'm guessing someone else already lists what I need to know on the great wide internet.


Favorite Icons - new tool

July 12, 2008

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I just discovered that the free IrfanView image software can make favicon.ico files. These are the little icons often show up that show up on web sites in the address bar or when you bookmark them. Earlier, I had pointed to an online tool that does this, but I prefer local software for this type of thing so this is a very nice discovery.


Pet sign

July 07, 2008

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This is the sign in the window of a pet store. They had a few offering their various services: vaccinations, boarding, etc… This one was a bit of a surprise. It's not something I would have thought to advertise quite as prominently. Pet Euthanasia Window Ad


202,942 and done

July 07, 2008

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Friday, June 27, the Camry stalled out on me. I limped it to the shop over the weekend. Seems the oil seal on the distributor cap had warn away and oil was getting in and causing the car to short out. Cost to repair was going to be about $500. While that probably would have kept it running for a while longer, I decided it was time to retire the old '95. After 202,942 miles, she deserves a rest. image Did some online car shopping over the weekend and last Monday purchased a 2005 Honda Accord. Still getting used to her, but I think we are gonna get along fine. Here's hoping for another 200,000 plus mile car. image


Sweet Home Nostalgia

June 25, 2008

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I think this has been out for a while, but I just heard it for the first time today. I've just become became a much bigger fan of Kid Rock. Sipp'n whiskey out the bottle, not thinking about tomorrow. Singing Sweet Home Alabama all summer long. Turn it up!


Internet find: Electronics Training from the Navy

June 21, 2008

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United States Navy Electricity & Electronics Training Series - NEETS* In the introduction, the texts are defined as a "self-study course". Seems to be a really good way to teach yourself about electronics if you were so inclined. Another example of how, if you can just filter out the noise, it's possible to get a base education in just about anything if you have access to a web browser. From the intro:

The Navy Electricity and Electronics Training Series (NEETS) was developed for use by personnel in many electrical- and electronic-related Navy ratings. Written by, and with the advice of, senior technicians in these ratings, this series provides beginners with fundamental electrical and electronic concepts through self-study. The presentation of this series is not oriented to any specific rating structure, but is divided into modules containing related information organized into traditional paths of instruction. The series is designed to give small amounts of information that can be easily digested before advancing further into the more complex material. For a student just becoming acquainted with electricity or electronics, it is highly recommended that the modules be studied in their suggested sequence. While there is a listing of NEETS by module title, the following brief descriptions give a quick overview of how the individual modules flow together.

The first module - Introduction to Matter, Energy, and Direct Current is 283 pages. Guessing it's pretty impressive learning material.


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