Pano Stuff

April 09, 2008

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Been looking into doing some digital panoramic/virtual-tour type stuff. The site panoguide.com has some good info and equipment stuff on it. Dropping the link here so I can find it later.


Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging

April 06, 2008

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Was reading another blog post where the author mentioned his Myers-Briggs personality type. When I took the test a couple years ago at work it said I'm an INTJ. From the current wikipedia page:

INTJs are strong individualists who seek new angles or novel ways of looking at things. They enjoy coming to new understandings.

While I take things like the Myers-Briggs test with a grain of salt, that seems about right to me. If you are interested, take a look at the rest of the INTJ page and if you know me, judge for yourself.


More thouhgts on still/motion combo cameras

April 03, 2008

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Luminous Landscape just posted an article that also talks about the convergence of still and video cameras (link). A friend in the video industry showed me the Red website a while ago. I don't know anything about shooting video, but from a pure technolust point of view I would love to own one of those cameras.


Sweet Home Alabama with the Red Army Choir

April 03, 2008

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Apparently this is from a 1994 MTV awards show. The Leningrad Cowboys and the Red Army Choir performing Sweet Home Alabama. I'm not sure what to think, but it's pretty awesome in that kinda hurts my mind to see the Red Army Choir doing Skynard type of way.


Fold ins of Al Jaffee

March 31, 2008

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I'll confess to not remembering seeing a Fold-In from Mad magazine when I was a kid. I'm sure I saw them on the occasions that I could get my hands on one. This was a rare occurrence as the magazine was frowned upon by my folks. Regardless, the N.Y. Times has an article up on Al Jaffee. The guy who makes the Fold-Ins. The article is interesting by itself, but make sure to check out the gallery of Fold-Ins. These things are amazing.


Clear Cache Button - Firefox extension

March 30, 2008

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One more Firefox extension to help out anyone who does web development work or is otherwise interested in a quick way to clear your Firefox browser cache: Clear Cache Button. This extension adds a new toolbar button that you can access by right clicking on the browser tool bar and selecting "Customize". Then just find the new icon and drop it where you want it. In Firefox 2.x the clear cache got bundled in with a bunch of other privacy things which is okay from one stand point, but makes it a huge pain when all you want to do is quickly empty the cache and start fresh. This is another fine example of a relatively minor change that's made to a major product outside of it's original development team thanks to the wonderful world of Open Source software. Even though it only takes a few clicks to get to the original functionality, when you are in the middle of a development effort you end up needing to do it a lot so the time can add up to a decent amount. Worse for me is that it requires switching mental modes for a few seconds. This can really reduce the thinking momentum. I don't have a way to quantify this type of change cost, but I'm sure it has an impact. And depending on how much of a break it causes in the thought process (even for only a few seconds), it can be significant for me.


Favorite Icons

March 30, 2008

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I've been meaning to put a Favorite Icon on my site for some time and finally got around to it this weekend. It's on the home page right now and I'll get it lined up on the blog soon. Because of the way browsers cache files it may take some time to see it. Also, with browsers like IE6, I don't think it shows up unless you actually bookmark the page. Thanks again to CJ for the logo creation. It works at 16 pixels tall. Awesome. If you are interested in how to do it, the easiest way is to follow the steps and use the tool on this page. Now, if you don't own the site, you would need to put the favicon.ico file in a different location and setup the relative like to point to it as well. If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to put up further directions.


FireShot - Firefox screen grab extension

March 30, 2008

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If you ever need to do screen grabs of web pages and especially if you need to annotate them, check out the FireShot extension for Firefox. I've only played around with it a little, but it seems to be very robust. You can grab just the visible portion of the page or the entire page (including the parts you would have to scroll to see). Once you have the capture, it defaults to opening in an editor where you can crop, make annotations and do other basic editing. It's a great example of a simple tool to get a job done. It's no wear near as powerful as something like photoshop, but when all you need to do is highlight an area and tag it with a note, having to start up photoshop is a pain. Here's a quick example that I clipped while writing this post. Screen Grab Test One note is that it has problems with flash stuff sometimes. I think this has to do with the way the flash engine is does rendering outside of the main application render engine. If you have problems with something another screen capture utility that I use is ScreenGrab. In it's options menu you can choose from using the Firefox render engine or a Java one. If you use Java, it captures the flash elements that are sometimes missed by the the Firefox instance.


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