Post launch, but still going

August 22, 2007

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We just launched a redesign of PGATOUR.com this Sunday to help promote the new PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Redesigns are always exhausting. Unfortunately, we don't get to let up since we are starting the process for the next one a few weeks ago. That's right, before the most recent one launched, we were already working on the next one. Thankfully, it's not usually like this. We made the current change specifically because it's the first year of the FedExCup. The trick with this is that we just changed partners at the start of this year. So, I've basically been working full throttle since October of last year. Once we get past the next redesign and to what should be a much more normal working rotation, I'm seriously thinking about taking a sabbatical.


TED cool stuff

August 22, 2007

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There is a conference called TED that takes place every year. Some amazing tech stuff is shown there. One that I saw last year was of a guy named Jeff Han who setup a "multi-touch interface" (video here). This year, one of the ones that has blown me away is a hugely variable image navigation and matching tool. (video here). This one is a little wild to think about some of the later stuff he gets into with the demo in terms of image matching and association. For example, at some point, processors are going to be fast enough to do this with video feeds. 1984's got nothing on this. Orwell would shit himself. F-ing amazing though.


Personal Finance Encouragement

August 15, 2007

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I've mentioned before that I really started paying attention to my personal finance while I was in college. For several years now, I've paid off my credit card every month and the only debt I have is the mortgage on my house. I also put money in my 401K and in a ROTH IRA every year. All that's to say that I'm doing a lot of things right with my personal finances. One thing that has helped me to stay on track with all of this is reading personal finance books and blogs. In addition, I have recently started listening to podcasts of the Dave Ramsey Show pod cast (podcast

  • site). Initially, I listened to the show a few times just to see what it was like. Most of his focus is on getting people out of debt so I wouldn't have thought that I would keep tuning in. However, I find that it's generally really encouraging to listen too. Basically, it helps re-enforce my goal of saving money. I guess this shouldn't be surprising when you consider how much of the time we are bombarded by both explicit and implicit messages to spend every last dollar we have along with some we don't via credit cards. An example of this encouragement is my car. It's a 1995 Camry that has long sense been paid off. So, no car payments and lower insurance. I'm probably going to get a new one within the next year or so, but for as long as I've been at my job (seven years now), I get occasional questions (and shit) from folks about why I don't get a new one. If someone is just asking, I just say that I like not having car payments. From the look I see on peoples faces after this I'm guessing the pretty much always start thinking about their car payment and how nice it would be to not have to pay that out each month. If someone is being a shit, I tend to drive the point home a little more by asking them what their car payment each month is. The math of getting and staying out of debt and then building wealth is pretty easy, but the fortitude to do it can take a lot of energy. Especially if you are just getting started. The show and a few blogs I read, like Get Rich Slowly and The Simple Dollar, really help me recharge and stay on track.

YouTube find: Polaroid stop motion

August 12, 2007

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Cool find on YouTube: Polaroid stop motion.


Unmasked Superhero

July 17, 2007

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I can't trace where this came from in my mind, but I was thinking an interesting super hero story would be about a hero that has been around for a while. After a few years of doing his hero thing and keeping his secret identity actually secret he ends up in some situation where someone is in danger and the only way that he can save them is using his powers in plain view and forfeiting his secret identity. Two obvious plays on this are a story where the hero chooses to keep his identity safe and sacrifices the person and then dealing with the internal aftermath in a case where there would have been no expectation for his hero to show up and save the day. The other one would be for him to save the person and then follow the story of him dealing with the aftermath of everyone knowing who he is. (I'm saying he, but it could, of course, be a woman.) Anyway, for a story some day.


List of open source projects for windows

July 11, 2007

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haven't had a chance to see if this is trying to be a complete list or a list of just quality ones. I'm dropping it in here so I can find it again: http://osswin.sourceforge.net/. That's right. Using the blog for a bookmark tool.


Video capture tool: CamStudio

July 11, 2007

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A video capture tool I need to checkout is CamStudio. It's open source and let's you make flash files. According to the main page there is a bug in the generation where the "EMBED SRC" tag doesn't have the proper width and height which causes issues with firefox. The fix, apparently, is to just copy the width and height from the "OBJECT CLASSID" tag.


Good Job Mika Brzezinski

July 11, 2007

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For those of you who haven't seen this, Mika Brzezinski apparently got pissed enough about the fact that Paris Hilton was a lead story over a big push back from the Senate about the war. The clip is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VdNcCcweL0 You'll notice that this is an edit of clips from different times (watch the clock in the lower right). It's one of those morning news shows that cycles each hour. Apparently the first hour (6 ET, 3PT), was completely genuine. For the later hours, there was a bit of showmanship, but I'm kinda okay with that cause Mika seems genuinely pissed. There is a second clip with a follow up that gives a little perspective on it. I'm not sure how much time/days were in between. I expect it was pretty quick though. (Not to taint the props for Mika, but the other guy comes off as a jackass in the second clip. If you go back to the first one and really listen, he calls her a wench at one point. Not really a big deal since it sounds like it was made in jest and considering everything was pretty bizarre at that point it doesn't strike me as a big deal. Until the second clip where he says "It sounds like I may have called you a wench at one point." and then follows it up with "Do you really believe I would call you a wench?" Hey jackass, listen to the tape, own up to it and if offense was taken, apologize.)


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