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.)


No more spell checking emails

July 11, 2007

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The email program I use at work doesn't have an inline spell checker. If you want to do a spell check, you have to click on a button and wait for it to go thru the message and pull up individual words that it finds that it thinks are wrong. While it's not THAT time consuming, the process probably takes a minute for short emails and two or a little more for longer ones. Aside from the time, it also really disrupts the "flow" of working. So, I'm pretty much going to stop doing spell checks. By and large the message should be understandable even with a few typos.


Open firewall for bittorrent

June 30, 2007

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This is mainly a note for me. If you run a bittorrent program like the open source Azureus and have a firewall like Comodo (which I highly recommend), you will need to open the port in the firewall to get the best use out of the bittorrent client. First figure out which port you need to open up by looking under the Tools menu in the "Connection" setting. It'll have the incoming/outgoing port number there. Then you need to go into the "Network Monitor" tab on the side of Comodo and create a new firewall rule with the following: Action = Allow Protocol = TCP or UDP Direction = In Source IP = Any Remote IP = your IP adress (or "Any" ) Source port = Any Remote port = the port your bittorent program uses for the TCP/UDP connections To give credit where credit is due, I got this from this post. I just want to make sure if it disappears I don't have to hunt down how to set it again.


iPhone seems quite nice

June 30, 2007

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okay, I wasn't all that hyped about the iPhone. It looked cool, but none of the ads I was really got my blood up. Today I was out running around with a buddy and he suggested we stop by the local apple store to see if they had one to take a look at. They had about 8 on display (with a huge ass security guard standing about 10 feet away from the table). So, I'm pretty darn impressed. Using the various functions on the phone was very intuitive and the screen/display was gorgeous. The overall size was a little smaller in all three dimensions than I had imagined and by and large that's a good thing. It didn't feel bulky at all to me. I think this was mainly a function of how thin the device is. The only drawback I saw in my few min of fun (aside from the steep ass price for both hardware and service) was typing. It wasn't bad, especially since it was my first time trying it, but I missed the key I was aiming for several times while trying to type "the quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog". When I was typing, I was using both thumbs. After I left, I got to thinking about this, and I'd like to try again just holding the thing with one hand and typing with just the index finger of the other. I have a feeling that would be more accurate. Also, I'm sure it gets a fair amount easier with practice. Bottom line, I'm very impressed, but it's way too steep a price point for me until I get sponsored.


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