One line of code

May 15, 2006

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For an example of when programming can be a pain in the ass. I spent about three hours today coming up with this one line of code: convert -resize 310x155 -size 310x155 +swap -gravity center -composite start.jpg background.gif finish.jpg That line will automatically resize an image to fit inside a 310 pixel wide by 155 pixel high image area with a background image as padding. It's simple now that I have it, but it was hard to find documentation and examples to get to the end result. As an example, here's a starting image: Player Sample Start And after the conversion with a simple black background: Player Sample Finish


McDonald's Marketing

May 11, 2006

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A friend with a four year old daughter has done his best to keep McDonald's out her world. She has never been in one, and he does his best to limit her exposure to commercials and marketing messages in general. He knew it was only a matter of time though and then yesterday she caught part of an egg-mcmuffin commercial and said, "Daddy, I want to go to McDonald's with you. I love McDonald's". From not knowing about it to "Loving It" (which is McD's current marketing slogan) in the blink of an eye. Yikes.


Butterfly Effect

May 04, 2006

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Just watched the director's cut of The Butterfly Effect care of Netflix and really enjoyed it. I can't remember how it did in the reviews when it came out, but it's put together quite well.


Zip Codes

May 04, 2006

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If you ever want to know where a zip code actually is, you can use this: http://maps.huge.info/zip.htm


Team Gulp

May 03, 2006

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Was just trying to remember how big the original 7-Eleven Big Gulp was and got to the  7-Eleven Wikipedia page and noticed that they now have a Team Gulp. No less than 128  fluid ounces. For those of you who aren't up on your conversion tables, that's 1 gallon. Good Lord, no wonder we are a fat nation.


Idea: Personal Progress Meter

May 03, 2006

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I've never been a particularly "Goal Driven" person. I just go where the wind takes me, but recently I've been making some specific short and long term goals. This got me thinking about what would be a good way to keep track of them. I know there are sites like 43Things to help you with this, but I'd rather keep my stuff private. So, the idea is this. Create a web site (perhaps PersonalProgressMeter.com) where individuals can input their goals. The real trick, though is to keep track of your progress easily. So, to accomplish this each goal would have a "daily", "weekly" or "monthly" flag. Check-up emails would be sent on each on of those intervals with a list of the corresponding goals. Ideally, the eMail would be HTML based and contain a form that asked the question, "did you get closer to this goal?" with a set of yes/no check boxes. The individual would go through and click the appropriate one and submit the form to keep track. Of course, I'm not sure if forms work in HTML email, so that would have to be determined. If not, there is probalby some way to do it to make it simple and quick which would be fairly critical. Anyway, it would at least help keep your goals in the front of your mind.


New Rice

May 02, 2006

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Next time I'm at a wedding I hope someone has a Teddy Bear Gun so I can see one in action.


Don't Update My Options

May 02, 2006

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It pisses me off when you update a piece of software and it chooses to ignore options that you have set before. I just upgraded the Yahoo Music Engine. Before I made the update I turned off the option that automatically starts it up when the computer starts up. The update of teh software turns that option back on. I know it's not a case of resetting all the options to a default setting because it kept track of other customizations I set. I set up my computer the way I want it to work. Please don't screw with that. If you pile on enough little annoyances like that I'll drop your product.


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