In My Eye

May 17, 2006

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Had an odd thing happen yesterday. My eye was itching a little so I put some drops in, but it didn't get better. Looking in the mirror I discovered what looked like a fleck of something on my eye, just a little off center. More drops to try to flush it out, but it didn't move at all. In the past, I probably would have just rubbed my eye some to try to get it to go away, but after having Lasik, I'm even more paranoid than I used to be about my eyes. So, jumped in the car for a quick trip to the eye doctor. Looking with their magnifier they confirmed that whatever it was, it was actually stuck in my eye a little. That was a little disconcerting, but even more so was the fact that she used a metal hook similar to the one a dentist cleans your teeth with to remove the speck. All's, well now, but I was a little nervous there for a bit.


Next up for McDonald's

May 17, 2006

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Nightmares for the next two days.


Driving Range Bugs vs. Off!

May 15, 2006

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I went to a public driving range today after work to hit a bag of balls and try to practice some of the things from my recent leson. As soon as I got on the range I discovered that it's a favorite hang out of no-see-ums. For those of you unfamilar they are tiny little bugs that have a very annoying bite that's surprisingly big considering their size. I had some "Off! Botanicals" in my bag that I've used a couple time before and put it on. It worked amazingly well. Every now and then a no-see-um would run into me and come to a forced landing on my arm, but they never bit after I put the Off! on. It's a lotion which is a little odd to me, but it works like a champ.


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.


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