The Digital Garden Of Alan W. Smith

Hi There!

Welcome to my digital garden!

I just moved to new software. Things are still a mess, but that’s part of what makes this a digital garden. Some things that are fully fleshed out. Fully grown. Others are just being started. Planting designs and ideas to see what grows.

I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit.

~ Alan (aka @TheIdOfAlan)

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Next Digital Step

If someone wants to buy me a really expensive present, this would do just fine: http://www.dpreview.com/articles/canoneos5d/ Full of digital…

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Ender's Opening

An excellent friend , who happens to be in Japan right now, was the first one to tell me that you can generally tell how good a book is…

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Walgreens 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 -- Photo for August 15, 2012

Walgreens is helping kids learn to count.

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No more spell checking emails

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…

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Chic-fil-a at 10:31

If you have never had a Chic-fil-a chicken biscuit for breakfast, you need to try one. When I first heard about them, it didn't really sound…

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I made Cool Tools

I deciede to send some stuff into Cool Tools . Since I love seeing what comes up on that site I figured I should contribute as well. I've…

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Minor changes

Finally got around to updating the default header for the blog. One thing that I am often surprised with about designs people make for web…

Ruby

Configuration Files and Multiple Ruby Object Constructors

A way to remove conditional logic from initialize methods and make testing smoother.

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Jim Marshall: Proof

I saw " Jim Marshall: Proof " a year or so ago at Books-a-million and loved it as I flipped though. I'm not a big buyer of books (I prefer…

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Create High Quality GIFs with ffmpeg

TL;DR This command uses ffmpeg to convert a video into a high quality GIF: This is the same thing, but it clips out a section of the video…

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Yep. Found a lab.

And we have a winner: whcc.com These guys a really smart. They ask you to send in up to 5 8x10s for them to print as a test. Part of this…

Photographs

Test Load - Photo for October 12, 2012

Rockin' Down The Highway

Journal

Streaming and Stream Notes

ahhhhh. feels good to have slept good. Not that I don't usually sleep good, but this was one of those nights where it worked out just right…

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New (to me) Music: World Leader Pretend

Like the sound of "Lovey Dovey" by World Leader Pretend. Would be right at home on the Garden State soundtrack. As an aside, what the hell…

Journal

Keyboard Maestro Continues To Impress - Journal for October 27, 2020

Oct. 27, 2020 Writing the date helps. It gives me a better sense of the days passing. So does taking a couple days off. A two day weekend…

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Mixonic

Several years ago I discovered a company called Mixonic that provides CD and DVD services. They do one off and short run disk duplication…

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Fever Dreams

I've had some weird illness over the past couple days. Not sure what it is. Doesn't feel quite like a cold or the flu, but I suppose it…

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Degrading The Shopping Experience As Best They Can

Here's a run down of today's interaction with a cashier at the mall. This is why I do most of my shopping online. To set the stage, I was…

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Emmy. Who would have thought

This easily falls into the category of things I would never have dreamed my name would be involved with. None the less, one of our PGA TOUR…

Dev

Convert a Ruby Array into the Keys of a New Hash

A quick way to setup a hash with keys from an array that point to empty values.

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Photo of Stephanie

Did another photo workshop a few weeks ago. Just now getting to the edit stage. Here's one of the first ones of a model named Stephanie. I…

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Full Spectrum CFLs

Doing a little more research of CFLs trying to pick some to put in my office for viewing prints. Seems that the important factors are color…

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BCS Picks at Work

Who to pick when your team isn't in the game.

Live Coding

#LiveCoding: Working On My Hugo Web Site

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Cold medicine

I've been kinda running myself into the ground with work the past few weeks for work. My average time for hitting the sack has probably been…

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Video Testing my OBS Setup

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDFHCDcKQl4 This is a test of different video and font settings to figure what the best thing to…

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Remote Control Storage Solution Mod

Don't be afraid to use power-tools on the coffee table.

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Exploding porcelain photos

I've seen these before and loved them. They just came back up on boingboing so i figured I'd post: link

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Movie list

just posted a copy of the AFI top 100 list so I can check off the movies I've seen . Right now, I'm about half way thru. There are some…

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New quiet case

I've been trying to make my computer as quite as possible for a while now. Just got a new case to help the cause. It's an Antec P180 that…

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Farewell, Galactica

While I'm sad that Battlestar Galactica is over, I'm happy with the way it ended. Going into the last few episodes, I would wait longer and…

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Video capture tool: CamStudio

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…

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HTTrack - Website Copier

If you ever need to make a copy of a web site to keep on your local machine, you can use HTTrack . It grabs local copies of the files…

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Laaaaaazer Printer

Just got an HP LaserJet 1020 printer. A huge portion of the stuff I print is just for the text. Articles, receptings from online purchases…

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Glocks

When I was a kid staying with my Grandparents in Tennessee my Grandpa and I would go out sometimes and shoot .22 rifles at tin cans. Also…

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Sunpak FlexPod Pro Plus is a P.O.S.

While planning a trip to photograph the launch of space shuttle Discovery, I decided to it would be fun to try to shoot a little video as…

LiveWriting

#LiveWriting: Journal for Sept. 13, 2020

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Don't drive while looking at your laptop

Coincidences are fun. Driving into work this morning there was a story on NPR talking about the recent trend toward adding full fledged…

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Copyright in Photoshop

For those of you that use Adobe PhotoShop. If you want to add a text copyright stamp to your image while using the text tool you can do it…

Dev

Using the Twitter API without 3rd Party Libraries

Ruby, Python, and Perl examples of how to connect directly to Twitter's API without the use of 3rd-party libraries.

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Sound of a Shuttle Launch

When STS-133 launched on Feb. 24, 2011 from Launch Pad 39A, I was fortunate enough to be in the VIP viewing area. At about three and half…

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Skunk Works and Bootlegging

I mentioned that I do Skunk Works projects to a colleague who was unfamiliar with the term. Turning to the all-knowing Wikipedia I…

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Otis Taylor

I just heard an Otis Taylor track that I didn't know I had. I think it came from a SXSW music sampler, but I'm not sure. The track is…

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Reading and Writing Files with SQLite

Quick commands for working with an SQLite database.

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 21, 2020

My trip around the web for Oct. 21, 2020 "Reverse Toonification" of Pixar Characters A very brief introduction to PQL (Publisher Query…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 15, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 15, 2020 #958816 - "pipx makes unsupported use of pip internals" - Debian Bug report logs (1) attempted…

Photographs

T-minus four days and counting (with elephants) -- Photo for August 28, 2012

Counting down to the Crimson Tide season kickoff (with elephants)

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Four Links for April 26, 2011

The theme for today's collection of interesting/useful links is "Time". When you want see The Time - A little flash clock that tells you…

IndieWeb

Webmentions Content Engine

NOTE This is a work in progress. It's the seed of an idea. We'll see where it goes and how it grows... Goal: Create an open web content…

Photographs

Circuitry - Photo for September 18, 2012

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Back in town

Took a little time off from work, posting, thinking and everything else I could over the past little while. Took a trip back to HSV for…

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Other peoples computers

The Help Desk was working on my laptop for about 5 hours today trying to solve a firewall/printer problem. For some of that time I went over…

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Beaten to the punch on one iPhone App idea

I've got three ideas for iPhone Apps that I'd like to try. Up until a few weeks ago, no one had done any of them. Then I discovered the…

Photographs

Saturn V at The U.S. Space and Rocket Center - Photo for September 15, 2012

Where I grew up, lots of folks are rocket scientists.

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Filtered Opinion

I haven't been posting in this blog very much over the past few months. Largely, that's because i have been so slammed with/at work and have…

Journal

Journal: Sept. 9, 2020

I don't know if I want to address the audience. You know, something like "Hey, Folks! Welcome to today's journal...." Yeah, no, I don't. So…

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Video for April 25, 2011 - Iron by WOODKID

Some of the nicest black and white footage I can remember seeing.

Journal

Django Tutorial Progress and Focus

I'm running out of things to write about. Except, of course, I'm not. Just because the days are more similar to each other than they used…

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Without Paper

I've gone completely paperless at work. For the past few days, I haven't printed anything out, using only e-mail and web postings for…

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Post Yahoo List

I wrote a little script to print out the current music set I have from Yahoo. This is all pretty new stuff since I had to start over after…

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Machete Slingshot Crossbow - Video for May 1, 2011

This guy is thinking ahead for how to survive after the Zombie Apocalypse.

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Cat's Cradle

Just finished reading my first Kurt Vonnegut Novel, "Cat's Cradle". Pretty quick read and it's was a bit bizarre, but I enjoyed it. I was…

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Things I love about work

There is nothing quite like going into someone's office for a meeting with three other people and then 5 min in, they pick up a call and…

Live Writing

Writing My Morning Journal #LiveWriting

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BWDpYLdvcg

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I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the Terror

I'm hoping that eventually the "always looking for the next thing" spirit will move us away from the constant Terror, Terror, Terror thing…

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Not a good year for the Tide

I was really hoping the Tide would pull out a win against Auburn. Fumbling the ball three times is just a little too much to recover from…

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Running with Lola

Watch out if you listen to the Run Lola Run soundtrack with the windows down on a nice sunny day. Some of those tracks are of the variety…

AWS CLI

How to Fix AWS CLI Tools When Homebrew Breaks Python

I installed stunnel on my mac via homebrew. I wasn't expecting the Spanish Inquisition. Homebrew did a giant update including some…

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Hi Ted (plus Battlestar)

Hello back to you Ted. Good to hear from you. Or, read from you, or whatever. Chalk another one up for the internet on the reconnecting…

Journal

No One Is Going To Steam My Code - Journal for October 24, 2020

Third Saturday In October . Roll Tide. I'm watching Django tutorials before the game. The ones from CodingEntrepreneurs . I think they're…

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Commentary on the idea of reading everything online

Bruce Schneier has a new entry up on wired discussing Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell's desire to monitor everything…

Photographs

Backyard Water Sports - Photo for October 23, 2012

Killing algae for fun and profit.

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Cool URL

I don't know what you would do with it, but a great way to take advantage of the old saw "When pigs fly" would be to get the domain…

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Nostradamus Cell Phone Gremlin

I think my cell phone can see the future and is possessed my a gremlin. The batter ran all the way down last night for probably the first…

Photographs

Town Center Foliage - Photo for October 10, 2012

Flowers to enhance your shopping experience.

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Flash manual designed for digital cameras

I found an amuzing item while reading through the manaul for my Canon Flash. There is a footnote that says: If the flash exposure…

Live Coding

Adding Time Zones To Make ISO 8601 DateTimes ~ Stream Notes for November 12, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOJsdjDcTes Notes I've got a service that sends date/time stamps that are basically ISO 8601, but…

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The Right Stuff

Took it easy tonight and watched The Right Stuff. I had not seen it before even though it was from 83. I wish I had seen it back then. I…

Photographs

Laying Granny to Rest -- Photo for September 12, 2012

Hattie Sue Waggoner Jones - Born February 20, 1914 - Died September 10, 2012

Django

Learning Django By Making A Tutorial - Part 1

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLDcoPLJcxA I spent a few hours working through the official Django tutorial over the past week…

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names.whatever 2020

In 2015, I grabbed a list of 'alan.whatever' domain names and prices. Figured it would be fun to look at them again. I'll do a comparison…

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Loving the Drive

Sitting up in Huntsville right now. Ended up driving this go round. I really love a good road trip. Normally it takes almost exactly 1…

Photographs

Fallsign -- Photo for August 20, 2012

Another sign that football season is almost here.

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Favorite Icons - new tool

I just discovered that the free IrfanView image software can make favicon.ico files. These are the little icons often show up that show up…

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Pressure

Haven't noticed this before, but I pulled up beside a cement truck the other day and saw this on their tires: I'm gussing the driver can…

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Cheating

Found this on boingboing. Pretty creative.

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From beyond...

I've seen a couple of references to this, but was hesitant to read it. I'm glad I did. It's a post penned by an American Solder who blogs…

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gmail

I've recently starting a migration over to gmail. I've played around with it on and off for a while but didn't make a move for two main…

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Quote from Ayn Rand

Last week, I finally started on a book that Traivs had suggested. Came upon a nice quote by Ayn Rand's character Kent Lansing in The…

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The Hitchhiking Frog -- Photo for August 14, 2012

Amphibian ride along.

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Tricks get you the kill file

From time to time, I get individual emails (not bulk spam) from people trying to sell me a product or service. It's a part of the gig and I…

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Size

If you want to mess with your mind a little, load up this flash piece from Nikon that puts the size of things in the perspective of orders…

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High speed video and full resolution in an SLR

I don't really do anything at all with video, but the idea of having a camera that can shoot high speed stuff is way fun. Back in Jan. Casio…

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Lightning Off The Back Porch (August 2nd, 2012)

Boom. Boom. Boom.

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ATL

Incidentally, I'm in Atlanta right now. Sitting in the hotel lobby at the Sheraton Colony Square Hotel surfing on their free wireless…

Live Editing

Live Editing of My Journal Video

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Might need business cards

I've been doing a lot of thinking about getting back into weddings again. This is a topic I flip-flop on a lot. I won't be able to really do…

Photographs

And We're In Business - Photo for October 24, 2012

In which I officially start my own LLC.

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Trying new Open Source Software - RSSOwl and MusikCube

I'm trying out two new peices of software that I read about on this blog posting . The are RSSOwl and musikCube . RSSOwl is a java based…

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Part 2?

Netflix just threw up "Final Destination 2". Funny. I suppose the first one wasn't so Final after all. I think I saw part of the first one…

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Apparently, I'm a Spammer

I've been toying around with the idea of making a new blog. Last week, I finally started to set it up on blogger.com. I create the opening…

Live Coding

Stream Notes for November 15, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOtS6LFGtUo Notes GOAL: Figure out how to use "entry points" and pipx to install a python script as…

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More falling barriers to entry

I had a really good conversation with some friends over the little holiday I had talking about the barrier to entry into certain professions…

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Condensed Mythbusters

I really get a kick out of the show "Mythbusters" on the Discovery channel. Problem solving, science, not infrequent explosions and urban…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Dec. 20, 2020

My trip around the web - Dec. 20, 2020 A Known update Adding a Table of Contents that updates on scroll | Nicky blogs Airtable - Mechanical…

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Ecto - Desktop blogging software

I'm still in the process of deciding what software to use on my machine since my transition back to using a Mac. Today, I installed " ecto…

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Model Rocket

I've fired off model rockets a few times before. It's a lot of fun. I never would have thought to use them to get rid of drugs. Check out…

Live Coding

Making Progress on Video Assembler V4 - Stream Notes for November 7, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd_Dd8DQvDs Notes Working on my Automatic NASA Video Assembler and general messing around. Links…

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Cognitive Surplus

This article entitled "Gin, Television, and Social Surplus" has come up a time in the various sources I visit. While I don't buy into it…

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SpeedCasts

Our brains can process the spoken word faster than we tend to speak. An idea for a new service based on that is to take podcasts and…

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Raving With Lasers

I'm sure everyone in the club was sober.

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Public Domain and the Internet

Just found a link to LibriVox . From their front page: "LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain". That's awesome. I'm a…

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Birthday

I just discovered that the Wikipedia has a calendar which lists birthedays among other things. I've got the same birthday as Jimmy Page…

Photographs

Snakes and Gators - August 11, 2012

Golfing in Florida.

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Subversion GUI for Mac

When I was running a windows machine, I installed TortoiseSVN to make Subversion a little easier to deal with. It worked well, but…

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Solar panels with holograms

I think solar energy makes an incredible amount of sense. The prices aren't there yet, but they are getting closer. Technology Review has a…

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Live Plasma

Nice idea: liveplasma.com Put in the name of an artist or movie you like and it'll show you related stuff based off of Amazon's sales list…

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Word to watch out for

Cascade. I hadn't heard the word in general use in a long time, then heard it twice in the course of an our from two seperate sources. Keep…

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Online Photo Editor

I haven't given it a spin, but this looks interesting: picknik.com . An online photo editor that can tie into other sources like flickr for…

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Tide's in town

Bama is playing FSU today in Jax. I've got tickets, and am headed to the tailgate in a couple hours. Drove to Chick-fil-a for a little…

Journal

New toilets and cleaning the house for the plumbers

Dude. holy shit. I feel good. Not like wooooo whooo good. But, like having just taken a good shit on the fourth day into a two week beach…

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Social Media App Store Icon

Thinking different about social media.

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Sweet Home Alabama with the Red Army Choir

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…

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Three degrees of IM seperation

AOL has a little page up called AIMFight that shows you the number of people connected to you through three degrees of buddy list…

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Domain Bot

If you are ever looking to setup a web site and are trying to decide on a name, this site might help: http://www.domainsbot.com/ You put…

Django

Learning Django By Making A Tutorial - Part 3 - And a Red/Green Output for unittest

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al7PxVscCog Start: 00:00:00 - Testing Django I spent most of the stream learning how to do testing…

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sub eMail addresses

Someone needs to build a sub email address feature. Or, perhaps it would be called prelude. The way it would work is you have a base email…

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Refined Communication

I deal with a lot of little things in my gig. I expect lots of folks do. Often, after I take care of one of these little things for someone…

Photographs

Yankee Stadium - Photo for September 20, 2012

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New Camera Lust

Canon announced their new top of the line EOS-1Ds MARK III ( press release ). It's 21 Megapixel. TWENTY-ONE. Canon put up a page here with…

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Wireless IR to RF repeater

I've become a decent fan of the wireless TTL that is in canon's flashes these days (assuming you have at least one expensive one that can…

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Kids TV Nostalgia

If you watched these, I don't know how you can help but grin: The Electric Company 3-2-1 Contact! another from The Electric Company In the…

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Musician Josh Rouse

Heard an NPR interview this morning with Josh Rouse about his album that is about to come out. Really liked both the interview and the…

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Converting from Blogger to WordPress

A script called import-blogger.php came along with the default install of version 1.5.2 of WordPress. This didn't work on my system (which I…

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Next generations moment in history

I wonder what the defining moments in history will be for future generations. I'm sure I'lll have as vivid a recolleciton of the Sept. 1…

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Blog may go bye bye for a bit

I'm about to move my site from one host to another. In this process, I'm probably going to break lots of stuff, including the blog. So, it…

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Check your tires

While driving home this morning from a night out, I came across a 1 car accident that must have happened about 45 seconds before I caught up…

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Poor drive support web site

I was screwing around with my computer and deleted a peice of software that I needed to make my wireless internet connection work. Silly…

jekyll

Now, You Too Can Write On My Site!

Jekyll 1 , the software I'm now using for this site, doesn't come with a built-in comment system. When I was first deciding how to relaunch…

Recommendations

Geek Desk Color Change

Changing the original Geek Desk gray legs to black and not turning into a slug.

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iPhone Wish List

Rumor is that the new iPhone is on its way next week. It's a little late for Apple to respond, but here's my wish list for a future version…

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The Compact

I've seen a couple things about this idea recently and like the basic idea though it's perhaps a bit extreme for me: The Compact . Here's a…

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202,942 and done

Friday, June 27, the Camry stalled out on me. I limped it to the shop over the weekend. Seems the oil seal on the distributor cap had warn…

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Litmus Test Movies ~ Or, How To Know If We're Gonna Be Friends

Saw a great question come across twitter: @kerrizor - Do you have films that are litmus tests for you? Super fun! I went through my list to…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 17, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 17, 2020 /proc on Mac OS X /status/1328563515494260736 /status/1328769909543886848 Access Data from…

Django

Learning Django By Making A Tutorial - Part 4

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WI-u3Drx77Q Start: 00:00:00 - Review Started off with a little review of the process and how we…

Photographs

Driveway Reflection - Photo for October 6, 2012

A nice reflection pool (puddle) in the driveway.

Live Coding

Playing with Selenium for Scraping and Screenshots

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orD-U9_qoRs Slimer.js (Nope, Selenium) - Time: 00:00:00 I ran into Slimer.js in one of my feeds…

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Windows Explorer Shotcut

I don't like the way Windows Explorer opens on default. From that view, I almost always have to close something in order to get at what I…

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More about money

I will likely be writing a lot more about money and finance. That may sound like a big turn off, but I encourage you to read and think about…

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HUGE Photo from the inauguration

David Bergman setup a GigaPan system at the inauguration. Check out the 1,474 Megapixel photo that was created. That's 1,474 not 1.47…

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Full Moon Prints

Starting a Wishlist on the blog as single entries. First item in the new format. A print from the "Full Moon" exhibit by Michael Light…

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Hybrid Prices

I like the idea of a hybrid car, but they are going to have to do way better on the price before it makes sense from a financial perspective…

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Twitter Is Making Me A Better Writer

Editing down a post for Twitter

Journal

Journal: Sept. 8, 2020

Not sure how to start this one. I'm getting more used to the idea of people watching, but I also don't want to write too much for the…

Miscellaneous

Big Ass Grasshopper

While hanging out at CJ's family place a few miles north over fourth of july, this little guy showed up: Took this photo with my most…

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New Music

Check out "Hiatus on the Horizon". I've heard a couple of tracks so far and like them. -- Tags: tagMusic

Photos

The Golden Gate Bridge Turns 75

The Golden Gate Bridge turned 75 yesterday. I was completely oblivious to this fact until the day before. As luck would have it, I'm in San…

Miscellaneous

Using Google to Find Thing You Can't Remember

Justin sent me a link today about the announcement of the new Lego Mindstorms NXT . That's right, soon you too will be able to build your…

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Photoshop Softfocus

I'm still looking for a soft focus effect in photoshop that I like. The latest one that I'm working with that I quite pleased with so far is…

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Black Velvet

I went to a fabric store today. A place called JoAnn's in the new St. John's Center. The store itself was quite large and there were maybe…

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Wet Socks

We've been having a monsoon here in North Florida over the past few days. This morning, I had to go to a meeting in another building. It was…

Browsing History

More of My Journey ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 21, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 21, 2020 -us/work/shop/monitors-monitor-accessories/ar/4009?appliedRefinements=2828,2586 10 Best Django Books…

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Buying cars

A few years ago I checked out from the library one of the Motley Fool's ( http://www.fool.com ) books. I think it was The Motley Fool You…

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Changing the screenshot directory on a Mac

On Macs, there are two great hot-key combinations that can be used for doing screen captures. command + shift + 3 = full screen capture…

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F3 Nostalgia

I'm watching the move Kalifornia. In it one of the characters is a photographer. She is using a Nikon F3 which was my first real camera and…

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Western Sunset

Well, not really Western for some people, but I figure since this was taken in Key West, it counts. Went down there over the weekend for a…

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Save 10%

Since my early 20s I've been trying to increase my knowledge of money and how money works. A main goal is to be able to retire sooner rather…

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Audio Books on iPods

If you have CD audio books that you want to convert over to play on your iPod, this page has instructions for doing just that. I haven't…

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Canon

When I went to Tuscaloosa back in October for the wonderful Bama v Tennessee game I had the opportunity to shoot an AR-15. Here's a photo CJ…

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Follow up

By the way, that lady really wasn't having a good day. She was on the way to the courthouse to bail someone (I didn't catch who) out of jail…

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Photos of Matt and Matt

Just posted the shots from last weekend. There were several that didn't make the cut because of the newly discovered problem with back…

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Amazing Flashbacks with Smell

Doing little work in the office I ordered a Pappa John's pizza for dinner. I don't think they have been in this area very long and this is…

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New Music: Mike Doughty

Just came up on random. Mike Doughty 's track "Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well" which is on the album Haughty Melodic. If…

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AWESOME example of 80s trailer

A buddy at work was talking about the movie Firefox which I'm familiar with but don't think I've ever seen. He sent me this trailer on you…

Journal

Focusing On The Work, Not The Raw Material

Video files are big. I'm running out of disk space. Been juggling video file for the past couple of days. As I continue to shoot more on the…

PhotoShop

Don't Trust PhotoShop's JavaScript ColorSampler

ColorSampler, you had one job...

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How I Discovered I Have Bipolar Disorder

A copy of the note I sent letting co-workers know why I was out.

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Folder creation bug in Adobe ExtendScript ToolKit

ExtendScript ToolKit uses "/Volumes" instead of "/" in some cases.

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Bugs in my chair?

Okay, this is a photo of the bottom of my office chair at work. What the Hell is that wire doing there? Seems to me that the loop its in…

Journal

Journal: Sept. 12, 2020

Writing in a different app today: Bear. Normally, I write in Sublime Text, but, I changed my setup a little bit for the live stream and it…

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Contact Info - In case of an emergency

Here's a good use of technology. Florida has a system in place now where you can go to this page and virtually add emergency contact info to…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 26, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 26, 2020 #Analytics ― Raindrop.io #APIs ― Raindrop.io #Boto3 ― Raindrop.io #BuyingGuides ― Raindrop.io #CLI…

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The tease is enough of a trailer

A few weeks ago I saw the 30 second teaser trailer for " Taken ". All I really got out of it was: Liam Neeson plays a dad who is some kind…

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One step closer to the borg

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New Hard Drive..... and the cable

Just got a new hard drive to get some more room on my computer. This one is the first "SATA" hard drive I've bought. Only problem so far is…

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Launch of Space Shuttle Discovery - STS-128

Last week, I spent roughly three days doing reseach/planning, eight hours driving (split between two road trips) and stood around for…

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Down time

So, I finally got a little down time with this past Monday and Tuesday off. Of course, the only reason that happened was because I was sick…

Journal

Journal: Sept. 15, 2020

Starting to get the hang of starting up the Twitch stream. I still need to finish setting up my checklist. I've got a good start, but there…

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Lost

I missed the first few episodes of Lost when it first started so I haven't watched it. I like seeing things in order and didn't want to jump…

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Quixotic

I forgot how to pronouce the word "Quixotic" and was asking an office mate if he knew, but he didn't. Turning to the magic of the net I…

Browsing History

Oh, The Places I Went! ~ Oct. 16, 2020

Ana Flávia (@anafsnt) | Unsplash Photo Community Beautiful Free Images & Pictures | Unsplash break - JavaScript | MDN Can't insert shortcode…

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Boston Retinal Implant Project

That's right, these folks are working to make a replacement eye. Right now the goal is to treat blindness. Once they get it working, one…

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Tiger Sign

Since today is the Chinese New Year, figured I'd look up my sign. Apparently, it's Tiger .

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Controlling Subversion svn with Perl

Controlling Subversions "svn" command with Perl can be a little tricky. The biggest issue is the fact that svn errors are sent to STDERR…

Reviews

Partially Picking Up Python with Head First Python

Quick review of Head First Python. Not bad, but there's a lot of non-python content that gets in the way.

Secret

Secret

Welcome to The Digital Whatever Thanks to @Wgaffa for the name 👍 Things to Play With Python Tesseract Vimeo Links RAW Font Screen Res Test…

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Costume

This will tell you just how behind I am. I'm just now getting to pull images off my point and shoot camera from Halloween. I usually end up…

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2009?

Was looking at the Toyota web site and noticed on their front page that they are promoting their 2009 Corolla . Now, I understand if you…

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Answer Fun

Go to Google . Put the number "42" in the search box and click "I'm Feeling Lucky".

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Digital ICE

I own a film scanner that I've used maybe 20 times since I got it. When I made the purchase my plan was to go through a bunch of my old negs…

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Thermostat

Just installed a programmable, digital thermostat in the house. With summer effectively here we'll see what type of difference it makes in…

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Moving the code

I created another blog that I'm going to use for code snippits since few people other than me are likely to be interested in that besides…

Photographs

Morning Windshield - Photo for October 17, 2012

With a little morning mist.

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My First Bout of Suicidal Ideation

The story of my first (and hopefully last) trip to the hospital for suicidal ideation

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Why I won't shop at Best Buy anymore

It's been a while since I've bought a computer game. Mostly this is due to the fact that once I start working on something I tend to get…

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New Music: I Saved an Airplane by Cat Scientist

I Saved An Airplane - Cat Scientist Found via the SXSW Music sampler. (After digging around a little for more info on the band, sadly…

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AWS Pricing Calculator Save Data Feature Request

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTNZacrN2os Quick feature request for the AWS Pricing Calculator : Save the data on the page so…

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Steve Inglima Teaching at Photoshop World

Teaching at the Canon Live Shoot pre-conference workshop.

Live Writing

#LiveWriting: Journal for Sept. 11, 2020

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Photos from the air show

I just posted the images from last weekends air show which was very fun to shoot. Next year I'll bring a monopod though to make tracking…

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Video draws traffic and the 3 rules of the net

More and more the content I see come across my new reader contains video, and the quality of that video (both technically and content wise…

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Remote Assassination

As more and more of us become electronic cyborgs (via pacemakers, internal drug delivery systems, etc...) the potential for detrimental…

Photographs

Digital Breakup -- Photo for August 23, 2012

A fine example of how things breaking can look cool.

Miscellaneous

Better computer sleep

If you have a computer that you happen to leave on a lot when you aren't using it, check out this article about using "S3" Standby. It's…

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IR Camera Shipping

Just an update for those following the progress. I've gotten a note saying that my camera has arrived in Washington, has been converted and…

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The Illusionist

Saw "The Illusionist" this weekend. Very enjoyable film. There was surprisingly little music in it, but that didn't detract from it. The…

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200,000

Last Wednesday, April 2, 2008, just before I pulled into my neighborhood, my car turned 200,000 miles. Speaks well for Toyota. I replaced…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 7, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 7, 2020 Alteryx nyt-2020-election-scraper/master/results.json /status/1302968497698418689 /status…

Miscellaneous

The future return of film?

I've been doing more and more looking around at photography web sites and it seems like there is increasing tendency for them to be more…

Journal

Mundane Practice

Nov. 17, 2020 This one's for you. I write each morning. Sometimes I post. Sometimes it's private. Recently, they've all been private. Not…

Miscellaneous

Video for April 24, 2011 - Beastie Boys - Fight For Your Right - Revisited

In case you weren't one of the 2.4million+ views already served. (Not surprisingly, NSFW language) Bonus points for More Cowbell Cameo.

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IMAX

According to a wired blurb I was reading today there are 250 IMAX theaters. I've been lucky in that all the towns I've lived in (with the…

Photographs

Sushi Start - Photo for September 14, 2012

Stage one complete.

Live Coding

Setting Up a Redshift Cluster #LiveCoding

Messing around with setting up a RedShift cluster. This isn't a how-to though. It's stumbling around. Getting one up and running takes way…

Miscellaneous

Online Graph Paper

Found myself at work today needing a piece of graph paper. So, go to google and type in pdf graph paper and sure enough, the first link…

Photographs

Lighting Grid - Photo for October 20, 2012

Journal

Losing Confidence, But Saying Fuck It

GoPro is officially in action. I bought it in April but am just now getting it hooked up for the car vlog. (god, I dislike word vlog, but…

Miscellaneous

Learning by doing

I've always been a fan of learning by doing. Just jumping in. It's the way that I've picked up most of what I know. No surprise to me, but…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 3, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 3, 2020 Example Domain Exercism Google Search: tydie Wikipedia: Docendo discimus

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Watch for more video reviews and demos

Video product demos are such a good idea. Compared to reading a few bullet points, seeing a thumbnail image and maybe a slightly larger…

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A few proof sets

I've finally gotten around to building my new "gallery" web page tool. Of course, since I'm a web geek this actually involved transfering my…

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May The 5th Be With You

Yesterday was Star Wars Day (i.e. "May The 4th Be With You" Day). For Cinco de Mayo, "May The 5th Be With You" is a wonderful, natural…

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Virus?

The guy who sits across the hall from me has been out sick this week. Tuesday someone told me it was the stomach flu. Today, I hear that…

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First Post - Yeah, yeah

I finally broke down and started a blog. I figure I run across some neat things from time to time and this would be a good way for me to…

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Project Cartoon

For those of you have who ever done development work in a company this will be extremely funny: Project Cartoon . Further example of the…

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Akismet Spam Killer

I've been having some problems with spam getting in thru the comments on my wordpress blog. I tried a couple CAPTCAH tools but they didn't…

Live Coding

Stream Notes for November 15, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hg1vBLYaO1A Notes Spent this stream figuring out how I want to setup the directory structure for my…

Miscellaneous

Bama vs. The Braves (A Logo Comparison)

A quick visual comparison of the differences between the "A" that Bama uses and the Braves logo.

Photographs

Mandalay Bay Corridor -- Photo for September 4, 2012

All it needs is a set of twins.

Miscellaneous

Not a good day for the Tide

Well, it was still a good season. Would have loved to have won in the Auburn game. There was much drinking during the game and then things…

Live Writing

#LiveWriting: Journal for Sept. 12, 2002

Real time writing with just keyboard sounds

Miscellaneous

Marketplace Money and Credit Cards

I really started paying attention to money when I was in college somewhere around the age of 20. Largely after I started listening to the…

Live Coding

Making a Hugo deploy tool and creating Spotify hotkeys #LiveCoding

Miscellaneous

Flying with new eyes

Took my first flight yesterday with the new eyes. Very cool to be able to see ground detail even better than before and without the hassle…

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Crayon Sculptures

Sometime people use the tools designed to make art into art themselves. The results in this case are whimsical and neat. Check out some of…

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My O'Reilly Bookshelf -- Photo for August 13, 2012

Some of my O'Reilly Books.

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Bug on my windshield

To continue with the bug postings, I'm going to move over to an actual insect. While driving this weekend I hit a bug going about 45MPH…

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Relaxed, but not really rested

I took a much needed break from the day job a week and a half ago and attended another Supershoots event. Was gone for about 7 days and it…

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Restoring calm

Listening to the raido this morning there was a story about some rioting and two times during the story they mentioned "Sending in troops to…

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October Sky

I love the weather this time of year. Especially nice is the part where the humidity goes away and the sky crisps up. Currently: 82 and…

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Coincidence, or some indication of talk show good and evil?

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Surprise Visitor

Moving some stuff around my garage a couple months ago I almost put my hand right into a spider's web. No big deal really, save for the type…

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CF bulbs

My local Home Depot currently has a sale running on Compact Fluorescent bulbs. Six for $10. I've been wanting to get some CF bulbs to try…

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Fifteen (plus) Years Building This Website

Today, this site is officially fifteen years old. TODO: Restore image here: {{% img src="screengrab-20150713--1032-01b.png" %}} Crazy as…

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Personal Finance Encouragement

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…

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How To: Create an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Identity and Access Management (IAM) Policy That Lets Users Manage Their Own Credentials and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

I've been digging into Amazon Web Services (AWS) 1 user administration. One of my first goals was to create a user, send them their…

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Starting WordPress Notes

As I mentioned before, I've moved over to my own copy of WordPress for the back end for my blog. This not only give me more control over the…

Live Coding

Install Django and Pulling URLs and Titles from Safari Tabs - Parts 1 and 2

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WoAD9nUEQJA youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDlonZSL6q4 Time: 00:00:00 TextExpander ISO…

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Belt

Apparently I need to keep an extra belt in the trunk of my car for those time when I forget to put one on. Like today.

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Trick question: How many seconds in a year?

Time sure seems stable. Except for the part where it's not.

Photographs

Tree Frog -- Photo for August 24, 2012

Turns out that backlighting a frog reveals some skeleton.

Miscellaneous

Farewell McNulty, Bubbles, Lester, Omar, Kima, Bunk...

... and the rest of the crew on The Wire. I'm bad about doing the "What's your favorite Movie/Song/Album/Show" game, but the Wire would…

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No more technotes

I wasn't useing stimulatingpixels.com/technotes so I've moved the things that were poste there over here and am killing it. Much easier to…

Journal

Starting My Project Tracker

I built the start of my project tracker last night. I've tried several. None work for me. I'm after ease and speed of use. The all fall…

Miscellaneous

Dot Matrix Sky Writing

A few weeks ago I was driving when I noticed what I think can best be described as Dot Matrix Sky Writing. There were 5 jets crusing along…

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Found a lab

I think I found the photolab that I'm going to use. I've been looking for a lab that offers an API to their services. (API, for those that…

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Zip Codes

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

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That's Not Photoshop

Here's one of the images I was scanning. One of my favorites out of all the ones I've ever shot. Yes. The flames are real. Dave ended up…

APIs

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 30, 2020

My trip around the web - Oct. 30, 2020 [AIRFLOW-3583] Fix AirflowException import by chinhngt · Pull Request #4389 ·... Airflow fails to…

Miscellaneous

IronMan, Worth the price of admission

Saw Ironman last weekend. Even at $9.50 FL movie prices, it's worth seeing on the big screen. Saw a preview for the new Indian Jones too…

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Four Links for May 1, 2011

The theme for today’s collection of interesting/useful links is: Questions and Answers RFC 1855 - Netiquette Guidelines - * This document…

Live Coding

Learning Django By Making A Tutorial - Part 8 - #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaQ8TNdHSIM No real notes from this one. Just working through Django.

Miscellaneous

Books I've Read

An (incomplete) list of the books I've read with a basic rating

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Hot Chocolate

Just made the seasons first cup of Hot Chocolate. Please note, that it's 64 degrees right now. I have definitely acclimated to Florida.

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Pano Stuff

Been looking into doing some digital panoramic/virtual-tour type stuff. The site panoguide.com has some good info and equipment stuff on…

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Etymology of the drinking world

Fun link . Haven't had a chance to go thru it all yet, but what I have is interesting. I don't know if the first statement, "There are more…

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Introducing My Van

Today, I added another mark to my scorecard's eccentricity column. Instead of using the money I was saving to replace my cheap 32" with a…

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Limiting Communication and Availability

Several people I know use e-mail like it is instant messenger. They keep it open all day and read every e-mail as it comes in. For me, this…

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Scanning film

I'm scanning in some old film negs that I want to have printed. I had forgotten exactly how time consuming it used to be to get a digital…

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View

After watching the Crimson Tide beat the tar out of Florida and then hitting the bars for several drinks, I ended up crashing at a friend's…

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Drug Scenarios

Looking around freevibe.com (the federal government's anti-drug web site) you can see what will happen to you if you smoke pot. Be sure to…

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Vegas and Bama

I've been traveling a ton recently. Mostly my trips were work related. Jumping back and forth to Atlanta for a few days at a time. Last week…

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The Digital Pin Hole

Front and back view of my pin hole body cap. The foil is taped on the inside. I should be able to use the body cap pretty much as normal. Of…

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Amazon's Kindle iPhone app is pretty good but needs a dictionary

I've only used it a little, but Amazon's Kindle iPhone app is a much better reading experience than I thought it would be. I'll let you know…

Photographs

Gridlock - Photo for October 31, 2012

Sitting in 'traffic'

Photographs

Flying Scorpion - Photo for October 8, 2012

The stinger hasn't fully developed yet. When it does, we're in trouble.

Miscellaneous

Noia Theme

In Firefox, you can apply Themes to change the look and feel of your browser. I use Noia . I don't really care about the skin itself…

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Book to read

Read this review on Boing Boing. Adding John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" to the list of books to read. Also, starting a new Category with…

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Sites that don't let you copy URLs are stupid

I'm making a little bit of a wish list and one of the things on it is a Craftsman Ratcheting Screwdriver . The link to the sears site on…

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Exactly how accurate are the expiration dates on pills?

This Probably Won't Kill Me, Right?

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10% off at Lowe's

I'm not sure, but it looks like if you just give Lowe's your name and address on this site they'll send you a coupon for 10% off. http…

Ruby

Nice Design Touch in RVM for Auto-Update

Not only a warning, but what to do about it.

Photographs

Women and Money - Photo for September 23, 2012

Possible false advertising.

Miscellaneous

Loads of free music from SXSW

I've mentioned before that South by Southwest releases music samplers with free MP3s on them from artists that play the festival. I just…

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Bugs in my head

Odd things going on in my head today. I woke up around 5am at which time the fridge just happened to be running its cooling cycle. It's one…

Photographs

Alien Spider - Photo for October 11, 2012

They're here. And they're spiders.

Miscellaneous

MarketPlace Music

One of my favorite radio shows is NPR's Marketplace. Among the positive points is the music they choose for the few second breaks between…

Live Coding

Buliding A Fast Turn-Around Election Tracker - Stream Notes for November 6, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZwpk5HrTQw Notes Seeing if I can build my own election tracker before the election is over. Made…

Miscellaneous

Cocaine

Eric Clapton's version of "Cocaine" came on the radio the yesterday. I don't often listen to the radio (thank to my mp3 player) and I hadn't…

Hugo

Adding Styles to Hugo's YouTube Shortcode, Getting Frustrated with Django's Tutorial, and Building a Screenshot Renamer

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jqDicoxB00 Start 00:00:00 - Add CSS Styles to Hugo's Youtube Shortcodes Hugo comes with a…

Miscellaneous

Backup Software: PowerFolder

I haven't played with it yet, but there is an open source backup application called " PowerFolder " that looks interesting. It is SoureForge…

Miscellaneous

FireShot - Firefox screen grab extension

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…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Feb. 5, 2021

My trip around the web - Feb. 5, 2021 Criterion Trailer 2: Seven Samurai - YouTube Seven Samurai - Drama Through Action | The Cinema…

Photos

BSoD

Everyone's favorite crash screen.

Miscellaneous

An almost hit with an online catalog

I'm looking for a few small pieces of lighting gear. Checking out the Bogen/Manfrotto web site (who manufactures what I'm looking for) I…

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MySpace lacking RSS

I have a ton of stuff I try to keep up with on the web and one of the main ways that I do it is by using an RSS Feed Reader called RSS…

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Next up for McDonald's

Nightmares for the next two days.

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Secure Gmail

When I first started using gmail, there wasn't a setting to secure it, but you could do it manually by changing the first "http://" part of…

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Financial Data

For all you hackers out there who are into finance, if you want a data feed of stock info, check out Yahoo Finance's stock quotes . On that…

Photographs

Working In The Garage -- Photo for August 19, 2012

Table saw alternative.

Photographs

Dragonfly -- Photo for September 11, 2012

Just chillin on a leaf.

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 16, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 16, 2020 #958816 - "pipx makes unsupported use of pip internals" - Debian Bug report logs (1) how create…

Miscellaneous

The Spelling of "blog"

I just posted an entry with the word "blog" in it. When I ran the BLOGger.com spell check, it wasn't recognized as a real word and there…

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Get a shredder

I shred pretty much everything. If you don't, read this article about a torn up credit card application .

Miscellaneous

Idea: Personal Progress Meter

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…

Design

Nice Code Formatting Conversion On Python Site

A quick flip between two formats with the same code.

Browsing History

Fake File Systems ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 22, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 22, 2020 #6375 ([bug][regression] Too many packets buffered for output stream) – FFmpeg 17.5. subprocess…

Miscellaneous

Music to get

Heard a review of the Edsel Gomez CD Cubist Music on Fresh Air tonight. Sounded really nice.

Photographs

Speaker -- Photo for September 9, 2012

Making even bad music sound good.

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John Butler

Current Random tune is from John Butler Trio . Saw these guys at the Austin City Limits   festival two years ago. Great live and their…

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Moonlanding On Windows

Everthing changed. Or, really, I changed everything. ` I'm writing this on my new [Moonlander keyboard. It's a while ride. A split…

Miscellaneous

Killing the IE Clicking Sound

I use Mozilla FireFox most of the time, but have to check stuff I'm working on in IE (since it has the vast majority of the market place…

Photographs

A Plastic Mushroom

Ever notice how much a gas cap looks like a mushroom?

Journal

Lean, Step, Rinse, Repeat

I have alarms set for 10:45pm and 11:00pm. They're to remind me to go to bed. The first one is the warning to start winding down. The second…

Miscellaneous

Even Better Batteries

From an environmental perspective, I love rechargeable batteries. Not throwing old used batteries in a land file is very nice thing. Also…

Miscellaneous

Virtual Photo Tourism Software

This is an amazing use of software and public images to create something new in the world. I saw a video with the original version of this…

Photographs

Rorschach Test - Photo for October 22, 2012

Don't think too hard about what your looking at.

Miscellaneous

"Take it to the Bridge" Fire Escape

Another example of poor design at The Omni. This time on the In Case Of Fire wall plaque. Normally, these signs have dotted lines that show…

Miscellaneous

Key Patent Idea

If I had the money to get a patent attorney I'd go after a patent on a combination USB drive and your car alarm remote clicker and a flash…

Miscellaneous

Wal-Mart

Just watched " Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices ". I haven't really shopped at Wal-Mart in a long time. Generally speaking I wasn't a…

Miscellaneous

Lazy

I've been being lazy with my blog or late. A bunch of stuff picked up at work and I've been trying to get a bunch of other things in life in…

Miscellaneous

The ATF's Phone Number

Around the 4th of July, I was kicking around Phantom Firework's site ( fireworks.com ) and came across their page on Homemade and Illegal…

Miscellaneous

What happens after I hit publish?

Wired provides an overview here .

Miscellaneous

The cost of power

I would hate it if this happend, but it wouldn't surprise me. Pay for Power. Attache some type of payment system to power outlets in public…

Miscellaneous

Why We Buy

Another for the to read list: " Why We Buy: The Science Of Shopping " by Paco Underhill. I stared thinking about this book again after…

Browsing History

Working With Bash, Thinking About Keyboards and Monitors ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 13, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 13, 2020 (1) r/MechanicalKeyboards for all the Click and None of the Clack! 2015 MacBook Pro: Only the High…

Miscellaneous

An XML Schema (XSD) Definition to Prevent Leading Zeros in Integers

Beware: XSL Schema's built in integers don't protect you from the curse of leading zeros. Here's how to protect yourself.

Browsing History

Keyboard Maestro, Second Brains, and Python Command Line Searching ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 14, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 14, 2020 Twitter: mdx_js Twiter: jhooks (1) how create folder in root of project? : vscode /status…

Photographs

Defrosting - Photo for October 1, 2012

The good news is that someone managed to get the Coke out of the freezer before it exploded.

Miscellaneous

Photography Assignment - 252

I've got a few friends who are getting into photography. For all of them and anyone else that is either starting or heavily into photography…

Miscellaneous

Repartition Hard Drive

If you ever need to repartition a hard drive and don't have Partition Magic, you can do it with a Linux LiveCD like knoppix using an…

Photographs

Jay Maisel -- Photo for September 6, 2012

Photographing a master photographer.

Miscellaneous

The Booth will soon be no more

This sucks. I heard a couple of weeks ago that The Booth is closing. I frequented a fair number of the bars in Tuscaloosa, but The Booth was…

Photographs

Rusted A/C - Photo for October 29, 2012

Florida is hard on A/C units. Especially on the parts that can rust.

Journal

Black Curtains Installed - Journal For Jan. 2, 2021

I hung blackout curtains in the home office (aka studio). It's great for helping the lighting for my ThisIsHowToCode.com videos. It also…

Miscellaneous

Turn Spare Change Into Music

Or, Using Coinstar without giving them a cut.

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Vanity Marketing

This is the most creative use of a vanity plate I've seen. Points for creativity. x2 deductions for sketchiness. -- Tags: tagPhoto

Photographs

Vegas Looks Like Tron -- Photo for September 7, 2012

They just need to pipe in music by Wendy Carlos.

Journal

Journal: Sept. 7, 2020

Well. I almost started doing some other stuff on the computer. Nothing so big. I had a process running to copy the photo archive from my…

Miscellaneous

Andriod Dreams

Another for the book list: " Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? " by Philip K. Dick This is the book Blade Runner was based on. Love the…

Live Coding

Automatic Video Assembler Work - Still Working On Testing Approach - Stream Notes for November 5, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC4_ARrwebs Notes Working on a tool to automatically assemble music videos from NASA API footage…

Photographs

Another Spider -- Photo for August 16, 2012

This one is a big fella.

Journal

Neutrally Buoyant Shirts - Journal 2020 12 24

Dec. 24, 2020 I just ordered a couple black polo shirts from Amazon. They are super cheap at $12 per. I'm checking the size. Once I know…

Miscellaneous

Fast moving robots are awesome (and a little scary)

This is awesome. The fact that it can catch things blows me away. This thing would totally be able to pull off the Bishop knife trick from…

Miscellaneous

Business Idea - Web based replacement for Power Point

I've been in my fair share of meetings where a Power Point presentation was the key focus. Even if print outs are provided, you'll often…

Miscellaneous

Shiny screens seem to be okay.

Last few times I've been to a computer store I've noticed that more and more of the displays on laptops are of the ultra shiny sort. Looking…

Photographs

Picasso Pillar - Photo for September 13, 2012

Unintentional abstract art.

Miscellaneous

Reusable bags

In college, I took a seminar course on environmental studies. In addition to the overall theoretical education, a fair amount of practical…

Miscellaneous

LED light isn't quite ready

I forgot to give an update on The Everlasting Light Bulb . Unfortunately, the verdict is not so good. The light puts out roughly the same…

Miscellaneous

RAW Images

Took the new camera out last night to do some shooting of a friend's band for him. Well into the night, after not a few 7&7s I also shot a…

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Sync

For those of you wanting to sync up multiple mechanical metronomes, this looks like a good way to do it: Ahhhhhhhhh.... Physics.

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Keep on learning

I would not have guessed that at age 31 I would learn a new way to tie my shoes . Thank you, internet for reminding me that you can always…

Miscellaneous

Monopoly

McDonald's has done their Monopoly game on and off for years. I always wondered what were the key peices to get to actually win something…

Miscellaneous

No Ninjas in E-mail

At least not in my work e-mail's spell check dictionary. A little sad, but not really surprising.

Miscellaneous

2 quarts

A relatively slow way to set money aside. Throw all your loose change in a bottle. For example a 2 quart juice bottle. A friend of mine…

Miscellaneous

The song Powerhouse is one of those things I just never looked up

Skimming through my RSS news reader, I came across this video of "The Philharmonicas" playing a song called Powerhouse . It sounded…

Miscellaneous

Can see shit

Inspired by Nuge's "Can't see shit" , I figured it would be a good time to contrast our weather again. So, here's a shot I took out of my…

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More fire in the eyes

Here's another shot of Dave with his eyes on fire. Not one of the picks, but it shows the fire even higher. I should mention that I shot…

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Digital Cameras - A Technical Marvel

Today I shot my first completely digital wedding. I'm still shaking my head a little in disbelief. I'm on my second digital camera body, and…

Miscellaneous

Hold music should be mutable

I ran into some issues installing the upgrade to Adobe Lightroom that required me to call their Customer Support. My standard operating…

Photos

Welcome to New York

My fellow passenger missed a beautiful landing.

Miscellaneous

InfraRecorder

I'm trying a new (to me) open source CD/DVD burning piece of software called " InfraRecorder ". So far, seems pretty nice. I've said before…

Live Coding

Video Assembler V4 Working (minus a change in format from exiftool) - Stream Notes for November 7, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnYr6WrGRgU Note More work on my Video Assembler. Got it going. Just ran into an issue at the end…

Miscellaneous

Touch

A few months ago when it seemed like I was on the road more than I was at my house my several year old MP3 player finally gave up it's…

Miscellaneous

Congress, please stop worrying about the transition to digital TV

Dear Congress, Now that you have gone through it again and decided not to push back the date for the transition to DTV , please drop the…

Miscellaneous

No idea

Not sure where this is from Though I'm sure the internet would tell me, I prefer not to look this time. Sometimes it's fun to just let the…

Miscellaneous

Turning Up the Volume with Sub Titles

I watched Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Red" last night. It's the third film in his "Three Colours" trilogy. It's a French film so I was watching…

Miscellaneous

Pistol Purchase

Recently, I've been wanting to try my hand at pistol target shooting. After having gone out to a shooting range to shoot a couple Glocks, I…

Miscellaneous

Don't use PVC for Fireworks Launch Tubes

Using PVC pipe for fireworks launchers is bad news. These videos showing the difference between it and "HDPE" show why.

Miscellaneous

Photo Books

Another find from Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools is Blurb for printing photo books. I haven't used the service yet, but it sounds like Mr. Kelly…

Miscellaneous

IR Proofs

Here is the first real batch of Infra Red shots that I took a few weeks ago. It's a raggae band named "De Lions of Jah" playing out a bar…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 8, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 8, 2020 About - pygame wiki Advanced Usage — Requests 2.24.0 documentation Amazon EC2 Instance Types - Amazon…

Today I Learned

Today I Learned: Quickly Copy a Directory Path

Probably one of my top 10 most used aliases.

Miscellaneous

Roxanne thru Songsmith

If you haven't already heard about Microsoft's Songsmith, you can check out the the official Microsoft Research Songsmith page for a quick…

Live Coding

Stream Notes for October 27, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=syD3nPoKLEk Progress Made Making the Browser URL Restore Script Looking at NASA's APIs Working to…

Miscellaneous

Non-Verbal Communication

At the grocery store today I saw two guys talking in the aisle. The trick is that one of them was deaf and the other was using the text…

Miscellaneous

This is not 15Mbps

See what happens when you measure things.

Miscellaneous

Photography is what I'm supposed to do

I've been having this thought a lot lately. I just watched a documentary on Ansel Adams (that's right, I'm a photographer AND a geek). At…

Live Writing

Writing My Daily Journal - Sept. 16, 2020

Miscellaneous

The tornado missed me

I was in ATL again this week. Spent a few days this go round including Friday night when a tornado hit downtown including the Georgia Dome…

Photographs

Abstract Shadows and Dew -- Photo for August 25, 2012

Summer morning in Florida.

Journal

Practicing On The Small Stuff

I spent a couple hours last night modifying a script to do the same thing it was already doing. Refactoring, but not really. I was trying…

Miscellaneous

Cold Calling

I get cold calls from time to time about tech stuff. Usually staffing agencies. Just got one today on voice mail and the caller had such a…

Miscellaneous

Backyard Double Rainbow

Backyard Double Rainbow! What does it mean!?!?

Live Coding

Working On My Local Tools Website #LiveCoding

Photographs

Lost Wings - Photo for October 18, 2012

I'm not sure what bug left these stuck to my car window, but it must like walking.

Miscellaneous

Pandora Radio

If you haven't seen Pandora and you are a fan of music, go there now. It's a way to create online "radio" stations by choosing some songs…

Miscellaneous

Clips of content

There has been an increasing trend of video used for posts on the web recently. Often, this is taking the "embed" code and putting a video…

Photographs

Light and clouds - Photo for September 24, 2012

One more sunset down.

Miscellaneous

Compound Interest

I like looking at what compound interest can do for me (or anyone else). So, I made a little page with some javascript on it to create a…

Miscellaneous

More exploding things

I don't think I've posted this one yet, but it follows along the same lines of not putting your beer in the freezer . That makes things…

hacks

Quick Copy For The Current Directory Path

Copying the current command line directory path is a frequent task. On a Mac, this can be sped up using pbcopy . A little command Apple…

Miscellaneous

Quote on photography

All photographs are accurate. None is the truth. - Richard Avedon

Miscellaneous

Scratchpad

Checking markdown numbers: Thing Something Another Thing ∞ ∞ ∞

Miscellaneous

Post launch, but still going

We just launched a redesign of PGATOUR.com this Sunday to help promote the new PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup. Redesigns are always…

Vim

Today I Learned: Mapping ':te' to ':tabedit' in Vim

Save five characters for every tab opened.

Miscellaneous

Checking web page efficiency

This is more a note for myself so that I can find it later. But if you ever want to see more about what's going on when your web browser…

Miscellaneous

Ken Is Cool

Ken is cool! Ken is cool! Ken is cool! Ken is cool! Ken is cool! Ken is cool! Ken is cool! Ken is cool! Ken is cool! Ken is cool! Ken is…

Miscellaneous

A new/old word: bromide

Toward the end of Rand's "The Fountainhead", the word "bromide" is used a lot. I've only ever heard it used in its chemical reference before…

Miscellaneous

Alien watching the pres

Check out this video of the President and notice the alien reflection in the window pane over his right shoulder. (found via boing boing…

Miscellaneous

Spelling Inbox

The word "inbox" isn't in Thunderbird's default dictionary. That's amuzing.

Journal

The Morning Ritual and Maybe Getting an AWS Person to Stream With Me

Welp. I didn't journal yesterday. I got up and started messing around on the computer. Before I knew it, I completely forgot to journal. I…

Miscellaneous

Photoshop Light Room - First Impression

Installed the trial copy of Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom today on my laptop and dropped some test images in from my 5D. I haven't done much…

Miscellaneous

Photoshop theme: Literal translations of popular idioms

From Fark. A bunch of these made me chuckle. link

Miscellaneous

Unprocessed film

Dave mentioned that he just processed a lot of undeveloped film. Here is a little of what I still have in the same pre processing state…

Miscellaneous

Time Off

I've taken a little time off, and man, I needed it. Office holidays were for the 3rd and 4th so I took the last three days of the week of…

Miscellaneous

Collection of photos from the Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Boston.com has posted this collection of photos taken on Jan. 20, 2009. The day that Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of…

Miscellaneous

Why Dropbox Wants My Location Data

Dropbox is a great service. The 2GB of free storage that's shared seamlessly across computers, phones and iPads is incredibly useful. Their…

Photographs

Recharging - Photo for October 21, 2012

Post Wedding Recharge

Live Coding

Learning Django By Making A Tutorial - Part 10 - #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxTD5xklnz8 Timestamps Start: 00:00:00 - Digging In From Where We Left Off - getting a checklist…

Miscellaneous

Testing An SM58 Mic Setup

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmWC1vInUrA Goal: Figure out what I want to use for my audio setup √ End result: SM58 wins over H…

Miscellaneous

Halloween Looks

From the amazing Austin Halloween party. Jaime = Media Me = Johnny Depp's character from Once Upon a Time in Mexico One hell of a party…

Miscellaneous

Sarah Connor

I'm just catching up on some shows and finally watched the first two episodes of " TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES ". They were…

Miscellaneous

Not Broken

So, I shot a wedding for a couple of friends on Saturday. Overall, it went very well. At least I think it did. I'm not sure yet since I…

Git

Finding And Restoring A Deleted File In Git

TL;DR If you delete a file and need to restore it but don't know the path you can search for it with the argument to the last grep in this…

Photographs

T-minus one day and counting (with elephants) -- Photo for August 31, 2012

Counting down to the Crimson Tide season kickoff (with elephants)

Miscellaneous

How to stop credit card offers

After I got my house the number of credit card, refinance, home equity line of credit, etc... went up to between 20-30 a week. After doing…

Miscellaneous

FireFox Tracking

Someone should bulid a firefox extension that lets you track FedEx, UPS, USPS, etc.. direclty in your browser. Like in the status bar. You…

Miscellaneous

Awesome video of a moment in time

Found via Laughing Squid. I would hire these guys. Created by Stink Digital.

Miscellaneous

Video sampling

While this isn't fundamentally different from creating an audio track from a bunch of samples, the fact that it's from youTube clips gives…

Journal

Continuing To Get Used To Creative Pursuits On Lithium, et al.

Writing still feels weird. Or, getting started does. We'll see how it goes once I get a little momentum. I'm not that worried about it…

Browsing History

ffmpeg and video ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 24, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 24, 2020 #3686 (ffprobe returns incorrect duration) – FFmpeg /KSC-20171031-MH-SWW01_0001-Innovation_Expo…

Live Coding

Trying To Make The Video Assembler Go Faster - Stream Notes for November 8, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLMAN_GSyeU Notes Updated the Automatic NASA Video Music Maker to try to speed it up a little by…

Miscellaneous

More comicbook nostalgia

Just discovered that yet another old comic-book/cartoon world is being brought back to cash in on gen-x nostalgia. This time, it's G.I. Joe…

Photographs

Short Straw - Photo for October 9, 2012

As a kid, this was awesome. Riding to work in crappy weather, not so much.

Photographs

One Million Dollar - Photo for October 4, 2012

Without the 's'.

Miscellaneous

Merriam-Webster using distaseful ads

When I used to think of the dictionary folks at Merriam-Webster a scene of an refined, well kept library came to mind. A high class…

Miscellaneous

Symmetry from Radiolab - Video for April 27, 2011

The follow up to the "Words" video. Right powerful piece of work.

Photographs

Overcast Wing -- Photo for September 8, 2012

Flying through the soup.

Music

Alan is Currently Listening To David Guetta - Shot Me Down ft. Skylar Grey

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id="3x2ABSAMVno"

Miscellaneous

Juggling

Some day, I'm going to teach myself how to juggle. I don't think I'll ever get quite to this level though.

Miscellaneous

Monopoly

Fun internet thing. A list of the "rare" monopoly peices in the McD's game. Now you don't have to wonder if you have the one from each…

Miscellaneous

A Bright New Light Bulb Idea

Had to do something with all those old halogen bulbs...

Miscellaneous

iPhone seems quite nice

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…

Miscellaneous

FileZilla - Windows FTP Software

If you need an FTP client try FileZilla . It's open source so it's free. There is also a FileZilla server if you need to setup an FTP…

Miscellaneous

... And we're back... again

So, toward the end of 2009, I decided that I wanted to move this blog back from stimulatingpixels.com (where it was for a while) and at the…

Miscellaneous

Public Library Access

Sitting in the Austin Public Library right now using their free wireless. I love free wireless. There is a lot that is very cool about the…

Journal

Putting Writing First

Nov. 2, 2020 I almost forgot to write. If I don't stream too late, I upload a copy of the stream the same night. When I'm tired, I save it…

Photographs

Mythbusters - Photo for October 14, 2012

Risking bodily harm for the betterment of all mankind.

Miscellaneous

Commercial Volume

I find it super annoying when the volume on a TV commercial is about 5 times as loud as the show you are watching. I'm fairly certain this…

Journal

Finishing and Practicing

I finished something. For the first time in a long time, I finished something. My Daily Link Grabber is live and in production. It grabs…

Miscellaneous

Lots of Visual Charts

This is a neat table of charts . Mouse over an "element" to see an example. Found this on cool tools .

ffmpeg

Finishing V1 of the Random Video Assembler - Stream Notes for October 29, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyYeHEQ2t3E Progress Finished v1 of the random video assembler. Still need to remove some hard…

Miscellaneous

DVD Flick

Haven't tried this one yet, but it looks quite nice. A free, open-source piece of windows software that purports to allow you to make a DVD…

Miscellaneous

Yahoo Music Unlimited - still very Beta

So far, not so good as I had hoped. Ever since MP3s first made their way into existence I've been looking for a service like Yahoo's Music…

Django

Learning Django By Making A Tutorial - Part 2

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CWUY-6DK8s Overview This is the second part of exploring Django to make a tutorial in order to…

Miscellaneous

The Everlasting Light Bulb

I've heard a rumor that the first bulb Edison made is still burning. Don't know if it's true or not but I've always thought it would nice to…

Photos

Brendan Eich, Ward Cunningham and Me

There are two languages that make web pages work - HTML and JavaScript. While attending the O'Reilly Fluent Conference 1 , I had the…

Miscellaneous

zallybags' Final Project

zally with with me on day one of the digital garden. while chatting about our histories he showed me his excellent final project.

Miscellaneous

The beginning of the end for Nikons with film

I had pretty much accepted that it would come sometime in my lifetime, but Nikon UK, today has announced that it's starting the phase out of…

Miscellaneous

Up to date photos

While looking around for some packaging options, I can across DNL Photo. After a few clicks I got to this page . Me thinks they need to get…

Miscellaneous

Spotify Feature Request: AppleScript Favs/Likes API

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 25, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 25, 2020 peggyrayzis schickling #3686 (ffprobe returns incorrect duration) – FFmpeg 'It's the screams of the…

Miscellaneous

OpenDNS

The DNS service of my local ISP sucks. It looses itself quite often which is a bad trick. I've just found OpenDNS and am going to give…

Journal

Morning Music, Gaining Confidence Through Streaming, and Making a Red/Green unittest Enhancement

I wake up to Spoon. Specifically Small Stakes . It's been the first thing I've kicked off for a month now. If the process of waking up goes…

Miscellaneous

Being carded

Tonight I went out with a few friends for a quick drink after work to celebrate my 31st birthday. I got carded and no one else (most younger…

Miscellaneous

Cool Tool

Another great idea find from Cool Tools: Thumb Thing . Simple. Genius.

Miscellaneous

States

For those times when you can't remember the abbreviation of the state you are trying to send a letter to. http://www.usps.com/ncsc/lookups…

Miscellaneous

Wikipedia list of Open Source Software

I think the Wikipedia is one of the best things on the internet. I think Free and Open Source Software is one of the best things of our time…

Miscellaneous

Passwords

I have a lot of passwords.... I mean a whole lot. And with what I do, security is important so they can't all be the same or easy. A while…

Miscellaneous

Nuge in ATL and the 31fd

I've mentioned that I've been traveling to Atlanta a lot over the past few days. On one of the trips, I managed to catch up with Nuge and…

Miscellaneous

Weed Eaters From Hell

At work today they are doing yard work. For the past three hours there has been a constant barrage of weed eaters, leaf blowers and edgers…

Miscellaneous

Back in my day, we didn't have the internet

It's a good thing the world wide web wasn't around when I was in high school. Especially not in the state it is today. I did enough stupid…

Miscellaneous

One line of code

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…

Live Coding

Stream Notes for November 17, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPEQxn5Eq0A Notes Working on my snake_case_renamer Links From The Stream Automatically find and…

Miscellaneous

TV Rule of Thumb

I have a subscription to the site rulesofthumb.org in my RSS reader. One that just came up today is: Look good, sound good, and do…

Miscellaneous

TED cool stuff

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…

Miscellaneous

YouTube find: Polaroid stop motion

Cool find on YouTube: Polaroid stop motion .

Photographs

Penn & Bass -- Photo for September 5, 2012

Penn plays a mean bass.

Miscellaneous

Four links for April 28, 2011

Today’s collection of interesting/useful links: Ken Jennings Uses Google to Spell Check - The fact that he spell checks using Google may…

Photographs

Why Did The Snowy Egret Cross The Road - Photo for October 30, 2012

The question has to be asked. Do snowy egrets taste like chicken?

Miscellaneous

Local radio show

There is a locan NPR radio show that I listen to most nights called "Electro Lounge" that comes on at Tuesday- Friday 9p-11p and Saturday…

Miscellaneous

FinePix F30

Anybody seen a FinePix F30 in action. Specifically, shot at a high ISO. I upgraded my point and shoot to a Canon SD600 a while ago because…

Django

Learning Django by Making A Tutorial - Part 5

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXd0bIcK5zE Start - 00:00:00 - More Work On Django This stream was all about making forms. Toward…

Journal

Streaming For The (Second) Wind

Whoops. Almost didn't write today. Had meetings first thing that just kept going and going and going. I didn't think about writing again…

Miscellaneous

Quote on E-mail length

I've found the time it takes to reply to emails is a rather steep function of their length. Two-liners I often respond to immediately. Very…

Miscellaneous

Butterfly Effect

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…

Miscellaneous

R60

We just got new laptops at work. This model is a ThinkPad R60. It's not a super fast machine by todays standards, but it's really very…

misc

Deleting Makes Me Nervous

I'm sure that I only have things in the trash that I really want to delete. Still, numbers like this make me nervous: (/aws-20120524--210…

Photography

Creative Types, Use A Contract

Photographers, Designers, Website Builders, Audio Engineers, and anyone else who does creative work for a living, if you don't use contracts…

Miscellaneous

Traveling Van

I've always liked the idea of having something like an RV to travel around in. Going to Bama games and general traveling both being high on…

Miscellaneous

Fun while it lasted

I was expecting to spend a little time on the Four Links and Daily Video projects. Ended up taking way longer than I expected. Even when I…

Journal

Enjoying The Non-Creative

I'm in my head right now. This is the first time I really started thinking about an audience when writing a journal entry. Or, at least, it…

Miscellaneous

De_Magicking Words

The wonderful KatieKodes wrote a piece on making her minimum viable build tutorials. The process includes staying as far away as…

Miscellaneous

Completing The Fountainhead

Last night, I finished up Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead". There probably couldn't have been a better time for that book to find its way to me…

Miscellaneous

Tune in vs. Available

What you always here on the commercials is on the order of: "Tune in Thursday at 9-8 Central". Things like Tivo have been around for a while…

Photographs

T-minus two days and counting (with elephants) -- Photo for August 30, 2012

Counting down to the Crimson Tide season kickoff (with elephants)

Miscellaneous

SEC Schedule App for iPhone

If you are a fan of the SEC and own an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you'll want the free " SEC Football Pocket Schedule " from SilverTree…

Journal

Going VOD - Journal for Dec. 23, 2020

Dec. 23, 2020 Yep. Pretty much done streaming for a while. Going all VOD for ThisIsHowYouProgram.com I was going to do the introduction…

Miscellaneous

Lightroom Resize not so good

I've been batching up some photos to get ready to post and was using Adobe Lightroom to resize them down to the proper dimensions…

photos

It's Been Dry

Even with the decent amount of rain we've gotten over the past week or two, it's been dry in my area. To wit, I'm in the dark red "D…

Photographs

T-minus three days and counting (with elephants) -- Photo for August 29, 2012

Counting down to the Crimson Tide season kickoff (with elephants)

Miscellaneous

VMWare Player

For all those Windows users out there that want to play around with Linux (or develop on it like I do), the fine folks at VMWare have…

Today I Learned

Introducing "Today I Learned"

In which I stop worrying about the backstory.

Miscellaneous

Hippie Food

Just walked over to Publix and picked up some Green Tea and Granola bars for a snack. The goal wasn't even to pick up healtheir food, but I…

Miscellaneous

I have no faith in "Lost"

I just read a post titled " How Lost bends the rules " on Boing Boing . I'm one of the people the article talks about that dropped out of…

Miscellaneous

A Kind of Redesign

Now "Responsive!"

Photographs

Kickoff Saturday Elephant -- Photo for September 1, 2012

As a matter of fact, I am ready for some Alabama Football.

Miscellaneous

A.W.S.

I think it might be a moral imparative that I do something with " Amazon Web Services ". After all, we have the same initials....

Software

What I'm Running - Open Apps - March 1st, 2014

What I'm running today.

Miscellaneous

Excellence in almost anything tends to amaze

I've said before that even if I'm not into something at all, I pretty much always like seeing examples of excellence in any category. Some…

Photographs

Three Inch China -- Photo for August 12, 2012

Tiny China

Miscellaneous

Golf Hazard

In golf, red stakes mark a water hazard. On the Valley Course at Sawgrass yesterday, the hazard on hole 15 took on an additional meaning.

Miscellaneous

One more from Ken Rockwell

I'm really enjoying kicking round this guys site. Here's another one I really like: The Seven Levels of Photographers . Of course, I think…

Hugo

Hugo to AWS S3 Deploy Command

Here's a quick snippet of code to put your shell aliases file that cds into your Hugo directory, builds the site, deploys it to AWS S3, and…

Miscellaneous

New Music

A track from "Duo-Putty" just came up on random. I got it from C-Nets music downloads. "Aquasurfactant" has a very chll groove to it. You…

Miscellaneous

Six Stages

Sitting in a hotel room on yet another trip to Atlanta and after having had a few drinks myself to unwind. I find the The 6 Stages of…

Miscellaneous

Facial Flex - Filed Under Bizarre - Video for April 30, 2011

Starts off a little slow. Make sure to stick around till at least 1:15. You'll probably be too weirded out to turn it off after that. Facial…

Photographs

iHeartTransplant - Photo for September 26, 2012

OS updates always make me a little nervous.

Live Coding

Creating a JavaScript Alphabetize Form #LiveCoding

Part 1 - before an internet outage youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR6FOgDLAH4 Part 2 - after the outage: youtube: https://www…

Browsing History

Monitor Shopping and Spinning ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 20, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 20, 2020 (1) 34"+ Ultra Wide 5120x2160 : ultrawidemasterrace /status/1329502643409051651 13-inch MacBook Pro…

Miscellaneous

Protection from Adobe Creative Cloud's Folder Erasing Bug

If it's gonna delete something, make sure it's something you don't care about.

Miscellaneous

Mac Software: Max - CD ripper and encoder

I've added one more piece of software to my Mac's Toolbox: Max from http://sbooth.org/ . Max is CD ripping and encoding software. For…

Ruby

Assigning Ruby Variables with a Case Statement

Reading Refactoring: Ruby Edition I came across an example of assigning a variable via a case statement. For example: Using the return…

Miscellaneous

The blog is dead, long live the blog

This is the first real post in the new blogging software. I've moved everything over from the former blogger.com account. I like the idea of…

Miscellaneous

Unix Command Line Tools for Windows

I work on Mac, Linux and Windows machines during the course of an average day. A lot of this work is done on the command line . Since…

Miscellaneous

New look and Cloud photo test

I've updated the "theme" of this blog to a new look. Mainly, I wanted to get a wider base width. If you are on a smaller monitor size, sorry…

Miscellaneous

Hacking audio books

I'm on yet another trip. This time by car to North Alabama to visit the mom. Before I left I went to the library to see what books on cd…

Miscellaneous

High Speed for Slow Motion Punches

When you shoot a normal video, the camera captures individual frames at a rate around 30 frames every second. When viewed normally, and at…

Miscellaneous

RSS Bandit

I had a hard drive go out on me a little while back and am in the process of re-installing all the software on my machine to rebuild it…

Photographs

Road Trip Sunset

Nice sunset on the way back home.

Miscellaneous

WordCount

It would be interesting if you could do a word count on the everything you say. With voice analysis software getting better, this might…

Browsing History

Backups, Command Line Tools, and Thank Yous ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 19, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 19, 2020 13-inch MacBook Pro - Space Gray - Apple 20-Year-Old Hunter S. Thompson’s Surprisingly Sage Advice on…

Miscellaneous

Offline Post Creation

Inspiration for blog posts can strike at any time. The fact that blogs are by definition on the web, this can make it difficult to post if…

Development

XML Schema Snippet Tester

A little Ruby script for working on XML Schemas.

Miscellaneous

Shuttle launch lens determination

I have no idea if this will work, but I'm trying to use Google Maps to figure out what lens I should shoot the Shuttle launch with tomorrow…

Miscellaneous

Manufactured Accent

While listening to one of the generic pop stations on the radio recently, "Our Song" by Taylor Swift came on. I wouldn't have classified the…

Miscellaneous

Free Music from download.com

Kick around music.download.com and you can check out some new music. Most artists have at least one full MP3 track that you can download.

Miscellaneous

Absolute Sandman

Was browsing around the library yesterday and saw "Absolute Sandman" sitting out and waiting to be re-shelved. Here's what Wikipedia says…

Miscellaneous

Internet find: Electronics Training from the Navy

United States Navy Electricity & Electronics Training Series - NEETS * In the introduction, the texts are defined as a "self-study course…

Miscellaneous

Backup Your Stuff

If you don't have it, get backup software. Let me say that again. Get backup software. If you still don't have it, set a deadline before you…

Photographs

Apparently, they still teach cursive - Photo for October 27, 2012

Cursive - Soon to be as foreign to most folks as hieroglyphics

Miscellaneous

Sugar Water

A long time ago, I saw this video for the song "Sugar Water" by Cibo Matto. While trying to see if I could find it online, I was looking for…

Miscellaneous

WordPress 2.0

Just upgraded to WordPress 2.0. You may see differences, you may not. It's new to me. And yes. This is what I'm doing on a Friday night. I…

NASA

A Contingency Speech for the First Moon Landing

Spoiler Alert: This post contains spoilers for seasons four and five of The West Wing. (Of course, those season are a decade old. So, you're…

Miscellaneous

Dilbert

I saw Dilert a few times when I was in College. Didn't find it funny at all. I now work in a fairly corporate environment and find it…

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Look! My house.

For those of you who wanted to see where I live: Scary. What's really wild is that you can look down on the Forbidden City in China…

Miscellaneous

Sudoku - for when you want to drive yourself mad

I've heard of Sudoku before, but never saw a free online version to play till today. Granted, I hadn't really looked. When I stumbled on…

Photographs

156 Pounds - Photo for October 28, 2012

Not that photo I would have preferred to post.

Miscellaneous

Proprietary Cables and lots of storage space

I'm notorious for taking forever to get my photos in a state where people can see them. In the old days, this meant that I had a lot of film…

Miscellaneous

April Fool's Day lasts for years on the web

The web has its own version of the time/space continuum. It's kinda two dimensional when you look at it on a screen, but those dimensions…

Photographs

Snail - Photo for October 25, 2012

I don't think he's with us anymore.

Photographs

Prepping for Flight -- Photo for September 3, 2012

Leaving on a jet plane.

Miscellaneous

Digital Work

Here is the best example I've seen of the produciton work that gos into making a fashion photo that hits the public. Yes, I'm linking to a…

Photographs

Mushrooms - Photo for September 25, 2012

If you ever want to get weird looks, prop yourself on a curb outside your local Tropic Smoothie with a giant camera to take photos of…

Miscellaneous

Eneloop batteries

Back in October, I wrote an entry about better rechargeable batteries I had recently discovered. At that time, I hadn't bought any, but I…

Miscellaneous

The new blade

It has amazed me how much printer technology has imporved. I bought a $100 photo printer a couple years ago that easily bested the $5,00…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 2, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 2, 2020 - Find & Share on GIPHY /status/1323198797825101824 /status/1323252338413490177 /status…

Miscellaneous

Hello, Geminoid (and welcome back to the uncanny valley)

That's right, he's a robot. Not as creepy as others and for the first time I can see how it might be possible to create something that doesn…

Miscellaneous

Getting the ass kicked

Work has been a blur these past couple weeks. Found out about somethings that got sold that we have to launch on short deadlines. A bit…

Miscellaneous

Meteor

I just heard someone say the phrase "Meteoric Rise". This is one of those phrases that doesn't really make sense to me. Meteors are falling…

Miscellaneous

Pet sign

This is the sign in the window of a pet store. They had a few offering their various services: vaccinations, boarding, etc... This one was a…

Journal

In Which I Have an MRI and a CT Scan (Both of Which Turn Out Fine)

Nov. 3, 2020 Allllllmost missed this one. It wasn't as much because I didn't follow the routine as I didn't have a way to hold onto the…

Photos

Clouds and Lampposts

(/aws-20120614--2009-03.jpg" caption="Clouds and Lampposts) I always enjoy scenes that look almost black & white even in color.

Miscellaneous

Cool Looking Tree

Had the camera on the golf course yesterday, and took this shot of a neat looking tree.

Miscellaneous

So, you wanna be a photographer?

This is an older article that I just saw by a guy named Ken Rockwell . It's called How to Become a Professional Photographer . It's long…

Django

Fixing A Wrong (Old) Version Of django-admin

I ran into a problem where django-admin wasn't working properly. It kept making projects based on an old version of django. For example…

Miscellaneous

Wedding Editing with Lightroom

If you have to edit a wedding, having Lightroom with a pretty high end machine is a great way to go. I'd guess I spent 10 hours editing the…

Photographs

It's Getting Hot In Here - Photo for September 16, 2012

Not sure how long my A/C was out while I was away. I'm guessing my house hit 90 at some point.

Miscellaneous

Someday, I'll get to Inbox Zero

I should make Inbox Zero a higher priority. Ironically, I feel like I have too much going on right now to mess with the way I work.

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Buzzers

Why do only cloths dryers have buzzers and not washing machines?

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Funny quote

"Shooting the Leica is like going out with Pamela Anderson. The camera keeps saying you can make me clean, cook, raise the kids, but I won't…

jekyll

Now with Feed! (Adding an RSS/Atom Feed to Jekyll)

I've added a news reader feed to the site. You can grab it here: http://alanwsmith.com/feed.xml Note: If you're not a techie, and terms…

Miscellaneous

Firefox 2 spell check

I moved to Firefox 2 a little while ago. One of the nicest features in it is the fact that it has spell check built into it now. So, when I…

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Clear Cache Button - Firefox extension

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…

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SXSW Showcase

And here is where you can get a copy of the showcase (assuming the torrent is still live which I can't check right now). When I hit the…

Miscellaneous

Driving Range Bugs vs. Off!

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…

Miscellaneous

Medication Station

Managing several prescriptions can be notoriously difficult. As we get older the general decrease in eye site and sharpness of memory can…

Live Coding

Syntax Highlighting and Responsive Images

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0Oo_2nPfcw 00:00 Styling Single Line Code Blocks I setup an external CSS stylesheet to do syntax…

Miscellaneous

Repeating myself

Please bear in mind that it's very likely that I'll repeat myself more than a few times with this blog. I was just responding to a comment…

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Audio Video Setup Test

Going through some audio and video tests to improve the streaming setup. youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytjt2frBNyU

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Budget Wino

I like wine. I know very little about it. I generally pick my wine based on the label when I go to the store because I've done no prep work…

Photos

Temptation, thy name is Bubble Wrap

In which I contemplate how awesome it would be to pop an entire roll of bubble wrap.

Miscellaneous

Net Library - almost cool

While browsing thru my library's online catalog, I noticed an entry marked "electronic resource". Clicking on it took me to netlibrary.com…

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QQQDirect

I was looking for a NASDAQ index fund and came across this article about QQQDirect . It is a commission free way to do dollar-cost…

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Hot

I bought an oven thermometer and left it in my car on Sept. 6. Here's a shot of it after about 2 hours in the car. A little over 15…

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New Lens - 24-105 - awesome

Not too long ago, Canon introduced a new lens: the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM . I've been lusting after this lens from the day I first heard…

Miscellaneous

Improvement that isn't really one?

I subscribe to a service called Safari Books Online for one of the premiere computer related book publishers: O'Reilly . Here is a snip…

Live Coding

Working On A snake_case_renamber in Bash ~ Stream Notes for November 13, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4nFsFDfG0U Notes Working on a snake_case_renamer to batch rename files in bash. Links From The…

Miscellaneous

About This Web Log

UPDate: I need to update this. As I've kicked it around a little, it's changed..... I'll get to that someday. We live in the "The Age of…

Photographs

Night Landing - Photo for September 21, 2012

Today's cameras are amazing.

Miscellaneous

Learning to Fly in Time Lapse - Video for April 28, 2011

I see your Laser Light Show and raise you one batch of Time Lapse. According to timescapes.org , this is footage from an upcoming film that…

Vim

Today I Learned: Simultaneously opening Ruby gem source files in Vim tabs

One quick command for a full set of tabs

Miscellaneous

Get your skulls in the Home and Garden section

I've heard one of the reasons you see skulls in old paintings so often is that artists used to keep one around as a reminder of their…

Miscellaneous

Donating Computer Gear

There is a local company in Jax called Unlimited Solutions, Inc. that has some pretty good karma. They take donations of old computer gear…

Photographs

Road Tripping At Night -- Photo for September 10, 2012

Northbound on 231.

Miscellaneous

New Music: Feist

Just hear an interview with Feist on NPR this morning. Nice and chill. Will have to pick some up.

Photos

Clouds (August 7, 2012)

Like it says on the tin

Photographs

Crane Fly -- Photo for August 22, 2012

I've always heard them called Mosquito hawks.

Live Coding

Building An Python Module For Alteryx That Enables The S3/RedShift COPY Command Thru MFA - Part 5#LiveCoding

Miscellaneous

Framing Size

I'm writing this in here so I can find it later. I'm about to make some prints for my office of some of my old stuff. My office isn't that…

Miscellaneous

Variable Vivitar 283/285 - follow up

Yep. It works. I stopped by radio shack on the way home yesterday and picked up a box of assorted resistors (my local shop didn't have a…

Miscellaneous

It's about creating

I'm pretty much the only person at work who does what I do in terms of technology. To the point that I've been told (several times) not to…

Miscellaneous

Download the skill set you desire

IBM has started releasing a new set of offerings they are calling " Skill kits " built on their Toolkit for Custom and Reusable Solution…

Miscellaneous

Changing PermaLinks (but it won't really matter)

So, the theory behind "permalinks" is that they are supposed to stay the same. I'm breaking the rules and changing mine. The good news is…

Journal

Journal: Sept. 10, 2020

Welcome to the first journal entry that's live streamed. No talking in this one, just writing. When this is done, I'm going to make a…

Miscellaneous

Impressive Vocals

Picked this up off Boingboing: 1995 winner (mp3). Talk about a fast talker.

Live Coding

Updating My Daily Link Grabber - #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIHhUYzuMVc Start: 00:00:00 - Chatting and Review Just chatting. Time: 00:10:45 - Enhancing The…

Miscellaneous

Interior Door

If you ever wondered what the inside of your car door looks like, it's probably something like this: My outside door handle broke off and…

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New Year's Sunrise

Welcoming 2013 with a sunrise shoot.

Miscellaneous

Quick E-mail Backup Hack

I just saw something about a hack that I use and wanted to pass it on. If you have some files that you need to have backed that are way more…

Miscellaneous

Dad's Bio

There is a local radio show called Music from the Electro Lounge that I listen to a lot on the local NPR station. Tonight they are doing and…

Miscellaneous

A few photos

I'm still working on getting my gallery up and running. I've posted a few shots here: http://www.alanwsmith.com/gallery -- Tags…

Miscellaneous

Variable Vivitar 283

David is in the process of setting up a light kit using ever reliable vivitar 283 flashes. I think I've mentioned before that a 285 was my…

Miscellaneous

NASA Images

Just discovered the recently launched NASA Images web site. From this article that talks about the launch: The launch is the first step…

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Odd recommendations

Just logged into Netflix. One of the features it provides is recommendations based on what you like. The two it just gave me are "The Muppet…

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Mahna Mana

And here's one to stick in your head: It's amazing how expressive the Muppets are. They still look great. Do doooo do du du! And one more…

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Java Classpath for Mac OS X Leopard

Doing a little Java development on the Mac. Just making a note to myself about XOM (an XML Object Model). According to the web site, "XOM…

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Two of may favorite things

Legos and Photography . What more could you ask for. -- Tags: tagPhotography

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$45.82

This morning I spent what I'm sure is the most on gas I ever have at any one time. Total was $45.82 for 15.9 gal. It's not as high as other…

Miscellaneous

Getting over the hump

George Clinton had it dead on with Bob Gun. "I got to get over the hump". Thankfully, I can see the hump now. First off, we'll pass the…

Videos

Process ~ A Video of Writing

This is a screen recording I did while responding to a tweet. Took me some time to get the words right. I think it originally took 3…

Miscellaneous

The Creative Process

One blog I enjoy checking in on is called Get Rich Slowly . The blog is one of the ones I use to keep feeding my brain on personal finance…

Miscellaneous

Day Tripping

This has been a long ass day. Went to bed about two this morning (because I'm a night owl). Then, got up at a little after 4am, left the…

photos

Another <strike>Black</strike> Brown Widow

Found this little surprise in the garage today: (/aws-20120521--1809-02.jpg" caption="Brown (not Black) Widow in the garage) That makes…

Miscellaneous

Customer Service

I had some problems getting my number transfered over from my Cingular account to my T-Mobile because an account number was wrong. I just…

ffmpeg

Making An ffmpeg Command To Automatically Assemble Video Clips - Stream Notes for October 28, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqTYfDI9-88 Notes This one was all about making an ffmpeg command to automatically assemble videos…

Miscellaneous

Handshake

I love overly complicated stuff. Check out this handshake .

Photographs

Snowy Egret -- Photo for August 21, 2012

More backyard wildlife.

Miscellaneous

Ad that keeps your attention

Vonage has an ad going right now that does a great job of holding your attention. In the foreground is a guy standing outside a building…

Miscellaneous

Good little (open source) clip art site

While looking for an open source clip art light-bulb the first site google returned was openclipart.org . However, it looks like they are…

ffmpeg

First Test Of The NASA Automatic Music Video Maker

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qska1R4Roc This is the first full run from my automatic music video maker. The song got clipped on…

Browsing History

Oh, The Places I Went! ~ Oct. 18, 2020

BIG TEXT Letters Font Generator (𝗛𝗜𝗧 𝗳𝗼𝗻𝘁) Coding For Entrepreneurs Command Synonyms, Command Antonyms | Thesaurus.com CRUD Dan Bader…

Live Coding

Stream Notes for November 1, 2020 #LiveCoding

Notes More fun with the NASA API. Pulling down the manifest files. Links From The Stream /224_StarMagneticFields/224_StarMagneticFields…

Miscellaneous

Divesting of Nikon

I'm on my way to Huntsville for a few days. I've decided that I'm going to drop off most of my Nikon gear at Southerland's to sell. On the…

Miscellaneous

Team Gulp

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…

Miscellaneous

Wedding Excuse

I'm shooting the wedding of a couple of friends on Sat. This works out well because there are a few photo related things that I've been…

Dev

An Event Apart 2013 (San Francisco) Links

A collection of links from the 2013 An Event Apart conference in San Francisco.

Journal

Journal: Sept. 13, 2020

Okay, trying something a little different. I'm writing this directly in Hugo for my site. I had been writing them in a text editor and then…

TextExpander

Time Stamp Snippet for TextExpander

Now with ISO 8601 goodness

Photographs

Perfect Mail Day - Photo for October 3, 2012

The opposite of junk mail.

Journal

Refining The Stream Setup

Good stream last night. I'm refining things. Before I did the code stream, I spent an hour and a half streaming video tests. I ran thirty…

Miscellaneous

The Power of a Commercial (and some other stuff)

Last week after 9 holes of employee golf, I went out with my group to grab a bite to eat and have a few drinks. During the round, two of…

Miscellaneous

Photo Mechanic Bonus Points - President of the company responding on a support forum

I've been using Photo Mechanic as part of my photo workflow for a while now. The workflow itself is still evolving, but Photo Mechanic is…

Miscellaneous

Identity Theft Protection by opting out

Aside from snuffing out a huge portion of you junk mail another benefit of opting out via optoutprescreen.com is that it reduces the…

Design

Fitbit Aria's Design Miss

The Fitbit Aria 1 is a scale designed to automatically track your weight. The initial impression is that it's a well thought out, but there…

Jekyll

Jekyll (and GitHub Pages) Liquid Date Formatting Examples

Examples of date formatting in Jekyll using the native Liquid tags

Photographs

T-minus five days and counting (with elephants) -- Photo for August 27, 2012

Counting down to the Crimson Tide season kickoff.

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 6, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 6, 2020 elections-api/AP_Elections_API_Overview.pdf /nyt-2020-election-scraper/master/results.json 014 Joy…

Photographs

The Devil's Beating His Wife - Photo for September 22, 2012

Southern expression of the day.

Miscellaneous

Back Up To Speed

Witness the fire power of this fully armed and operational cable modem.

Miscellaneous

When I retire

I think one thing I'll do is shoot for the Wikipedia . It would be fun to see how many images I could get in. Of course, there is nothing…

Miscellaneous

As a matter of fact, I do own a laser gun

Another "We Live In The Future" moment when I realized today that, technically, I own a laser gun.

Miscellaneous

An Ode to Modern Medicine (Or, a search for words)

Peace. My mind at ease. In a way I've never experienced before. But, in a way that's still me. Not a me dulled or altered or bent into a…

Miscellaneous

The LHC still won't destroy the world.... Probably.

An article at arxivblog.com discusses how scientists are going over their calculations for the Large Hadron Collider to make sure it…

Photographs

Airplane Pressure - Photo for September 30, 2012

No wonder your ears pop on planes.

Photos

The Spider Outside My Office Window

No ID yet, but I always consider red in nature as a warning.

Live Coding

Refactoring Video Assembler To Help With Testing - Stream Notes for November 4, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQz3hpD48WE Notes Spent more time working on the Automatic Video Assembler. Refactored out a Video…

Miscellaneous

Night of the Matts

Just got back from a show at Freebird Live (one of the only places in Jax that has live music). There were three acts. Two of which were…

Miscellaneous

Another crowd egress video

This is the second video I've ever uploaded. Much like the first one , it's a crowd leaving an event. This time, it's folks leaving…

Live Coding

Setting Up A Twitch ChatBot - #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GT4BltFM_g4 Timestamps Start: 00:00:00 - Messing with my window resizer Time: 00:41:00 - Setting…

Miscellaneous

Command Line One-Liner to Compare Files with MD5

Quick bash line to compare two files via MD5

Browsing History

Oh, The Places I Went! ~ Oct. 20, 2020

1x Engineer Amazon Cognito - Simple and Secure User Sign Up & Sign In | Amazon Web Services (AWS) Apple Mac Upgrades - RAM, SSD Flash…

Miscellaneous

Don't Update My Options

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…

Miscellaneous

What happened to 3 liters

None of the grocery or corner stores that I shop at carry 3 liter bottles of coke. Do they exist anymore? It seems like they would be a…

Journal

Journal: Sept. 14, 2020

Okay, just got some chat spam and it kinda threw me for a second. Just made it go away, to it's better. Still getting used to this setup…

Miscellaneous

RadioPopper

I wrote about making a IR- > RF- > IR transmitter system for eTTL flashes a while ago. I'm loving the fact that it looks like someone is…

Miscellaneous

Music and Photography

So, I finally got a new computer put together a little while ago. Been so busy at work, I really haven't had time to do much with it yet…

Journal

Turning Off Time - Journal For December 27, 2020

Dec. 27, 2020 I turned my mac's dates and clock off. It's kinda disconcerting to realize how much I look for it. Like, it was no time at all…

Miscellaneous

All work and no play

I just looked up my site on the internet archive and looked up my site. Here are two grabs from July 21, 2001 and Dec. 3, 2001 . I had a…

Miscellaneous

Frog Portrait

Found this little guy when I was leaving the office one night and decided to shoot a few portraits with my little point and shoot camera…

Miscellaneous

BCC vs FWD

Working in a corporate environment I've come to believe there are very few times when blind copying someone on an email is a good idea…

Live Coding

Making Some Enhancements To My Local Tools Website #LiveCoding

Miscellaneous

Donte your computers

Quick link that I saw today for tips for donating your old computers . More importantly, a search tool where you can find places to donate…

Live Writing

Starting a Post About Doing Performance Art #LiveWriting

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4tArT3iiNM

Photographs

Invisible ID - Photo for September 27, 2012

The police can now see things that aren't even there.

Miscellaneous

I Need To Eat Better And Get More Exercise

There is zero surprise here

Miscellaneous

Use tr.im to shorten URLs

There are a few tools out there that let you take a long URL and turn it into a short one. One that I've used in the past is tinyurl.com…

Miscellaneous

Nice Multimedia

There is a great little peice of functionality on the daughter window player for this this mtvU peice . Take a look at the resize abilities…

Miscellaneous

Don't put your beer in the freezer

Or this might happen: Of course, I don't drink beer so this is unlikely to happen to me. Whiskey doesn't freeze (or explode) in your…

Miscellaneous

Something Happy

Not to end the night on a downer. It's going to be Friday in 21 min. which means only 8 or so hours of work will the weekend.

Miscellaneous

Quality Music: The Meters

Cissy Strut by The Funky Meters just came up on the random. It might actually be impossible to keep your head from bobbing when you listen…

Live Writing

#LiveWriting: Journal Entry for Sept. 10, 2020

I did some of these where I sped up the video and added a music bed. Leaving this one as is.

Miscellaneous

Why don't washing machines have buzzers?

Just about ever dryer I've seen has one, but the washing machines don't. Best thing I can come up with is "they" figure you will hear the…

Journal

Feeling a New Kind of Good

Yep. It feels good to feel good. Just realized there are probably folks who say "it feels good to feel god". If not, I should copyright…

Live Coding

Learning Django By Making A Tutorial - Part 9 - #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5vmlqkUTS0 Timestamps Start: 00:00:00 - Review The Work So Far and dig in Time: 02:21:4…

Miscellaneous

Goodbye, Mr. Wizard

It's a sad day for the world of science. The L.A. Times is reporting that Mr. Wizard has passed away . I hadn't thought about him in years…

Live Coding

Stream Notes for November 18, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85WrV_oMcR8 Notes Finishing a snake_case_renamer Python Command Line Tool Links From The Stream…

Miscellaneous

Initials

You know, maybe the reason I ended up in Jacksonville is because the local FOX station here bears my initials: wAWS.com.

Miscellaneous

Beta

An hour or so ago we sent out the e-mail to our private beta user group to preview our new live scoring product. This is the thing that I've…

Miscellaneous

The Density of Kanji

You can pack a lot more into a Tweet if you write in Kanji (Japanese).

Miscellaneous

Scott Love

I found out earlier this week that Scott Love was killed in Iraq. He's the first person I have known to be killed in war. That's just fucked…

Miscellaneous

Command Line XML Validation Against Schema XSD

Even though I do a ton of work with XML files, I don't use actual XML Schema documents very often. It seems like this is the case with…

Python

Capturing Python Log Output In A Variable

A quick snippet of code to pull console log output into a variable for later processing.

Miscellaneous

Opting out of more junk mail

Some time ago I discovered optoutprescreen.com which lets you tell the three major credit bureaus that you don't want to get all those pre…

Miscellaneous

Pistol Report

The air pistol I order last week arrived today. I setup a little target drop and pellet trap in the living room (that's right, I'm a…

Miscellaneous

Unmasked Superhero

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…

Miscellaneous

Launchy - quick launch app for Windows

Found this one via Life hacker . The program is Launchy . It's a keyboard quick launcher for windows. The default way to bring it up is by…

Miscellaneous

Today's bad tune from random

Selena, "I Could Fall in Love with You" from her album "Dreaming of You". One thing about the auto playlists that Yahoo creates is that they…

Miscellaneous

Varied taste in movies

When you log into netflix you get a pair of recommendations. I just got this: For those of you that were looking for a little reassurance…

Miscellaneous

Links you've probably already seen

Probably safe for work... As long as you are wearing headphones... and they aren't tracking you. The "F" Word The Iceman Fun Town Autos

Miscellaneous

New Rice

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

Miscellaneous

Found New Music: The Earlies

Last year, South by Southwest release about 1.5 Gigs of MP3s from artist that were playing. One just came up on random that I hadn't heard…

Browsing History

More ffmpeg on EC2, Now With Ubuntu ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 10, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 10, 2020 "SyntaxError: Unexpected token" on Debian 9 · Issue #3 · transitive-bullshit/ffmpeg-concat (…

Miscellaneous

Secure Hugo (a tech talk)

The past couple years have been rough . Among other things, I haven't posted much. There were two reasons. First, I didn't feel up to it…

Miscellaneous

Blog has moved

If you notice anything odd going on with the blog, I just moved servers for my site.... Hopefully nothing will break....

Miscellaneous

Content

There are those times when you just feel good and for me, right now is one of them. After work I went out with a few fellow employees and…

Live Coding

Audio Stream Volume Tests

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MVZ-6FdDcA Just some audio test to get a better feel of where to put the dials.

Miscellaneous

Different Types Of Documentation

This is a great presentation for thinking about documentaion in a different way. https://documentation.divio.com Another thing I like is…

Miscellaneous

Packrat Good Will

I'm a packrat. There are no two ways about it. Two thoughts enter my mind to varying degrees whenever I think about throwing just about…

Photographs

Silhouette Of Frog In Repose - Photo for October 7, 2012

These little creatures love my car.

Miscellaneous

170,000

My car turned 170,000 miles this morning. At lunch, the sun-roof stopped working. Thankfully, it didn't open instead of deciding to open one…

Live Coding

Stream Notes for November 14, 2020 #LiveCoding

{{ youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaDQ5FA3mU4 }} Notes Using Keyboard Maestro to split Sublime Text windows for review Messing…

Miscellaneous

St. Johns County Library uses Codebar

Between the library, grocery store, and various rewards programs, I've got several cards with bar codes. Since I use a money clip instead of…

Journal

Journal: Sept. 16, 2020

Pretty well rested... Should be, got 10 hours last night. I need more sleep on these meds. Or, maybe it's that the abilify that I take at…

Miscellaneous

iPhone 3GS Camera is Impressive

I'm pretty impressed with the camera on the iPhone 3GS. Here's a snap. All I did to this was crop a little to straighten the image, resize…

Miscellaneous

Bent Objects

Found this on boingboing. A "wire artist". I actually laughed out loud a few times. link This one is called "Rejection".

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What I need to do

This always happens. I go shoot something one night and the next day I'm in the best mood I've been in since the last time I shot. Guess…

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The last Sunday at Reimer's

For the past five years or so there has been a Jacksonville tradition called "Sunday at Reimer's". A bunch of folks get together on Sundays…

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The Manchurian Candidate - Then and Now

Last night I watched the 2004 version of The Manchurian Candidate. I've always enjoyed the 1962 version so I was hoping that the remake was…

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Discarding Websites - An Effort to Focus on Fewer Things

Culling the websites I'm not doing anything with.

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Uptime

Big fan of Linux. Just checked the uptime on a machine I have it work. It's been humming along for 250 days. Not that that's a big deal for…

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Old School Marketing Done Right

Large companies often run sweepstakes or contests offering a a prize in exchange for filling out a form or making a purchase. The odds of…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 23, 2020

My trip around the web - Oct. 23, 2020 11 Useful split command examples for Linux/UNIX systems 5 Ways to Check Who Is Tracking You Online…

Miscellaneous

Invictus

The name of my high school year book was Invictus. If I ever knew there was a peom by the same name I had forgotten until recently. Turns…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 24, 2020

My trip around the web - Oct. 24, 2020 5 Ways to Check Who Is Tracking You Online | MakeUseOf [SOLVED] Any reason why hugo server is serving…

Live Coding

Stream Notes for November 16, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdyGl8p7QVE Notes Worked more on figuring out how I want to structure a module. Finally ended up…

Miscellaneous

Comment Math

I've been getting a little bit of comment spam. To try to defeat it, I've added the Math Comment Spam Protection Plugin . When you leave a…

Live Coding

Stream Notes for November 14, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oLDboR6v3g Notes Just Hacking and Chatting Spent most of the stream figuring out how to use python…

Miscellaneous

Return of the Site - Hello, jekyll

Finally! Prior to this post, the last one I made was on May 30, 2011. Today is April 23, 2012. Almost a year of downtime. I blame Facebook…

Photographs

Sunset - Photo for October 26, 2012

October Sky

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Langhorne Slim plays Jax tomorrow night

Attention folks in and around Jacksonville: Langhorne Slim will be playing at Jack Rabbits tomorrow night. I first heard Langhorne Slim via…

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Four Links for April 24, 2011

How to kill an idea] 1 - (by Scott Campbell ) - I saw this on one site and had to do a google image search and then jump through a few…

Photographs

Aerial U-Turn - Photo for October 19, 2012

What goes up...

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Wired

Damn good TV. The Wire on HBO came back after a long ass time. Love that show. If you haven't watched it, I recommend renting the DVDs and…

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Door Handles

A little while back, the interior door handle for my driver side door broke off. I used super glue a couple of times and it held for longer…

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Viewfinderless

This probably would never have occured to me and their may already be some out there, but one of Canon's new point and shoots doesn't have…

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Monitor help

I'm looking to get a new monitor for my home system. I want a good LCD one that I can use for photo stuff as well as general computer…

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Battlestar

I'm continually impressed with Battlestar Galactica. Don't let the Sci-Fi genra turn you off. It's amazing. And they keep making it better.

Live Coding

Creating An Amazon AWS WorkSpace And Not Quite Getting It To Connect To RedShift On A Different VPC

Live Coding

Working on my local website and my Alteryx python AWS MFA module #LiveCoding

Browsing History

Oh, The Places I Went! ~ Oct. 19, 2020

"Open a File, Folder, Application" not accepting variable? - Keyboard Maestro Discourse (1) Jason R. Coombs (@jaraco) / Twitter 10 Best…

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Mozy backup

You should backup your stuff. It should be automatic. Ideally, it should be at an "off-site" location. Enter Mozy You can backup 2GB of…

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Civ is back

This is bad things. Civ IV is out. If I buy this game there is a good chance my average amount of sleep will go from 6-7 hours a night to…

Live Coding

Fixing YouTube's Autoplay To Play Consistently With Mute If Necessary - #LiveCoding

Timestamps Start: 00:00:00 - Get YouTube Autoplay Working (Hugo Shortcodes specifically). You can read about the fix here: Updating…

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Another ATL trip

Took another trip to Atlanta yesterday. Left my house about 6am and made it back a little after midnight. Two flights, and several hours of…

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Public Wireless

Was browsing thru the public library when I got a call about an error on the site. Cool thing is the library has open wireless. So, I just…

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A few more Dave Ramsey thoughts

I mentioned the other day that I've been listening to Podcasts ( link ) of Dave Ramsey ( link ). Wanted to throw out a few more thoughts on…

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New Camera

This starts with a sad note. A best friend of someone I worked with committed suicide a few weeks back. I never met him, but he was a…

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Rsync --exclude List for Mac OS X

My copy and paste refernce from rsync exclude patterns.

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Using your phone with a small business

There are some simple things that you should do if you have a small business. Answering and the phone well is way up the list. I going to…

Photographs

New York Street - Photo for September 28, 2012

Barricades and Taxis and Garbage. Oh, my!

Miscellaneous

NATO Phonetic Alphabet

In case you ever want to know what the official telephony pronunciations for letters are, Wikipedia has an article up for ya here . It…

bash

Watching for Errors and Rebooting with a Bash Script

The Problem: A hardware issue on one of my FreeNAS servers 1 causes hard drives to disappear every few hours When the drives disappear, it…

Miscellaneous

Switching to Git and I'm now officially an Open Source Developer

In the software development world, where I spend a decent amount of my time, there exists a very helpful type of tool designed for what's…

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Ansel Adams and the connection of things

It always amazes me when something you haven't given much thought to in a long time suddenly pops up like three times in the span of just a…

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Space Shuttle Launch Web Resources

Just a few quick links that I've found useful when trying to figure out details about attending a Space Shuttle launch. (Of course, if you…

Photos

It's Been Raining

A few weeks ago, I made a post 1 on how it's been drought-level-dry in my neck of the woods. Apparently, that's the modern day equivalent…

Miscellaneous

News Reader

Recently I've been using "SharpReader" as an RSS news aggregator. http://www.sharpreader.net/ It's one that you install on your machine…

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Weapon of Choice: Dune

Just figured this one out. In Fatboy Slims' " Weapon of Choice " (you know, the one with Christoper Walken), on of the lines is something…

Journal

Journal: Sept. 11, 2020

Alright, I'm not sure how to start this... I'm live streaming this writing again. Not sure if I should say hi to the audience or not. Gonna…

Miscellaneous

New Photo Storage Philosiphy

I really don't like deleting things off of a computer. You can never be quite sure that you won't need whatever it is that you are throwing…

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Superfad's Reel

The video below has been making the rounds over the past few days. It's a commercial for Durex condoms featuring condom/balloon animals…

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Sudoku (using the mini squares)

Yeah.... You definatly want to do there part where you concentrate on the 3x3 squares.... Only takes about 5 min to do an easy one with that…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 4, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 4, 2020 /127_GeminidsDawn/127_GeminidsDawn~orig.mp4 /278_PerseidMeteorShower/278_PerseidMeteorShower~orig.mp…

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Further Reading

I was skimming other parts of the model rocket drug launching report and saw this under Computer Forensic Jargon to Avoid Exact Duplicate…

Live Coding

Building (and Finishing) a Safari URL and Title Puller - Part 3

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRAT4RzP2Tg START - 00:00:00 Finishing Up The Safari Tab URL Puller Continuing work from the prior…

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Speed Up Firefox a Little

This will setup FireFox to make multiple connections to a web server and pull stuff down faster. in the location bar type: about:config to…

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iPhone/iPod Touch has an odd screen size

I was looking up the aspect ratio for my iPod Touch so that I can size some photos for its specific size and came across this article . I…

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Get your passport now

Well, they have been talking about it for some time, but according to this article RFID chips will be in passports starting a year from now…

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Camera Stabilizer

Can't believe in all my years of photography, I've never seen this before. At least, not that I remember, and I think I would have…

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CCleaner and HijackThis

Cnet recommends a free tool called CCleaner that is supposed to have a registry cleaner as part of it. They also list HijackThis as a…

Journal

Journal: Sept. 6, 2020

Okay... Let's do this. First journal entry that I'm recording. Making a lot of mistakes right now. That's standard though for the first few…

Photographs

G2 -- Photo for September 2, 2012

Electrolytes without so much of a sugar rush.

Miscellaneous

Backyard wildlife - Sandhill Cranes

Open window. See Crane. Say, "Roll Tide."

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Tornado in Tuscaloosa - Video for April 29, 2011

The Four Links for today are centered on the Space Shuttle Endeavour and allude to the creativity and problem solving of human-kind. In…

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Explore linux drive on windows

If you ever have a linux drive that you need to look at on a windows machine (say, one that is attached via a USB external enclosure, a tool…

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Tech Cool Hunter

I like the idea of being a "Cool Hunter". Especially when it comes to technology. I just checked and techcoolhunter.com is available. Add…

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Games you can't loose

Book for the wishlist: " Games You Can't Lose " by Harry Anderson

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List of open source projects for windows

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…

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Dimmable CFL

I switched over most of the lights in my house to compact fluorescent light bulbs a while ago. I've been quite pleased with them though the…

Photographs

Predawn Parking - Photo for September 19, 2012

The Jacksonville International Airport parking before daybreak. Note the Eye Of Sauron like light on the water tower.

Miscellaneous

New Program and Priority Modes

In the good old days of photography, you put in a roll of film and then had two variables that you could change to control exposure, the f…

Browsing History

ffmpeg and EC2, Oh My ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 9, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 9, 2020 "rsync: failed to set permissions on ..." error with rsync -a or -p option -... "SyntaxError…

Miscellaneous

New Music: Happy Up Here by Royksopp

I really like the video. The song is groovy, and I like it too. I probably would have liked the song on its own, but it got a nice bump from…

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Photo Workshop

One day, I will go here .

Browsing History

Oh, The Places I Went! ~ Oct. 17, 2020

Alan's Id (@TheIdOfAlan) / Twitter Animated GIF - Find & Share on GIPHY anthonywritescode - Twitch Camera is not Recognized when Plugged…

Miscellaneous

Value of Things I Learned in School

The online comic strip xkcd recently posted the following panel: For me, it was my sophomore year in college instead of 11th grade. Also…

Photos

No Books Here - Chamblin Bookmine Spacer

Protecting light switches from books since 1976.

Miscellaneous

Notepad ++

Another fine piece of open source (read free) software: Notepad ++ I found this one via the afore mentioned osalt.com while looking for…

Photos

Self Portrait at 40

Continuing the long tradition of photographs taking photos of themselves.

Programming

Explicit Over Implicit: More Code Is Better

I'm looking for examples to use as examples (e.g. "lists of names, lists of animals, simple math equations, etc.."). Turns out, it's hard to…

Browsing History

Thinking About An UltraWide Monitor ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 11, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 11, 2020 Twitter: Logbook_Project Twitter: al_lukehart (1) r/MechanicalKeyboards for all the Click and None of…

Photographs

Mostly Empty Whiteboard -- Photo for August 17, 2012

You didn't really need all that stuff you wrote, did you?

Miscellaneous

Real Life Rube Goldberg's

Outside of the boardgame Mousetrap, I can't think of many Rube Goldberg's that I've seen. Of course there are all the ones that Wile E…

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I like matte prints better

I got my first order in from printroom.com today. It was a shot I took out at Simon's Wine bar. (I haven't posted it yet, but I'll probably…

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Four Links For April 25, 2011

Today's collection of interesting/useful links: Photo Mechanic on sale for $60 - Great price for a fantastic app (Regular price is $150.0…

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Your Tax Dollars at Work

This graphic is an eye-opening display of where our tax dollars end up getting spent. Very well done and worth a look. Most of the time…

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Serenity Now

I just saw Serenity. If you would like to know what I think, read the first comment. Please note, that it may contain a spoiler.

Photography

32 Terabytes of Photo Storage

In which I build a FreeNAS server that should last for a while.

Miscellaneous

Glad I missed it

The Bama game wasn't broadcast this week. Having just checked the score to see that The Crimson Tide was defeated by Louisiana Monroe…

Ruby

Finding Things in Ruby's ObjectSpace

How to search every object in a Ruby application to find what you're looking for.

Miscellaneous

Promo site that's note quite there

One of the current shows on NBC is "Studio 60" which is about a fictional show on a fictional network (NBS). The web page for the real world…

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My father's flag

On Memorial Day, remembering those who served in the past and celebrating those who serve today.

Development

Updating YouTube's Autoplay To Play Consistently With Mute If Necessary (Hugo Shortcode and Plain JavaScript)

TL;DR YouTube's autoplay doesn't always work unless you call it muted. I build some code which autoplays with sound when possible and falls…

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Air Filters

Yeah. you want to change your air filters from time to time. The A/C at work froze up today and we pulled down an air filter that looks like…

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Gatsby Componenet Communication Question

I spent a few hours on this yesterday and haven't solved it yet. Hoping for a pointer in the right direction. The goal : Use N number of…

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Old Magazines

I'm cleaning out some old magazines to donate to the library. Mostly they are photo realeated ones, and going through a '95 copy of Camera…

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Added WordPress Spell Check

I'm trying out the Spelling Checker plug-in for WordPress from coldforged.org . It seems to work nicely and I like the interface. According…

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Currently Reading - Olsen, Howey and McNally

This weeks reading list&#58; Programming, Photography and Sci-Fi.

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Fifteen Years Later

Visiting my father's resting place in Arlington National Cemetery.

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Vatican channel on YouTube

This is one of those things that seems weird even though it probably shouldn't. Yesterday, Google announced that the Vatican now has a…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 27, 2020

My trip around the web - Oct. 27, 2020 11 Behind-The-Scenes Pics Of Disney's Famous Scenes | Bored Panda 14 Fantastically Free Sources For…

Journal

The Zen of Yak Shaving - Journal for October 28, 2020

Oct. 28, 2020 I'm making progress. It's great. Or, it's good. Or, better said, it's steady and that's good. I'm working on several…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 25, 2020

My trip around the web - Oct. 25, 2020 "Select the folder that Notational Velocity should use for reading and... Advanced Form Rendering…

Miscellaneous

Complex alarm clock

I've been staying at The Omni in Atlanta while working on transitioning my work site to a partnership with Turner. I'm "The Tech Guy" at…

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Bad Ass Graffiti

This is a little shaky to look at, but you get used to it pretty quick. Totally worth a watch. There are some creative-ass people out there…

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New year

Haven't been posting much because work and holiday travel have taken their toll on me. We finally got the redesign up. Ran into a couple…

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Audiio Licenses

Notes on licenses from Audiio when YouTube hits them. Sound The Alarm - Simon

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From a comment on the Media

(This is the second part of a comment where I was responding to another post, but it got long enough that I decided to move it to its own…

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Another Fountainhead Quote

I like this one a lot. From chapter 6 of Part Four. Howard Roak in Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead: "Look, Gail" Roark got up, reached out…

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On the way to Aliens

With a title like " Strap-on robot suit takes the pain out of backbreaking farm work " you know you want one even if you're not a farmer. I…

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My Moonlander Layout - Day 1 - Version 25

I bought a Moonlander Keyboard to give a split mechanical keyboard a try. Among other things, you can customize every key to type whatever…

Photographs

Self-portrait with Vertical Blinds - Photo for October 15, 2012

Standard photographer photograph.

Miscellaneous

Favorite Icons

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…

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Backyard Wildlife - Dragonfly

Not only do they eat mosquitoes, they look cool too.

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Page Graphic Maker - pagesaver

Just found a "pagesaver" tool that's a Firefox extension that takes a page and makes a graphic out of it. Very helpful for those times when…

Browsing History

Python Dates and Times and Looking at Load Balancing ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 12, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 12, 2020 (1) r/MechanicalKeyboards for all the Click and None of the Clack! A Guide to Finding Your IP Address…

Journal

Losing Hours Coding Something You Discover You Don't Like

Just keeping the journal posting streak going here. I wrote in my private journal this morning. Nothing salacious, it's just that sometimes…

Miscellaneous

Good Job Mika Brzezinski

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…

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Happy Pi Day

Presenting what might be the song of the universe: Kudos to a fun idea and nice execution. Update: I did a little digging over lunch and…

Journal

Journal: Sept. 20, 2020

One thing about writing these journals is that they give me a better sense of time. Or, better said, they give me a better sense of the…

Miscellaneous

Temporary E-mail

If you have ever needed to have a temporary e-mail address for something you didn't want to have to mess with check out mytrashmail.com…

Mac

Installing GD on Mac OS X 10.7

I'm installing a piece of software that requires the GD 1 library as a dependency on my Mac. Searching only turned up old articles that…

Miscellaneous

Tracking where our tax dollars go with Recovery.gov

Regardless of your political affiliation, it would be hard to make a case against the idea behind Recovery.gov . SEC. 1226. RECOVERY.GOV…

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Sept. 11 flight

I flew up to ATL on Tuesday of this week which was Sept. 11. It was a little odd to fly on that day, but by and large I didn't sense any…

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Website to help you contact your congresspeople

CommitteeCaller.com uses open source software to let you call every member of a congressional committee in sequence. In this day of email…

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Echo Bar Studios - Live Session Teaser

A preview of the upcoming live music series from the Echo Bar Recording Studios. (The studio my buddy built with his own blood, sweat and tears.)

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 28, 2020

My trip around the web - Oct. 28, 2020 Abraham Lincoln - Give me six hours to chop down a tree... Amazon EC2 Instance Comparison Amazon EC…

Python

Adding ISO 8601 UTC Time Zones To Dates With Python

TL;DR I need to add ISO 8601 UTC timezone offsets to datetime strings that are missing them. Here's how I'm doing it: Details I've got a…

Miscellaneous

Holy Cow! Juliette Lewis Rocks!

I don't remember how I got there, probably one of those trips down the Wikipedia Rabbit Hole, but I just recently stumbled on the fact that…

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Airplane sign hack

My flight back from ATL last night was on a Boeing 767-300. These aircraft have three rows of seats in the main cabin. Two seats for the…

Live Coding

Making a Python module for Alteryx that provides the AWS S3/RedShift COPY statement with MFA #LiveCoding

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 More to come...

Miscellaneous

Open firewall for bittorrent

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…

Photographs

Raindrops On Glass - Photo for October 5, 2012

View from the office after a light rain.

Miscellaneous

We should all carry wedges

Saw these Wobble Wedges on Cool Tools . These things could make great promotional tchotchkes that would actually serve a practical…

Miscellaneous

Found Music and how imeem beats last.fm

For the past few years SXSW has been releasing music samplers with a ton of free MP3s from artists who are going to preform at the…

Live Coding

Upgrading My Photo Import Script #LiveCoding

This is my first set of live coding sessions. The work I did was to upgrade a script that I use to import photos from my various devices…

Miscellaneous

That Guy In Saving Private Ryan Looks Really Familiar

Spoiler Alert: If you haven't seen "Saving Private Ryan", a minor plot point is referenced below. You've been warned. Also, you are way, way…

Photographs

Backlit Palm - Photo for October 2, 2012

Common sight if Florida

Miscellaneous

Lorem Ipsum

For those designers of you out there, if you are working on a layout and you need some faux text, the site lipsum.com will provide you…

Miscellaneous

Some Miles Davis

If you don't own a copy of Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, go pick one up.

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Bi-polar posting

So. Go for several days with nothing. Then, post like a mad man.

Photographs

In Which I Pretend To Be A Time Lord

Have TARDIS, Will Time Travel.

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 26, 2020

My trip around the web - Oct. 26, 2020 images.nasa.gov_api_docs.pdf 14 Fantastically Free Sources For Stock Video Footage [Updated 201…

Miscellaneous

Changing Gas Prices

To get into work each day I pass under I-95 at a fairly major intersection. Like pretty much all such locations there are a bunch of gas…

Miscellaneous

Another reason not to shop at Best Buy

This came out a while ago. But it turns out that Best Buy has two versions of their website. A public one and one that is only available in…

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Can't Fix Cell Without a Landline

I haven't had a land line phone for a few years now. Just my cell. The only people who ever called my landline were telemarketers and I didn…

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Fun Video: Stop Motion Piano And Drums

Crafty use of video editing: Stop Motion Piano And Drums .

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Outsourcing

For the past few years, the talk of Outsourcing to foreign companies has been increasing at a steady rate. One reassuring aspect is that if…

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Bionics

We have had cyborgs among us for a long time (think pacemakers) and some bionics where thought can be used to control an external instrument…

Live Coding

Switching To Mac's Keychain App for Storing Credentials - #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNQv3BivTnU Today I Learned Type -i before / in man pages to do a case insensitive search…

Miscellaneous

Virtual Credit Cards and the Time it Takes to Purchase

I think I've written before about the fact that I use a "virtual" credit card number for my purchases on the internet. The way that this…

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Richer Blacks

This one surprised me. I have been getting some test prints from online labs to run some comparisons. One company ( MPix ) has amoung its…

Photos

Mac Pareidolia and The Moon Rabbit

I see delightful robots.

Miscellaneous

Some more web tools

Two web tools that can help things out: Fiddler - a web debugging proxy for Windows. It's one of the Microsoft "PowerToys". You can read…

Miscellaneous

Battery Question for Strobes

For those photographers out there. Do you guys use regular alkaline AAs, rechargeable AAs, or a pack. I used to use a pack for most thing…

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New Background Image (Feb. 2021)

I've been playing with the design of the site. I like the white notecard look, but couldn't get a background color that I liked to work with…

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C-Nets URLs

This is one of the best setups for URLs that I've seen before. Take the following URL as an example: http://news.com.com/Passport+to+get…

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Credit Card Alerts

The one credit card I have has a feature where you can turn on various email and/or phone text alerts. The options include the ability to…

Miscellaneous

Money Making Photography Idea

Have a photographer at an Alabama Football game shooting digitally. Setup a few Wi-Fi nodes to allow them to ship images automatically to a…

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Bad|Back Focus

My digital camera is now two generations old (the 10D). In the past there has been lots of internet talk about the a "back-focus" problem…

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Not ready for the price of gas

It seems that even local RaceTrac wasn't really ready for the current gas prices. Notice how the 3 is really a 1 that has had some extra…

Live Coding

Stream Notes for October 27, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdu_qFWfxTA Notes I think I found a bug with the way Keyboard Maestro deals with menu paths. First…

Miscellaneous

In My Eye

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…

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Never Be An Asshole

My iteration on the 'Always Be Batman' meme

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Dec. 21, 2020

My trip around the web - Dec. 21, 2020 How do I setup keyboard cam : Twitch /webmention.js/master/static/webmention.css /webmention.js…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 22, 2020

My trip around the web for Oct. 22, 2020 All Collections on Blush Amazon Macie Announcing AWS Budgets Actions Authenticating as a service…

Ruby

Embedding a Test Suite in a Single-file Ruby App (Part 1)

Make sure your one-off scripts work before executing them for real.

Miscellaneous

Jelly and Jam

Another sign that the internaet is cool. You can learn the answer to age old questions like, "What the hell's the difference between Jelly…

Miscellaneous

Projects for the Blog

Creating original content is time consuming. Sometimes easy and time consuming, sometimes difficult and time consuming, but always time…

Miscellaneous

Working, working, working....

Haven't posted in a while becuase things got a little wild at work. We have recently announced that we are going to be chaning partners for…

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Hacking ringlight

Found this via Strobist . Dropping it here so I can find it again later. Great hack to setup a ringlight without having to actually have a…

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Prosper.com

This is interesting: Prosper.com . Need to do a little more research on it, but it bills itself as people-to-people lending. A massive…

Redshift

Find A Deadlock Blocking Query In Redshift

Run this to find deadlocks in Redshift: If you find one, kill it with:

Miscellaneous

Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging

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…

Miscellaneous

Perl - The Duct Tape of the Internet

In terms of my job, one of the single most important (and luckiest) things that I did early in my computing days was to start learning the…

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Quicksilver

I'm reading (or trying to read) the Neal Stephenson book "Quicksilver" right now. I've read two of his other books before ("Snow Crash" and…

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Old News/Propaganda

The National Archives and Google have teamed up to provide some amazing videos . I just watched a United News clip from 1942 . Makes me…

Miscellaneous

Clearing the Adobe ExtendScript ToolKit Console Window

A little snippet of code to help out when developing Photoshop Scripts in the ExtendScript ToolKit app.

Miscellaneous

Digital Photography in the White House

According to this change.gov page, this is the first time that an official presidential portrait has been taken with a digital camera. I…

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Digital Pinhole Test One

Mr. Nuge made himself a little pin hole out of cardboard . This got me thinking about something I tried back in the days of film. Making a…

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Four links for April 29, 2011

The today’s collection of interesting/useful links is: Space Shuttle Endeavour and STS-134 NASA shuttle mission page for STS-134 - Straight…

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Four Links for April 30, 2011

Today’s collection of interesting/useful links: Crayon Sculptures - I can't even draw well with crayons... Words in Kids Advertising…

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Blue Sky Ceiling - Photo for September 29, 2012

It really brings the room together.

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Chamblin Bookmine -- Photo for August 18, 2012

Miles and miles of books.

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Self Portrait - November 2014

Carrying on the long standing tradition of photographers photographing themselves.

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Idea - wireless leash

Seeing people walk their dogs you often see them struggling against the leash. What about a wireless leash. Would come in two parts. A…

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E-Trade Savings and Online banking

E-Trade has recently started offering a great saving account that they call "Complete Savings". It's your basic bank savings account except…

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IR Test Shot

Just got the IR converted camera back at lunch today. I walked outside and took a couple of test images. Here's one: My chrome that I'm…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 18, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 18, 2020 /status/1329078823871082497 /status/1329113856837300225 /status/1329116821253926913 /status…

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Starting off with a bang: Black Joe Lewis - Gunpowder

Now that the blog is alive again, I'm going to post more music that I like in the spirit of sharing. To start off, Black Joe Lewis doing…

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Old Eyes - New Eyes

Cleaning out some old papers I found a packing slip with my former contact prescription on it. Right Power: -4.25 BC: 8.9 Dia 14.0 Left…

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Answering prompts in a cron tab

Most commands that you are likely to run from cron should have some type of flag that can be passed to them so they run with requiring any…

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Sweet Home Nostalgia

I think this has been out for a while, but I just heard it for the first time today. I've just become became a much bigger fan of Kid Rock…

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Consumer Search

I've been doing a little research on free firewalls and virus software and came across Consumer Search . They act as a clearning house and…

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I see your pit bull and raise you a hyena

CJ just sent me this link to photos by Pieter Hugo taken in Nigeria of "a troupe of animal charmers and their collection of tenuously…

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Poor spam blocker

I don't know what's up with the spam engine we have at work, but I got four copies of the same e-mail today. One got marked as spam, the…

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Greate Credit Card Guide

This is one of the best little write ups about how to use credit cards wisely that I've seen . It's long, but worth a read. It's another…

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Practice Without Inspiration

The only reason I'm writing this is because writing first thing is what I do. Some people do yoga. I do this. I'm not inspired. I'm…

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Speaking of Movies

If you haven't already discovered NetFlix , and you like movies, you should give it a try. Great for catching up with things like the AFI…

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My first internet video post

I'm a stills guy. Not a video guy. It took me over a year with my latest point and shoot to actually think about the fact that it has video…

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Jack as Jake

ChinaTown - really good. The Two Jakes - Not so much. Pretend it doesn't exist. It's rare that I stop a movie without watching the whole…

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How to say it

The tag line for the web site Forvo.com is "All the words in the world. Pronounced." Using the power of people who want to contribute…

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6400

Was just looking around a little at Nikon's new D3. If you are a photographer and you haven't seen the sample images on this page , you…

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I'm Not Competing Against Other Streamers

Watched the debate last night. Or, at least, the first half of it. I have this idea in my head of what being presidential looks like. That…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 1, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 1, 2020 (Please) Stop Using Unsafe Characters in URLs | Perishable Press 224_StarMagneticFields…

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... like a dog

According to this page the etymology of working like a dog isn't that exotic which is a little disappointing. Never the less, I feel like…

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Name dot Whatever Websites are Available

The current list and prices of available "alan.SOMETHING" domains.

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Twitter Feature Request: Show Video Titles and Times

For those times when the tweet doesn't let you know where you're going.

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George Orwell's Blog

George Orwell's diary is being transposed to a blog with each entry being posted seventy years after the original. That's just cool. Here's…

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Secrets of Your Cable Modem

Reboot your cable modem without having to unplug it.

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Today's favorite tune from random

Beck's "Jack-ass" from Odelay! If you thought that you were making your way To where the puzzles and pagans lay I’ll put it together, itâ…

Live Coding

#LiveCoding: Writing a python module to provide AWS MFA S3/RedShift COPY to Alteryx (Part 1)

Live Coding

Finally Got ffmpeg-concat To Install On An EC2 Machine - Stream Notes for November 10, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MAnLKTXQIY Notes Finally got ffmpeg-concat to install on an EC2 instance. One of those things…

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A nice compliment

Oh yeah. Something a friend saw that was a nice compliment is this post on the Smart Mobs blog. I'm the one who conceived of and designed…

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Audio Test: SM58 - Zoom H5 - Adobe Audition Radio Announcer Preset

I updated my stream setup to bring the mic in for better audio. I'm experimenting with running it through Adobe Audition for filtering…

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Safer Internet Purchases

One of the fears of making a purchase over the internet is giving out your credit card information. After all, you have to send them all the…

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Free CD Burning Software for Windows

If you have a CD or DVD burner, but don't have software with it you can use CDBurnerXP Pro . It's free and doesn't contain any spyware…

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Infringement In Sound Clouds Terms

I'm pretty sure they are saying not to infringe.

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Improvement idea for Wordpress iPhone App

The Wordpess iPhone app is a pretty solid little piece of software. (I'm writing this very post with it.) There are a few key upgrades that…

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Video How To and DIY

Continuing on the video theme, another place where video really fits the bill is the How To and DIY instruction world. Sites like…

Live Writing

Writing My Journal Entry for Sept. 25, 2020

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Wireless Flash Mod

An amazing piece of tech in modern photography is the ability to have wireless automatic TTL exposure control of multiple strobes. The fact…

Browsing History

Primarily Python URL Processing ~ Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 31, 2020

My trip around the web - Oct. 31, 2020 (Please) Stop Using Unsafe Characters in URLs | Perishable Press 04_Sunspots/collection.json…

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Google Site Search Bookmarklet

I use Firefox. I use Google. Often while I'm browsing a web site in Firefox, I want to use Google to search that site (and only that site…

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Digital and Film

Just listened to a story on NPR about Herman Leonard losing a lot of his work that was in his studio due to Hurricane Katrina. Sad, but it…

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Printer Error

PC Load Letter. What the F^#k does that mean?

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Prep your portable player

Took a plane right out to Austin Texas yesterday. As I have done ever since I got a portable music player I charged up the batter and got it…

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Pinboard Tag Bookmarklet

This is the code you can use to create a bookmarklet for pinboard that creates a bookmark for a specific tag then closes the window…

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Better Battery Meter

I went to the Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular today and did some shooting. I made over 300 exposures and was using the tracking version…

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A refined thought on "Great Artists Steal"

A gentleman named Jeff Veen giving a talk at an Ignite show about the idea of "Good artists copy. Great artists steal." He focuses a…

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20/15

Just went to the eye doctor for a follow up exam after my lasik. Seems I can now read the 20/15 line on the eye chart without assistance…

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Digital Gardening

Some thoughts on digital gardening. You don't have to have things totally edited to post them. For example, I'd normally spend a big chunk…

Live Coding

URL Grabber Is Mostly Working

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCPD_9_PDek Start: 00:00:00 - Refactoring My Daily URL Grabber I spent this stream making progress…

Photographs

On Label -- Photo for August 26, 2012

Tiny text on a light switch.

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Manual Lock

After eleven years and 165,000 miles worth of locking and unlocking, the remote for my cars alarm is about to give up the ghost. I changed…

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Logo

Oh yeah, and if you look in the lower right corner of the photo, you'll notice my kick ass new logo watermarked on the image. For a better…

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Using mysqldump on Mac OS X Leopard

Originally found this here after lots of searching. Making my own link to make sure I can find it again. To use mysqldump on a Mac running…

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Google Spreadsheet and the top 100 checklist

Google released their "Apps" to beta recently. After playing around with them a little it seems like they are making good progress. I'm in a…

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Pulling Search Results From NASA's Images API (With Testing!) - Stream Notes for October 31, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1fyhO76BW0 Notes Spent the stream working on my process to pull videos from the NASA Images API…

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Halloween 2008

The past two Halloweens I've shot for a costume that I could incorporate my "real" camera into. Two years ago, I was a playboy photographer…

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Tune up

Just took my little car into the shop to get the timing belt changed and a good tune up done. My last timing belt broke at around 80,00…

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Speed and Angels

Looking forward to seeing this one: speedandangels.com . It looks like Top Gun (which gets referenced a few times in the clips.) Except…

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Black and white conversion

The ability to easily convert from color to black and white is one of my favorite things about digital photography. Most of the time when I…

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Firing a Hand Cannon

There are handguns and then there are handguns.

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New Credit Card

My main credit card expires at the end of the month and I just got the new one in the mail today. It expires 10/10.... As in 2010. I mean, I…

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Buy a Glass

If you work in an office, you may have a scene like this: If you are one of the people who uses styrofoam cups, go buy a glass and use it…

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No more Polaroids

Yet another part of the film world of photography is about to disappear. Seems Polaroid is going to stop producing film . Trigger nostalgia…

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Comment Spam

Mutcho spam has been coming in so I'm killing comments for a bit till get time to put something in place to help limit them.

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UV

Not a big surprise, but you can skip UltraViolet. Or, do some drugs and watch the first fifteen minutes of action (that is pretty good and…

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Words from Radiolab - Video for April 26, 2011

A fun, visual exploration of a few common words.

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Smash Lab - Not good

Discovery channel has a new show called "Smash Lab" that's in the same genre as "Mythbusters". Watched what I think is the first episode on…

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Aural Assault

The paranoid part of me is kicking in. I think I'm the subject of some twisted psychology experiment. Last week they kept weed eaters and…

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Lens review site

For those interested in an Excellent lens review site, check out: http://www.the-digital-picture.com/ . The person who puts it together is…

LiveCoding

Just messing around with OBS #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByAGFk9YZRc

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Fancy Soap

The soap in the San Francisco Union Square Hilton is the fanciest I've ever seen. (/aws-20120529--1042-01.jpg" caption="Fancy Soap)

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Daytripper

Yet another trip to Atlanta today. Left the house at about 6am, got back to the house about 11pm. So, only about 17 hours this time. I've…

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Awesome: The IR camera works better than expected

I took the recently converted to Infrared 10D out to a bar last night to start putting it through its paces with a little band photography…

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Acronyms

The other day, I forgot the word "acronym". The closest I could come up with was "abbreviation". I use acronyms all the time, but rarely…

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PocketMod

T turned me onto the pocketmod a while ago. It's bascially like a Hipster PDA , but a little more functional. I used to try to carry a…

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Mall Noise

I made a rare trip to the mall this weekend. I entered through the food court which has always struck me as a loud place, but this time I…

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Vegas shots

I think I mentioned before that I went out to Las Vegas for the first time back in October. It was just before my trip to Bama. The main…

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IR conversion in progress

Just sent my old 10D off to Life Pixel to have it converted. After years of talking about this, I'm finally starting the process.

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Open Source Alt

Happy day. I just found: osalt.com (Open Source Alternative). It has mappings between open source and commercial software so you can…

Journal

Journaling To Slow Down Time

Writing these journals slows down time. Or, they at least give me a fighting chance to see time progress. Looking at the calendar date at…

Live Coding

Trying To Deploy My Automatic NASA Music Video Maker to EC2 - Stream Notes for November 9, 2020 #LiveCoding

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjFvWw2_2pg Notes GOAL: Deploying My Automatic NASA Music Video Maker to EC2. Took a LOT of work…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Oct. 29, 2020

My trip around the web - Oct. 29, 2020 #2806 (Overlay filter with "shortest=1" drops last frame) – FFmpeg Alexander Refsum Jensenius – Music…

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Native Windows RAW Image Viewer

Microsoft has a download for viewing RAW files from some digital cameras without the need for an external application. RAW Image…

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Sony's Latest Electronic Gaget (from The Onion)

NSFW Language, but well worth it if your ears aren't too sensitive. embed src=" http://www.theonion.com/content/themes/common/assets/onn…

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In Which I Discover Twitter Auto-Links To The Wrong Version Of My Site

Ahhhhh. Another good sleep. The shoulders are less tense. You know, it's funny, lots of Twitter is folks doing a kind of self-deprecating…

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Hey Look, Some Photos

Probably obvious by this point, but I'm actually making a little progress in things other than work over the past few days. It's a…

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Fun with SpellCheck

Okay, so in the post about not shopping about Best Buy I ran a spell check. Apparently I didn't hit "Ignore All" when it didn't know what…

Live Coding

Building A Process To Store Script Credentials In Encrypted Files #LiveCoding

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Beautiful Slow Motion Footage of a Shuttle Launch

Some folks at NASA got together and put together a video with footage from various high-speed cameras that are used to film a launch. Gets…

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Deceased Dragonfly

Here lies Dexter the Dragonfly.

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Bipolar 2017

2017 has been a hell of a year. For me, it was mostly a good one. Personal highlights included: Attending my first national championship…

Journal

The Lithium is Working - Journal for October 26, 2020

The Lithium is working. I did another live coding stream last night. I spent the first part enhancing my Keyboard Maestro macros that…

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Daily Chapters

Nov. 28, 2020 - Road To React: 17 Nov. 27, 2020 - Road To React: 13, 14, 15, 16 Nov. 26, 2020 - Road To React: 11, 12 Nov. 25, 2020 - Road…

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Lightroom initial review

Been playing around with Lightroom a little more. Mainly using it to edit down a wedding I shot a couple weeks ago. By and large, it's a…

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and we're back...

Happy 2009. In August of last year, I started the process of moving this site. Between work and travel and general exhaustion from those two…

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Whew.....

Tide wins of Mississippi 13-10.... 3 seconds left and a field goal puts them over. Tight.

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Windows MD5 software

Lots of times when you download something from the internet you might be given an "MD5" sum as well. It's a string of 32 characters that can…

Browsing History

Oh, The Pages I Goed ~ Nov. 5, 2020

My trip around the web - Nov. 5, 2020 Cheat Sheet Letter.pdf (no title) (no title) (no title) (no title) (no title) (no title) (no title…

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V

Just watched V for Vendetta. Moving aside for a moment the fact that I find Natalie Portman mesmerizing, I think the film is wonderful…

Live Coding

Just Hacking Around

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McDonald's Marketing

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…

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Distressed Ghost

Pac-Man must have just eaten a power pellet.

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Much Cooler - Photo for September 17, 2012

Remotely checking the temperature of my A/C after the freon was added.

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Watch Your Head - Photo for October 16, 2012

Always makes me think of Reservoir Dogs.

Journal

Remember the Ritual

Remember the Ritual. Write, Walk. Write, Walk. Write, Walk. I missed writing a couple days ago. I missed walking for a week. To quote the…

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Kuler - Adobe site for color themes

Just stumbled across Kuler . A little web site/tool from adobe setup for community creation and sharing of color themes. If you are stuck…

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Elgato Stream Deck Fast Forward Hotkey for Microsoft Groove

There doesn't appear to be a way to setup a Eltago Stream Deck button to fast forward songs playing in the Microsoft Groove app. Here's a…

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Another test photo

Just posted another test shot from last night. http://tinyurl.com/am4uc Am making progress on the overall gallery, but am not there yet…

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Back to Mac

After several years of working on Windows XP machines, I've recently made the switch back to Mac. The difference is profound and makes me…

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Securing WordPress for SSL admin

I've written before about how WordPress doesn't really have a way to allow you to put administration tools in a secure location unless you…

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Band name

In an IM conversation with Travis the following message came up: "yoda talkin ninjas" If I had a band, that's what I'd name it.

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Fold ins of Al Jaffee

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…

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IMG_0001 - First Shot

Well, the new camera came in today. I walked out on the course and took a few shots with it. Here is, literally, the first shot from the…

Django

Learning Django By Making A Tutorial - Part 6

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_Gt-0L5_0M Start: 00:00:00 - Going through the tutorial so far to make sure it works Just walking…

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Go subscribe to KEXP's Song of the Day

If you want to discover some new music, check out KEXP's Song of the Day . I dig the general style of music they push. Combined with the…

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New Laptop

I was in HSV this past week while my mom was recovering from some minor foot surgery. She had planned to get a new laptop so that she could…

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Hearts and Minds

I'm watching "All the Presidents Men" about the Watergate break-in. There is a quote in the movie about Nixon's chief council that talks…

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Infrared Filters

The first time I tried setting up an infrared flash to do flash photography without visible light was back in the film days. The experiment…

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Four links for April 27, 2011

The theme for today’s collection of interesting/useful links is: Short pieces of submitted content. Note: All these will have NSFW language…

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Hearing a word without knowing what it means

I picked up "The Dark Tower" to read again this weekend. About halfway through the main character has an encounter with a demon. The word…

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New Car Lust

I'm not that much of a car guy. I love the one I have which is about 12 years old now and close to turning 200,000 miles. One car that I…

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Fixing Perl's CPAN on Mac OS X Leopard

One of the main languages I use for programming quick fixes is called "Perl". One thing that makes it so powerful is that there exists a…

Photos

Memorial Day in San Francisco

(/aws-20120528--1317-01.jpg" caption="San Francisco National Cemetery) Remembering service members, past and present, on Memorial Day.

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Full Length Software Licenses

In case you ever wondered how long an iPad would have to be to show the full Terms of Service at one time.

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Computer upgrades that hurt

At work we just did a round of computer upgrades. My machine didn't like it and took two days of work to get back to the point where I could…

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At Least I Had the Aisle Seat

This is how I sat for most of a 5 hour flight. (/aws-20120525--0741-02.jpg" caption="Seat space incursion) I was able to lean my seat back…

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More thouhgts on still/motion combo cameras

Luminous Landscape just posted an article that also talks about the convergence of still and video cameras ( link ). A friend in the video…

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Technolust - Powerbook with Aperture

Okay, I think a friend in LA just cost me a lot of money. Damn it. I had specifically not taken a look at Apple's new Aperture software…

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Visual Basic.NET and FTP

I'm messing around with a little Visual Basic.NET. It seems that there is no native FTP functionality in it. That just sucks as it's what I…

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Consumer Action Handbook

Catching up on some stuff in my news reader, I saw a post about the Consumer Action Handbook from the Federal Citizen Information Center…

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Not so much with the infrared

It would have been too easy. I'm trying to do some infrared flash photography. The attempt was to take a piece of slide film that had been…

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Always Cut The Blue Wire - Photo for October 13, 2012

Modern day natural wildlife habitat.

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Recovering Deleted Photos

If you have ever formatted a compact flash card that had photos on it you still needed, the first thing to do is make sure you don't mess…

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More Hands - Daft this time

In the spirit of the hand clapping from the earlier post . Here's another hand related vid that's just fun. And groovy. It takes a min to…