Archive for December 2003

Apple III: one-click to buy = good; 20 clicks and 2 phone calls to return = bad

But alas, the story is not a completely happy one. For in addition to the iMac, I needed a router. At first bought a Belkin router from the Apple site. (By now, I had changed the one-click preferences to ship to my parents, so I was able to buy the Belkin router with one click.) But then seeing that I could get a Belkin wireless router elsewhere (of course, not on the site selling Airports), I tried to cancel the order from Apple. [Lessig Blog]

Yes I respect you, yadda yadda, but dang.

ok, 2 paragraphs on the true wonder that is Apple hardware and software integration… amazing workflow for creating powerful moving pictures and easy-to-mail media delivery… and three paragraphs on your dismay at their lack of implicit support for creative commons (c’mon, dude, do you think they’re against you? They’re a limited resource. That won’t help them sell any more machines to pay the bills and continue to offer amazing technology) and at your own inability to price comparison shop before you hit that one click button… which, by the way, is akin to crack cocaine for songs, let alone hundred dollar computer components. Turn it off. Live with two clicks.

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PHPix 3.0 Improvement: Quicktime media support!

Problem: My Canon Powershot S45 digital camera is too cool for most open source gallery software packages because it takes Quicktime playable .AVI video, assisted Panoramic photos, as well as really nice regular photos.

Problem: I’ve already spent a lot of time in the source code for PHPix 2 and PHPix 3 and I really like the ease of use where you just drag whole folders of content into the phpix “albums” folder and it does everything else for you… so I don’t want to lose this great workflow.

Solution: just add Quicktime!

well, it’s a hack, but it’s a pretty effing cool hack if I do say so myself. I found where PHPix calls DisplayImg2(), and threw a MIME type determiner and a logic fork in front of it.

If the MIME type is a jpeg, jpg, png, or gif, it goes ahead and calls DisplayImg2() as per normal.

if the MIME type is quicktime, x-msvideo, mpeg, tiff, tif, x-aiff, x-wav, midi, x-shockwave-flash, then it calls a modified version of DisplayImg2(), which I’ve cunningly called DisplayMovie(). I replaced all the img tag HTML and replaced it with an object and embed set of tags as per the quicktime specification.

Admittedly, I haven’t tried all of those media types yet, but in theory, it should just work. Yes, there are a lot of philosophical problems with x-msvideo and x-shockwave-flash being handled by Quicktime if you’re not on a Mac like me, but… I’m on a Mac and it just works for me. You life can be this easy too.. 😉 Thinking about it now, this should handle Quicktime VR as well, so this is now approaching a perfect solution for personal digital media sharing… there’s still some problems to solve, like thumbnails, and content sizing (currently I just have a wide-open 800×600 embed space… most all of my content will fit well under those dimensions.).. but that’s the “fun” of programming, right? whee.

Ha, deeje, this would have been the uber-gallery solution for puppettime content… 4 years too late on my part. oh well, maybe someday.

Update: ok, now I’ve tried them out, and they work. Check it out for yourself!

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peanut butter jelly time banana – Terror alert

terror alert banana
we all know the “peanut butter jelly time!” (peanut butter jelly and a baseball bat!) banana… this one here is color coded to tell you what terror alert we are at. :)

http://www.victorisdead.com/luna/terror/

How awesome. :)

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Homebrew USB menorah

In this project called “Taking Menorah Design into the 59th Century,” an amateur hardware hacker uses the $8 commodity USB chipset to brew his own USB-powered menorah, then writes some code to get the shamas to blink arbitrary messages in Morse code.

Link

(Thanks Buddha!)

[Boing Boing Blog]

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mysql native Java functions!

ok, dude, here I go…

Developers: MySQL Gets Functions in Java
Posted by michael in The Mysterious Future!
from the we-love-you-krow dept.
Java Coward writes “Eric Herman and MySQL’s Brian “Krow” Aker have released code to allow the DBMS MySQL to run Java nativily inside of the database. The code allows users to write functions inside of the database that can be then used in SELECT/INSERT/UPDATE statements. So when will someone do Ruby?”

that’s one major hurdle gone for me learning java.. kickass!

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quote of the day

“just because it’s not a well beaten path, doesn’t mean you can’t travel down it”-steve cooley

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step up, Wesley!

cnn.com

Clark: Bush lacks will to find bin Laden

Democrat says he would have had the al Qaeda chief by now
(CNN) — Democratic presidential contender Wesley Clark said Wednesday that President Bush has shown a lack of will in pursuing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

In a blistering critique of the commander in chief, Clark said that “capturing Saddam Hussein doesn’t change the fact that Osama bin Laden is still on the loose.”

“If I’d been president, I would have had Osama bin Laden by this time,” Clark said at a news conference in Concord, New Hampshire, where he was campaigning for votes in the nation’s first primary, January 27.

“I would have followed through on the original sentiment that the president gave us — Osama bin Laden, dead or alive.

“Instead, he executed a bait-and-switch. He took the priority off Osama bin Laden. He shifted the spotlight onto Saddam Hussein.”

The retired Army four-star general also said that if Bush questions the patriotism and national security credentials of Democrats in the coming campaign, he would not hesitate to match his record against the president’s.

“I’ll put my 34 years of defending the United States of America, and the results that I and my teammates in the United States armed forces achieved, against his three years of failed policies any day,” said Clark, who was NATO supreme commander during the 1999 air campaign in Kosovo.

He added, “We’ve got a president who will go halfway around the world for a photo opportunity but won’t go halfway across town for a funeral for an American serviceman.

“I’ve been to those funerals. I’ve comforted families. … I don’t think you can make good policy at the top if you don’t understand the impact at the bottom of your organization.”

Bush has on only two or three occasions met with the families of fallen servicemen and women, most recently at Fort Carson, Colorado, and he has not attended funerals or greeted caskets returning from Iraq.

Blaaaaau!! Take that! Vote Clark 2004!

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stop frame animation!

video beat box sequencer

weebl… you are on to something here… go play with the video beatbox sequencer made with flash… awesome. :)

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basic.ch!

40k(ish..) seconds for hunger

hey, I posted an entry last monday about my 20 loaves of bread I baked for the hungry. Today I now post a time lapse movie of my second baking day yesterday of 27 loaves… I arbitrarily told BTV Pro to capture 20,000 frames, 1 per second, thinking that would be plenty, but it wasn’t quite enough, and I ran out of space anyway… I figure my 5+ hours yesterday and my 6 or 7 hours last sunday well cover 40k seconds… So, 2.5 gigs later, and recompressed down to about 6.8 megs, I proudly present:

Steve Cooley’s Bread-bake-a-thon 2003: 40,000 seconds for hunger

Please be patient while my home machine serves the quicktime movie. And for those of you who would count, this is only yesterday’s activity in the movie. I didn’t get the idea to timelapse until yesterday morning.. so it’s only 20k ish in the clip. 😉

27 loaves: 6 loaves for gifts, 1 loaf to eat, 20 loaves for charity, plus 20 from last week… it’s official, I broke last year’s record of 36 loaves… no, I smashed the record, yeah!! Take that, hunger!!

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bush regime evil – irrefutable proof!

cnn.com

U.S. faces backlash over contracts

Wednesday, December 10, 2003 Posted: 10:40 PM EST (0340 GMT)

U.S. officials say foes of the Iraq war will need to be more complimentary.

Anger after the U.S. bans some countries from bidding for Iraq reconstruction work. CNN’s Jim Bittermann (December 10)

BERLIN, Germany (CNN) — The United States is facing an international backlash over its decision to bar some of its major trading partners from bidding for Iraqi reconstruction, including possible legal action.

Is this your twisted way of “stimulating the economy”? Start a war overseas, and lock everyone else out of the “rebuilding effort”? That’s extortion! Whoa, you need to go, as soon as possible.

download, print, and post a proactive poster, for the sake of our country. Click on the idiot to get involved.

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Paolo : “I would like comments I…

Paolo: “I would like comments I write on other weblogs to be saved on my own weblog.” [Scripting News]

AHEM…

Blogs and community
Posted on Mar 07, 2002 – 01:44 PM by steve cooley

Here’s the problem: Blogs are like monolithic statements, and all too often as i read up on my friends’ blogs I want to comment to them, but here’s the real catch… I want to record my comments on _my_ site, too.. like a shared memory of a conversation. This could be useful for all kinds of things like contract verification? Maybe if two people have a conversation, and both authenticate the conversation, and both keep public records of the conversation, that could be useful… Mostly I’d like to just remember what my friends are pondering about and keep track of my thoughts on their thoughts… context… that’s the tricky part.

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Elephant’s Memory

this is a visual language that for some reason I deeply recall seeing on an SGI research server about 3 years ago when i was looking to generate Flash dynamically… There was an SGI library that only ran on SGI boxes that did that… anyway, one of the other things on that server was this visual language thing… it aims to be a cross-language method of communicating ideas, bypassing regular language constructs, and thereby bypassing regular language barriers, too. I wish I knew more about it. It’s really cool. Seriously, how could you forget this:

the Elephant’s Memory

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Bread bake-a-thon 2003

Today I spent doing what we all can do. It being the official “cold season”, october-april, many charities are in need of your help. Do something direct, like work at a soup kitchen, or donate canned goods, or… be like me and bake like a crazy fool…

one more day like this, and I should be good for breaking last year’s count of about 36 loaves. 20 down, 20 to go.

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