Archive for May 2005

Podcaster party at NECC 2005

My man Jason E. points me to the social events page for NECC 2005. Apple’s hosting a podcaster party meetup shindig!

Premiere Podcast Party
What is podcasting and why should you care? Stick around for Apple’s Premiere Podcast Party, showcasing the emerging trend of podcasting and its impact on education. Outstanding examples of educational podcasts along with classroom integration strategies will be showcased. Come see for yourself how easy it is to use podcasting to impact learning! Since the event is late, food and drinks will be provided … bring your own iPod to throw into the party mix after the session.

Woot! I’ll be there!

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At the Center – meat beat manifesto

Wowowow. :) Jack Dangers and crew are rockin’. I’m so glad to see an ensemble of musicians pumping out so much good material, especially in this turbulent moment of flux for the industry as a whole.

Meat Beat Manifesto’s At the Center was released on the 24th of May, 2005.

What’s the same:

  • awesome body of work
  • interesting samples
  • extremely high production value
  • good drums.. really kick ass drum tracks, ridiculously good
  • fairly abstract
  • use of woodwind instruments
  • political awareness

what’s new:

  • extremely live feeling
  • jazzy, a lot more piano
  • less raw electronic sounds
  • more jam session-y
  • more arranged-feeling
  • available on iTunes very soon after official release (woot!)

This is just a continuation of the MBM sound path. The tastes and productions are mature and well thought out. You can taste the international influences and hear the echos of MBM albums past. I’m guessing the steady rhythm of work, pay, and the pure passage of time are all contributing to an extremely polished overall effort.

other reviews: here here

Here’s a bulletin board for upcoming tour dates.

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ow, my ribs

Oh man , it’s been a good day to laugh for me.

Ze Frank points out what’s causing me the most pain in my ribs today… Songs to wear pants to.

Secondarily, American Idol’s really freakin’ funny tonight. We’ve caught it about 3 times. Just enough to know who the big players are, and how the show goes. They showed a bunch of the lowlights from this season, and then they had this exposé bit on Simon.

Anyway, I generally dislike the whole reality TV show genre, but occasionally there’s something that ends up being funny just because of the law of repetition.

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Moving to ecto??

Hmm, I certainly like how Ecto handles drag and dropping an image on the editor window a lot better than how marsedit does.

Finderscreensnapz002

that makes it super easy for me. 18 bucks, huh. That’s a pretty good price.

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Testing from Ecto…

Tor in london talks a lot about Ecto, so consequently, I’ve been kept up to date on its progress. So, ok ok, what’s the deal with ecto now? Last time I looked was in.. beta? a long time ago, to say the least.

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HOWTO: replace “st.” with “saint” with PHP

occasionally, you might need to lookup something based on a user-specified piece of info like “city”. Don’t let the lazy ones prevent you from performing at your best.


<?php 

$echothis = strtolower(str_ireplace("st.","saint",$_GET['string']));

echo $echothis;

?>

<form action"<?php echo $_SERVER['phpself'];?>" method="get">
<input type="text" name="string">
<input type="submit">
</form>


What this does is replace an abbreviated “st.” with the fully spelled out “saint”. I found it useful, maybe you will too. “strtolower” is added to just normalize the string so that str_ireplace… Oh, that’s funny. I probably don’t need to strtolower the string, because str_ireplace is case “i”nsensitive. str_i(nsensitive)replace. Oh well, live and learn.

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HOWTO: create a favicon.ico on Mac OS X

what with all this nice new traffic to my site thanks to the Make: blog, I figured it was high time to do a favicon.ico file for my site. On the mac, this is a snap, thanks to Takeshi Ogihara’s IcoMaker. Head over to his page (assuming it’s a he), and look for the link at the bottom of the page, something like: “IcoMaker Distribution Package, 84KB”. Download it and unpack it.

Grab whatever image you want to use for your favicon.ico file, open it in photoshop, the gimp, or whatever you have (uh… iphoto may work too?).

Reduce the imagesize to 16 pixels by 16 pixels and Save a copy.

(optional: Undo the downsizing, and re-resize the image down to 32 x 32 pixels, and save another copy. Undo the resizing again and re-re-resize the image down to 48×48, and save a third copy)

Open up Takeshi’s excellent program and select “File -> new document”. A small multi-paned window will appear with six small windows.

select “File -> Include Image…” and navigate to where your copy (or copies) are. Choose the 16 x 16 pixel copy. A dialog box will appear giving you the option to reduce the colors down to 16 colors (or just hit “ok” to leave it in as many colors as your image was in, up to 256). Depending on what you chose to do, one of the six small windows will now be populated with your image.

repeat as necessary for the other open slots, depending on how thorough you want your favicon file to be. (I just did the 16×16 @ 16 colors window, and the 32×32 @ 256 colors window.. should be good enough, I figure)

Save the file as “favicon.ico” and drop it in an accessible place for your webserver, most probably at the root level of your webserver’s documents directory. (on the Mac OS X and OS X Server, using stock Apache 1.3, it will be: /Library/Webserver/Documents/ … on apache 2.x, I believe it would be /Library/apache2/htdocs/ … If you’ve come this far, it’s probably time for you to learn where the root documents directory is on your webserver.

the last step is to put the following code in your <head> tag of your web page:
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon" />
<link rel="icon" href="/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon">

that’s it, folks! :)

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dobox netlabel

My homeboy D got his website running proper now, go check out DoBox Recordings. In fact, he’s releasing one of my tracks on his site, so, really go check it out. :)

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HOWTO: time lapse movies on a mac

bbftx commented today:

Steve,
I really like your time lapse videos. Someone posted a link to them on the Home Shop Machinist metalworking site. Could you post a brief description of how you set up your camera to do the time lapse recording and perhaps a quick note on how the editing was done? I assume you’re using some of that good Mac software. (Apple rocks!).

Thanks for sharing your videos.

A quick check of the timelapse movie of the lathe work I’d just posted shows that yes, wow, 450 people have checked that movie out so far. :) I’m glad I posted the URL back to my main site.

Timelapse on the mac is pretty easy. There’s two programs that I know of that will do this with relative ease. One is iStopMotion and the other is BTV Pro.

Boinx iStopMotion certainly has an enormous list of features, one of which is timelapse. I like this program a lot for different reasons, timelapse is not one of them. It does work, so if your interest is primarily in stop motion image capture for animation, this is the king. :)

Bensoftware’s BTV Pro is what I use. It’s very good at timelapse, and motion sensing video capture, amongst other things. I’d highly recommend it for timelapse like the videos I’ve shot. For some reason, I’ve had to end up capturing the movie as a series of images into a folder, then use the built-in “create movie from folder of images” function. whatever, it works quite well.

more posts on timelapse video are here.

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drill press table time lapse video

Last weekend, I shot more timelapse video of myself as I built another table for my drill press. I’d built one a couple of months ago, but we decided to move it to the side of the house to use for our small grill and as some additional storage for fold-up chairs. This new table is shorter and has a 2’x4′ pegboard built in as well. It’s so much more comfortable than the last one I built.

I really can’t say enough good things about those simpson strong ties. They’re awesome. I wish I had space to build bigger things that needed some of the other products they offer. :)

more posts on timelapse video are here.

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lathe time lapse

I broke out the lathe this morning and had some fun turning a block of wood I salvaged out of some firewood from earlier this year… click on the link to check out the timelapse video.

more posts on timelapse video are here.

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exploring text in space

txtkit (OSX) by Prof. Hans Ulrich Reck
is an Open Source text mining tool for visualizing, managing, sharing,
and exploring large amounts of multilingual texts. The interface
promotes a collaborative effort to share and suggest text through a
dynamic display of user activity and textual information. (demo video)

(Via futurefeeder, and bruce sterling.)

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Tiny URL… well.. a small URL anyway

Holy crap, TinyURL is so cool. There’s even a dashboard widget for it. The only problem I ran into is that their server wasn’t allowing mysql connections to it. Hmm, bummer. This is a cool service, but.. what’s going on here? It’s a table of urls that they’re encoding some small key to relate to, so when you ping the tiny url, it says “you said ‘EHY54’… and my table says you wanted ‘http://www.google.com’… so here you go (redirect)”

Pretty cool. A very simple idea, but extremely useful. So useful, that I’ve come to rely on that kind of technology to be able to pass obnoxiously long URLs to gallery pages like this one:

http://sc-fa.com/blog/2008/07/06/steve-cooley-showing-at-workssan-jose/

which isn’t really all that obnoxious, but it sure looks like it when you pass it to someone in an email and the URL breaks because of the wordwrap or something. So, since tinyurl.com wasn’t returning URLs, I made my own small URL maker.

It’s basically three components: a DB table, a form to make ’em small, and a landing page where the small urls turn into big ones. Now if I only had a short domain name..

HEY, I do! http://3rl.us

so, said large url turns into: http://3rl.us/e8c31 which is much smaller. :)

AND, I added a hit counter, so I can see how many times a URL has been pinged. Now all i gotta do is dive into the widget making world and make my own for my small url maker.

oh yeah! make your own small URL here: http://3rl.us

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no money

cnn

President Bush requested $442 billion for defense for the budget year that begins October 1, excluding money to pay for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The House bill, like the Senate’s version, envisions creating a $50 billion fund for the conflicts for next year — but provides no money for it.

What? Is that coming out of their personal bank accounts?

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safari won’t launch

remedy: delete iGetter plugin. Bingo.

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