Archive for January 2009

Omnigraffle: make it stop rearranging

I do love Omnigraffle. I do not love the … apparent default (?)… behavior of having your whole diagram fly into a new arrangement when you connect things together. This is called automatic layout. Here’s how to Make It Stop Doing That. Command-3, uncheck the “automatic layout” box.

Omnigraffle Professional Stevecooley 001

Ahh, much better. Much Better. PHEW.

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Rosco, version 1

So I’m tryin’ to learn Cocoa, and so I’ve been poking at an application that I’ve modified from the sample code for AMSerialPort from Harmless Cocoa. I know a little bit about the arduino, and I know a little bit about cocoa, so I poked and poked and poked, and from a well timed piece of help from my cocoa class instructor Malcolm Crawford, I finally got something fairly functional working. It’s called Rosco. All it does is take input from an arduino’s analog pins and transmit the values out to OSC through a cocoa app and out to a quartz composer composition. Nothing too fancy. I’m using it in conjunction with my Arduino Project Box, but really you could send any analog value from the arduino. It’s really such a hodge podge of code and hardware, it’s bordering on being silly. This really isn’t supposed to be useful just yet, but it was useful for me to learn more about cocoa programming. Maybe you might find it somewhat interesting. Here’s a diagram of what’s going on.

Click here to download it to try it out.

Rosco

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cat bath

I’m starting to feel sick, so I figured I’d just let my mind wander off to go off on a random tangent or two for a minute or two.

how on earth do cats keep track of their baths? They seem to have some kind of uncontrollable compulsion to spontaneously clean themselves. one minute doing absolutely nothing but sitting and breathing, and then the next thing you know they’re laser focused on what I can only assume is some kind of catmap in their heads with a kind of fading color that lets them know of how recently each part of the catmap has been cleaned in the last 24-ish hours. what gets me is how randomly each part of the catmap gets attention. The cat could be covering a large swath of the back and then switch to the face, and then remember a spot on the back it missed and then go back to some other random part.

man, I wish gifraffiti worked on leopard. Clicky.

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Catyarn

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