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God damnit again! The Seahawks lose and I’m having nothing but trouble with Gallery. There is no feature for “bulk upload”. Come on, everyone stores their pictures in some sort of directory hierarchy and there is NO support for uploading from a directory. The best I can find is some hacky perl script that will allow me to upload a directory-full of images. It doesn’t even create and name the album for you! I think the old albums from my gallery will be down until such a script is written.

God damnit, I can’t seem to restore my gallery. I guess I get to fully reconfigure it for a third time! I hate the lack of a reliable backup/restore for this software.

I have decided to upgrade my home computer to Media Center Edition, basically since I have the 360 to act as an extender. My current PC only needed a few things (new video card, TV tuner card) and I decided to tack on an extra 300 GB drive. The downside is that I haven’t reinstalled Windows in forever and my current build is well used. I believe I have backed everything up, but I’m still going to have to reinstall and reconfigure:

  • Apache 2
  • PHP 5
  • MySQL 4
  • Gallery 2

That is going to be difficult, let alone all the userland applications. I may be able to get away with installing WAMP, but I might have to install everything manually like last time. All of that, just for a photo gallery? I think the gallery2 setup is just too complex for it’s own good. The database points to the picture files on the hard drive, but maybe it’s easier to control all of the other data using a full-fledged database.

Anyway, the point of this post is to warn you that my gallery will be unavailable, and probably for some time.

Bwahaha, I “upgraded” my computer from a GeForce3 Ti 200 to a GeForce 6600 and decided to run 3DMark 2006 just for fun. A whopping 446 isn’t all that fun and is by FAR the lowest score for anyone running the GF 6600. I think most people have upgraded from a 1.3 GHz processor by now.

Transparent monitors, some of the examples are fairly well done. It’s a shame that I have blank walls behind my LCDs at work and home.

The worlds most beautiful car will be released this year. This is not opinion, this is certifiable fact, as defined by this sketch that Aston Martin has released of their upcoming DBS model:

AM should just register http://www.worldsmostbeautifulcar.com/ (which is available) and put that sketch on it, just to solidify that fact.

I am not going to link to the video in question because it is a bit graphic, but a stabilized version of the Zapruder Kennedy assassination film is available. We’ve all seen the original version, probably many times. It’s so jerky that it’s pretty hard to tell exactly what happens when Kennedy is shot multiple times. In this stabilized version, you can tell he was hit early on in the clip as Jackie is extremely concerned and trying to figure out what happened. She is leaning in, seemingly trying to take off his jacket to get to his chest/back wound. Just as she gets in real close, a bullet zips in and absolutely explodes his face. It is simply shocking to see it stabilized and is so much more grotesque.

Gmail has a fairly innocuous feature called “web clips”. Basically, it will show you a headline, quote or definition near the top of your mailbox. I usually ignore them, but they occasionally make for good reading. Today, I was presented with “Rotten Tomatoes: Movies – 96% King Kong”. Unfamiliar with how Rotten Tomatoes rates their movies and fully expecting a monster movie to suck, I thought that a rating of 96% meant 96% rotten meaning that movie was abysmal. On the contrary, this is one of the highest ratings they have ever given! Just check out some of the review quotes on the site; I may want to see this.

That last post was my 1000th in Blogger. Holy hell. Anyway, I haven’t written about Spain yet and I just keep forgetting to make time. Here’s a quick blurb I wrote for someone else; it might hold you over:

Overall, Spain was great: the weather was very cooperative (no rain, but I can’t really say that highs in the 50s are anything more than just “cooperative”), the wine was cheap and plentiful, getting around was quite easy (taxis everywhere, good bus and train networks) and the sites were fabulous. The highlight and dark horse of the trip was the Mezquita, a Moorish mosque that was eventually converted into a Christian church. It wasn’t highly regarded in the tour books but the history and architecture were quite impressive.

The Spain vacation wasn’t without problems though. The Southern half is fairly sexist which caused problems since the girlfriend is the better Spanish speaker. We were also treated poorly at our Seville hotel since we booked with Expedia; I’ve heard this being an issue so I think I will book my European hotels directly from now on. We also received some poor service due to being American at a few places. These small issues didn’t really harm the trip, but still something to note.