- [Failblog] Creepy bear is creepy.
- [Autoblog] One off “Dearborn Doll” Mustang has one worthy styling element: The rear wing. I’m a big fan of the color contrast to the body (orange) and even the internal contrast (black stripe).
- [Flowing Data] Venn diagram explains perfect business.
- [Boy Genius Report] “It’s that we took 10 leaps forward with the Hero but took 12 back. With every brilliant addition HTC made, the device suffered a little bit in terms of performance.” – Another fairly damning review of the Hero.
After using WordPress to create a campaign website and then a campaign blog, I’m a total convert. Sorry, Blogger, but I’m moving everything immediately.
Spurred by the addition of a lovely Blu-ray player from my lovely girlfriend, I decided to finally clean up the rats nest behind my entertainment center:
Using about 40 velcro cable ties, I was able to reduce the 37-wire rat nest into this simple arrangement:
I’d be able to get rid of 14 of those wires if I went to HDMI. I can’t afford a new receiver just yet.
Beautiful sentiment from Hemingway:
Could you say something of this process? When do you work? Do you keep to a strict schedule?
When I am working on a book or story I write every morning as soon after first light as possible. There is no one to disturb you and it is cool or cold and you come to your work and warm as you write. You read what you have written and, as you always stop when you know what is going to happen next, you go on from there. You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and you know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the next day when you hit it again. You have started at six in the morning, say, and may go on until noon or be through before that. When you stop you are as empty, and at the same time never empty but filling, as when you have made love to someone you love. Nothing can hurt you, nothing can happen, nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again. It is the wait until the next day that is hard to get through.
Craigslist is a bastion of depravity and deals, home of the creep and the cheap… I’ve sold quite a few items on CL, mostly items that would be prohibitive to ship and thus I wouldn’t want to put on eBay. I’ve sold mostly furniture and gave away a few things like a queen bed frame. Selling items is easy, especially if the buyer can use keywords properly. If someone is looking for an IKEA dining table, using “IKEA dining table” as your search terms would bring up perfect results. The problem hits when you are searching for something without clear-cut keywords.
Is your car losing that new-car smell/feel/taste? Are you simply bored with it? Have you lost appreciation for the subtle nuances simply because you drive it every day? I have a great way to learn to love your car again. Drive something worse for at least a few hundred miles. That’s all it takes!
- 75 horsepower!
- 0-60 in just under 15 seconds!
- 44 MPG!
Great primer on Flash AS3, especially if you’ve coded in AS1/2 before: http://gskinner.com/talks/as3workshop/
As a certified masochist, I’m trying to teach myself the basics of 3D modeling. Blender has quite the large userbase and it’s free so that seemed like a good place to start.
I’m trying to follow the various online tutorials and while comprehensive, they are occasionally tough to follow. Most are based on older versions of Blender so some of the functions are different. The biggest flaw is not in the tutorial specifically, but the explanations of some of the odd windowing concepts of Blender itself. For example, this tutorial has a great explanation of all the various settings you can tweak on the User Preferences panel. The issue? It doesn’t explain how to GET to this panel! You need to find out on a different page that you need to “click and drag the area between the 3D window and menu header”. What? They have basically put the preferences panel ABOVE the menu bar, hidden by default. You have to drag the menu bar down to find it.
This is impossible to find unless you read the documentation. This is silly:
Adobe Help, especially for Flash CS3, is invaluable. I have learned Flash much faster due to the quality of examples and organization. Unfortunately, some of the help articles can be hundreds of pages and Adobe has decided not to hook up Page Up or Page Down. What? No, it’s not a case of the wrong window having focus. I can use the up and down arrows to move a bit. Even weirder, pgup, pgdn work on the Help table of contents!
Navigating in iTunes, you’d think they would use Backspace to navigate backwards. It’s used in almost every application that has a concept of “backwards”. What does iTunes use instead:
“Go to the previous page in the iTunes Store Control-Left bracket ( [ ) “
Yep, it’s so easy to ctrl-[ my way around!