May 17

I’ve upgraded.  The new version comes with a new template too, so I’m giving that a try.

May 01

Well I (with a boat load of Nathan’s help) managed to get my server up & running.  We even have email working – so that’s nice.  I still have a subdomain or two to set up – then I should be good to go.  Now I just need to figure out how to do backups…

Anyway, here’s something funny:

Apr 30

Well, tonight I bought some space at a new host.  This new host doesn’t have a nice administration panel for me – I have to do everything myself.  So far tonight I’ve managed to install Apache, MySQL, ProFTP, PHP, WordPress 2.5, managed to get them working, and managed to migrate my old blog to here.

I have no idea how long it will take until nderson.ca starts being directed here – I’m not sure if I even set it up correctly.  Ah well.  The only thing I’m really worried about is my email.  I’ve never set up an email server before – never even looked over the shoulder of someone who’s done it, so who knows.

I know I promised a long time ago for an update, but I’ll be honest & let you know I’ve forgotten what I was going to say.  So, here’s some funny stuff I’ve found (Click for larger picture).

Saving the best for last…

Feb 09

Fine, here’s a post. The simple explanation for my lack of posting has been my lack of excitement. These last few weeks have been pretty lackluster & I just didn’t feel excited enough about…anything.

Yesterday was cool though. I’ve been allowed to work at home on the new TV station project for Augustana. That’s right – I’m building a frickin’ TV station. It uses Apple’s Quartz Composer to let me do awesome graphics stuff without having to write operating system level code. So far I’ve been able to mix together an RSS aggregator, an image slideshow (complete with Ken Burns’ Effect), and a cool gradient background. In summary, I rock.

One thing that pissed me off is the fact that the “Stopwatch” patch pretty much doesn’t work. For the uninitiated, the “Stopwatch patch” is supposed to be a simple counter that I can tell to reset from time to time. Trouble is, when I tell it to reset, it bloody doesn’t. So, I built my own. Note: If you’re not interested in this stuff, feel free to skip to the bottom of the post – this paragraph is pretty much just to increase my SEO in case other people are having this problem.

Anyway, here’s what I came up with:

Quartz Composer custom stop watch

I should mention this only works in Leopard, as the “Sample & Hold” patch doesn’t exist in Jaguar.

So, how it work is, the stopwatch starts at 0 & doesn’t stop. The “Reset” input receives a signal every X seconds. So let’s say at 10 seconds, the reset signal is sent, which then forwards on to the “Sample & Hold” patch. At that instant, it grabs what the “Stop Watch” patch is sending out, holds on to it, and forwards it on to the “Math” patch. The “Math” patch then takes the 10 seconds, and subtracts it from whatever the “Stop Watch” patch is sending out. This effectively resets the count – at 11 seconds, the match patch takes the 11 seconds the “Stop Watch” patch is sending out, subtracts the 10 seconds that the “Sample & Hold” patch is sending out, and comes up with 1. Voila! A stop watch is born.

Man I hope someone in need of a Stop Watch patch in Leopard reads this or I just hella bored some people.

 


2 new songs I found this week that have been in pretty much constant rotation:

Deadmau5 – Jaded
Morgan Page feat. Lissie – Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix)

As you might have guessed, I’m a bit of a Deadmau5 fan (pronounced Deadmouse). He’s a Canadian boy & he’s taken the electronic music scene by storm, so head on over to beatport & buy his stuff.

Jan 07
Dec 26

I installed the latest edition of OS X (Leopard) tonight. The OS is pretty slick. What isn’t slick though is the fact that it jumps from Apache 1.3 to 2, so all the conf files & such are stored in /usr/local/apache2/ rather than /usr/local/httpd.

If you’re trying to install the PHP5 binary from entropy.ch, I strongly recommend following the instructions here (Quoted instructions in the second entry). They worked for me.

In other news, Christmas came & went, and New Year’s is just around the corner. God willing, my celebrating will have a better ending than it did last year (let’s just leave it at that)

Nov 30

Well I just finished a 12 hour day which included a nice 8 hour marathon programming session. Quite truthfully I’m surprised my brain is still functioning well enough for me to be writing this.

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It wouldn’t have been that big of a deal except at about 5:00 I discovered the Rich Text Editor I chose tinyMCE, while having a server-side file manager, decides to charge $100 bucks a pop for it. Needless to say I don’t have the budget for that. So I spent a few hours trying to hack apart Javascript to allow me to get a custom file manager to work. After a series of small miracles, I got ‘er done.

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Now if you’ll kindly excuse me, I’m going to go pass out now.

Nov 17

Well, it took me a couple days, but I finally managed to get this WordPress thing done.  I must say it is a relief to have a really nice & powerful administration backend.  But damn does the template engine suck ass.  Rather than being able to assign stuff like a post title, or the categories to variables, I’m supposed to insert <?php … ?> tags inside the template – what kind of crap is that?  Methinks I’ll be editing a backup copy behind the scenes so I can get the template engine modified to Template Lite - cuz the default one is crap on a dowel.

And since I’m not a 100% complete nerd & I do realize some people come here for comedy and/or belittlement, here are a couple highlights from one of my favourite sites: icanhascheezburger.com.

    

funny pictures

 

funny pictures