Feb 27

For those of you that missed it, here’s a picture I took of the moon last week, during the eclipse. It’s a bit blurry, but I think I did pretty good considering I was using a snow shovel jammed in a snowbank as a monopod.

Eclipse
Feb 14

Simple things are cool – and free!

Curly snow

My in-depth meteorological analysis tells me that this must have happened over a number of the more recent warmer days – each day it melted enough to allow the snow to slide down the handrail just enough for the weight of the snow to curl curl downward, but not break. What we’re looking at is one of those composite curves that’s really made up of a bunch of straight lines.

Phew – science is long-winded.

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

I’m going to stop announcing these – you all know what they are:

In other news, I saw Sunshine (IMDB | Official Site) on the weekend. I highly recommend it. One of the main things that annoys me in movies is when you’ve got character A acting like you’d expect character A to act, then suddenly he/she does something COMPLETELY OUT OF CHARACTER. Like, say me acting like me & then all of the sudden giving a shit about dogs. Where did that come from? From weak writing – that’s where. Sunshine has none of that. Really strong characters – strong in that they’re consistent both throughout the movie with how they’ve been introduced, and consistent with the kind of context they’re in.

All things being said though, I can’t give this a 100% because there were some holes (well, the whole premise of the movie is one by physics hole), but I didn’t realize them until I dwelled on the movie a bit. Throughout the movie I was engrossed & entertained.

Some pretty kick ass effects too.

9/10

Jan 04

Ok, well here’s one:

Funny Pictures

I’ve always thought this:

Christianity vs. Atheism

The final discovery for this post: A cool-ass, (pseudo-) never ending zoomable picture.