Wednesday, December 28, 2005

LTF » I carried my PC to school, uphill, in five feet of snow

"I got an email today at work talking about the disk space required for a database on a server I’m building:

The entire collection of the databases for this project total approx 10GB (includes backups, logs, etc), which is very small.

The phrase got me: “very small”. Ten gigabytes is “very small”? Since when? Am I that old?"

Sunday, December 25, 2005

iB::Topic::Introducing: HandBrake Lite

"HandBrake Lite
by Tyler Loch
based on HandBrake 0.7.0 by Eric Petit

HandBrake Lite is a horribly-mangled abomination of HandBrake, jettisoning its non-crucial features with the one-track goal of creating iPod-sized movies from DVDs."

iSquint - iPod video made easy.

"iSquint is an iPod video conversion app. It's up to 5 times faster than Apple's method, works well with AVIs and MPEGs, and it's infinitely free-er.
It's also rather easy.
Drag in your file, click 'Start', and away you go. You can even set screen-size and quality preferences.
On a 1.5GHz G4, iSquint can convert most video files to iPod-screen-sized videos in realtime. Depending on a few factors, a 20 minute video will take up anywhere from 50-150MB of disk space." - The 50 Greatest Gadgets of the Past 50 Years

"Some items in our Top 50 are innovative devices that appeared briefly and then were quickly consigned to museums and future appearances on eBay, but whose influence spread widely. Others are products we use every day--or wish we could."

REAPER - Rapid Environment for Audio Prototyping and Efficient Recording | Cockos Incorporated | Main

"REAPER is a powerful but sensible Windows application that lets you record, arrange, edit, and render multi-track waveform audio."

Friday, December 23, 2005

China's web censors struggle to muzzle free-spirited bloggers - Technology

"Chinese bloggers are starting to have an impact on their country's conventional print and broadcast media"

MP3 tag info

notes: use id3v2, v1 is limited in entry length

wikipedia ID3 entry
id3 developer info

id3v2 - A command line id3v2 tag editor
official id3lib homepage

sample: (wrapping is messed up)

mh@deville ~/cfc/mp3/id3v2-0.1.11 --> ./id3v2 -D tst1.mp3
Stripping id3 tag in "tst1.mp3"...id3v1 and v2 stripped.
mh@deville ~/cfc/mp3/id3v2-0.1.11 --> ./id3v2 -2 -a artistzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz -A albumzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz -t songzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz -c commentzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz -y 2005 tst1.mp3
mh@deville ~/cfc/mp3/id3v2-0.1.11 --> ./id3v2 -l tst1.mp3 id3v2 tag info for tst1.mp3:TPE1 (Lead performer(s)/Soloist(s)): artistzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
TALB (Album/Movie/Show title): albumzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
TIT2 (Title/songname/content description): songzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
COMM (Comments): ()[]: commentzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
TYER (Year): 2005

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

American Scientist Online - Unwed Numbers

American Scientist Online - Unwed Numbers: "The mathematics of Sudoku, a puzzle that boasts 'No math required!'"

Game of Life links

Nice Java applet version:
Original article:
Life32: fastest for windows, huge universe:
Pattern Catalog, with embedded Java applet:

For Life demo, recommend the Java Applet.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

DIY Live » DIY Archive » Ten most needed circuits for the DIYer

"I have decided to compile a list of the top ten most needed circuits that are a must know for anyone interested in DIY projects. These are the basics that can all be interchanged and used in conjunction with each other to make many of the projects that we all love so much."

"The DIY - Paper Bookmarks (sleep version).pdf, is the first original version, with I fell asleep here.... I've also correct the size to fit Letter size Paper. Thanks for english commenters.

The DIY - Paper Bookmarks (note version).pdf is an improved version for taking notes. You can use it on books, moleskine, prints. I use it for tagging my prints"

Visual Distortion

"DBGraffle4 : Automatically draw SQL schema in OmniGraffle"

Ace of Spades HQ

Bad taste alert!! "Cool Facts About Dick Cheney"

Sunday, December 18, 2005

ban comic sans :: Free font archive

"download free comic fonts for mac and pc "

Saturday, December 17, 2005


Bertil Ohlin, Prize Winner in 1977, showed that countries engage in and benefit from trade if their production resources differ from each other.

Introduction: Why Trade? »
Find out about international trade according to Ohlin's prize-awarded work.

Play the Trade Ruler Game »
Become the supreme ruler in the trade simulation game! "

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

EVDO EV-DO RUMORS: Wireless Internet Service

"Anywhere EV-DO Service is Provided by the VerizonWireless or Sprint PCS network and they charge you directly $80/m. "

The Secret Hollow Book - Page 1

"Most people have heard of the secret hollow book, also known as a bookshelf safe. They are a great place to stash your valuables or other goodies. Well, I figured it couldn't be too hard to make my own, so I did. You can make one too."

No Left Turns Archive

"though, as they say, the plural of anecdote is not data."

Canon 3D Papercraft

"Nearly everyone has made paper airplanes or tried origami when they were children. Take these memories further when you download dozens of 3D-Papercraft projects for free."

Association Of International Glaucoma Societies............AIGS............

"Glaucoma Hymn

Glaucoma, Glaucoma, Glaucoma
Constricting vision slowly
Halted by progress of science
Vision of a world united
Beyond all science knowing"

And what's with the people in the upper left corner?

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

"Robert Bringhurst’s book The Elements of Typographic Style is on many a designer’s bookshelf and is considered to be a classic in the field. Indeed the renowned typographer Hermann Zapf proclaims the book to be a must for everybody in the graphic arts, and especially for our new friends entering the field.

In order to allay some of the myths surrounding typography on the web, I have structured this website to step through Bringhurst’s working principles, explaining how to accomplish each using techniques available in HTML and CSS. The future is considered with coverage of CSS3, and practicality is ever present with workarounds, alternatives and compromises for less able browsers."

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

russian climbing - Google Video

SSI Shredding Demonstrations

"A movie gallery of actual shredding; from the ordinary but tough, to the surprising."

Monday, December 12, 2005

Play Samorost 2

"Samorost 2 is out!"

Unwise Microwave Oven Experiments

"The 'Tesla Coil ' of the 1990s
High Voltage in the Kitchen"


"DIY MagLite Photolamp

I don't know how, but late at night I got the idea that I wanted to covert my new 3D cell Mag-Lite to a handy photo-lamp. Next morning I dug out some 250 GSM paper and some adhesive foil I've been saving for a worthy project and whipped up a quick ghetto-lamp"

Friday, December 09, 2005 -

"The intention of the camerapedia Wiki is to be a repository for information and links to information about all still camera brands and models. You know your camera equipment better than anyone. Please share that knowledge with everyone and contribute." | Your free online color matching toolbox | Your free online color matching toolbox

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Introductory Economic Analysis

Introduction to Economic Analysis
R. Preston McAfee
California Institute of Technology
"The Open Source Introduction to Microeconomics"

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

SQLite Database Browser

"SQLite Database Browser is a freeware, public domain, open source visual tool used to create, design and edit database files compatible with SQLite. It is meant to be used for users and developers that want to create databases, edit and search data using a familiar spreadsheet-like interface, without the need to learn complicated SQL commands."

Monday, December 05, 2005

string tripod

"The basic model is a simple piece of string with just a loop at each end. Put one loop around your camera and put your foot in the other. If you pull it tight, you win up to three stops. "

12 sided calendar

"Download a 12 sided calendar
Download a dodecahedral calendar after your own specifiation."

Marital Strife Can Delay Surgical Wound Healing - CME Teaching Brief - MedPage Today

"At each visit, both members of the couple were subjected to eight small wounds, using a suction blister device. The epidermis roofing the blisters was removed and a plastic template with eight wells was taped over the wounds.

During the first visit, subjects were asked to complete questionnaires designed to gauge their level of stress. Then they were asked to engage in two 10-minute discussions intended to allow the researchers to assess their behavior when they were soliciting and offering social support."

ThinkGeek :: Kill-A-Watt

"The Kill-A-Watt allows you to connect your appliances and assess how efficient they are. A large LCD display counts consumption by the Kilowatt-hour, just like utility companies. You can figure out your electrical expenses by the hour, day, week, month, even an entire year. Monitor the quality of your power by displaying Voltage, Line Frequency, and Power Factor."

Google: Ten Golden Rules - Issues 2006 -

"At Google, we seek that advantage. The ongoing debate about whether big corporations are mismanaging knowledge workers is one we take very seriously, because those who don't get it right will be gone. We've drawn on good ideas we've seen elsewhere and come up with a few of our own. What follows are seven key principles we use to make knowledge workers most effective. As in most technology companies, many of our employees are engineers, so we will focus on that particular group, but many of the policies apply to all sorts of knowledge workers."

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Disappearing Act

"Disappearing Act
Where Have the Men Gone? No Place Good"

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Visible Earth: Earth's City Lights

"This image of Earth’s city lights was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS). Originally designed to view clouds by moonlight, the OLS is also used to map the locations of permanent lights on the Earth’s surface."

I Love My Mac The Song - Home

"whenever I want, to plug in a peripheral
it recognizes it right away
I dont have to sweat, and pray for a small miracle
its just great for me
Im as happy as can be
and I have better productivity

I love my Mac
cuz its so dependable, so sensible so beautiful
oh its the only one for me "

Friday, December 02, 2005

Chapter 4: Radio

"Building a simple crystal radio.
Building a radio in ten minutes.
Building a radio out of household implements.
Building a three-penny radio.
Building a radio transmitter in 10 minutes.
Building a matching receiver and signal strength meter.
Building a very simple AM voice transmitter." - Fordje blazen

How much thrust does a 747 generate? see cars brave
the crosswinds.