June 28, 2008
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June 24, 2008
My assumption is that they do something like take two sheets of the foil, crimp it to form tubes, fill the tubes with the condiment, then crimp crossways to seal it into little packets, and then cut the packets apart, but that doesn't seem like it'd work too well for some condiments (such as Tabasco sauce).
June 19, 2008
In a sense it would be a movie which is about the making of itself, except the story would not be the making of the film - the "window dressing" would eventually fade into the woodwork even though it'd remain visible throughout the whole film.
Are there any movies like this? I'd expect there to be at least one movie which is basically a stage production committed to film in this way, but I can't think of anything even though the concept is familiar.
I think I might want to write a screenplay.
June 17, 2008
- It certainly feels a lot faster and more responsive, especially when loading old table-layout pages like PoE
- Not sure if I like the Awesomebar yet. Maybe it'll grow on me.
- Yay, my error animations run silky-smooth now!
- Boo, the music on them doesn't loop right (maybe it's time to finally turn it into a Flash player instead of a Quicktime embed)
- The new UI is weird but not incomprehensible. Although I miss the 'open' control on the download manager.
I got the Techno model which only shows your score after a certain threshold (which I haven't reached yet) but even without that, this thing is great. Just a couple minutes of it feels like I've been working out for hours, and I can barely move my arm afterwards from the muscle fatigue. It finally gives me something useful to do during my typing breaks (and it's certainly more fun than lifting dumbbells while watching TV).
Hopefully this will finally help me get over my long-term wrist problems. I'm sure I'll keep everyone updated.
As PC applications become increasingly visual, many ordinary tasks will benefit from the graphics horsepower provided by this new GPU. These tasks range from editing photos to encoding/playing high-definition videos, even getting driving directions off the Internet to running a new operating system like Windows Vista.I'm pretty sure that the graphics card isn't involved at all in getting driving directions from the Internet. While it's conceivable that GPGPU could be used for performing the routing calculations (which, frankly, can be done even on 5-year-old graphics cards just fine - one of the very first GPGPU algorithms I ever saw was for minimal path finding), just because something is displayed visually doesn't mean it has anything to do with the performance provided by the highest-end graphics card on the market.
June 14, 2008
Considering it feels like just yesterday that I was turning 29 and wondering where 28 went, I have to wonder if maybe I was onto something.
June 13, 2008
Also, it's worth noting that this music sounds like it's overcompressed and clipping, which is surprising considering it's a Rachmaninov concerto.
June 11, 2008
Note that this is probably much more fiddly and geeky than most people want to deal with, and it requires an email host which allows you to use IMAP, procmail, and custom filters (or at least specifically bogofilter).
Note that I don't specifically have anything against GMail, it's just that I like to be in control of my hosting setup and spam filtration and so on, and I've noticed that GMail's spam filter is a bit less-than-stellar. (Certainly it's better than pretty much every client-side filter, of course, but I've had much better luck with my setup.)
June 10, 2008
What the stations should be doing is running different ads on the DTV and analog feeds — on the analog feeds say, "Hey, you're watching this on an analog set, you need a DTV converter box," and on the digital feeds say "Hey, great, you're watching this digitally. Make sure your friends and family are too." Sort of like the dancing IPv6 turtle.
If they really can't do that for some reason (and I'm pretty sure they can, based on how I've seen early DTV broadcasts fail), they could at least use a more meaningful signifier, like "if your TV channels have a dot or dash in them, like 2.0 or 5-1, you are fine, but if not you are still watching on an analog set."
June 9, 2008
- iPhone 1.0 (8GB, retail), full contract lifetime, minimal contract plan: $400 + 24*$60 = $1840
- iPhone 3G (8GB), full contract lifetime, minimal contract plan: $200 + 24*$70 = $1880
- iPhone 1.0 (8GB, eBay), full contract lifetime, minimal contract plan: $600 + 24*$60 = $2040
That said, I hope there's still a pay-as-you-go option (according to AT&T the $200 is still the full retail price, and not a subsidized cost, although that smells like bullcrap to me), but it sounds like there won't be (since all purchases/activation will happen in-store and so they probably won't even let you buy an iPhone if you cause your credit check to fail). Or, perhaps there's a way to opt to only get EDGE for $10/month less.
"Band" will be genuinely useful for me. Using a voice recorder to hum song ideas where I go doesn't work too well since my ideas usually have things like harmonies and stuff. Having a touch-sensitive on-screen keyboard will be a killer feature. I definitely want an iPhone now. (Or, you know, could keep using my iPod Touch.)
June 8, 2008
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June 4, 2008
But with comping, you can just rerecord parts that need work, and then your master region gets a little 'expand' widget on it, and when you expand things the individual recordings which make up a comp appear and you can very very easily just select the parts of which takes you want to use in the master comp, and it handles the crossfading for you, and you can also tweak the individual recordings through the sample editor and so on. It is so very very nice and it has completely saved my sanity while working on this album.
(Oh yeah I am working on an album.)
June 3, 2008
I've also unlocked everything, and I actually appreciate the unlock mechanism since it actually does give you progressively-harder things as you go (and it doesn't really take that long to do it all). I haven't even tried the second half of the yoga poses because I know I'm not yet physically capable of it. (But on that note I'm actually getting flexible enough that I don't completely mess up Sun Salutation!)
Also, the free jogging mode is quite nice. Normally I wouldn't have the concentration to just keep on jogging in place while watching TV or movies, BUT by having an actual set time and subtle auditory feedback (from the Wiimote speaker) it keeps me going for the whole 20 minutes.
June 2, 2008