Archive for August, 2005

a night at the opera

August 30th, 2005

Today (August 30th) only, if you email the address below slap your email address into this form, they will send you a free registration code for the what-normally-costs-$40 browser, Opera:

I like Safari and/or Firefox myself, but *hey!* free stuff.

~jeff

i am getting sick of florida

August 30th, 2005

my one and only wish

OK, so, Florida is fun for a while. It’s all pastels, salmon and aquafresh green, and there’s the beach and the pool and two-floor motels everywhere. From where I’m staying, I can see the enormous NASA space shuttle assembly building off in the hazy distance.The skies are huge and open and often there is every kind of cloud at once, each a different color.

But. It’s all wearing me thin, and bottom line: there’s only so much sun a man can take before he looks like an old leather baseball glove. I would like to come back to New England, soon, please?

~jeff

green apple screensaver

August 28th, 2005

I made this a while ago when I was learning how to use Quartz Composer, but kind of forgot about it. It’s quite a nice screensaver, I think.

Green Apple Screenshot

Download Green Apple Screensaver.

Requires Mac OS X 10.4 or higher. Unzip it and drop it in your “Library -> Screen Savers” folder to install (double-clicking won’t do it for .qtz files).

~jeff

someone comes to town, someone leaves town

August 28th, 2005

“Someone Comes To Town, Someone Leaves Town” by Cory Doctorow.

This novel was exceptionally hard to take. The plot is: there’s brothers, they are weird, their father is a mountain, their mom is a washing machine. It’s so *OMFG* quirky it hurts. The characters stop what they are doing every so often to go off on diatribes about wireless internet, and as such you can easily see the seams where Doctorow is cutting and pasting his BoingBoing rants in for page count. Cutting 20-30 pages of recycled rant out of this book would have vastly improved the whole affair. I mean, we get it, Cory, you don’t like Swisscom, but the book screeches to a complete halt as a result of the angry lecturing.

Also, Doctorow uses — again and again — the old Stephen King chestnut of having characters cut off each other’s thumbs, fingers and toes. It’s high time to retire this device; I suspect writers use it mainly because they know it will illicit an uncomfortable feeling in the reader. While certainly no one wants to get their digits cut off, just as certainly no one wants to read about it for 315 pages either.

Let me say something nice about the book: it’s licensed under the Creative Commons license and is available for free download here. Let me say something less nice about it: don’t bother. I nearly didn’t finish it, and if I wasn’t bored out of my mind down here in hurricane-addled coastal Florida, I probably wouldn’t have. I’ve never read anything else of Doctorow’s fictional writing, and after this book I probably won’t, although I hear his other stuff is better. My disappointment is palpable, and I award this book one-hundred teeny-tiny frowny-face emoticons.

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~jeff

why’s poignant guide to ruby

August 28th, 2005

By way of explanation: I’m slowly, slowly, s l o w l y teaching myself a language called Ruby. This just might be the best instruction manual for learning any computer language, ever. It’s a genuinely funny read, you should check it out.

~jeff

good stuff cheap

August 28th, 2005

Dealmac’s RSS feed is a near-perfect use of RSS feed technology; it allows you to quickly scan the deals that dealmac finds — and some of them are outrageously good deals! — and pull up more info if a $20 250GB IDE hard drive catches your eye. The only downside is that a lot of those deals involve rebates, and as we all know, rebates are teh suck.

~jeff

it’s NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

August 27th, 2005

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/mis/93538024.html

~jeff

greetings from florida

August 27th, 2005

Greetings from Florida.

…this illustrates another new in-progress feature of my rotoshop software, alpha-channel captioning. I really like how the palm tree came out in this one.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to go surfing.

~jeff

just another friday night at josh’s house

August 26th, 2005

seriously, it’s like that. *(Probably NSFW)*

~jeff

uv 2.0 renderer

August 26th, 2005

Last night I rewrote the Photoshop-based “rendering module” to my highly-secret rotoshopping project; the older rendering method made digital video look a lot like abstract watercolor, but I’ve always wanted it to look more like a comic book, and I think I’ve accomplished that:

Version 2.0 renderer samples.

A fast connection and the Flash plug-in is required for all the videos, except for the high-quality H.264 video; QuickTime 7 is required for that one. It’s worth pointing out how genuinely awesome the H.264 video quality truly is, as it maintains nearly all the textures and detail of the raw 168 MB render even when compressed *43 times smaller* to 3.9 MB.

(And thanks to Jennifer and Rosie for being such interesting subjects.)

~jeff

infuriate yourself

August 25th, 2005

http://blogs.popmatters.com/marginalutility/

I read a little of it, and I was like “yeah, ok, sure, right on.”

Then I read a lot of it, and I kinda wanted to bash this guys skull open and feast upon the tasty pink goo contained therein. I agree with an awful lot of his points, but the level of pretension in this writing is way up in the red. And he complains far more than he offers suggestions for improvement, which ultimately exhausts my patience for this type of cultural criticism; I have little tolerance for people who sit back and point out what consumer whores we all are, but then pretend to somehow rise above it by the very act of noticing.

Especially when he’s got ads for Target and Sony on the very same page.

~jeff
Editor-in-chief, *Consumer Whore Monthly*

not the best tattoo ever

August 25th, 2005

but certainly one of the most specific.

~jeff

Tom Sizemore Has Lost His Goddamn Mind

August 24th, 2005

The proof *(NSFW — ed.)*. And probably some pudding.

Speedfreaks Rejoice

August 23rd, 2005

According to this article at Reuters, a health company has come out with a drug that will offset the effects of sleep deprivation. It’s only being tested on Monkeys now, but soon the gay population of West Hollywood can have their super hot gay sex for days with no ill effects, minus a lot of chaffing.

creepy new feature

August 18th, 2005

We know where you live. Thanks to Ben for the heads up on gvisit.com.

~jeff