Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 30: In Motion

Last photo of the 30-day photo project. Took me a while to get this one.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 29: Purchased

Essential for plane rides.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Day 28: Daily Routine

Dave's Killer Bread toast. With lots of butter. So good.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Day 27: After Dark

I can't fall asleep without a book.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Day 26: Something Old

My original Quake 3 tin box.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Day 25: Sun Glare

Despite the beautiful sunset we had a couple days ago, we don't really get much sun, so my son will have to suffice for today for the "sun glare" photo.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Day 24: A Smile

I love my daughter's smile. And I love how this photo turned out.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 23: Sunset

By mid-day it was looking like I wouldn't be able to get a good shot for today. Today is supposed to be "sunset", but all I could see were thick rain clouds, so I took an alternate photo called "son-sit" instead. Well, Nature sure proved me wrong and delivered a beautiful sunset for me to photograph. This photo is straight off the camera (or SOOC, as Flickr folk like to say), and I really like it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 22: Trees

Rain clouds, pine trees. I must be in Oregon.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Day 20: What I Read

Re-reading The Name of the Wind, before reading Wise Man's Fear.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Day 19: Where I Slept

4-6 hours is average for me.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Day 18: In My Bag

Sony MDR-7506 headphones. The best.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 17: On The Shelf

Books. Good books.

Removing the U3 Partition from a SanDisk Cruzer USB Stick

I have a 2GB SanDisk Cruzer USB stick that I wanted to give to Kaellagh to use. The problem was that it had this tiny, annoying little U3 partition on it. Not only does it have an install file on it, but the partition is set up to look like a CD drive when you stick it in a computer (even on a Mac). I haven't had auto-run turned on for CD drives since the "feature" was added to Windows last century, so it didn't affect me, but it's still pretty sneaky.

Anyway, I wasn't willing to give the USB stick to Kaellagh with this rogue partition on it, ready to infect any computer she used it on. However, you can't just go to the Disk Management tool (or Disk Utility on the Mac) and get rid of the thing. It is untouchable in the Disk Management tool and invisible in the Disk Utility tool. Searches on Google for "remove U3 partition" came up with old sites that had links to a removal tool from SanDisk, but the links were all old web addresses that have since been bought by domain squatters since SanDisk didn't bother to keep them alive. I narrowed my search to only recent results and finally found what I needed.

From SanDisk itself, here is the page for the U3 Launchpad Removal Tool and here is a link to the .zip file itself. And just in case SanDisk decides to be awesome and re-arrange their web site yet again, here is a mirror on my own Amazon S3 space.

The tool is made for Windows, so be forewarned. It works fast and is easy to use, but it shouldn't be needed in the first place!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Day 16: What I Ate

Can't beat apples and peanut butter. Pink lady apples, to be exact.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Day 15: My Shoes

I need new ones.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Day 14: Flowers

Cherry blossoms.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Day 13: From a Distance

Foggy day at the beach.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Day 12: Close-Up

At the beach.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Day 11: Something Fun

This was my binary clock at 11:11:11 on 11/11/11. :)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Day 10: Something I Made

Well, not just me. My wife had a big part too.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Day 8: Technology

Panasonic AG-HPX170P.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 7: Something New

Mmmmm. Ramen. Spicy ramen.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Day 6: Childhood Memory

LEGO. Enough said.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

After Effects is the Photoshop of Video

Lately I've been learning more about After Effects. It's basically Photoshop for video. No joke. And, like Photoshop, it's one of those programs that I know I will always be learning. Not just "until I'm good", but always.

I've been using Photoshop continuously since version 3.0 in the early 1990's. (I started on the version where they introduced layers.) And I do mean continuously using it. Since I started using it, the longest I've ever gone without opening Photoshop up for something is probably around a week and there have been years where I've opened every single day of the year. Yet I still feel like a novice at it. I have a friend who uses Photoshop probably as much as I do, yet he uses an entirely different set of functions in Photoshop than I do.

I can already tell this is what it will be like with After Effects. The range of things you can do to video with After Effects is just staggering. I know there will be brand new things I'll be learning years from now. And you know what? I love that.

Day 5: Someone I Love

My son Rowan. He says amazing things.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Day 4: Favorite Color

It's a good thing I live in Oregon.

Parenting Advice from Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel posted an instructional video on how to alienate your child and sow lifelong seeds of distrust. If you do it right, you can get them to hate you and never trust you again.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Day 3: Clouds

Clouds are dynamic things, so I decided to do a "long photo" format for today.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Day 2: What I Wore

Macro shot of my tie. I like this tie.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Day 1: Self-Portrait

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted to do a 30-day photo project in November. I'm using a list from another 30-day photo project I saw other people participating in during the month of August. I don't own a fancy camera, so all these photos will be done with my EVO 3D phone. It'll be kind of cool to see how they come out.

This wasn't an easy one to take. I had to look in a mirror to see the back of my phone as I took it. I used Adobe Photoshop Express to do the editing. I like how it came out.

Below is the list of photo's I'll be taking for this project. I'll link them up as I take them.

1. Self-PortraitDay 16: What I Ate
2. What I WoreDay 17: On the Shelf
3. CloudsDay 18: In My Bag
4. Favorite ColorDay 19: Where I Slept
5. Someone I LoveDay 20: What I Read
6. Childhood MemoryDay 21: Pretty Pattern
7. Something NewDay 22: Trees
8. TechnologyDay 23: Sunset
9. Faceless Self-PortraitDay 24: A Smile
10. Something I MadeDay 25: Sun Glare
11. Something FunDay 26: Something Old
12. Close-UpDay 27: After Dark
13. From a DistanceDay 28: Daily Routine
14. FlowersDay 29: Purchased
15. My ShoesDay 30: In Motion

And November has Begun!

Well, today it begins. I fired up Eclipse already and started working on my Android app. I'll take my picture later today. Today's photo is supposed to be a self-portrait.

I'm thinking I'm going to end up sticking with Blogger for the blog engine. Getting that all switched over to my main domain name will be a project in itself. I'm thinking I may just make this a sub-domain of my main site and make the main site more of a portal to stuff.

And so it begins....

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Formatting an External Drive for Mac OS X and Windows

I do a lot of video editing. Anyone who does video editing knows that this activity burns through hard drive space like a match on a gas-soaked haystack. I think right now, sitting on my desk, there are 11 or 12 terabytes worth of hard drives. And they're all full except for the new ones I got today. All those hard drives are formatted with NTFS, which means they are fully usable on my PC laptop, but read-only usable on the iMac. I've been using the iMac more and more lately, so I need to be able to go back and forth with the drives.

And that brings me to the formatting problem. Formatting the new external drives as NTFS is workable on the PC because, well, it just works. If I format them for the Mac, though, they're unusable unless I buy a product that makes Mac-formatted drives visible on the PC. Not gonna happen.

So, what to do?

Turns out exFAT is perfect for this. Searching around, I found someone else with the same problem, which is how I found out about exFAT. Good stuff. The disadvantages listed on the Wikipedia page are not particularly relevant to me. (I have no plans to put more than 2.8 million files in a folder.)

Now my new external drives are cross-platform (well, at least Windows and Mac OS X cross-platform) and I have three more terabytes of free space. That should last at least a couple of months.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Amazing Art, with Pumpkins

Check out these amazing pumpkins.

These remind me of the "totally amazing cakes" you see linked from time to time. They're usually described as just "totally amazing cakes", but they're not just amazing cakes. They're actually "totally amazing art that use cake and frosting as the medium". The same is true with these pumpkins. Amazing art, with pumpkins.

(via Lidge)

November is the "Do Something" Month

I've noticed that November seems to be the month people set aside to "do something". NaNoWriMo is a good example, as is No Shave November. Plenty of other activities seem to set aside the month of November to do things.

I think it's because all the other months have things going on to interrupt and steal attention from something that takes a whole month to do. Either way, it's a good concept because it puts a finite deadline to get a particular thing done. And as it turns out, I have a couple things I want to get done that need a finite deadline to get them done.

One thing I want to do is write an Android app. I've started and stopped on several apps, but still have yet to finish an app and get it on the Android Market. I love programming and it's been a while since I've done my own programming project just for me. So this next month will be for that. I'd say I'm about 90% decided on the app I want to write.

The second thing I want to do is do that one-month photo project that a lot of people were doing back in August. But, I plan to just use my phone's camera. We'll see how that goes.

The last thing will just be incidental, but I want to get work on this blog moving. I plan to be blogging the progress of the above projects, so work on this blog will just flow naturally.

However it goes, it should prove to be quite a productive month.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mobile Posting

If I'm really going to be serious about blogging, I'm going to be posting from my phone quite a bit. So far the Blogger app for Android is pretty simple to use. I like it.


It's time to reboot my blog. The last time I was seriously blogging on my own site was about six years ago. (Wow, that's a long time.) But it's not like I stopped creating content. I just stopped posting it to my own site. The content I used to post to my blog are the exact same things you can now find on Twitter, Google Reader, Flickr, Google+, YouTube, Facebook, and so on. Taken all together, the content is pretty much the same as what I used to post to my blog; it just lives in different places now. Now I'm interested in bringing it all back together again.

I've started a couple of different blogs now just to see which engine I like using the most. This one is Blogger, but I have another WordPress one I've been playing with. The original idea was to re-aggregate all that content back into one site, and I mostly succeeded with the WordPress version. However, I'm finding that I don't actually want everything just mirrored in one location. I'm starting to want to actually blog again, so I may stick with Blogger for doing that. The only reason Blogger is of interest is because it's just so simple. We'll see how it works out.

I plan on treating this blog like I did my original blog. Just write and see who shows up. No direction, no theme, just posting stuff I find interesting. I'm not, however, interested in managing a community, which is what my old blog started becoming. I just want to post and see what happens.