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This is a good 10 minute presentation about how to use social media. I got it from a podcast I listen to.
The first computer book I read was "Teach Yourself Basic" by Bob Albrecht. It wasn't a really good book - at least not for a child - but there it was. Mr.
On numerous articles it's recommended that dried leaves be shredded to compost them more rapidly. The argument made is that it increases the surface area of the leaf.
That doesn't make sense. Most of the leaf's surface is flat, and chopping leaves only increases the surface area along the edges of the cuts.
This is something I wrote to learn some of the latest Perl tech to scrape pages. What's cool about this demo script is that it doesn't use regular expressions that much. Instead, it uses HTML::TreeBuilder::XPath to treat the HTML as a queryable hierarchical data structure. How cool is that?!
An excerpt from On the Edge by Bill L. Disbrow, writing about the Gora Hotel during the occupation of Japan:
This was a map I created on the now defunct Platial. It maps places where I ate a bean and cheese burrito. It's kind of pre-yelp.
Citi contacted Doug Henwood of LBO demanding that a memo from early 2009 be taken off his site. They cited the DMCA. Econ blogger Bradford DeLong argues that the document is part of the historical record, of how Citi perceived the government's response to the economic crisis.
Attached to this blog post is another copy of this memo. It basically says the Citi analysts thought the government was going pretty easy on banks, and that they were predicting high unemployment in 2009 and 2010, along with huge price declines in house prices. So, they knew what was happening all along.
Update April 3, 2011: Citibank has sent a takedown notice (a DMCA thing). So to avoid a lawsuit, I'm going to comply. I'll post more information about the specifics of the takedown later. Hopefully, someone else has a copy of this document to share.
I was looking for monitors and got into the whole color thing. Here's my summary of findings.
I'm reading an Avaya (Lucent) manual about Avaya and Duvoice DV2000 integration. Being a phone novice, I don't really grasp how these technologies integrated. I assumed there was some kind of computer network between the voicemail and pbx.
That assumption was totally wrong.
Once again, another morph. This time from the popular Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek to the guy he studies, French philosopher Jacques Lacan. This one is almost right, but moving the hand from the cheek to the chin was impossible for me.
I didn't mention a couple posts back about the command to combine the output of JavaMorph into a movie:
ffmpeg -f image2 -i %03d.jpg out.movYou run that command inside the output directory.
Here's my latest morph, showing Thom Yorke of Radiohead morphing into David Byrne of Talking Heads. It would have been even better if it was Radiohead from around Kid A morphing into Talking Heads circa Remain in Light.
Here's another morph, similar to the last one. I'm learning how to set the points. There are a lot of errors, still, but a few things have improved, like the fact that the background doesn't just fade away. The background almost morphs correctly. The shirt doesn't work at all. This is definitely violating someone's copyright. Going forward, I'll use only Wikimedia Commons images.
Here's a video (viewable on Firefox) in Ogg Theora video format. It was created with JavaMorph, a FOSS morphing program, and PiTiVi, a simple video editor. The morpher made the transition, and Pitivi was used to add the stills at either end of the video.
Living turkey morphs into a cooked turkey dinner.
I was just thinking about computers I've owned, and six came out of boxes, ready to run. An Atari 800, and Atari 1040 ST, a Mac Quadra 660 (I think), a Mac iBook, a Mini Mac, and a Compaq budget PC. The rest were bought used, found in the trash, built from parts, or were kits or kit-like (barebones kits that took disks). I'm not sure how many computers I've owned, total. Probably between 20 and 30.