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Dreams of Flight

June 6th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
I woke in my dream and was surprised I could fly.
I woke up this morning and wondered why I couldn't.
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Things to Watch

June 3rd, 2011 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #
Just things on the internet worth seeing over time if you haven't seen them already.  Some are old, some are new, ... Feel free to send me more links to add! Tongue
3D Projection Mapping - Using projectors to apply effects to real buildings and objects.  More with live people from Sila Svetta, Bot & Dolly's Box, Light Harvest's Immersive Surfaces (Manhattan Bridge)
The Box Man - A man and a box.  Inspired by Japanese author Kobe Abe.
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State of Identity

May 28th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Gone are the days when one would try to learn from the successful. Now we have those who turn a blind eye to the solution, embrace their problems with pride, and become one with their failures.
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Fate's Astray

May 26th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
And even if we keep ourselves away... Fate comes down and leads us astray.
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May 23rd, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Thought without action.  Life without meaning.  A lump of coal without wheels.
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Pure of Heart

May 18th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
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May 10th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Essays | #
     I fear boredom.  I don't know why.  It's just the way it is.  I should be happy that my two hardest classes are now over, but I instead feel empty.  I should look forward to a fun trip I've been planning this month, but I realize that once it passes (or even in the midst of it), there will be nothing but a void.

     I can't help feeling similar to Jonathan Shields in "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952).  It has haunted me ever since I watched it two years ago for a film class.  Of course, I will never betray anyone for any means, but like Shields, once a project or goal is finished, I don't feel satisfied at all.  Instead, I feel anguish and longing - like I have just lost purpose and have suddenly been reduced to nothing.  I can be anything and do anything, but once I stop, I sink away into the shadows.

     It is not as if I pursue a goal or task because I enjoy it either.  It...[More]
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A Better Place

May 2nd, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
It's okay because he's in a much better place now... No he's not - he's right there rotting away in front of you!
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Silent Scream

April 30th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Sometimes you just want to scream, but at the same time you don't want to be heard.
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Moon's Guidance (2010)

April 11th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Moon's Guidance (2010) by Denny Schneidemesser
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Far Beyond the Stars (2010)

April 9th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Far Beyond the Stars (2010) by Denny Schneidemesser
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April 7th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
You can't judge me.  I've already done that.
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Fixing Slow Print Dialogue with Epson

April 4th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
Ran into this problem earlier today when printing from Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.  Basic symptoms are that the print dialogue takes almost a minute to pop up and then any navigation through the options is very slow.  The printer settings also do not show current ink levels.

It turns out this problem can be fixed by simply deleting the following file:
C:\ProgramData\Epson\Printer there is a file called EPAUDF01.AUD

The file is normally supposed to be very small but this problem occurs when the file somehow builds up over 1 MB or more.

More details found through some digging here:
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Times of Need

March 31st, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
In times of need, we gather together to unitedly state the obvious.
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IE8 CSS Backgrounds on A:Hover

March 20th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
This is an odd bug, but if you try to specify a background for a link on hover (a:hover), the background may not take effect in Internet Explorer 8.  Fortunately it is an easy fix but not very obvious.

Basically make sure to specify the background in the non-hover state; if there is none, then set it to transparent.  Your CSS would then look like this:

a {
a:hover {
background-color:#CCC; /* or whatever color you want */

Hopefully this saves some time for someone out there.  It took a while of playing around to finally get it working but ah well. Tongue
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A Walking Tree

February 20th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
I once walked into a tree... and LIVED.
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Sides to an Issue

February 10th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
There are always two sides to an issue, only if you have no idea what the issue is about.
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Vitality, Weariness, Sleep

February 5th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Vitality becomes youth.
Weariness becomes age.
Sleep becomes death.
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Using Mirrors to Decrease Projector Throw Ratio

January 11th, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #
     Been doing a lot of work with pocket projectors lately.  One problem I've run into with them is the throw length.  It's no fun having something portable if you still need a lot of space to do any projecting.  So I did some experimenting with mirrors to see if I can "simulate" the extra distance for the projector without actually using much space. Cheesy

     I did some reading before diving into this and one point I noted was that surface mirrors tend to retain a lot more light than the conventional glass mirrors you get in stores.  The glass mirrors are basically coated surface mirrors to prevent scratching.  What I used were regular mirrors, but I thought the result was good enough for me.

     The main issue I'm contending with right now is whether to use a convex mirror which greatly increases the size of the image or just a regular mirror, which prevents distortion and preserves a bit more brightness. Grin

     I remember it was only a year ago too that I was mentioning how surprised I was pocket projectors even existed. Cheesy This will be very useful one day hehe
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Consciously Subconscious

January 2nd, 2011 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Thinking you subconsciously act against your will is just a conscious act of denial.
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