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March 30th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
As we move into the future, we cast away things from the past, but we ourselves get older.
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Doors

March 24th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

The only thing scarier than a door is a wall.

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The Woman in the Dunes

March 24th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe
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Masks

March 18th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Masks by Fumiko Enchi
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Faster Time

March 15th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Time doesn't move faster as you get older; the days just become less meaningful.
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Chicken Dance

March 13th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
A horse and a chicken danced side by side...
The chicken was trampled to death.
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The Temple of the Golden Pavilion

March 11th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion by Yukio Mishima
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Let the Rain Cry For Me

March 8th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
When my eyes can no longer foster tears, I let the rain cry for me.
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Why and What

February 27th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Why and what are the same.

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Setting Sun

February 25th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Setting Sun by Osamu Dazai
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Seeing

February 18th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

There are those you can’t fool because they see right through you…
and then there are those you can’t fool because they can’t see you at all.

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Naomi

February 10th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Naomi by Junichiro Tanizaki
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PDF Creator Borderless Word Doc

February 6th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #
  I recently ran into an issue where PDF Creator was cutting off the top of my documents that were too close to the edge.  It's strange because the sides and bottom of the pages were okay, so it didn't seem like a border-issue (and PDF Creator isn't a real printer anyways).

   To fix it, go to Print Options for Microsoft Word and make sure <strong>"A4/Letter Resizing" is turned off</strong>.

I am guessing if you set the correct paper size in PDF Creator's options, this would fix it as well.  Usually however, I just print straight to PDF without changing any settings, so this is the preferred method for me.
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Impressions

February 4th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

The world is not an illusion, but you are only an impression.

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Kokoro

January 25th, 2010 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Kokoro by Natsume Sōseki
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Embedding Stock Charts on SMF Forums

December 28th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

So I was looking for a way to embed stock charts into posts for SMF Forums, probably via bbcode or tags. I checked Google all morning and couldn’t find it though. If it exists, please redirect me because I’m sure it’ll be much better than my makeshift solution. :P

In the meantime, I modified my forums to use a tag called [schart]. When someone types [schart]SYMBOL[/schart], it shows the stock chart in its place.
The editing isn’t complicated, but you need another site to embed from. Right now, I’m using Wikinvest, but it’s a bit slow and heavy (it’s interactive and flash, fancy stuff). If anyone knows a good, fast-loading static one, it’d be nice to know. :D

For the code, go to Sources/Subs.php and find “function parse_bbc”.
At the end of the $codes array, or after:

array(
‘tag’ => ‘white’,
‘before’ => ‘<span style=”color: white;”>’,
‘after’ => ‘</span>’,
),

Insert:

//Moddie Stock Charts
array(
‘tag’ => ’schart’,
‘type’ => ‘unparsed_content’,
‘content’ => ‘<script src=”
http://charts.wikinvest.com/wikinvest/wikichart/javascript/scripts.php” type=”text/javascript”></script><div id=”wikichartContainer_645B01FB-’.($srand=rand(1000,9999).’-’.rand(1000,9999)).’-$1-D729C4917DE2″><div style=”width: 390px; text-align: center; vertical-align: center; margin-top: 22px;”><a href=”http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/”><img src=”http://cdn.wikinvest.com/wikinvest/images/adobe_flash_logo.gif” alt=”Flash” style=”border-width: 0px;”/><br/>Flash Player 9 or higher is required to view the chart<br/><strong>Click here to download Flash Player now</strong></a></div></div><script type=”text/javascript”>if (typeof(embedWikichart) != “undefined”) {embedWikichart(”http://charts.wikinvest.com/WikiChartMini.swf”,”wikichartContainer_645B01FB-’.$srand.’-$1-D729C4917DE2″,”390″,”245″,{”ticker”:”$1″,”liveQuote”:”true”,”showAnnotations”:”false”,”rollingDate”:”6 months”});}</script>’
),

Usually the chart ID (container) is set so that you can save changes to the chart, but I’m really just looking for the chart display alone. The ID is randomized so that you don’t have to create a new chart at Wikinvest each time. The problem might be that you accidentally use the ID of an existing chart, but the chance of that should be relatively small (and even so, you’re not making changes to the saved chart).

Of course, if anyone knows a chart that doesn’t need an ID or settings to be saved, that’d be even better. I’m still looking for one right now, but this is what I’m using in the mean time. :)

Update 20100112:
Found a few other sources for charts. This one loads quickly as an image: http://www.profitspi.com/

Just replace the content code with:

‘content’ => ‘<img src=”http://www.profitspi.com/stock-chart-str.aspx?id=$1&amp;ca=24062939″ alt=”$1″ />’

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Sea of Elegance

December 27th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Sea of Elegance by ChaotixMachine
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Immortality

December 11th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #

  You often see movies or books about people who can never die, but usually they also heal super fast from any wound or injury.  Just a thought on my end, but what if you can never die, but you heal at a normal rate?

  The scary part about this is that the normal person can relate since no fast healing is involved.  The person in the character is essentially still conscious no matter what happens.  What’s to say this doesn’t occur in real life? Obviously you can’t heal from everything or live forever, but what’s to say your consciousness doesn’t continue drift along out there?

  It probably wouldn’t work that well as a film because you can’t show the inside of someone’s mind (supposing you take a first person perspective).  From an outside observer though, that might work.  Ideally, a book would work better so you can see the main character’s thoughts.

  The story…[More]

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Gymnopedie No.1

December 11th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #

Gymnopedie No.1 by Erik Satie (Cafe Del Mar interp.)

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Eye of the Beholder

December 8th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Reality is in the eye of the beholder.

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