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Living Transparent

September 19th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #

Living Transparent by Reasoner

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The River

August 28th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Be the rock that holds against the river or the water that flows with the current but not the fish that dies swimming upstream.

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Solid Beliefs

August 22nd, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Forming beliefs is to go insane, and then come back from it.

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Summer Breeze

August 20th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Summer Breeze by Blackhole12
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Music and Sound Editing

August 10th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Free tools and programs to edit audio and mp3 files.  Resources and tips to read on.

     Of course, the best programs would have to cost money, but for those of us with somewhat of a budget, these are some of the programs I've found most useful.  Further down are also resources I found useful for advice on how to better edit sounds or music pieces.

General Sound Editing

Audacity - General purpose sound editor.  Does fading, cutting, and a number of effects.
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August 4th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Flawlessness is subjective; flaws are not.

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Diagonal Lines on Video Capture with TV Tuner

July 29th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  This has been bugging me for some time, but I always assumed it was just the monitor or editor program.  Basically what’s been happening is any video I capture from VHS or TV to my computer ends up with every so slight but definitely visible lines going diagonally across the screen.  I’m not sure how to explain it.  It’s not interlacing (those are horizontal and a whole other issue) and it doesn’t actually hurt the video that much like other artifacting.  You actually have to pause the video to notice them (at which you’ll see diagonal lines frozen across the image).  They’re kind of like crosshatches I guess - or honeycombs.  There really ought to be a name for it, but I can’t seem to find any references to it on Google.

  Here’s a picture of what I mean:

Diagonal lines definitely visible across the hands.

  Basic solution I’ve found so far is to keep the capture device and cables away from cables (especially power lines) if possible.  The issue was that I had the video cables crossing over a number of other cables to get to the computer (lot of cables coming out of the back of a computer - what’d you expect? :P).  Once I moved the VCR farther away and made pretty much a separate area just for the video cables to go through, the issue cleared up.

  I’m glad the issue is solved, but I kind of wish I knew exactly what it was to begin with.  A name would be nice.  Surely I’m not the first to run into this problem, so it’d be helpful to read up on it.

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Untapped Potential

July 29th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Potential that refuses to be tapped is potential that was never there to begin with.

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Ignoring Someone

July 26th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Just because someone ignores you doesn't mean they aren't listening.
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Trying to Find Storage Trunks

July 26th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  Right now, I just have too much stuff lying around, and I’m not usually one to throw things away.  Normally at this time of year, I’d be stuffing them into trunks or footlockers to store away, but I can’t seem to find any.

  I’ve checked online but the prices range from $120 upwards, not even including shipping.  Many of these don’t even have wheels or handles. -_- The ones I have currently I bought for $20 at Walmart so anything over $60 is already way out of my price range.  None of the Walmarts I visited nearby seem to sell trunks anymore though.

  If anyone knows any stores, local or online that sells these boxes for cheaper - please let me know.  Thanks

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Remembering Everything You've Ever Learned

July 20th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  Yeah, I’m bored.  It’s summer time.  And I’m forgetting things.

  Searched the subject of memory on Google just for the heck of it and found an interesting article on how memory works, as well as how to improve and maximize it.  The header claims you can remember “everything” and I suppose if you keep at it long enough, it’s possible but I doubt I’ll get enough time to pursue that. :P

  Article: Remembering Everything You’ve Ever Learned

  According to the article, cramming kills your memory and makes it ever so harder to retrieve later on.  I guess that explains last year. :P

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Running Out of Luck

July 20th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

If you run out of luck, just borrow someone else’s.

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Out There

July 19th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
There's nothing out there.
Everything's already in here.
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Good Enough

July 9th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Saying something is good enough when it could be better is like cutting your life short because you're satisfied with what you've already experienced.
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Pushing to Succeed

July 7th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Push until you succeed but not until you fail.

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Narwhals Tune

July 6th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Narwhals Tune by TheWheebl
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July 4th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

There doesn’t have to be a why, but there has to be a reason.

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Looking for a Better CD Pen

July 3rd, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  You’d think the hard part about burning CDs or DVDs is getting the software to burn right or the disc to play back.  After spending about just 5 minutes to finish off the DVD and burn it, the part that seems to take the longest is actually labeling the disc.  The darn pen won’t work on the disc even if I just used it less than a minute ago.

Have to sacrifice one disc to scribble on and get the ink flowing before I label the other.

  Currently, I have 3 Sharpie CD pens on my desk, none of which appear to be working.  They’re of the twin-tip variety (using the fine tip so I can write more on the disc).  I know there’s ink in them because writing with the bold tips work just fine on any surface.  The worst part is the third pen just came from a fresh box, so it hasn’t been overused at all.

  I’ll probably go find another brand, but it seems like such a miniscule problem.  Normally, I’d search on Google to find out what’s a better option, but it doesn’t look like there are any reviews on a better pen (too small an issue).  You know all those tutorials about burning discs with the best brand drives and discs and software etc? They should probably add another step - the best brand pen.  All I want is a pen that works so I can write on the DVD and be done with it.  Bah!

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In the Face of Danger

July 3rd, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

It’s fun to laugh in the face of danger because danger has no face.

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Minority Average

July 1st, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

The average is a minority.

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