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An Audience

June 17th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

Be your own audience.

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The Switch

June 16th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

I woke up this morning and flipped the switch. The light went out.

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Perfection

June 14th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

The only thing preventing perfection is the idea that perfection is not possible.

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Flying

June 13th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #

I want to fly
…but I can’t.

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Three Years Past

June 12th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
     A freshman boy walks down the school hallway eating a cup of ice cream he got from across the street.  While walking, he suddenly looks up from his ice cream to realize his surroundings look different.  It's the same location with some things altered, perhaps looking older or worn out.  He eventually realizes he has ended up 3 years into the future.
     His friends tell him he's crazy.  When the boy tries to use his ice cream as proof, they tell him he just got it from across the street.  Defeated, the boy just accepts his situation for the time being.
     His learning is accelerated and he quickly adapts to his new life.  He seems to learn things instantaneously sometimes (such as math) even though he doesn't remember having been good at it before.  One day his friends bug him about the ice cream again and the boy gets irritated.  The boy suddenly shouts, "How could I have gotten the ice cream...[More]
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Setting Free

June 8th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Letting a tree grow on its own doesn't mean removing the very earth in which its roots are entwined.
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Genuine Altruism

June 7th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Thought of the Day | #
Goal of the moment! Out to prove that genuine altruism does exist!
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Memory of Lightwaves

June 6th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #

Memory of Lightwaves from Final Fantasy X-2

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Pocket Projectors

June 1st, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  I guess I’m getting a bit behind these days.  I was just joking a few weeks ago about the possibility of having “pocket projectors” in the future.  Turns out they already have them! So tiny too - I can’t believe it. :P

  Example:

 Castrade Mini-LED Projector
  Can’t believe…[More]

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Sound of Waves

April 30th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima
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Things Fall Apart

April 12th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
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JPEG Timestamp Modifier

April 5th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

     If you like to take alot of pictures like I do - better yet if you like to hoard a lot of pictures everyone else like I do :P - you’ll find the times don’t always match up between cameras. It kind of kills the point of having an album if the pictures don’t line.

     I tried to come up with a solution with my file modifier, which works, but lacks an interface. I admit that the tool I found here by far trumps mine. :P If I had known it existed, I wouldn’t even have bothered making mine.

     The JPEG Timestamp Modifier basically lets you set all the creation/modified times to the time picture taken (on the EXIF) or you can shift the times up and down by hr/sec increments. You can load multiple files at once as well. I don’t see anything missing from the package. Definitely something to check out.

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Far Beyond the Stars

March 30th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
Far Beyond the Stars by Denny Schneidemesser
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How to Fly... or Throw Yourself at the Ground and Miss

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

How to Fly

  Found this interesting site and article on how to fly.  Sadly, it was the only link available on google (near the top anyways) that was actually related to flying flying - not flying with some giant overpriced piece of metal carrying you.  Definitely sounds like fun - I’ll be trying that soon hehe. :D

  I suppose it’s another thing to add to the list of Things to Do.  At some point, I do hope to get 42 of them. :P

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Heart of Darkness

March 23rd, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
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Left Behind

March 22nd, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stories | #
Scene 1:
-- Cut to door outside hallway. --
» Boy opens it and walks in with Friend1 and Friend2 (back to us).
-- Cut to front of group, angled to show only Boy's face. --
» Group walks toward camera down hallway, talking and laughing.  Boy talking and laughing with them.
» Boy drops...[More]
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Embedding Flash to W3C Standards

March 22nd, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  Been trying to figure out how to embed Flash the “perfect way” for a while.  The conventional way, using both object and embed tags, is not actually compliant or “legal” so to speak.  If you validate your site (validator.w3.org), you will run into many errors.

   So for a while, everything on my site except the Flash embedding was W3C-compliant.  I honestly don’t know why I care, but it just bugged me that one problem was keeping my site from being fully XHTML.

  Out of all my searches, I have to say this one is most useful: In Search of… the Perfect Plugin Technique.  Not only does it list all the ways to embed Flash and stay within the standards, it lists all the pros and cons of each method.

  From what…[More]

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Complete (Dramatic Remastery)

March 22nd, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
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Juggling Dreams

March 10th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Essays | #

  Sometimes you feel unstoppable, great, as if the world is only beginning, and you are at the center of it all.  You get ideas, schemes that you never dared consider before, and now that you have, you feel obligated to pursue them, to drive them as far as you possibly can.  At first you're not sure if you're up to the task; the first step looks hard and difficult.  Then you toss in the first challenge, the first dream, and then the second, and then the third.

  Pretty soon, you're not only tossing and catching all three, you are actually juggling.  You can juggle two at a time, worry about the third later.  Or you can juggle all three at once, perhaps without even breaking a sweat.  Over time, you get better; you've gone far beyond anything you ever hoped to do, juggling three when at first you dared not even juggle one.  You're ready for more; you want a challenge.

  And so you throw in the…[More]

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Joy Luck Club

March 9th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
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