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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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Things to Read

June 3rd, 2009 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #
Below are just interesting sites to go through, to read or skim through, if you're ever bored or just looking for something to read or skim through because you're bored or not. Tongue (say that 10x fast! Ha!)

100 Most Beautiful Places in the World - All the places I want to one day see with my own eyes. Cheesy
Enneagrams...[More]
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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

 Castrade Mini-LED Projector

  Can’t believe something like that even exists.  It might even be smaller than the mini speakers I have.  Unfortunately, the pricetag is over $200… just a tad too expensive.  Maybe when they start making them for under $100… and maybe if the lightbulbs were replacable. :P

  As usual, adding this to my list of interesting gadgets and tech to buy.  Always looking for interesting stuff like this - anyone feel free to send me items as well!

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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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File Management

April 5th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Tools to sort, rename, and organize your files...


     Seems like the operating system would be best for managing your files, but this isn't always the case.  Several times, I'd want to rename a whole batch of files, or maybe I'd want to fix the creation times of my pictures.  As usual, the free stuff is always best - there's no reason to buy bloated software for essential needs as these.  Below are the best I've found.  Feel free to suggest more.

Programs and Tools

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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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Origami Folding

March 29th, 2009 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #
     I used to fold a lot of origami when I was littler.  Don't remember as many anymore, but once in a while I try to relearn a few.  Below are some bookmarks I keep of some nice ones to remember (or reference if you don't remember).  Usually I care only for those that require no cutting or additional accessories (just the paper and folding).  Kind of defeats the purpose otherwise - at least to me.
     If you know any other nice tutorials, do add.  I'm always wanting to learn more - and perhaps figure out a few that I used to know how to make but forgot lately. Sad
Materials:...[More]
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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 23rd, 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 I’ve tried, it would appear the nested-object method is the best way to go if you want to have the most compatibility across browsers.  Javascript is out of the question because, sadly, I still have people who disable javascript on their browsers.  It’s also just way too much hassle to create a new SWF in order to load other Flash files; I’d have to break and redo many of the links I’ve already created (rather than just changing a few key elements of the site).

  I guess really the only thing now is to see and wait.  If anyone knows of issues with the nested-object technique, please do say.  I’d hate to have it set up across all the sites and rely on it so blindly if it turns out not to work.

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Complete (Dramatic Remastery)

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