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Selling Camcorder

August 25th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

I originally bought a Sony SR300 camcorder back in May for use in a school club. Turns out, as we obtained another camcorder just last month, we no longer need this one. It is virtually brand-new condition, only used for a few months, and for those who know me, you can be certain I took excellent care of it.

Those who just happen to need a very nice camcorder (it’s Sony’s top standard def camcorder) or want take advantage of a good deal (selling it near half the price of retail) may want to check it out on eBay here.

You can see the official specs at Sony here. Its original price is $999 and it was only released earlier this year.

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Hiding Wordpress Dashboard Completely

August 3rd, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

Read on a few sites that people were trying to figure out how to hide the dashboard on Wordpress to non-admin users. Some said they could hide the link on the panel, but not redirect it. Others said vice versa.

Anyways, I tried it on my own site right here - if you have an account, you can go to your profile and see if you can find the Dashboard (which I hope you shouldn’t :-/ ).

Here’s how to do it:
1) Download ‘Hide Dashboard’ Plugin from Deepwave. However, his plugin will allow you to get to the dashboard via address. The main part, however, is finished. :P

2) Go to your main wordpress directory > wp-admin folder. Find index.php and open it with notepad. Right under the second line

require_once(’admin.php’);

Insert: if (!current_user_can(’level_10′) ) wp_redirect(”profile.php”);

Save it onto your site. You’re done :P

Yea, it is directly modding the files on #2. If anyone knows of a plugin way to do it (insert 1 line… -_-), feel free to say. I myself have no problem making an extra edit if I ever upgrade the wordpress software. :P

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My Antonia

August 1st, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
My Antonia by Willa Cather
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A Yellow Raft in Blue Water

August 1st, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris
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Girl in Hyacinth Blue

August 1st, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Recently Read | #
Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland
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Six Flags Discovery Kingdom?

July 25th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

        The names get weirder every time.   I still remember when I first went there and my dad (misinterpreting the name) called it just Marine World.   I later learned it was Marine World Africa USA, which made no sense to me at all.   It’s like naming something Lava World Antarctica Greenland.   How could you have a marine, oceanic world and a continent, a land mass called  Africa, in a country, USA, at the same time? Every part of the name is a different location… I guess it makes the name unique though.

        They later named it to Six Flags Marine World - which was fine.   The name didn’t sound as awkward to say; most people I knew just called it, and still only call it, Marine World.   Now they rename it to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom.   Why? Apparently, it’s supposed to reflect the animal sections and thrill rides of the park as well.   The park did not change much at all, however.   Looking through the map, it looks very different from the park I remember last year, but upon closer inspection, what they really did was give everything a more cartoonish look (only on the map though fortunately).

        Instead of renaming the park, Six Flags should focus more on actually improving it.      It seems more or less the park is just getting ready to shut down.   Six Flags Marine World  actually  spend the first 4 years of the millenium without any killer whales at all.   The water raft ride was rarely open.   The ‘DinoSphere’ 3D theater ride somehow went from escaping dinosaurs on a volcanic island, to rescuing dinosaurs, to somehow riding inside the head of a warrior, and finally to not being 3D at all (they ditched the glasses) and being a Stargate ride.   One of the few rides I actually like, Starfish, they took out.   They tried to add a new coaster, Zonga, but the ride was almost always closed and was shutdown after a mere 2 years.   Vertical Velocity is no longer vertical, but actually shorter by 30 feet.

        Instead, they go off and install a ton of kiddie areas.   The first one was fine - it more or less rethemed a section of the park.   They seem to be running out of ideas however, as they later plopped a rotating orca ride right amongst Roar, the go-karts, and V2.   Next they get Tava’s Jungleland, which doesn’t even have a jungle by the way, and now they’re building a Thomas town.

        They had me fooled for a bit when they renamed it to Discovery Kingdom; I actually thought they had something new.   But it’s still just Marine World (with a lot more little kid rides than there used to be :( ).

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Programming Resources

July 22nd, 2007 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Learning Java in 24 hours, etc

  Resources for learning non-web languages like Java or C will be noted here.  The first non-web language I picked up was Java.  I normally list resources as I find them and in the order I use them.  Check out the Web Design resources for my actual pathway starting any programming/language at all through HTML, PHP, MySQL, and other web-related languages.
  If you come across other great resources, feel free to send them to me.

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Site on Standstill

July 21st, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

        Well I’m back from my summer school program.   Unfortunately, I can’t say I learned enough Java to actually do anything with it; quite the opposite - I learned nothing at all.   You can take a look at some of the links in Java Resources  such as Sams Teach Yourself Java in 24 Hours  - stop at about half way through - and that’s as far we ever got.   Not even anything on a graphical user interface (meaning the program is only text).

        In any case, due to a number of projects I’m involved with, I may or may not update the site at all within the following month or so.   I’ve also more or less given up on  the gaming section a bit.    Too much effort  put into it without anything given back.   This means WiB is probably discontinued and Age of Mythology/Empires III will  not be seeing me again.    The  ”Age of” games in particular seem to have a community which is constant “rebirth” in that  previous  findings in the game are forgotten and refounded over and over again.   I’ll probably be available for contact, but do not expect any changes or new highlights.   Site is officially on standstill for now…

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Preventing Myopia

July 16th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #
Can glasses worsen nearsightedness and Myopia?

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** Update 2019: I have pretty much confirmed, at least for myself, that getting stronger glasses each year was the cause of my myopia.  I stopped going to eye exams and getting stronger glasses since 7th grade, which is over 15 years ago now.  I also made deliberate effort to never wear my glasses except when needed to read far.  During that time, I only went back once at the end of college to replace broken glasses, and that prescription ended up being pretty much the same as eight years prior.  Another seven years later, today, after going back to replace broken glasses, my prescription still ended up being close to what it was over a decade ago.  

My eyes went from 0 to -5.00 diopters from 4th to 7th grade in a matter of 3 years, during which doctors gave me stronger glasses every year.  Eight years later after avoiding eye doctors for so long, my replacement glasses ended up still only -5.25 diopters.  Now, my newest prescription 7 years after that is -6.00 diopters, of which I currently have to practically argue with the eye doctor not to prescribe the full amount and restart the worsening cycle.  It's a bit too much a coincidence to think it had nothing to do with when I stopped upping the prescription every year.
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Summer School

June 21st, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  I will be gone for the next month or so at a summer school program.   Basically it lets you live and take a class or two at a college for the summer (dorms and everything).   There’s supposedly not air conditioning there, so wish me best of luck lol.   I might poke my head in once in a while if they have internet, but I don’t know for sure.   I’ll be back around July 22 or so.  

    Classes I’ll be taking? Just one - that’s Java as I mentioned before.   Each class is extremely expensive.   That just means more free time for me though. :P

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Learning Java

June 19th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

        Will be taking Java at a college this summer.   Thought it was Javascript at first, but ah well.   The two are close enough I think.

        I’m trying to look at a few tutorials and know a bit of it before I start the course though.   Currently, I’m just using the the main Java Tutorials off the official site, but if anyone knows some other good tutorials, do let me know.   Thanks!

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Death

June 11th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

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Click Race

June 11th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

  The object of the game is to click the Click Me! links to go to the next page. If you aren't quick enough, you get sent back to the previous page. Each page gives you less and less time to click the link. There are 10 pages; the page number is displayed in the page name.
  Very basic and html pages.  Just something I made way back in 2006... when I didn't know any web design... and when I didn't know any better. Tongue
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MTV Movie Spoof Contest

May 19th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

  Several of my friends have created two videos for MTV’s Movie Spoof competition.   I helped them edit the video here and there.   This was 4 weeks worth of work, none stop - including mis-schedulings,  certain unreliable people, and the fact it takes hours for just a minute of video to save! :O

  The videos have been submitted to mtvmovieawards.yahoo.com, so they should be up soon.   Look for these two by jfk_mmc:

Vote 5 stars peoples! :D

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On Fire 2

April 30th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Stuck in My Head | #
On Fire 2 by EON
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One Equals 0.99999...

April 29th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Confusing math…
  I came across this a few times. They say once you go into Calculus, it’s understandable, but me having not gone that far, find this pretty strange…
x = 0.99999…
10x = 9.99999…
10x-x = 9.99999……[More]

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Things That Are Funny

April 29th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in 42 | #

Funny quotes, funny facts, weird headlines, and more!

  Here you will find a compilation of silly things I find on the net. This includes quotes, facts, jokes, and more. Only good stuff is put here (as usual on this site Tongue ). Useful if you happen to work on the the school newspaper or something.
  This list is always growing. If you happen to find any you consider really good, feel free to send them to me. Please keep it clean.
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Photo Competition

April 28th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

Sorry been fading away lately.   Very busy meself. :(

However, I did have time to create a photo montage, but only because that’s an assignment given by my art teacher.   The photo will be submitted to a competition.   This is my first time using Photoshop to edit photos.   Constructive critisism would be great. :D

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Barely Made It Back

April 7th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

Bah, last time I’m riding a plane for a long time.   First we get delayed because the co-pilot got stuck in a traffic jam.   Then the plane arrives late for the connection and we barely make it in time for the next flight.   When we finally get home, the luggage is missing! They say they’ll deliver it to our home as soon as they find it.   Shame I had pretty much everything in there. <_<

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Spring Break

March 30th, 2007 | Posted by pftq in Blabberbox | #

Gonna be gone the entire spring break.   I might drop in once in a while depending on if I have internet access where I’m at - though I probably won’t stay on long enough to do anything.   Please do not email me during the break unless it’s really important - I don’t want to browse through 5 pages of junk when I get back.   Thanks!

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