Archive for the ‘Media’ Category

Close Up Photo of a Chuck Close Painting of a Photo in St. Louis Art Museum Jan 19 2008

Pictures taken during our trip to the St. Louis Art Museum on Friday night with Michael and Janessa.

This is a photo of a painting of a photo. A close up of a Chuck Close. It looks pretty great.

Pictures from Anna Lisa’s garden in Orinda Dec 25 2007

Pictures from Anna Lisa's garden in Orinda

Pictures from Anna Lisa's garden in Orinda

Pictures from Anna Lisa's garden in Orinda

Pictures from Anna Lisa's garden in Orinda

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Pictures from Anna Lisa's garden in Orinda

Pictures from Anna Lisa's garden in Orinda

Pictures from Anna Lisa's garden in Orinda

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Pictures from Anna Lisa's garden in Orinda

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Pictures from Anna Lisa's garden in Orinda - Sunset

Walking through snowy Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO at night Dec 17 2007

Early morning dog walk in Tower Grove Park. At 15º F it was pretty chilly, but I bundled up pretty well and was warm the whole time.

A good trick I figured out for taking long exposure pictures in the snow is to take a glove, put it on the snow and rest the camera on it. This protects the camera from direct contact with the snow and also gives a handy solid base to get a steady shot.

Some more good shots:

Ice crystals on top of a dumpster in an alley on my way home

Walking through snowy Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO at night

Walking through snowy Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO at night - Christmas Lights

Walking through snowy Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, MO at night

Suiting up before the walk:

Getting ready for our walk tonight

Real world Firefox Dec 14 2007

Awww, Kuma is so cute! πŸ™‚

2:15 AM self portrait Dec 6 2007

Time for bed now.

How to sync audio and video for DVD playback using your remote speakers, AirPort Express, Rogue Amoeba’s Airfoil and VLC Dec 3 2007

Apple AirPort Express

I’ve been enjoying using my Apple AirPort Express to stream music from my laptop to our living room speakers using iTunes. The other evening I wanted to watch a DVD and use the good speakers to get the best sound, but you can’t do that without using a helper program.

Rogue Amoeba's Airfoil

I found a program that lets you route any audio signals to your AirPort Express — it’s called Airfoil (free to try out, $25 to purchase) and is made by Rogue Amoeba. It’s very simple to install and run. When I tried playing a DVD, though, the audio didn’t synch properly with the video.

This is the solution I found to fix the audio synchronization problem using VLC to play back the DVD and by adjusting the preferences and using VLC’s ability to buffer audio and adjust the synchronization settings.

How to increase audio buffering amount in VLC for DVD playback

  1. Open preferences in VLC
  2. Click on Advanced tab on bottom of screen
  3. Select Input/Codecs
  4. Select Access Modules
  5. Select DVD with menus [Note: to make this same adjustment when you are playing back regular files as opposed to DVDs, simply select File instead of DVD with menus and continue with the rest of the instructions]
  6. Change the default value (300 milliseconds) to 6000. This will increase the amount of audio data buffering to 6 seconds, which should be enough to synchronize the audio playback.
  7. Click Save to activate your changes (you may need to quit VLC to ensure the settings become active).
  8. Re-open the DVD using VLC and click Play.
  9. Click the “f” key repeatedly to adjust the amount of audio synchronization offset. It adjusts the audio offset downwards by 50 millisecond increments. I had to set mine to around -4900 milliseconds to correctly match the audio with the video output on my system. Press the “g” key to increase the offset in the other direction. Watch the actor’s lips and adjust the offset until it matches perfectly.
  10. Enjoy listening to your DVD audio through your speakers, streamed wirelessly!

Hacking the Gibson

Download VLC (Free Open Source video player)

Download Airfoil

The funniest IT Crowd episode yet Sep 21 2007

The funniest IT Crowd episode yet.

The IT Crowd is so awesomely funny. Tonight’s episode is so funny we’re watching it again. Completely hilarious. LOLed for about half the show.

You must watch this now. Run don’t walk.

  1. Get Miro (used to be called Democracy) – this is an Internet TV player http://getmiro.com
  2. Copy this URL: http://tvrss.net/search/index.php?show_name=The+IT+Crowd&show_name_exact=true&mode=rss
  3. Open Miro, then click Channels > Add Channel. Paste in the subscription URL.
  4. The latest episode (season 2, episode 5) should begin downloading.
  5. Watch episode and ZOMG LOL.
  6. Enjoy the earlier season’s episodes and all new ones which will automatically download to your computer.

One of the funniest lines from this episode said by Moss:

Ah, well, prepare to put mustard on those words, for you will soon be consuming them, along with this slice of humble pie, that comes direct from the oven, of shame, set at gas mark egg on your face.

So freaking funny.

Enjoy.

My submissions to the Miro one-click subscribe button contest Aug 18 2007

Miro (the open source video player formerly known as Democracy) is running a contest right now to design a revised one-click subscribe button.

A Fun Little Design Contest
Design up to three buttons and submit them as links in the comments. On August 20th, we’ll create a blog post with all of the submissions.
There aren’t a lot of constraints on what you can submit. Our goal is to have a selection of buttons that would look nice on a blog sidebar or myspace page. We hope to see a variety of sizes and colors.

Here are my three submissions, shown on different backgrounds. My goal for this is to create simple, clean, and usable buttons.

#FFFFFF #666666 #000000
Option #1 Subscribe in Miro Subscribe in Miro Subscribe in Miro
Option #2 Add Channel to Miro Add Channel to Miro Add Channel to Miro
Option #3 Watch now in Miro Watch now in Miro Watch now in Miro

I’ll update this post once voting is started so you can vote for my submissions if you like them πŸ™‚

Update: Thanks to everyone who voted for my submissions. (I won the grand prize. πŸ™‚ )

Good article over on Bruce’s FastWallpapers.com site – 6 Sexy Sports Cars Big Oil Doesn’t Want You to Buy Aug 7 2007

Tesla front

Bruce spent a good amount of time researching the 6 best “green” sports cars. Some awesome pics there, including the Tesla Roadster.

These are our favorite “green” sports cars. Some get awesome gas mileage while smoking the competition, and others use advanced bio-fuels to eek out ever higher performance over their gas-guzzling brethren. Big Oil doesn’t like any of them, because they all mean one thing: if you buy them, Big Oil makes less money.

Read the article and check out the desktops: Fast Wallpapers Blog – Blog Archive – 6 Sexy Sports Cars Big Oil Doesn’t Want You to Buy

Car Wallpapers Jul 2 2007

Pagani Zondar

Bruce’s project is starting to really flesh out nicely. If you’re looking for some sexy exotic car wallpapers, check out FastWallpapers.com.



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