Monthly Archive for October, 2005

two minute photoshop tricks

Two Minute Photoshop Tricks – some very cool photo related tricks…

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H.O.R.S.E.

Taking H.O.R.S.E to the next level and building a team at the same time.

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I want it that way

I want it that way – a very funny video from two chinese boys… go watch…

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The Secrets of Safari

MacWorld: The Secrets of Safari

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Geeks’R'us

If you’re a geek like I am… you’d probably be interested in these items I just put on eBay:

The opening bid prices for each of these items is $0.99 so take a look… they all need a good home.

Guanajuato, Mexico

I went to Guanajuato, Mexico this summer to attend a wedding, and I fell in love with the city.

Because I had to much fun there this year, I bought the domain ExpoloreGuanajuato.com, fully intending to build it out into a full-service information site about GTO… but I haven’t had the time, so, I’m finally adding some spares information as I find it.

In case you’re wondering, Guanajuato, Mexico is a great place to visit… a little rough in parts (unlike Cancun or Cabo) but still very romantic at times and lots of fun. It’s the state capital of the state of Guanajuato, full of Catholic cathedrals, and a fun place to spend a week, if you’re into the “off the beaten path” trips.

Look for more information from ExploreGuanajuato.com in the future.

If you go there now, you’ll find a quick guide to GTO, and some great photos we took while there…

Adam, Prince of Eternia

Do you remember He-man? Defender of the Secrets of Greyskull?

Do you remember Cringer, He-man’s fearless friend?

Man I miss being eight year’s old some times.

Here’s a video of the opening sequence for you:

Aggrieved workers face health threat

Aggrieved workers face health threat – study “CHICAGO, Oct 24 (Reuters) – That crummy boss in the window office could be slowly killing you, according to a study of British workers published on Monday.” [via Canuckflack]

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Writing sensible email messages

Writing sensible email messages – a must read.

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Press Paid to Write Good News

Press Paid to Write Good News – This is preposterous. And really, really sad.

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Still cleaning out the closets

I had time to add five more auctions in eBay tonight:

  • Wacom Intuos3 6×8 Graphics Tablet – Professional Graphics Tablet for artists, photograpers, and doodlers.
  • Valeo 4″ Weight-lifting Belt – I honestly can’t believe I actually bought this… I don’t think I ever needed it… I wasn’t lifting that much weight… heh.
  • Corel Painter IX – The latest version of Corel Painter (great software) in a sealed unopened box. Full retail software here folks, that normally sells for $400 or so.
  • Belkin Laptop/Notebook Backpack – great little padded backpack for a laptop or notebook computer.
  • Apple M8209LL/A AirPort Base Station – A little dated, sure, but it’s a good Airport Base Station that was a workhorse for me for the past 3+ years… I upgraded to an Airport Express recently, so this guy needs a home.

Bid if you’re interested, and look forward to my listing of my Apple Newton 120 Message Pad (with charging station) sometime in the coming week if you’re looking to really own a piece of Apple history.

Something Rotten in AdSense

Something Rotten in AdSense

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eBay: cleaning out my closet

I’ve got a bunch of stuff sitting around the house taking up space, not being used, and in need of a good home, so… I’ve decided to start selling stuff on eBay instead of donating it, or trashing it. My loss is your gain. Take a look if you see something you like:

I’m sure that I’ll be adding more this week and next, so you should bookmark my “search for auctions from me” page, in case I don’t update this website with a longer list.

Here’s a little theme music for you.

On Firing an Employee II

Reading Josh’s post about his recent termination of his assistant last Friday makes me remember my first time to fire someone. His story brought back those same feelings I felt on the night before…

Ugh… firing people sucks.

San Francisco in Jello

San Francisco in Jello – go take a look at these photos… too cool, and totally eerie… love it!

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Blogs as marketing tools: BNL

I just want to point out how good a weblog can be as a marketing tool, with this example: The BNL Blog from none other than the Bare Naked Ladies, the band.

Reading the BNL Blog, which they’re writing while they’re recording their newest album, is totally getting me pumped up about the new album.

Examples:

From 10/21/2005:

We’re just finishing up our 3rd bed for today… Nice. We did Kev’s song first. After lunch we did “What a Letdown”… which totally friggin’ rocked. We’re just finishing up some fixes on “I Can, I Will, and I Do”. We’ve put all the songs into an iTunes playlist, and Steve just keeps pressing random to decide what we do next. So far it’s been pretty good. We’re all heading up to the house to get into the hot tub. Tomorrow I think we’re going to go for some lead vocals on the group of beds we have thus far. I’m always nervous about singing… always. It may be one of the only things I sweat about.

That’s total transparency, and a little exciting to read.

From 10/20:

By the way, Ed’s right, his scarf does look kind of dumb. Right now he’s across the table from me singing his heart out, but I can’t stop staring at his scarf.

… as well as a pretty good explanation of why ticket prices are what they are on tour, that feels pretty darned honest.

and:

Day 2 of recording. I have ambitions of a 3 song day today. We got the first one, and we’re about to break for lunch. A couple of 3 song days would put us in a really good position for the start of the tour. We’d like to get all the beds done before we break for the tour. It is an absolute pleasure to be working with Susan again. The weather here is great. It’s one of those crisp fall days. The leaves are all gold and red, you can see your breath… nice. I got a new scarf. I thought the guys would tease me mercilessly about it, but nobody’s said a word! Scarves are the new black. I wore my scarf for this last take. I think it made the take. Actually, I was just cold.

Reading their entries as they make these latest recordings has me looking forward to spending money on their new album…

That’s marketing by blog, and it should be a case-study. Each member of the band is getting in on the action, letting me learn a little more about who they are individually, as well as pumping me up for the new album by letting me be part of the experience.

I love it!

I just want to be rich!

This just about sums up my feelings on the subject:

Happy Friday everyone!

Budding Film Maker?

Here are a few links to good resources for the budding film maker:

RonDexter.com – no nonsense answers to questions about film making
The Complete EEJIT’S Guide to Film Making
No Budget Video – the making of…
Beginners Guide To Digital Video Production

Seen originally here: http://www.andyt13.com/movies.htm

Quicktime Alternative

Quicktime Alternative for Windows

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How to Buy RSS Advertising

How to Buy RSS Advertising: Parts I and II.

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Great companies aren’t born, they’re grown

Great companies aren’t born, they’re grown

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Wired News Design Documents

Remember when Wired News redesigned in 2002, to an all CSS+XHTML design? I do. Here’s the original WiredNews.com design documents from 2002. Hat tip Douglas Bownman.

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7 steps to going solo while employed

7 steps to going solo while employed

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Google AdWords Info

I, Cringley: October 6, 2005: Meeting Over a Cup of Java: Some Thoughts on What’s Behind This Week’s Sun/Google Announcement, Plus a Promised AdWords Update read through, to the comments on Google’s Adwords… good info to file away.

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Never Get Involved in a Land War in Asia (or Build a Website for No Reason) – fantastic advice

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Breif Observations

Brief Observations and Comments on the New Stuff Announced at Today’s Special Event. Where else do I turn to get my “Apple’s new announcements reaction” than John Gruber’s excellent Daring Fireball… great read.

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Less as a competitive advantage

Less as a competitive advantage

BigCo’s and stock ownership

Excellent post here: No one asked me, but…

“I wonder how a CEO who just sold a couple of million dollars worth of his or her company’s stock can look at a potential customer with a straight face and say “do business with us.” How can you ask for confidence in your organization when you’ve just demonstrated a significant lack of it? After all, “diversification” is simply a polite way to say that your money is at less risk — or can grow faster — somewhere else. When you’ve bailed out why should someone bail in?”

Makes me feel better that some of my executive officers are actually buying more stock in my company as the stock price goes up than selling it…

September 2005 Zeitgeist

Here’s the top search queries that brought traffic to this website in September:

September 2005 Zeitgeist

What version of Flash do I have installed?

Have you ever wondered what version of Flash you have installed?

I needed to know what version I had installed this weekend, and I found this page:

http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/155/tn_15507.html

If you visit that website, it’ll tell you what version I have. I have Flash 8… nice to know, and almost impossible to find out using Safari on a Mac without that page… I don’t even know where to start to look…

Forget your cell phone charger in Vegas?

I flew to Vegas the night before last (I had an appointment with a potential client this morning)… I was staying at the Flamingo Casino. Woohoo! Casino!

I got to my hotel around 4:00 p.m. Pacific, checked in, changed, and headed to the casino floor. After walking around a bit, and eating at Caesar’s Palace, I headed back to the Flamingo. (I’ve been sick recently, as has the 10 month old, so I was tired). I pulled out $20, sat down at a roulette wheel, and proceeded to order a scotch on the rocks. I then lost my $20 in the time it took for the waitress to bring me a drink.

I took my $20 scotch to the bar, and decided to buy my drinks outright for the rest of the night… it was cheaper: only $4.50 a drink.

Anyways, I turned in relatively early, got up this morning, went to my appointment (which went well) and headed back to the casino to make a conference call with some folks on the east coast. At this point, I realized that my cell phone was almost dead.

So, I looked in my little iGo bag, to find the cell phone charger part of it, and realized I’d left it at home.

I fretted… I was going to have to drop out of the conference call (not good when you’re discussing legal terms with a client). Then I thought about asking some of the folks working the front desk, in case one of them had a Nokia cell phone… Angel, the girl that helped me check-in the day before said “yes, we have lots of chargers” and she then produced a box full of cell phone chargers and computer cables and chargers…

Duh.

I didn’t think about their lost and found. They had about 200 odd chargers in that lost and found box. The first one we pulled out fit my phone, and I made my conference call… it lasted one hour and twenty minutes…

So, if you forget your cell phone charger, check with the lost and found at the nearest hotel’s front desk… I bet they’ll have one that’ll work with your phone. At least they will in Vegas.

Got a kid and planning investments

Do you have a little one in the family?

Have you thought about how you’re going to afford college for him/her? If you’re thinking about how to best save/invest for your child’s future, I’d highly recommend you read this Ask Metafilter post on investing for children.

The wife and I haven’t figured out how we’re going to save for our little Jack yet, but we’re planning on having a formal plan set in stone that we’ve started executing before his first birthday, which is November 23rd. I’ll report back on what we decide once I know how we’re going to invest/save for his future.

Continue using Photostack or… ?

Here’s three online photo gallery software solutions: Simple PHP Gallery, Plogger, ZenPhoto. My buddy Josh switched to ZenPhoto recently, but I haven’t asked him if he likes it yet… Plogger looks cool from a weblog integration standpoint… as does some of the future dev work for ZenPhoto…

If Noel doesn’t turn out a good upgrade for Photostack soon, I may have to look into one of those other tools… It’s been over a year since the last real beta release, though it’s encouraging to finaly see some movement on the website…

Photostack has served me well for over a year now (probably closer to two years) and I feel indebted to Noel to keep using it… so we’ll see where things go in the future…

Close to Home

I just spent an hour watching the pilot episode of Close to Home on CBS, and I’ve gotta say “wow!”

The CBS website is sadly lacking in any detail about the show, and future episodes, which is sort of sad, but, the show totally rocks. It’s a crime drama about a new-mom/lawyer and how she deals with the cases that she’s given while also balancing her new-mom status with her profession… which totally appeals to me.

Close to HomeFrom the CBS website:

CLOSE TO HOME is a legal drama that tears away the facade of suburbia to reveal that sometimes quiet and tranquil streets can hide the darkest of crimes. Annabeth Chase (Jennifer Finnigan) is a young, aggressive prosecutor with a perfect conviction record who tries the cases that come out of her own neighborhood. Returning to work after having her first child, Annabeth is ready to take on the most difficult cases, fueled by her passion to protect her community and her family. Challenging Annabeth’s legal strategies is her new boss, Maureen Scofield (Kimberly Elise), a no-nonsense lawyer not afraid to push her hard. Leading the team is Steve Sharpe (John Carroll Lynch), who is one of Annabeth’s biggest supporters but is concerned about how her cases will play in the media. Annabeth’s husband, Jack (Christian Kane), is devoted to their family and is a rock for her to lean on when the challenges of her job start to infringe on their home life.

If you enjoy legal dramas, ie. CSI, Cold Case, etc…, and have a new baby in the family, or are expecting one, I’d totally recommend you watch the next episode… I’m programming our DVR to record the series right now. Too bad it has to compete with Boston Legal for viewers… I’d really like to see it succeed in the future.

It definitely hits “close to home” for this family.

To Do List: 1. Move to Austin

For those of you that aren’t in the know about Austin, read this: To Do List: 1. Move to Austin. Great little write up about why Austin is soooo cool to live in.

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Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005

Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005 – Jakob Nielsen brings it all home for us…

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Mod_Rewrite Cheat Sheet

Nice little Mod_Rewrite Cheat Sheet for all of you .htaccess junkies. And here’s a litttle HTML Entities cheat sheet as well.

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Windows XP Tips

Great list of Windows XP Tips here.

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