the-inbetween posts categorized as General

Ice City

Interesting article about Vice City in the Times, though I don’t quite understand why it’s in the Fashion and Style section… ? Things are looking rather bleak in Leaf-land right now, and while I’d normally be either really upset, or frustratingly annoyed, I find myself not caring too much because one of my teams is doing pretty good: my sportingnews salary cap fantasy team. Not only have I been number one in my division for nearly two weeks straight now,…

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Tinkering

I’ve done some changes around here: cleaned up some of the site structure and made some fixes — finally validating as xhtml 1.1 again. Things should be more sound on a structural level than before, and should be readable across any platform. I know it’s probably not needed, as my audience (or lack of) doesn’t warrant it, but it doesn’t hurt. To check, here’s a few WAP emulators and some archaic browser emulators. Or, if you don’t want to bother…

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World Conflict Map

This World Conflict Map: 2001 is interesting, albeit a bit out of date.

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demographics

I was surfing around pricing some cars I like today, trying to see what I can get for about 300-350 per month — and more or less getting what I was expecting. No real problems there. Then I went to insurance hotline to get a sense for what the insurance rates would be… fucking hell! The best quotes that I managed to get were all just a little less per month than what I would actually pay for the car.…

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Tokelau

I’ve never heard of Tokelau — a group of Pacific islands called — up until an hour ago, but now I have a Tokelau top-level domain: 8-bit.tk The domains are free for registration, with a basic redirect and some restrictions — or, for less than $10US per year, can be purchased for full control. I find it curious that these tiny atolls, with probably no normal access to the net and with a population of 1500, have top level domains…

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slsk

I don’t know if you’ve tried using SoulSeek as your post-Napster file sharing utility yet, but if you haven’t, then do so now. I hesitated a long time before giving it a shot, and now I regret that I didn’t bother earlier. I haven’t had this much success downloading rare, hard to find albums since the zenith of the Napster era. While my musical wanderings stagnated for the last year, they are finally back in full swing. I don’t have…

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of paths and vectors

Pixels are my friends. Paths, though, scare me. That is why, compared to Illustrator, I’ve always preferred Photoshop. Or Paintshop Pro. Or even MSPaint. Rasters are easy for me; clean vectors are not. With that, I toiled and toiled in Illustrator yesterday. Tracing, drawing, redrawing, redoing, redrawing again, retracing. Practice really is the best way to teach yourself. I still have a long way to go in learning the fine art of the bezier curve, but I’ve finally started to…

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SAD

Some time ago, the thought that I might suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder came to mind. Looking back at the last few winters, the thought is more than reasonable. I gave the idea some more thought, and I realized that the four most depressing days of the year (Christmas, New Year, my birthday, and Valentine’s Day) are all clumped together during the core winter months. One miserable day after another… I no longer think that I suffer from SAD. I…

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take it for a spin

Nice art. With Java enabled phones on the horizon, like this Sony Ericsson P800 — which I would like to get the second it’s available anywhere in the world — we can start expecting to see some innovative phone-based applications made by wily java developers. A gameboy emulator being tops on that list. My problem with getting a fucking cool phone like that is that, beyond the bells and whistles, it’s still just a phone. I already have a phone.…

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Weekend Update

BD4D: Toronto was today, and while I didn’t find any of the presentations mind-blowing or innovative, they were, at the least, well done. The best piece, in my opinion, was one from the BD4D archives: Mauro Gatti’s. The best news in a couple months came last monday in the form of a new camera. I brought my camera in on the Second of August because a speck kept showing up on all my pictures, even after I thoroughly cleaned the…

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why I don’t watch tv: reason #457

I caught my first show of the new fall season today: Firefly (with it’s own weblog). Being a person with a certain sci-fi tilt, I was hoping that it would, at the very least, have some original concepts and ideas, if not an actual interesting storyline, or a decent plot, or quality writing, or good actors, etc etc. Boy was I wrong. What utter crap! It can be described as a very slow paced Western with space ships. Fuck, I…

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spam spam eggs and spam

oh, hey. Feeling pretty mellow. I’ve noticed an upswing in the amounts of spam coming into my mailbox over the last month, the majority of which seems to come during late night and early morning hours. And while the majority of it is deleted instantly, one unsolicited piece of mail was good — my webhost contacting all it’s customers to say that accounts have been upgraded. Good news. Now I have an extra 50MB of space (on top of the…

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256 bytes

5k?? Real men do it in 256 bytes. All the 256byte Compo entries are up and available for viewing. Just be warned, if you use anything other than IE for the PC, don’t expect a great many of them to work. My entries, however, don’t care what browser you have so long as you have the right Flash plugin (one is Flash 5, two are Flash 6). Pro: my entries are not dependent on any particular browser or platform, and…

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