Archive for June, 2007


I am at Central Bap…a2+b2=c2

Someone that means quite a lot to my family is in the hospital.  She went in for a biopsy on a brain tumor and there was some bleeding so she nearly died.  Over a week later, she’s not herself yet.  Now, with that said, for someone who’s had brain surgery, she’s still all there.  She can’t quite wake up yet, but what she can do is:

-spell the word “school” when asked

-write the pythagorian theorum (she’s a math professor)

-write where she is; “I’m at Central Bap…”

-shake her head in response to the question, “Are you in pain?” and nod it in response to the question, “Are you frustrated that you can’t wake up?”

What else have I learned?  Blogs can really unite us.  One of my friends created a free blog for her on wordpress.com.  It is updated daily.  That way we can all keep track of what’s up.  Additionally, people in the small town that her family is from can keep up without all calling her family forcing them to say the same thing over and over again.   Blogging really rocks.

Paul

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Someone that means quite a lot to my family is in the hospital.  She went in for a biopsy on a brain tumor and there was some bleeding so she nearly died.  Over a week later, she’s not herself yet.  Now, with that said, for someone who’s had brain surgery, she’s still all there.  She can’t quite wake up yet, but what she can do is:

-spell the word “school” when asked

-write the pythagorian theorum (she’s a math professor)

-write where she is; “I’m at Central Bap…”

-shake her head in response to the question, “Are you in pain?” and nod it in response to the question, “Are you frustrated that you can’t wake up?”

What else have I learned?  Blogs can really unite us.  One of my friends created a free blog for her on wordpress.com.  It is updated daily.  That way we can all keep track of what’s up.  Additionally, people in the small town that her family is from can keep up without all calling her family forcing them to say the same thing over and over again.   Blogging really rocks.

Paul

I actually wanted a PG

Rated G

Another fun geeding find:

http://mingle2.com/blog-rating

Paul

EMI says DRM-free music is selling well; I knew it.

Paul

Score! Upgraded.

That’s it. All content is in place. Now let’s see how this works.

Paul

Now, I just need to figure out how to restore a more recent back-up.  March 16 is the most recent information from my main (non-mirror) site.  Still a bunch to do.

Paul

I’m up, but don’t have all the info where it needs to go yet (janky template is temporary). Special thanks to installity.com for making the wp install a TON easier than doing it manually. If you want to install wordpress, that’s the way to do it.

Paul

So there are levels of fame in our society. At the top tier are movie and sports stars. They’re followed by television stars and then national news people. Politicians follow next with people that you’re not sure how they got famous, certain ceo’s, on-line celebrities, etc. behind. Well in the distance is where we normal folk reside. We might be known in our sphere, but that’s mostly it.

Today, I was doing a last second mic addition to a room and I caused feedback. This wasn’t a case of someone getting too close to the mic. It was a case of me having the mic turned up too loud when I turned it on (it was a wireless handheld).

It’s one thing when you do that for a local business. I did it for a national cancer prevention organization (although I’d never heard of them) and their guest speaker–Jocelyn Elders. That’s right I caused the former Surgeon General of the US to crack a joke about gas (it was low feedback).

I guess that will be a funny story some day.

Paul

This seems obvious

According to 10 Minute Blog Tips: Ask the Audience on BlogHerald.com, I should just ask you, my readers, about what you’d like me to write about.

This seems so obvious that it might just work ;). Anyway, what would you like to read about and I’ll try to write about it. Use the comments section.

Paul

S-video to VGA

Some may wonder how to get television signals (like from a dvd player) to work with computer signals (like into a projector). It’s also difficult to find a way to switch between computer signals. There are many ways, but some are better than others.

Consumer devices that do this and switch between computers are few. You probably won’t be able to find one device that can do both. You can either use the DVD player software in the computer (that will be the cheapest and highest quality, but somewhat less reliable solution) or you can get a s-video to vga adapter. Those are usually advertised as “play your console games on a computer monitor” adapters. Add a vga switcher (usually made for business presentations) and you’re set.

Now, for the right way. Buy a scalar w/ multiple inputs from Kramer, FSR, Folsom, TVOne, Analogway, etc. You plug everything in and it scales it so they’re both better resolution and usually have some sort of transition other than a glitch (like the solution above does). It’s usually fade through black or freeze-cut, but that’s better than glitch.

Ideally, you’d get a switcher/scaler. I use the Analogway Octofade. It takes anything in (okay, not anything, but VGA, composite, s-video) and scales and switches between them seamlessly. It even does things like a key. The down side is that it’s much more expensive than the other two solutions.

Paul