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I think this would be better on a ceiling than a wall. Putting it on a wall would be covered by furniture & artwork and the like. A ceiling would rock though. Minus the pattern of course.

Glowing Walls


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Is my taste in Action Sci-Fi really this bad?

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Yeah, it actually is. I used to think that A Better Finder Rename was probably overkill. I mean all it does is rename files & folders right? How much value can that possibly add. That & it has a goofy name. Though I guess the goofy name worked, since I remembered it when I needed that functionality.

That was before I finally got fed up with the 86 folders in my Photos directory that were from an older camera. At some point Canon changed there software from naming folders YYYYMMDD by default to YYYY_MM_DD by default. I think it was when I started using a DSLR. So, my folders were all very annoying to sort. I couldn’t even sort by last modified date, because on a Mac, if you edit a file in or add a file to a folder, the modification date is updated. So, I figured I’d give it a try. To be honest I could probably do it via the command prompt, but that would take too much effort & I’m feeling lazy. :)

It works great. The demo will only do 11 at a time (it actually says the first 10, but it did 11 every time), but that’s better than one at a time. :D I’m trying to decide if I would have enough use for it to buy it, or if it’s just this one time that I need it. But either way, it is a pretty handy tool.

They have another toy that I know I could have used in the past called The Big Mean Folder Machine. Basically it will merge folders or divide files into separate folders. I had never even heard of this utility before. This would have saved me tons of time when I’ve tried to get files divvied up to archive to DVD or CD.

In both cases the things these tools do aren’t hard to do on your own, they are just time consuming. The last utility they have that sounds interesting is A Better Finder Attribute. I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds like it lets you see & tweak attributes that the Finder won’t let you get to. The feature that looks most handy is to copy the EXIF date that a pic was taken to the Create date of the file. That might be worth the $15 right there.

I just wish it would just display the complete EXIF data (the Finder doesn’t). The last App I found that did that was EXIF-O-Matic, which was last updated to v1.2 in January of 2009, but still requires Rosetta (the version I have is actually from May 2003). It was a handy little lightweight Java app.

Oh, did I mention that all three of these apps have cool icons? :>>

It's not their money...

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Link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100126/ap_on_bi_ge/us_obama_budget

It’s hard to find a solution when you won’t even look at the problem. Idiots.

According to an AP article on Yahoo!News:

The Senate Tuesday rejected a plan backed by President Barack Obama to create a bipartisan task force to tackle the federal deficit this year despite glaring new figures showing the enormity of the red-ink threat.

I think the best part if the article is from Republican Senator Judd Gregg from New Hampshire:

“Yet another indication that Congress is more concerned with the next election than the next generation,” said Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., a sponsor of the plan.

Certainly not a surprise.


The measure went down because anti-tax Republicans joined with Democrats who were wary of being railroaded into cutting Social Security and Medicare.

I guess it’s good the Democrats & Republicans can agree on something. Even if it is to do nothing.

Quantum Box

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I thought this went well with this.

Hey UTD folks...

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I went to my 1st class of the term last night & if any of you are looking for another upper level ARTS class, we’re only about half full. Here’s the info…

ARTS-3340-501 - Photography & New Media (Topics in Studio Art)
Laura Barth Turner
Monday 7:00 - 9:45pm

This studio art course provides instruction in digital photography, including camera operation, image capture, lighting techniques and digital workflow. This course will emphasize the relationship between still image capture and applications in new media contexts, such as networked environments, moving images and artist’s books. Class problems will prioritize output to screen and web, and also some print output, as well as a final project using Blurb.com to create an original artist’s book. Discussions will address the work of contemporary artists who embrace various strategies for electronic distribution of images.

It's a good internet night...

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A coworker was just mentioning his test results for his new ISP (really a secondary ISP, since he has FIOS), Clear. He asked me what mine was getting for ping time & such, so I ran the tests again.


About 10 times better than his for bandwidth (expected since he is in a grey area that doesn’t really have coverage on Clear’s map) and about 1/5 the ping time. Actually, I think I got a bit better than I have recently … I guess it’s a good night to stream something.

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