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Copyright: Copyright 2004 Jon Schull
Sun, 09 May 2004 16:24:02 GMT
amusement. I would like a Phillip Glass effect on the sound, with
non-dissonant layers of music adding to one another...but the Director
sound tools are weak, and my musical understanding is weaker.
Still I find it sort of fascinating. Click to see and hear.
(This makes use of an undocumented sound manipulation feature in Director: rateShift.)
Tue, 27 Apr 2004 02:53:42 GMT
In December 2002 I created a book
about numbers for little children (and grownups).
I'm no mathematician, but I tried to introduce some non-trivial
concepts in a way that might be interesting and
entertaining and silly!
I've now put it online at http://it.rit.edu/~jis/gallery/numbers
Thu, 15 Apr 2004 03:54:22 GMT
and Robert Patterson
crave an email2iCal script too so I persist.
I've discovered that the apple command pbpaste provides access to OSX clipboard contents.
So my python script could get access to email text that way, process
the text, create an iCal file and open the file (causing iCal to enter
the event subject to my approval). I can make that happen.
But I wonder if a python script can somehow take responsibility for
copying selected text to the clipboard (simulating Cmd-C
perhaps?). I'm sure I'll forget that step. Does anyone know?
Spring and Curio, and calendars
Wed, 14 Apr 2004 05:15:38 GMT
It's the (lack of) simple things that kill you. Why can't I drag
information into a calendar program, have the calendar scan the
information for date and time(s) and automatically schedule the event
subject to my approval. Or forward an emailed invitation to a
similarly competent calendar-bot with the prepended subject heading "Next
Anyway, this led me somehow to two very interesting new programs for the mac-- Spring
Not sure what I think yet, but they are certainly impressive creations
by interesting programmers. (And no, neither does calendaring.)
Sun, 21 Mar 2004 13:45:36 GMT
In December Scott Raymond wrote a lucid and important description of the synergies between BitTorrent and RSS:
BitTorrent operates on similar principles to Kazaa, but it[base ']s tuned
differently: it excels at downloading files that are new or currently
in high demand. It breaks large files into many small chunks, and
coordinates their assemblage, so that users can tap into a swarm and distribute
the load evenly. At the same time that you[base ']re downloading a chunk,
another user is downloading an earlier chunk from you [~] no one server
is overwhelmed, and the more popular a file, the higher its
With the addition of RSS, BitTorrent could really be taken to the next
level, and I[base ']d be able to forget about the plumbing of TV altogether. I
want RSS feeds of BitTorrent files. A script would periodically check
the feed for new items, and use them to start the download. Then, I
could find a trusted publisher of an Alias
RSS feed, and
[base "]subscribe[per thou] to all new episodes of the show, which would then start
downloading automatically [~] like the [base "]season pass[per thou] feature of the TiVo.
to which a note is now appended...
Well, its been done. I present to you www.torrents.co.uk
along with its nice backend feed www.torrents.co.uk/backend.php
] 15 Mar 8:55am
as Scott Raymond foretold...
The result: the TV distribution networks are completely end-run by an
ad-hoc, decentralized, loosely-coupled network. And in the process,
significant opportunities are afforded to independent content producers
of audio and video to reach a mass audience with insignificant
He also pointed out that the networks should just start posting frest
programs with commercials embedded...and get on with the show!
For the cable companies the question is whether pirated shows will
stimulate or inhibit subscriptions. I predict stimulate.
Sun, 21 Mar 2004 13:33:56 GMT
Marcin Wichary has created a comprehensive compendium of user interface elements
over the years: GUIdebook.
It's cool to see the different pieces of UI from different systems, but on the
other hand, there aren't many unusual ways of making a
The component icons
pages is particularly compelling.
Sun, 21 Mar 2004 12:47:01 GMT
- Door Focus
- When a character leaves a room and the focus stays on the door.
Within seconds, the character comes charging back in for some unfinished business;
usually to collect a much-needed object left behind, or to deliver a funny line.
Used at least five times per Friends episode.
Outline to graphviz
Wed, 18 Feb 2004 13:00:30 GMT
Here's a script
that converts a tab-delimited outline into a high quality graphviz
diagram (generating dotscript and runningthe Graphviz tools under the
This lets me easily create and view outlines and diagrams
from within my python development environment.
Now, if I had lightweight code-folding python editor with a one-keystroke
run function for the mac I'd be totally satisfied ;->
This doesn't replace the entire dotscript language yet. In
particular, I'd like to have records (nested boxes) follow the same
implicit tab-delimited syntax. But I keep getting
befuddled. I'd welcome help.