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Published: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 13:23:09 -0800

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Looking to license spec data about various gadgets

Fri, 18 Mar 2011 13:23:09 -0800

Websites like CNET have a database of gadget/device specifications (like the Xoom is 0.5" by 9.8", etc) -- is there a company or service, like the NBA might license their game data, that lets people license that gadget spec data to use on my website via an API?



Formula for figuring poker winnings

Thu, 07 Oct 2010 14:28:51 -0800

I need help untangling a formula for tracking poker winnings. All this math is making my head hurt! Totally legal details within. Ok, let's say a "friend" is involved in a weekly "poker" game, and he's interested in making a "website" that tracks everyone's winnings. Ok, here are the variables:

Weekly buy-in = $10
Players = variable
*Second place sometimes wins their money back.

Now, let's say Player A has played in ten games, so his total buy-in is -$100 (10x$10 weekly buy-in). Now, out of those 10 games, our intrepid Mr. A won two games:

Game 1 - Lost
Game 2 - Lost
Game 3 - Won (7 total players), 2nd place got their $10 back
Game 4 - Lost
Game 5 - Lost
Game 6 - Lost
Game 7 - Won (5 total players), 2nd place got nothing
Game 8 - Lost
Game 9 - Lost
Game 10 - Lost

So, in game 3, Mr. A walks away from the table with $60, $10 of which is the money he bought-in with, so he really profited $50. In game 7, Mr. A walks away with $50 total, $40 profit.

Is Mr. A now at -$10 or +$10? His total buy-in was $100, he walked away from the two wins with $110, but only $90 in profit. Which number would more accurately yield his "winnings?" I'm not even sure if the profits should play into this at all since we're already calculating -$10 for every game he plays.

My head hurts. Please hope me!



Is there a name for the video technique where text is "stuck" to an element of the video?

Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:59:21 -0800

Is there a name for the video technique where text is "stuck" to an element of the video? You can see an example of what I'm talking about in the beginning of this video. It's like the text is stuck to something in the video, rather than the lens of the camera as normal. Is there a name for this technque, and how can I reproduce it in Final Cut Express and/or LiveType?



Turn my messenger bag into a backpack. QUICK

Fri, 09 Apr 2010 10:40:07 -0800

Look, I'm no genius, but it seems like you should be able to buy some sort of strap that can convert an existing messenger-style bag into one that can be worn more like a backpack. Right? There are hybrid type bags (such as the BumBakPak) that have a nifty strap to convert from backpack to messenger.

Can I not just buy a strap like this and put it on any messenger bag? If so, where? HELP.



Really good real estate agent websites?

Mon, 01 Feb 2010 15:35:28 -0800

My aunt is becoming a real estate agent, and she wants me to build her a website. What are the most impressive real estate agent websites out there in terms of design, features, etc?



I want to start a taco truck. How?

Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:13:53 -0800

I want to start a taco truck. How? I know how to make really good tacos, but beyond that, I'm lost.

I know, it probably has a lot to do with the regulations in my city (smallish, Midwestern USA), but where do I begin? Where do you get a taco truck? What sort of regulations are typical for this type of venture? Who in the city do I talk to? Do taco trucks typically run their kitchens off propane? What else on earth do I need to know?

There are no other taco trucks in my town FWIW.



Resources for becoming a WordPress master

Tue, 22 Dec 2009 10:03:46 -0800

I'm looking for the best resources (online or offline) for WordPress Theme development. Beginner to advanced -- I'm a sponge right now, so nothing is too dumb-downed or overly-technical for my consumption. What resources have you found to be most helpful on your quest to being a WordPress master? If it matters, I'm a web designer by trade, and I know my way around PHP and mySQL just as well as CSS and XHTML. I'm equally as interested in learning backend stuff as I am design tips and tweaks. Thanks!



Throw shit away in another person's can?

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 06:36:33 -0800

Right or wrong: throwing away a tied-up plastic bag filled with your dog's feces into another person's trash can (with trash already in it) at the curb. I take my dog for walks twice daily, and when he shits, I place it in a plastic grocery bag, tie it up, and usually walk it back to my house, where I throw it away into my own trash can. Occasionally, however, I'm tempted to toss the poop bag into a neighbor's trashcan if I'm somewhat far away from my house.

Is this OK to do? I wouldn't think of throwing it into an empty trash can (as in, the trash had already been picked up) I'm on the fence about it. My wife says no. Is there a right answer here?

This is in a mid-sized city in the Midwest, U.S.A. The trash cans are the standard large plastic bins provided by a private, local trash company. They look similar to this.



He bought my freezer, and now it's broken.

Tue, 20 Oct 2009 07:25:20 -0800

I sold a used 24 cf chest freezer on Craigslist, and a few days later the buyer calls and wants his money back because it stopped working. What's the right thing to do? I moved into a new house, and in the basement was a large chest freezer. Awesome, but I don't need it. The freezer worked flawlessly for the first three months I lived here, so I listed it on craigslist and someone came by, looked at it, and bought it. I helped him load it into his truck, and off he want. End of story, right? Nope...

He calls back a few days later and says it's now broken. He tells me he went to plug it in after the move, and can hear that "the compressor attempts to 'click' on but doesn't."

Naturally, he wants his money back. I know that legally I don't have to do anything, but morally? I'm not so sure. How do I know the freezer didn't get banged up in the move?

What's the right thing to do here?



Frost my mug

Mon, 03 Aug 2009 15:13:10 -0800

How can I make my beer mug as frosty as humanly possible? Sometimes you go out to a bar and they serve your beer in a mug so goddamn frosty, you wonder how you can replicate such a thing at home. Well, I have a beer mug -- pint size; it looks sorta like this -- and a freezer, but simply putting the mug in the freezer for a few days doesn't bring the frost level up to what you sometimes get from a bar.

Are there any tricks to making my mug extra frosty, or is the only solution a colder freezer?