Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hmmmmm....

The Poolboy

Random Gentle Sex Dreamer (RGSD)

The Poolboy

Friendly and eager. You are The Pool Boy.

A teen at heart, you anxiously move about your daily tasks, hoping, praying for a good, instant lay. You're carefree, enthusiastic, and rarely discouraged. Love is cool, but it's not for you right now. You know what is? Crotches.

You're a fun person in both big and small groups, and your friends trust and love you. Inside you, meanwhile, your lust is only growing. Imagine your beating heart sprouting pubic hair. Exactly. Try shaving that.

If you're not scoring enough--which you aren't--you should adopt new strategies. Lower your standards. Be aggressive. Pool Boys are often submissive and hope (desperately) sex will find them. Realize that passiveness will not hook the horny girls you desire. A bolder approach and sheer repetition will.

Your exact male opposite:

The False Messiah

The False Messiah

Deliberate Brutal Love Master

Always avoid: The Dirty Little Secret (DGSM), The Playstation (RGSM)

Consider: The Battleaxe (DBLM), The Nurse (RGSD)

Link: The Online Dating Persona Test | OkCupid - free online dating | Dating
My profile name: : twinkiesque

Lit Trailer

:)

The wonder of OpenMP

It took me about 5 minutes to make an app multithreaded with openMP.

Step 1 : Turn on openMP flag

 

Step 2 :  Add #pragma omp parallel for to the existing for statement like so
#pragma omp parallel for
for ( int i = 0; i < parlist.count(); i++)
{
    // Do your code here.
   // Cannot jump out of for loop. No breaks, no returns.
}
Step 3 : Profit!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Some audio madness

I just found the most awesome command line utility for audio processing. EVER! SoX.

I don't think I'll ever need anything other than this and batch files to do transcoding of audio or even batch processing of audio ever again. GUI's are nice and all, but nothing beats command line apps!

Also, another wav editor instead of audacity which people seem to have many complaints about. Wavosaur.

And lastly, for those musicians out there. LMMS. A Digital Audio Workstation app that now finally has windows support. Awesome!

Here is a sample batch file that you can put inside your SoX folder :

SET PATH=%PATH%;%~dp0
FOR %%G IN (%1\*.wav) DO (
    sox %%G "temp.wav" rate -v 8000
    del %%G
    move temp.wav %%G
)
pause

I would use this for downsampling 44khz audio recordings to 8k for the Wii Remote. i.e. Lit's phone calls. It's destructive since it converts in place, so make sure your audio is under version control!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

COMODO Internet Security

Switched from AVG to COMODO Internet Security today. Here.

After the initial having to reallow all the applications that I know are safe. Things seem to be working well. No AV is perfect no matter what the companies tell you. Mainly moved to this as the license allows for commercial use as well.

Native Client

This is seriously cool. Run x86 code in a browser. Here.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Living life on the bleeding edge

Recently moved to using nightly builds of Firefox. Was Minefield, but now seems to be labeled Shiretoko.

Can be found here.

Also you will probably want Nightly Tester Tools so that you can force install all your addons. Here.

Moving to using Thunderbird Beta 1 as well. The more people test, the better the apps. The fact that they call is Shredder should tell me not to do it. But I'm doing it anyway! Not using nightly because Zindus won't work with it.... :(

Inkscape

As a continuation of the previous post, SDK's and IDE's are good and all for programmers, but in this day and age, if it doesn't look pretty, no one wants to use it. Damn you Mapple!

So how do we get our nice friendly artists on board with everything. Here is a list of possibilities :

Vector
Inkscape - exports vector art to swf,xaml and JavaFX
And many others some pay, some not..

Video
Actionscript - Riva FLV Encoder
Silverlight - Windows Media Encoder
JavaFX - ???????!!!!!! Couldn't find any documentation

Bitmap
Why use anything other than PNG?

New possibilities?

So we have flash, silverlight, and now JavaFX. Is there any advantage over the mozilla licensed flexSDK being as good as it already is?

As of this moment, I'm pretty sure I can develop with totally free tools on any of those platforms.

ActionScript
FlashDevelop
FlexSDK

Silverlight
Microsoft® Silverlight™ Tools for Visual Studio 2008 SP1
Visual Web Developer Express

JavaFX
NetBeans
JDK
JavaFX SDK

The only reason to do it would be if Sun actually gets handset manufacturers to all get on the JavaFX bandwagon and unifies the VM. So we don't have the J2ME debacle that we have right now with having to test a gazillion handsets because each phone has a SLIGHT different Java VM.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Multithreaded compiling with VC Express or make -j


For posterity: To turn on multicore compiles in VC Express 2008, in the commandline options of the compiler options. Add a /MP

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Pineapple Express daewoo lanos

The BEST line in any movie... EVER.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Word of the day

Verschlimmbesserung. Meaning: making something worse (in the process of trying to improve it).

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Synchronizing your life

Having a central data repository is the easiest way to make sure that your data is always available no matter where you are. So I swallowed the google pill whole, but really any sort of IMAP based service with a web interface is perfectly fine as well. So here is how I get all my apps synced with each other on all platforms, and in a pinch I can always use the google web interfaces from a public machine.

Desktop ( Windows )
Thunderbird with lightning
Zindus
Provider for Google Calendar

Mobile ( Symbian Series 60 )
GooSync
Swim

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Small companies are awesome.... sometimes

I've wanted to write a post on this for a long time. There are many reason I've wanted to write this piece. I believe that knowledge should always be shared, and a blog post is a great place to do it because it becomes easily searchable and it's easy for people to leave comments about my particular methodology.

A blog is very commonly most people's online resume' now. While some of the posts on this blog are more humorous and comical in nature, and some downright offensive, I believe that by representing myself as a regular person and not hiding behind the veil of a "professional" website is simply more honest.

As Director of Technology for a small game developer. I am sometimes asked, "Would you ever want to work anywhere else?" or "Don't you want to work in a big corporation?". I can honestly say. The answer is NO. I think the only position I would ever want other than this is Microsoft Windows Product Manager, because while I love Microsoft Windows, I think they have seriously lost their way and are at this point fixing things that aren't broken and seriously affecting the usability of their operating system. But anyway, I digress. Working at small company may not be as "glorious" as working at a big multinational corporation, and some may say, not as difficult. I think that it presents it's own unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

Agility. Since the size of the company is small it's very easy to make changes in internal processes. I've always subscribed to the opinion that you want to least amount of overhead to get your job done. If your current process has too much overhead or cumbersome. It's easy to change when your company is small because it's not very many users to reeducate. However, one must take into account that not all systems are easily changed. Take for example a bug base. Once your users get used to using one, getting them to change to another is actually quite a difficult task. So one must always plan ahead at least a couple of steps. Sure, your company may only be 25 people right now. But you want to be able to scale to 100 and keep the same processes going.

Communication.  Lines of communication are much more open in a small company. You're not seperated by layers and layers of management. Everyone knows everyone, and there a lot less hierarchy in your structure. I feel like the company structure is pretty flat, with everyone performing their roles, with no one role being more important than another. This is of course my opinion only, some people strongly believe in a hierarchy. As such, I think that each individual team is like a skunkworks, only as much management that is necessary for it to function as efficiently as possible. Some teams require more, some teams require less.

Money. It's hard to come by, so you have a lot less to spend. But because of that you learn to be REALLY efficient, and come up with very creative cost effective solutions. Which will lead me to the second part of my series. How to run your business on purely free/open source software. It should come within a few weeks.

That's all I can think of for now.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Words of wisdom

"A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what's left of your unit."

"Aim towards the Enemy." - Instruction printed on US Rocket Launcher

"When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.

"Cluster bombing from B-52s are very, very accurate. The bombs are guaranteed to always hit the ground."

"If the enemy is in range, so are you."

"It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed."

"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons."

"Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo."

"You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me."

"Tracers work both ways."

"Five second fuses only last three seconds."

"Don't ever be the first, don't ever be the last, and don't ever volunteer to do anything."

"Bravery is being the only one who knows you're afraid."

"If your attack is going too well, your walking into an ambush."

"No combat-ready unit has ever passed inspection."

"Any ship can be a minesweeper ... once."

"Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do."

"Don't draw fire; it irritates the people around you."

"If you see a bomb technician running, follow him."

"Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death .. I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing." - At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Japan

"You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3."

"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire."

"Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky."

"If the wings are traveling faster than the fuselage, it's probably a helicopter -- and therefore, unsafe."

"When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash."

"Without ammunition, the USAF would be just another expensive flying club."

"What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots?
If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, .... the pilot dies."

"Never trade luck for skill."

The three most common expressions (or famous last words) in aviation are:

1. "Why is it doing that?"
2. "Where are we?"
3. "Oh Shit!"

"Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers."

"Progress in airline flying: now a flight attendant can get a pilot pregnant."

"Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight."

"A smooth landing is mostly luck; two in a row is all luck; three in a row is prevarication."

"I remember when sex was safe and flying was dangerous."

"Mankind has a perfect record in aviation; we never left one up there!"

"Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries."

"Flying the airplane is more important than radioing your plight to a person on the ground incapable of understanding or doing anything about it."

"When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten."

"Just remember, if you crash because of weather, your funeral will be held on a sunny day."

Advice given to RAF pilots during WWII: "When a prang (crash) seems inevitable, endeavor to strike the softest, cheapest object in the vicinity as slow and gently as possible."

"The Piper Cub is the safest airplane in the world; it can just barely kill you."

"A pilot who doesn't have any fear probably isn't flying his plane to its maximum."

"If you're faced with a forced landing, fly the thing as far into the crash as possible."

"Never fly in the same cockpit with someone braver than you."

"There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime."

"If something hasn't broken on your helicopter, it's about to."

Basic Flying Rules: "Try to stay in the middle of the air. Do not go near the edges of it. The edges of the air can be recognized by the appearance of ground, buildings, sea, trees and interstellar space. It is much more difficult to fly there."

"You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal."

As the test pilot climbs out of the experimental aircraft, having torn off the wings and tail in the crash landing, the crash truck arrives, the rescuer sees a bloodied pilot and asks "What happened?".
The pilot's reply: "I don't know, I just got here myself!"

Monday, October 27, 2008

Food

Dave : Food, the quickest way to turn money into shit.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thanks Foot!

Foot : Whenever someones says that they can do something in flash, it always make me remember that line from Jurassic Park, where Ian Malcolm says, "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

Monday, October 20, 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sunday, September 28, 2008

The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class

Really interesting lecture, and she's so pleasant. You can't help but listen.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Bleeding for Obama

The pin broke and stabbed Rucker in the hand. Go figure :)
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Monday, September 15, 2008

More things to buy



Picked this up last weekend. Thanks to Mark ( the guy who made the sparklies ) for finding it in pawn shop.

Sparklies!


Mmmm... I like sparklies...

Fish-eye!


Harley's take nice fish eye pictures.....
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Sunday, September 14, 2008

No more DirectX

Yay Sweeney! Here. Although, I like CryEngine2 more than Unreal Engine 3.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

NKOTB?

Mark Lan
nkotb is playin at staples in october!
haaha you're favorite dude
hanging tough!
Dinh Thai
i cant even read what you just typed
Mark Lan
haahahaha
Dinh Thai
what kind of fucking gay ass lingo is that?
Mark Lan
nkotb
new kids on the block
Dinh Thai
wtf is that?
Mark Lan
hangin tough!
Dinh Thai
i still cant read those gay fag letters you're putting up
Mark Lan
c'mon dude remember you were all about that shit
Dinh Thai
wow, i think there's some wrong with your instant messenger
Mark Lan
dick
Dinh Thai
<3u

Monday, September 8, 2008

The Honda Beat



That's something that you don't see every day. A Honda Beat in the US. Right hand drive too.
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They take death lightly :)


That's pretty funny. I like that.
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Random ad


Is Foot starting a band?
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Variable Width?

Fixed width or variable width? Which one is better?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

AVG's command line scan

Just as a reminder:
"C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG8\avgscanx.exe" /HEUR /ARC /CLEAN /SCAN=%f

Friday, August 22, 2008

A perfect störm...


int main()
{
if ( Sick Roomate > (Immune System - All nighter at work) )
{
while(sick())
{
// DO NOTHING
}
}
return work;
}

int sick()
{
return ( RunnyNose() || Cough() || Fever() || BodyAches() );
}

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Before Sunrise.... Before Sunset

Every once in a while, you stumble upon one of those movies that totally passed you by. I was at a party not too long ago when someone mentioned that Before Sunrise was one of their favorite films. I had decided that I would give it a shot. A couple of weeks later I picked up both Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, I came home early from work because I was feeling like crap... lay in bed intending to go to bed, and put Before Sunrise on. If getting any sleep was the intention of laying in bed, putting this movie on was a ginormous mistake.

The first movie in itself is the typical story, two strangers meet, instant attraction, one thing leads to another... they part ways at the end. Hmm, sounds like the exact same setup in the beggning of August Rush ( Yes, I actually watched that too ), just stretched out and done REALLY well. You could feel the nervousness of the two characters in the beginning. Now I know that every single scene was designed to illicit this reaction from me, down to the hesitant and failed first attempts at touching each other, but I appreciate it. Makes me remember that nervous feeling that I get when relationships first start. I used to think that after getting through the nervous bit is when you get to the good part, but I've realized now that the uncertainty is why you feel so alive in those first moments. This all comes down to a theory of someone I know called "Memory Compression". Our brains tend to compress repetitive stuff since it can only hold a finite amount of information. Your brain can't compress that period of uncertainty because it's all new, so you're forced to live every moment, it's also why you remember it for so long after. Memory compression also explains why "Time flies when you're having fun".

Anyway, I digress... the movie... is dialogue heavy but sounded like the kind of conversation you would have on a night out with your friends. Some banter, some cursing, but mostly just honest. At times, if you are male, you wish you had some of his moves, and at times, if you are a woman, you wish that someone would use his moves on you. When all was said and done, the lovers parted ways, and the movie ended... but it gave you hope. How can people parting give you hope? Well you'll just have to watch the movie and find out why.

So immediately after the first movie ended, I of course could not just simply stop there, and I had to watch the sequel right away. I had to find out what happened to these two, and why would there be a sequel to something that was so perfectly wrapped up in a bow? Like the end of The Graduate, you saw the both of them sitting on the bus... sitting apart from each other... nervous, yet hopeful at the same time. Oh wait, I just looked it up... "Rumor has it..." is kinda of a spiritual sequel to The Graduate... although I don't think you can call a fictional film where the characters are supposed to be the "true life inspiration" to yet another fictional film a true sequel.

Anyway, where was I? Yes.... Before Sunset, so here we are 9 years later. The original film was set in 1995, the year it was released and the sequel set in 2004, the year it was also released. To me, that is part of the charm. 9 years movie time, 9 years real time. The characters have aged a little in reality, and Julie Delpy actually looks prettier to me older than she did when she was younger. I like the fact that she cusses in both movies too. I honestly believe that you can't fully express yourself without using an expletive on occasion. Sure, you could get the meaning across, but not the emotion behind it. I remember one time watching a little old French lady making lunch, and she dropped it on the floor. The first thing I heard from her was "Merde!". I knew then that I would get along well with her.

So... back to the movie... it's recorded in real time.... like an episode of 24 or My Dinner with Andre, but doesn't put me to sleep like the aforementioned movie. It's 80 minutes of pure movie making genius. It goes from, "Wow, I haven't seen you in forever..", to the real life glossing over of each other lives. Kind of like what happens when you meet people you haven't seen in a long time. "Oh, what do you do now?", "That's great, you must enjoy it", "How is everything else?". Honestly, sometimes to me it feels like a pissing contest. Especially if it's people you haven't met since.... high school let's say. "Oh, I work for so and so.", "I'm trying to change the world a little bit at a time". Sigh... anyway, yet again I digress.

Finally close to the end, the walls come down... and you finally see their internal struggles, the turmoil, the not so mundaneness of their lives. The kind of things that we don't tell people around us, that only happen to leak out of us at weak moments, let's say under the influence of lots of alcohol. The kind of things we sometimes tell strangers, cause we need to tell someone, and we tell them cause we know we will never see them again. Finally, the movie leaves you once again hopeful like it's predecessor did 9 years before. I wish I had watched the first one when it came out, so I could really get the full effect of the sequel 9 years later.

The Ameri-Train-a-thon


Perhaps this year will be year I will finally do this. 30 days Amtrak pass. Follow the green line in a figure 8. So I head North to Seattle, then Chicago, then New Orleans, then New York and Boston, back through Denver. I'll eat all the local fare along the way. Photo-document everything I eat with geotags, and meet as many people I know that are scattered along the continental US. One backpack with as many changes of clothes that I can stuff in it. This is the gear list.

Backpack - Spire Meta
Laptop - HP 8510p. Just in case work has an emergency that I need to fix while away.
Camera ( As of yet to be decided ) Either, Nikon D90(Still unreleased) or D200, Canons don't have a good solution for geotagging.
Phone - Nokia N82 - a good backup for picture geotagging, and a music player, and my lifeline.

Is there anything else I should bring?

I've always imagined doing this solo, but I've heard arguments that I'll be WAY too bored along the way. I don't know. Thoughts anyone?

The clock is ticking. Off-Season for the Amtrak pass is through... September 2, 2008 - December 11, 2008, although I also have January 5, 2009 - May 21, 2009.
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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Oh gawd, what have I done?

I want to hang my head in shame as I write this because I probably ate better when I was in college.

(( Frozen chicken breast + frozen Stouffer's lasagna ) * Microwave on high for 10 minutes ) + hot sauce of choice = Surprisingly delicious dinner when you're lazy and don't want to go out. Tastes like... chicken parmigiana without the breading.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Now I remember what it's like to sleep at the office...

It sucks. Period. But the satisfaction of knowing something got done, is reward enough. Not to mention the mild euphoric feeling that comes from not sleeping for >24 hours.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Elmo Live

Man, that guy really gets into it. I kinda want one of those too. Maybe it will make my life complete...

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

NSeries Pc Suite .... = semi-fail?

I was using the N series PC suite up till now for the N82. Today I wanted to use the message center so I can text with my phone from the PC, but it doesn't have it, and the one on the Nokia website wants the regular PC Suite and you can't use it with the N series PC Suite. Gar!!!

Then I discovered that all the functions that I was using the N Series PC Suite was covered by the regular PC Suite, syncing address books, photos, videos. In fact, it does it somewhat better, you can sync browser bookmarks too!

Unfortunately you can't do the image store in the background for one and the sync icon always stays in the system tray. Please please Nokia make these invisible to me and do it silently in the background sometime soon?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

If only I was this happy

 I wish I was always this happy when driving.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Om nom nom nom

My sorry addition to the on nom nom nom phenomenon.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The awesome



I can't stop watching....

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Arang

Me : We should call the Hamster Ball Tank the Bat Ball.
Foot : But all Batman's gadgets have to be shaped like bats.
Me : That's not true, the Tumbler and the Bat pod arent shaped like bats.
Kyle : But he didn't build it, the other dude built it. 
Me : Oh yeah. Come to think of it, the new batman doesn't even use anything that is shaped like a bat anymore. He didn't even have the Batarang.
Foot : No, but he had the stars that we're shaped like bats.
Me : You mean the blades that came out of his arm?
Kyle : No the ones that he threw and got lodged into the wall. 
Me : Oh yeah. 
Foot : They didn't "arang", but they were shaped like bats.
Kyle & Me : *laughter* "arang"... good one foot.

VMware Server 2.0 and VT support

Tuesday, July 29, 2008



I love how he waves....

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Nurburgring

Caracciola Karussell ("the carousel")

Although being one of the slower corners on the Nordschleife, Karussell is perhaps its most iconic. One of two berm-style, banked corners, the entrance to the corner is blind, although Juan Manuel Fangio is reputed to have advised a young driver to "aim for the tallest tree"; a feature that was also built into the rendering of the circuit in the Gran Turismo 4 video game as well as Grand Prix Legends.
The combination of a recognisable corner, slow moving cars, and the
variation in viewing angle as cars rotate around the banking mean that
this is one of the circuit's most popular locations for photographers.
Named for Rudolf Caracciola
who reportedly made the corner his own by hooking the inside tyres into
a drainage ditch. As more concrete was uncovered and more competitors
copied him, the trend took hold. At a later reconstruction the corner
was remade with real concrete banking, as it remains to this day.

excerpt from Wikipedia Nurburgring entry.

So the drainage ditch hooking in Initial D DOES come from somewhere!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Seems like it would be pretty useful

Yummy!

For the drive access nazi

Faceplant Series - Segway Fail

A third wheel, and that would never have happened.

Wow...

roflmao

Dinh Long Thai: lol
Mark Lan: what about that tarantinos place you mentioned?
Mark Lan: we should go somewhere new
Mark Lan: fresh
Mark Lan: we keep hitting up the same old places. i'm getting that no so fresh feeling
Mark Lan: haaaha
Dinh Long Thai: you should shower!
Mark Lan: i do
Dinh Long Thai: taratino's is good
Mark Lan: once a month
Dinh Long Thai: small
Dinh Long Thai: dont forget to squirt some soap up your ass!
Dinh Long Thai: clean out your soul!
Mark Lan: haaaha
Mark Lan: weirdo
Dinh Long Thai: gaylord!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

...

me [11:29 PM] yay,
me [11:29 PM] i have been stimulated by the IRS
brian [11:29 PM] lol
brian [11:30 PM] I have the biggest ball of lint ever
me [11:30 PM] AWESOME

Saturday, July 12, 2008

NSFW : Man, I love the internet...

NSFW : Boing...boing...boing....

Yet another Free antivirus

Seems to be well rated but I haven't tried it. The catch is, this is business friendly and not just personal use only like AVG or AVIRA or Avast(Which is slow as hell). Here.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Monday, June 30, 2008

Project Management Software

What the world thinks of God

This is a queue of 9 youtube videos put together of the entire BBC special.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

So much truth in that



There is so much truth in that... it hurts.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Transformer Cosplay

Those suits are amazing!

Youtube and load balancing.

It seems that youtube doesn't like people who load balance. Simply put, the IP that loads the webpage and probably the flash element needs to be the same one getting the video stream from one of their MANY servers.

The way I solved it was to bind certain IP ranges to a single WAN connection.

208.65.152.0/255.255.252.0
74.125.15.0/255.255.252.0
208.117.225.0/255.240.0.0
64.15.114.0/255.240.0.0

This seems to have gotten most of them. I may be missing a few or assigned too large a subnet, but at least my videos usually don't say "We're sorry, this video is no longer available" anymore.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Real Pho in the SCV?

This is almost too good to be true, and the pictures look pretty decent too!

Pho Nga Vietnamese Restaurant - Canyon Country, CA

Even the universe mocks me


I'm sure everyone has heard the way to read fortune cookies is to add "in bed" after everything...
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Friday, June 13, 2008

A day that will live in infamy 6/13/2008

Today, I have become the very proud owner of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X MR in Graphite Grey Pearl.

It scares me when I drive it... but in a good way. From a stop light, I rest my foot on the gas lightly and the car rolls foward seemingly docile, until you hear that whine. Then it lurches forward at a speed that sends my stomach into my spine. The first time I tried to make a left turn and depressed the gas pedal at what I felt was a reasonable position, I heard the engine come to life and I had to react way faster than I had expected to. Mistake 1, my foot is used to the lag of a torque converter.

It's no walk in the park on the freeway either, while cruising I breathe on the accelerator, and the pull to my intended maximum speed is amazing. If I'm a split-second late off the gas I blow my target speed by 15 mph. It demands every bit of attention from me to drive it with fuel economy in mind and trying to stay under the speed limit.

The range on a full tank shows about 200 miles, hopefully it goes up after the break in period. So not only does the power scare me, the eventual gas bill does too. Thank goodness I live and work in the same city so my daily commute is 10 miles round trip. Once a week or so I head to Alhambra for some deliciousness at Lee Kam Kee.

How does it feel to drive an evo you ask? I feel drunk on power, as I hear the whine of the turbo as it spools up, my heart rate rises in in unison. The car feels poised ready to pounce at any turn I am going to send it's way, and it is ready to chew it up and spit it out. The gadgetry is amazing, the included sound system rivals some home theaters. It's got everything Lexus has to offer, with none of the fancy fake wood trim. Everything feels precise and minimal. In other words, your luxury German marque comfort monger is not going to like it, and will make countless comparisons to the 3 series or the 1 series which I do admit, beats the Evo in a straight line in the 3.0 Twin Turbo V6 models but it's just different animal. One is like a Bagheera, still a wildcat, but he's nice and cuddly on the inside. The other is Shere Khan. The evo taunts me everytime I get in the car. It pleads to me, let me loose, tear it up, thankfully my voice of reason kicks in every time, it's still the break in period.

The geometry of the car seems to be meant for a tall skinny person, and last I checked Mitsubishi is a Japanese company. I'm 5"6' and I feel swallowed in those Recaro' buckets. The A pillar is a huge blind spot when looking for cars coming from the left and right, the rear spoiler blocks half the rear view mirror. The side head bolsters of those recaro's block my view when trying to navigate Los Angeles stop and go traffic, and the door panels feels like they start where my neck does. It makes parking a brand new car rather interesting because I never felt like I had visibility problems in my previous car a Mazda 3. So let's look at a table.



The difference in measurements is miniscule except for the 2.2 inches in width. It feels much wider, but now that I'm looking at the measurements, it must be all perception! So why does it feel hard to maneuver in tight spaces? It didn't dawn on me until I looked at the curb to curb turning circle. Mazda (34.1 feet) , Mitsubishi (38.7). That's 4.8 feet, so all my usual turning points to judge how to get into a parking spot, are different. Alright, alright enough with the Asians can't park jokes. Again it's all a matter of adapting.

On the whole, I couldn't be happier, other than dealing with the initial feeling out period of a new car and becoming comfortable with it. I am now in the club of those who have attained their dream car. It has been a long wait and I'm glad I don't have to wear a suit and drive this to work everyday. Getting in and out of it would probably leave some nasty creases.









Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Introducing The Moog Guitar

7 grand is a little much, and I can already hear all the bad music that's going to come outta that. But it's still kewl as stink.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Mini gun

What a great way to go out!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lemmiwinks!

South Park has it's share of GREAT moments, and I was just introduced to Lemmiwinks. I first saw it at the end of the Britney's New Look episode. Then went on to watch the actual Lemmiwinks episode, Death Camp Tolerance. We couldn't help but think, there should be a game. Then Brian sent me the link to the game, and I just finished playing it. It's RAD.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Wow, foot really does suck....

This is probably the single greatest sticker of all time. The foot sucks bumper sticker.

And now on Google Streetview!

Look at the bumper on the black Camry.


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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Installing AVG8 without linkscanner and safe search

When installing... from the commandline add/REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch

for example:

c:\avg_free_stf_en_8_100a1295.exe /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSurf /REMOVE_FEATURE fea_AVG_SafeSearch

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Seafood is the awesome



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A nice surprise




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Super awesome artwork


Don't you just love the awesome things creative people do when they are bored?
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