Archive for month: April, 2004

New iPod, Same Old Trouble

April 20, 2004 | Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

As part of my weight loss plan, I decided I needed/deserved some form of MP3 player, and with my upcoming birthday, asked the wife that it would be a 20GB iPod. I reasoned that Apple makes excellent computer hardware that just works, it integrates well with iTunes, and it would just work. Silly me. I […]

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Build your own Steadicam

April 10, 2004 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Cute and useful project: build yourself a $14 Steadycam. Or you could look at this plan for a camera stabilizer from the Guide Book for Guerilla Filmmakers. Or look here, here, or here.

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Two Short Subjects

April 8, 2004 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Just a short blurb to inform my readers about two interesting bits of code that I’ve looked at in the past week. The first is a voice-conferencing system called Skype. Skype is made by the same guys who brought you Kazaa (of which I am distinctly not a fan), and is exactly what it pretends […]

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Do it yourself Board Games

April 3, 2004 | Games and Diversions | By: Mark VandeWettering

I ran across Games and Tools – The Deck of Boards while reading rec.games.board. The author designed a way to create boards for many interesting boardgames by using a magnetic board and various marbles, washers and easily available pieces. Kind of neat, and a good way to get boards for games like Hex.

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An aside into Fonts…

April 2, 2004 | My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

I have begun work on a program to play checkers, tentatively called Milhouse. I’m mostly doing it to keep my programming and research skills tuned up, but also because I’ve always enjoyed working on game playing programs. To make it more interesting, I’ve decided to write it as a literate program using Norm Ramsey’s simple […]

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