Archive for month: November, 2004

iPodder out, Doppler is in…

November 30, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Sorry the team working on iPodder, but I’ve become too frustrated with it to continue using it. I have been having problems with iTunes crashing periodically, with items which are downloaded and inserted multiple times, and with a situation where a feed which botched once and refused to download again, even after uninstalling and reinstalling […]

Tidying up images…

November 30, 2004 | Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

While testing the low light performance of my new cellular phone, I noticed that even in medium indoor lighting, the camera had significant amounts of noise (and blur). Still, there is a cool program called Neat Image which I’ve mentioned before. It can remove a lot of the noise from images and yielded the following […]

Brainwagon Radio: MPx220 and MythTV

November 30, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Brainwagon Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

Where your host describes the fun he’s been having with his new cell phone and his travails in trying to get MythTV installed. Links for the show: The Motorola MPx220, my new Cingular cell phone Useful sites for MPx220 information: and My ASCII television hack: over two years old, but still fun. Inspired […]

Python 2.4

November 30, 2004 | Python | By: Mark VandeWettering

Two things are occupying my mind this morning: the first: an internal reminder to pay my mortgage today, and the second is that Python 2.4 has been officially released. Notable changes in Python 2.4 include improvements to the importing of modules, function decorators, generator expressions, a number of new modules (including subprocess, decimal and cookielib) […]

Rock On, Rock ON

November 29, 2004 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Need an inexpensive hobby? Try Rock Balancing. Bill Dan appears to be rather good at it.

Phantom of the Opera

November 29, 2004 | Gutenberg Gems | By: Mark VandeWettering

Time for another Gutenberg Gem! While listening to the notes on my DVD of the Phantom of the Opera, I was reminded that the tale was based upon the 1894 novel by Gaston Leroux, and thought to myself “Golly, that should be in the public domain” and sure enough, Project Gutenberg has it in their […]

Expect New Bumper Music Shortly!

November 29, 2004 | Link of the Day, Music | By: Mark VandeWettering

Brilliant! Link courtesy of Dan Lyke at Flutterby!.

Cinnamon Bear Podcast

November 29, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, it’s November 29, which means that my podcast of the classic radio serial The Cinnamon Bear has officially begun. There are 26 episodes, each slightly longer than ten minutes, which culminate on Christmas Eve. I hope you all enjoy it. Initially there was a small bug in my RSS feed generator which accidently produced […]

Brainwagon Radio: Tinkering with Gizmos

November 27, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Brainwagon Radio | By: Mark VandeWettering

In episode 37, your intrepid host reports on his new cell phone, talks about his as yet unsuccessful efforts to get MythTV to work, plays a song from Comfort Stand, an online record label and then is hastened away to the Sponge Bob Squarepants movie. Anyone who wants to serve as my mentor on the […]

Another Pixar Blogger

November 27, 2004 | Blogging, Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Wow, Metafilter kindly pointed me to another Pixarian who blogs: Ronnie del Carmen, and damn. Lots of really nice artwork. Sometimes working at Pixar can give you a feeling of intense inadequacy.

New Cell Phone

November 27, 2004 | General, Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I couldn’t resist a sale this morning: Best Buy had the new Motorola MPX220 cell phones on sale for $49 after a $300 rebate. The gadget is a Microsoft Smartphone, and while it is far from perfect (I will try to do a writeup of my experiences soon) it does have a number of […]

Tryptophan Dose Near Fatal Limits!

November 25, 2004 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

My friend Tom and his son Tim showed up for Thanksgiving, and my son and his friend showed up just as we sat down for dinner. Turkey, sweet potatoes w/ pecans, mashed potatoes, stuffing and green beans, chased down with pumpkin cheesecake, a lemon meringue pie and a chocolate cake. Woof. Surprisingly, the 16 lb […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2004 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

To all the readers of these humble pages and all the listeners of my podcast, here are my best wishes to all and their families to have a great holiday. Here at my house, we are just getting started: soon, the turkey will be out of his briney bath and into a roaster pan, the […]

Apple Audio Interface Speculation?

November 24, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

This morning the gadget sites (as well as some podcasters) were all a twitter over the possibility of Apple producing a new audio interface code named Asteroid. This is supposedly a firewire interface with two XL mic inputs and a bunch of other stuff. What struck me as funny were the two different artists renditions […]

Ipodder Idea

November 24, 2004 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I mentioned in yesterday’s audio podcast that it would be nice if ipodder clients did more to manage your collection of online audio from podcasts. I suggested that you might want to pick a size such as 10gb that you are willing to use for podcasts. As new podcasts come in, the oldest would be […]