Archive for month: May, 2005

Oakland Shows Signs of Life

May 31, 2005 | Baseball, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I bitched about Oakland a couple of days ago, and today I’m watching the possibility that they might string two wins in a row. I was watching last night in the top of the 9th when I received a phone call from my son whose car crapped out an hour away (I spent most […]


May 31, 2005 | My Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

I have a lot of fun with digital cameras, just taking pictures of objects in isolation. A bit of work with Gimp, and you have something you can, well, write posts about on your weblog. Okay, okay, my inspiration was actually here.

VIA Technologies, Inc. announces the C7

May 31, 2005 | Computer Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

This website runs on a VIA Nehemiah 1Ghz motherboard. I used to run it on a dual 400Mhz Celeron box I built on an Abit BP6 motherboard, but that thing sucked power and generated heat far in excess of its utility. Now my webserver runs quiet and lowpower. That’s why I thought I’d plug the […]


May 30, 2005 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Just a picture of me from my cell phone Addendum: This post was really just created as a test of Flickr‘s ability to post photos that you upload to their site to a blog of your choice. It was just a picture that I sent to my wife during my long weekend away at Siggraph, […]

Boing Boing: HOWTO add Half Life 2 elements to your photos

May 30, 2005 | Computer Graphics | By: Mark VandeWettering

Cool link today from Boing Boing which extracted elements from the game Halflife 2 and embedded them into real scenes using high dynamic range lighting. This kind of approach is one that I think amateurs could pursue in making their own hybrid CG films. Good stuff. Boing Boing: HOWTO add Half Life 2 elements to […]

Tough to be an A’s fan…

May 29, 2005 | Baseball, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I suspected that the A’s may have a difficult time getting to the playoffs this year. All three of the other AL West teams had reasons for optimism: the A’s traded two of their big three talent away. The over-under line for A’s was 78 or so. Realistically they would turn out to be a […]

Why the broadcast flag should go forward | Perspectives | CNET

May 28, 2005 | Intellectual Property | By: Mark VandeWettering

Dan Glickman, CEO of the MPAA has an editorial running on entitled: Why the broadcast flag should go forward. I urge you to go read it and think about it. A federal appeals court ruled that when the FCC mandated that all manufacturers of digital video equipment must implement and support the use of […]

Movie Review: Madagascar

May 28, 2005 | Movie Review | By: Mark VandeWettering

Last night we had a screening of the new Dreamworks film Madagascar and I must say, it was one of the most enjoyable, light, fun, upbeat movies I’ve seen in a long time. I had a blast. It was colorful, it was fun, the voice talent was great, and it looked good. The movie begins […]

How the THX sound was made…

May 27, 2005 | Music | By: Mark VandeWettering

Andy Moorer’s story on how he created the THX sound. He did it the old fashioned way: he wrote 20,000 lines of C code! Music thing: TINY MUSIC MAKERS: Pt 3: The THX Sound

MAKE: Tonepad – DIY Music Projects

May 27, 2005 | Music | By: Mark VandeWettering

Courtesy of (you guessed it) the Make Blog, check out Tonepad, a website which offers all sorts of PCB patterns for DIY music effects. Ring modulators for your Dalek project, anyone?

Seamless Data Distribution System

May 27, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Google Maps is pretty cool, but they watermark all their images which makes their satellite data a little less than entirely useful for goofing around with. That’s why I’m pleased to see the USGS has the Seamless Data Distribution System, which allows you to download high resolution imagery, maps and all sorts of other data. […]

The Problem With Government in a Nutshell

May 27, 2005 | Politics | By: Mark VandeWettering

Governor digs fixing potholes / San Jose crews destroy part of road for staged event Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger traveled to a quiet San Jose neighborhood Thursday, and — dogged by protesters — filled a pothole dug by city crews just a few hours before, as part of an attempt to dramatize his efforts to increase […]

Map Projections: How Projections Work

May 26, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

I like maps. I thought I’d archive a couple of useful links for generating your own maps: First, a site to describe how to take latitude and longitude and project them into two dimensions. Contains lots and lots of formulas. Map Projections: How Projections Work Of course, to use those formulas you need some raw […]

Recipe: Pulled Turkey

May 26, 2005 | Cooking and Recipes, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I haven’t posted any of my culinary explorations lately, so I thought that I would rectify this wrong by detailing something that I tried for yesterday’s dinner. I’m a huge fan of pulled pork, especially in the form of barbecue pork sandwiches. I like getting a toasted bunn, piling it with this shredded pork, and […]

Project Dalek

May 25, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

All sorts of projects based upon the Star Wars universe are making the rounds of various blogs, so why not take a break and build a Dalek instead? Bonus link: here are some behind the scene pics from this season’s episode (a very dark episode incidently) of Doctor Who which features a Dalek.