Archive for date: November 22, 2005

I hate CSI: Miami!

November 22, 2005 | General, Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Oh, dear, lord. Could the episode I watched have been any more ridiculous? In the episode Urban Hellraisers, the plotline featured a gang of young college hoodlums who decide to play a live action version of Grand Theft Auto Urban Hellraisers. It featured the following incredible plot points (I’d normally fear spoiling the plot or […]

Gutenberg Gems: Watch and Clock Escapements, by Anonymous

November 22, 2005 | Gutenberg Gems | By: Mark VandeWettering

If you aspire to be an horologist, you don’t have to done fishnet stockings and hot pants, you merely need to study up on the design and manufacture of escapements. Luckily, there is a nifty illustrated book on the Project Gutenberg website that details some of what you’ll need to know: Watch and Clock Escapements, […]

Visualizing the code of Atari 2600 games

November 22, 2005 | Games and Diversions, Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Ben Fry has some cool graphics which visualize the code in several old Atari 2600 video games. Basically, he disassembles code and marks all possible branches with arcs between the lines of code, and changes all data tables to graphical representations of the bit patterns, revealing many sprites and other data tables. I dunno how […]

Anaglyphs, in color!

November 22, 2005 | General, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

Check these out with the red/blue 3D glasses. Kind of cool, huh? If you followed my tutorial on how to do this with black and white images, you can probably figure out how to do this. Basically, the red image is just the red channel of the left image, and the green and blue channels […]

Those Geniuses at Apple

November 22, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

I bought Carmen a video iPod a few weeks ago, and she loves it. You can apparently play video on a regular TV, but you need a special Apple video cable to do so. Or do you? According to the guys at MacDevCenter, all you really need to do is realize that the special Mac […]

Planning a Thanksgiving Meal

November 22, 2005 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I admire those people who cook fifteen different dishes from their cookbook that was handed down for ages. I just don’t have the kitchen or frankly the patience to do that. I don’t mind doing a turkey (it’s really a snap) or things like sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, or green beans with pearl onions and […]