Archive for month: December, 2005


December 31, 2005 | My Diary | By: Mark VandeWettering

It’s ugly! I’m spending some time in Truckee, CA with some of my old college chums, and currently we are getting hammered by rain and wind gusting to 60mph. I-80 is reportedly going to be closed due to landslides for the next two days at least, and the furnace in the place we are staying […]

Notes from the Technology Underground

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

William Gurstelle, author of a couple of my favorite books, Backyard Ballistics and The Art of the Catapult, has a new book, Adventures from the Technology Underground and a blog, Notes from the Technology Underground. I ordered the new book via Amazon, and the blog is now in my Daily Read list.

WordPress 2.0 Released

December 27, 2005 | Blogging | By: Mark VandeWettering

It appears that version 2.0 of WordPress is available for download. I’ll try to give a head’s up when I’ll upgrade.

Christmas Dessert: Apple Tart Tatin with Homemade Puff Pastry

December 26, 2005 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

After a delicious supper of prime rib, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus, what could top it off? Well, I gave Emeril’s Apple Tart Tatin with Homemade Puff Pastry. I made it with Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry, and Fuji apples, but it turned out real good. Give it a try.

Using FFMPEG to make PSP video

December 25, 2005 | General, My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

I spent a little while trying to figure this out, apparently the -r argument is significant: ffmpeg -i superman_the_mechanical_monsters.mpeg \ -title “Superman: The Mechanical Monsters” \ -s 320×240 -b 512 -ar 24000 -ab 64 -r 29.970030 -f psp M4V12345.MP4 The -title seemed fubarred, but the rest seems to work. I’ll refine this more later. Filenames […]

Nice view of Saturn Rings

December 25, 2005 | Astronomy | By: Mark VandeWettering

Check out the the spiffy view of Saturn’s rings and their shadows taken from Cassini.

Merry Christmas 2005!

December 25, 2005 | General, News | By: Mark VandeWettering

To all the readers of my little experiment in self-therapy, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!

A Visit From Saint Nicholas, by Clement C. Moore

December 24, 2005 | Gutenberg Gems | By: Mark VandeWettering

A seasonal Gutenberg Gem: A Visit From Saint Nicholas, by Clement C. Moore. Enjoy the classic with illustrations.

Time for Christmas Pasta…

December 24, 2005 | Cooking and Recipes | By: Mark VandeWettering

For tonight’s dinner plan, I’m doing the same thing that I did last year, a variation of Rachel Ray’s Christmas Pasta recipe. I find her base recipe simply has too much meat in it, mine will be more like a amatriciana sauce, with onions and red pepper flake, seasoned with some sweet and some spicy […]

Dave Slusher leads to “Geek Christmas Carol”

December 24, 2005 | Audioblogs and Podcasting | By: Mark VandeWettering

Checking in on Dave Slusher’s blog, I found that he was a voice in something called Geek Christmas Carol, which I find you can download from Friends In Tech. Neat. Also, perusing the comments there, I found that someone else had done much the same thing: Podcast Pickle had produced A Podcast Christmas Carol. Check […]

Moon to Occult Spica

December 24, 2005 | Astronomy | By: Mark VandeWettering

Sadly, it won’t be visible here in California, but for much of the United States, Christmas morning will feature a rare occultation of Spica by the moon. Thanks to Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy Blog for pointing out the rare event which, well, sadly won’t be seen from here.

Use Google Earth to Track Santa

December 24, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

He’s hopping around the Middle East as I type this. Google Earth is pretty cool for a free download too, so check it out. Ho ho ho.

DIY Laser Engraved Toast

December 24, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Over the last few years, I’ve seen a number of eBay auctions for religious figures which appear spontaneously in grilled bread items. It seems to me that the budding young entrepaneur could make a killing with the right laser engraving equipment. Courtesy of the Make Blog.


December 23, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

You know what’s more useless than those tapes and DVDs of a fire burning in the fireplace? How ’bout the same thing, but formatted for your video iPod. Courtesy of those fine gents at WGN.

R.I.P. Brainwagon Radio

December 22, 2005 | Audioblogs and Podcasting, Brainwagon Radio, General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I wish my experiment in podcasting was going out with a bang instead of a whimper, but for now, I’m closing the saga that was Brainwagon Radio. It may return in some retooled form in the future: I’m thinking that to really revitalize my interest in doing podcasts I need to find an appropriate […]