Archive for month: November, 2006

Grabbing Single Frames From the WVC54GC

November 30, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

One of the slightly annoying things about the video camera I mentioned is that it doesn’t actually have a “just return me a single frame of what the camera sees” mode. Well, someone else figured out how to do this with mplayer, and it appears to work. I’ll code up a simple demo here pretty […]

Visitor to the Front Door, Caught on Webcam

November 30, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

In a previous posting, I mentioned that I bought a Linksys WVC54GC wireless webcam. I can’t say that I really think it’s a good camera, but I didn’t hate it so much that I returned it. It does have a kind of cool feature that it detects motion and can email you a small five […]

Why Haskell? Indeed…

November 27, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I’ve been fascinated by functional programming languages for at least twenty years, but I must admit, despite my rather academic interest, I’ve simply not found them to be very pleasant or useful. Nevertheless, I keep thinking that I haven’t really dedicated myself to resolving this issue fully, and I keep thinking that someday I should […]

Unusual Stuff

November 26, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Sometimes strange stuff happens, and you just want to mention it. I saw a fox on my way up to the observatory on Friday. I’d never seen one up there before. Technorati Tags: Unusual Short Posts Addendum: Here’s the satellite view of the Chabot Space and Science Center, courtesy of Google Maps.

Gutenberg Gem: Manual of Egyptian Archaeology and Guide to the Study of Antiquities in Egypt

November 26, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was persusing the top 100 downloads on Project Gutenberg, and noted that they had a fairly nice illustrated book about one of my interests: Egyptology. Even if you aren’t interested in Egypt, it’s got some fairly nice clip art. Manual of Egyptian Archaeology and Guide to the Study of Antiquities in Egypt – Project […]

Rockin’ Meteor Video

November 25, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I mentioned on my blog that the Leonids were peaking a few days ago, but it was cloudy and rainy here, so I didn’t get a chance to see any. Neither did Bad Astronomy blogger Phil Plait, but he has an excellent post with a link to a great all sky video. The astronomers had […]

Dodge Tomahawk @ the SF Auto Show

November 25, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

In what has become a bit of a minor tradition for us, we carted our bodies into San Franscisco this afternoon to attend the SF Auto Show. It’s an opportunity to ooh and ah over some of the more expensive cars, and to sit in a bunch of cars and decide if they have enough […]

Email from Jack the Ripper…

November 24, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I was listening to the classic The Hounds of the Baskervilles for the last few days as I ran around doing shopping for my Thanksgiving dinner. I hadn’t read it in quite some time (despite my oft-mentioned fondness for the world’s greatest fictional detective), and it was a lot of fun. For some reason, my […]

Happy Thanksgiving, with Video

November 23, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Here at brainwagon central, I’m about to put a turkey and a ham in the oven, I’ve got the potatoes ready to go, I’ve made homemade cranberry sauce, and Carmen’s whipped up her favorite sweet potatoes. I’d like to extend my best wishes to all my readers and to your familes, and wish you a […]

Fox News Preps News Satire Show

November 21, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Fox News Preps News Satire Show “The way I look at it, almost every comedy show or satire show I see uses the same talking points against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney,” Surnow said. “The other side hasn’t been skewered in a fair and balanced way.” I sense one small problem with this idea: […]

Happy Birthday J. D. Drew!

November 20, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

I noticed by my sidebar that today is J. D. Drew’s Birthday, and I thought I’d thank him by providing a link to the most memorable moment he has given baseball fans everywhere.

Playstation 3 Seller Attacked, Robbed In La Palma

November 20, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Yeah, I know, I said this kind of story didn’t appeal to me. I’m a hypocrite, just rubbernecking my way through life. Let’s move on. Now appearing in the “how retarded could you possibly be” department, is the following story. Some yutz had two Playstation 3s which he advertised for sale via Craigslist for $5000. […]

Stories I don’t care about…

November 19, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

The news over the last few days has been obsessed with a number of stories that I care very little about. I thought I’d get them off my chest. O.J. Simpson’s is going to tell how “hypothetically” he would have murdered his wife Nicole and Ron Goldman. If you are a murderer, I guess that […]

Gutenberg Gem: The Encyclopædia Britannica,Volume IV – Part 04 of 04

November 18, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, Project Gutenberg has another installation in their Encyclopaedia Britannica digitization effort. This one includes a number of cool (well, I think they are cool subjects) including Calculating Machines and Calendars. There are also nice maps of Bulgaria, Burma and Cairo. Check ’em out. The Encyclopædia Britannica,Volume IV – Part 04 of 04 Technorati Tags: […]

Not happy with the Linksys WVC54GC

November 18, 2006 | General | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I decided somewhat on the spur of the moment to get a wireless webcam for a monitoring application, and I must say, I’m overall pretty disappointed with the Linksys WVC54GC. First of all, it’s a sucky webcam. It is simply nightblind: it can’t take a decent picture in illumination which is even slightly dim. […]