… it would properly be this one (GeekDesk Max).
I enjoyed the book (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), and I am looking forward to seeing this…
A work colleague asked about creating chromakey / green screen images the other day. The wanted to use their Mac computer to superimpose pictures of students on notable Chicago locations.
My quick-and-dirty suggestions were:
- Photo Booth (the easiest, most appropriate solution from my perspective)
- The downside to using Photo Booth is that it crashes on my laptop due to my installation of a Bluetooth webcam.
- iMovie (a bit of a hack, but the process within iMovie is extremely easy)
Another colleague suggested using Photoshop. This tutorial clearly outlines the process. The above example only took a few minutes to create – I did not follow the tutorial fully to the end (hue saturation) which would have removed the green fringing.
Another option would be to use Veescope on iPad.
A doe and her three kits in the back garden. Fun to watch, and I hope they survive. Happy to give up some of the raised bed for them to make it through the spring.
For the first time in quite a few years I have a Windows PC (Surface Pro) at home, so I thought I would check out a few PC games. Nothing too taxing on the tablet, the Surface is not really a games machine. As luck would have it, Steam was having a sale. I now have a mini-library of older games to play:
- Final Fantasy VII
- Half-Life 2
Unfortunately Half-Life refuses to play on the Surface Pro, with this error message:
The game has detected that the previous attempt to start in OpenGL video mode failed. The game will run in software mode.
-software , -OpenGL, did not work for me (the game ran, but in a unusably small window).
-w 640 -h 480 allowed me run the game in a usable window.
-w 1024 -h 768 allowed me run the game in a better window.
I believe the screen dimensions of the Surface Pro are 1920 x 1080, so I gave that a try:
-w 1920 -h 1080
However, that resulted in a window that exceeded the bounds of the display. For the moment I will stick with XGA.
Next, getting a suitable joystick/gamepad…
I migrated to an Apple iPhone 5 a while back. Even though the ‘phone is lacking a keyboard (which my old Nokia N900 had) I am fairly happy with the device. However, I sort of need for a portable speaker, and rather than buy a Jawbone JAMBOX (or equivalent) I think I can repurpose the N900.
#!/bin/sh amixer -c0 set PCM 100% amixer -c0 set 'Right PGA Bypass Mixer HP Switc' on amixer -c0 set 'Left PGA Bypass Mixer HP' on amixer -c0 set 'Left PGA Mixer Line1L' on amixer -c0 set 'Left PGA Mixer Line2L' on amixer -c0 set 'HP PGA Bypass' 100% amixer -c0 set 'Speaker Function' On echo "Speaker is ON"
#!/bin/sh amixer -c0 set PCM 100% amixer -c0 set 'Right PGA Bypass Mixer HP Switc' off amixer -c0 set 'Left PGA Bypass Mixer HP' off amixer -c0 set 'Left PGA Mixer Line1L' off amixer -c0 set 'Left PGA Mixer Line2L' off amixer -c0 set 'HP PGA Bypass' 0% echo "Speaker is OFF"
The year is going faster than I thought….
I recently finished reading Charles Duhigg’s rather excellent book “The Power of Habit.” The book explores why habits form, and what can be done to change them. It is a very entertaining and interesting read. Reading the book, I started to think about some of my habits – which ones I wanted to change, which ones I could change, how one habit change might effect other habit changes.
One experiment that I have decided to begin is taking a daily photograph. The plan from here on is to take one photograph a day, and then post it to the Internet. Instagram is the weapon of choice here, and I will see how taking that picture changes other habits and behavior. The pictures should show up on the site here, but they will also appear on: