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How to Google Maps on Vimeo

2009 Aug 31, 4:53From Ira as part of The Balloon Project "... took the lo-fi diy map making essentials (portable helium tank, party balloons, and a disposable video camera) to Paris, France, where they launched a video camera into the sky not knowing where it would go, and created some very unique aerial cartography of the Place de la Concorde.' I'd love to see this run through photo stitching software like Photosynth and then layered on Google Maps.PermalinkCommentsmap balloon art ira-mowen france paris

ASCII Animation (ASCIImation) "Morph" by Skylined (using JavaScript)

2009 Aug 31, 4:41"The Morph and the Mandelbrot animation are all real-time ASCII and done via JavaScript code. The "Shark-like" Skylined logo looks like 3D and really cool. I was amazed when I saw it for the first time." Is this the Skylined that I know? That's some hardcore ASCII animation.PermalinkCommentsskylined javascript ascii via:waxy animation

HTTP Tracing - Export Format - Firebug Working Group | Google Groups

2009 Aug 31, 4:22"This document is intended to describe a HTTP Archive format that should be used when exporting data from Firebug Net panel. The current version of the format isn't finalized and is open for further proposals."PermalinkCommentshttp fiddler debug format firebug technical via:mnot

Google ASCII Art Easter Egg

2009 Aug 31, 4:12"If you search Google for ascii art, the Google logo itself will turn into... ASCII art."PermalinkCommentsgoogle ascii art humor logo via:waxy

Birthday Cookies and Cupcakes

2009 Aug 28, 9:12

sequelguy posted a photo:

Birthday Cookies and Cupcakes

Cookies and cupcakes mysteriously appeared in my office. (Actually not mysterious -- thanks Eric!)

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Parents, Carl, Jeannie on Roof

2009 Aug 28, 9:12

sequelguy posted a photo:

Parents, Carl, Jeannie on Roof

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Old Veterinary Related Tool

2009 Aug 28, 9:12

sequelguy posted a photo:

Old Veterinary Related Tool

Saw this at the Fremont Market. The tag read along the lines of Veterinary related tool -- three guesses.

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James Bond's Jetpack

2009 Aug 28, 9:12

sequelguy posted a photo:

James Bond's Jetpack

James Bond's jetpack found at the Three Lions pub in Redmond, WA

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Time/Date Conversion Tool

2009 Aug 28, 3:39

I built timestamp.exe, a Windows command line tool to convert between computer and human readable date/time formats mostly for working on the first run wizard for IE8. We commonly write out our dates in binary form to the registry and in order to test and debug my work it became useful to be able to determine to what date the binary value of a FILETIME or SYSTEMTIME corresponded or to produce my own binary value of a FILETIME and insert it into the registry.

For instance, to convert to a binary value:

[PS C:\] timestamp -inString 2009/08/28:10:18 -outHexValue -convert filetime
2009/08/28:10:18 as FILETIME: 00 7c c8 d1 c8 27 ca 01

Converting in the other direction, if you don't know what format the bytes are in, just feed them in and timestamp will try all conversions and list only the valid ones:

[PS C:\] timestamp -inHexValue  "40 52 1c 3b"
40 52 1c 3b as FILETIME: 1601-01-01:00:01:39.171
40 52 1c 3b as Unix Time: 2001-06-05:03:30:08.000
40 52 1c 3b as DOS Time: 2009-08-28:10:18:00.000
(it also supports OLE Dates, and SYSTEMTIME which aren't listed there because the hex value isn't valid for those types). Or use the guess option to get timestamp's best guess:
[PS C:\] timestamp -inHexValue  "40 52 1c 3b" -convert guess
40 52 1c 3b as DOS Time: 2009-08-28:10:18:00.000

When I first wrote this I had a bug in my function that parses the date-time value string in which I could parse 2009-07-02:10:18 just fine, but I wouldn't be able to parse 2009-09-02:10:18 correctly. This was my code:

success = swscanf_s(timeString, L"%hi%*[\\/- ,]%hi%*[\\/- ,]%hi%*[\\/- ,Tt:.]%hi%*[:.]%hi%*[:.]%hi%*[:.]%hi", 
&systemTime->wMilliseconds) > 1;
See the problem?

To convert between these various forms yourself read The Old New Thing date conversion article or Josh Poley's date time article. I previously wrote about date formats I like and dislike.

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Timelines: Time travel in popular film and tv | Information Is Beautiful

2009 Aug 28, 3:02Lovely visualization of the time travels taken by characters in various movies and television series and notes the places where they overlap.PermalinkCommentsvia:waxy time-travel bttf startrek tv movie information visualization

YouTube - Hitler finds out his subtitles are wrong

2009 Aug 26, 3:28"Don't they know this is just another passing lame-ass internet fad?" Hitler mocks the subtitled Hitler Internet meme, and those not in on the joke. Note that this is a bit meta: see some of the other videos first for examples of what Hitler is talking about here.PermalinkCommentshumor youtube video hitler meme

JOHO -February 4, 2008

2009 Aug 26, 2:30"Being fair is not enough. In fact, sometimes what's fair is wrong precisely because it's fair. Oooh! A seeming paradox! One of the top three rhetorical forms for essays!"PermalinkCommentstechnical internet david-weinberger net-neutrality web fair

Parents Visited

2009 Aug 25, 12:34

My parents visited this past weekend, met Sarah's parents, saw our house, and met our bunny. On Friday we went to BluWater in Kirkland which was pretty busy and the service was slower and slightly worse than we usually find. Saturday my parents helped us with our yard quite a bit and for dinner we went to the Icon Grill with Sarah's parents. I had forgotten how much I enjoy the food at the Icon Grill - I had the very tasty meat loaf. Dinner went well and afterward we stopped at the Three Lions pub in Redmond. On all previous occasions I had tried to go in there the place was packed for a soccer game. This night however there was a man with a guitar, singing and it wasn't nearly as packed. I also found that near the bathrooms on the wall is what looks to be James Bond's jetpack.

On Sunday we went out to see Jeannie and Carl and see the renovations to Jeannie's place. We met up with them at the Fremont Market to which I hadn't been previously, and had a look around there before going back to Jeannie's to see the lovely work they'd done to her place. For dinner my parents took us out to the Melting Pot for my approaching birthday. It was fun having my parents up and I look forward to the next time they're here.

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quotes / citations - a set on Flickr

2009 Aug 25, 7:40Famous quotes as posters. Some are NSFW
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2009 Aug 25, 7:10Research paper modelling zombie infection. "The key difference between the models presented here and other models of infectious disease is that the dead can come back to life." Also, love the references section with "Snyder, Zack (director), 2004 Dawn of the Dead" next to things like "Bainov, D.D. & Simeonov, P.S. Impulsive Differential Equations: Asymptotic Properties of the Solutions. World Scientific, Singapore (1995)."PermalinkCommentshumor zombie research via:schneier math science health apocalypse system:filetype:pdf system:media:document

YouTube - AtYourLibraryOrg's Channel - Cory Doctorow Interview

2009 Aug 24, 9:56AtYourLibraryOrg interviews Cory Doctorow on library and librarian related Cory Doctorow topics, then breaks up his answers into short videos. Easy to watch and interesting.
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Fight Against 1-day Exploits: Diffing Binaries vs Anti-diffing Binaries

2009 Aug 24, 9:52Notes on how bin diff'ing tools work and thoughts on defeating them. "We call the threat "1-day exploits". Just few minutes after the release of patches, binary diffing technique can be used to identify the vulnerabilities that the security patches are remedying."PermalinkCommentsexploit security binary diff tool research technical system:filetype:pdf system:media:document

Bookmarklet Directory - Marklets.com

2009 Aug 24, 8:23PermalinkCommentsweb browser javascript bookmarklet technical

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition)

2009 Aug 24, 4:57"This specification defines the features and syntax for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) Version 1.1, a modularized language for describing two-dimensional vector and mixed vector/raster graphics in XML."PermalinkCommentssvg graphic web xml reference w3c technical

Schneier on Security: Non-Randomness in Coin Flipping

2009 Aug 24, 3:11"It turns out that flipping a coin has all sorts of non-randomness", includes link to research paper and blog post with gems like: "If the coin is tossed and caught, it has about a 51% chance of landing on the same face it was launched"PermalinkCommentssecurity random coin coin-toss
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