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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 26, 2014, 03:44:43 PM
One thing that interested me with that comic strip...was how just adding those tiny little eyebrows, it added some much more "emotion" to the facial expression.
yup.
south park.  they do so much with so little.  I've actually been working on my own style that is both efficient and expressive.  very cool stuff.
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Talents and talent shows on: August 26, 2014, 10:26:36 AM
JavaJ!  That's awesome, congrats and best wishes, I'll do my best to get her votes.  So who else is getting famous?  Hmmm....

53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 26, 2014, 09:03:14 AM

That's just one of my pet peeves.


@R - Out of curiosity....just how many of this pets do you have? It must be hundreds.  tongue Grin Wink
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54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: August 25, 2014, 03:59:45 PM
Performance featuring Seaboard GRAND keyboards.

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On May 22nd, ROLI showcased a Seaboard ensemble at Abbey Road Studios, featuring legendary keyboardist Jordan Rudess, accompanied by Marco Parisi and Heen-Wah Wai, and Ray Hearne at the drums.The song was composed for ROLI by Nathan Stornetta and Jordan Rudess. It is named after bass player extraordinaire Tony Levin, for its incredible bass and synth sounds.

Interesting possibilities for the adventurous keyboardist...

More on the Seaboard can be found on its website. Link here.
That's VERY fascinating.  First thing I think of is a keyboard that has breath controller, pitch/bend, or any midi control built into the keys themselves. 
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Movie and Book Writing Thread on: August 25, 2014, 09:37:22 AM
I certainly have my pet peeves when it comes to language and grammar though. One of the big ones is the general inability of English speakers to account for number when they write or speak. It's not that hard to tell the difference between "1" and "other than 1". Sigh... There are others though. (That was a concise demonstration of the issue.)
Que?  I'm curious, but I don't think I understand what you are saying?  Clarification?
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee on: August 25, 2014, 12:19:47 AM
 cheesy
Thanks guys, very funny, made my day! Thmbsup
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Frustrated Mom Creates ‘Ignore No More’ App To Get Teen Kids To Return Calls on: August 19, 2014, 04:14:05 PM
I love this thread, thanks all.

When it comes to this subject, I find myself agreeing with Louie in one of the episodes, where he says something like...I just want to be able to raise my girls so they are capable of going to a city, finding a job, and settling down into a decent job and lifestyle.
58  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2013 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2013 Submission - RAT (Renegade Audio Transcoder) on: August 19, 2014, 08:59:55 AM
nice, didn't even realize this was here!  great, especially for video!
59  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: A Genuine Baby Cody Sighting on: August 18, 2014, 12:40:19 PM
lol!!!  awesome.  Good putting a face to the avatar!
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bleep… Bittorrent unveils serverless & encrypted chat client on: August 15, 2014, 01:33:52 PM
Yeah, but how does the client know who to communicate your IP address to?
... like a torrent. There are trackers that know the locations of peers holding data. But they don't know what the content of the data is. And when the actual data of a message gets transferred, it's done peer-to-peer so there's no metadata passing through a central server where it can be easily intercepted. ... actual communication takes place directly between the parties themselves.
Are those trackers run by Bittorrent Inc?

BTW does the peer matching for Bittorrent Sync work the same way? Some write ups claim that Bittorrent Sync is more secure than Dropbox since the data isn't cloud stored. But if the client matching happens in the cloud a powerful agency could require the cloud operator to hand over the secret key and then use the key to access the Sync folder directly on the client. Likewise a malicious employee who previously would try to circumvent company security to access a client data item would now instead try to circumvent company security to get the client's secret key and with it get the data directly from the client. Bittorrent saves money on not having to host and transfer the data and client may see higher speeds. But is it in practice any more secure than Dropbox style services?
Interesting question, didn't really think about that.  I use btsync and it's great, I love how nothing is stored in the cloud.  TO answer the question, I think I'll reference 40hz' posts regarding privacy and how there basically is none in the current computer/internet setup, and it's a game that we're just playing amongst ourselves in a system that is already compromised.
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you use a Portrait mode monitor? on: August 14, 2014, 09:47:09 PM
surface pro
i read comics in portrait, as well as ebooks if im lying down.  it's a joy. 
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 12, 2014, 05:46:18 PM
Even without the alcohol, soft-carbonated (and preferably unsweetened) lemonade is a treat on a hot day. Kiss

Learned about that one from a expat French client of mine. I understand it's big on the Continent.
Interesting...never tried it sugarless.  Any recommendations on brands?
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: R.I.P. Robin Williams on: August 11, 2014, 11:12:34 PM
I love Robin Williams.  Really added a lot of memorable moments to my childhood.

When I heard the news, the first thing that came to my mind (weirdly enough) was the Louie episode from season 3 (episode 6).  Louie and Robin Williams find themselves together at the grave of an acquaintance, and they have a very interesting time and discussion together.  In the end, they agree to attend the funeral of whoever dies first.  pretty eerie.

Here's part of it:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1OJ3ifG0xA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1OJ3ifG0xA</a>

but I'm going to go back watch the whole thing.

Robin Williams.
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Don't be afraid Arthur Dent. Be VERY afraid! on: August 09, 2014, 08:15:41 PM
Oh baby!  That is awesome.  Made me reminisce about this guy, I spent 2 years of my life helping out on this:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISznqY3kESI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISznqY3kESI</a>
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New "censorship" technique on Youtube on: August 08, 2014, 04:42:50 PM
hmmm...is it me or did the world in general suddenly become more "active" the past couple of weeks?
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: August 07, 2014, 04:57:51 PM
Hmmm Super Anti Spyware portable has a new look.  It used to find about 50 tracking cookies on every Quick Scan.  Now it doesn't find any.  I'm wondering if it's because:

a) the new SAS doesn't detect them even though they are there
b) I switched from FF 30 to Cyberfox 31 x64 so there aren't any
c) SAS doesn't look where Cyberfox puts its cookies

Has anyone noticed this SAS change?

well that's interesting.  If it weren't for cyberfox, i'd say it definitely has to do with the SAS makeover.
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 07, 2014, 11:54:41 AM
Interesting.
Of course, this could presumably all be a deliberately manufactured "fog".
If it is a manufactured fog, then someone is controlling the fog generator.
If Snowden really did leak the stuff he is supposed to have done, we have certainly only been allowed to see certain bits of it, so someone somewhere is censoring things.
If there is a censor, then there is a control over the release/flow of information.
Thus, whereas it may seem that Snowden is in Russia because of a series of accidents or circumstances outside of his control, that could be by calculated design.
If it was by calculated design, then someone was the designer, and someone implemented the design.
Thus Snowden may be in exactly the place he was supposed to have ended up in at the outset.

I wouldn't put anything past the US NSA/SS administration.

My head is hurting. I think I shall go for a cup of tea and a lie-down now...

I don't know if it's true, but it was awesome!!  Good one Iain.
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: August 06, 2014, 10:08:06 AM
I think the FF release cycle is just too fast.  And it's driving the spin-offs to keep up.  Seems like if it's FF or Pale Moon or whatever, it works for a couple of updates, then it's funky for a few.

A lot of time is wasted trying out supposedly stable versions only to uninstall after a bad patch.

Yeah.  They went crazy once they tried to keep up with the chrome version numbers.  But, you know, it's one of those business things, and those business guys seem to always be laughing at us technical folk.
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: August 06, 2014, 09:06:12 AM
, all that is left to judge upon is the talent showcased in it's use.
I like that.  thumbs up
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: August 05, 2014, 09:11:00 PM
Calendarscope sounds like another application with a dozen possible replacements. What is its special ability?
True.  But Calendarscope is REALLY fast.  And the coloring of events is probably the best i've ever seen.  Still difficult to justify the price though.
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: August 05, 2014, 03:33:53 PM
http://www.engadget.com/2...ve-film-cinema/#continued
Here's another article.  This time, Scorsese is also talking about the importance of film.

Once again, however, the issue is less about the technical characteristics of the medium, and more about the process.  That is, it sounds like the celluloid process naturally will result in films that look different than digital.  But it's not that digital CAN'T do that, it just doesn't do it naturally.  You probably have to do it with the end goal of making it look like celluloid.

I agree with the historical value of celluloid.  It should be preserved and encouraged as an art form.  But it shouldn't be used as a criticism against digital.  I really dislike that.
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New guy on the forums on: August 05, 2014, 09:52:27 AM
I have Ideas for this one...
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: August 04, 2014, 10:14:55 PM
I've been playing a lot with it today.  So far, I'm test out the reading capabilities.

Things I'm picky about:
--vertical touch scrollinig.  For touch devices, I like to have the documents scroll vertically (seamless, no page jumps) while I flick with my finger.  This is a pretty uncommon feature, unfortunately.
--Adjust text size on the fly.  Most can do this.  of course, with pdf's it doesn't always work well because of wrapping issues.

For epubs:
The reader I am settling on is microsoft word.  Just works the best so far.  This means I need to convert epubs to rtf using calibre.  All possible with the device itself (benefit of running full windows).

for pdfs:
I've sort of settled on pdf-xchange.  No special reason other than i already had it.  I would have preferred bluebeam, but i only have one license and i already use it.  This pdf setup is great for reading and marking up freely.
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: August 04, 2014, 05:35:13 PM
So I have a Surface pro now.

You never did need help to decide. You just wanted someone to say it was sensible  smiley
pretty much.  Cool
it's NOT sensible.
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: August 03, 2014, 11:02:09 PM
So I have a Surface pro now.  I will post my thoughts here as I go along, feel free to ask me questions.

So far...
It is EXACTLY what i expected.  That's not good or bad.  I am obviously very familiar with Windows, and this experience is exactly what I felt windows on a tablet would be.  I don't care for metro apps, I'm really interested in the desktop side of things.  So I have it set up where it goes right into desktop and I don't really ever do anything metro so far.

The touch experience is fine.  Very fast and responsive.  using desktop software with your finger is perfectly fine, I don't know what the big deal is.  The precision is off sometimes, and you still have to double-tap for the normal double-click (although i think that can be changed), but I expect that.  It's not just tap and swipe like smartphone apps.  but the programs you're using are also feature packed, you really can't expect anything else.  Apps have like 2-3 things to do on any given screen.  Desktop programs have dozens to thousands of things to do on a screen.  The input will be more complicated.

Anyway, those are my thoughts so far.  I love the form factor, it sits great on my lap with that kickstand.  i think my online reading experience is going to be vastly improved.
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