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By Brent on 31 July 2003
I spent most of last evening wrestling with Adobe Premiere, which is surprisingly clunky. It doesn’t allow you to move clips “on top” of each other, and it wouldn’t let me move multiple clips on the timeline. Whenever I made one change at the beginning of the project, I had to re-position all the clips after it. Ironically, I found the “lightweight” personalStudio much easier to work with. Except that it can’t handle the wide […]
By Brent on 30 July 2003
I wrote a long journal entry for today, then had an experience which sums it up: You know you’re too tired for work when you notice that the buttons on the Windows taskbar are flashing in sync with Daft Punk’s One More Time, and it amuses you. For context: I went to bed late Monday night, then overslept and woke up groggy and grumpy (which would be a great name for a preschoolers’ […]
By Brent on 29 July 2003
I’ve begun taking photographs. …Wait. Arg. I’m taking pictures, but I never liked the generic feeling of that term. But no film is involved, so it’s not really a photograph, is it? Anyvay. I’m taking pictures, I guess, with my Kodak DC-5000. It’s a decent digital camera; 2 megapixels and a 3x zoom, but the picture quality just isn’t as crisp as I’d like. But I’ve begun […]
By Brent on 28 July 2003
Ahhhh, it’s a new week, and it’s time for a fresh set of journal entries. Today’s topic: debt. Debt is bad. I think we can all agree about this. But why is debt bad? It’s bad because it costs you money. For any kind of debt, you have to pay a little extra money on your debt, namely, interest. For a credit card, the bank charges you every day, […]
By Brent on 26 July 2003
New poll. And, behind the scenes, a spiffy new poll generation script, so I should be able to update it reasonably frequently. Meanwhile, check out that little guy on the right, whom I see often around my neighborhood. He was kind enough to let me take a picture of him.
By Brent on 25 July 2003
Brennen replies, in his usual wonderfully thoughtful way, and I think I agree with him on pretty much all counts. On the other hand, this is a very personal subject, and by that I mean not that it’s taboo, but that each person approaches it differently and has his or her own internalized version of it. It’s so internal that I ultimately can’t generalize about everyone’s experiences. Though I don’t want […]
By Brent on 24 July 2003
A persuasive argument for President Bush’s eventual militarism of the U.S.: “This country has become too much of a fashisiom, it’s sad really.” (From a rambling comment to the messageboard on UFO Dreams) One of the disadvantages of writing all my journal entries in advance is that, if I respond to a current event, it’s at least a day old by the time I post my response. Thus with this journal entry from Brennen. He writes: Decided the other day […]
By Brent on 23 July 2003
I’ve rewritten the library, and begun updating it again. You’ll find a mini-review of Philip and Alex’s Guide to Web Publishing by Philip Greenspun, among other things. My vision for the library is to turn it into a celebration of the beauty and wonder and weirdness of books. I want it to celebrate my bibliophiliac nature. 1:00 p.m. The Photo of the Week. A good opportunity for me to broaden my mind. Okay, this week I’m catching up on all the journal entries I meant […]
By Brent on 22 July 2003
Ack! Sorry for the lack of updates; I broke the backend to this site over the weekend, and only just now got it fixed. Arg. On the other hand, the update to the website is going well. I’ve updated my bio and given my writing sub-site a good facelift. I’m really enjoying this opportunity to give this entire website a thorough facelift and rewrite.
By Brent on 20 July 2003
Note the new navigation images in the upper-left corner of the page. This is part of a(nother) significant re-design of my personal website. More changes are intended. I know, I know; the navigation images are rather annoying. And it looks like Mystery Meat Navigation (though it’s not; the icons [hopefully] make it clear which image is for what). That’s just part of the redesign. I acknowledge that it’s not necessarily as usable as it […]