Having in previous postings expounded about the greatness of my Philips DVP3040 DVD player, I thought it a good idea to reveal some of the problems I have had with the player after a month or so of use. The main problem has been jittery or jerky video playback on various DivX or XviD files. Some files worked, others were unwatchable. Turns out the player does not like the encoding on specific files. The issue is video that uses a "packed bitstream." There is, thankfully, an fairly easy solution.
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My band, Nonagon, will be playing a live show on Saturday, August 5th at The Note in Chicago's trendy Wicker Park neighborhood (1565 N. Milwaukee). The show starts around 9 o'clock PM and the line-up is as follows:
One of the first Flash animations I ever created was for a site that Ajenda produced called Easter Fun. Well, six years later, we still get about a thousand or so hits a month. In an attempt to squeeze some money out of this Internet relic, we are redesigning it to fit in some Google AdSense ads. In the process, I have completely revamped the look of the menu animation. Check out those gradients! And, as an added bonus, the chick doesn't squawk at you every 3 seconds.
This past weekend I made an impulse purchase in the form of a new DVD player. My previous player (a Samsung DVD-P421 from 2001) seemed okay, but recently it was hiccuping on the many-a-DVD layer switch. This always seemed to happen at a key moment in whatever movie I was watching. A minor glitch, but annoying nonetheless.
I've added a new image of my post-Nova art studio.
Okay, NewEgg has redeemed itself, UPS still sucks though. I checked my credit card statement and we finally, 7 days later, got the ten dollar credit we were offered. The CF card is still working, faster and better than ever.
Recently I have discovered the joys of DOS emulation on my Windows XP machine. DOSbox is an open-source project which provide MS-DOS emulation that is tailored to gaming. There are builds for Win XP, Mac and Linux.
Okay, my initial frustration over my NewEgg order has been diminished a little. I was offered ten dollars off of a comparable product and went ahead and ordered a larger flash card. I hope my ancient Canon Powershot can handle a 512MB card. It has already destroyed a 256MB PQI card and I was concerned that it was size limited. Anyhow, I will following the tracking info to the minute if I have to this time.
I still have not done much in the way of updating this site but I needed to get some info out another horrible on-line shopping experience I have had.
What the heck happened to my site?! Well, in an effort to kick my butt in gear, and force myself to reorganize and redesign my site.
I've stripped out the look-and-feel elements and will slowly be working on applying an automated system of templates. I will also be deleting and or rearranging sections to help reign in some of the urban sprawl of my site architecture. This is a bit of an experiment. It's somewhat unsual to put the design process of a site out in the open. This should be interesting... check back soon for updates.
Some of the books I read in 2001:
Plowing the Dark by Richard Powers (4/5) • The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein (5/5) • Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand (4/5) • The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (3/5) • Albrect Dürer by Jane Hutchison (3/5)
My Flash cartoon, The Ajenda Creativity Engine, won first place (category: Entertainment/Games) in Chicago's Association for Multimedia Communication's first annual FlashFest. Second place in this category went to Rick Carton's (of Carton Cartoons) ultra-slick video for the band Cane Corso, which went on to win Best of Show.