April 26th, 2009 by Andrew
While in Vegas I recorded a couple of the Bellagio fountain shows on my D90. They recorded in 720p, but are shown here in a lower resolution. I hadn’t really used the video recording mode before, but this was a great opportunity to test it out and I think it did pretty well.
April 8th, 2009 by Andrew
If you haven’t seen it yet, Songbird is a Mozilla-based open-source music player. I’ve been using for some time now and it’s amazing.
Just like Firefox, it has a system of add-ons. The Notify Me add-on allows you to get Growl notifications when the song changes. Unfortunately, the add-on hasn’t been updated in 4 months. Here’s how I made it work with the latest version of Songbird.
Download the add-on from the Songbird Add-ons page. The .xpi file is just a zip file, and we have to unzip it to modify the contents. In Terminal, change to the directory where the .xpi file is (mine was on my desktop). Make a temporary folder to put the add-on files into when they’re unzipped. Put the .xpi into that folder and unzip it, then move the .xpi file out of there. Here’s the process in Terminal:
cd ~/Desktop mkdir notifyme mv notifyme-osx-1.1.0.xpi notifyme/ cd notifyme unzip notifyme-osx-1.1.0.xpi mv notifyme-osx-1.1.0.xpi ../
Once unzipped you’ll find a file named
install.rdf. Open that up in a plain-text editor (Not MS Word) and change the
maxVersion variable to whatever version you want. I’m changing it from 1.1.0rc1 to 1.2.0a.
install.rdf and zip the add-on back up (notice I changed the file name):
zip -r ../notifyme-osx-1.2.0a-unofficial.xpi .
You can then go to Tools -> Add-ons… in Songbird, click Install… and find the .xpi file you just zipped. It shouldn’t warn you about the version being incompatible anymore.
Although I just detailed how to do this and it worked for this add-on, I don’t recommended it. The max version is there for a reason. There may have been changes to Songbird that make an add-on incompatible with a higher version. Don’t blame me if you try this and your computer catches fire.
Here’s the finished product: notifyme-osx-120a-unofficial.xpi
January 22nd, 2009 by Andrew
I’ve recently come up with a good workflow for creating time lapse videos from still images, so I added time lapse photography to my projects page. While doing this, I’ve had a chance to use gphoto2, ImageMagick, FFmpeg, and Audacity. All of those are free and open source utilities, so anyone can follow the same procedure.
Here’s a video I made last January, but I’ve updated it by recreating it from the original photos, and I added an audio track “1 Ghosts I” from the Nine Inch Nails album Ghosts I-IV.
December 24th, 2008 by Andrew
It’s weird to think that the RCA Dome has been demolished.
I was most recently there in the Fall of 2007 with the UMass Minuteman Marching Band when they were there as the exhibition band for the Bands of America Grand National Championships.
Previously I was there with the band in 2004 for the same reason.
The dome was held up by air pressure (really!) and had giant airlocks that had to be opened in exactly the right way or the dome would collapse. I remember being in a huge room with 20 foot doors on either side, waiting for the interior door to open so me and the hundred or so band people with me could get onto the field. There were also smaller revolving doors (that were always hard to push) for faster one-at-a-time access to the field.
The photos from top to bottom:
- The RCA Dome in 2004 at night.
- Me, Jimmy and Melissa (2004 UMMB Equipment Staff) on the 50 yard line on top of the Colts logo.
- The RCA Dome in December 2008 being imploded.