Archive for the ‘cool’ Category

Extract A Single Image From A Video Using FFMPEG

Dead handy, this: ffmpeg -ss 0.5 -i inputfile.mp4 -t 1 -s 480×300 -f image2 imagefile.jpg The various options: -t 1: limit to 1 frame extracted -ss 0.5: point of movie to extract from (ie seek to 0.5 seconds) -s 480×300: frame size of image to output (image resized to fit dimensions) -f image2: forces format […]

Spanish Adventure Update: Banks Aren’t Useless After All

Well, not completely useless. A follow up to my post from a few months ago. — So, by now I have decided to go to Barcelona. I will be entering medical school next September, so don’t worry, I haven’t given that up! I don’t have any particular job lined up, but I have heard from […]

How Not To Run a Poll

There is a very good writeup by Paul Lamere of Music Machinery of how Anonymous subverted a major poll by Time. AKA “moot wins, Time Inc. loses“. A number of things strike me: Despite how obvious it is, Time deny that the poll was manipulated, stating they have safeguards in place, etc, etc. I guess […]

Installing Debian on QEMU

Since I decommissioned my home server in favour of an NSLU2 (a NAS), I’ve found myself without a Linux machine to much about with or develop on while on the go (well, whenever I can’t use my laptop). So instead I’ll be using a virtual machine by running QEMU from my USB drive. Since my […]

Visualising The YouTube Pakistan Outage

There is a good post by bluesky74656 detailing how you you can get a pretty cool representation of the BGP routing mess that took out YouTube for anywhere up to 2/3 for the world. I’ve reproduced the post here: Head over to this site. It visualizes the BGP routes between different AS’s. Click ‘Start BGPlay’. […]

Soup Crimp

Soup, Soup-a-tasty Soup, soup-a-spicy Carrot and coriander; chili chowder! Crouton, crouton – crunchy friends in a liquid broth I am gaspachio – oh! – I am a summersoup – mm! Miso, miso – fighting in the Dojo Miso, miso – oriental prince in the land of soup! Plain Crimp: On YouTube The Scene (from “Fountain […]

Firefox Beta 3

As a PortableApps Firefox user, I downloaded Beta 3 of Firefox 3. It’s pretty slick looking, and there’s a whole host of new features. I don’t like the lack of ‘go’ or ‘->’ at the end of the address bar which was useful for refreshing a page without re-POSTing, and the new location of thehome […]

My Name is…

I’ve been doing a few Arabic classes recently, and last night we finally had enough knowledge to put together a close approximation of our names.

Google Talk

No, not the IM / VOIP client, but a cool little tool that gets Google to complete a sentence made by Douwe Osinga. If you’ve ever played around with Markov chain text generators – and let’s face it, who hasn’t? – this will give you a bit of entertainment.

Don’t believe your eyes!

Just a quick post pointing out an interesting bit of optical chicanery. Blogger Whale has an image that changes depending on how close you are.