My Saturday Night

You can see Susan and I caught in the light on the top left of the picture at the Jonathon Coulton show in New York. Thanks to snipeyhead for posting a whole set of images to flickr. This was during one of the songs where Kristen Shirts Ukulele Army was partaking, which means probably Creepy Doll.

It was truly an amazing show. The fact that we got Curl during the second encore was awesome. I’m definitely going to catch more of JoCo’s shows in the future.

Update: A complete set list, plus lots of videos of the show are on the JoCopedia.

Pictures from India

I’m still sorting out how I’m going to do photos in the future, as the old photo album is pretty much under decay, and my interest in the old workflow for publishing has waned. On the viable options from, Smugmug looks like an early leader here, largely because their albums don’t look like poo, and they have a web services API that I can write some ruby code against (at least once they open their API key for signup again.)

I just uploaded the bulk of my pictures from our India trip as a test case. Feedback is appreciated from readers here, especially those that actually tended to show up mostly to see pictures. 🙂

Adding stock scripts to OpenSim

Mo Hax and I have started a weekly effort to gather up some of the IBM internally created OpenSim / Second Life content and contribute it to OpenSim as stock content. As OpenSim approaches the 0.6 release, it would be good to have some more reasonable stock content included for those people that aren’t Second Life Heads, and have huge inventories of their own stuff sitting on their disks. The results of week one was a single handshake animation, and a lot of understanding on how our stock content system works, and how it should be changed to make it easier to contribute to it.

Yesterday, in between builds and meetings, I decided to refactor a few LSL scripts I had that used unique OSL functions that let you dynamically create textures on objects, both from text drawing commands, and from images of the internet. Those are all now in the OpenSim Library, and accessible for anyone in world. They are under the same license as OpenSim, so do what you will with them. 🙂 (Note: I’ve found the client caches the inventory trees, so you’ll need to clear cache before they show up.)

The scripts contributed yesterday are as follows:

  • osTextBoard – a text board I wrote to do agendas or note taking in world. Modify the script, hit save, and you get the content in your text board texture. Multiple font sizes, colors, and names are used.
  • osWeatherMap – a 3 panel cycling weather map for US weather. This is inspired by the work nebadon did on osgrid.
  • GrafittiBoard – Justin Casey’s GrafittiBoard (as seen on osgrid), which is similar to text board, but has an llListen hook so that if you talk on channel 43 it displays it on the board.

Consider all of these as launch points to more complex things. But, they’ll at least give people a flavor of what is possible. And you’ll get it with every opensim build.

User modifiable Canon firmware

Through dave hansen’s blog I found the CHDK project, which creates custom Canon camera firmware that adds a lot of features to existing cameras. While I’ve only had this loaded for a day, I’m really psyched with the results so far.

It immediately meant that I got RAW support, an OSD battery sensor showing % left, exposure settings, and this zebra mode thing that let’s you know when you’ve maxed out the CCD, and where specifically is the issue. The procedure to add it is pretty simple, and it’s breathed new life into my SD500, which has seen a lot of good days with me.

I get really excited when devices evolve and improve after you have them. My Logitech Harmony Remote, XBMC on my old xbox, and now my Canon camera all fall under that heading. This also guaruntees that I’ll only buy Canon cameras that support this in the future. This kind of freedom is hard to give up. 🙂

Microsoft 1-ups google on map detail

A friend of mine pointed me at Live Maps last night, which is basically microsoft’s google maps. It looks basically exactly like google maps, so I wasn’t sure why he sent me there.

Then he said “Find your house, and click Bird’s Eye view.”

Ok. The results are impressive. It’s a lot higher res than the aerial, and more current. I wish they told you the date o nthis things, as I’d find it facinating. I have some ideas by what’s laying around in our yard that this is late March / Early April last year.