{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2012\/04\/03\/spotlight-somebody-i-used-to-know-gotye\/","trash":"","name":"spotlight-somebody-i-used-to-know-gotye","parent":"","title":"Spotlight: Somebody I used to know - Gotye","date":"2012-04-03 12:15:38","filepath":"posts\/20001503_spotlight-somebody-i-used-to-know-gotye.xml.json","type":"post","content":"<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"http:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/8UVNT4wvIGY\" frameborder=\"0\" allowfullscreen><\/iframe><\/p>\nI still don't know how to pronounce Gotye..."}}


{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2012\/04\/02\/nyr-age-of-ignorance\/","trash":"","name":"nyr-age-of-ignorance","parent":"","title":"NYR: Age of Ignorance","date":"2012-04-02 11:30:41","filepath":"posts\/20001492_nyr-age-of-ignorance.xml.json","type":"post","content":"<img class=\"alignleft size-full wp-image-1493\" style=\"margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\" title=\"quote\" src=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/media\/uploads\/2012\/03\/quote.png\" alt=\"quotation\" width=\"64\" height=\"43\" \/>\"In the past, if someone knew nothing and talked nonsense, no one paid any attention to him. No more. Now such people are courted and flattered by conservative politicians and ideologues as \"Real Americans\"defending their country against big government and educated liberal elites. The press interviews them and reports their opinions seriously without pointing out the imbecility of what they believe. The hucksters, who manipulate them for the powerful financial interests, know that they can be made to believe anything, because, to the ignorant and the bigoted, lies always sound better than truth:\n<pre style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">Christians are persecuted in this country.\nThe government is coming to get your guns.\nObama is a Muslim.\nGlobal Warming is a hoax.\nThe president is forcing open homosexuality on the military.\nSchools push a left-wing agenda.\nSocial Security is an entitlement, no different from welfare.\nObama hates white people.\nThe life on earth is 10,000 years old and so is the universe.\nThe safety net contributes to poverty.\nThe government is taking money from you and giving it to sex-crazed college women to pay for their birth control.<\/pre>\nOne could easily list many more such commonplace delusions believed by Americans. They are kept in circulation by hundreds of right-wing political and religious media outlets whose function is to fabricate an alternate reality for their viewers and their listeners. \u201cStupidity is sometimes the greatest of historical forces,\u201d Sidney Hook said once. No doubt. What we have in this country is the rebellion of dull minds against the intellect. That\u2019s why they love politicians who rail against teachers indoctrinating children against their parents\u2019 values and resent the ones who show ability to think seriously and independently. Despite their bravado, these fools can always be counted on to vote against their self-interest. And that, as far as I\u2019m concerned, is why millions are being spent to keep my fellow citizens ignorant.\"\n\n--Charles Simic (<a href=\"http:\/\/www.nybooks.com\/blogs\/nyrblog\/2012\/mar\/20\/age-of-ignorance\/\">NYR Blog<\/a>)"}}


{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2012\/04\/01\/dain-fagerholm-and-his-scribble-gifs\/","trash":"","name":"dain-fagerholm-and-his-scribble-gifs","parent":"","title":"Dain Fagerholm and his scribble gifs","date":"2012-04-01 09:37:08","filepath":"posts\/20001484_dain-fagerholm-and-his-scribble-gifs.xml.json","type":"post","content":"<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><a href=\"http:\/\/dainfagerholm.blogspot.it\"><img class=\"alignnone\" title=\"Dain Fagerholm\" src=\"http:\/\/24.media.tumblr.com\/tumblr_m1l3jrFfu51qdjguqo1_500.gif\" alt=\"Dain Fagerholm\" width=\"500\" height=\"510\" \/><\/a><\/p>\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><em><a href=\"http:\/\/dainfagerholm.blogspot.it\">view more<\/a>.<\/em><\/p>"}}


{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2012\/04\/01\/umwelt\/","trash":"","name":"umwelt","parent":"","title":"Umwelt","date":"2012-04-01 00:16:31","filepath":"posts\/20001496_umwelt.xml.json","type":"post","content":"<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><a href=\"http:\/\/xkcd.com\/1037\/\"><img class=\"alignleft\" style=\"margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\" title=\"umwelt - xkcd\" src=\"http:\/\/imgs.xkcd.com\/a1panels\/bc1e49f51514bd674a4628513c771de3d60d8b09ccb9287b0663a2a65ab90224.png\" alt=\"\" width=\"173\" height=\"254\" \/><\/a>\"Umwelt is the idea that because their senses pick up on different things, different animals in the same ecosystem actually live in very different worlds. Everything about you shapes the world you inhabit--from your ideology to your glasses prescription to your browser window size.\" --Randall Munroe (<a href=\"http:\/\/xkcd.com\">xkcd<\/a>)<\/p>\n<em><p style=\"text-align: left;\">the idea can be found in Russell's <a href=\"http:\/\/www.amazon.com\/gp\/product\/1613820860\/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=zygmy-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1613820860\">The Problems of Philosophy<\/a><img src=\"http:\/\/www.assoc-amazon.com\/e\/ir?t=zygmy-20&l=as2&o=1&a=1613820860\" width=\"1\" height=\"1\" border=\"0\" alt=\"\" style=\"border:none !important; margin:0px !important;\" \/>\n<\/p><\/em>"}}


{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2012\/03\/31\/draco-death-to-all-viruses\/","trash":"","name":"draco-death-to-all-viruses","parent":"","title":"DRACO: Death to all viruses","date":"2012-03-31 06:01:50","filepath":"posts\/20001479_draco-death-to-all-viruses.xml.json","type":"post","content":"<img class=\"alignleft size-full wp-image-1480\" style=\"margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\" title=\"rx medicine\" src=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/media\/uploads\/2012\/03\/rx.png\" alt=\"rx medicine\" width=\"95\" height=\"100\" \/>MIT is developing that has such huge implications on the heath of humanity that\u00a0pharmaceutical companies and the rest of the health care industry are eager to patent it so it doesn't see the light of day.\n\nResearchers at MIT have started testing an antiviral drug that broadly targets all viruses that create double stranded RNA. \u00a0It will kill all viruses and make viral\u00a0diseases\u00a0a thing of the past.\n\nThe drug is not a vaccine and\u00a0doesn't\u00a0protect against future infections. \u00a0But, it is very useful curing someone already infected and could be administered much like penicillin, which was a major medical breakthrough in itself.\n\nThink of all the viral\u00a0diseases\u00a0that would no longer be lethal...\u00a0Hepatitis\u00a0C, HIV, Ebola, Smallpox... and the non-lethal like Herpes.\n\nDRACO is a cool acronym in a project called PANACEA, another cool acronym!\n\n<em>read <a href=\"http:\/\/www.process.org\/discept\/2011\/11\/17\/draco-death-to-the-virus\/\">the article<\/a>.<\/em>\n\n<em>read the <a href=\"http:\/\/www.plosone.org\/article\/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0022572\">white paper<\/a>.<\/em>\n\n<em>more <a href=\"http:\/\/www.ll.mit.edu\/news\/DRACO.html\">from MIT<\/a>.<\/em>"}}


{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2012\/03\/30\/dreaming-in-the-bathtub\/","trash":"","name":"dreaming-in-the-bathtub","parent":"","title":"Dreaming in the bathtub","date":"2012-03-30 10:47:10","filepath":"posts\/20001356_dreaming-in-the-bathtub.xml.json","type":"post","content":"<a href=\"http:\/\/kyarypon.tumblr.com\/post\/14655551182\"><img class=\"aligncenter\" title=\"kyary tub\" src=\"http:\/\/29.media.tumblr.com\/tumblr_lwn4k8XcM61r0r5vbo1_500.jpg\" alt=\"kyary tub\" width=\"300\" height=\"300\" \/><\/a>\n\n<em>via <a href=\"http:\/\/kyarypon.tumblr.com\">Only You Kyary Pon<\/a>.<\/em>"}}


{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2012\/03\/29\/how-models-are-made\/","trash":"","name":"how-models-are-made","parent":"","title":"How models are made","date":"2012-03-29 21:23:37","filepath":"posts\/20001477_how-models-are-made.xml.json","type":"post","content":"Fashion models are the convergence of many different artistic forces resulting in a magical and beautiful image, which is not real but the process can still be respected.\n<p style=\"text-align: center;\"><iframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"http:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/NKd8AlRpWXQ\" frameborder=\"0\" allowfullscreen><\/iframe><\/p>"}}


{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2012\/03\/28\/howto-sort-sqlite-integer\/","trash":"","name":"howto-sort-sqlite-integer","parent":"","title":"HowTo: Sort a Sqlite string column as an integer","date":"2012-03-28 15:16:29","filepath":"posts\/20001471_howto-sort-sqlite-integer.xml.json","type":"post","content":"<img class=\"alignleft size-full wp-image-1213\" style=\"margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\" title=\"information icon\" src=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/media\/uploads\/2012\/01\/information.png\" alt=\"information icon\" width=\"46\" height=\"46\" \/>\nThere are times where you have to work with a data set that isn't typed correctly. \u00a0Say you have a sqlite database where one column is a number but in a string type:\n<pre style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">sqlite&gt; CREATE TABLE stuff (description text, inventory text);\nsqlite&gt; SELECT * FROM stuff;\nforks|4\nspoons|401\nknives|12<\/pre>\nNow, say you need to sort the data based on the integer in a string type (inventory above). \u00a0Here's how you would do it:\n<pre style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">sqlite&gt; select cast(inventory as number) as inv, description from stuff order by inv desc;<\/pre>\nThe output will be:\n<pre style=\"padding-left: 30px;\">401|spoons\n12|knives\n4|forks<\/pre>\n<em>see the <a href=\"http:\/\/sqlite.org\/lang_expr.html\">spec<\/a>.<\/em>"}}


{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2012\/03\/27\/pure-low-frequency-tones-20-100hz\/","trash":"","name":"pure-low-frequency-tones-20-100hz","parent":"","title":"Pure low frequency tones 20-100Hz","date":"2012-03-27 11:18:34","filepath":"posts\/20001466_pure-low-frequency-tones-20-100hz.xml.json","type":"post","content":"<a href=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/media\/uploads\/2012\/03\/audio-volume-high-th.png\"><img class=\"alignleft size-full wp-image-1467\" style=\"margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\" title=\"audio speaker sound\" src=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/media\/uploads\/2012\/03\/audio-volume-high-th.png\" alt=\"audio speaker sound\" width=\"100\" height=\"71\" \/><\/a>Stinkpot created some <a href=\"http:\/\/desk.stinkpot.org:8080\/tricks\/index.php\/2007\/04\/low-frequency-pure-tones-for-testing-a-subwoofer\/\">pure low frequency tones<\/a> available for free. \u00a0They can be used to test somone's low frequency hearing or performance testing new subwoofers. \u00a0Stinkpot created these sine waves with <a href=\"http:\/\/desk.stinkpot.org:8080\/tricks\/index.php\/2007\/04\/generate-pure-tones-in-matlab\/\">Matlab<\/a>. \u00a0Nifty!\n\n<em>via the <a href=\"http:\/\/desk.stinkpot.org:8080\">Desk of Stinkpot<\/a>.<\/em>"}}


{"item":{"status":"visible","url":"\/2012\/03\/26\/howto-youtube-download\/","trash":"","name":"howto-youtube-download","parent":"","title":"HowTo: Download a YouTube video only using your browser","date":"2012-03-26 11:35:13","filepath":"posts\/20001448_howto-youtube-download.xml.json","type":"post","content":"<img class=\"alignleft size-full wp-image-1451\" style=\"margin-right: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;\" title=\"download flash youtube link\" src=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/media\/uploads\/2012\/03\/download_package.png\" alt=\"download flash youtube link\" width=\"107\" height=\"128\" \/>So you want to save a YouTube video? \u00a0You've probably used a search engine and found tools like <a href=\"http:\/\/keepvid.com\/\">KeepVid<\/a>, <a href=\"http:\/\/keep-tube.com\/\">Keep-Tube<\/a>, and a plethora of browser extensions for <a href=\"http:\/\/www.chromeextensions.org\/other\/easy-youtube-video-downloader\/\">Chome<\/a> and <a href=\"https:\/\/addons.mozilla.org\/en-US\/firefox\/addon\/video-downloadhelper\/\">Firefox<\/a>.\n\nYou probably thought twice \u00a0about using those tools because adding an extension to your browser or running a Java Applet inside it can be a security risk. \u00a0It makes you wonder why you can't simply obtain a link to the flash file to download. \u00a0It's saved (cached) on your computer when you watch a video anyway...\n\nWell, you can get a link to the flash file (.flv) on a YouTube video without needing anything but your browser if you are using Chrome. \u00a0If you are using Firefox, you can use the\u00a0<a href=\"http:\/\/getfirebug.com\/\">FireBug<\/a> developer tool extension.\n\nHere's how you do it. \u00a0I'll keep it short and sweet, but keep in mind the method is similar for both Chrome and Firefox.\n\n<strong>Overview: <\/strong>Use developer tools to see which files are being sent from the server, identify the video flash file, then obtain a link to it.<!--more-->\n\n<strong>Steps to obtain a Flash link to a YouTube video:<\/strong>\n<ol>\n\t<li>Open your browser.<\/li>\n\t<li>Open the appropriate developer tools (Chrome: CTRL+SHIFT+I, \u00a0Firefox<a href=\"https:\/\/addons.mozilla.org\/en-US\/firefox\/addon\/firebug\/\">*<\/a>: F12).<\/li>\n\t<li>Click on the Network or Net tab.<\/li>\n\t<li>May need to enable Network Monitoring (obvious if you see an explanation in the Net tab).<\/li>\n\t<li>Navigate to the YouTube video.<\/li>\n\t<li>When the video loads monitor the file list and find the one that is the flash file. \u00a0On Chrome, the type will be \"video\/x-flv\" and named something like videoplayback. \u00a0On Firefox, it can be named the same \"GET videoplayback?....\", but you will need to click on the file to see the type, \"video\/x-flv.\" \u00a0If you have trouble, just look for the file that has a long transfer time... the one that continuously transfers (See the <a href=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/media\/uploads\/2012\/03\/flash.jpg\">image below<\/a>).<\/li>\n\t<li>Right click on the file and choose either \"Copy link address\" or \"Copy location.\"<\/li>\n\t<li>Now you have the link. \u00a0However, before you can use it, <em>make sure you close the original YouTube video webpage<\/em>. \u00a0YouTube has smart caching logic so that only one of your connections will be active at one time.<\/li>\n\t<li>You now have two choices:\n<ol>\n\t<li>Paste your link into your browser (after closing the previous playing video), then doing a \"Save As\" to save it to your computer. \u00a0This will download the video a second time, which is why I recommend...<\/li>\n\t<li>Create a link, right clicking it, and choosing \"Save link as...\" \u00a0How do you do this? \u00a0Use <a href=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/utilities\/linkit\/\">this tool<\/a> to create an HTML Link for you.<\/li>\n<\/ol>\n<\/li>\n<\/ol>\n<p style=\"text-align: left;\"><a href=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/media\/uploads\/2012\/03\/flash.jpg\"><img class=\"size-medium wp-image-1453 aligncenter\" title=\"getting youtube video flash link with chrome developer tools\" src=\"http:\/\/www.8bitrobot.com\/media\/uploads\/2012\/03\/flash-300x205.jpg\" alt=\"getting youtube video flash link with chrome developer tools\" width=\"300\" height=\"205\" \/><\/a><\/p>\nNow you can get a link to the flash video on YouTube with only your browser. \u00a0Expect a later post on how to convert a flash video into another format like mpeg."}}

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