Spike.com linked to my GTA IV Post!

Wow, check it out: http://www.spike.com/blog/top-nine-video-game/89661

Spike.com: The Top Eight Video Game Bugs That Made the Game Better

The #8 “video game bug that made the game better” on that page is the Grand Theft Auto 4 swingset glitch that I posted about last August, along with a link to my post about it (“In GTA4, there’s a location where you can leave a car and it’ll promptly explode…”). The next Monday (11/23), I received 746 hits for that page alone. Damn!

And…to give you some context, this is the graph of that page’s activity:

Yeah, just a couple more hits than usual. 😉

Of course, the next day, it went down to its normal number of views. Still pretty cool, though. =)


KB971092 won’t install (Visual Studio 2008 Security Fix)

From Microsoft Connect:

Until Microsoft come up with an official solution there is a working workaround for this problem.

This problem only appears to affect people who have not got Visual C++ Installed.

1.) Download VS90SP1-KB971092-x86.exe from here …
2.) Start the installation VS90SP1-KB971092-x86.exe
3.) Wait for the error message to come up – DO NOT CLOSE THE WINDOW!
4.) Copy the temp. folder where the patch has been unpacked to a new folder, for example onto your desktop.
5.) Close VS90SP1-KB971092-x86.exe that you started in 2.)
6.) Navigate to <drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0\Common7\Tools and find vsvars32.bat.
7.) Change the permissions on the file to allow everyone to edit it.
8.) Start VS90SP1-KB971092-x86.msp from within the saved folder and the process should complete.

Dave Chappelle’s Portland Appearance

It seemed like a hoax.

There where thousands of people crammed into Pioneer Courthouse Square and no Dave Chappelle anywhere. But there were definitely plenty of jackass fans, some traumatic underage boob flashing—seriously, I really didn’t need to see that—and a bunch of suburban kids with not much else to do on a lazy Tuesday night. So, yeah, Twitter failed and it was all a hoax…

…that is, until Dave Chappelle (and the world’s smallest amp) showed up.

(via The Portland Mercury)

This is a really cool story wrapped in a really cool story. If you hadn’t heard from the flurry of Twittering about it yesterday, Dave Chappelle made an impromptu appearance at Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, OR – an appearance he had planned to make in front of a very small crowd and only told *five* people about. One of those people must have gotten on Twitter at some point, and by the time the concert was supposed to start, *four thousand people* had filled “Portland’s Living Room” waiting to see Dave. And show, he did. With a practice amp, a microphone, and an awesome attitude, he showed up to a crowd much larger than expected and did a damn good job keeping the crowd in good spirits despite barely being able to broadcast his voice to the first couple rows of people, let alone the entire square.

Here’s a clip of a great article written by a local news anchor, Joe Donlon, about his experience meeting Dave Chappelle while he was in town:

I introduced myself, and said, “So, it’s true. You ARE here. Everyone’s talking about it, you know.”  He was gracious and courteous – but clearly cautious when he heard I was a news anchor.  That’s why my next question probably wasn’t the best.  “What are you doing in town?”  He cocked an eyebrow – gave me that classic Dave Chappelle look – and said, “You’re a journalist?  I’m not sure I want to answer that.”  Fair enough.  So we moved on to other things – after I convinced him that I literally just happened to walk past.

I started with the rumor of this midnight show.  He seemed genuinely surprised, and said – “How did you hear about that?”  I told him about all the chatter we’d been hearing on Twitter and elsewhere – and he seemed almost stunned.

He then asked me about the local TV business.  We talked about the dwindling ad revenues, the layoffs, the cutbacks, and the bankruptcies – and he was truly intrigued about the money, and where it all went.   We talked about how people consume their news, the impact of the internet on that consumption, and our mutual admiration for Ted Koppel.  He also added his take on the difference between ‘news’ and ‘journalism’ and the changes he thought had killed ‘good journalism.’

Dave Chappelle + Joe Donlon

via My Chappelle Show – KGW Anchors .

If you’re still curious, here’s a video of his performance:

Dave Chappelle via OregonLive.com

And, of course, some links to the flurry of articles about the event:

Dave, if you’re reading this – you’ve got plenty of fans in Portland that would love to see you come back for a show whenever you like. =)

Mark of Mafia Codes! (was Mafia Live!)

Update! I’ve added a post for Origins of Mafia codes as well! Please add your code on this post:



I’m kinda surprised I hadn’t posted this sooner, especially considering the (relative) success of my Undead LIVE! Codes post (Undead LIVE! Codes!)

So, here’s my Mafia Live! family code – please add me to your family and leave your family code in the comments so that others can add you as well. Thanks!


Sorry, Paul Simon, Kodak’s taking Kodachrome away

In this photo taken on Sept. 15, 2008, a roll of Kodachrome 64 is seen in Tonawanda, N.Y. Kodak announced Monday that it is retiring its most senior film because of declining customer demand in an increasingly digital age. (AP Photo/David Duprey)
In this photo taken on Sept. 15, 2008, a roll of Kodachrome 64 is seen in Tonawanda, N.Y. Kodak announced Monday that it is retiring its most senior film because of declining customer demand in an increasingly digital age. (AP Photo/David Duprey)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — Sorry, Paul Simon, Kodak is taking your Kodachrome away.

The Eastman Kodak Co. announced Monday it’s retiring its most senior film because of declining customer demand in an increasingly digital age.

The world’s first commercially successful color film, immortalized in song by Simon, spent 74 years in Kodak’s portfolio. It enjoyed its heyday in the 1950s and ’60s but in recent years has nudged closer to obscurity: Sales of Kodachrome are now just a fraction of 1 percent of the company’s total sales of still-picture films, and only one commercial lab in the world still processes it.

Those numbers and the unique materials needed to make it convinced Kodak to call its most recent manufacturing run the last, said Mary Jane Hellyar, the outgoing president of Kodak’s Film, Photofinishing and Entertainment Group.

“Kodachrome is particularly difficult (to retire) because it really has become kind of an icon,” Hellyar said.

(via Google News/AP: Sorry, Paul Simon, Kodak’s taking Kodachrome away)

XnView: Free Image/Photo Viewer

Excellent (free) photo viewer – beats out all the others by far, IMO:


XnView is a utility for viewing and converting
graphic files.

It has the features :

Import about 400 graphic file formats
Export about 50 graphic file formats
Multipage TIFF, Animated GIF, Animated ICO support
Image IPTC, EXIF metadata support
EXIF auto rotation support
IPTC editing
Resize, rotate, crop support
Lossless rotate & crop (jpeg) support
Adjust brightness, contrast…
Auto levels, contrast
Modify number of colors
Apply filters (blur, average, emboss, …)
Apply effects (lens, wave, …)
Fullscreen mode
Slide show with effects
Batch convert, batch rename
Create WEB page easily
Screen capture
Create contact Sheet
Create or edit Multi-page file (TIFF, DCX, LDF)
TWAIN & WIA support (Windows only)
Print support (Windows only)
Drag & Drop support (Windows only)
Compare image side by side
Filmstrip layout
44 languages support (Windows only)
And many many other things…
No Adware, No Spyware

XnView is provided as FREEWARE for private non-commercial or educational use (including non-profit organization)

via XnView Software – Free graphic and photo viewer, converter, organizer.

Lifehacker – LightBox Makes Simple Touch-Ups a Snap

I’m downloading this now – looks very cool. =)

Windows only: LightBox is an extremely user friendly tool for editing photos when you need more than a simple crop and resize but less than a full out Photoshop massaging.

How user friendly is LightBox? When you run the program you’re presented with a sidebar of common tasks like color balancing and red-eye removal. Mousing over each of them provides not only an explanation of the tool but sample pictures showing the results and every tool within the editor itself has mouse over tips. Once you’re actually editing your image you can easily—as seen in the screenshot above—divide the image to show how the alterations are effecting it compared to the original. The divided and side by side comparison feature is great for photo enhancements where your goal is to make the picture more appealing without giving it an unrealistic appearance. If you need additional functionality, there is a Plus version available for $19.95 which adds on features like masking and auto color correction. The basic version of LightBox is freeware, Windows only.

via Lifehacker – LightBox Makes Simple Touch-Ups a Snap – Image Editing.

jQuery fadeIn/fadeOut IE cleartype glitch

Thanks to Benjamin Michael Novakovic for this fix!

While using the jQuery  javascript library today at work, I noticed a glitch under IE7. When fading a html node with the .fadeIn() and .fadeOut() functions in jQuery, IE drops the windows Cleartype rendering; which results in very ugly text. This problem appears to be very common, but no one has a nice solution for the problem.

The most common way to solve this problem is by removing the filter CSS attribute. In normal javascript, it would look like this:


and in jQuery, it would look like this:

$('#node').fadeOut('slow', function() {

via Benjamin Michael Novakovic » jQuery fadeIn/fadeOut IE cleartype glitch.

Sofia’s People: Canon 5dmk2 25p on Vimeo

Wow. This is some crispy video. Now I *really* want a 5d Mark II. 😉

Shot over a couple of nights, taking the 5dmk2 out on the streets and getting shots of the inhabitants and visitors. No lighting, no grading. This is what came out of the camera image wise. All handheld and helped by using the Z-Finder from Zacuto to give the camera a proper viewfinder and improve stability.

All shot using one lens. A Nikon mount Zeiss ZF 50mm f1.4

Music is by Stacey Kent: You can’t take that away from me.

Converted to 25p in Compressor.

via Sofia’s People: Canon 5dmk2 25p on Vimeo.

Undead LIVE! Codes!

Update: If you’re looking for Mafia! Live codes, try this post – Mafia Live! Codes!

OK, I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for this game, Undead LIVE! on the iPhone.

If you play as well, please add me to your clan; my code is:



Please feel free to add your own code and clan type to the comment thread on this post.

Thanks! =D

BTW, here are some other sites with codes:

Clipdiary: Clipboard Manager

I previously recommended PhraseExpress for similar clipboard management functionality, but I’ve since switched to Clipdiary (available free via Clipdiary.com or Download.com) for a couple of reasons – first, that PhraseExpress would randomly lock up and prevent me from using my Enter key (weird, huh?), and second, because ClipDiary is super lightweight and does exactly what I want it to do. Here’s a blurb from their website:

The contents of the standard Windows clipboard change as you use it to copy and paste various types of information. But your data isn’t stored for a long time – when you turn off the computer or just copy another piece of information, the data is lost.

In most cases, that isn’t a problem, but have you ever needed the text you copied 30 minutes or an hour ago? Maybe your computer is acting up and the program you are using hasn’t saved the data, or maybe you copied some interesting information from a web page, but got distracted and forgot to paste it where you wanted? Or you may simply want to recall what you were doing on your computer a month or a year ago. There are many cases in which you might want to review your clipboard contents.

via Clipdiary is a clipboard manager for keeping the clipboard history.