Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061030


Another high bandwidth assault this week I’m afraid. Lets start with Google Maps. Somewhere in Germany there is a bloody big earwig.
So? I wonder if it classes as a “bug” in the system?

Moving on. Back in July ( ) I mentioned one of my favourite urban myths “The Canada Coastguard story”. Well according to Jools (Blame her), it has moved to somewhere in the Irish Sea and is now an ad for Silva (they make compasses and stuff)

This is truly priceless.

Desperate Mousewives takes the dialog from a Desperate Housewives scene and sticks it under an old Mickey Mouse cartoon (both serendipitously produced by the same company, Disney). This is a great mashup it’s really funny (probably me) and reallyu weird at the same time. It was produced by Flying Squid Studios (they did the seriously not worksafe Skeltor mashups as well). Catch Desperate Mousewives in a hurry . I don’t see the “House of Mouse” being all that amused.

The game this week is from Craig (a new candidate for “Blame”)
“A game. Not sure if you have covered this one before, but I was pointed to it by someone else so hopefully it is new:

Very simple, but addictive. You hold the ball of paper down until you judge you can make the shot into the waste bin, allowing for wind speed and direction.
No we hadn’t covered it and Yes it is addictive.

Another item from Jools (I am sure she finds more stuff when she is writing essays)
“I’m submitting this as a MM Impedimentia owing to the amount of time it swallowed while I wasn’t looking. Attached you will find the ringtone it created for me. The experience is not unlike the stochastic algorithmic generator we used to play with. Works the same way too – fiddle with the dials and keep your fingers crossed.

Love you,

Love you too.

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
Tripping West was one of my favourite finds last week
and the rather disturbing Uncle Fritz
The Saturday Samples piece on Lucie Silvas was pretty spiffy as well
Lots of other interesting stuff this week stroll over and have a rummage.

As usual have a good one

{Currently listening to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Quicksilver Messenger Service}
{Currently reading: Oreilly’s Essential System Administration}
{ Quick Status Check: As detailed in Australia’s favourite folk song “I’m On a Highway To Hell” }
{Crop Circle Status Check: Over ’til next year}

Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and XP Service Pack 3

One of these things is not like the others

  1. Santa Claus
  2. The Easter Bunny
  3. XP Service Pack 3

That’s right … XP Service Pack 3 is the one that is different, most like to believe that the other two will show up in under a year, it looks like XP Service Pack 3 has been moved to the “snowballs chance in hell” column.

I read No Service Pack 3 Update for Windows XP? at Yahoo! News and giggled to myself.

First here is the quote…

With Microsoft now saying that its next major service pack for
Windows XP will not ship until 2008, some Windows users are wondering whether the software upgrade will ever be released.

“The fear is Service Pack 3 will just get killed off,” says Jeff Centimano, an IT consultant with Levi, Ray & Shoup, based in Kansas City, Missouri, who says that he’s heard concerns from administrators since late last week, when Microsoft announced “preliminary” plans to ship SP3 in the first half of 2008, later than previously expected.

That puts the update within months of the early 2009 cutoff date for mainstream support for the XP operating system, and users like Centimano are now worried that Microsoft may not feel a Service Pack 3 is worth the effort.

“That’s exactly how it worked out for
Windows 2000,” Centimano notes.

In late 2004, Microsoft scrapped a planned Service Pack 5 for Windows 2000 Server, electing instead to release an “update rollup” of security-related patches for the operating system.

And the giggle? Assuming that XP Service Pack 3 actually does show up in 2008, Ubuntu will have released 3 complete versions by then. Something to think about ?


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061023


Another quick one this week, fairly video heavy but that’s what was in the mail box.

Jools has sprung to the defence of all the frustrated game players out there.

I quote. “What do you mean you’re not sending out a game this week? This is not a game, it’s a …lemme see.. I know! It’s a life lesson with music.

Love Jools”

This game plays like a normal flash game on drugs. The good kind. Maybe. Just play the game. You’ll see. If you want to see the full high score list, then check out the high scores section of this website. Instructions: Move with the arrow keys; or the wasd keys if you’d prefer. Don’t die if you can help it. (and tell me how you did it)

Open Source Technology

MediaCoder an open-source audio/video transcoder

Ever received a snippet of video from a friend with a MAC and not had it play? I wont go into the PC/Mac dichotomy other than to say that the PC world seems to have more solutions to Mac created problems than the other way around. So, converting video files from one format to another is one of the more frustrating tasks you can have to do as you are confronted with the arcane language of codecs, acronyms and incompatible file formats.

Enter stage right MediaCoder

Here is the hype …

MediaCoder is an open source universal audio/video batch transcoder (converter), which puts together lots of excellent audio/video codecs and tools from the open source community into an all-in-one solution, capable of transcoding among different audio/video formats. With many extra features and a expandable architecture, MediaCoder is more than a GUI of a bunch of command line tools.

  • Convert to and from many audio and video compression formats and re-multiplex into various container formats, on the fly, in batch
  • Give you the control over the transcoding process and all the parameters of the transcoded files, so you can learn about, compare among and play with various codecs
  • Specific user interfaces for specific devices with device plug-ins and extensions
  • Fully standalone, no dependent on any media player, filter or codec, no registration of any components into system
  • Multilingual user interface

MediaCoder is a free open-source utility that was developed to help users move their video around easily, for example to iPods or PSPs. While Microsoft has the very useful Windows Media Encoder and Mac has Quicktime and they are arguably very good formats, this does not allow you to move video files from almost any format to almost any other format.

Now if you have played with video you know two things already
A: It’s not fast and
B: See A

MediaCoder is not extremely fast when doing complicated transcodings. This isn’t really the programs fault though; it has to decode the file from the old format and then recode it the new format you have chosen.

About now I should also point out it’s a spiffy little audio converter as well.

Oh yeah, it comes in colours. MediaCoder offers skins as well.

Highly recommended.


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061016


Just a quick one this week. We are a tad time challenged just at the moment.

Here is the games fix (probably for the rest of the year)

Web site vNES lets you play any of over 200 NES games online, in your browser. So you are sitting back remembering the fun you used to have playing say 1942 or Legend of Zelda. This is the site for you. Requires Java 1.5 or higher.

and a quick video fix . a weeks worth of art time lapsed into just under 6 minutes. I really like the music as well. Very cool

and from Jools

“Animations, did anyone ask for animations? Blur studios, excellent stuff.”

She isn’t wrong either, check out Rockfish and turn up the volume

And lastly some of the highlights from over at
Lots of interesting stuff this week stroll over and have a rummage.

As usual have a good one

{ Currently listening to the fan whirring on the PC’s }
{ Currently reading: The back of the coffee jar }
{ Quick Status Check: Still going to hell? What’s your guess? No prizes for a correct answer }
{Crop Circle Status Check: Over ’til next year}


Monday Morning “Impediment to Productivity” – 20061009


Well it’s a bumper crop this week and there is a a lot to get through. this week,

Lets begin with “the Yarts” How many of us have been down to the local gallery and seen Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock (I will put my hand up as being one of those who think it’s great, although the small amount of Lee Krasner’s work is pretty cool as well… but I digress) or the posse that followed after him? Want to see if you would make a good Abstract expressionist painter, but aren’t thrilled with that whole mess involved with using paint?

Have we got an answer for you, thanks to the kind folks, you can be a abstract expressionist painter! What’s really cool is that just like paint you cant change your mind, once its down, it’s down. And it all starts with a blank canvas. Hours of fun, OK minutes. but it is fun.