Inspired by Tim Urban’s TED talk, Inside the mind of a master procrastinator, as well as articles from his blog, Wait But Why,  I created an interactive Life Time Calendar using the D3.js JavaScript library. Tim’s calendar concept maps out ninety 90 years (left to right) and 52 weeks in a year (top-to-bottom) so that you can visualize […]

To create a new polygroup of any masked area, press CTRL + W. Any masked area will be turned into a new polygroup. Take the following masked object, for example. Pressing SHIFT + F puts us in polyframe mode and we can see only one color (one polygroup) with the darker masked area still represented. […]

A while back (I can’t remember exactly when), I completed the CliftonStrengths assessment – a talent assessment that proposes to help you “discover what you naturally do best, learn how to develop your greatest talents, and use your customized results to live your best life.” It’s an interesting exercise and the results seem to be […]

Vanessa Foster’s account of a misguided youth, fleeing the FBI from Texas all the way to Alaska, is everything a great memoir should be. It’s a love-crazed and drug-twisted adventure where one mishap after another unravels her world until little remains, but a helpless wish for grace and a humbled reliance on the aid of […]

Now, I’m not sure if this is a particularly Southern thing, but where I was raised, shaking hands was kind of a big deal. So, I have to admit that I’m often surprised (and sometimes a little disconcerted) when people seem to lack the knowledge of “a proper” handshake. I am guessing that it must […]

Today, I had to install the Java plugin for 64bit Firefox on CentOS 6.4. The procedure wasn’t too bad, but it wasn’t exactly straight-forward either. So, I’m recording what worked for when I have to do it again. Hopefully, you might find it useful too. This is not a descriptive tutorial; it’s just quick notes, […]

So, I just stumbled onto this butt-ugly JavaDoc page, which reminds me of the early nineties and I have to say, it gave me a strange, warm-fuzzy kind of feeling. The last time I saw a JavaDoc like this, applets were actually cool. Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise comes to mind. Michael Jackson is still alive (perhaps […]

At Base22, we have a channel on Skype that we use to exchange key information such as when we’re bouncing a server or when we’re polling the staff for ideas to resolve some issue. Of course, there’s also a bit of lighthearted play that goes on. For example, here’s some content from today’s Skype chatter […]

Here’s my procedure for shrinking a Windows virtual machine on VMWare Fusion for the Mac. I should give credit to “Mmc” who posted the original procedure back in March 2008, which continues to dominate in Google search results. That procedure is out of date, however, so I reckon it’s time for an update. Make a backup of […]