Make your time HA HA HA

One of the most productive days in a long time. I can move mountains quicker now, mostly due to Python, and today I did some serious terraforming. The scary thing is that it’s all so elegant and intuitive on top of it all. I didn’t think I liked Bush (the music, not the politician, whom I don’t like). It turns out I was wrong. Conveniently so, as EMusic has a few albums available.

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The years of pain are over.

Finally. At least in my case, Mozilla 0.9.9 has put an end to all these years of cursing at everyone and everything that might have contributed to the cauldron of fresh shit that was web-browsing on non-windows platforms. After having used 0.9.9 exclusively and extensively for 10 days now (and I practically live on the internet) my levels of stress and general malice have decreased considerably. Thank you very much Mozilla, I never really doubted you.

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A note and some new music…

Keep your eyes on XVid. This is also an OpenDivX-derived codec, but it’s open source. According to all reports and tests, this seems to be good competition for DivX4. As soon as it’s more accessible or I have more time, I can start playing with it. Clan Of Xymox came to my attention recently on EMusic. This is rather interesting Alternative/Goth/Industrial that reminds one of vintage Sisters of Mercy with some Cure thrown in for kicks.

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Damnit

Dutch weather is a bitch. If you have to cycle for 10km in Dutch weather, it’s a hoary bitch in a particularly bad mood. I don’t know how these people remain so friendly. I’m turning into a Bastard…

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On DivX 4.0 and OpenDivX

I’ve just done a quick subjective comparison between the same film compressed with DivX Networks’ DivX 4.0 codec (as performed with my own im2avi linked with avifile) and Project Mayo’s OpenDivX (also mpeg4) codec, as implemented independently by ffmpeg. Now, ffmpeg encodes the whole movie in a fraction of the time. This is no surprise, as ffmpeg has spent some time on optimising their code for real-time streaming. This is still impressive.

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News update.

I get to work at home today. Yaaaay! Read this Salon article about Mozilla; it’s reasonable and down to earth. Also remember to IGNORE any links to MozillaQuest that you ever come across: the guy behind it is an absolute moron. Don’t confuse MozillaQuest (urgh) with MozillaZine, which is good. I’m test driving Mozilla 0.9.9, and I must say that it’s impressive. One day, all this browser pain will be behind us.

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InBook and Book both suck.

I just updated the script that generates our publications listings so that it doesn’t list the cross references separately anymore. It creates full citations for each and every publication instead. In this change, I ran into the old problem of @InBook and @Book not allowing author and editor, which is strange… think about when you’ve written a chapter in a book for instance. In anycase, my advice is to ditch these and use @Proceedings and @InProceedings instead.

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Mo Music

It would have been terribly useful if emusic.com had some facility for discussing the available music. I’ve discovered some jewels there (My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult for example) but I’ve had to work through quite an amount of audio. Hey, maybe I should mail them! I’m adding the final touches to the camera-ready version of my IEEE VisSym 2002 article. This has to be done by tomorrow, and then the fun can begin with some messy TF domain image processing.

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