Blog posts tagged "tip"

Dream of Electric Sheep

November 15th, 2004

One of the most popular accidental cAts skillshare was on Electric Sheep. Electric Sheep is a cross platform (Linux, OS X, Windows) screensaver built on the realization that people were running SETI@Home for the screensaver not the alien contact potentials, and so harnesses all those free CPU cycles to produce gorgeous, swoopy, colorful movies across a wide range of genetically determined axises.

After being installed it can take a while to get your first “sheep” from the sheep server, and can fail behind some firewalls. At geek gatherings we recommend bootstrapping your install by copying someone else’s existing sheep folder (on OS X this is ~/Library/Application Support/ElectricSheep). If you want to run Electric Sheep as your desktop background, either because you’re a sheep junkie, or because you want maximize your sheep cycles, I found Backlight, was a nice freeware app for doing this.

update [2004/11/16]: Just figured how to vote, and thereby influence the evolution of new sheep. The arrow keys, up arrow for yes, down arrow for no.

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Tracking Referers for Sourceforge Hosted Site

December 23rd, 2003

Hosting a project with Sourceforge is great. They provide bandwidth, CVS with anonymous access (something I never set up on my own boxes), and above all, a certain credibility. But they don’t provide good traffic analysis. There was some recent discussion if people were actually finding Magpie searching for PHP RSS parsing, or if they were simple searching for a picture of a magpie.

So here is a bit of Javascript that will fetch a remote image from your Sourceforge project home page and tack the original referer url to the image.

<script language="javascript">
var img = "http://example.org/bigbrother.gif"
var ref = parent.document.referrer;
document.write("<img src=\""+img+"?"+escape(ref)+"\">");
</script>

I imagine this is what someone like SiteMeter does.

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Chinatown <-> Chinatown

June 6th, 2002

I heard rumors when I lived in Boston, of a bus that ran from Boston’s Chinatown, to New York’s Chinatown, and back again.

Useful to be sure as I was (and am) dating a girl who lived in New York. However I was doing that dotcom thang and it always seemed simpler to simply take Peter Pan (or once fly) then deal with figuring out something new.

Now, I’m back on the East Coast for a few weeks, needing to get to Boston, and here is what I’ve found.

Its appears that the bus departs about every hour and half, costs either $15 or $25, and in New York at least leaves from 97 Bowery St.

Further updates tomorrow on the reality of the situation.

UPDATE: It works great, though I admit to breaking down and taking Peter Pan on my most recent trip from NYC to Boston, as it was raining, and I was carrying a heavy bag, and Port Authority was significantly more convient then the Bowery. The Boston pickup/drop-off location is, however, very convient to the orange line Chinatown stop.

More info at Travelpack USA Chinatown Bus website. Make sure to really look at the schedule, depending on the time of day, fares very from $10-$25 one way (still half of Peter Pan at its most expensive) and you might be on a full sized “motor coach” or one of those vans that the gypsy bus operators run over the George Washington Bridge. (the same ones Lift Line uses, if you’ve never commuted over the GWB) But I would reccomend against buying the tickets online as the buses sometimes fill up.

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