I always thought the way I read items that weren’t very interesting was cheating… but apparently it’s called speed reading. Kim Roach wrote a spot on ZenHabits about speed reading, and it’s rather great. It talks a bit about how to drop the inner-monologue, in attempt to soak as much information as possible. She introduces Spreeder, which helps focus your speed reading ability. If you’re reading an article, copy/paste it into Spreeder and practice.
By simply learning how to process information at a more rapid rate, you’re not only going to be able to move through books more quickly, but you will also be able to comprehend and process more of what you have read.
The folks over at The Barbarian Group created a rad iTunes visual plugin. Check it out.
“Here is this thing that does stuff in iTunes. There is magnetism, there is gravity, but on top of all of that, there is awesomeness. Watch as all the dots and ribbons go bouncy bouncy when you play music and trigger this mo-fo of a visualizer. This is the future of visuals. God help you if you smoke the reefer cause you can kiss your productivity goodbye.
By the way, don’t go crazy with the A and S keys - they add or subtract a hundred particles at a time - tap once or twice and wait for the results. If it starts acting poorly because you hit a bunch of keys, just quit and restart.”
I will be very upset if this actually happens.
I just recently put this blog back up, but look at my amazing top queries. :( Number 5 is the best.
“By simply dragging a PNG file onto the GammaSlamma icon, a new version will be created automatically with all that nasty Gamma information removed, making PNGs perfect for flash without having to hassle with levels and stripping manually.”
Jeff posted “Things I’d like to do before I turn 30″, and for some reason it made something go off in my head. I haven’t thought about goals/aspirations in a while, for whatever reason. The future used to be the only thing on my mind up until… Continue Reading
But I digress. Back to my lists. I turned 22 in March, and have 3 more years until I turn 25 and start heading into my late twenties. So I have some time to step it up and get motivated again… and this post is going to help (especially if I’m not doing any of these things in a year and can look back on my failure, ha).
Things I’d like to do before I turn 25:
Pay off my car.
Move to, and make a decent living in, Portland, OR.
Visit Japan for an extended period of time.
Write a screenplay.
Buy a house with a massive porch, to do lots of ‘nothing’ on.
Speak at conferences and schools, if not teach.
Things I’d like to do before I turn 30:
Direct/Produce a feature length film.
Learn to play the piano (well).
Write for a publication (and a comic, shh).
The Khronos Projector is an interactive-art installation allowing people to explore pre-recorded movie content in an entirely new way. A classic video-tape allows a simple control of the reproducing process (stop, backward, forward, and elementary control on the reproduction speed). Modern digital players add little more than the possibility to perform random temporal jumps between image frames.
For those of you that don’t know, once a year everyone within the game industry gets together for three days. Electronic Entertainment Expo is just around the corner, my friends. Three glorious days of seeing the newest of the new, the things all sixteen year-olds would piss themselves to see but can’t because it’s industry only and 18+. The last year I went was 2004 and I could only be up there for a day, but that didn’t stop me from seeing everything (I did miss out on the matrix online beta sign up, but no sweat off my nerdy back, shit was suppose to be terrible anyways). There’s this unpublished secret of E3, that all the nerds know. FACT: You can walk out with at least a three week wardrobe, posters to fill your mothers basement, and squishy toys, pens, and random trinkets to show how 1337 you really are to all four of your friends.
Do people that work in your IT department wear video game or video game company shirts to work every day and seem like they don’t have anything else to wear? It’s because they don’t actually buy clothes, they just wait for the three days of pillaging. When the doors open nerds will run in to be the first to grab stuff, it’s out of control, I once saw two 35+ year old, fat, and balding white dudes push each other… Continue Reading