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links for 2006-10-30 October 30, 2006 1:32 pm

Posted by del.icio.us in : Of Interest
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$5000 by tomorrow October 30, 2006 12:19 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Announcements, Contest, Of Interest
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I just saw that Blingo is guaranteeing a $5000 winner by Halloween..um.. that’s tomorrow. Current prizes:

  • Brand New Ford Mustang!
    or $20,000 cash, your choice
  • $5,000 cash
  • 42-Inch Plasma TV
    or $2,500 cash, your choice
  • $1,000 cash
  • $500 cash
  • $50 Amazon.com Gift Certificate *
  • $25 Amazon.com Gift Certificate *
  • $10 iTunes Gift Certificate or Fandango Movie Ticket, your choice. The movie certificate is good for one adult admission at one of the many participating theaters across the country (find one near you).

* Amazon.com is not a sponsor of this promotion. Amazon, Amazon.com, and the Amazon.com logo are registered trademarks of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Amazon.com gift certificates are issued by A2Z Gift Certificates, Inc. and are redeemable only at www.amazon.com. See www.amazon.com/gclegal for terms and conditions of use of Amazon.com gift certificates.

I also see that someone recently won the $500 prize.

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Today’s Programming Hell October 30, 2006 12:12 pm

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life
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Today I am whimpering and crying while trying to resolve this lovely error message: "GPL Ghostscript 8.54: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1" Right now I think that either ImageMagick is not creating the eps or ps files in a way that Ghostscript likes or that I am missing some fonts. Possibly, I need to add some steps to building the eps file with ImageMagick. Of course it could be something mundanely stupid like not having the path set.

Update! A clue! A clue! Found while trying eps2eps

Error: /invalid font in findfont
Operand stack:
Times-Roman Font Times-Roman 976412 Times-Roman –nostringval– Times-Roman NimbusRomNo9L-Regu Courier NimbusMonL-Regu
Execution stack:
%interp_exit .runexec2 –nostringval– –nostringval– –nostringval– 2 %stopped_push –nostringval– –nostringval– –nostringval– false 1 %stopped_push 1 3 %oparray_pop 1 3 %oparray_pop –nostringval– 1 3 %oparray_pop 1 3 %oparray_pop .runexec2 –nostringval– –nostringval– –nostringval– 2 %stopped_push –nostringval– –nostringval– 1 4 %oparray_pop 2 4 %oparray_pop –nostringval– –nostringval– –nostringval– –nostringval– –nostringval– false 1 %stopped_push 5 5 %oparray_pop –nostringval– –nostringval– –nostringval– 1 -1 1 –nostringval– %for_neg_int_continue
Dictionary stack:
–dict:1122/1686(ro)(G)– –dict:0/20(G)– –dict:88/200(L)– –dict:88/200(L)– –dict:17/17(ro)(G)– –dict:1122/1686(ro)(G)–
Current allocation mode is local
Last OS error: 2
Current file position is 5709
GPL Ghostscript 8.54: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

Joy.

Update: I bet this is going to help: wget http://mirror3.cs.wisc.edu/pub/mirrors/ghost/GPL/current/ghostscript-fonts-std-8.11.tar.gz
See also. That worked!

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Can’t snuff the Firefly October 30, 2006 10:14 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Firefly / Serenity, Of Interest, TV / Movies
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The series ended abruptly with no closure. Through fan support Serenity the movie was spawned to bring closure. It did poorly in the box office with $38 million in ticket sales not clearing the $39 million production budget. Why?! DVD sales helped. The fans begged for more. Whedon has declared Firefly over. Now Universal sues to fan to stop promoting Firefly/Serenity. So, now the fans are billing Universal for time spent promoting the movie.

See also and also. Expect a take down notice on this so if you like it download it with keepvid. Of course, there is a wikipedia entry.

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Special Moments and Rituals – Evan Shaving October 30, 2006 8:30 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Daily Life, Evan, Family, Of Being Dad
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Evan and I share a ritual most mornings. I use an electric shaver and when I turn it on Evan comes running. It is his job to sit on my left hip and hold the container for the shaver. He plays with the paperwork that I’ve never thrown away and uses the cleaning brush to mimic the motions I am making on my face. He smiles being with Daddy and seems to like the feel of the cleaning brush over his cheeks. His dimple shows big while spending a few quality moments with Dad and I love it!

It is my goal to establish a psuedo-daily ritual with each of the children. With the older children, it might be reading a chapter aloud from a book or cooking a meal together.

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Halloween Redux October 30, 2006 6:46 am

Posted by Doug McCaughan in : Amy, Daily Life, Family, Of Being Dad, Sarah
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Today, Amy will go to school dressed like Minnie Mouse. We did it last Wednesday and walked into the school to see most people not in costume. Fortunately, Amy had an extra shirt in the car. Two or three children remained in costume, one with hair dyed orange, as the teachers explained the date had changed and we must have missed the memo. Amy was having an overtired tantrum and part of me just wanted to take her home. I also didn’t want her to feel bad being one of the only children (at first I thought ‘the only’) in costume but I really do not think 4 year old minds think things like that until adults put such thoughts of self-doubt and insecurity into their minds. I think she would have proudly shown off her costume despite the other children. That’s the correct, confident response we should maintain all our lives. I hope I can instill such confidence. I don’t see it in Sarah.

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