Archive for October, 2011

Screen Capture in Linux and Minecraft

Recording a screencast using Ubuntu Linux and gtk-recordMyDesktop. I have had some trouble in the past getting my screen captures to work properly and this is a test to see if I have it working. If this is successful I can make more videos about how you can do interesting things on the Internet.

What I did to get the audio working was to open the Advanced settings and change the Sound Device from DEFAULT to pulse. Also in the system Sound Settings my microphone gets automatically muted when I restart, so it had to be turned on and the levels reduced so my voice was not louder than the program that I am recording. The temporary folder runs out of disk space too fast because it’s using my boot partition. That will soon be changed to the (much larger) home partition.

The subject of the video is a game called Minecraft. I bought this game recently and have been building some things and trying to figure out how everything works. If you have any advice for me on powered railways or designing mob traps, please let me know!

Afghanistan Iraq Monument

In honor of the branches of the United States Military and to those who served. Dedicated in honor of those who served and sacrificed with courage, dignity and patriotism during the Afghanistan-Iraq wars and the global war on terrorism. Monument erected in Congress Park, Saratoga Springs, New York.

Chunky Funk Hat Review

Sandy made a hat for me and she can probably craft a hat for you too. Her Facebook page is called Chunky Funk and The Insatiable Hook. She has been making hats and scarves for people, and has made a couple mittens as well. This hat originally had a pom-pom on top, and I couldn’t buy it like that because I wear plain clothing for my philosophy/religion. She was kind enough to customize it by removing the pom-pom.

This is a link to her page if you want to check out the designs:

Free Business Cards

I just got 250 free business cards, and I’ll show you how to do that same thing! The website Vistaprint lets you order 250 business cards free as a sample, and I do just that in this video to see if they are really free. Although there is a small charge for shipping, if you navigate their website in the right way you really do get a box of free business cards sent to you in the mail. Watch this video to see how I did it!

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Although the rules said not to feed the ducks, I was there in the park with a handful of breadcrumbs. Not enough to get them to lay eggs mind you, just a treat to get their attention for the camera. And I wasn’t the only one! At the end of the video you can see they almost had me surrounded, but I was able to break away from the flock.

McDonald’s Monopoly Game 2011

What is the McDonald’s Monopoly game and why does it tempt me so? You can possibly win a prize, there is the tasty fast food, and you get to maintain a collection of game pieces! Every October I go through the McDonalds drive-through too many times just because of this addictive game. They got me!

A list of the rare tickets is on Wikipedia.