All Work and No Play Make Jack a Dull Boy

by Scott Chitwood • Monday November 3rd, 2008
Posted in More Than Words

Ever have that strange sensation that you’re running a race and the racer in front of you is you? No? Well then, carry on and just skip on by my little excursion into altered reality. For my part, I’ve been trying to catch that punk (quite unsuccessfully) since well before the turn of the seasons and it doesn’t feel like the race is getting any tighter. I am however, hoping to break free soon, and it seems quite remiss of me to have let the old Ranch™ linger with very few words (or desktops) in recent weeks, so it seems like a good idea to at least take quick peak into the room and shout a quick hello.

Our good pal David Burnett has kept the place alive in a good way with Oxidizer updates and teasers. A big hearty cheer there! I’ve personally lacked time to get in and toy around with it much, though I’m hoping that I can break through my current stagnation and up the cool factor of rendered genomes as soon as my schedule allows a few spare moments.

It may also been time to start considering some additional tutorials for Oxidizer; the app has really matured in big ways and it deserves a deeper look from the users standpoint. If anyone in our happy little group is of mind to share some thoughts on any aspect of Oxidizer, for inlcusion on the front page, I’d be happy to toss up a soap box for you stand on.

One thing I’m glad to see is site performance is back up to speed for me. Not having word from any readers/users I’m thinking the whole three week episode may have been isolated to me and I’m going with the idea that a recent system update was the offending party. Things got so bad that the site would barely load over my cable modem; damn near went crazy from the thing — web host and ISP were both understanding of the problem, just couldn’t resolve it. The only other thing that bothers me a little about the issue is that most other sites were loading fine, RM was my only big headache. Hmmmm…

Last but not least it’s Mac upgrade season at the Chitwood house. With our 800 MHz Quicksilver G4 getting long in the tooth, iBook G4 roasted and toasted, Bondi Blue iMac G3 packed away in the garage, and three of us needing to share one system ever more on a daily basis we’re in need of a better way to share.

It was a bit of decision for us; a Mac Mini in the living room with a wireless keyboard/mouse combo that could use the HDTV as a monitor? or a 15″ MacBook Pro that would allow for a little more freedom to move about but could still mirror to HDTV? Portability was the deciding factor, so hello 15″ MacBook Pro! We opted for the previous model, not the latest and greatest edition — the savings were pretty darn big so we’ll be quite fine with the purchase.


  1. ralf
         November 4, 2008

    That’s an impressive collection of dinosaurs you have there :-) Congrats on the new MBP! Though I would say, unless you have some old Firewire400 devices that you need to hook up (as I do!), you should really go with the new MBP model. The faster memory, bus and graphics (and optionally, a faster drive) will make it worth it – especially for HD video viewing, I think. I use my 1-year old MBP for a lot of video viewing (connected to a 720p projector), but for true HD it is still struggling with the bitrate. But then, if you made a good deal on this MBP, I’m assuming the savings goes onto the pile for your forthcoming 8-core Mac Pro.

    Regarding your comment about tutorials, I’d be happy to write something down about scripting, since this is the power feature that I value and use the most :-)

  2. Scott Chitwood
         November 5, 2008

    An article on scripting would be most awesome ralf, thanks for offering! I’ve changed your role to author here on the blarg, and knowing how awesome your site is I’m sure you’ll find the WP interface easy enough to use.

    I’ve actually got a few more ancient Macosaurs in storage but the only model # I can recall off the top of my head is the Quadra 950.

  3. Scott Chitwood
         November 5, 2008

    As far as the MBP goes I’m not sure that I’ll be using it for viewing much HD content, more for viewing photos on the TV than anything I can think of at the moment. Did save $400 US over the price of the new model but having said that I love the feel and look of the keyboard on the new model, and that one part aluminum body is damn sweet.

  4. ralf
         November 8, 2008

    Thanks Scott. I started writing on a scripting tutorial, and with some help from Dave I think it’ll be pretty good stuff, BUT – it’s way too long to be posted as an article here, I’m afraid. For the moment, I’m writing it up as a PDF document, and maybe it can be converted to HTML as well (not sure about that though).

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