Dali Expression by Lennart Östman

by Lennart OstmanFriday May 20th, 2011
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Fractal Flames

This is a breed between two simil4 and simil3 script fractals.  The most interesting fractals can be found in the breeds!  It gives me a bit of a Salvador Dali impression.

Dali Expression by Lennart Östman

Widescreen ( 16:10 )  :  1440×900  :  1680×1050  :  1920×1200
Widescreen ( 16:9 )  :  1920×1080
Fullscreen ( 4:3 )  :  1024×768  :  1600×1200
Tall Screen  :  1280×1024
Mobile  :  iPhone  :  iPhone Retina Display  :  iPad  :  Netbook

Da Vinci Machine by Lennart Östman

by Lennart OstmanThursday May 19th, 2011
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Fractal Flames

This started with the simile script. I don’t remember if it’s a breed or not, but it probably is. This looks like something the good Leonardo could have built.

Da Vinci Machine by Lennart Östman

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Widescreen ( 16:9 )  :  1920×1080
Fullscreen ( 4:3 )  :  1024×768  :  1600×1200
Tall Screen  :  1280×1024
Mobile  :  iPhone  :  iPhone Retina Display  :  iPad  :  Netbook

What We Believe

by Scott ChitwoodTuesday April 26th, 2011
Posted in Apple Centric, Desktop Gallery

Just a simple text based desktop, inspired by ads for the iPad 2.  Full credit for the idea belongs to DigitalEl from this forum thread at MacNN.

What We Believe by Scott Chitwood

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Widescreen ( 16:9 )  :  1920×1080  :  2560×1440
Fullscreen ( 4:3 )  :  1024×768  :  1600×1200
Tall Screen  :  1280×1024
Mobile  :  iPhone  :  iPhone Retina Display  :  iPad  :  Netbook

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Oxidizer 0.8

by David BurnettSaturday April 23rd, 2011
Posted in Developer's Corner, Oxidizer Blog

Hi All,
I’ve just released Oxidizer 0.8 on sourceforge. It’s Oxidizer 0.7.5.4 with a bright shiny new version number, so no need to download for those using that version other than stroking my ego with the download numbers :-)

Download here

February Rain

by Scott ChitwoodWednesday February 9th, 2011
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Photography

Two years ago we had hellacious amounts of rain that seemed to start in February and didn’t let up until we hit mid-summer, seems like we may have even doubled our normal share rainfall over the course of things.  Of course this presented the perfect opportunity to break out the Home Biolab Kit™ and splice some duck genes into my DNA; sadly no webbed feet or water-repellent qualities were achieved, just an awkward feather protruding from my left nasal cavity…

The trifecta method was used for post processing: iPhoto + PostworkShop + Photoshop.

February Rain by Scott Chitwood

Widescreen ( 16:10 )  :  1440×900  :  1680×1050  :  1920×1200  :  2560×1600
Widescreen ( 16:9 )  :  1920×1080  :  2560×1440
Fullscreen ( 4:3 )  :  1024×768  :  1600×1200
Tall Screen  :  1280×1024
Mobile  :  iPhone  :  iPhone Retina Display  :  iPad  :  Netbook

  • Model = Nikon D40
  • Exposure Time = 10/300
  • F-Stop = f/4.8
  • Exposure Program = Aperture priority
  • ISO Speed Ratings = 900
  • Focal Length = 116.0 mm
  • Date/Time = February 5th, 2018 4:17 p.m.
  • Location = Route 66 State Park
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Snowy Log

by Scott ChitwoodTuesday January 25th, 2011
Posted in Desktop Gallery, Photography

An ode to Winter from snow draped banks of the Meramec River.  If you look closely you just might find a trio of frog-like formations gathered along the hollow.

Snowy Log by Scott Chitwood

Widescreen ( 16:10 )  :  1440×900  :  1680×1050  :  1920×1200  :  2560×1600
Widescreen ( 16:9 )  :  1920×1080  :  2560×1440
Fullscreen ( 4:3 )  :  1024×768  :  1600×1200
Tall Screen  :  1280×1024
Mobile  :  iPhone  :  iPhone Retina Display  :  iPad  :  Netbook

  • Model = Nikon D40
  • Exposure Time = 1/1250 sec
  • F-Stop = f/5.0
  • Exposure Program = Aperture priority
  • ISO Speed Ratings = 200
  • Focal Length = 135.0 mm
  • Date/Time = January 10th, 2010 12:06 p.m.
  • Location = Pacific Palisades Conservation Area
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Add an Embedded Calendar to Your Desktop

by Scott ChitwoodFriday December 31st, 2010
Posted in Snow Leopard UI Mods

I recently started using Spaces on my iMac at the day job to create a dedicated environment for accessing my Windows systems via Microsoft Remote Desktop.  The plus side of this arrangement allowed me retire an ancient, bulky monitor and keyboard from my workspace; less clutter makes Scott a Happy Boy™.  The trade-off was my embedded desktop calendar served up by Yahoo!® Widgets didn’t move from one space to another.  Not a huge bother in the overall scheme of things and perhaps not an insurmountable problem, but I went with the thought of trying some alternative ideas since that was the one and only widget I had in place.

Here’s a screenshot showcasing the results of my efforts: a combination of elements assembled from GeekTool 3.0, Nerdtool 0.8, and CalendarView 1.2.  While there are other methods of attaining a similar arrangement, these items, in tandem, provided the best features for my needs and sense of style.

desktop calendar 01

Let’s break this down by section by section…

Date and Time Stamp

Everything in this part is powered by GeekTool.  ‘Day’, ‘Date’, ‘Time’, ‘am/pm’, and the transparent background are individual code snippets arranged as a cohesive unit.  All, with the exception of the background, are terminal based commands set to refresh at regular intervals.  The font is Archer Bold, colors were borrowed from the iCal Dashboard Widget.

Calendar

This was, by far, the most challenging section to nail down.  I started with a GeekTool calendar but was discouraged with having to use a fixed width font.  Not very stylish and colorizing the various parts proved to be too much of a challenge for my abilities.

The next idea was to run the iCal Dashboard Widget on the desktop using a well known developer’s workflow and some making some alterations to its CSS code to make it fit my style of choice.

desktop calendar 02

One big problem with this method: the Widget hovers over the top of all other application windows, not really conducive for prolonged use.  There are however, third party apps, Amensty Singles and Amnesty Widget Browser, that can do the heavy lifting and display Widgets at the desktop level in exchange for a little of your folding money.  Both of the above are solid, high-quality apps and are definitely recommended if you have the need to run several Widgets on your desktop.

What next?  I almost gave up on this one and used the GeekTool method, but then I stumbled across Nerdtool — and found something attractive in its feature set: it can display web content.  Now it was just a matter of locating a configurable web based calendar that had the the right feature set for my needs.  CalendarView seemed like the perfect candidate for attaining my goal, so I set my skills to reworking the CSS and removing some of its dynamic functions from the Javascript file.  Once that was complete it was just a matter of serving the files locally, linking to the HTML file with Nerdtool, setting the refresh rate, and adjusting the window transparency to match that of the date/time stamp.

Calendar Events

The static title on this was more troublesome that expected but with a little toying around I found that linking to a plain text file from Nerdtool was the most effective method.  Just had to code in the typeface, font color, and font size after discovering that.  Tried the same thing in GeekTool but with every change to the font another instance of the text would display, a bit odd but that could be an undiscovered bug I ran into.

GeekTool was used for displaying my iCal events.  To get lists of events and tasks/to-do’s from the OS X calendar database (the same one iCal uses) you’ll need to download and install icalBuddy prior to setting up your geeklet.

Downloads

I’ve packaged up my geeklets, nerds, and other items for download — take ’em if you’d like ’em.

lihtan grafan

by Scott ChitwoodMonday December 13th, 2010
Posted in Screen Savers

Three parts light mixed with a heavy dose of gravity.  Stir briskly and enjoy!

lihtan grafan Screen Saver by Scott Chitwood

Download lihtan grafan Screen Saver.

Quartz Composer Screen Saver, requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later.

Copy/Install to one of the following locations…

  • /Library/Screen Savers
  • /Users/Home Folder/Library/Screen Savers

Mods for personal use and distribution are encouraged.

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