Archive for the ‘meta’ Category

Google Barcode Query

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Today Google celebrates the issue of the patent of the barcode (US Patent 2,612,994) on 7 October 1952 by turning the repetitively primed Google logo into a minimalistic barcode we humans generally have very few affinity with and associate with products. Only barcode readers, machines or code-enthusiastic humans, have a literal interaction with the code. For the rest of us - me included - every barcode is like a portrait of figures with family resemblance, apparently randomly ordered thin and thicker vertical black lines. Imagine one could write barcode by multiplying the cursor. Even simpler than Morse code: just lines and spaces.
BTW: Reminds me of counting 1-2-3 in Roman numbers, I-II-III, or in Chinese.

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Thursday, August 9th, 2007

Black video I (2007)

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

The words “black” and “video” seem to been to be in contradiction, since black is absorbing light and video implies one can see something (video is derived from the Latin videre, to see, and means “I see”) i.e. when light is reflected. In practice black video is not all-absorbing, one can still see a black video.

Black video is used in post production of video productions. E.g. Adobe Premiere, an video editing programme, has the option to make a black video section of five seconds.
Black video instruction of Adobe premiere

On YouTube some people use black video (instead of a fancy self made video or photo slide show) to be able to post music. One entry had an interesting comment section below the black video.

Comments on a black video

Flip (2007)

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

FlippedOriginal

A definition of waste of time (2007)

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

An article titled “A definition of waste of time” should start with a question:
What is a waste of time? I mean, that’s why this is written. It’s the rationale behind it.

The next phrase should be “There are many possible definitions of a waste of time”, so there we go:
There are many possible definitions of a waste of time.

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But gladly you recognized that after a single white space, something different might be written,
which is true in this case.

Not in this case though:

But gladly you recognized that after a single white space, something different might be written,
which is true in this case.

As your mind is dividing a text in fragments and is able to recognize repetitive and similar patterns you’ve reached this sentence in figuratively no time, I hope,
since the last thing you’d expect from this article is it being a waste of time to read ;)
This is hopefully not the case.

You’re free to stop reading.

..anything written down here, up until know, has enriched your life experience.
It has - how small it may be - impacted your idea of what is valuable in life.
All of the time you’ve spend on Earth you have gained experience, the time spend reading this included.

That is a key insight looking for a lock.
Another:

Don’t lock yourself up.

So, as often happens in texts attempting to clarify a subject, a waste of time is explained here
by what is NOT a waste of time.

One could say that violations of human rights are a waste of time, thereby changing the subject
to what can be considered as human rights and what as violations of it.

That’ll be something for another article.

Addendum
For those with some extra free (!!) time to live life (N.B. not to spend or waste time as in “time=money”).
Enjoy reading these comments from people who claim their time is being wasted, is being taken away from them:

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6 seconds
BTW:
-Writing “I want (my) six seconds of my life back” takes about five/six seconds, unless you copy-paste it, then it’s less than a second. Posting it online will take another few seconds and there you go: your message is out in the world for all users to see.
-Those who type five, four, three, two or one second(s): what are they thinking?

I am a writer (2007)

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

I am a writer

I am a writer
Am I a writer?
A writer I am

Frequently Asked Question on Frequently Asked Questions: are these real FAQs?

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

The question concerning the realness of the FAQ(s) in the FAQs-list, often joined with doubt expressed on the frequency a FAQ-question is asked, is a common meta-FAQ. It seems people add this FAQ to their FAQs to be either helpful or funny.
In the introduction of a lot of FAQs websites is stated (not put in the form of a question) that the FAQs are fake (so-called fake FAQs). Also it occurs some of the FAQs in the FAQs have an explanatory text along with it explaining “well actually nobody really asked me this question but (some reason)”.
Another way of expressing the FAQs are made up is to call them NSFAQs (Not So Frequently Asked Questions) or IAQs/IFAQs (Infrequently Asked Questions).

The meta-FAQ on the realness of the FAQs is not yet included in the big FAQs on FAQs guide.
I hereby recommend - as a supplement to the FAQs on FAQs guide - to add this particular meta-FAQ to your FAQs, in order to prevent being asked if your FAQs are real or not, unless it’s obvious you have created a fake FAQ. And think of an original answer to this meta-FAQ (or copy-paste an question/answer from someone else, provided it is not copyrighted).
A non-limitative selection of references to the meta-FAQ in question I discovered online can be found below.
(BTW: I did not verify the content of the websites linked to.)

Are these real questions, or did you just make them up?

These are all valid questions that have been sent to me repeatedly, in one form or another, over the years. This question came from a particular letter asking why the JEOW did not have FAQs: “I can’t find the FAQS on your website. I have read lots of other FAQS and I have a question. Are the FAQS in FAQS real questions, or did somebody just make them up? P.S. I like your website anyway.”

Did people really ask you these questions or did you just make them up?

Okay, okay, frequently is a bit misleading on some of
these questions. I have been asked most of these questions at least once and I figured I’d take preventative measures to answer questions others might think of asking. Plus, I just liked the idea of having a FAQ on my site. If you ask me a question that is not answered on this page and I think others might have the same question, I will probably add it.

Are all these questions really asked that frequently?

Errr, no. We needed some questions, so we just had a guess to figure out which questions we thought would be asked frequently. Did we guess correctly? Are there other questions that you’d ask, given an appropriate opportunity? If so, please email us to let us know. Because these questions haven’t actually been asked, we were going to call this section “Frequently Unasked Questions”, but we decided against it.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

All the time.

Did anyone really ask these ‘frequently asked questions’, or did you just make them up yourself?

Touché.

Did anyone really ask these questions or did you make them up yourself?

Yes.

Did anybody really ask these questions, or did you just make them up?

We made them up.

Have people really asked all of these questions?

Well, no. It’s really a “Questions that I thought others might ponder” list. Maybe it is “Questions for which I already have answers” list. Hopefully it doesn’t come off sounding like a “Only the Questions our Marketing department wants you to ask” list that shows up on so many corporate sites.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

No. As far as I know, no one has ever asked any of the questions answered here.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

Not always. Sometimes we put things in the FAQ that we just think will be useful or informative, even if no one has asked us yet. We believe that if we didn’t do this, they would become frequently asked.

How “frequently” are these questions REALLY asked?

Not very. Okay, never. I’m being proactive.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

No! But these question have come up at least once and by putting the answers here, hopefully it’s useful to others too. If you have a question send it to The Webmaster and your question will get posted here along with our response.

Were all these questions really frequently asked?

Join CPM and find out.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

Um, not yet. But you just keep it up …

Have people really asked you all these questions?

Nope. But I wanted ten, so I made up this one. ;)

Are these real questions?

No, I just made them up. Bwahahahah!

Are these FAQ’s really “Frequently Asked Questions?

Wow, I wasn’t expecting that one. Good question. No, these questions weren’t ever really asked to me, per se.

Are these real questions or do you just make them up?

Most of the questions are real, but some we have added to help answer some projected questions.

Are these real questions, or did you just make them up to be cute?

Well you should know that at least one of them (yours) is real. No, you give me too much creative credit. All the questions shown here are (or represent) actual questions asked me over the years (frequently more than once), but I did make up the answers. I have abstracted both questions and answers a bit in the interest of space, but, in essence, they are true to the original exchanges.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

Actually, we’ve never been asked any questions whatsoever about The Star Room, but it makes us feel important to pretend like we have.

So, people have really asked you these questions?

No, actually I made most of them up. You see, I’m anticipating all those questions that I expect to be getting, now that I’m famous.

This FAQ is rather long, were you really asked all of these questions a lot?

You’d be surprised how often I get this one ;-)

Have people really asked you these things or are you just making it up?

No comment.

ARE THESE QUESTIONS REALLY ASKED FREQUENTLY?

No, although I do seem to get ‘Do you really have the time on your hands to MANUALLY COUNT ALL THE ENGLISH VERBS IN THE DICTIONARY!’ more than most. ‘Dear God! Why are you still coding in Notepad?’ is a close second.

Have people really asked you all of these questions?

Yes. All of these and more.

Are these Frequently Asked Questions really asked that frequently?

No. You caught me. They’re just things I feel like telling you.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

That depends.

Depends on what?

Depends on what you mean by frequent. If twice or never is “frequent” then these are definitely frequently asked.

Are these questions really asked?

Some of them, yes. Others aren’t. I simply decided to put them up just to be on the safe side and answer some questions that popped up in my mind.

Are all of these questions really asked frequently?

You wouldn’t believe how frequently. The phone rings non-stop. Why, here’s a caller right now wondering what time “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” is playing.

You have many many questions signed “anonymous.” You made them up yourself, didn’t you?

No, I didn’t make them up.
They really are from some people that wish to remain, anonymous. Honest!

Are these real questions?

No, mostly not. But they might be asked, so in order to save everybody some time, the answers are already here. :)

Are you guys really asked enough questions to warrant a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page?

Shut up.

Are these really frequently asked questions, or did you just make them up?

We just made them up — like most websites. One advantage of doing it this way is that we are more likely to be able to answer the question (:)).

Is this FAQ real? Why don’t you make a real UE FAQ?

Indeed, we ask ourselves these questions all the time.

Are these questions really asked frequently?

Er, no. This kind of faux dialogue seems to be traditional though, and I like it. So there.

Are these real questions?

Real enough.

Real FAQ

Are these really frequently asked questions, or did you make them up?

Some we made up, some we didn’t. The really interesting question is, did we make up
this question?

Will any of the new questions be fakes?

Probably.

Are these real questions or did you make these up?

These are real questions, including this one.

Are these real questions?

As far as you know.

No, really….

Well, yes they are real. We’ve been asked the same questions over and over, so we decided to put together the ones that are hardest to answer at the fields.

Were these actual questions that you received or did you just make them up?

These were actual questions that have come up during the past several weeks. Well, except for this last question, which was made up.

Has anybody ever really asked any of these questions?”

Just this last one.

I sense disturbance in your (2007)

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

While watching episode 7 of Chad Vader I had the following coincidental error:

Chad Vader
Jedi ghost: “What’s troubling you Chad? I sense disturbance in your..” (one syllable repeated +- 5x per second, computer stuck)

Irfanview nested in b2 nested in Irfanview (2007)

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Irfanview nested in b2 nested in Irfanview (2007)

Irfanview nested in b2 nested in Irfanview (2007)
(based on b2 weblog and Irfanview PrintScreen manager)

Tornado featured article on Wikipedia (2007)

Friday, May 25th, 2007

Tornado