Puzzling Architecture

Architecture can be so vague… I wonder what this future store could possibly be? (Taken on Chicago’s “Miracle Mile” section of Michigan St.; click for larger image.)


Crop Photos Using Ken Burns Effect

You can use the Ken Burns Effect to crop photos: At the Start stage, specify a zoom amount. Then Option-click the Finish button to set the same zoom value. When you click the Apply button, the photo is added to the Timeline as a regular still photo, not a Ken Burns clip. You can also ...


iMovie 3.0.3 – Go Get It

On the same day that Apple released QuickTime 6.3, they also rolled out iMovie 3.0.3 (quite the busy day for the Cupertino crowd!). Although it doesn’t fix all of the outstanding problems with iMovie 3, performance seems greatly improved, and there’s now a control for enabling or disabling the Ken Burns Effect. I’m writing this ...


QuickTime 6.3 Released

Apple has made QuickTime 6.3 available today. Amid a bunch of added acronyms, the About page says, “Significant improvements to DV audio and video synchronization.” Hopefully, this will solve many of the A/V exporting issues that many iMovie users are experiencing. The update is available through Software Update, or can be downloaded (20 MB) from ...


Armed Ferry Escort

I haven’t taken a Seattle ferry for several months, so today I was a little surprised to see an armed U.S. Coast Guard escort of the Bainbridge Island run. I imagine this is pretty regular stuff nowadays, but it still feels like a strange sight (just like seeing Army reservists standing guard with M16 rifles ...


It’s a Wrap!

I received word yesterday from Peachpit that the iMovie 3 book went off to the printer! Expect to see it on store shelves within three to four weeks. Between now and then, I’ll be looking at options for putting some material online, or possibly making the entire PDF of the book available, either as a ...


LyricScraper: So Freakin’ Cool

If you’re on a Mac running OS X, go download Konfabulator, one of the great cool programs to emerge in a long time. It’s a framework for running widgets that can do just about anything: display the current weather, update stock quotes, or even play games. Konfabulator widgets appear on your desktop, and can show ...


Coffee Geek

Here’s my brief coffee story: I’ve always loved the smell of coffee, but didn’t develop a taste for it until college, when I needed to stay up late to write papers but the sugar in Coke was playing havoc with my stomach. This is around the time that espresso carts started to appear everywhere in ...


Looking Up

747 pushingthrough wisps of cloud,a finger draggedthrough icing


Finally, Shared iTunes Music

Here’s the setup, which has been on hold for many months: an iBook in the living room, hooked up to the stereo system; an old iMac in the basement, newly outfitted with a big hard disk that holds 5.5 GB of music; an AirPort wireless network to join them (plus my PowerBook upstairs, but that’s ...

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