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Journal of No. 118


August 29th, 2009

This n that @ 02:53 pm

I got an invitation to get a black American Express card. It came in a black envelope and the snooty verbiage made me want to line random capitalists against a wall and shoot them:

24 Hour Concierge Service
The Black Card is not just another piece of plastic. Made with carbon [wtf] it is the ultimate buying tool.
The Black Card is not for everyone. In fact, it is limited to only 1% of US residents ...

All that snootiness for a mere $495 a year.


Went to an estate sale in Silverlake. Lots of neat old things: furniture, books, a Ms Pacman console and vintage porn, all crammed into the place. They'll be selling stuff all week, so Check it out. We got a seatless chair that is now a renovation project.


And you can all now marvel at my Danger of Breakdancing icon. It looked a lot better before I had to compress the color palette. Stupid 40K limit on Livejournal.
 
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From:dark_of_night
Date:August 29th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
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The seller at that estate sale is highly motivated--he says he has to be out of the garage by Sunday. It is crammed--CRAMMED with stuff. If you go, look UP. There are chairs and things hanging from the rafters in dozens.

When we asked the price of the chair we bought, the seller said "$30!" I said "Too much." He goes "$20!" "$10!" "It's just the cost of a couple of happy meals!" Since $10 was what I had already decided was reasonable, we had mercy on him.

(The chair needs a seat and is a tiny bit wobbly. But, hey--it's $10!)
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From:ian_tiberius
Date:August 30th, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
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It looked a lot better before I had to compress the color palette. Stupid 40K limit on Livejournal.

The flicker in the non-changing parts of the sign tells me that your animation is actually composed of six full images rather than one image and then five frames where only the differences between frames are recorded, which is how it should be done. If you compressed the color palette of each of the six frames separately before putting them together as an animation, that probably caused this.

More here and here, should you give two-tenths of a shit.

Ah, the useless knowledge that's still crammed in my head from the dark ages of Web development, when Adobe didn't do it for you and graphic artists weren't expected to know anything about image formats and so I got stuck doing this crap. Anybody need a Web page optimized for Netscape Navigator?
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:August 30th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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That's the problem all right, but the program with which I cobbled that together doesn't offer a lot of options. I may try again.
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From:ian_tiberius
Date:August 30th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
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"Program"? You don't craft your animated GIFs by hand in a text editor?

(horrifyingly, I actually had to do that once. I do not miss 1994.)
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:August 30th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
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You can see how much programs help...

"The Frame Delay value can not be changed in Photoshop Elements 6.0. The instructions above will work to change the value, but when you save the Animated GIF file the frame delay in the file will always be the default of 0.2 seconds. "

What the fucking fuck?
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:August 30th, 2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
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blech
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:August 30th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)

Success!

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I think.
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From:ian_tiberius
Date:August 30th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Success!

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Looks like it to me. And in a comfortable 28K, no less!
From:stevenkaye
Date:August 30th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
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The Black Card cannot be bargained with. The Black Card cannot be reasoned with. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
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From:ajax
Date:August 30th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
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See, blue AmEx cards swipe like this, but black AmEx cards swipe like this.

--- Ajax.

Journal of No. 118