Happy Halloween

Kate and I were supposed to go to Florida today for a shuttle launch that was scheduled to happen tomorrow. Sadly, the launch got postponed, so we’re sticking around here and handing out candy to the neighborhood kids. The good news is, October is nearly over and we’re closing in on Thanksgiving, which we all know is the best of the holidays. I’m looking forward to both the family Thanksgiving dinner and my Ball State Family Thanksgiving, which will take place on the Saturday after.

Hope everybody has a great Halloween.

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Get off my lawn #1

I’m just going to post something like this whenever I have an I’m-getting-old moment:

Today I realized I get perturbed by songs that sample songs I grew up with, even though I have since learned that all those songs were sampled from songs created in the 60s and 70s.

So, all you Isley Brothers fans out there who can’t stand the various reincarnations of their original songs, I kinda feel your pain now.

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Life Changes

I’ve been home for the last couple days preparing to start a new chapter in life. I wrapped up my tenure at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on Friday, and will be starting my new job at Innovative tomorrow. I had a pretty good run at the museum, but I like to keep chapters short, and the time had come to make another move.

For the most part, I’ll be doing the same things at Innovative that I did at the museum, but I’ll be working with a few other developers, rather than being an island. Hopefully, this will give me the chance to learn a lot of new stuff, and validate a lot of what I’ve been doing up to this point. It will be the first time I’ve worked with a lot of other people doing the same things I do. Also, it should be more fast-paced and challenging, and I expect to soon have a lot of work to show off that I’m really proud of.

I am super thankful for my time at the museum. Every time I’ve left a non-profit job, I have felt lucky to have some of the freedoms that go along with it. It’s too bad they are always so slow-moving and cautious. There’s such a great opportunity there to do cutting-edge, fantastic stuff when failure isn’t the end of the world. But, for a lot of people, I suppose it is the end of the world.

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Select the last n rows from a MySQL table

I needed to figure out how to select the last four rows of a database table without reversing the order of the rows. After a little digging, I got to this point:

SELECT * 
FROM (
    SELECT * 
    FROM table_name 
    WHERE whatever 
    ORDER BY date DESC LIMIT 4
) AS tbl 
ORDER BY tbl.date ASC;

So, as long as you have something to order by, you can reverse and re-reverse the order, and it will come out right in the end.

Note: Originally written September 2, 2010

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HDV and Graphics

If you are trying to create video graphics for HDV video, which is 1440×1080, the graphics should still be 1920×1080. Final Cut Pro will make it all jive when you import both.

There seems to be a lack of this information on the internet, so there you go.

Note: Originally written on July 20, 2010

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The Same Old Story

I’ve got blogs all over the place, and I’m not going to take it anymore. From now on, this is the only place I’m going to write anything. That’s not to say that I’ll ever actually write, but I’m not going to write anywhere else.

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