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Author: Ben

Whole30

Whole30

So tomorrow, I’m starting the Whole30.  It will be an adventure in many ways, and so I’m thinking about blogging about my experience.  I plan on updating every day or two, give an update on what I’ve been eating and how I’m feeling.  Hopefully I […]

Work in progress…

Work in progress…

As you can see, we’re doing some remodeling around here.  We’re not quite done yet, so stay tuned!

When in doubt, Repair Disk Permissions

When in doubt, Repair Disk Permissions

A few months ago, I discovered Urban Terror, a free (as in beer) FPS game based on the Quake3 Engine.  I’m not much of a gamer, so free is right in my price range. But seriously, I’m not a gamer: I play for about 15-20 minutes a day. And I have a kid. So I don’t actually have time to play every day.

At any rate, Urban Terror runs great on my little MacMini, at least it did until a month or so ago.  One day, I launched the app, my screen went black. And then nothing.  The application closed and my normal desktop returned.  Huh. That’s weird. Launch again. Ditto.  Okay, so something is wrong here.  I crawl through my system logs and the only thing I can find looks like:

10/31/13 5:50:10.347 PM Quake3-UrT.i386[22814]: CPSGetCurrentProcess(): This call is deprecated and should not be called anymore.
10/31/13 5:50:10.347 PM Quake3-UrT.i386[22814]: CPSSetForegroundOperationState(): This call is deprecated and should not be called anymore.
10/31/13 5:50:11.317 PM Quake3-UrT.i386[22814]: CGDisplayBaseAddress is obsolete and returning NULL for display 0x42731c0

Hmm. Okay, so this seems to me like some OS update has borked a previously working API call.  I’m sure the UT people are aware of this and will have a fix soon. A week goes by, and I head over to the Urban Terror homepage to see if there’s a fix out.  Nope.  No fix. Hmm. So I check the forums and find a few people with a similar problem to me.  A few people claimed that it had do with a bad resolution setting, which seemed bogus to me since I hadn’t messed with my resolution settings at all lately.

But I noticed another comment which said “You need to out the updater under your Home directory, so your user will have writing permissions.”  Don’t ask me why, but this rang a bell somewhere in my head. I launched Disk Utility, ran a “Verify Disk”, which was clean, followed by a “Repair Disk Permissions”. #BINGO.  Now Urban Terror works again.

Was it Disk Utility that fixed it?  Not sure.  I hadn’t tried to run it in weeks, so maybe it was just coincidence.  But it certainly didn’t hurt!

The dude abides…
Facebook removes “little used” privacy feature

Facebook removes “little used” privacy feature

Facebook recently rolled out another change which removed a key privacy setting from users.The setting was called “who can look up your Timeline by name”.  Basically, if you were like me (one of the few people using this feature apparently), you had this set to […]

To Fedora or not to Fedora, that is the question…

To Fedora or not to Fedora, that is the question…

Hello Blog! It’s been a while. Bet you thought I forgot my password. Wrong! *evil-grin* I’ve had a Samsung N150 Netbook since Summer of 2010. For a while, maybe the entire time, I’ve run Ubuntu on it. I’ve never loved Ubuntu, I initially loaded it […]

Assignment #1 Shutter Speed

Assignment #1 Shutter Speed

 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I recently attended a Beginner’s Photography Class with McKay Photography Academy.  I had a good understanding of how to adjust all of the settings on my camera, but no clue how to put that all together to get a good exposure.

McKay offers an online photography course which I decided to sign up for.  It’s only one “assignment” per month, so it’s not a huge commitment, but enough to keep me “honest” and make me practice and keep learning.

Assignment #1 is all about Shutter Speed.  I spent a day down by the Inner Harbor here in Baltimore and tried to get some action shots to practice stopping the motion.

Federal Hill Flag
25mm – ISO400 – f9.0 – 1/1000
Volleyball Serve
71mm – ISO500 – f6.3 – 1/3200
Busy Harbor
81mm – ISO500 – f8.0 – 1/1000
Fountains
118mm – ISO500 – f8.0 – 1/1000
Fountains II
40mm – ISO500 – f5.6 – 1/4000
Fountains III – Stop Motion
25mm – ISO500 – f5.6 – 1/2000

This is technically from Assignment #2, Blurring the Action.  I think the water almost looks like ice in this picture:

Fountains IV
25mm – ISO125 – f22.0 – 1/30

And one last “stopping the motion” picture from our recent trip to the beach:

Seagull
25mm – ISO100 – f2.8 1/2500
New Lens

New Lens

A few weeks ago, I attended a Beginner’s Digital Photography Class.  It was a deal that Kim happened to notice on Groupon.  I knew how to adjust all the manual settings on my camera and how to use the light meter, but I had never […]

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

We’ve been busy lately and I’ve been neglecting lots of things.  Two of those things are blogging and our Bread Machine.  So let’s fix that! For a while, we were making the standard types of breads in our bread machine: White, Wheat, or French.  I […]

It All Started As A Speck

It All Started As A Speck

Just a Speck
Just a Speck

It all started as just a little Speck, but this week Kim and I found out that we’re having a little GIRL!  That’s right world, get ready, because we’re going to be parents in just a few (seriously) short months.

Our Little Girl
Our Little Girl

So yes, it’s a little baby, and not a sea monkey in there.

Cute Little Nose
Cute Little Nose

And she even has cute little feet!

Feet!
Feet!

Our little bun is about half baked, and is due Late July/Early August. Stay tuned!