Mind the Gap


Ramblings on random topics, and maybe something new., Page 2
Road Trip!

Well, it is summer and the family decided to “take it on the road” so to speak. Our day started late as I still had to work, but we were able to get on the road around 1PM. I thought I’d snap a picture while driving through Utah and share it with everyone. I still need to get the full size version …

Posted Jul 18, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

Nearing the End of an Era

Needless to say, one of the many reasons I started Reid's For Fun was because of Yahoo!'s neutering of GeoCities: removal of ftp and a paltry 4.2MB hourly limit. It was, however, my friend in the hey day of Internet growth and I am saddened at its (un)timely demise. Although not my first web site, G…

Posted Jul 08, 2009 by SafePit 2 min read

Almost DTV Time

Well, less than a day left and the old NTSC-M broadcast signal will almost be gone. I say almost because a few low power stations can still broadcast and I'm sure a few places will get by. But, by and large, it's all over for our old analog receivers. Like I said in my last post, I'm ready for the c…

Posted Jun 11, 2009 by SafePit 1 min read

All Ready for Digital TV, Are you?

Well, two days left and I'm good to go for the digital TV conversion. I used my DTV coupon to get my oldest daughter a converter box a couple of weekends back and setting it went very smoothly. She picked up around 13 channels (mostly public TV) and things are working well…

Posted Jun 09, 2009 by Steven 2 min read

Safari 4 Impressions and Disappointments

Okay, Safari 4 is out, showed up in my update today. I was a bit surprised as I thought I already had 4 installed, but it didn't take more than a quick peek at my existing Safari to realize it was the non-beta version…

Posted Jun 09, 2009 by SafePit 2 min read

Second Chance Digital TV Coupon

Will wonders never cease! Looks like the coupons opened up again and those of us that let our coupons expire can try again! Yeah! I've ordered another at https://www.dtv2009.gov/. Looks like I wasn't alone when mine expired. Of the 24 million originally issued, 17 million expired…

Posted Mar 24, 2009 by SafePit 1 min read

Updated Analog to Digital TV Count Down Userbar

Well, the original date (Feb 17th) has come and gone and my Userbar is showing 33 days past. Since the conversion has been delayed till June 12, I thought I'd better update my application for those still brave enough to use it. I completely forgot to use my coupon for a converter box so it has exp…

Posted Mar 22, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

More Lorenz Attractor Fun

I was looking over my Lorenz Attractor images and wondered how the spiral would look close-up. So, I created another version looking down on the spiral with the tendrils coming up from the it…

Posted Jan 03, 2009 by Steven 1 min read

Getting a Little deviantART

I've been a lurker on deviantART for awhile now and decided to take the plunge and upload some of my ray traced images there. Since I tend to use the same alias at all my sites, you can now catch SafePit on deviantART…

Posted Dec 29, 2008 by Steven 1 min read

SafePit 30,000gs, the Zeros Are So Pretty

It seemed to take me forever lately, but finally made it to 30K. I blame my Halo 3 addiction to the lack of improvement in my gamer score. It seems silly tracking this stuff, but it is fun tracking each of these 5K milestones…

Posted Dec 21, 2008 by Steven 1 min read

BattlestaR Galactica Trading Card

Okay, let's see how old you really are. Anyone remember these trading cards from '78 back when the "original" Battlestar Galactica aired. I was cleaning out the attic and found this in a bag with some of my other childhood memories…

Posted Nov 16, 2008 by Steven 1 min read

More Photosynth Fun

I’ve blogged about Photosynth before; however, that was when it was still a preview technology. Photosynth is now out for the general public to use. It is still pretty cool technology…

Posted Nov 01, 2008 by Steven 1 min read

Computer Fun

So, I broke down and bought a new laptop last weekend. No, I didn't buy an Apple. I just couldn't see myself shelling out twice as much money for half the computing power. I purchased one on sale with similar specs, if not the same OS and "coolness" factor…

Posted Oct 28, 2008 by SafePit 3 min read

New MacBooks Out

Having never owned a Mac, mostly due to cost, the new MacBooks look pretty nice. All aluminum body, new graphics, new glass multi-touch trackpad, it all adds up to some nice looking notebook computers. Personally, I like the self loading DVD drives…

Posted Oct 14, 2008 by Steven 1 min read

Addicted to iPod and iTunes - Origins and iTunes 8

Okay, I was never a big fan of Apple. I made a decision over 6 years ago to use Microsoft's Windows Media to encode and listen to my music and it worked well for me. That was, until my daughter wanted an iPod Nano (3G) for her birthday…

Posted Sep 14, 2008 by SafePit 3 min read

Giving Up On Maps

Sad to say, but I've deactivated the Maps Amung Us widget I had been using. They've changed the way the pins are saved and it is pretty much useless to me now. I enjoyed seeing where I received visits from. Unfortunately, I typically only would have a few pins on the map, including myself…

Posted Aug 29, 2008 by SafePit 2 min read

25000 Is Where It's At

Well, it took a bit longer this time around to get 25000. Seems all the games I've been playing aren't giving up much in points. Of course, it doesn't help that I've mostly been playing Halo 3 during this time. In any case, I made it to 25K! Okay, now I can get back to gaming…

Posted Jul 13, 2008 by Steven 1 min read

Random Stuff

It's been busy of late. I'd been on vacation for almost 3 weeks with just a few days of work in between. My parents were in town (hi Mom) a couple of weeks ago. Then I was out of town for my wife's family. That wasn't really a vacation, though…

Posted Jul 12, 2008 by SafePit 3 min read

Fun with Google Maps—Where’s My House?

While my parents are in town this week we were reminiscing about old places we've lived. I'd been trying to remember where we used to live in Oslo, Norway. I remembered the street name, but my attempts in the past to find it didn't find the street…

Posted Jun 23, 2008 by Steven 2 min read

Enjoying a Moodstream

Ran across this interesting site in my feeds and thought I'd share. Getty Images has combined their stock images with their audio stock to create what they call Moodstreams. They are billing it as a brainstorming tool, remember they are trying to sell photography and audio…

Posted Jun 14, 2008 by SafePit 2 min read

Playing With The Lorenz Attractor

I was searching for some pov-ray liquid routines and ran into an interesting article on The Lorenz Attractor In 3D. The Lorenz Attractor is an interesting equation and surprisingly beautiful. Since there was a sample pov-ray macro on the site, I thought it would be fun to generate some pictures…

Posted May 29, 2008 by Steven 1 min read

Busy Lately

I haven't been updating much on the site lately. Mostly it is because I've been busy with other activities. My daughter's Softball games still dominate most of my evenings. Between games, the youngest had a school concert on Tuesday…

Posted May 10, 2008 by SafePit 1 min read

Power Supply Woes

Well, had a weird power outage here at the house today. Once of those drops that goes down a couple times before staying off. Seems most of my electronics made it trough okay. However, my daughter's computer took a powder. It wouldn't turn on and the LED on the back was blinking. Ugh. After doi…

Posted Apr 26, 2008 by SafePit 1 min read

Fun with Article Images

If you hadn't noticed, in addition to adding reflections, I've been updating the images I use for my articles. I did this once before, but I added a silly highlight that just didn't look right. I've now removed that highlight…

Posted Apr 06, 2008 by Steven 1 min read

Giving whos.amung.us a Try

A number of other sites that I frequent are using a visitor counter service called Who's Amung Us. The site is easy to start using, just request the url, select a style and add to your site. Bingo, all done. Note that it isn't a page counter, but how many users are currently looking at your site…

Posted Mar 29, 2008 by SafePit 1 min read