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Never gets old
I'm sure most of you have seen this, but for those that haven't, I thought I'd repost it. This is by far the coolest stick figure flash animation ever. I've watched it so many times and it just never gets old. Wish I knew how many hours it took this guy to make it. It is purely genius. In a nutshell, it's just an animation of a little stick figure guy going ninja crazy on a bunch of other stick figures. The ending is something to behold! http://www.methodus2000.com... ......

Posted On Sunday, May 30, 2004 11:29 AM

Regions Frustration 101
Why oh why does it not work? I've said that so many times, but for the life of me cannot figure this one out. I thought I'd just go and play a little with Region objects for controls. I basically use 3 images with a defined transparency color and generate Region objects from them. I thought it would be a simple matter of being able to set the Region on my custom control depending on the state of the mouse (MouseEnter, MouseLeave, etc...). So, if the mouse enters the control, I do a good old this.Region ......

Posted On Thursday, May 27, 2004 1:16 PM

Shout out

Charlie...is...da...man!

Now I just need to convince him to post a RSS feed link so I can gobble his feed with my NewsGator.

P.S. This guy has some strange dreams which makes me think he watches wayyyy to much sci-fi stuff.

Posted On Thursday, May 27, 2004 8:54 AM

Dynamically Setting COM Object Properties
I have yet to post code on my blog, so now is the time. I have various function nuggets that have followed me around like a lost sick puppy over the years and this is one of my most recent. Since I work with a UI architecture that is very dynamic in nature and extremely plugin-oriented, I need to have a set of functions to explore the type information of objects and allow me to dynamically call methods and properties. Here is an example of such a function. Let's say you had some XML that looked something ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 25, 2004 9:23 AM

Windows...Listen to Obi Wan!
<ObiWan target='Windows' function='FolderDeletion'> <jedimindtrick>Move along! Move along!</jedimindtrick>... Ok, I'm sure everyone has this rant. I've had it for a long time and here's hoping that one day it'll get changed (Longhorn maybe). I go to my %TEMP% directory, hit CTRL-A to select all and do a SHIFT-DELETE to permantently delete all the files. But lo' and behold it stop after 10 files saying one of them is in use and then stops. Why can't they make it so it ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 25, 2004 8:15 AM

Design for the now or the future?
I am the lead architect for a component (specifically the presentation layer) on our team. I have 1 other person helping me with implementation. One day we had to add a new feature. I designed a solution and handed it off to him and he came back and asked “why do we need it to do this? It wasn't in the requirements?” I responded by saying something along the lines of “because eventually someone will ask for it”. In fact, I find myself saying that over and over again. Now here's ......

Posted On Monday, May 24, 2004 1:04 PM

Are you a deviant?
A web site popped into my head today for some reason. It's a website I haven't visited in a long time but it looks like it's still going strong. deviantArt is a digital art community that really showcases a lot of creative talents on the net. Back in my day, I actually submitted 3 items to the site. For those interested, here they are: Dermagine: This is a 3d rendering of a pill bottle with a label that says Dermagine on it. Dermagine was a user interface engine that I created that supported such ......

Posted On Friday, May 21, 2004 6:49 AM

Calling All Superheroes!
UPDATE: This post has become quite popular. Due to this demand, 2 web sites have sprung up as a response. WORLDSUPERHEROREGISTRY.COM founded by Kevlex and superheroes.members.winisp.net founded by yours truly. I didn't create my site as competition for Kevlex but only as a community service to my friends that visit this page. Who knows, maybe Kevlex and I will join forces in the future to create the first true Justice League type organization! :-) Ok, this is an odd post but something I've always ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 12, 2004 8:13 AM

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