Archive for 2017

May 22, 2017

Why I Don’t Smoke And Neither Should You

In my lifetime, I’ve only ever smoked about 3 cigarettes. Two of which were for online marketing (you can see the photo above). A nearly full pack of Marlboro still sits on my nightstand. So why the hypocrisy? Because it proves a point that even saintly figures like me have to pull stunts to establish somekind of persona online just so I can attract visitors to my site and maybe even give me work. It doesn’t mean there is a stronger correlation with being a smoker gets you more work, it just means you gotta try some stuff.

And let me tell you about cigarettes. They suck. They don’t taste good, they stink, and if you’re not the right person, smoking cigarettes will ultimately kill you.

But I’m not in the camp where I tell you not to smoke outright. You don’t have to cave-in to peer pressure either. But if you feel inclined to try it, then try it. But after that, it’s really up to you to decide what you want to do about it. If you’re a no nonsense person like me, it has more to do with keeping up appearances and forking over good hard-earned money is why I won’t take up smoking. And a tiny pack of smokes costs a lot! I think I paid $16 for a pack at my local gas station. I only smoked 2 of 20 cigarettes from it in the past 2 years. So I really don’t care about smoking.

But, as a public service, I suppose I should always tell young people NOT TO SMOKE.

May 17, 2017

Beautiful American Goldfinch Yellow Bird In My Backyard!!!

Wow! Look at how beautiful this tiny little bird is!

Apr 18, 2017

What Happens To 8 Year Old Deodorant? It’s Gross!!!

I noticed something was amiss with dust-covered stick of anti-perspirant deodorant on my bathroom counter top and it turns out it expired in May 2009! Look at what happens after 8 years to it! It’s gross!!!

Mar 24, 2017

LED lightbulb vs incandescent lightbulb demo

Observe! New LED tech based lightbulbs are flooding store shelves. It promises lower energy consumption, brighter output, and longer lifespan. However, I noticed a very subtle flaw. Check out what it is in the video. If you want to test LED lightbulbs yourself, share your results with me!

Mar 11, 2017

Don’t Discount Mayonnaise Just Yet

All my years eating mayonnaise in sandwiches and egg or tuna salad and it never occurred to me to learn what it actually was. It wasn’t until I watched a clip of popular TV chef Gordon Ramsay show exactly how simple it is to make mayonnaise. Did you know all mayonnaise is simply beaten eggs and oil? Yeah. That’s all it is. So when you have that egg and bacon sandwich slathered with mayo, you may actually be eating twice as many eggs in one meal! And you wonder why you put on so much weight.

But point being, if you are looking for a cheap calorie boost, and you don’t have eggs lying around, then why not make yourself a literal mayo sandwich? I’ve done it and it works wonders. And strange how a jar of mayo seems to last longer than a dozen of actual eggs doesn’t it? That’s because oil doesn’t rot. When you mix the oil in with the egg proteins (that actually can rot), then it changes the nature of it. Granted, you’re also eating a lot of oil too, but eggs be eggs. And the oil may actually make it taste better. It always makes your fast food sandwiches taste better!

So if you a po boy, go make yeself a mayo sandwich and not be ashamed about it. Trust me, it is literally THE SAME THING as eating egg sandwich!

Mar 2, 2017

Qt 4.8.5 c++ 3D demo update!!! No OpenGL or DirectX just pure Qt

Had to revert back to Qt 4.8.5 but it works nonetheless. The video is choppy because I’m screencapturing the video as it’s running, but on my quadcore it runs at steady 60 fps. On duo-core it runs a steady 20 to 40 fps, so it really depends on your hardware, or I just need to optimize it more. But check out pure 3D in Qt and c++, no third-party dependency on OpenGL or DirectX!

Feb 25, 2017

Sleep When You Gotta Sleep

By Chongchen Saelee

Sleep When You Gotta Sleep
It’s all our time to ourselves
And put the weight of the world on our shoulders
on the shelf

Feb 14, 2017

How To Draw Le Hipster

Learn from the master cartoonist and satirist how to draw le hipster!!!

Jan 27, 2017

Manga Studio/Clip Studio Paint Pro 5 Animation Test

Jan 8, 2017

How To Download m3u8 videos from Twitter

How To Download m3u8 videos from Twitter
By Chongchen Saelee

If you’re browsing websites like Twitter or Facebook, you may notice videos may not be accessible for download. Back in the day, it was quite easy because the actual video file is embedded right into the page. These days, with privacy concerns (and copyright issues), Internet videos are becoming harder to “save for offline viewing”. But with a little know-how, you could successfully save these videos for offline viewing. After all, the data has to be sent to your computer anyway.

So particularly for m3u8 file format, which is just a plain text file that includes a playlist of urls to source videos (and sometimes other playlists), what you’re looking for are ts video source urls. Of course, you have to track down the url of the m3u8 file first. In Google Chrome, there is the very helplful “inspect” tool in the Developer Tools menu. Or, if it hasn’t been obfuscated, you can right-click on the part of the webpage wear the video will render and click on “Inspect” if that option is enabled. Then you want to track down that url for the m3u8 file. Download the m3u8 file and open it with a plain text editor like Notepad. (more…)