The current issue of Time magazine is titled, The New Frugality. The main image is credited as being from iStockPhoto, where it might have cost them them just 24 cents.

As some of you may be aware, Firefox 3 was just released. One of the really nice things they added is support for ICC color profiles embedded in images (though you have to enable it).

In a nutshell, this means that you'll see images more like how the person who created the image intended. Considering I see many, many images from my web browser (as well as allowing others to see my images), I think this is pretty important.

As Firefox is one of the most popular browsers in use today, a lot of people should see benefits from this.

You can go here to see if your browser of choice implements this feature. Mine doesn't.

For you Apple fans, this isn't anything new. Safari has supported this for some time.

Last night my girlfriend and I went to a free screening of Pan's Labyrinth.

I'm glad it was free.

We had seen a couple of trailers and it looked like it could be good. In fact, the acting and special effects were excellent. The storyline, not so much.

It is a very dark movie and has some very disgusting scenes. We weren't prepared for some of the most graphic violence we have ever seen in a movie.

There was an interesting group of people there, though. A bit more well-to-do than the usual group of movie-goers. No annoying teenagers. I guess that might have something to do with it being an invitation only screening.

Anyway, if you go to see it, at least you have been warned about the content. I wish I had been.

Many of you probably know that Duke Nukem Forever has been in development for a long, long time. Even by computer industry standards. I have personally been working on a piece of software that was just released (very successfully), but was over a year late (though, ammusingly, was exactly on target with the original consulting company's initial rough estimates).

I understand. Things happen. Targets are missed. Research is found to be incomplete. People move on to other things, like dying of old age. Civilizations rise and fall. Continental drift causes the face of a planet to be become unrecognizable...where was I?

Oh yes. Do you know what has happened since Duke Nukem Forever was announced?

My personal favorite is from the "Things that have taken less time than Duke Nukem Forever's Development" section:

The United States' entire program to put a man on the moon, from Kennedy's challenge to the landing.

On Friday, Apple opened their new store. I was watching this time-lapse movie of the first 24 hours after it opened and I saw two frames of some guy holding a sign early in the morning. I managed to find what is was in this movie of the 05:00 hour.

I wonder what her answer was.

After ignoring them for a long time, I decided to take a look at my web server logs where I host my images. I found that I was getting a lot of hits on a 1MB, full resolution image. Most of those were blogs of a half dozen angstful teenagers using the image as the background for their blogs. That means that anyone who looks at the blog hits my server and downloads a 1MB file.

Annoying.

I don't mind if people link to the image, since then their visitors actually have to click the link to see the picture. But using the image (hosted on my server) for the background, or displaying the image on their site is not OK.

Rather than try to get them all to take it down, I came up with another solution: mod_rewrite.

The server is running Apache, which has a nice module called "mod_rewrite'. It allows you to automatically redirect people from one place to another pased on various parameters (such as what the site they came from was). You can do a lot with it. I currently have several major blog hosting sites blocked (xenga.com, which I had never heard of before, had more offenders than anywhere else), but if I wanted I could allow specific blogs on a site while redirecting all the others.

Now these bloggers get a different image when they try to use my images on their sites. The nice thing is that because of the way this is done they may not notice it for a while. They'll probably get to my image another way. Once they've loaded the image in their browser, it'll be cached. Then (for a while) every time they view the URL of the image they will see the one that's cached, even thow everyone who doesn't have it cached will see the replacement image.

Here's an example. Click this link and wait for it to finish loading. Now click this link. If your browser cached the image, it should be the same one. Now clear the cache on your browser and refresh that blog. You should see this image.

It seems like most of them figured this out (after almost 2 weeks), but there are still a few trying to use the image.

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Anyway, while I was going through the logs I found that I get a lot of traffic from Google image searches (in many different languages, apparently). The top two results for "girl" and "alone" are both mine. As is the 3rd result for "bw" and "sunset". My favorite, though is that a Google image for "balrog" turns up this post, which contains a link to this image, that I took, then photoshopped at a request of a friend.

Here's another flash game for your enjoyment.

My best so far is 1560 1682 2087 3392.

Until tomorrow, there's a car show going on in downtown Tampa.

I went with a couple of friends on Thrusday night. I'd never been to a car show before. It was interesting.

It wasn't like the Detroit auto show or any of the other huge ones, from what I've seen of them. This was put on by auto dealers in the area. For the most part, it was like visiting all the dealers and playing with all the cars, but without being hastled by sales people. Though they were there so you could ask questions about the vehicles.

Unlike the more well-known shows, there weren't many concept vehicles there. But there were a few.

They also had a few exotics. Among them were Pope John Paul II's Enzo (only driven to church on Sundays, I'm sure), a Maserati MC-12 and my all-time favorite car, a McLaren F1 LM. I have never seen a McLaren in person, so this made me very, very happy. There was a black Mercedes McLaren SLR behind it. They also had my favorite car than I can hope of affording one day.

There some other exotics there, as well. Ferrari was there in force. Porche had only two cars on display and they were private owned. One was a 911 GT1, which I had never seen before. I'm not a huge fan of Porches, but when I saw the door opened and saw all the exposed carbon fiber and the roll cage, I was pleased. Next to that was a Carrera GT, which I had also never seen in person. I saw the license plate on the Carrera and asked the guard who owned it. It belongs to Tiger Woods. There was another celebrity's car also on display.

I'd say if you have an interest in cars, it's worth the $8.

I was able to go out and take some pictures today. Got a few good ones. I put some here if anyone wants to look. Sorry about the upload speed. I know it's pretty sluggish...

I can't help but imagine how much fun this would be. If any of you live there and participate, please, please, please give post reports on it.

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