Markdown the Internet Wordprocessor

What is Markdown

Markdown is a text-to-HTML conversion tool for web writers. Markdown allows you to write using an easy-to-read, easy-to-write plain text format, then convert it to structurally valid XHTML (or HTML).
John Gruber

Markdown can be written in a basic text editor (don’t use Word) like TextEdit for Mac (save as plain-text) or Notepad on Windows. It’s an easy way to write text that easily translates into HTML. The web is written in HTML, so think of it like quick-start web development tool for content editors. When you write in Markdown, you save the document with the file extension .md. More often than not, you’ll never need to save a Markdown document, because you’ll be using an online tool.
What is Markdown
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NaNoWriMo Starts Now

For those that don’t know, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) started a little over 24 hours ago. NaNoWriMo is the book geek national holiday. All book geeks want one day to be author geeks, and I am no exception. So every year I log back in to the NaNoWriMo site, set up my novel, give it a title and a name, and then start typing. Most years I get nowhere. 1500 maybe 3000 words. But I try. I am trying again this year. The result so far is pasted below. 

The point of NaNoWriMo is writing, not editing, and that is my biggest problem. I am always going back and editing while I write. That is why I get frustrated. I have determined this year not to edit. So I am using a minimalist text editor called WriteMonkey. No spell check, no squiggly underlines, no nothing except a blank screen and me. Maybe that will help.
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New study: Federal workers are overpaid | J.P. Freire | Beltway Confidential | Washington Examiner

COME ON! It really took a scientific study to determine something that a visit to the DMV would have confirmed? How much did this study cost? And how much of that money was via federal grants? More than $15k I’ll bet.

The idiots conclude that reforms in federal pay would save tax payers billions. I’ve got another way to save billions…stop shelling out tax payer money to fund studies that tell us shit we already know!

New study: Federal workers are overpaid | J.P. Freire | Beltway Confidential | Washington Examiner

Uberdouche to Get Current.

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Current TV is the perfect place for the Olbermonster to finish his days as a self-proclaimed journalist. It’s a match made in heaven, or at least it’s a match made on mypartner.com. They’ve got low viewership, he’s got low viewership. He can slip out of his straight jacket every evening, slip into his comfy sweater, down a handful of haldol, swig of the finest cognac , and rant to to choir.

Olbermann Said to Be Going to Current TV – NYTimes.com

Facebook Founder Has a Girlfriend! Oh and Something About a Stalker

Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has a couple of things the rest of the neck/b/eards will never have: 1 billion dollars, a personal stalker, and a girlfriend named Chan. Not zunechan or anything but still….

The stalker presumably exploited Facebook’s weakass security to collect all Zuckerberg’s personal info, and then tried to Google map a route right into his pocketbook, or man purse, or whatever. 

Mark Zuckerberg — I Fear My Facebook Stalker | TMZ.com

Cock Kills Dickhead

 

Good news everyone! The animals, who have suffered cruelty at the hands of scumbags with more time than sense, have finally begun their revolt. Thirty-five year old Jose Luis Ochoa smelled what the cock was cookin’ after the bird shanked him in the leg with a with one of the metal spurs attached to its leg. Two hours later the cock died. The article doesn’t say what became of the bird.

 

Rooster Kills Man Attending Cockfight « CBS Los Angeles

How to make Windows desktop icons in Gimp 2.6.11

I read a post on lifehacker.com that explained how to create desktop icons for Windows that look kinda like iOS eyecandy. Trouble is the author used Photoshop. Gimp is free, so I adapted the tutorial and thought I’d share.

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Create a new 512×512 pixel document.

Create a new transparent layer, name layer "Background"

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Create a 483×483 rounded-rectangle selection with 80 degree radius

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Fill selection with solid color

Set background color to black

Create new transparent layer, name it "Starburst"

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On "Starburst" layer:
    Filters>Distorts>Blinds
        Verticle, Displacement=70, Segments=46
    Filters>Distorts>Polar Coordinates
        Circle depth 0.00, offset angle 0.00

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On "Background" layer right click, alpha to selection

On "Starburst" layer press Ctrl+I to invert selection, then press delete to remove unwanted portion.

On "Background" layer. Alpha to selection.

Create new transparent layer named "Highlight"

Select>Shrink Selection by 3 pixels

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Select>Border Selection by 1 pixel with feathered selection.

Fill selection with white.

Deselect

Filters>Gaussian Blur by 5 pixels.

New layer named "Gloss"

Drag elipse selection across the top half of the image.

Fill selection with white.

Set layer to 42.2% opacity.

Fliters>Blur>Gaussian Blur at 50%

Aplha select "Background" layer.

Activate "Gloss" layer.

Ctrl+I to invert selection.

Delete unwanted.

Now either save the result as a PNG or from within Gimp save it as an ICO.

Computer Screen Ruler

Having an on screen ruler at hand may be very handy at times. Sure, many design related applications offer their own rulers, but other programs may not. A standalone computer ruler can aid the user in designing a form for a website or software, measuring the exact size of an object on the screen, or if the work requires different scaled rulers.

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A download is offered at Softpedia

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Quisple: find and play any song from your desktop (via YouTube)

 

This is such a great idea. I am surprised that nobody thought of this before!

Quisple ScreenshotImagine the situation: you step into a store for a few seconds, and they happen to be playing that extremely catchy song from the 80’s that you used to love, and now its in your head and won’t go away, and you feel that you have to look it up and listen to it again. So what do you do?

Many people use YouTube to look up songs on-the-fly. And so does this strangely named free app. Quisple, in a nutshell, is a searchbox that floats on your desktop that can look up and play any song that you seek, provided that it can find it on YouTube (it will play the audio part only).

The other thing that it will do is keep a history of searches, as a kind of playlist, and optionally let you share it with other users of Quisple.

I installed this little app quite a long time ago based on an email tip and out of curiosity. Didn’t think much of it at the time but to my surprise found myself frequently using it to look up various songs that I wanted to listen to, and thus it earned itself a review spot on my site. More notes as follows:

  • Works well: in most instances the song you searched for will magically start playing as soon as you finish typing.
  • What to search for: be specific, enter the artist and song name for best results. The search is akin to the "I’m feeling lucky" search on Google; it will NOT give you a list of results to choose from. If it gets confused, nothing will show up.
  • The success rate: is high. However, it will miss some songs you’d think will certainly be there. Blame YouTube for that though. The other thing: be prepared to get a "live" or "bootleg" version of the song you are after; again, the reason is that this is what YouTube offers for that particular song.
  • The playlist: is not a playlist at all but a history of searches. You can go in and clean up the "playlist" by deleting searches which did not work or missed the mark. You can also extend the number of searches that the program will keep. Lastly, you can share your playlist with other Quisple users, although I did not try this myself.
  • Memory consumption: this app will minimize to the system tray when not in use, and takes a very small 6 megs in memory.
  • Downloading songs: is not supported. If you must download use Dirpy or Video2mp3 or see my posting on how to extract sound from YouTube videos.

The verdict: honestly a very nice little app to have for those instances when you just want to look up and play a song from your desktop and don’t want to bother with logging into YouTube or a search engine, etc. I am not personally not too keen on YouTube as a source of audio but what the heck, this thing works very well for casual listening. If you’re looking to download high quality audio there are other options out there.

Version Tested: 1.0.0

Compatibility: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7. Works on 32 bit and 64 bit OS’s.

Go to the program home page to download the latest version (approx 2.89 megs). You will have to create an account with a valid login in order to download.

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Quisple: find and play any song from your desktop (via YouTube)