CodyLoco's Random Rants… A little bit of everything…

21Aug/110

360 Degree Panoramic Photos from an iPhone 4

I can't even remember how exactly, but I ran into this app for iPhones that creates some pretty amazing 360 degree panoramas called... 360 Panorama...  It makes it really easy to take a panoramic photo - all you do is hit the shutter once, and the gyro sensors in the iPhone determine the positioning of the photos that are automatically taken and stitched together as you pan the camera around your scene.  The photos are of course then geotagged, and they can be uploaded to developer Occipital's website where they are shown on a map as a kind of panorama photo feed.

Check out the panorama I took from the rocks in Punta Mala, Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica:

14Jan/112

The 34th Dimension

The 34th Dimension

The 34th Dimension

A few days ago a friend of mine told me he was going to take another go at running a website.  I know he's put in tons of hours getting it going over the past couple years, mostly on getting the design and template tweaked... but of course its kind of boring to write for a site when you get no traffic (kind of like this blog!)...

So when he mentioned that he was going to work on the SEO - first thing I said that what matters most is your content and then your backlinks.  He then asked me how these magical backlinks are acquired... to which I replied good content of course.  So as my good deed for the day, despite the fact that this site gets little to no traffic anyways, here's your first backlink my friend - The 34th Dimension -

If you are reading this post right now... then you really have nothing better to do, so why not check out his site?  It's actually pretty good!

Oh and Kent - why don't you Flattr me?  😛

20Dec/090

Can’t find your cellphone? WheresMyCellPhone.com will!

I'm great at putting things down and forgetting where I left it the next second... like my cellphone.

Today I lost it, and had a traumatizing image of my phone sitting in the jeans I just put in the washer... For a second I thought I'd go check the washer... but realized that would only make a mess (it's a building coin-op) and decided I'd take a leap of faith and just assume it was somewhere dry. I don't have a landline (or friends I could call obviously) to make it ring, so I figured... there must be someway to do it on the internet!

So, I Googled call my cellphone and WheresMyCellPhone.com was the first result. Clicked the link, typed in my phone number (only woks with +1 country codes, ie, North America), and two seconds later I hear my annoying ringtone that my girlfriend set for me coming from the other room.

Hopefully I won't be getting any marketing calls now...

1Jun/090

“Procrastination is like masturbation. At first it feels good, but in the end you’re only screwing yourself.”

I have a problem.  I am a self-diagnosed chronic procrastinator...

Up until I actually bothered looking it up (I had been putting it off), I was under the impression that "procrastination" was simply the act of saying "I'll do it <insert relative time in future here>."  However, according to Wikipedia and several other sites, chronic procrastination is actually a form of psychological disorder that can be caused by several things, among them severe perfectionism (like myself).  It is the act of doing other, much less important things, in order to avoid doing what should be an immediate priority on your todo list. Procrastination can also be a sign of a more severe underlying condition, such as depression or ADHD.

Here's an obvious symptom, quoted from Wikipedia:

People who exhibit procrastination and decreased impulse control appear to be prone to internet addiction.

The hardest part about a serious procrastination issue is being able to recognize the flags that you are procrastinating.  If you find yourself always getting sidetracked, that's an obvious sign.  This video I found on YouTube sums up a chronic procrastinator's day perfectly:

If you want to try a supposed solution to procrastinating, check out John Perry's "Structured Procrastination" method, and read up on what causes and types of procrastinators exist in this Wikipedia article.

Oh, and by the way, yes, I write to this blog as a form of procrastination, like right now!