ShapeShifter

Member Since: February 5, 2013

Country: United States

  • News - Introducing the video bro… | about 7 months ago

    Oh, I see… This is a front end browsing data from YouTube. I was assuming it was scouring your blog files and extracting videos, which would make the links easy. But working backwards like this seems like it would be a pain to link them up. For each video found, it would have to search through the blog looking for a match. Bummer.

  • News - Introducing the video bro… | about 7 months ago

    Love this new feature! Much easier than scrolling through page after page of old posts. It makes it real easy to catch up on the old “According to Pete” episodes. Nice job!

    I’ve got a suggestion: Sometimes when watching a video this way, it would be nice to read the original article or the comments. When you select a video thumbnail, and the actual video appears at the top, it would be great if it included a link to the original post. Kind of like the “n Comments | Continue Reading” links after the summaries of old posts on the main page.

  • News - New Product Friday: Shiel… | about 8 months ago

    Thanks for your help. I also had problems with a latest gen iPad with iOS 6.1.3 and Safari. When starting the video, the banner would immediately change (indicating the presence of a playlist) but would then spin forever on a black screen. The direct YouTube links work. I hadn’t gotten to the point of trying it on a real computer, as I was traveling for the past week, and rarely fired up the laptop. The Sep 6 video plays just fine on the iPad.

  • News - New Product Friday: Shiel… | about 8 months ago

    Same here! I just figured it was my awful Internet service. Glad to hear I’m not the only one.

  • News - Enginursday - Three Child… | about 8 months ago

    There’ve been too many electronics ah-ha moments to catalog. But I’ve got a similar programming/math moment similar to the comment by pburgess. My first time using a computer was taking a summer school programming class between high school and college. The class was dialing in to an IBM mainframe, and the programming language was APL - yeah, a pretty esoteric language for a first time experience. But I caught on pretty fast, but was perplexed by some of the complex matrix math operators - they were interesting, but why would you want to do that? Fast forward a couple semesters into my freshman year, and into my linear algebra class. (My AP scores placed me out of the regular math courses as well as most of the calculus, so linear algebra came early.) The ah-ha’s came almost daily: with just about every new math concept that was introduced, I would think “there’s an APL operator that does that, so that’s what it’s for!”

    And now a couple observations on the original article…

    You haven’t yet grown out of your why/how mindset, and you think that’s unusual? It isn’t for an engineer! I contend that it’s not only normal for an engineer to be stuck in a why/how mindset, but it’s practically a requirement! I suspect that’s how a lot of engineers got their start. My start came by taking apart all my toys just to see how they worked. It initially annoyed my parents, but they quickly got over it when they realized I was rebuilding them and combining several toys into a new contraption.

    And you think you’re dating yourself by recalling Zelda? Now I feel old… I also remember when Zelda was released, and that wondrous excitement upon discovering that your progress was saved between sessions. Except it was my son making that excited discovery, when he was about the same age as you. I wasn’t quite as excited about that milestone; my only thought was realizing that now we’ll never get him off of that game!

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