Daily Archives: Monday 04/01/2010

A Long Walk My Life 04 JAN 2010

Actually, over the course of this past stretch of leave, I did in fact discover a great new little exercise routine to keep me busy and my blood pumping over all those days spent alone at the pad in Gordon’s Bay – I shall call it “The Long Walk”.

I have no idea what made me do it, but one day I simply decided that I needed some fresh air and get a little more sun (playing games indoors all day tends to eat away at your vitamin D production after all you know), and so I dutifully pulled on my training shoes, grabbed my shades and good old Minnesota Twins baseball cap, and then went in search for my iPod.

I had just previously downloaded Eddie Izzard’s classic The Circle comedy routine and so I loaded it on the iPod (damn Ubuntu Karmic Koala refused to synch with the device I might add!) and pressed play. And that was the last I was to see of our pad for then next hour and forty minutes!

My brisk walk took me all the way outside of the complex, down Faure Marine Drive towards Gordon’s Bay past the Pick ‘n Pay, the Graveyard and Wonky Donkey, down alongside main beach (which was cooking all Summer long just by the way), up past Chantelle’s guest house, past the Navy training college, down alongside Bikini Beach, hitting the turn around point finally at the end of the cul de sac overlooking the sea!

A good 50 minutes to get there (and Eddie was still happily blaspheming away), and without so much as a pause to check the time, I walked around the circle and started the journey back – which obviously took another good 50 minutes to complete as well as a couple of tracks from Blue October seeing as Izzard had finally signed off just before I hit the complex again.

And so my new routine had started. With lots of Ricky Gervais and Eddie Izzard audio clips and podcasts to entertain, the long walk became a staple part of my holiday activities – so much so that I’m looking to continue with it over the weekends now that I’m back at work – though of course that all depends on whether or not I can convince Chantelle that she needs to join me on those sparse weekends where she actually has off for a change! :P

The House of C 005: Dark Knight The House of C 04 JAN 2010

This one came out round about the time that the latest Batman movie, Dark Knight was first released and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only cartoonist to use the “dark night” wordplay, that’s for sure!

Still, I kind of like the brush stroke colouring on the Batman screen panel. The rest of it though is pretty much “ugh” as per usual! :P

As for the Batman mythos itself. Let me just say that the Dark Knight has long been my favourite comic book character and I’m so pleased that the live action movies finally got back on track and caught up with the quality stuff that the animated universe has been putting out for years already!

Ubuntu: Batch Resize Your Images using GIMP CodeUnit 04 JAN 2010

Digital Cameras these days take fantastically detailed and large photos, brilliant for printing and editing but not always that great if you want to simply pop them up on the web for everyone on FaceBook to gaggle over. So obviously a spot of resizing is required first, but who the heck would want to individually resize 600 photos of Aunt Nelly’s Wedding Reception, one photo at a time?

Now if you’re a diehard Ubuntu user, you’ll know that the first and foremost image editing package available to you is GIMP, and so today’s quick chunk of useful information revolves around batch resizing images using GIMP.

As great as GIMP is, it doesn’t feature native batch functionality and as such we find ourselves turning to the excellent David’s Batch Processor extension script which plainly put, does. To get it, the easiest thing to do is head over to your Synaptic Package Manager and do a search for gimp-plugin-registry. This neat little package bundles together a whole lot of useful GIMP plugins, including the one that we’re interested in, namely David’s Batch Processor. Mark for installation and apply.

Once installed, open up GIMP and access the Filters -> Batch -> Batch Process… menu option. This will launch David’s Batch Processor and from this point onwards it is pretty simple to get going. First, select all the files or the folder containing the files that you wish to process on the Input tab. Once selected, visit the various tabs to set whatever batch operation you want to apply to the images. Obviously the resize would be the number one tab visited in this instance! :)

Once your manipulation options have been set in, visit the output tab, makes sure you happy with where and how the processed files are going to be saved and once complete, hit the start button to launch the batch processor.

Couldn’t be simpler!

Related Link: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~hodsond/dbp.html