Tag Archives: Code

Processing: How to Hide Messages in Static

What Do I Say?

Poltergeist was hands down the scariest movie I saw as a child. It hard coded my brain to associate static on television with sinister messages from the beyond. Now that I’m older,  I’ve come to the realization that static is a great place to hide all kinds of messages (thanks Poltergeist). And Processing is the obvious place to make that happen.

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YouTube: Tips for Making a How-To Video

This is my first and possibly only foray into the madness that is constructing a YouTube video. I’ve been watching the Vlog Brothers for years, and I’ve never appreciated the effort that goes into it. Pick a topic, write a script, animate the graphics, trim clips, find background music, and also, cut around all your foul language because YouTube does not take kindly to that.

I did that after doing a lot of other research on the basics of YouTube for a non-YouTuber.

So, as a supplement to this VBA video tutorial, I’ve condensed my background research for anyone out there who might also be considering a jump from WordPress to YouTube.

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Blender: How to Scale Down Coordinates for a Map Scene

A GifGuide 2 Maps

Getting coordinates to scale properly to Blender units has been extremely frustrating for me since I started attempting more 3D maps. So, finally, in a fit of rage this weekend, I wrote a function to do it for me.

It scales the latitude and longitude down along the Z (height) and X (width) axes, taking into account the size of a base map oriented along those axes. In my version, it places a sphere at each coordinate set, but that can be easily changed to other objects.

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VBA: What Exactly is a FileSystemObject?

I really wish Hyperbole and a Half was still posting.

It’s friggin’ magic. FileSystemObject is how you run scripts on your files and folders in VBA. You want to create 100 files on your desktop automatically? It’ll let you do that. You want to delete files with specific names in a directory? It’ll let you do that too. It’s also pretty crucial to viruses like Anna Kournikova and the Love Bug, which I’ve been looking at recently. So here’s how to make a FileSystemObject.

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Malware Anatomy: The Anna Kournikova Worm

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I don’t advocate the use of viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, or anything else that can screw up someone’s system or violate their privacy.

It’s oddly satisfying to peak inside them though. Like disassembling a clock.

Kournikova was my first pick because she’s written in Visual Basic, which isn’t too painful to read. She’s also so old it’s unlikely anyone would be able to use this walk-through to create something malicious. Old in malware years anyway. In human years, she’ll be seventeen next month.

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Arduino: A GifGuide to Parts

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I get approximately 2 sentences into most Aduino guides before becoming a giant ball of rage because I have no idea what’s going on. The terminology has been a serious barrier to entry for me. So I decided to take a break from scripting to make a guide for all the fun bits that come in an Arduino kit.

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Python: How to Write an Intersect Analysis to a Text Document

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So here’s a quick thing to note before we get started. Python will throw a shit-fit if you do not have everything properly formatted. Indentation matters. I can’t figure out how to make WordPress format my tabs, so if you do copy and paste the below code, indent the loops to avoid errors.

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