Posts from ‘November, 2009’

Convert flv to avi

To convert flv to avi using ffmpeg, use: ffmpeg -i myvideo.mpeg myvideo.avi This should work to convert to other formats as well, such as mpg. Then if you want to burn a DVD, you can use DVDStyler.

Winning Ig Nobel Prize research not so improbable

I was excited to learn that the designers for a bra that doubles (or quadruples?) as a face mask won an Ig Nobel Prize. Still, this is not at all improbable research, so I’m wondering if it was indeed a legitimate contender. During the SARS outbreak in East Asia, stocks of face masks were depleted, […]

Winning Ig Nobel Prize research not so improbable

I was excited to learn that the designers for a bra that doubles (or quadruples?) as a face mask won an Ig Nobel Prize. Still, this is not at all improbable research, so I’m wondering if it was indeed a legitimate contender. During the SARS outbreak in East Asia, stocks of face masks were depleted, […]

Good story for the education topic

I’ll be using previously developed topical lessons next semester for some classes. You can find them at http://cailab.net/topics (try student/npue when prompted). The following story would fit well in the education module. As a side note, I don’t quite understand why using traditional versus simplified characters is such an issue. A larger question might be, […]

Discussing misconceptions about life in the US

I’m often surprised by some of the misconceptions my students from Taiwan and China have about the US. They often have wildly, usually media-induced, positive ideas about the standard of living and general levels economic, health, and social security. Articles such as the one below can be used to stimulate discussion about how and why […]

And you’re worried about US beef?

I’m happy to see Taiwanese protest for the safety of their food, and the recent protests against US beef are no exception. But why aren’t Taiwanese equally, if not more so, enraged when poison food is knowingly sold to the public by local companies? I just don’t understand Stories such as the one below appear […]

Having trouble with rpmlib(PayloadlsXx) on FC 11?

So was I, and the thread below provided the fix. The command that did the trick for me was: yum –enablerepo=updates-testing update rpm. Unable to update to rawhide – rpmlib(PayloadIsXz) « Rawhide Watch jlaska wrote:Trying to update your Fedora 11 (or older) system to the latest rawhide content? You might notice a failure similar to […]

Russian and O’Hare events related?

Below are two videos and one mp3. The first video is of a strange event in Russia recently. The second video and the mp3 file are about a UFO sighting over O’Hare airport in Chicago. Activity Watch both videos and listen to the mp3 file. Feel free to perform additional research on these events. Then […]

Was Shakespeare Shakespeare? Twain didn’t think so.

There is credible evidence that Shakespeare’s works were written by somebody other than him, and Mark Twain argues the case as well as anybody: Mark Twain doubted Shakespeare wrote the works attributed to him Mark Twain doubted Shakespeare wrote the works attributed to him