One In A Row

Headlights Look Like Diamonds

It’s not my finest work, I think, but at a friend’s behest I wrote a technology column for a new Toronto area webzine thing, the first of what is presumed to be a monthly occurrence. It’s about technology and not blowing people up. I thought I’d tell you about it, since I’m nothing if not a pimp when it comes to my own work. “Self”, I think to myself, “Get out there and make me some money.” This didn’t actually pay, sadly, so I’m going to have to beat myself up or something. It’s not easy, you understand, but it is necessary.

I didn’t know they’d go all flash-happy, for which I express vague regret while carefully sidestepping any implication of culpability, which kind of looks like an apology if you hold it at arms length and cross your eyes a little.

2 Comments

  1. Posted October 11, 2008 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    That was a damned good article, Mike.

    Fortunately a quick disassembly of the SWF file shows that it’s a very simple off-the-shelf text renderer (which renders using Avant Garde Medium BT from Bitstream, copyright 1990-1993 – interesting) which pulls in the text to be rendered from an external resource at a hardcoded relative directory offset.

    That entry points to http://www.alternavox.net/technovox/text/index1_article.txt , which contains the text of the article for those who don’t want to use Flash.

    Just sayin’.

  2. Posted October 11, 2008 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Er. So.

    wget -qO- http://www.alternavox.net/technovox/text/index1_article.txt | sed -e ’1,2s/^/ /;s/$/\n/’ | fmt | less