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Monday, December 14, 2009

Mom Lets Me Carry A Blaster!

Out of 10 5-year-olds I asked, 3 of them believed that the Death star was real, and 5 of them believed that if you concentrated hard enough you could move something with your mind. Kind of a weird world to live in as your brain is developing.

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Costume Armor

I tried to cobble together all the reference material and information I had on making costume armor into a Squidoo lens. I guess we'll see how that works out.


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Monday, February 12, 2007

Moon Cosplay

Negotiated a good deal with a cosplay manufacturer, and added a selection of costumes for Bleach, Naruto, Sailor Moon, Chobits, Full Metal Alchemist and several more. I'm also putting together another deal in 2 weeks to double the line. Although I'm an anime fan, I've never thought much about cosplay. My wife really gave me the idea. The quality of these costumes are far superior to most of the prepackaged stuff we sell (they're a bit more expensive too).

Costumes are taking over my consciousness since I've started this business. I look at what people wear with more interest. I actually said "nice hat" to a perfect stranger. I never noticed people's hats before.

I'm trying out a press release service on this one. We'll see how it goes. I just broke even last week after all the crazy losses from trying to do Halloween last year and messing up.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Google Costumes

The new site I'm working on is Moon Costumes. It's a halloween costumes website with a pretty large selection.
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New Linux Logo?

The hard part was converting the CD's full of images i got from the manufacturer.

I used ImageMagick to convert broken images from jpeg to png and back again, and it's apparently lossless and fixes errors in the jpeg that prevent them from being seen in IE. Also used jpegtran to make the images smaller.

It uses Google Checkout as the payment system and SMX as the UI-building language, and PERL as the backend/business-logic language. Postgres for the DB.

So far Google Checkout has proven to be exceedingly complicated and very short on basic features common to most payment systems. Here's some PERL code that was very hard to come by and works great.

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