Welcome to my blog. There are
Blog's," but I guess this is the only real one, given it's at halblog.com, right? It's just my
corner of the web where I can put up my comments in my blog, get
comments back from friends (or whoever stumbles on this site) and where
I can post photos I take or images I create while I'm learning 3D
animation. I'm not here to make the best or biggest site, just
one I can use to communicate with friends. I have a number of
wide ranging topics on my blog, from learning 3D animation to learning
to repair a classic Mercedes convertible. I'm also interested in
open source software. This is not a place where I want to bore
you with as much drivel as possible about every mundane detail of my
life or "revenge stories" about the latest person to irritate me.
It's a place where I can share what I think is worth sharing.
Oh, while I have halblog.com as my
domain, due to technical issues and the fact that I'd rather spend my
time writing or ballroom dancing, the blog is now hosted by
Wordpress. That way I can write and not deal with upgrades and
So, if you're interested, here's
FOSS, or Free/Open Source Software, is software that is developed
openly so anyone who has a copy of it can make changes to it.
Often a programmer will make changes to a FOSS program and send
the improvements back to the author so the new changes can be included
for everyone to use.
The other benefit, at least with the FOSS programs I write, is that
they are free to download. All my open source programs that are
on this site are free to download and use. That means you can
download them and use them for free. If you're a programmer, you
can download the source code and make your own changes.
While the software is free, I would deeply appreciate hearing from
those who download and use my software. I'm not going to pester
those who email me about the software, but after the work it takes to
write a program, it's nice to hear from people who find it useful or
Old Time Radio Downloader:
There are at least ten thousand (maybe tens of thousands) old time
radio, or OTR, radio shows on the Internet
Archive. This includes episodes of great OTR shows like The
Shadow, X Minus 1, George Burns and Gracie Allen, The
Show, You are There, and even historic
broadcasts like the original "Panic Broadcast" of War of the Worlds
that made thousands think Earth was being invaded by Martians.
While these shows can be downloaded with any web browser, I've
written the Old Time
that makes it easy to download these shows in MP3,
Ogg Vorbis, or flac files.
HD Radio Controller: This is
more for the technically oriented, since it's mainly just a library of
routines for C++ programmers, but this will allow control of some HD
and satellite radios from Linux through the serial port. I've
provided the code to a Linux distro, LinuxICE,
create an interface for it so it can be used as part of a
carputer to let the carputer control the radio. There's also a
simple command line program included for testing that can be used to
control a HD radio from the command line. I don't have any
compiled binaries included, just the source
Debian Squeeze on Soekris:
Soekris makes handy small computers that work well for embedded
applications (in other words, there's no place for a keyboard or a
monitor on a Soekris computer). If you want an easy way to put Debian
Squeeze on a Soekris box, check this out.
A lot of the photos are
taken with my sister's digital camera. I'm used to a 35mm SLR I
inherited from my brother, so I have not gotten used to "features" like
auto-focus. Silly me. I thought auto-focus would mean it
would focus on the main object in the picture. That doesn't mean
everything is out of focus, but it's interesting to see what the camera
focused on in some shots.
pictures of my first dance competition, in Raleigh, NC (8/9/2008)
pictures of my second dance competition, in Greensboro, NC (11/08/2008)
pictures of the first River City Ballroom Dance Competition (5/30/2009)
pictures of the Second Annual River City Ballroom Dance Competition
pictures of Tango in the Garden at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
here for pictures of the
Third Annual River City Ballroom Dance Competition (3/19/2011)
here for pictures of the
Fourth Annual River City Ballroom Dance Competition (3/17/2012)
here for pictures
of Hal's latest toy (a 1985 Mercedes 380SL).
pictures of the same 1985 Mercedes 380SL after the bulk of the
restoration has been done. (Includes a few pictures of some
nearby monuments at Hollywood Cemetary, where the pictures were taken.)
Click here for
pictures of snow in spring, with lacy snow on flowers, ferns, and