Halo and Icons

Halo coming to mac. I got a bit bored when I played this on Xbox, i didn’t really know what I was doing and got my ass kicked in multiplayer or something. I don’t game all that much, but sometimes it’s nice to have another major release game around to play.

Terminal command of the day:

sips –addIcon imagefile(s)

The scriptable image processing system allows you play around with images, this switch will use the image to create an icon for it. Useful for browsing photo archives.

Fun with words

If you’ve got a mac, you can make your terminal speak to you. You can even make it speak text files to you. And send the words into an audio file for safe keeping. It all comes courtesy of the ‘say’ command.

say “I am the terminal, I hate you.”
say -o filename.aiff “I am the terminal, I hate you”
say -o filename.aiff -f tobespoken.txt

The first one will make it say something, the second one will output it to an .aiff file and the last one will speak the textfile into the .aiff file. There’s a -v switch to change the voice, you can also just make it speak text files. It could be useful in conjunction with an iPod. You can even convert your .aiff files to .mp3 (or acc) by using the advanced menu in iTunes (example).

Eminem’s past

Looks like the past is coming back to haunt Eminem, people have produced a recording off a song with racist statements towards black women: “Never date a black girl because blacks only want your money, black girls and white girls just don’t mix because black girls are dumb and white girls are good chicks”.

He says it was something stupid he did after he had just broken up with his girlfriend at the time. The main reason I’m bringing this up is this quote from the article, “These are racist remarks by someone who has the ability to influence millions of minds.” I think accusing Eminem of racism is nigh on stupid, look at most of his collaborators and mentors. The first thing that popped into my mind though was the millions of minds thing. And then Strom Thurmond, celebrated US politician, with the power to influence millions of minds. Who stayed in US politics for decades despite having a track record for extreme racism (including running as a third party presidential candidate whose platform was essentially, don’t give black people any rights).