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Papercraft Chicago

paper chicago

People with an interest in architecture, crafts, glue and a little spare time may want to head over to this website buildyourownchicago.com. They sell postcards of Chicago’s architecture and historic landmarks that are meant to be cut up, folded and glued. Now you can finally build your own tiny paper Chicago and stomp around Wrigley Field just like godzilla would.

The site has postcards to order, instructions and tips for the best finished models and even hints on how to add extra details like N-scale wheels to the paper elevated train cars. Fun stuff.

Update: Autompeg4 is now MpegALot

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The software I described in the tutorial I wrote up not too long ago has been updated by the author.

From Jacob Klint:

I am the author of the autompeg4 program, and I ran across this guide recently. I’m happy to see others are getting use out of the program!

I wanted to let you know that I just released a brand-new version of autompeg4. It has been totally revamped – it now has a nice GUI, a new name (”MpegALot”), much improved multithreaded batch encoding features, and so on. It still retains a command-line mode though for automated batch encodes as you describe here (although the settings file format has changed so old settings files will not work, sorry for the inconvenience!)

You can download the new program here:
http://webfiles.uci.edu/jklint/work/MpegALot10.zip

Looks like he has really put a lot of thought an effort into making this an all in one solution, plus it looks like he has included all of the supplementary downloads in his zip file so it can be a one-stop open source solution. Nice. Check out the description here.

For those interested in the automated solution, another piece of software highlighted on lifehacker a couple times is ipodifier, which basically runs in the background, monitoring folders for new videos. When they show up, it automatically converts and syncs them with itunes. Check out the write-up here.

Download, convert & sync videos to your iPod – without touching your computer

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I think the title says it all, but in case you hate titles and skip right to the meat of these posts; this write-up is going to walk you through getting videos from the internets automatically (for those without a DVR that lets you keep your vids), convert them to an ipod compatible file (automatically), then add the new video files to iTunes (again automatically) to sync with your ipod the next time you plug it in.

Once you have this set up and running, the only thing you have to do is plug in your ipod and it will sync your new videos. It’s like the “set it and forget it” for ipod videos.

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