Chapter seven of the shop manual

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“As he stared at her ample bosom, he daydreamed of the dual Stromberg carburettors in his vintage Triumph Spitfire, highly functional yet pleasingly formed, perched prominently on top of the intake manifold, aching for experienced hands, the small knurled caps of the oil dampeners begging to be inspected and adjusted as described in chapter seven of the shop manual”

ABC coverage of the bad writing contest from San Jose University.

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Seriously pissed someone off?

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When choosing an armoured vehicle, it’s important to keep in mind how badly someone wants you dead. This will affect your purchase. If your assassin is an amateur — perhaps some punk with a .38, which fires a 158-grain, round-nose lead bullet at a velocity of 850 feet per second — you’ll probably be just fine in an aftermarket armored sedan or the one offered by Cadillac. In fact, even if your enemy comes at you with a .357 Magnum — a serious weapon capable of spitting metal-ripping charges at up to 1,395 feet per second — you’ll probably escape without a scratch in one of those sedans. But if someone really wants to kill you, you’d better be riding in the 2005 Lincoln Town Car Ballistic Protection Series. The BPS is a rifle-grade armored vehicle, meaning that it can withstand an attack by professional killers wielding 7.62-mm high-powered rifles or even 5.56-mm high-velocity assault rifles, which fire armor-piercing rounds at more than 3,000 feet per second and can take out targets from half a mile away. Oh, the BPS can also deflect shrapnel from roadside bombs, in case you’ve angered someone with a background in demolitions.

If you’ve pissed someone off in the office, it might be a good idea to read the rest of the article. Simon’s verging on needing one of these.

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Converting a bunch of TIFF images to a PDF using ImageMagick

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I just got this question in email, and thought I should answer it publically to help other people who might be wondering:

    I used following commands to convert
    
    D:\>convert -adjoin scanImage_1.tif -adjoin scanImage_2.tif -adjoin scanImage_3.tif three.pdf
    
    This didn't work.
    
    And I use
    
    D:\ >convert -adjoin scanImage_1.tif -adjoin scanImage_2.tif -adjoin scanImage_3.tif three.tif
    
    And convert three.tif three.pdf
    
    Did not work.
    
    Then I use
    
    D:\ >convert three.tif three.pdf
    
    Did not work
    
    How do I create single pdf  file?
    

As far as ImageMagick is concerned, a PDF file is simply a format capable of storing more than one image in a file. TIFF files are another example, as are animations. Therefore, to turn multiple TIFF files into a single PDF, you just need a command line like this:

    convert scanImage_1.tif scanImage_2.tif scanImage_3.tif three.pdf
    

Too easy. Obligatory advertising: you can find out more about this in chapter three of my upcoming ImageMagick book, which is slated to be released around Christmas.

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JJJ’s hack

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You can get the Triple J Hack podcast from iTunes or the Triple J website. I’ve just finished listening to the episode about young people with brain injuries. Did you know that there are over 6,000 young people living in old age nursing homes because our various governments can’t work out what to do with them? That’s pathetic.

For more information, checkout the young people trapped in nursing homes site.

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ImageMagick book – Chapter 1: Installation and Configuration

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I want to talk about the chapter I’m currently writing, but in order to do that in a way which makes sense, I really need to mention the chapters which are already written. Well, it makes sense to me at least, and this is my site, so I guess I get to do that if I want.

Chapter 1 of the book covers installation and configuration of ImageMagick on a variety of platforms including various Linux distributions, FreeBSD, and Windows. I didn’t cover MacOS, as I figured that most people who care will know how to use Fink, and I don’t have access to a Macintosh to write anything on.

I’ll write a summary of the other chapters I’ve already finished writing soon.

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On my site layout

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Steven, you’re completely off track. I’m not asking what you think of the layout of my site. I really don’t care. I was more asking if anyone had thoughts about the potential proliferation of blog tagging services. There is no CSS involved with the tag painting, so I’m not sure what he’s referring to there.

[btags:]

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