Mike Ryan

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  1. I'm guessing you are currently studying the origin of the universe (i.e. Big Bang)? (I jest, I jest!)
  2. Rant: I absolutely hate that children are taught this in school. No, Christopher Columbus did not prove the Earth was round. I can go into great lengths about this, but I'll keep it short: early biographies of Christopher Columbus brought this myth into play because they wanted it to seem like Christians of the Middle Ages were just so stupid living in mud. We've known the Earth was round way before The Bible tells us Jesus came to this Earth. Eratosthenes, a Greek philosopher, was even able to measure the circumference of the Earth within a 5% margin of error in 280 B.C.E.! Please, I beg you to read instead of taking for granted what you've been told throughout your life. The truth is out there: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_the_Flat_Earth Edit: How did I end up in the Evolution thread? Oh well, life goes on.
  3. I'm sorry, are you talking to me? I'm certainly not claiming *shels to be a groundbreaking band on the bleeding edge of progressive music. They exist in a genre pioneered in the late 90s to early 2000s. I can provide you with some very progressive music, but typically it has not been meant with a warm reception here on the forums (for obvious reasons). For instance, take this Kayo Dot song, one of my favorites: Edit: lyrics are important to the song: http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858892214/
  4. Excellent song selection, Pyro. I've been stuck on this post metal gem recently: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKiXGXpxZYI
  5. This happens every once in a while (rather infrequently, actually). I'm clearly getting an out of memory error, but in this case and cases like it I have around 45-60% of my total system memory available (12gb, 2x4 in one channel, 2x2 in another). Every time it occurs, I run a memtest and find no issues. For what it's worth, I have disabled the Windows Pagefile (running on limited space with two 64gb SSDs in a raid0 array). This issue occurred on Windows 7 and now Windows 8, both were clean installs (as in, Windows 8 did not upgrade Windows 7) For this particular crash, Paint.NET was using a reported 914.6 MB of memory, with 46% of my total memory free. Here's a link to the crashlog: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2987/pdncrash.log
  6. Designing and developing for WordPress is basically how I makeup for the monetary gap between scholarships/grants and the actual cost of tuition/housing/food Sure thing. For what it's worth, I personally use http://www.gandi.net and http://www.ixwebhosting.com
  7. To counter Rick's argument, managing your own WordPress install really isn't that bad at all, and it can be really cheap! If you want to commit specifically to WordPress, there are a lot of great hosts that provide WordPress only services with more freedoms than, say, WordPress.com. Kahuna and WP Engine are some respectable hosts that immediately come to mind. As for 'hack of month' type situations, they are pretty rare for WordPress. While they do exist, it's also incredibly easy to push updates to your site in about a minute over your phone. I manage around 15 different sites all powered on WordPress. Some of them are on basic shared hosting, some are on a VPS I rent, and some are on a hybrid solution of VPN/shared. I have more than enough hosting room, so if you want to, you are more than free to send me a PM and we could surely work something out that's probably going to be more affordable than the aforementioned services.
  8. As a Colorado native, I can confirm this. Looking forward to visiting for a few weeks this Christmas. Rant time: Long term clients should be banned from creating 'emergency projects' if they directly conflict with school work.
  9. It was excellent. They mostly played material from their new album, and while it is a good album I think I'd have liked to hear some more of their older material. They are way heavier live, which was a pleasant surprise to me. Also, they played this previously unreleased track which is absolutely excellent:
  10. The genre you are looking for is Post Rock. If you like this, you should check into other bands. Some of the greats in the genre include the Red Sparowes (intentional spelling), A Silver Mt. Zion, Sigur Ros, and the kings of the genre: Godspeed You! Black Emperor (of whom I recently got to see live). There's also post metal, but I don't know how heavy you like your music.
  11. That sounds extremely unpleasant. I am sorry you were the one to break the news to them. Death certainly puts life into perspective. That being said, it wasn't right of you to try and trivialize AGJM's bullying incident. Just because you had to go through something very difficult doesn't mean AGJM isn't allowed to vent about his own personal frustrations.
  12. As long as the computer is running full Windows 8 (as in, not Windows RT) you won't experience any issues running paint.net.
  13. Currently, Paint.NET handles the forward and back buttons on a mouse as just that: forward and back buttons. This means they currently have some level of functionality in Paint.NET (such as filling the canvas with the secondary color when using the Paint Bucket), but they mostly go unused. What I would like is for them to be mapped to something a bit more useful, to potentially benefit those who have mice with these buttons on them. For instance, Notepad++ and other applications let you switch between open tabs in the application. If this were the model, the buttons on the mouse would let you cycle through the open images in Paint.NET. Web browsers use these buttons to move forwards and backwards in history for a tab. Using this model, the two buttons would be mapped to undo and redo. Either of these would be really great.
  14. I just launched a Magic: the Gathering webapp! I know there aren't very many MTG players on these forums, but I'm pretty proud of it: http://www.spoilerseason.com Designed in Paint.NET, the web app is pretty simple: new Magic: the Gathering cards come out in 'sets'. Typically, there are four sets every year (one core, three as part of a thematic block). Since there is a lot of interest surrounding Magic: the Gathering and the tournament environment, players love looking at the new cards before they are released. The problem was, before Spoiler Season, the spoilers would be EVERYWHERE with no one good place to look through them all. Wizards of the Coast does maintain a spoiler, but that only contains officially spoiled cards (what's the fun in that?). So, Spoiler Season aggregates spoilers for the upcoming set in a visual manner. Even better, you can sort through the cards in real time by a number of criteria that would matter most to an MTG player, such as color, type, and rarity. Initial impressions from Reddit and elsewhere have been positive and I'm starting to see a small userbase grow (around 200 daily unique visitors).
  15. I've figured it out. If I open a Metro-style app on one screen (this is a multi-monitor setup) and use Paint.NET on the other, then Windows Explorer starts crashing.