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Hard linking videos to save space in your iMovie library

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After an initial adjustment period, I’ve come to quite enjoy the new iMovie (2013). While it initially appears to be oversimplified, it actually still has most of the editing and organizational features that were available in older versions of iMovie, and it moves to a Final Cut Pro X based backend that is much faster and more powerful. In fact, it’s pretty clear that the new iMovie is just a reskinned, limited version of Final Cut Pro X. The best part about this is that many operations that used to block and make you wait in older iMovies are now done asynchronously, allowing you to keep working while clips import, movies render, or stabilization is analyzed. This is a huge win even for the small, simple videos that I put together of scuba diving or flying my quadcopter. One thing about the new iMovie that I strongly dislike is that... read more

Casting the Apple of Eden from bronze

Early in August, my wife, Eva Funderburgh texted me from her bronze casting class: Hey! I’m one of only two people in the class. I get as many investments as I want. Can you come... read more

Maruku is obsolete

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A few weeks ago I finally released Maruku 0.7.0 after a short beta that revealed no serious issues. This was the first release in four years of the venerable Ruby Markdown library. I inherited Maruku... read more

Redesigning evafunderburgh.com

My wife Eva Funderburgh (Hollis) is a professional artist, and has been making sculptures full-time since we both moved to Seattle in 2005. I don’t have much talent for clay, so my main contribution is... read more

Maruku 0.7.0.beta1 released

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I’ve just pushed Maruku 0.7.0.beta1 to RubyGems.org. This is the first real release of Maruku in over 4 years. I released version 0.6.1 exactly one year ago, but that included only a single fix on... read more

Middleman 3.0

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For the last 8 months or so, I’ve been contributing to Thomas Reynolds‘ open source project Middleman. Middleman is a Ruby framework for building static websites using all the nice tools (Haml, Sass, Compass, CoffeeScript,... read more

Securely and conveniently managing passwords

Good password security habits are more important than ever, but it can be hard to take the common advice about using complex, unique passwords when they’re so inconvenient to manage. This article explains why password... read more