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Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Red Color Issue

Today I tested stream via OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) on Linux and ran into two issues. I accidentally solved one of the issues, so I posted this and hope this could help some of you who might have the same issue.

The image below shows one of the issues from the video I captured.

In FTL (Faster Than Light), the spaceships should have orange color, but in the video they were all blue. I searched the Internet could not find a solution.

The solution: I checked “Swap red and blue”, clicked “OK”, and hoped the problem could go away. However, it did NOT seem to work. Because it didn’t work, I changed the setting back. Then, the problem went away, and the color is now normal.

I hope this post could help someone/somewhere/somehow. :)

World’s highest swing

It is the world highest swing.  I know human is not designed to fly, so it may look quite scary, or absolutely frightened to those who have acrophobia, fear of heights or irrational panic attack triggered by heights.  However, I don’t have acrophobia and really want to try the swing out myself.  It is always exciting to me to look down from a high place. XD

The swing is set on a 700ft high viewing platform on the tower in Harbin city, Heilongjiang province.
Participants sit on the steel seat and swing out over the city, beyond the edge of the platform.
The swing is called "Game for brave people", reports Harbin Daily.
The tower is the world’s second-highest steel tower, after the Kiev tower in Ukraine.

Source: Ananova – World’s highest swing

Question: Would you dare (or dare not) to try it if you had a chance?

A Brave Cat named Jack

On June 4, a black bear wandered into a West Milford, New Jersey, back yard, was confronted by a 15-pound (7-kilogram) tabby cat.  The result: The black bear fled and was forced up to a tree, twice.  Jack’s owner, Donna Dicker, said that Jack always kept a close watch on his territory and would chase away any intruder.  "We used to joke, ‘Jack’s on duty’, never knowing he’d go after a bear," Donna Dickey told local newspaper The Star-Ledger.  "He doesn’t want anybody in his yard," she added. The bear was first spotted in the tree by neighbors who thought the 15lb (7kg) cat was just looking up at it.  They then realized the bear was afraid of the cat.  After some 15 minutes, the bear descended, but was chased up another tree.  Finally, Jack’s owner called the cat inside, and the timorous trespasser disappeared back into the woods.

News sources: BBC, ABC, NGM

What did Jack’s owner feed him? XD
Just wondering …


FW: Introducing Windows Live Writer

I think lately many people encounter problems and difficulties accessing their own MSN Spaces and so writing blogs (now called MS Live Spaces).  There is no doubt that MSN Spaces still needs many improvements.  However, I recently learn that there are ways to make blogging at MSN Spaces easiler (or less painful if you prefer).  As some may notice that I took out the music because based my experience having music playing (especially running Windows Media Player in the IE) will greatly increase both the time to load the page and the instability of the IE, which often leads to IE crashes.  Anyway, I will go over other options next time, but for now …

Here is one of options:


Introducing Windows Live Writer

Welcome to the Windows Live Writer team blog! We are excited to announce that the Beta version of Windows Live Writer is available for download today.

Windows Live Writer is a desktop application that makes it easier to compose compelling blog posts using Windows Live Spaces or your current blog service. 

Blogging has turned the web into a two-way communications medium. Our goal in creating Writer is to help make blogging more powerful, intuitive, and fun for everyone.

Writer has lots of features which we hope make for a better blogging experience. Some of the ones we are most excited about include:

WYSIWYG Authoring

The first thing to notice about Writer is that it enables true WYSIWYG blog authoring. You can now author your post and know exactly what it will look like before you publish it. Writer knows the styles of your blog such as headings, fonts, colors, background images, paragraph spacing, margins and block quotes and enables you to edit your post using these styles. 

Writer also includes other views including HTML source-code editing and web preview mode.

Now you don’t have to waste time going through the process of publishing, refreshing, previewing, and tweaking your post to get it looking the way you want. It’s all right there in Writer as you create your post.

Photo Publishing

Writer makes inserting, customizing, and uploading photos to your blog a snap. You can insert a photo into your post by browsing image thumbnails through the “Insert Picture” dialog or by copying and pasting from a web page.

Once you’ve inserted the picture, Writer provides contextual editing tools to modify size, text wrapping, borders, and apply graphic effects. Writer also allows you specify a smaller thumbnail to that will link to a larger image for detailed viewing.

Photos can be either uploaded directly to your weblog provider (if they support the newMediaObject API) or to an FTP server.

Map Publishing

Whether you are blogging about a vacation or a political conflict, maps are a great help in engaging the imagination of your readers. You can do this using Writer’s ability to insert a Windows Live Local map directly into a post.

Even better is that the map can be customized directly within Writer – including changing the view to show road, aerial or bird’s eye detail and by adding pushpins (including custom links and/or photos for each pushpin).

When readers click on the map they get a larger view on the Windows Live Local site.

Writer SDK

Already thinking of other cool stuff you want to insert into your blog? Good!

The Windows Live Writer SDK allows developers to extend the capabilities of Writer to publish additional content types. Examples of content types that can be added include:

  1. Images from online photo publishing sites
  2. Embedded video or audio players
  3. Product thumbnails and/or links from e-commerce sites
  4. Tags from tagging services

We can’t wait to see all the things people cook up with the SDK!  


Writer is a great client for Windows Live Spaces but also works with other weblogs including Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress (and many others).

Writer supports RSD (Really Simple Discoverability), the Metaweblog API, and the Movable Type API.

We want Writer to work well with every blogging service out there. If you can’t get Writer to work with your blog, we want to know.

Stay Tuned

We will continue to post updates and other information on the product to this Space in the coming weeks. Please subscribe to our RSS feed or visit again soon to get the most current information on Windows Live Writer.

J.J. Allaire,
Windows Live Writer

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OMG! At the Boundary of … and …

(Sigh!!  How can I begin?)

Last weekend, as I took a stand on the scale, something (I mean the number) shook me.  That is, I am at the edge or boundary between healthy and overweighted, which is commonly referred as being FAT.  The number topped 160 lb and was shockingly displayed at 162 lb.  My weight had never been over 160 lb in my life, and it was my first time to see a such "big" number.  Self-justification: In the past 2-3 weeks, I paied little attention on my weight due to certain situations in which I did not have chance to carefully monitor my own weight, and as the result, I am about to enter a "territory", where I have never been — being fat.  The number was very shocking to me because I would never let myself go this far (being over 160 lb) if I knew I was near 160 lb.

So here is what I decide to lose — at least 10 lb.  I want to scale my weight back down to between 150 – 155 lb, and never ever again go over 160 lb.  Of course, it is the best if I can stay around 150 lb as I had used to be.  In fact, at this moment I have already lost 2 lb, so my current weight is at 160 lb, but there is still more "ground" to cover.

Be healthy and stay thin

Finally! A Heat Wave Break!

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingIt was hot; it was hot; it was HOT!

In the past 12 days, the highest temperature of each day had been over 100 degree F (38-39C), which is a record of 12 straight days of triple digit.  The temperature on the hottest day in these 12 days was 111 F (~ 44 C).  Even though it is not the hottest on the record, (which is 112F or ~44.5C), I can tell you that it is still very, very, very hot.  Finally, today we have a break.  The temperature only reached 98F (or 36.7C), and it is still hot, but not flaming hot.

As many of you may know that recently there were heat waves in various parts of the world, which caused power outage and heat related death.  However, thankfully my area (my house) did not have power outage, or I would be cooked by now.  Yeah, it is still sad that this heat wave in California caused around 90 heat related deaths (human), and hundreds of cows and chickens also died because of that.  Thus, if there is heat wave in the place you live, please remember to drive water frequently and do what you can to keep yourself cool to reduce/prevent heat related illness or death.

After almost two weeks of triple digit, I am extremely happy that a long break has finally arrived not for me only, but also for those who are vulnerable.  For I think that if we don’t have a break, hospitals will be flooded with people with heat related illness and deaths.  It will eventually become a state of emergency.  Nevertheless, the good news is that there is no triple digit in the foreseeable future (one week).


PS: For those living in Arizona (desert people), please forgive me. I know you probably have triple digit every single day.

A Review of Last Week

In the beginning of last week, I was in an extremely good mood.  However, one of my hard drive seemed to have some unknown problems and probably would die soon, so I brought an external hard drive to be my storage drive so that I could retire that problematic hard drive.  Then, something went wrong with my computer as I installed WinXP, and I didn’t know why I was unable to reinstall WinXP, which should be a piece of cake.  I had done it numerous times.  I tried to install it many times, but the computer would either crashed in the middle of the installing process or crashed on the first startup after installing.  Afterward, something even stranger happened.  The CD, WinXP CD, that I used to bootup the system (so that I could install my operation system) misidentified my hard drives. This caused me to delete the partitions and realized later that I had deleted the wrong partitions.  Luckily, I am able to recover about 50% of data and am still trying to recover data on my external drive.

Moreover, last week I was sick for two days.  In those two days, I ate mostly fruit only, and I felt my head was going to explore.  Maybe I spent all the time thinking how to fix my computer problem, yet I was stiling thinking about the same thing, just in less frequency.  At last, you know the computer is back to operational state, of course.

Also last week, I had a strange dream in one morning.  I dreamed that I was doing a marine research along a beach, and because we did not have enough data, I had to dive to collect some more samples.  When I walked to the beach, I found the sand was beautiful in golden, yellow, but the water was murky — dim and somewhat dirty.  No one was there playing, but I alone.  Then, I jumped into the ocean and began to survey the bottom of the sea.  At first, all I could see are a few sea shields scattered randomly on the sandy bottom.   Soon afterward, not far away from the seashore, I found a deep ocean cliff. It is so deep that all I could see was black bottom as the sunlight was swallowed by the deep.  I said to myself, "This is the reason that we did not get enough data sample.  I got to let them know about it."  However, I began to sink faster and faster as if I was sucking downward.  I was trying hard to get to the surface, for I feared that I might be suffocated.  A small voice in my head told me, "It is the deep of sleepness."  Then, I was still trying to get to the surface because by then I knew that I would be awake.  Slowly I was surfacing the water, but strangely, the speed that I was moving forward was still the same as I was sucking into the deep.  Therefore, I was like a speedboat going up and down on the surface of water with the great speed.  Finally, after a while I took off into air and woke up. Yet even when I was awake (I knew I was awake), I could not open my eyelids as if they were glued together.


BBQ without having to worry about cancer-causing chemicals

Normally I don’t visit Yahoo because of my personal reference, but yesterday I went there and came across this guide to healthy grill — how you can be careful, make wise choices, and enjoy your summer barbeques without having to worry about cancer-causing chemicals in your food. I think you probably want to take note, if you plan to barbecue today as many Americans do on the 4th of July and care about the negative health effects of barbecute. :D
Source: Yahoo Health News.

Cancer-causing Chemicals:
High-heat grilling can convert proteins in red meat, pork, poultry and fish into heterocyclic amines (HCAs), which have been linked to a number of cancers. Another potential cancer-causing chemical called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is found in the smoke created when fat and juices drip on hot coals or rocks in a barbeque. The smoke can deposit the PAHs on the surface of the meat.

Safe Grilling Tips:

  • Select lean cuts of meat. Trim all excess fat and remove skin.
  • When using marinades, choose thinner ones. Thicker marinades tend to char, possibly increasing exposure to carcinogenic compounds. Use marinades that contain vinegar and/or lemon.
  • Partially cook meat in the microwave before you put in on the grill. This will reduce the time needed to cook the meat on the grill. Making sure meat is thawed will also reduce cooking time on the grill.
  • Discard juices before you grill. This will reduce flare ups.
  • Flip burgers often – once every minute.
  • Place food six inches from heat source.
  • Create a barrier — such as a sheet of aluminum foil with holes poked in it — to prevent meat juices from spilling onto hot coals and producing harmful smoke.
  • Smaller cuts of meat, such as kabobs, take less time to cook.
  • Grill vegetables. They don’t contain the protein that forms HCAs.

Visit FAD’s website for other useful outdoor eating food safety tips:

It Has Been a Long Time

Oh well, … How can I begin?

Well, as some of you might have known that I was busy helping my parents to remodel their house so that they could begin to open house for potential buyers to look at the house.  And, there were some days that I had to stay until the morning.  Thus, I barely had time to even think about what to write at my MSN Space.  Then, last Firday the electricity went off many hours during the daytime, which was the hottest period.  When it came back again, the phone failed to come back and so the Internet connection.  Ever since that day, my computer seemed to behave strangely.  I do have an UPS, but the UPS ran out of electricity, so the computer was not properly shutted down.  This resulted that one of my hard drives was about to die. Thus, I used a small program to scan the hard drive in hoping that I might be able to recover the hard drive and the date in it.  However, it has been over 36 hours, and the program is still scanning.  Finally today, a guy came over and fxed the phoneline, and it is why I can now write this blog.

Sorry about this blog — informal, unedited, and unformatted, which should never happen, but right now I am using a computer that does not allow me to edit using HTML.  Hence, if you see many typos, yes, I did not use spell check or anything because there is nothing but the operation system installed on my current computer.

Nevertheless, there is some good news, one of which is that we finally had the house open for sell.  On last Sunday, many people actually showed up to check out the house, and they all liked it (even though no one offered anything).  There are still some minor works to make the house perfect, but thanks God for that there won’t be any majoy remodelling work anymore.  All I can say about the period of time without the Internet connection is that it is like forever. :D


P.S. I host my own music file, so one way to tell that my computer is offline is when the music stops playing. Now you know. ;)

Yesterday and Today

Yesterday I was searching a piece of paper in a box, which was full of paper, letters, notes, short writing (speaking of finding a niddle in a hay stack).  I searched thoroughly once and twice, and the piece of paper that I was looking for was still nowhere to be found.  Then I had to group the box of paper in hoping to find it.  As I was grouping, I began to scan throught some of personal letters from people and friends in the past — their feelings, their thoughts on life, and events in their lives — so many memories that seemed to be hidden and nearly forgotten, yet recorded on papers.  Many of them are have been dear to me, and I still miss them.  In addition, there were a number of short writings, journals, poems, and even prays that I wrote/rocorded in the period of many years.  It was like looking at my life under microscope to carefully examinate the "I", KKai, at the given moments and time.  In fact, I was both impressed and unsatisfied concerning myself.

Today I think it will be appropriate to write to some of the people whom I still care deeply and have not contacted for many years asking them if they are well (and alive) and tell them that here is my new address by which they can once again get hold of me.  Moreover, when I think about my past writings, I am surprised by the "I" in the past and know that at each given moment I am always unable to imagine the "I" whom I may become in the future.  That is how limited and narrow minded I am.  However, the current "I" is always building upon the past KKai(s), no matter how immature he or they (if you talk about all KKai’s in different time and space) might be.

The KKai yesterday and today.
PS: I think soon I will start one Chinese blog to share some of my ideas, poems in the past and of course the future.

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