Resize problem

Posted on April 24, 2008 by Steve

I downloaded an image having size 1920x1440 that I wanted to use as a desktop. My screen resolution is 1680x1050. To get the aspect ratio right (1.6:1), I cropped the original to 1920x1200 using MS Paint. I then wanted to shrink the image down to fit my desktop, but the resize tool would accept only whole numbers, and I needed to use a factor of 87.5%. I couldn't abide strips on the sides if the result was too small, or the thought that some image would be cut off the edges, or, worst of all, distortion in the image due to a crummy stretch-to-fit.

Some distortion is inevitable in a resize, so I resolved to get my target image size with the minimum number of resizes. How did I do it?

The National

Posted on April 17, 2008 by Steve

They've been on Letterman and may be more high-profile than the usual groups that appear in this space, but without listening to FM anymore I can't be sure. Here are two nice samples:

Slow Show
Mansion On The Hill

Run, by Gnarls Barkley, sounds like the soundtrack to a summer action movie.

Young Love by Mystery Jets: rather infectious '80s ear candy.

Hallelujah by Keren Ann, a restful slow piece.