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18. Testing and Debugging

Slice ePub May 28, 2014

Testing your animation is a lot like filing your income taxes. Both can be tedious, time-consuming, and frustratingbut they've got to be done. Even if your animation is short, straightforward, and you've whipped out 700 exactly like it over the past 2 years, you still need to test it before you release it into the world. Why? Murphy's Law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Choosing a motion tween when you meant to choose a shape tween, adding content to a frame instead of a keyframe, tying actions to the wrong frame or object, or mistyping an ActionScript keyword are just a few of the ways a slip of your fingers can translate into a broken animation. And it's far better that you find out about these problems before your audience sees your handiwork rather than after.

Throughout this book, you've seen examples of testing an animation using the Control Test Movie option (for example, Figure18-5). This chapter expands on that simple test option, plus it shows you how to test animation playback at a variety of connection speeds. And if you've added ActionScript to your animation, this chapter shows you how to unsnarl uncooperative ActionScript code using Flash's debugging tools.

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Slice PDF May 14, 2014

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Charles City County

Slice ePub May 23, 2014

Plantation-Hopping in the Land of Tobacco

Everyone knows about the grandeur of the South's great plantation houses. Not many realize, however, that in one small corner of Virginia, you can not only visit a half-dozen such houses, but you can also stay in two. And the area has more to offer. Follow Route 5 - which runs between Richmond and Williamsburg - along the banks of the river that hosted the first American settlers.

The men who arrived here early in the 17th century were adventurers and loyal to their homeland; hence the names given to the river (the James) and the area (Virginia, for the virgin queen). Life here was not easy. The ravages of disease and the threat from Indians delayed the establishment of a permanent colony. Once tobacco was found to be a profitable crop, plantations were established. These boasted beautiful homes staffed by slaves. Many of these survive today, offering an intriguing glimpse into America's past.

Almost halfway between Richmond and Williamsburg you will find one of the most unusual and delightful bed and breakfasts anywhere. Edgewood Plantation,(804) 829-2962, (800) 296-3343 or, is at 4800 John Tyler Memorial Highway (Route 5). The Gothic-style home was built in 1849 for Spencer Rowland, who had recently moved here from New Jersey. It was actually constructed on land that was originally part of Berkeley Plantation, just across the road. Much of the area's folklore centers around Edgewood's role in the Civil War. The third floor was used as a Confederate lookout; here, rebels spied on Union troops that were stationed at Berkeley. The ancient gristmill ground corn for both armies. Legend has it that Jeb Stuart once stopped here for a coffee break en route to Richmond; he carried information for Robert E. Lee regarding the strength of the Union forces. There is a sad story associated with Edgewood, too. Rowland's daughter Lizzie died of a broken heart when her lover failed to return from the war. Her name is inscribed on one of the bedroom windows, but you may see a more ephemeral presence. Don't worry; by all reports, she is a friendly ghost!

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Part 5: Journey’s End

Slice PDF May 18, 2014



s noted in earlier volumes of this series, Bourke held many prejudices. He was contemptuous of blacks, and his comments on Jews sound chillingly like the dire predictions of

Joseph Goebbels in the twentieth century.1 In short, despite his

Irish heritage and Roman Catholicism, he was typical of mainstream white, Anglo-Saxon prejudices of his era. Some of his greatest vitriol was reserved for the Mormons. During a stopover in Salt Lake City in 1875, he went so far as to call Brigham Young’s wives “harlots” and “concubines,” and to question Young’s own faith. Believing that Mormonism could only exist in isolation and ignorance, he predicted that the Transcontinental Railroad would ultimately bring its downfall.2

Bourke’s route from the Hopi pueblos to Fort Apache carried him through Mormon settlements, where he and his party found it necessary to avail themselves of the hospitality of the Latter-day

Saints. In view of his earlier comments, his observations on these communities are remarkably mellow.

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Crazy Eights

Slice ePub October 05, 2013

Designed by Monique Dillard.
Made and quilted by Sue Glorch.

Cutting Instructions

• Light fabric: 10 fat quarters

• Blue fabric: 10 fat quarters

• Red fabric: 10 fat quarters

• Border fabric: 1½ yards

• Binding: yard

• Backing: 4 yards

• Batting: 68″ ×80″

Before beginning, match the light, blue, and red fat quarters into sets for piecing. Cut the fat quarters separately. Each set will make 9 blocks.


• From each light fat quarter:

Cut 3 strips 3½″ × width of fabric; cut into 30 pieces 3½″ × 2″ (A).

Cut 3 strips 2″ × width of fabric; cut into 18 squares 2″ × 2″ (C) and 6 pieces 2″ × 3½″ (A).


• From each blue fat quarter:

Cut 4 strips 2″ × width of fabric; cut into 18 squares 2″ × 2″ (D), and reserve the 2 leftover strips for Four-Patches.


• From each red fat quarter:

Cut 6 strips 2″ × width of fabric; cut into 36 squares 2″ × 2″ (B), and reserve the 2 leftover strips for Four-Patches.


• Cut 7 strips 6½″ × width of fabric.


• Cut 7 strips 2¼″ × width of fabric.

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