July 30, 2014
Animals In Space Talk By The Oatmeal

I am here to teach you about animals in space: 13 minutes of hilarity from the creator of The Oatmeal.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 04:45 PM
July 29, 2014
Kevin Smith's New Movie: TUSK - Official Trailer

So finally a trailer for Kevin Smith’s new movie, TUSK, has hit YouTube. Here it is.

If you have no clue what is going on, this is a horror movie that came about on Smodcast Episode 259, where he and his podcasting co-host discuss weird stuff, and in it was a Craigslist post of a guy offering free room and board in exchange for spending one hour a day dressed, and acting like a Walrus. Smith and Mosier joked about it and came up with the back story in the podcast. At the end he asked twitter followers to tweet either #WalrusYes or #WalrusNo to see if there was enough interest.

I can’t wait for this movie.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 10:02 AM
July 28, 2014
Border Patrol Officer Points Gun at Boy Scout after Events Following the Taking of a Photo

Border Patrol Officer Points Gun at Boy Scout after Events Following the Taking of a Photo:

A boy scout coming back into the U.S. after a trip with his troop to Canada found himself at the other end of a pointed gun when he reached for his suitcase without permission.┬áThe situation unfolded when the boy scout took a photograph of a border patrol officer as they were crossing back into the U.S. The officer he was photographing “immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000, and receive 10 years in prison,” Troop Leader Jim Fox said in a statement to KCCI.

The gun was drawn because the child reached into his suitcase “without permission”. I didn’t realize that when you’re waiting at the border / talking to a border guard you need to ask permission for anything.

Seriously, WTF people.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 05:30 PM
Supercut of 80s Computer Hacking

Really, not a lot compares to 80s Computer Hacking, and here’s 4:22 of it.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 02:15 PM
The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover From Comic Con

The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover. Not much more to say than that.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 12:43 PM
July 25, 2014
GOG.com Now Supports Linux

News - GOG.com Now Supports Linux!

A while ago, we’ve announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We’ve put much time and effort into this project and now we’ve found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We’re still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we’ve decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It’s not about them, after all, it’s about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on our community wishlist is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!

Great news!

Gaming , Linux - Posted by Arcterex at 11:36 AM
"No Cameras Allowed" - Fascinating Movie About A Guy Sneaking into Concerts

This Guy That Has Broken Into Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and the Grammys, check the trailer below and the interview on the page.

Amazing footage and a great story. Now I want to break into concerts.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 11:18 AM
How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive

How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive via Macworld.

Great advice if you’re looking to avoid what I did yesterday trying to do this and ended up installing it onto my main work computer drive. Ooops. Thankfully I had a recent time machine backup and 5.5 hours later I was back up and running. Luckily I had lots of meetings yesterday afternoon so it didn’t affect anything!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:13 AM
July 22, 2014
The Imitation Game Trailer

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as 0Alan Turing breaking the German Enigma machine during World War 2.

It really looks fantastic, and it’ll be very interesting to see how they deal with the whole “condemnation as indecent (for being gay) and chemical castration” thing (thankfully the UK government apologised and pardoned him, though 55 years too late.

I think that Mr. Cumberbatch can do justice to this role however.

Here’s another (lower resolution, but longer / different) trailer.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 09:40 AM
July 21, 2014
Ars Explains Apple's New "Continuity" Technology

In Explaining Continuity Ars Technica puts together a ton of info about Apple’s new technology for handing off tasks from mobile to desktop.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:44 PM
A People's History of Tattooine

A People’s History of Tattooine

I also imagine Tosche Station as some sort of affluent suburban mall where Luke just goes to loiter when bored. […]

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 03:42 PM
July 18, 2014
Amazing First Person Race Footage

Via The Loop comes this amazing first person race car footage of one car flying over the other.

Yowza.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:53 AM
July 17, 2014
Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs over the next year

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs over the next year :(

Software giant Microsoft plans to lay off up to 18,000 workers around the world over the next year, mostly related to the company’s purchase of handset maker Nokia last year.

Not surprising, given the redundancy after merging the 25k people from Nokia, but still pretty sucky. On the upside, there’ll be a lot of smart and talented people looking to make their own cool stuff.

Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 01:04 PM
July 16, 2014
How to Flawlessly Predict Anything on the Internet

Great article on How to Flawlessly Predict Anything on the Internet.

This is a modern update to a classic confidence game—find a risky scenario with limited possibilities, bet on every single combination, and then hide your failures. The result is that you look like you’re either psychic or a goddamned genius.

It’s simple, silly, but the sort of thing that when you don’t know how it’s done, sparks craziness on the Internet.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 12:41 PM
Overcast 1.0 Ships

Oh wow, Marco finally shipped Overcast.

It’s been a long road, but 1.0 is finally done. I’m proud of what I’m shipping today.5

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:21 PM
Listen to Comcast torture Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont as they try to cancel service - Boing Boing

Listen to Comcast torture Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont as they try to cancel service.

Trigger warning for anyone who’s ever been through this. You will have a raging PTSD episode.

This has been going around the last day or so and I had to link it. The PTSD trigger warning is apt, and I’m four minutes in and feel ready to go into a rage. I can only imagine how many calls to Comcast go like this that haven’t been brought to the Internet’s attention by Internet-Famous people.

Wow…. just…. wow.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:06 PM
July 15, 2014
Doctor Who Series 8 trailer

Doctor Who Series 8 trailer

Oh my this looks good.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 05:04 PM
July 10, 2014
Elon Musk Helps The Oatmeal With The Tesla Museum

From The Oatmeal: So, I had a call with Elon Musk earlier this week:

Within a few hours of posting my review, Elon Musk tweeted that he’d be happy to help. Earlier this week I got to speak to the man directly, and he promised two things.

… head over to the page for the two things.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:16 PM
July 09, 2014
Behind the Scenes with the Air Force Thunderbirds' Official Photographer

I’m pretty sure that this guy has the world’s greatest job.

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 05:01 PM
iOS 8 Privacy Updates

Really great overview of the iOS 8 Privacy Updates, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

Apple/Mac , Security - Posted by Arcterex at 10:56 AM
July 07, 2014
Swift Object Oriented Programming Primer

My buddy Darren has published an Object Oriented Programming Primer.

Also available on Medium.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:26 PM
How a password changed my life

This great post on Medium.com is making the rounds this morning: How a password changed my life. I won’t spoil the article, but it’s short and worth the read. Maybe it’ll work for you too?

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:20 AM
July 06, 2014
Watch a DJI Phantom Fly Through Fireworks

My brothers to the south just had their July 4 celebrations, and while a lot of the posts and videos coming out are a lot of the same, this one of a DJI Phantom Flying Through Fireworks is probably the coolest of the bunch. Happy belated Fourth of July!

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 08:44 AM
July 04, 2014
Pictures To Make You Laugh

What picture ALWAYS makes you laugh? is an old but good thread on reddit. I suggest you install Reddit Enhancement Suite or a javascript bookmarklet to show them all at once.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 11:17 AM
True Detective - Rust Hates Everything

True Detective - Rust Hates Everything will probably only be funny to anyone who’s watched True Detective. Still great.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 10:39 AM
July 03, 2014
Bookbinding Tutorial

The Best Article Every Day has a book binding tutorial. Neat to see how it’s done, even if you never plan to do it yourself.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:06 PM
Day One iOS journaling app goes free Today

Day One iOS journaling app goes free

The award-winning iOS journaling app, Day One, is temporarily available as a free download. This is the first time in nearly a year that we have seen this app go free.

This is a great app and a great example of iOS design. The app is for iPhone / iPad, and for $9.99 there’s a companion Mac app (not required, but helpful if you have a mac). Also if you really are into journalling and a bit geeky, check out Slogger, which is an automated script that will put your checkins, saved articles, tweets and facebook posts into DayOne.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 11:27 AM
July 02, 2014
Photographing Fireworks Tutorials

A couple of links for my friends in the US who might be setting up to do some fireworks photography this upcoming Fourth of July. * Joe McNally has a great writeup on how to take some great shots of fireworks. Joe’s the man, so you know he knows what he’s talking about. * There’s also another great fireworks tutorial over at PhotographyBB.

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 03:29 PM
June 30, 2014
Lessons from Doom

Lessons from Doom is a great article on some of the game design lessons learned from the classic game Doom.

So because the player moves so quickly in Doom, and because most enemy attacks are dodgeable, the player can avoid a significant amount of damage simply by moving. A skilled player can often deal with large numbers of enemies sustaining hardly a scratch. This creates a feeling that’s quite rare in modern FPS: that you are powerful because you are agile, not because you’re a tank. This frees up Doom’s encounters to feature huge numbers of enemies, to vary scenarios by mixing in different proportions of threats, and to have huge, sprawling, often non-linear spaces that the player can traverse easily. There’s nothing quite like it today.

Gaming - Posted by Arcterex at 05:25 PM
Flowers opening timelapse

Been a bit of a lax day, and with Canada Day tomorrow, well, here’s some Flowers opening timelapse for you to enjoy.

Flowers opening timelapse from David de los Santos Gil on Vimeo.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:51 PM
25% off Nomad Lightning Charge Cables

On the 9to5 Mac site they note that there’s a 25% off Nomad Lightning cables sale going on.

If you don’t know what these are, they’re small charging accessories to let you charge your iPhone (or Android) phone from a tiny charging accessory that’ll fit on your keychain, in your wallet, or not, from a carabiner.

Find out more here.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 AM
June 27, 2014
June 25, 2014
Google's I/O Keynote Summary

Everything You Need to Know About Google’s I/O Keynote:

More than anything else, today’s keynote demonstrated Google’s ambition to take its mobile OS basically everywhere: to your car, to your body, to your television, to your laptop, even into your workplace. We saw a preview of Android’s L release, with a new design—Google calls it material design—that adds some depth features, support for 64 bit, and an enhanced notifications system that will help people interact with their applications in powerful ways without ever launching the app itself.

Google - Posted by Arcterex at 02:50 PM
Kickstarter Project of a Multimeter for SmartPhones

Voltset - World’s Smartest Multimeter for Smart Devices is a device my buddy Jim shared out. Their tagline:

VOLTSET connects to smart devices and turns them into SMART MULTIMETERS, allowing you to TINKER, LEARN and COLLABORATE with electronics

Pretty awesome.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:14 PM
June 24, 2014
June 20, 2014
Full Motion Video on the 4.77mhz 8088

Fascinating post called 8088 Domination Post-Mortem, Part 1 discussing how it was possible to do full motion video on the ancient 4.77mhz 8088 and CGA graphics card.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:15 PM
June 19, 2014
Full Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8

The news about the Manual Camera Controls in iOS 8 is probably the most exciting thing about the upcoming release. Yea, I know Android users have had this forever, but I don’t really care, I’m excited about it in iOS :P

iPhone - Posted by Arcterex at 04:14 PM
June 18, 2014
Lots Of New Goodies From Adobe (Lightroom, Photoshop, Mobile)

Lots of news from Adobe today. Updates to their mobile apps, release of their Creative Cloud 2014 software (for those afraid that the rolling update releases will not force them to add in new features, of which Photoshop just got a few), and more. Best news of all is about the Photographer deal from CC:

Last year, Adobe announced a $9.99/month photography plan for the Creative Cloud in response to photographers that didn’t want to use all of the CC apps. When they announced it, it was a temporary thing. So if you got it, you were in. If not, you weren’t. Well, then they brought it back, but again it was still meant to be temporary. I think that made a lot of people uneasy because they thought maybe next year it would go away, and they’d have to revert back to old versions or spend more money to get the full Creative Cloud. So today, they officially announced that the Creative Cloud Photography plan is permanent. It’s not going away so if you want to sign up this week, great. If not, and maybe you decide to next month it’ll still be there.

Great news all around.

Photography , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 03:54 PM
The New OK Go Music Video is an Optical Illusion Tour de Force Shot in a Single Take

The New OK Go Music Video is an Optical Illusion Tour de Force Shot in a Single Take.

Title of the post says it all. Watch and enjoy, then go and buy some music to support these guys.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 01:57 PM
30 Images of Awful Client Feedback

Designers graphically represent awful client feedback. Remember to share this with your own designer friends, they’ll love some of this advice :)

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 11:48 AM
Re-enactment of the Maleficent Pitch Meeting

Found this hilarious re-enactment of the Maleficent pitch meeting on reddit.

Having not seen the movie, I can only assume this is completely accurate.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 07:00 AM
June 17, 2014
Slide and Clutch: Versatile Camera Sling and Hand Strap From Peak Design

Slide and Clutch is the latest Kickstarter endeavor from Peak Design, who produced some very cool camera clips previously, and make a compelling argument why their camera straps are different and better than the competition.

While I own a Black Rapid camera sling strap and a eBay $3.50 special hand strap, I contributed right away, and are really looking forward to seeing these guys succeed (again). Please have a look at their Kickstarter page and become a backer so I can have these new products.

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 03:23 PM
New Guardians Of The Galaxy Trailer

The new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy gives a bit more of the reveal for the story. Really excited about this one.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 12:10 PM
June 12, 2014
Add GPS to your dumb camera photos using your iOS device

Add GPS to your dumb camera photos using your iOS device. A great writeup of my favorite iOS app for geotagging for my photography.

Apple/Mac , Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 04:32 PM
Tesla De-Patents Themselves

Tesla: All Our Patent Are Belong To You

Yesterday, there was a wall of Tesla patents in the lobby of our Palo Alto headquarters. That is no longer the case. They have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.

Great news.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:14 PM
Tiger sketch in Photoshop

Tiger sketch in Photoshop. Holy crap.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 10:57 AM
June 11, 2014
GoPro in a Dishwasher

Ever wondered what really goes on in your dishwasher? Well, A GoPro Hero’s journey into a dishwasher reveals all!

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:54 PM
Photog Stopped at Six Flags for Wearing 'I Shoot RAW' Shirt

Saw this on Petapixel this morning: Photog Stopped at Six Flags for Wearing ‘I Shoot RAW’ Shirt. This makes my blood boil. The issue is obviously they think “I shoot RAW” has some connotation with guns, but for some reason they refuse to admit that (which is weird), and the park employees are completely hypocritical. Seriously, screw those guys. I’m so glad I’ve never had any issues with harassment as a photographer from douchebags like this.

Grrrr…..

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 10:03 AM