February 28, 2008
Oh Hell Yea! New Iron Man Trailer

New ‘Iron Man’ Trailer via Geeks of Doom. Holy crap I can't wait for this movie!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:31 PM
TED: World Wide Telescope Intro Talk

Via Scoble is the WorldWide Telescope intro talk from the TED conference. I'm not entirely convinced, this looks fairly close to a combination of google sky (or whatever it's called) and Cellestia. However, I'll have to wait till it's available to the world before I can make any judgement. Anything that increases learning and awareness of the world and the universe is a good thing though, right?

Posted by Arcterex at 07:24 PM
Random News Bits, From Vista to Photography

Just a few bits for the morning that have been in my queue....

Posted by Arcterex at 07:37 AM
February 25, 2008
Headcrab Protection

Heheheheh, pic of what you need in case of Headcrab Infestation. Half Life understanding required :)

Posted by Arcterex at 01:58 PM
Banking sucks, so add Kittens (Viral Video)

BankWest Singing Kittens. Just watch it....

Posted by Arcterex at 01:19 PM
I'm F*cking Ben Affleck (The Jimmy Kimmel Response)

Jimmy Kimmels F@cking Ben Affleck Response to Matt and Sarah. Not as funny or catchy (IMHO) as the original, though still pretty funny! Wish it was uncensored :)

Posted by Arcterex at 10:38 AM
February 24, 2008
"Still Alive" In Rock Band

Great video pointed to by Veronica Belmont of Jonathan Coulton performs "Still Alive" in Rock Band with a couple of special guests.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:31 PM
X-Files 2 Teaser Trailer From Wondercon

‘X-Files 2’ Teaser Trailer at WonderCon. Best part for me was the screaming of the people in the audience as they (I presume) realized what they were seeing and were enveloped by the absolute coolness of it all! As an old-time X-Files buff, I can definitely relate :)

Posted by Arcterex at 09:36 AM
February 23, 2008
R2D2 Beanie

I found my next must-have knitting project (as I got a Dalek)... the R2D2 Beanie!!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:08 AM
February 22, 2008
Manuel T-Shirt Idea

OMG, this is the best idea ever!!! You have to of course have watched a bit of Fawlty Towers to really understand it.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:18 PM
February 21, 2008
Portal News Bits

Two nice little portal bits:

Posted by Arcterex at 09:54 PM
Zero Punctuation at GDC

The Escapist : Zero Punctuation: Yahtzee Goes to GDC. Not much more need said.... absolutely hilarious, anyone who doesn't watch Zero Punctuation, really needs to subscribe IMMEDIATELY! :)

Posted by Arcterex at 10:24 AM
Lion Hugs Rescuer

Here's the first "awwwwwhhhh" for the morning... check this video of a Lion reunited with his rescuer. Super-cute. Here's the reddit thread where I found it. I love the first comment.... where do you "find" a lion? :)

Posted by Arcterex at 08:55 AM
February 20, 2008
The Bender Brewer

The Bender Brewer Project is a must for all true futurama fans. Someone want to get me a christmas present? :)

Posted by Arcterex at 02:26 PM
RIAA Training Video... Piracy == Murderers and Crackhead Terrorists

Darren threw me a link to a Leaked RIAA Training Video: Find Pirates, Find Crack-Dealing Terrorist Murderers Too!. Apparently people who are music pirates are also generally buying crack with their downloads, while burning the flag with flamethrowers aimed at YOUR UNBORN CHILDREN.

God bless the USA!

Posted by Arcterex at 01:11 PM
Stephen Fry has a Podcast

Stephen Fry's Podgram is up and available via RSS and on iTunes.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:40 AM
Latest Microsoft Marketing Moves

What appears to be the latest in a really lame attempt from Microsoft at marketing, or connecting with the cool kids is Source Fource.

Can someone please explain this to me? Is this just a "buzz" creator? A legitimate product of some sort (obviously aimed at confusing "open source")? A cross-promotion with Lego?

The only thing I can gather from the site is maybe this is a new qualification system of some sort.... though I'm unsure the reaction of a fortune 500 company to hiring a "ISV Super Gal".

Dear Microsoft friends of mine, you know who you are, please explain this stuff to me.... :)

Posted by Arcterex at 10:49 AM
February 19, 2008
"Graphics Programming Black Book" by Michael Abrash Now Online

Coding Horror points that Michael Abrash's Graphics Programming Black Book is now available online for free from Byte (they're still around?). This is a tome of a book which I picked up many years ago at one of those super-cheap computer book sales and have only glanced through, as it's fairly intimidating. Jeff makes it sound like a must-read for any programmer though.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:21 PM
Camera Rules of Thumb

Twelve Important Rules for Photography has the sunny 16 rule and 11 others. Good to have all nicely condensed! (Hhehehe, moony 11 rule..... )

Posted by Arcterex at 08:09 PM
Your Own Viper Pilot License

Now You Too Can Frag Frakkin Toasters, with your own viper pilots license. Way cool!

Posted by Arcterex at 08:07 PM
February 18, 2008
Lindsay as Marilyn Nekkid!

WWTDD has a good scoop on Lindsay Lohan's re-creation of Marilyn Monroe's last nude photoshoot, with gazongas fully engaged where needed. It's honestly fairly "meh", but hey, naked pics of celebs? Bring it on! Link is mostly SFW (photoshopped out boobages, with links to non-edited versions).

Posted by Arcterex at 08:23 PM
IO9 Reviews The Knight Rider Movie

Looks like I wasn't the only one disappointed with the Knight Rider movie last night..... IO9 declares that Knight Rider Smashes Our Childhood Memories Without Turbo Boost.

Way too much driving, not enough KITT, way too many commercials, not every car on the road is a ford and Hasslehoff wasn't wearing a "Don't Hassle the Hoff" shirt were among my complaints. I can only pray that the upcoming series is better.... (assuming it appears at some point of course).

Posted by Arcterex at 02:56 PM
February 17, 2008
List of Obselete Skills

Inspired by a post from Scoble, someone put up an Obsolete Skils wiki.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:16 AM
February 16, 2008
Blu-Ray Laser Phaser

Star Trek Phaser With Blu-Ray Laser... I would love one of these! Wonder how the transit cops would react to me "stunning" loud talking commuters though... ?

Posted by Arcterex at 02:41 PM
February 14, 2008
Things Learned at an Apple Store

Interesting writeup called Things I Learned At The Apple Store (here's part 2).

* For God sakes, people were lining up -- waiting time, 22 minutes -- to get a seat in the Apple "lounge" at the back of the store. What was special there? Nothing. A chance to sit, read some magazines, drink coffee and sample some computer stuff.

Interesting read and follow up... especially to see how vile the reaction is to saying nice things about an apple store.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:42 PM
Indiana Jones 4 Trailer

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull trailer... including high def links. W00t!

Posted by Arcterex at 11:24 AM
Free Desktop Goodies (Wallpapers, Fonts, etc)

Lifehacker has a good post of Top 10 Free Wallpaper, Fonts and Icon Sources. All the goodness needed to pimp out your desktop.

Posted by Arcterex at 07:49 AM
February 13, 2008
Firefox 3.0 Beta 3 Released

Ars reviews the just-released Firefox 3.0 beta 3 and determines that Firefox 3 beta 3 polishes rough edges. Re-done interface (nice on the Mac), integrated download statusbar, way better memory use than Firefox 2.0, plus lots more. Hit the article up for some screenshots. I'm not too sure about the windows look to be honest, I'm just booting up VMWare to check out how it looks and feels.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:47 AM
The Art of Pen Spinning

Pentrix - Pen Spinning Revolution.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:27 AM
Pentax K20D Review From PopPhoto

Some Pentax K20D porn for you photogs in the audience who shoot pentax (probably only me I figure). Someone posted the Pop Photo K20D review - March 2008 over in the DPReview forums.

I really wish I could understand the complaints about the high ISO performance. I shoot at max 1600 and in that I know that the pictures will not be useful for much more than the web, and people are bitching that the performance at 3200 is "irritating". Maybe I'm just used to "bad" performing old cameras and figure photography should be done in good light. Improved AF in low light performance would be great, I was bitching about slow autofocus last night with my *ist-D. I presume that the K10D, and of course the K20D is much better though.

Here's another article with some more news.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:14 AM
Spore With Wil Wright

Wired article that Darren sent over where Will Wright Walks Us Through 'Spore' with some good gallery shots.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:05 AM
February 12, 2008
Aperture 2 First Impressions

Aperture 2 was released earlier today, and Fraser Speirs has his Aperture 2 First Impressions. I downloaded and played with it a bit, and wasn't all that impressed... course, Aperture is pretty foreign to me as I've been a lightroom guy for a while (due to the cross platformness and my lack of a Mac till recently). The list of improvements is impressive though. Check the article for more details.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:17 PM
Spore and Mass Effect for PC Coming Soon

Bit of gaming news today....

Looks like it'll be a good year for gaming...

Posted by Arcterex at 02:06 PM
February 10, 2008
SF Fog Time Lapse Video

Laughing Squid points to a Time Lapse Video of San Francisco Fog. Best part for me is the planes zipping overhead...

Posted by Arcterex at 11:01 AM
February 08, 2008
Cool Dance Video

Darren Barefoot posts a link to Five Gorgeous Minutes of Dance, Set to the Lyrics of Lou Reed. I normally would have passed it by, being the uncultured slob that I am, but it features a version of "Waiting for the Man" by the Velvet Underground, one of my favorite heroin songs (about, not to do it to!)

Posted by Arcterex at 03:30 PM
Next Bond Movie Info (Quantum of Solace)

Geeks of Doom has ‘Quantum of Solace’ Teaser Poster and a video with some behind the scenes info... have to wait till November though :(

Posted by Arcterex at 03:14 PM
New Knight Rider Info

IO9 has a bunch of new Knight Rider info including videos and clips.

Oh man do I so hope that this doesn't completely suck...

Posted by Arcterex at 02:27 PM
Learning a New Programming Language

From Fozbaca's daily link roundup comes 15 Exercises for Learning a new Programming Language... something I'm going through right now in my learning of Ruby. Very cool stuff.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:30 AM
February 06, 2008
2500 Lines and Mongrel Presentation

Interesting and amusing presentation by Zed Shaw called Mongrel, 2500 Lines, and Economics in which he talks about how the tiny little program called Mongrel (the server used in Rails) became sucessful. You may remember Zed from his rant a bit ago :)

Posted by Arcterex at 04:08 PM
Hiding From "The Man"

How a BitTorrent Tracker Owner Hides from the MPAA/RIAA is a fascinating article over at torrentfreak about how to fly under the radar online.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:00 AM
TrueCrypt 5.0 Released

TrueCrypt - Free Open-Source On-The-Fly Disk Encryption Software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X and Linux just released version 5.0, including an OS/X version, a Linux graphical version, and lots of other goodies. Great work guys!

Posted by Arcterex at 08:51 AM
Rarindra Style Workflow (Photography)

Found out about the Rarindra style workflow from these comments over at reddit.com which pointed to this photoset at photo.net. Very cool look, though overdone (IMHO) if done all the time. Still, an impressive use of photoshop for sure!

Posted by Arcterex at 08:43 AM
February 05, 2008
"The Happening" Trailer (New M Night Shyamalan Film)

M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening Teaser Trailer make it look really creepy and I hope it's good.... watch the trailer and and tell me the part where it goes black and there's just 'crunch, crunch' isn't super creepy. Set to open June 13, 2008.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:54 PM
Cloning Windows Disks

XXCLONE, A New Way of Cloning the Windows System Disk is a bit old (2007-02 was the last update) but it promises a fast and easy disk clone (with lots of extras) for windows.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:47 PM
Opera Mobile 9.5 Announced

Opera Mobile 9.5 was announced over at Opera Watch... lots of funky new stuff, speed improvements, widgets, etc, etc. A preview will be available Feb 11.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:17 PM
Great (Staged) Viral Videos

7 Viral Videos You Didn't Know Were Staged (and How They Did It) from cracked.com via Digg.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:06 PM
On Mac Vs Windows

Humanized has a good article on one particular aspect of usability in the Mac Vs. Windows dispute.... Luxury Computing talks about some of the challenges in doing some simple things in both Mac and Windows.

After going through the same three dialog boxes, the wizard appears yet again; this time it’s found a “HID-compliant device”, and I have to go through the same song and dance, after which I get yet another wizard for a “HID-compliant device”.

As a recent new-again Mac user I can completely relate... some things in OS/X are just night and day in terms of usability compared to windows, and at the same times there are some completely brain-dead and broken things (or breaking, as in my hot corners randomly stopping working and I have to relaunch finder to get them back again).

Another "what tool for what toolbox?" debate, though some usability issues are more like using a hammer that randomly smacks you in the thumb by itself (Ok, so I'm not all that good at analogies :)

Posted by Arcterex at 10:53 AM
February 04, 2008
Smells Like Teen Spirit By Ukes...

The Ukulele Orchestra of GB - Smells Like Teen Spirit... coolest version of Smells Like Teen Spirit you'll see all evening :)

Posted by Arcterex at 09:46 PM
Vista SP1 Is Done (and Not coming for another Month)

Ed Bott says that Windows Vista SP1 is done and will be arriving mid-March. It looks like SP1 will not be automatically installed if there are known driver conflicts, which is an interesting (and good) way to do it. I hope that SP1 will deliver the improvements for Vista that people have been talking about and asking for.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:57 PM
Apple //c Unboxing

I'm not sure if I would have paid $2500 for a 20 year old computer.... but the unboxing pics and story about it certainly is interesting.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:35 AM
Firefox 3.0 Mac Nightly Build Has New Theme

Any adventurous mac users out there might be interested that they released a native Mac theme for 3.0 in the nightly build. The theme is a little "more" brushed metal than the actual native apps (to my eyes anyway) it seems, however it still integrates a bit more nicely into the rest of the mac look and feel than the default 3.0b2 theme (not sure I like how they did the tab look though). There's a screenshot linked from the linked post if you're interested.

The nightly build is stable (so far) for me as well... (my first nightly build experiment).

Posted by Arcterex at 10:04 AM
February 03, 2008
Rails 2.0 Step By Step

Interesting looking set of articles on Rails 2.0 and Scaffolding Step by Step. So far there are 2 parts of fairly in depth and well written information about Ruby on Rails 2.0.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:43 PM
New IronMan Trailer

Iron Man new TV spot from the SuperBowl (I presume). Some awesome scenes in there... I'm really looking forward to this one now!

Posted by Arcterex at 07:34 PM
Fantastic SuperBowl Ad

What an awesome ad via WinExtra.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:50 PM
February 01, 2008
House Vs. Holmes

How Dr. Gregory House is like Sherlock Holmes.

Posted by Arcterex at 06:21 PM
She's F-n Matt Damon

I resisted watching the video She's F-n Matt Damon, a hilarious video from Sara Silverman to her boyfriend Jimmy Kimmel... very funny (though not as good a song IMHO as Matt Damon's other great song "Scotty Doesn't Know" from Eurotrip). Not bad, not bad at all.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:32 AM
Active Merchant 1.3 for Rails Released

I keep on meaning to get into Ruby on Rails, and still am struggling.... however looking at tools like Active Merchant makes me think "OMG how did I deal with doing CC validation before!?!" as my previous CC validation systems have been a lot less, shall we say, "clean" :) Looks nice, looking forward to getting into it more.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:14 AM
Microsoft Wants To Buy Yahoo

BBC reports that Microsoft wants to purchase Yahoo. So is this the start of a major power move, where one family absorbs the other in an attempt to hit the big boss? (Sorry, just finished watching a bunch of Sopranos last night). Or is this just political posturing? If the merger goes through will it really mean anything to anyone? In my online world google is my search engine, and my online mail goes to gmail (though that's not a primary address). I have a yahoo account, and a hotmail account, but they were only really for getting access to downloads, or flickr, or something or other.

Microsoft has been putting lots of work into both hotmail and their Live.com search lately, so are they looking to replace them with the yahoo search and mail (both also (from what I've heard) updated and improved lately), or are they just looking to kill off Yahoo from the search engine market. Yahoo doesn't have online advertising (that I know of, feel free to correct me), but they do have things like Flickr.

Anyone out there have any thoughts? Or should I just keep an eye on the geek podcasts and news to see what the industry experts think?

Posted by Arcterex at 08:10 AM