Great look at what some people's ideas of The Future Of Nautilus. A nice look at some of the horrible UI that's in the current version, and some very sexy mockups of what it could look like. Fingers crossed for something like this in Lucid.
Google maps just rolled out a way to Navigate your way through user photos in Street View. It's similar in a way to the Bing feature where you can view PhotoSynths, but done in (IMHO) a way more simple and Google-y way. I encourage you to watch the video, and then go play around. I love the "click and move the mouse to zoom" feature that blends from one image to another.
Really great How 'Star Trek' Should Have Ended video.
Interesting take on the Nexus One from an iPhone Developer's Perspective.
In this posting, I'll talk about the device from my perspective as a user. My thoughts on the Android SDK as a developer will come in a future installment, hopefully in the not-too-distant future.
Mike passed on this Ars Technica article on how the "Task Pooper" could revolutionize GNOME desktop and it's out the box thinking.
The GNOME community's design and usability experts gathered for a week-long hackfest hosted by Canonical in the UK to shape the next major iteration of the GNOME desktop environment. GNOME 3, which is tentatively scheduled for release in September, will introduce new user interface paradigms and include an upgraded desktop shell environment.
Slashdot story about a user who ported Quake3 to Android in a couple of weeks. Awesome. Hey google, I really do need one of those Nexus 1 phones to evaluate these things you know? Come on, there's got to be at least one googler that reads this...
OMG Ubuntu has a nice look at the latest Ubuntu Alpha and What's new in Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 3.
Cool video of Tom Brokaw Explaining Canada to Americans. Apparently Canada kicks ass!
Hopefully we can have that "uncharacteristic act of patriotism" today as our Women go up against the US Women's team in the gold medal hockey game and kick their asses :)
Darren Barefoot has some interesting thoughts on Tim Hortons and the Immigrant Experience in regards to the following ad that's been airing here lately.
Cool collection of images of Gamers & Their Online Selves. Interesting to see how some people go for look-alike avatars, some go for "I want to look at a hot girl's butt while I play" and some go for the opposite of themselves. Interesting look anyway.
WWDN put up this great video of The Who's Baba O'Reily, played using only items from Think Geek. So maybe it's no Kirsten Dunst, but I find this one even more awesome :)
For the men out there... Kirsten Dunst doing I Think I'm Turning Japanese and bringing the hawt (IMHO).
Apparently yesterday Apple sold it's 10 billionth iTunes download.
As speculated earlier today, Apple did in fact manage to sell their 10 billionth iTunes download. This represents a huge milestone for both Apple and the music industry. Apple has revolutionized the music industry with the iPod and iTunes.
Yea, I'm thinking maybe this digital music thing might take off after all...
Found via reddit is a list of 31 Really Bad Ideas if you're all alone and feeling amorous....
They slammed together and the magnetic force was so tremendous I couldn't remove them without tools. I took two pairs of pliers and pulled like hell.
SFW in that it's text only.
So it's a remake of a classic movie from the 80's, with Jackie Chan, and it's all about Kung Fu (mentioned several times in the trailer), but it's still called The Karate Kid. And this is the second trailer. I'll see it, but I'm going to hate myself for it.
Penny Arcade has a great write up on The Gods Of Modernity and the story of a noobs battles with Infinity Ward.
He's an utterly unrepentant hacker, yet he wonders what strange force keps gets his boxes banned. It would be like if I'd made a reputation for myself entering local cafes, slipping into the back to shit directly on their hot grills. And then, when I came back the next day, they told me to leave - even if I hadn't managed to shit on anything during that particular visit! Come to terms with the idea that there is a point beyond which you are not worth the price of your subscription.
From Ayrk - Inbox2 Desktop Combines and Task-ifies Your Email and Social Networks. Looks very interesting.
If You Want to Be Fit, Don't Buy New Running Shoes by Scott H Young (via @johnkoetsier is a nice look at how to get stuff done without being bogged down in the details (and therefor not getting things done).
When you get caught up in minutia, the really important stuff gets left undone. Often simply because in buying the low-carb salad dressing, you give yourself a mental checkmark in the "healthy eating" column and proceed to violate the truly important issues.
Labuat, passed on from a buddy of mine on IRC is a nifty mashup of music and art, essentially an interactive song. Or something. Hard to describe, just hit play :)
They say that no scandel is complete until someone makes a T-Shirt out of it (well, they might say that), and the "school spying on kids with school issued laptops" is no exception.
Thanks to Aryk for sending me this.
Little bit of photographic inspiration if you're stuck with just a 50mm lens and want to see what you can do with it.
From The Best Article Every day comes 15 Things You Should Know About Breasts, presented without comment or crude remarks.
For those who don't know, RVM is a nice and simple way to test out different versions of Ruby and gems with them for testing, playing with the new Rails 3.0 beta, testing your sites against different scenarios, testing beta versions, etc.
Got an olympic shot from the Vancouver 2010 games? Submit it onto the Flickr The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Photo Group Pool.
Darren shared out the Announcement of the IE6 Funeral. I say rest in peace and good riddance. Now if we can only do something about IE7 and 8...
Not much more to say than that. Now wonder when Google will send me a Nexus one to evaluate and review it on... :)
Very cool video from Leo Laporte about The making of Old Spice's commercial: The Man Your Man Could Smell Like. Very neat to watch.
Lifehacker has a nice Phishing Flow Chart that none of the people reading this (all 3 of you) will need, but might be something to pass on to your parents or relatives.
It's a bit of a slow morning for me, so here's a great article called Mundane Magic shared by an ex-coworker. Great story that makes you think a bit (maybe, depends on how much coffee you have in you I guess).
Ha! Thanks Aryk! Laugh IT Out: Movie Ratings.
What you get when you buy a £25 iPhone down the pub reveals something else I've suspected.... that it's probably not a real iPhone :) Love the bit about it feeling like something out of an alternate history timeline...!
An article on slashdot confirms something I've long suspected!
From the article: 'Most women claim to be attracted to tall, dark and handsome men, but a new study has revealed that facial stubble and a geeky personality are their biggest secret turn-ons.
Here's one good reason to see Alice In Wonderland in UK cinemas: Screenings will be accompanied by the new Doctor Who trailer (premiering tomorrow on British television) in glorious 3D.
Not sure if I agree with the 3D thing, but can't wait for anything new to do with Doctor Who.
Wow, Vancouver 2010 looks awesome over at Boston.com's "The Big Picture" photo set. I love the Norwegian curling team's pants (image #10).
Gregg Pollack has a nice set of presentation slides of his talk Rails 3 Beautiful Code, showing some of the new hotness of Ruby on Rails 3.0.
A full video of what's needed to get into an awesome Bioshock 2 Costume. Holy crap. That is all.
Pretty funny series of videos of Mr. Pixel and Mrs. Grain, a couple in counseling. If you're not into photography, you can probably skip this one.
Awesome, the 'Kick-Ass' Red Band Trailer #2 is out. New footage, definitely NSFW, man I can't wait for this movie!
Interesting look at some new(ish) thinking about productivity, with The top 5 new rules of productivity. Sometimes I wish the people around me grokked this stuff....
Male readers encouraged to not watch the following Sports Science: "World Record Kick to the Groin" video.
Seriously, just don't watch it.
Ruby on Rails folks will probably be interested that RailsConf 2010 is now open for registration, and they have their list of speakers and sessions up.
Seems that Firaxis has announced Civilization V.
Fascinating and beautiful collection of photos of The One Who Got Away.
Pretty funny cell phone prank to pull.
If the name Tom Mabe sounds familiar to you, that's probably from his Telemarketer abuse clips from Back In The Day.
If you're a photo geek, you probably have heard of, and most likely use, either Aperture or Lightroom. You've also probably heard that Apple released Aperture 3.0 recently. Lightroom killer tips has taken a stab at starting some good discussion with 5 Reasons To Stay with Lightroom (and not switch to Aperture). The author is biased (duh) and is responding to this article on switching the other way (Lightroom 2 to Aperture 3). From the LR Killer Tips article:
Obviously there's been a lot of buzz around lately about Apple's Aperture 3. I read an article yesterday titled "Five Reasons For Switching from Lightroom 2 to Aperture 3" by a gentleman named Marco. So I figured I'd take a stab at my own rendition of the "5 things" article (no offense to Marco) and write about 5 reasons to stay with Lightroom.
Personally I think it's not a cut and dry thing. Both programs have their good sides and downsides, and quite frankly, I'd love some features from AP3 in LR and vice versa. In reality though, use what works best for you (as always), but don't go flip flopping every time there's a new software release, cause (most likely) your time and effort is worth way more than that :)
Someone at work pointed me to this Post:
Hell, it's about time... to start playing some StarCraft II! Blizzard has announced that the closed beta test for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is officially a go, with invitations going out to "thousands of gamers." Yeah, check your e-mail!
SheldonShirts.com - now you too can dress in the same shirts as your favorite TV geeks.
Warning, any male geek who was born in the 1970-1985 (or so) date range clicking on the link to the 24" AT-AT Toy may experience the uncanny urge to yell out "WANT!" and then immediately call over their friends to see it and gush.
BTW, my birthday's coming up in another 9 months or so..... just sayin'.
Reading this article on how Ubisoft's New PC DRM Really Requires Net Access, and Ends Game If Disconnected it reminds me again why piracy is so rampant in the PC gaming world. Would you put up with this from your game? Hell no. Sadly, PC gamers are seeming to be moving towards console gaming (if for nothing but because the "good" games are only available on consoles due to piracy on the PC platform) so they are used to a closed system.
Please Rob Me is a prime example of why you shouldn't tell foursquare to tweet out that you're somewhere other than your house :)
Nice little tutorial for windows users out there who want to Run Windows Desktop Search 3 (and 2) Queries From Launchy (Launchy being the excellent keystroke launcher. Note: You'll need windows desktop search installed before it will work properly (oops) :)
The full talk is almost an hour long, and while I have yet to watch it yet (silly work disturbing my video watching), I look forward to seeing it.
Here's a quick look at Opera Mini for the iPhone.
If The Apple Blog is giving Windows Mobile 7 it's due, then this must be something to pay attention to.
The Apple Blog has some details on Adobe Creative Suite 5. A couple of goodies:
Aryk just pointed me to the Clients From Hell Tumblog.... this story - Client: "[Indian outsourcer] says he can do this... gave me a big "OMG" deep down in the chest. Wow. Just.... wow.
I really don't know what to make of this video of The Purple Helmets. They are either brilliant or crazy. Or both.
My buddy Curtis wrote a good article on Why Rails Feels like a Developers Only Playground.
Yeah the guys I work with at the Fv.rb are joking, but otherwise it seems to be a mentality that goes through dev's heads. They can't design but don't want to take the bit of extra time to help someone get up to speed. Most designers are more than smart enough, and many are willing, to learn some new technologies if someone is willing to give them a helping hand.
I don't think that devs aren't willing to help someone learn, in fact, I think that the Rails (and indeed, programmers in general) are more than happy to help out.
However developers know how developers think, and helping out someone who knows how to program (sorry, but HTML and CSS isn't "programming") is a lot different than helping a non-developer. Speaking as someone who tried to help their drama major ex-girlfriend (not major drama ex-girlfriend, that came later) through a simple while loop to increment a variable, I can attest to you 100% that different people's brains work differently, and that creative people and programmer-type people sometimes have a huge chasm of grokking between them.
Rails doesn't feel like a designers playground because it's a web programming framework, designed by developers for developers, and if you ignore some of the cool CSS and HTML frameworks built in and around it, there's really not much there for designers doing designer work in rails. Maybe I'm just daft, but other than pointing to the directories where various templates are stored, and showing someone what loops look like and what to style, I'm not sure that rails has anything over any other framework design wise. IE: none.
Now designing a site is a completely different matter. You want a good, knows their shit designer like Curtis involved in your project from the start, and maybe that's what the rails community is missing, someone to help shape their programmatic designs based on good web design. This involves site setup, layout, page headers and meta-data, etc, but, IMHO, doesn't infringe much into the "programming" world.
Slashfilm has info and video of the Largest Lightsaber Fight EVER at a british FlashMob. Looks epicly awesome, I'd love to be there to see the expressions on the "normal" patrons faces when all of a sudden lightsabers appeared all around them!
Thanks to Len for passing me on the Guitar Kitteh video. Looks like a perfectly logical use of a guitar for a cat to me. Might even be less annoying than my cats using my fingers while typing to scritch themselves on.
Seems that Microsoft is making a play to make their smartphone OS a bit less of a joke, and catch up to where the iPhone and Android are. They launched Windows Mobile 7, which has what looks like a Zune-like interface, a concentration on social media (status updates, XBox Live integration) and some fairly cool looking UI ideas. The link is maybe not the best place to get information (it's a Mac blog) but that's the first one I saw the story on, and it has the "press video" and a clip of Steve Ballmer on stage (sorry, but he's got about the stage presence of a turnip).
Will it do it? Can it do anything? Who knows. Some of the UI (from the glossy press video anyway) looks pretty cool, but as the iPhone and iPod has shown, having a "better" product with more features doesn't mean you will take over. There have been far "better" (in terms of features anyway) mp3 players and smartphones that have gone nowhere. Will WinMob7 be one of these? Who knows. They have a couple of things going for them, the Zune-like UI ditches (at least on the surface) the old stylus driven "hey it's Windows 95 on a phone!" interface (at least I assume there's no stylus anymore), and that the last 3 years of "next gen" smartphones have been a good benchmark of what works and what doesn't.
Will the business world want a phone that gives you XBox Live and Facebook (oh, and Windows Live, for the 3 people who update their statuses through there) integration? Will the business apps available be good and "corprorate-y" enough? Or will people choose to go the iPhone/Android direction instead?
That they have some of this social media built in vs the nothing that we got with the "naked" iPhone is good, it'd have been awesome for the iPhone to have a built in Twitter/FB client, not so much for the fact they'd be there from the start, but because then they'd be given some Apple-Love and maybe come with background processing and push notification from the start.
The one thing that the iPhone has shown is that the attention to detail and UI do make the experience that much better. I hope that WinMob7 will be as good in this department, and that their improvements are more than the skin-deep changes that we saw in WinMob6.5. Hey, as much of a fanboy as I am, competition is always good :)
I honestly don't know what "WooNav" is just yet, but apparently it is cool enough to be Integrated in WordPress 3.0, along with (I hear) the multi-user fork of WP.
The Daily Static News has a quick update:
Something I have been planning for a long time, and slacking off on as well. So anyway, we have a (mostly) updated Gallery with easy to use indexes. Also being added are various pieces of UFie interest like the long forgotten UFie wars, and IFAD winners. More as updated.
It's a mashup of Metallica and Journey. Just give it time till the vocals come in. I have to say, I'd get this.
This video of Lego Augmented Reality makes me want to visit this store in IL.
I never saw the original ad called "Man's Last Stand" from the superbowl ad, but after seeing it, I thought it was great. It has however now been remixed into woman's last stand where the women hit back a bit against the guys.
Google pointed to Winter Olympics in 3D, which uses google earth and some gorgeous 3D models to showcase my city.
Google Maps now has a 'labs' link at the top that gives you a peek into some of the next gen features that may or may not be making an appearance. Nothing mind blowing, but nice little incremental features you can turn on and off.
Cool post on Oddee with 10 Facts you Didn't Know about Living in Outer Space. #6 was the most surprising to me.
"S" sent me over a link to this A Sane Response . . . story from emails from crazy people. Well worth the read.
Nice article on how In photography, rules aren't laws. Some great advice and inspiration in there for people who are exploring the world of photography.
Interesting article on an artist's decision to not retouch images of super models he took for a gallery show.
Aryk pointed me to a slashdot article on the Star Wars TV Show forthcoming at some point.
Aryk pointed me to the Latest Airbender Trailer which I hear looks awesome.
OK, this is just awesome. Check out a few Reddit.com clones written in a variety of languages. Also note the comment to code ratio in the Perl example! ;)
Seems that Opera has created Opera Mini for iPhone.
[...] plans to reveal Opera Mini for iPhone in an exclusive press and partner preview during the 2010 Mobile World Congress [...]
While Opera Mini for iPhone is not publicly available, visitors without a press pass will not leave Opera's stand disappointed. Opera will unveil a host of other Opera-powered devices at its exhibit.
Sadly I'm not going to be anywhere near MWC, but it'll be interesting to see a few things:
Sounds like the New Features In Gnome-Shell are going to be pretty damn awesome.
TUAW points to an SD card reader for the iPhone that may be a boom for photographers. I had a USB photo adapter for the original iPod, which was great to have 60G of backup space for images, and while the iPhone even with 32G of space in it isn't going to maintain a "real" photographer for an intensive shoot, but an amateur or enthusiast to back up their RAW and JPGs for a weekend trip so you don't have to lug a laptop around? Looks good. Not bad for $50 at least.
Lifehacker has Google Buzz Explained in a great screenshot tour.
My review so far (mobile client only) is it's kinda wave-like, very pretty, but a bit clunky feeling (response time) and missing some key features from the video (ie: how do I take a picture and share it from my phone?).
The live stream from the Google Event is now live. A bit stuttery for me, but live. I'll update as product / information is released. Sounds like they have new product(s) to announce. The rumors are something social-network oriented (facebook killer?).
Unfortunately my network connection here sucks so the stream is really choppy for me, but I just heard them talk about Gmail "Buzz", a new way to communicate inside GMail.
Another product demo up now, something to do with location. Hit the read more for the (updating) details.
Location aware updates for google maps and the google mobile experience. Related to Buzz as well.
On a side note, isn't there already a "buzz" webapp from Yahoo or something like that? I'm sure I've seen a "buzz up" button along with the standard digg/reddit ones.
They are launching it today, but it sounds like it's not done or completely baked.
Seems they are on to the Q&A now, and my net connection is complete crap so I'll stop updating now, I'm sure there'll be all sorts of Buzz (sorry) about this on the blogs soon enough :)
Very sweet Aerial Photo Panorama of my town of Vancouver, centered on the Olympic Village.
Here are two other panoramas from Squamish, BC:
Very cool for the photo geeks out there: First Large Format Skydiving Photographs.
Navigon has updated their Flickr Photostream with some shots of the upcoming 1.5 release. New features appear to be a connection to twitter and facebook (meh), a cool looking 3D terrain view (in app purchase sadly), and a "my routes" feature. Additionally you can now zoom in the 3D birds eye view, there's a new "SOS" feature that shows you a bunch of information about where you are and what's close (sorry, that was in 1.4 it looks like). Of all the features the 3D terrain looks sexiest, but hard to say if I'll get it as it's more $$ and lets face it, I'm a cheap bastard.
So looking through the What's new in Aperture 3 page, it looks like some people's dreams will come true, with "Faces" and "Places" from iPhoto appearing, brushes for retouching (echoing the local adjustment brushes from Lightroom), presets (they didn't have those before?), and what looks like a gorgeous full scren browser for browsing and viewing. Rounding out the major features is new slideshows with advanced affects, ability to combine video and audio with your photos, etc (sounds like they mixed in some Final Cut/iMovie in there as well).
All I can say is I kinda wish I a) wasn't already invested in Lightroom (come on Adobe, bring us Lightroom 3!!!) and that my main and most powerful computer wasn't a windows machine.
Know when that snarky bastard says "protip, just [something something]"? Check out the list of reddit supplied protips at the What is your best PROTIP? discussion.
Scoble has a good post on The social failings of Google. Rumors are that they'll release something new and amazing in the "social space" tomorrow (Tuesday). Guess we'll see what they have up their sleeves, and if whatever it is (gmail + wave + google reader?) is going to threaten the Facebook / MySpace world.
I just found Crying Wife.com via SmodCast. It's basically a guy who video tapes his wife who cries easily, after watching movies. Before you flame the guy for being an insensitive prick though, read his FAQ and then flame him :)
Dear Internet. I have no words to explain this: Japanese Star Wars Tuna Ad.
IO9 has collected The Worst Superhero Movies Of All Time so you don't have to. Some real stinkers in there...
Contrast The Blog has a nice little look at The thickness of napkins and compares it to computer software and hardware.
I present to you, without much comment, the Fax Machine Timeline over at Doghouse. Well, maybe "ha!" is the only comment....
IO9 has a teaser trailer for The Last Airbender. Looks pretty sweet!
Know how sometimes if you use one type of computer at home, and another at work, you end up using some behaviors from one and find they don't work on the other? If you are a mac person you might want to check out MaComfort which brings some things like quicklook and spaces to the windows world.
There's also a new app on edge rails post up for people who want to give it a shot.
Bending over backwards in Photoshop. Literally is a great post from a flickr superstar, photographer and model. Miss Aniela shows how she created a very cool image from another fairly "meh" one. An interview with her was done for TWIP a while back and can be found here.
Another great post from waxy.org on Pirating the 2010 Oscars.
Avast, ye scurvy dogs! The Oscar nominees were announced yesterday, which means it's time again to revisit the eternal war between the MPAA and Internet movie pirates.
Today, uTorrent version 2.0 was officially released. This new release is built to be more network friendly thanks to the Micro Transport Protocol (uTP) which aims to mitigate network congestion caused by poorly configured BitTorrent clients.
No, it's not released yet (as far as I know anyway), but the Ruby on Rails 3.0 Release Notes are a nice friendly look at what will be coming down the pipe.
Via Aryk: The true "size" of a gadget can be calculated now through the Full Gadget Ratio. This looks correct to me.
Very cool Interview with a scammer over at Scam Detectives. Excerpt:
John: First you need to understand how the gangs work. At the bottom are the "foot soldiers", kids who spend all of their time online to find email addresses and send out the first emails to get people interested. When they receive a reply, the victim is passed up the chain, to someone who has better English to get copies of ID from them like copies of their passport and driving licenses and build up trust. Then when they are ready to ask for money, they are passed further up again to someone who will pretend to be a barrister or shipping agent who will tell the victim that they need to pay charges or even a bribe to get the big cash amount out of the country. When they pay up, the gang master will collect the money from the Western Union office, using fake ID that they have taken from other scam victims.
Slashdot story about some researchers who Claim "Effectively Perfect" Spam Blocking Discovery.
A team of computer scientists from the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley, CA are claiming to have found an "effectively perfect" method for blocking spam. The new system deciphers the templates a botnet is using to create spam and then teaches filters what to look for.
My buddy Jason forwarded me this South Park Mac vs. PC which really boils the Mac vs. PC debate down nicely.
*squeels like a little girl* OMG there's a new... *cough*. I mean Awesome, there's a new Kick-Ass International Trailer that's out.
For everyone winging about how the iPad doesn't have multi tasking, there's an interesting article on Smoking Apples on Understanding Multi-tasking on the iPad with some clarifications about what it is or isn't, and what you may or may not use it for.
The point that it's not really multi-tasking of running multiple apps that people are bitching about, but the session based "using multiple apps at once" type of multi-tasking that people want. Maybe this is a new paradigm in using the computer that people will either like or not like? My thoughts are that the iPad will be great for some people with some workflows and requirements, and not good for others. Buy one if you want one, I don't care :P
Nice HOWTO article on Setting up virtualization on Ubuntu with KVM for anyone who was thinking about it but a bit intimidated.
Light Chasers Photography has a great article on How to Shoot (Photographs) Like A Terrorist. An excerpt:
Bring the largest camera (or lens) you have
We all know that terrorists want attention - that's why they plant bombs wreak as much havoc as they can. They want people to notice them so they can get their message heard. This means that terrorists don't want to bring around small, inconspicuous cameras - they don't attract any attention. If you want to look like a terrorist, bring out the biggest hunks of plastic, metal, and glass that scream out "I'm a photographer terrorist."
I've never seen such an odd looking, nor Groovin' Owl in my life.
Great article I found via twitter about Software on the Cheap and just why you should be paying your programmers more, and not less, and why that six figure salary will (probably, assuming they are good of course) be completely worth it compared to getting uncle bob's nephew who took some classes sometime.
A completely unofficial Duke Nukem Forever trailer has surfaced, with links and discussion up on Shacknews.