I have no words. Well, other than I'd love to see this for real.
Aryk sent me the link for Captain America: The First Avenger's Trailer. Wow, pretty awesome stuff.
Yay! I'm back and ready to post up a storm... well, at least a minor drizzle, but it's starting up again! Lets start up with Dear Coffee, I Love You, a blog all (all) about coffee and coffee related things. Via Shawn Blanc.
No, not the demise of the site, but I'm finally getting a bit of a break so I'll be staying offline as long as I can, so please don't be surprised if nothing really is posted here in the next week or so.
In the meantime though, send me any interesting stories as usual (easiest way is either directly to me @arcterex or the site @ufies on twitter or by email). If you're bored head over to a cool link blog like Reddit or Digg.
If you're interested in helping this site not get stale when I'm not around by being a writer or contributor, and have an idea of what the "vibe" of the site and the sorts of things that are posted here, please email or tweet me, I'd love to have some help.
I'm not all that good at organizing things, but if you want to help support Japan in the crisis that I'm pretty sure you've heard about, check out the Vancouver Japan Relief Walk of Hope:
We encourage all participant to wear their red and whites, to show off the colors of both countries flags. Having a huge network of photographers, Christopher and his team will be covering this event from many angles and perspectives, capturing the true spirit of giving in action. Opportunities for direct donations can be made along the walk and also at the final destination where a team of volunteers will be meeting the arrivals. This Campaign will continue even after the Walk of Hope has completed.
This will be a great photo walk for Vancouver photographers looking to help out and have fun day, and you'll help a good cause. I'm looking forward to this big time! I know there are at least a few of UFies.org readers in Japan and while I don't know you I hope you and your families are safe, and I hope that I can support in this small way.
I'll repost this again as time gets closer, but again, please do sign up and donate!
7 ways the cable company's trying to screw you. My response.... "only 7?"
Given the speed with which companies shift names, it's not unlikely that the new Quebecor arena will be renamed something else within a few years. And, once again, we'll all feel like idiots when we can't remember what to call that big ugly building thingy where the dudes on the skates hit that rubber thingamajig.
Sadly because of the monopolies these companies have, and the gobs of cash, there's not really a lot you can do about it, because even if you (eg) cut your cable, you still need an internet connection to download your TV shows (assuming you don't just quit cold turkey of course) and guess who you give money to for that.... the cable company, and with caps and net neutrality coming down, you'll be ending up giving them even more money.
Cool news that Microsoft shut down the spam behemoth Rustock, reducing worldwide spam by 39%. Can't say that I've noticed it, but it's good to know. Sadly I'm sure another network will pop up to take it's place, however it does feel lately that spam is moving off of email and onto IM/Mobile more.
Possibly an epic mod..... First-person Mario. Not sure if I could play it or not but it's a pretty damn cool idea.
Backlash Over "Do Not Track" Feature coming in Firefox 4:
"Their first posture toward us was, 'You're breaking the web. It's an economic model,'" Kovacs recounts. "'If you do this, you're single-handedly breaking the web. It'll be a great place for a non-profit, but you don't understand the web.'"
Peejay sent me the link to the Hobo with a Shotgun Trailer. Lets say the trailer is NSFW due to violence, and at the same time awesome for the violence. Got a bit of a Death Wish feel to it.
Created from Sci-Fi Wire, here's a video with clips of the 32 best quotes from Joss Whedon's Firefly.
So awesome. I'm thinking I might re-watch the whole series this weekend.
Pretty awesome YouTube - Chatroulette Love Song. Best line in it is the "I'm so glad you're not a naked guy".
Bonus> - Reddit link and discussion on a WP7 developer close to the breaking point (to which I say "all that and you're only close to the breaking point?" :)
Katamari Hack is a bookmarket that turns any page into a Katamari Damacy. Completely pointless, but awesome nonetheless!
Thanks for wiebedj for reminding me that today (3/14) is Pi Day! May your radii be merry and your circumferences be bright. Or something like that.
Your Highness - Restricted Trailer. Extra bonus scene is Natalie Portman going to take a dip. Hey, just sayin'....
diting: Xcode gets brains There have been many criticisms of Xcode, especially from those coming from other platforms. "The UI sucks", "the key bindings are different", "it doesn't give me a blow job upon a successful build". Most of them are silly complaints that boil down to either a) Xcode is different, or b) an inability to check if a preference exists. However, there are lots of valid criticisms about Xcode, especially with regards to code completion, refactoring and other similar features. All these ones boil down to a very simple fact: Xcode doesn't really know much about your code. Thankfully Xcode 4 is more than just a pretty face, it also has brains.
Also, screw you Apple for not allowing free account apple devs to download the new version and selling it for $5 in the app store, that's just lame :(
Nice article on why It's time to stop using Subversion.
The Apple-heads will already know that iOS 4.3 was released today (why 2 days early? who knows), and if you're interested in what's changed, you'll want to check out the iOS 4.3 walkthrough.
Paul's latest post, Still no update shows a very frustrated person trying to continue loving MS WIndows Phone 7 and (apparently) having a hard time when the promised update to fix all the random things wrong with the initial release is (still) nowhere to be seen. I too find it hard to believe that a company as big as MS can't get an update out for a phone with a (I presume) fairly small market share.
For a good cause and everything, and pretty damn funny. James Bond Dresses as a Woman for International Woman's Day. Sorry but Daniel Craig just doesn't pull that dress off. :)
Today's Penny Arcade cartoon The Land Before Time.... all I can say is "very true".
I wasn't sure what to expect when I clicked on the Daring Fireball link entitled Evocative Photos of Star Wars Toys, but after looking at Avanaut's Photostream, that's exactly how I'd describe them too. Fantastically executed shots.
More proof that with a bit of ingenuity and imagination you are never in the "nothing to take pictures of" zone.
Update: An article on his setup and how he creates the images in Gizmodo.
I know it's a promo video, but those photogs in the crowd who know what the Fuji X100 is will appreciate it. The beauty of this camera is amazing (sadly so is the price). Anyone who wants to get me a review unit I'd love you forever! Check the Fuji X100 Official Promotion Video over at RiceHigh's blog.
If you're photographically inclined, you might be interested to check out the new show from the guys at TWiT, in it's "episode zero" format - MostlyPhoto Beta 1 with @mostlylisa (Lisa Bettany) and @treyratcliff (Trey Ratcliff of Stuck in Customs). I'm only about halfway through but it's nice to hear they're not concentrating on gear, but more on what you can do with the gear you already have. Lots of talk about HDR in the initial show (not surprising because Trey is there) and as a bonus at around 28 minutes in you get to watch Trey do a "live" HDR of one of Leo's photos.
Sadly there's not an RSS feed yet, or anything to subscribe to. Looking forward to it going live so I can add it to my own list of photo podcasts.
Update: Beta 2 - Thanks Foz!
Nice collection of the 15 of the Best 90′s TV Shows from Nickelodeon. Nice little flashback for some of us, though honestly the only one in there that I really remember is Ren and Stimpy.
Cool concept app that could let you create a iPad 2 Virtual Window. Just an idea for now, but definitely something nifty to check out.
Very awesome Traditionally Animated Superman Film, complete with a pretty cool explanation of the how and why at the end.
LRPAD is a cool app which lets you wirelessly connect your iPad to your Lightroom editing. Something to keep note of for if/when I get an iPad.
Google announced today that they have released a beta of their Mobile Maps software to help route you around traffic, at least in areas where the traffic data is available.
Aryk pointed me to these interesting Amazon reviews of the book A Million Random Digits.
ForeverGeek.com brings a trailer of the TRON animated series. I like the look of it for sure! Anyone know a date other than "coming soon"?
IE6 Countdown, Microsoft doing their best to stop people from using their ten year old product.
Good on them I say.
Via Daring Fireball.
A quick thought: The reason that this is happening (people continuing to use IE6 that is) I believe is because there's so much of Windows XP still around, and IE6 is the default on that install. If Vista or Windows 7 was as accessible (and piratable) then Windows XP would have less of an install base and therefor that much less of IE6. Just a thought anyway.
BBC has this Audio slideshow that is awesome. Must watch for any photography geeks.
Accompanying the film crews was photographer Timothy Allen. His stunning still images captured unique glimpses of people living in the world's most extreme environments. Take a look at some of them, and listen to him explain how he snapped the most arresting shots.
Seen on There, I Fixed It.com, possibly the most awesome bookshelf design ever. Want!
Reddit has a cool video of Upgrading through every version of windows, in VMware. Very nerdy, and a bit nostalgic. Also a testament to how much better Windows has gotten over the years, and Microsoft's dedication to software backwards compatibility.
Yes, there's some sort of Apple thing today, if you want to look at the liveblogs like a nutcase you know where to go, if you don't but are interested you'll probably not be able to avoid the news and/or rabid fanboys at your place of work, if you don't care, well, I haven't put any links or extra details here for you to get annoyed at :)
OK little boys and little boys who have grown up, you will want to look at the 2012 Lamborghini Aventador. Truly a pinup I'd put on my wall. Check out this shot to see just how sleek it is. Thanks to H at work for passing it on to me this morning.
Next in line for the "WTF did they do that" list, YouTube - The real DOOM on a calculator!
One of my favorite desktop and mobile apps, Evernote has just Completely Redesigned Evernote for iPhone and iPod Touch. Very cool, can't wait to give the new UI a shot!