May 31, 2006
Levels of HTML Guru-ness

Interesting and funny look at Levels of HTML knowledge. I personally fall somewhere in between level 3 and 4. How about you? Via digg.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:04 AM
May 30, 2006
iBar - Worlds Largest Touchscreen

Another random link sent to me during the day... check out the video of the iBar. I gotta figure out how to build one of these for my kitchen!

Posted by Arcterex at 04:45 PM
Massive Lego Aircraft Carrier

Wow, the guy who made this huge lego aircraft carrier definately has a lot of time on his hands. (via digg).

Posted by Arcterex at 11:12 AM
Your Startup and Ruby on Rails

An interesting and sarcastic (yet funny) article entitled Why your startup should use Ruby on Rails. All good points in there (for those too lazy to RTFA the point is really saying why you shouldn't use RoR), however I think a similar article could be written about your favorite language or framework. In fact, your favorite language sucks! :)

For anyone who has looked at RoR or Catalyst or any of the newer frameworks web frameworks available out there it's an interesting read. Amazingly the comments to the story haven't devolved into a flamewar yet. We can still hope though!

Posted by Arcterex at 08:59 AM
May 29, 2006
100 Annoying Interview Questions

A mildly amusing list of annoying interview questions and answers.

"Tell me 3 of your weaknesses." "I work too hard. I never ask for a big enough raise. I tend to lie when I'm asked stupid questions."

-- Bit Brain

Posted by Arcterex at 12:51 PM
May 28, 2006
Spider from a 5 Dollar Bill

So if you're bored and enjoy scaring your servers, give this Spider project a try. Via Digg.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:31 PM
May 27, 2006
New Features in MT 3.3

Here's some information on the features in the as-yet-unreleased Movable Type 3.3?. Highlights are tags (very web 2.0tm (c) (r), more ease of use and some nicer/better plugins. Oh, and no more Melody account by default (yay) :) Keep an eye out if you want to be a beta tester.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:25 PM
May 26, 2006
The Internet is for Porn

I might be the last one on this bandwagon (again), but the internet is for porn song (and it's various other versions) are just hilarious. Now I'm going to be singing this all day!

Posted by Arcterex at 04:03 PM
Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strips

Probably hugely illegal, but there is a site with all calvin and hobbes comic strips. Gotta love that tiger :)

Posted by Arcterex at 03:47 PM
May 25, 2006
Crossover For Mac

Very cool. The guys over at codeweavers have begun porting their excellent wine-based system for running windows apps seamlessly under Linux, to mac. Currently it requires X11, but they are working to remove this dependancy.

What this means is that there would be a potential for being able to click on a .xls file on your Mac-Intel desktop and have the windows version of Excel launch. Ok, maybe a bad example as office is available for Mac. A better example is Half Life 2, which is being worked on by codeweavers devs :)

Posted by Arcterex at 01:17 PM
May 24, 2006
Ghost Rider Trailer

I think I mentioned the Ghost Rider movie a while ago. Well, just saw that there is a trailer out there. Looks pretty cool, serious yet cartoony. We'll still see if it turns out to be an abomination to my childhood memories :)

Posted by Arcterex at 05:15 PM
May 23, 2006
Thoughts on Advertising

Found this amusing post on Planet Gnome, brings out the side of me jaded by advertising :)

Posted by Arcterex at 01:07 PM
May 22, 2006
Explosion Videos

Nothing is more fun than blowing things up, if you can't do that though, watching videos of things being blown up is pretty cool too. Case in point is the Trojan Nuclear Cooling Tower Implosion.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:13 AM
May 21, 2006
BSG Season 3 Details

Very cool, not only is BSG Season 3 coming sson (well, October), but it's also going to be far darker.

I can't wait!

Posted by Arcterex at 12:41 PM
Awesome Escher-Like Art

Story on digg points to a very cool site with some great art with an Escher-like feel.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:18 PM
May 17, 2006
WMP 11 Review

There is a good review of the latest iteration of Windows Media Player (version 11) over at Paul Thurrott's site. Looks a lot cleaner than the abomination that was version 9 and 10, I'll give this an install later today and see if it's usable.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:19 PM
May 15, 2006
Introduction to ISA 2004

I'm not a huge Microsoft guy, however I do like to know what is going on in the rest of the internet world. My buddy Dana has published a slidedeck with an Introduction to ISA 2004, the windows firewall. Looks very nice, and looks like a good reference for you ip[fwadm|chains|tables] people to check out.

Good work dude!

Posted by Arcterex at 09:58 PM
May 12, 2006
Video of Chemistry Fun

Combine really cool english accents and very reactive chemicals. Check it out. "Imagine if you will, a hand grenade going off in a bathtub." :)

Posted by Arcterex at 11:08 PM
Dorm Room Automation

See, by not going to a college or university with dorm rooms, not only did I miss out on all the panty raids and drunken bashes, but also the geeky way of partying, such as MIDAS: Homemade Dorm Room Home Automation System. Check out the 'party mode' video :)

Posted by Arcterex at 04:52 PM
New (Better) MT Spam Plugin

I might be the last person to hear/talk about this, but I've found that the spam blocking plugin built into Movable Type 3.2 has been sucking lately. This morning I got about 100 blackjack spams, which confused me because I figured after I marked the first 50 as Junk, the system would be smart enough to know. Guess the new system isn't that smart. Anyway, I recently found the Wordpress Akismet spam blocker is available for MT. Seems to work very well. You need a wordpress account to get an API key, other than that though, there's nothing you see in the interface other than a huge lack of spam comments/trackbacks.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:46 AM
Catproofing your Computer

Now this is pretty cool... PawSense has software for windows that will:

PawSense analyzes keypress timings and combinations to distinguish cat typing from human typing. PawSense normally recognizes a cat on the keyboard within one or two pawsteps.

The software then locks keyboard input until you enter a human passphrase. This only works of course, if your can't doesn't know how to type.

Posted by Arcterex at 08:31 AM
May 11, 2006
Re-Programming Road Signs

Ever wondered what it'd be like to reprogram those street signs beside the road? Well, this guy did. Amusing :)

Posted by Arcterex at 12:24 PM
The Show... Jokes for Nerds

I have no idea what the show with zefrank is, but it's pretty funny.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:02 AM
May 07, 2006
Get Yahoo Mail Beta

Anyone out there want to check out the new Yahoo Mail Beta? Here are the instructions on how to get Yahoo Mail Beta. Basically you change your content to something like UK, go to mail, and you'll be prompted to join the Beta. Worked perfectly for me. Course, I don't use either yahoo mail or webmail, but it does look pretty neat.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:26 PM
May 03, 2006
Ghost Rider Movie?

Seems like a good day for trailers..... forgetfoo points to a Ghost Rider Revealed trailer, starring who appears to be Nicolas Cage. I guess my only real question here is "will this be a travesty". Ghost Rider was one of the few comics I read when I was a Wii lad, and while I don't remember that much of the details, I do remember how cool it was at the time. Will Nick Cage bring Johnny Blaze to life properly?

Posted by Arcterex at 11:14 PM
Homemade Animal Costumes

Homemade Animal Costume images. Almost guarenteed to be the most bizarre thing you see today.

Posted by Arcterex at 06:44 PM
May 02, 2006
New Superman Returns Trailer

Dave threw me an email to get off my ass and watch the new Superman Returns trailer. I've been a bit out of it lately, and all I can say is "wow"!

Posted by Arcterex at 06:47 PM