October 31, 2013
Guy Drives Across the USA in 28 Hours

Meet The Guy Who Drove Across The U.S. In A Record 28 Hours.

You might think the hardest part of setting the cross-country driving record is driving across the country. You might think the hardest part is staying awake for more than 24 hours, or constantly keeping your foot on the floor. You might think the hardest part is round-the-clock vigilance for law enforcement. You’d be wrong.


Posted by Arcterex at 03:24 PM
Guy Blogs About Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

This was posted on reddit this morning: I survived a Traumatic Brain Injury with a 10% chance of recovery. I couldn’t eat, walk, or talk for 4 months. I compiled a visual journey of my experience, with some pretty amazing and inspiring images. He’s got a blog over at http://cavinb.wordpress.com/ with more information and details. Very cool to see the power of someone moving forward after surviving something like this.

His project, Lights, Coma, Action, has not only a great title, but a cool video to go along with it.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:38 PM
Nexus 5 Announced

So good job Google, with news of long rumored, hyped and leaked Nexus 5 officially announced, and selling out in 27 minutes!. The Verge has more details and hands on impressions, but the short and sweet is this:

  • Android 4.4
  • 5” 1080p resolution screen
  • Fast, light, decent hardware
  • 8mp camera with promising specs (but we’ll see what happens in the real world)
  • Still laggy scrolling (according to the Verge anyway) :(

A nice sounding release and a “pure google” experience. I look forward to getting a hands on from my buddy Jim, who got in before all versions and colors sold out 27 minutes after the phone was announced.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:40 AM
October 29, 2013
X-Men Days of Future Past Trailer

X-MEN: Days of Future Past now has an official trailer with a fair hint at how it’ll be setup.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:47 PM
October 28, 2013
Great Ad Uses 3d Sidewalk Paintings and Other Illusions

Mind-Bending Ad Uses Anamorphic Illusions & Forced Perspective To Fry Your Brain.

Very well done.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:18 AM
Heart plays Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven, makes Robert Plant Cry

With a title like Heart plays Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven, makes Robert Plant cry, I couldn’t help but watch this this morning when it passed through my facebook feed. Huge kudos to my buddy Jim for passing it onto me. Amazing version of Stairway.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:50 AM
October 24, 2013
jwz: Justice is done!

Justice is done! No, not really. Seems the cop that pepper sprayed the protesters a couple of years ago got $38k in workers comp. Some of the details are a bit crazy to be believed, read JWZ’s commentary here as well as the link to the full story.

It must have been so hard for him to get his salty, salty tears out of his riot helmet after all of those mean, mean emails.


Posted by Arcterex at 04:29 PM
Tweetbot 3 for iPhone Released

After weeks (months?) of anticipation and wondering, Tweetbot for iPhone version 3 is out the door. Completely redesigned UI and cool (but IMHO a bit too much) animations. Yup, you’ll have to re-buy it for $2.99 (soon to be $4.99), and yup, if you complain about having to pay $3 for an app for your $900 phone, you’re a dick.

A few other reviews:

Posted by Arcterex at 03:56 PM
Vancouver City 2 Time Lapse in 4K - YouTube

Vancouver City 2 is a gorgeous time lapse video done in 4K. Those with big monitors might be able to tell when they set the Youtube quality at “original”. Very beautiful to look at!

Posted by Arcterex at 02:48 PM
Faded + Blurred Gets A Facelift

Big shout out to my buddy Jeffery Saddoris for his excellent facelift to the best photography site on the internet, Faded + Blurred. A great responsive layout and a great focus on the images. Excellent work!

Posted by Arcterex at 12:27 PM
Triumph the Insult Comic Dog At The Craft Beer Fest

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog at his best.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:42 AM
GIMP 2.9 Available

GIMP 2.9 (2.10 Development Builds) Available In New PPA For Ubuntu 13.10. Looks nice! You can also check out the GIMP roadmap to see where they’re going.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:37 AM
Captain America: Winter Soldier Trailer

I’m not going to say anything more about Captain America’s First Winter Soldier Trailer other than to quote a great man (myself) in saying…




Trailer below.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:49 AM
October 23, 2013
The Surface RT Reviewed

OSNews has the punchline in the title: The Surface RT is simply a very bad product:

The Surface proposition is intriguing. Sadly, the quality of the software is not. It’s been 3.5 years since the release of the original iPad, and everything Microsoft has to show for itself is broken, crappy software that is entirely unpleasant to use.

Posted by Arcterex at 04:34 PM
OS X Mavericks Tips and Tricks

OS X Mavericks: Tips, Tricks, and Details over at macstories has a great list of the new less than obvious updates to Mac OS 10.9 Mavericks.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:32 PM
October 22, 2013
Drunk Irishman Has Trouble With Hill

I don’t like making fun of people, but watching the Drunk Irishman Has Trouble With Hill video really did make my afternoon.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:51 PM
Today's Apple Event Summary

Today’s Apple Event: What You Need to Know has the hits from Apple’s event this morning for anyone who missed it, and cares. Main things:

  • Mavericks (OS 10.9) is available today and free
  • iPad Minis now have a retina option

Lots of other things, but those are the two highlights for me.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:02 PM
October 21, 2013
A New Take on Superman vs Batman

It’s definitely NSFW, but this Pete Homes take on Superman vs Batman is something I’d love to see.

Posted by Arcterex at 03:33 PM
BlackBerry announces BBM for iPhone & Android

BlackBerry announces BBM for iPhone & Android, with a reservation system. So if you’re a BB addict and can’t wait to get back into your BBM, now’s your chance.

Via 9-5 Mac.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:26 AM
October 18, 2013
Apple Sued Over Automatic iOS 7 Downloads to iOS 6-Powered

My first thought when I read the article Apple Sued Over Automatic iOS 7 Downloads to iOS 6-Powered Devices was “are you f-n serious?”

After iOS 7 was released, some iOS 6 users discovered that as much as 3GB of storage was being used up by an automated over-the-air download of iOS 7.

I don’t know if it’s people in the US that are overly-litigious, or the people in general. But seriously, a lawsuit about some disk space taken up? Is this what courts are being filled up with now?

sigh. Seriously, screw these people.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:04 PM
Wolfram|Alpha's Adds Pokémon Data

Wolfram|Alpha’s New Data about Pokémon was announced today:

Given those two facts, we thought it was a good time to add data about Pokémon to Wolfram|Alpha. In many ways, Pokémon are an ideal subject for a computable knowledge engine. They have a set of well-defined characteristics with lots of numbers to which we can apply our analytic capabilities. Heck, Pokémon come complete with their own unique identifiers from the game’s internal database, the Pokémon Index, or Pokédex.

I have no idea about Pokemon, but this does look cool to have all this info in a searchable, computable, form.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:59 PM
October 17, 2013
Excellent Video On What the NSA Is Doing And Why It's Bad

Great job by John Koetsier in his latest article all about this crowdsourced anti-NSA video. Worth the watch.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:05 AM
October 16, 2013
Square Announces Square Cash

Square Cash Sounds too good to be true. Email someone an amount, CC cash@square.com, and they get the money (after signing up with Square if they haven’t already). There is no step 3. Also, notice that if you send them $20 they get $20, and you pay $20, no fees.

No more pricing grids. No more fine print. Sending and receiving cash is free without gimmicks.

Nice review of the service at All Things D. The biggest catch right now is that it only works in the US with debit cards from MasterCard or Visa. Still, even if this is just a play by Square to get a huge number of signups, it sounds like a great deal, and it concludes with:

[…] Square Cash is the quickest, simplest method I’ve seen for sending money from one person to another.

Posted by Arcterex at 02:06 PM
Epic bus ad from Denmark

I agree with Jim on this Epic bus ad from Denmark… just try to come up with a cooler ad for public transportation.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:05 AM
October 15, 2013
'That Awkward Moment' Red-Band Trailer

I’m not normally one for bromance movies, but the “boner pill” section of ‘That Awkward Moment’ Red-Band Trailer was absolutely hilarious.

Posted by Arcterex at 05:11 PM
'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' International Trailer

‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ International Trailer over at /Film. I’ve been a huge fan of the Jack Ryan novels from Tom Clancy, and even though this is really a “based on the characters” movie, I’ll still be there. Looks like a nice mix of Spy Game and The Bourne Identity. Looking forward to it.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:52 PM
Godaddy Buys Media Temple

In the latest blog post, it’s announced that Godaddy has bought Media Temple.

Hmm… not sure how this is going to end.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:27 AM
Apple announces special event for Oct 22

Apple announces special event for Oct 22.

Right on schedule. My predictions:

  • New 10” iPad with a new body style, and Touch ID
  • New Retina 7” iPad minis, with new body style, no Touch ID, but in a variety of different colors.
  • Of course speed increases, etc. You don’t have to be a genius to know that this year’s versions of the iPad will be faster than last years.
Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
October 11, 2013
List of Free Programming Books

A nice list of free programming books compiled over at github.

Posted by Arcterex at 12:36 PM
Maciej Cegłowski XOXO Talk

Great talk by Maciej Cegłowski, inventor of Pinboard at this years XOXO. Very funny and insightful.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:09 AM
October 09, 2013
"Avalanche Sharks" Trailer

Just watched the trailer for Avalanche Sharks on io9. I’m. I’m. Speechless.

Posted by Arcterex at 05:54 PM
Google Releases iOS Backend Tools

Google’s new cloud development tools for iPhone apps are a complete strategic masterpiece, because it gives developers a fast and easy way to setup a backend (in Google) for your iOS apps.

But meanwhile, in releasing the new Mobile Backend Starter for iOS, Google staked a claim to a platform beneath Android,  beneath iOS, and potentially more long-term sustainable and lucrative than either of them.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:12 AM
October 08, 2013
Pacific Rim Gag Reel

io9 has a great Pacific Rim Gag Reel.

Posted by Arcterex at 01:59 PM
Nest Reinvents The Smoke Detector

Nest, who re-invented the termostat a couple of years ago today introduced the Nest Protect, a new take on the classic smoke detector with a few new tricks.

  • Smartphone connectivity and control
  • Smoke and CO detector
  • Voices tell you what’s going on
  • Easy to shut it up if you burn a pot roast (no more jumping up and down waving a towel)
  • Motion detectors light up to help you find your way at night
  • Sexy design
  • Will talk to your Nest thermostat in the event of a CO detection
  • more….
Posted by Arcterex at 09:59 AM
October 07, 2013
Disconnect Search, Built By Ex-Google And Ex-NSA Engineers, Lets You Use Google, Bing And Yahoo Without Tracking | TechCrunch

Disconnect Search is a search engine without tracking. You can head over to https://www.disconnect.me/search to check it out. From the Techcrunch article:

The extension works both on the search portals’ main sites, as well as through a browser’s omnibox (in the case of Firefox) or browser bar (in the case of Chrome). (The “search from everywhere” feature is still in beta.) Disconnect says that it has applied for patents to protect the proprietary way in which it does this.

I like this as an option, but honestly, the fact that google is tracking me means that I get personalized search results that tend to be more relevant and therefor, more valuable. This isn’t the case for everyone though, and having a nice and easy option like this is a great thing to have available.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:36 AM
October 04, 2013
Bugzilla Bug #923590 - Pledge never to implement HTML5 DRM

I’ve expressed my opinions of open source bug reporting systems before, but Bugzilla Bug #923590 is one I can get behind wholeheartedly.

It’s very simple. Pledge never to adopt, implement or assist the W3C’s EME specification.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:56 AM
The first new Godzilla movie footage

The first new Godzilla movie footage is monstrously awesome. Oh yea.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:23 AM
October 02, 2013
Windows 9 Concept Mockup

Very cool Windows 9 mockup, via OSNews. Some pretty neat ideas in there. No idea how it would work in real practice, but something fairly cool looking for the Windows Desktop.

Posted by Arcterex at 10:16 AM
October 01, 2013
iOS 7 And Accessibility

The Intersection show was featured on Daring Fireball, talking about iOS 7 and accessibility.

I was going to feel sorry for this guy, but I’m pretty sure he has a better setup, rig, and more podcasting and public speaking skills than I have.

Posted by Arcterex at 09:53 PM
Gabe Talks About Half Life 3

A Message From Gabe Newell goes deep into Valve and Half Life 3, or rather, the lack of Half Life 3.

I have no idea if this is real or not, but it’s a great read. I also don’t know why the whole article is actually just a big image. I am not surprised that the comments are full of people complaining either :)

Note: Yes, this is a joke site, but I do think that Gabe would say something like this :)

Posted by Arcterex at 11:52 AM
'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Trailer

‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ Trailer.

Not much more to say, other than “wow”.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:30 AM
Paper by FiftyThree Updated To Allow Printing

Paper by FiftyThree app now lets you create & order customized Moleskine books.

Paper by FiftyThree, the popular sketching and illustration app, today announced that it has teamed up with Moleskine to offer its users the ability to create and order customized 15-page Moleskin books directly from the app. The partnership with Moleskine means you’ll get a quality, hand-assembled 15-page foldout book on sustainable matte paper, but it also means you’ll have to hand over $40 USD in the process:

Very interesting partnership. I wish I had the skill to make it worthwhile to do something like this, but sadly I don’t think I could justify $10 on my chicken scratch drawings, much less $40. Still, if you’re a digital artist and are good with an iPad, this might be a very cool thing.

Posted by Arcterex at 11:17 AM
Windows 8.1 Ad

Via BGR, this Windows 8.1 Ad features the start button a lot.

Despite its return, the Start button now serves a different purpose — switching seamlessly between Metro and the classic Windows interface. The remainder of the ad focuses on the hotly-contested new Windows 8 interface and its potential for customization. The ad is titled “Windows 8.1 Everywhere,” as Microsoft hopes to push the new OS along with its RT counterpart to all Windows PCs and tablets, including the fresh new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2.

The big question is, is the lack of a start button really the big problem with Windows 8?

Posted by Arcterex at 09:45 AM