10.30.2007

Could this be a young bigfoot?

Check out these pictures taken by a trail camera. The first one is of some bear cubs. A few minutes later, something else wanders into range to investigate the scent and salt lick.

Taken with a Bushnell trail camera with infrared by R. Jacobs. There are reportedly more photos that haven't been released.

10.29.2007

TOP TEN Digg Comments Summary:

mlostracco accurately describes all comments on Digg with the following TOP TEN LIST !!!!


  1. I see what you did there.

  2. lulz

  3. But will it blend?

  4. Pics or it didn't happen.

  5. Mirror?

  6. FAIL.

  7. You win the thread!

  8. Dugg!

  9. I found my new desktop.

  10. Fanboy

10.21.2007

More World of Warcraft players than Farmers

There are four times as many Americans living in urban than rural areas. There are four times as many people sucking back coffee in New York city alone than make a living farming.

10.02.2007

Free Email Without Registration

I never understood on-line email accounts that require you to have an email account to register? Handy for all those trolls and folks who don't actually own a computer and go to the library.

The answer today is simple, GMAIL no longer requires any email.


9.21.2007

20 Icon Generators from Mashable

Thanks to Mashable for this one...



    icons

You don’t need to be a great artist to get great looking graphics. In fact, sometimes you don’t even have to roll up your sleeves. We’ve put together a list of 20 sites that’ll help you create icons, favicons, animations and various graphics in no time.

    256pixels

256Pixels.com - Presents a daily favicon contest. Create a new favicon with their built in palette, and put it up for others to vote on.

    Ajaxload.info

Ajaxload.info - Create an animated icon to display during AJAX load times.

    Antifavicon.com

AntiFavicon.com - Allows you to create colored favicons with up to two lines of text.

    Buddy Icon From Pics

Buddy Icon From Pics - Upload a picture and prep them to work with messengers like AIM, Yahoo, MSN and more.

    ConvertIcon.com

ConvertIcon.com - Online service that allows you to convert ICOs to PNGs and vice-versa.

    Dynamic Drive Favicon Generator

Dynamic Drive Favicon Generator - Upload your GIF, JPG, PNG or BMP and create favicons or desktop icons.

    EliteNick.com’s Custom AIM Icon Maker

EliteNick.com’s Custom AIM Icon Maker - Use pre-made backgrounds and then add the text and colors you want for a unique AIM Buddy Icon.

    Email Icon Generator

Email Icon Generator - Generate an email address icon to display on your site. A safe way to show off your email address that spambots can’t read.

    Favicon Generator

Favicon Generator - Upload a JPG, GIF, PNG or BMP and convert it in to a 16 X 16 favicon for your site.

    Favicon Generator and Gallery

Favicon Generator and Gallery - Upload your image and make a favicon in one of four different sizes, then add it to their gallery as well as using it on your site.

    Favicon.cc

Favicon.cc - Create your own icon by importing a picture or start from scratch, browse the latest creations of others.

    Favicon from pics

FavIcon From Pics - Upload your photos and make a favicon, including animated ones.

    Favicon Icon Drawing Program Online Free

Favicon Icon Drawing Program Online Free - Draw your own icons and even make clear ones where necessary.

    IconBuffet.com

IconBuffet.com - A large selection of licensable Web 2.0 style icons you can use for your site.

    Iconfinder.net

Iconfinder.net - A search engine specifically for locating icons on just about any subject.

    IconizeMe.com

IconizeMe.com - A website of artists turning your pictures into icons you can use around the web.

    MyCoolButton.com

MyCoolButton.com - Create buttons and icons with a Web 2.0 flavor to them.

    StockIcons.com

StockIcons.com - Licensable, royalty-free icons with a professional look that you can use for your projects.

    TerraIMS.com

TerraIMS Map Icons - Generate icons for use with online mapping services.

    Tiny Icon Factory

Tiny Icon Factory - Lets you generate simple 13X13 black & white icons for your use.

9.19.2007

STTOS Season 1 You Nerd

Yes, if you understand that title and have continued reading, congratulations, you are a nerd.

I got the Star Trek (the original series) Season 1 DVD set for my birthday. I was completely shocked by how good the episodes were. The actors do a great job and do justice to the stories. It was a team effort with the music, the camera, the lighting, and all the details down to the opening credits are all well thought out and set the stage. I would have loved to experienced Star Trek for the first time in 1966. It must have been a great thrill to every 8 year old boy.

Sure there's plenty of junky sets and fake ears, but the story is always about the people and everyday issues.

Interestingly, the production order is different than the on-air date. Here's the production order (thanks wiki). I'm guessing that if you watch them in production order, you might pick up on character development a little more. Although, by mixing them up you may have scrambled the message just enough that people focus on it more?


Prod. # Title
Pilots
01 "The Cage" (not syndicated)
02 "Where No Man Has Gone Before"
Season 1
03 "The Corbomite Maneuver"
04 "Mudd's Women"
05 "The Enemy Within"
06 "The Man Trap"
07 "The Naked Time"
08 "Charlie X"
09 "Balance of Terror"
10 "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
11 "Dagger of the Mind"
12 "Miri"
13 "The Conscience of the King"
14 "The Galileo Seven"
15 "Court Martial"
16 "The Menagerie" (part 1 & 2)
17 "Shore Leave"
18 "The Squire of Gothos"
19 "Arena"
20 "The Alternative Factor"
21 "Tomorrow is Yesterday"
22 "The Return of the Archons"
23 "A Taste of Armageddon"
24 "Space Seed"
25 "This Side of Paradise"
26 "The Devil in the Dark"
27 "Errand of Mercy"
28 "The City on the Edge of Forever"
29 "Operation: Annihilate!"

Blogger Play

Watch in real time, photo's being uploaded to Google. mmmmm, donuts.

What is Blogger Play?

Blogger Play is a real-time slideshow of photos Blogger users have recently uploaded to their blogs. It's a great snapshot of what people are thinking and posting about, right now!

8.25.2007

Boris Kobe's Tarot Cards from Allach Concentration Camp

Amazing that such things can be created in such circumstances.

Boris Kobe (1905 - 1981) – Slovenian architect and painter was a political prisoner at the concentration camp of Allach, a sub-camp of Dachau.


YouTube And The Youth Of Today

I have been looking at all the video sites recently just to see what was up. I have seen lots of Youtube videos embedded but I don't generally go to Youtube to find out whats there. Anyhow, everyone has a video camera today.



5.31.2007

Dragonfly Still Fun

The DragonFly is still fun to mess with and surprisingly tough. It recharges fairly quickly and continues to entertain my son (and myself).

Check out mydragonfly.info for more comprehensive information.

5.04.2007

Strange Ocean Worm

hmmm, what is that? Jay's Nemertean Worm? Jay Garbose Underwater Video shot this clip on 4/14/2007 on Juno Ledge in Palm Beach County. It is over 7 feet long. Water conditions: 73 F; 70-90 feet deep, 9:00 AM.

http://homepage.mac.com/jaygarbose/iMovieTheater42.html



5.03.2007

Best 50 Lures of All Time from Field and Stream [PICS]

Field and Stream has put together the top 50 lures of all time. Many familiar lures there. They also provide hints on proper use of some of the lures. Which is a good thing since some of them don't look like anything you have ever seen.

Here's the run down, but you have to see Field and Stream for the pics:
1: Curly Tail Grub
2: Dardevle Spinnie
3: Rapala
4: Mepps Aglia
5: Johnson Silver Minnow
6: Slug-Go
7: Zara Spook
8: Berkley Power Worm
9: Original Gitzit
10: Flatfish
11: Storm WildEye Swimbait
12: Rat-L-Trap
13: Terminator T-1 Spinnerbait
14: Gibbs Pencil Popper
15: Needlefish
16: Kastmaster
17 Krocodile
18: Little Cleo
19: Lucky Craft Flashminnow
20: Rooster Tail
21: Panther Martin
22: Cordell Red Fin
23: Swedish Pimple
24: Blue Fox Foxee Jig
25: Rebel Pop-R
26: K.O. Wobbler
27: FoodSource Minnow
28: Zoom Trick Worm
29: Rapala Shad Rap
30: Yamamoto Senko
31: Hopkins Shorty
32: Phoebe
33: Lucky Craft Splash-Tail 90
34: Al’s Goldfish
35: Hot Shot
36: Williams Wabler
37: Hula Popper
38: Jitterbug
39: Stanley Flat Eye Jig
40: Teeny Torpedo
41: Bagley Balsa B
42: Mann’s 1-Minus
43: Berkley Bat Wing Frog
44: Hula Grub
45: Snag Proof Frog
46: Lunker Lure Buzzbait
47: Culprit Tassel Lizard
48: Uncle Josh Pork Frog
49: Mepps Muskie Killer
50: Castaic Trout
Bonus Classic Lures: The Dardevle
Bonus Classic Lures: The Heddon Torpedo
Bonus Classic Lures: The Flatfish
Bonus Classic Lure: The Jitterbug
Bonus Classic Lures: The Johnson’s Silver Minnow

5.02.2007

Dutch Ovens

Lodge Mfg. makes great Cast Iron Cookware.

Best Dutch Oven Web Site goes to: Byron's Dutch Oven Cooking Web Page!
  • Oven Care
  • Cooking Tips
  • Recipes
  • Photos
  • Links
  • and more...
The Mac Scouter has many recipes also.

4.15.2007

4.14.2007

Hi, I'm Linux, and I'm a Mac, and I'm a PC

I'm not entirely sure what to make of Novell's deal with the devil, but it looks like they are using some of the cash to promote Linux. Bet the MS execs are hating that.

Meet Linux

4.02.2007

Top 10 Pointers on How To Fly the Flytech Dragonfly

  1. Get one at Radioshack, they're a blast. (They'll be available at other stores soon)
  2. Read the instructions!!! They are actually very good. Especially the part on charging.
  3. Don't even bother flying if its windy. Try at dusk, the wind tends to die down.
  4. Don't give it full power, half was good for "level" flight. And keep the controller on "Beginner mode".
  5. Lauch with the "TAIL" horizontal to the ground, the nose actually looks like it's going up.
  6. Don't throw it when you launch, it will flutter away (that's in the instructions but it's hard to resist giving it a little toss on launch.)
  7. It tends to rock when flying in a straight line, I think it means its over or under powered when the rocking motion starts.
  8. To stop the rocking, hit the rudder (turn) as it nose climbs and give it a little more power, it flys better in a turn.
  9. Full Throttle in a turn, you go higher, lower throttle and you drop.
  10. Have Fun!

Long Version:

Go get one. Radioshack has the Flytech Dragonfly now, but other stores will carry it soon. I got one for my son for his birthday. O.K., I got one for me and gave it to my son, whatever. Our first encounters were frustrating. The Dragonfly needs very calm air and a reasonable amount of room (especially when learning). We have discovered that the dusk is the best time to fly. The air is calm and the LED eyes make it that more entertaining. Keep the controller on "Beginner".

Launch it by giving it 50% power and holding the TAIL horizontal to the ground. The instructions say hold the Dragonfly horizontal but the body shape makes that unclear. Hold the tail horizontal and the nose looks like it is going slightly up to me. But just let go and it will flutter away.

Flying it is not straight forward. It is not a plane and doesn't climb and dive like a plane. When flying in a straight line, it tends to do a dipsy doodle move. It climbs, stalls, and dives forward. I believe it does this when over powered and maybe when under powered. To get it to stop this sea sick rocking, hit the rudder hard and give it a little more power as the nose goes up. The Dragonfly actually flies best in a turn. Once turning, give it a little more power to climb and a little less power to lose altitude.

Have Fun !

Other Reviews and Articles:
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Gearlog
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Yahoo Tech II
PC World
Engadget
Popular Mechanics
RobotsRule

3.04.2007

Wouldn't You Like To Be A Spammer Too?

I'm a spammer, she's a spammer, he's a spammer, their a spammer...

The almighty spambot has identified my blog as spam. Interesting how upset people get about being knocked off line from their free blog. From reports, it looks like it can take a week for it to be unlocked.

I have not been able to find any information on how to avoid this fate. I have seen people speculate that posting several short posts close together is a trigger.

3d Flash Menu System

cool.

http://www.screenvader.com/root.html

2.25.2007

10 Ways to Make Money On-Line

From Web Worker Daily:

  • Offer your professional expertise in an online marketplace.
  • Sell photos on stock photography sites
  • Blog for pay (get paid as a writer)
  • Or start your own blog network (hire the writers and do the sales)
  • Provide service and support for open source software
  • Online life coaching
  • Virtually assist other web workers
  • Build services atop Amazon Web Services
  • Write reviews for pay or perks
  • Become a virtual gold farmer in World of Warcraft

CBC Report on Internet in '93

Pure, Clear, Free, Information



It's almost too perfect. Is it real or is it a fake? If it is a fake, it really is a good one..

2.21.2007

Most Entertaining Comments

RedOrbit reports that

"NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has captured for the first time enough light from planets outside our solar system, known as exoplanets, to identify signatures of molecules in their atmospheres. The landmark achievement is a significant step toward being able to detect possible life on rocky exoplanets and comes years before astronomers had anticipated."

The story is good and it's fascinating news if not a bit technical, but what's funny are the comments.


2.16.2007

TypeNow has a lot of fonts

Typenow has a lot of fonts. Some commercial, and some free. Check out the Free Themed Fonts.

You know you want to use the Battlestar font.

2.15.2007

Big Sky Stuff

I have some cool photo's from my Big Sky trip. I put together some things using Zazzle. I like the grey t-shirt.


Whatever you do, Do Not Click This

HA HA, You Clicked.

Like the bus stop signs that say "Who Me? I never read bus signs", "Don't Click" has an interesting Flash based site that removes the "click" and activates everything in other ways. It is a fascinating experience and surprisingly fluid. The experience is broken up by surprise polls and information.

So whatever you do, Do Not Click This

2.14.2007

Chaucer Rulz, Whan that April with his showres soote

I don't know who Jurgen9 is but he makes t-shirts related to Chaucer and Medieval Liturature. I read Chaucer and Shakespearein high school and remember them fondly. This t-shirt really caught my eye because it combines Medieval Liturature with 90's gaming. How can you beat that?


Whan that April with his showres soote
The droughte of March hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veine in swich licour,
Of which vertu engendred is the flowr;

2.07.2007

beryl on edgy

WOW! installed beryl on edgy and it is mighty impressive. It definitely perks up the desktop and the spinning cube multiple desktop actually is useful. When you spin the cube, the windows are lifted off the surface so you can see the stack order.

Here are some YouTube videos on Beryl. You'll see that its highly customizable.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP6WRUJ6JjU&mode=related&search

2.04.2007

My Kids Love Ubuntu

When my XP box died and I couldn't get office etc. to install due to licensing issues, I moved to Ubuntu 5.1. It worked and the kids liked it but something went wrong (bad hard drive I think). Anywho, the box sat for a while and I just got around to downloading Ubuntu 6.1. WOW! Ubuntu has gotten even better.

It's still linux so getting the latest NVIDIA installed and working is not push button easy. But I can't wait to try XGL/Compiz. Unfortunately, my daughter was very excited about Ubuntu being back. So she's in the interweb playing some flash games.

2.03.2007

zPhone, Zune Phone Picture

Hot of creating a WOW experience with their music player, and trying to keep up with Apple, Microsoft is planning the release of the zPhone or Zune Phone.

Hervé Villechaize will be in the commercials declaring "Zee Phone, Zee Phone".

1.31.2007

Skiing Big Sky

Pictures from my trip to Montana on Flickr.

Photoshop Vanishing Point Tutorial

A great tool and a great example of making parts of a picture vanish if they are on a flat surface that has a vanishing point.

http://www.photoshopsupport.com/tutorials/tt-cs2/vanishing-point-tutorial.html

It only takes a few minutes to learn more about how vanishing point can be used.

1.19.2007

Eliminating Duplicate Files in iTunes (Sometimes)

I had to re-import my MP3s to recreate my library in iTunes. Unfortunately, I imported my iTunes Music directory with the "copy to libary" option set. Removing them was simple. Just do a search for file names ending with 1.mp3. iTunes just appends a space and a number before the file extension.

This doesn't really find duplicate files in your library if they came from different sources. Sorry if the title mislead you.

1.13.2007

Posh Spice Comes To America !!!

David Beckham is coming to play for L.A. Galaxy. This is great for MLS Soccer.

Things haven't been too good for Beckham at Real evidently.

Upgraded

I just upgraded this blog to the newest version of Googles Blogger. The tagging of content is going to be interesting. Surprisingly, they don't offer a tag clound, just a linked list.

A number of things have changed including the archiving. Shorter titles would present better.

1.06.2007

Mac OS X better than Vista

I've been using MS products for about 20 years. It has been sad to watch them waste their market position on legal battles and marketing instead of real innovation. Unfortunately, they did everything they could to preserve their position by trying to lock you into their products with gimicks. While it might actually be possible, computers are not Shick razors and they continue to evolve. My feeling is the P.C. is dead and that the age of appliance computing is quickly arriving. Appliances along with the Internet, Open Standards, and On-Line Services (like Flickr) will be the new paradigm.

Here's how Information Week sums up the difference.
In a nutshell, Vista vs. Mac OS X is Revolution vs. Evolution. It's about a massive, long-delayed upgrade that has to account for almost 6 years of progress by its competitors, versus a well-executed strategy of regular updates. While updating an operating system is never something that can be called easy, Apple's strategy has been the better one for keeping their OS on top of things, something Microsoft has admitted to in a roundabout way.

1.05.2007

Who is "Stuart J. Johnston" and why should I care about his opinion.

I have been facinated by the Microsoft Public Relations machine as they attempt to make Vista be anything but a huge flop. Sure, there is residual momentum and Vista will sell. But at this point, I'm not sure it will ever replace XP. Personally, I'm upgrading to Mac.

So who is this guy? Does he consider himself a journalist or does he just copy and paste whatever Microsoft sends him? Granted, the piece that got me going was ENT news titled: Windows Vista To Launch a Day Early. My favorite part was...


Despite the excitement and pent-up demand, Microsoft's celebratory
gathering cannot come close to this week's New Year's Eve celebration in Times
Square that drew at least a million attendees. Public relations spin or not,
lines around the block to buy Vista at midnight won't be able to hold a candle
to that.

WOW, the spin starts here!!! (that should probably be all caps and each letter in a different color).

His bio at Redmon Mag says:

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February
1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as
for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services, and .NET magazines.

I couldn't find anything that old, but we'll take Redmond's word that he is a seasoned veteran.

Interestingly, He often writes about bugs. But there always seems to be the mention of bugs in other products of competitive interest (like ipods and flash).

In looking over his writing, it also looks like Microsoft may start calling XP buggy in order to make Vista look more attractive.

Good Luck Mr. Johnston.

1.03.2007

Ten things I wish I had known before I switched to OS X.

Cameron Banga writes about his experience of moving from Windows to Mac. Since I just went through this with my son, I found it interesting. His #1 was mine as well, you don't have to install stuff on a Mac. There's just the executable to copy into any directory you want. Windows lovers won't understand until they try.