29 November 2006
Link [via Neatorama]
23 November 2006
"I mean, come on—we could have lined up in alphabetical order in the end zone dressed in nothing but helmets and socks and whacked off for 60 minutes, and the BCS would still send us to the Tostitos Championship Game," Tressel told the assembled reporters. "Hell, you'd all still vote for [Buckeyes quarterback] Troy Smith to win the Heisman. And you know it."
21 November 2006
Hacking involves actually doing something to the bananas, like inserting a caller-ID unit into each banana to display incoming calls on multiple lines. You know, something that takes skill.
20 November 2006
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12 November 2006
I'm out for the next few days, off to our nation's capitol to hob-nob with politicians, researchers, and vendors. Well, ok, just vendors and a few fellow customers, but hob-nob I shall!
I'd ask for places to go, but I don't think I'll have the time. I've never been to DC so I would have loved to stay a few extra days. But, hotels costing what they do, I won't be. Ah well, can't always turn business into vacation.
By the way, as I don't travel much anymore, I was totally flabbergasted at the idiotic rules for flying. No liquids or gels in containers over 3oz, and all those containers have to be in a plastic bag no bigger than a quart. Oh, and you can only take one plastic bag of said liquids. Good thing I travel light.
10 November 2006
Check out the demo video. Yes, it only works in IE and via ActiveX, minus points for that. But the technology itself is stunning and opens the window for so many more possibilities.
Imagine an image search engine that could recognize related images to one you choose and stitch together a 3-dimensional representation with those images. You see this happening in the demo with a data set of images of Rome, Italy. You could potentially see Rome from angles you didn't photograph by having the software find images and forming the perspective you want to see.
Outside of virtual tourism, the possibilities roam to gaming (naturally), archeology, criminal justice, landscaping, mapping/navigation.. it's a very exciting thought. Definitely an technology to continue to watch.
When they say:
“Is that really a good user experience?”
They really mean:
“You’re cutting into my World of Warcraft time.”
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08 November 2006
For the first time since it's inception as a city in 1907, alcohol can be sold in restaurants and stores. Prepare for moral decay, rioting, and a murder or two now that people can buy booze in town. Oh, wait, they have that already (maybe not the rioting) and they can buy booze by driving 3 miles.
As someone who grew up in this community I have to wonder why it took so long. Any teenager can tell you exactly where to go to buy beer in town. And there are liquor stores in almost every direction leaving town within one mile of the city line.
Sorry CRC, it's over. Get your recount on but I imagine you'll still lose. Too bad the vote was so close (40 votes!)... it emboldens the prudes to try and re-instate the ban. Of course, once residents get a taste of having beer with their meal at Community Kitchens, they'll never go back.
Oh, and family that are reading, I'm buying the first round next time I'm in town.
Zeeland voters overturn alcohol ban
Speaking of which, here's the break-down of the voting for two Proposals (PDF). Hm, let's see, the Proposal was approved (meaning these people voted to not help minorities) by non-union, white, Republican men with less than a college education. I hate to talk in broad generalities here, but how many people in that demographic took the time to actually, you know, research the issue? How many of them knew Michigan the third-most segregated state in the country? That's right, fellow citizens, we're more segregated than many Southern states. Whoop it up. Election's over so we don't have to think about that again... whew.
I'm so disgusted with this state. We'll overwhelmingly vote down a proposition to allow a hunting season for cute birds (dammit), but when it comes to giving a hand to the oppressed minorities (and, yes, despite your protests, they are oppressed), it's the middle finger and "get a job" to them.
At least we didn't elect DeVos.
07 November 2006
Go pick a governor, vote on some propositions (PDF), maybe elect a judge or two. Just don't sit on your butt all day and then slap your forehead at 8pm when the polls close.
Get up! Move it, buddy. See your ballot before you go. It's easy now; I've done all but drop you in front of a voting booth and pointed where you should make your mark.
How about a marching band forming Star Trek logos with Star Trek actors in the stadium. That's close.
Whew. (Oh, and Patrick Stewart was in the stadium; Royal Shakespeare was in town and he guest conducted.) God help us he even said "Make it so." Perhaps all the Ann Arbor snootiness and entitlement somehow canceled out all that concentrated geekiness, nerdiness, and Star Trek fanboy, helping us to narrowly escape total destruction as the Earth herself would have reached up to consume all that social awkwardness and self abuse.
06 November 2006
Been a while... busy... blah blah blah.
Instead of a long-winded "sorry I dropped off the face of the earth" post, I going to root through my hard drive and talk about something in my backup folder.
This is a logo for a band named Cycle. When I lived in Grand Rapids, Cycle was a rock band that had a modicum of notoriety, playing the standard GR haunts: The Intersection, The Radio Tavern (now destroyed), Ten Bells, etc as well as some opening shows for major-label bands (American Hi-Fi, Sponge, Bowling for Soup).
At my day job, I worked with one of the band members, drummer Jay Blakeslee. In my smokin' days, Jay and I frequently ran into each other outdoors, catching a break.
The image above is the first logo I showed the guys for the band's logo. There were some other ideas, now lost to backup discs gone missing, but this is the one they liked and went with. I have to say I liked this one most of the concepts I showed, and it had a lot of potential.
Unfortunately, the site became tough to keep up with after I moved to the East side and my relationship with the band drifted away. The URL is no more, but Cycle lives on through MySpace.
Check 'em out, ask for a CD.. they're not bad.