Friday, December 05, 2008

Clean Coal: This Is Reality

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fun With Fire

The following videos are from Friday Night Fun with some friends and fire. They show how it started and how it ended -- sort of.... Just watch them, and let me know what you think... Of my sanity and theirs. I have more extraneous footage, but I need to snip off a bit if I'm to post it via YouTube!.



Monday, October 13, 2008

Anonymous on FOX11

This is perfect proof of why the Old Media in Meatspace just don't get what's going on with the Internet. No one can possibly attack an "organization" that is effectively an anarchic hive mind. So, what's the count up to now? The New York Times, Oprah, and now a Fox affilite... Any more out there I haven't heard of yet?

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Fire at Applebee’s

I sometimes wonder if perhaps drunkenness might be contagious. This was at the end of a long night at Applebee’s with a couple of my friends. None of us had any alcohol that night, and yet, at least one of us was acting plastered. It’s worth noting thought that he is from a family on non-smokers, so the debacle with the smoker’s outpost is at least partially understandable.

The napkin he was attempting to incinerate was soaked in oil lifted from the dynamite sauce that had come with our dinner. It’s a chili/lime sauce that is supposed to be similar to a mayonnaise, but sometimes the emulsion does not hold, leaving the unfortunate diner with a puddle of greasy globs of goo.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Musing About Medicine



Firstly, I will admit that this is an ad for an alternative-medicine book, but the numbers are mostly correct. Also, I've seen much of this first hand in my own health and healthcare. I have been on Norvasc to control my hypertension for some time now. It lost it's patent protection a few years ago, leading to the introduction of reasonably priced generics. To combat this, Pfizer introduced a combined drug called Caduet that includes both amlodipine (a.k.a. Norvasc) and a still-patented statin drug, Lipitor. This has led many doctors to prescribe Caduet instead of amlodipine and a statin separately, thereby preventing patients from having access to generics. Also, many doctors are prescribing Caduet as a preventative, despite the increase in cost and associated risks of statins. I know this was the case with my healthcare; I was prescribed Caduet despite not having any indications for statin use. Also, with my insurance, Caduet cost me over $70.00 USD. Whereas, the brand-name Norvasc cost about $20.00 USD. The real shock came when I was finally able to switch to generic amlodipine: $5.00 USD! All of this in the name of profit, not healthcare.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Live iPhone Coverage

Leo is streaming a grand total of twenty-four hours of live iPhone 2.0 coverage. Many wonder if he will break before it's over, but he's holding up quite well. You can view his live coverage here, and I'm live-streaming below. I admit that I lack much to say, but perhaps I'll garner a few views.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

MobileMe

I just received this alert to let me know that I can now upgrade to MobileMe. I'll let you know what happens once it's installed.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Gorgeous Tiny Chicken Machine Show Ep. 11 - Garden Party

It's amazing how different Will Wheaton of STNG fame looks with facial hair. If I hadn't known in advance, I never would have recognized him.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Firefox community to set Guinness World Record

I've been using the beta and now the RC for some time now, and I love it! The only thing that keeps me using Safari as much as I do is the simplicity and elegance of the interface. I know, that's something I spoiled myself by way of all the ad-ons I've installed, but they are just so damn useful!

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doublespeak 101

It's amazing what some politicians think they can get away with these days. Whatever happened to that good ol' Revolutionary Spirit that made this country of ours what it once was?

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Famous Failures

This definitely makes me feel better about my life.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Media and Popular Opinion



This is in some ways a response to my last post, but even so, it stands well on its own. The video above raises some interesting points about the power of modern media to influence popular opinion in this nation. I'm still perturbed that Dr. Ron Paul has received as little attention in mainstream news as he has thus far. However, the dangers of being on the wrong side of the Media can be seen almost as clearly in the ongoing struggle between Senators Obama and Clinton. The comparison of Google Trends data and number of hits on YouTube! for various candidates does provide some interesting numbers to consider. A good Google Trends search here shows all of them together and restricted to searches from the US, within the last twelve months.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

McCain's YouTube Problem Just Became a Nightmare

I never thought I liked McCain, so I didn't need much more reason to avoid him if at all possible. However, the contents of this video would have been enough to turn me against him even had I been out on the streets campaigning for him initially.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

月蝕賑災視頻 - 愛與希望 (中國四川 512 地震)

I wish I could reed more of the Chinese in this video than just the date, but as stands, it's still a very touching tribute to the victims of the May twelfth earthquake in Sichuan province. My prayers and condolences go out to all those who have suffered in this tragedy. Also, my heartfelt thanks and congratulations to all those who were willing and able to rise to the cause and give of their time and substance to support those in this time of great need. If only the strength of the human spirit could continues to shine through times of joy as well as it does in times of sorrow.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Bea Arthur’s Birthday

Bea Arthur’s birthday was yesterday, and Best Week Ever put together this collection of great moments in Bea from YouTube clips in honor of it. All of them are worth watching, but I've decided to put my favorites here anyway.

A wonderful song about drugs:


Family:


The infamous Star Wars Christmas special:

Rock Out With Rockband

It's people like this that make me wary of playing online in games like these.

How to become a musician

It's easier than you think

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Sunday, May 04, 2008

I'm starting to worry about Google

YouTube exhibits double standards with The Church of Scientology and its critics. What ever happened to "Do No Evil™" with Google?

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Hi, I'm a Marvel...and I'm a DC: Iron Man and Batman

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Benny Hinn: Let the Bodies Hit the Floor

I don't know if I should find this offensive or not. However, given my history on both sides of the religious fence, I think everyone can benefit from this. Those who know the song probably won't find anything wrong with it; those who don't know the song or artist but do know Benny Hinn, will at most write it off as more of "those annoying young people." To be honest, I have no clue as to which side the creator was on when this was made, but it does have surprisingly good choreography. Also, the amount of time it would have taken to go through enough video from "This is Your Day" to get all of this is stunning!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Why I'd rather be using an impact printer...



The Dirty Little Secret of Inkjet Printers - video powered by Metacafe


This video from Atomic Shrimp showcases the reason I would rather be using an impact or laser printer than an inkjet. Also, I almost never print in color, but with at least two of the inkjet printers I've owned refused to print in black ink only without fiddling with setting -- this even when printing black text.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Daft Bodies - Harder Better Faster Stronger

Ok, so it seems embedding is disabled on this video. That's why my attempt to post it directly from YouTube! failed... Anyway, for the last post to make sense, imagine I had posted an embedded version of this almost immediately before making my last post.

This is perhaps one of my favorite song by Daft Punk, and I cannot imagine anything better to accompany it that two sexy young women with boxes on their heads.

Daft Punk Hader Bodies (Male version) Harder Better Faster..

Ok, so no one can accuse me of being sexist or discriminatory, here's the same schtick with men this time. I just with I could follow the conversation at the end; my French (They are speaking French, right?) is horribly rusty. If anyone wants to transcribe what they're saying in the comments, I'd be more than thankful. Also, I have to give them credit for better cinematic construction; opening with something of a striptease is always a good way to catch and hold an audience's attention. Although, the font in the credits could have been chosen better -- such as something legible....

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Yes I'd recommend MacHeist....

Ok, I'll admit, I am getting paid to say this -- sort of. I do benefit from you or anyone else you care to pass this link along to clicking through and buying this bundle, but I did go to the effort of composing this message all by myself. :-) Plus, I actually use most of this software and really love it!

MacHeist is doing another bundle offer; this one includes: iClip, CoverSutra, Awaken, Cha-Ching, Xslimmer, WriteRoom, DEVONthink Personal, Wallet, Overflow, and 3 great Pangea games: Enigmo, Nanosaur 2, and Bugdom 2.

I use several of these. iClip is really nifty after you've used it for a while. CoverSutra is handy if you like to keep iTunes playing in the background. Xslimmer is really handy on a laptop. WriteRoom I discovered quite some time ago, and it's still my prefered utility for actual creative writing that doesn't involve pen and paper. Enigmo is fun; Enigmo 2 is better mind you, but....

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

StopTheSpray.org

This video relates personal accounts of damage done by yet another abuse of governmental power in search of monetary gain. In previous generations, untold numbers of people and birds suffered due to DDT. This could be the tragedy of our generation.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

GRRF-The worlds most awful game demoed at a conference

A demo of the worlds worst (fortunately fake) video game is unleashed at an unsuspecting audience. The audience, of course, is totally unaware of the fakery and receive the game with laughter and amazement at the sheer awfulness of the game

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Dell Responds

It seems that Dell has opted to respond to Apple MacBook Air not with a new super-light portable but with the production of the world's most spacious envelop. Perhaps they will make the super envelopes available sans PC, and I can finally store all of the strange cables and adapter doohickeys I've accumulated over all the years I've been collecting technology antiques.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Get Lamp Trailer (Early 2008)

Finally, a documentary about some of the most ingenious games ever crafted!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Nintendo Big Band - Super Mario Bros.

Found via Destructoid, this video reveals the lyrics to the classic theme that so many of us have permanently etched into our brains. Click through for the lyrics in English.

Four Hour Work Week with Timothy Ferriss

Veronica Belmont interviews Timothy Ferriss of _Four Hour Work Week_ fame. I really like the suggestions he offers in this video.

Raining McCain

Compared to the Obama Girl video, these girls are not nearly as sexy, but will they lack there, they more than make up for in bizarre.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Salvador Dali on "What's My Line"

This is perhaps the best guest I have ever seen on "What's My Line." The fact that this becomes something of a surreal endeavor befits Mr. Dali perfectly. I wonder how this show would play out with the celebrities of today.

TSA Blogger Bob

I can understand the Government wanting to be a part of the new world of the Internet, but this is simply proving the incompetence of our government. Also, how can an X-ray image be sensitive information? Basic physics dictates that the results should be a density map of the contents of the object in question. Therefore, a person with Photoshop or the GIMP and the freely available images of the MacBook Air's internals could construe a reasonable facsimile of an X-ray sans equipment. Also, anyone can get a pretty good look at the results of an airport X-ray scan while at an airport.

P.S

This is just creepy.

Ten really useless items

While I've never been that keen on spreading "Top 10 " lists, I think this one deserves mention because of the point it ultimately makes about the essentially empty and evanescent nature of our extremely materialistic consumer culture.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Star Wars vs. Saul Bass

This is one of the wittiest Star Wars makeovers I've seen in some time. It leaves me wondering what would come of applying this sort of aesthetic to the three new films as a whole. (It couldn't be much worse than it already is, and if there is a chance of Jar Jar meeting a timely and comedic end in some sort of construed, abstract death trap, all the better.)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Supermarket Dominoes

So this is what all those stock boys are doing in all-night supermarkets in out-of-the-way locations that get no traffic. I wonder if it was just workers playing around or an official event. I just wish I could understand what they are saying and recognize some of the brands. Also, if anyone knows what supermarket chain this is, I'd love to know.

Bioshock reviewed by ZeroPunctuation

This is possibly the best review of Bioshock I've seen yet. I was promised so much when this game was in development, but so much of the games potential seems to have been lost in order to bring it to the consoles. Also, the hacking system is both annoying and simple at the same time; the only punishment it offers can be completely mitigated via obsessive saving. Also, the commentary on the two outcomes does point to a decline in the quality of games these days. I will forever stand in awe at the number of ending Riven possesses; only recently did I discover that I had missed several of them after having replayed the game multiple times over the years.

Friday, March 14, 2008

20 Insane Supervillain Schemes In Flowchart Form

I love flow charts as much as the next guy, but sometimes it's best to just not ask how things are supposed to work. These provide perfect examples of such situations.

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Toward Cheaper, Robust Solar Cells

This looks like a promising new technology. If we had photovoltaic cells that could reach just twenty percent accuracy, we'd finally be able to justify the price of installing panels everywhere.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

The Universe in Under Four Minutes

This short video from the History Channel covers the history of the Universe in under four minutes. I discovered it when it made it to the front page of digg today.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Google Drive killer coming from MIT Startup

Ok, so I've used software before that claimed to do all this and more, but none of it worked all that well -- this was especially true of the free, online drive programs available in the nineties. Hopefully this will work out better than those pre-bubble ones. Also, Microsoft Sky Drive is something to look into for a current take on this sort of thing.

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Twitter Feed

I just added my Twitter feed to the sidebar. This seemed like the next logical step since I have Twitter pushing into almost everywhere else I have a web presence. I wonder how this will affect the ads that Google is displaying here.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Intel builds 100,000 45 nm CPUs - every day

While I've always been a supporter of AMD, I must admit that Intel is the more promising of the two companies at the moment. I'm impressed by the performance I get out of my new Mac Pro, and I'm certainly looking forward to the day when Intel can integrate more special-purpose cores into Nehalem. I think the re-merging of CPU and GPU hardware is just the beginning of a wonderful future.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Midnight Cowboy

While I have yet to see the movie, despite it's historical importance and the fact that one of its characters served as an inspiration for one of my favorite Muppets, I'm happy to have at least had the chance to hear such a true harmonica virtuoso perform the theme.

Monday, February 25, 2008

The Oscars in 60 Seconds

From Mahalo Daily comes the condensed version of the Oscars. This was a lot more enjoyable than trying to watch the whole thing. However, I really wish I had watched the bit with Wii Sports Tennis.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

john.he.is

McCain strikes again!

Seriously....



I know that with the last few posts, I've been dealing with a serious subject, but I think now that it's time to include a bit of levity to help return to a normal posting environment. Although, this does say something about a government who will panic over gorilla marketing but will not stop the Co$.

Scientology Leak Video /Tom Cruise

Ok, so I've been spending yet another night on YouTube! when I should have been sleeping....

Code of Conduct

Good advice for Anonymous wishing to participate in a protest against Scientology (Co$).

Message to Scientology

This is back up on YOuTube!, so I thought I'd post this as well in case the Google Video embed goes down.

Message to the Church of Scientology (Co$)



This video has been posted to YouTube! and Google Video many times, and it has been removed several. If the imbedded player above has ceased to function, please leave a comment letting me know so I may restore it with a functional copy. Also, I encourage you to download and spread this message further to all those interested in bringing an end to the evil reign of such a corrupt religion. Also, go watch this.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine en Française



This is perhaps one of my favorite episodes of Mahalo Daily yet. I know it's one of the strangest...

Monday, January 28, 2008

GOOD Magazine: Business of Death

I discovered this on Dvorak.org/blog, and I was amused by how peppy and up-beat the music choice was. Also, the vital statistics of Death are something most people never really think about in this modern world of ours. I know I want a rental casket for my funeral service and a stable but eco-friendly softwood box for my actual burial. However, if it could be done more efficiently, I would not mind cremation and conversion into pencils that could be given as souvenirs to the funeral goers. That option would also mean that I could you me to sign my funeral service guest book. (Is that as disturbing as it seems? I mean, it didn't seem so bad before I actually typed it out... I wonder if it's an indicator of something serious, or simply the product of Lack of Sleep™?)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Save the Internet!

A friend just sent me this video from last year, and while it may be old it's certainly not dated. The fear of an impending end to Net-Neutrality is ever-present so long as big corporations fail to realize the value of a free and open Internet.

Friday, January 18, 2008

"New Soul" by Yael Naïm

Apple's marketing department strikes yet again. They have delivered an ad for the new MacBook Air that instead of selling me on a product I'm already drooling over, actually sold me on a new artist. Yael Naïm is incredible! Check-out her website here. It has links to several more YouTube! videos.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

MacHeist Bundle

The MacHeist Bundle is out now. If you buy one using the included link, I get free software!

Monday, January 07, 2008

Embed Google Presentations

In a post from Google Blogoscoped, it seems that Google has improved users' ability to embed a Google Docs presentation in another website. For those of you who are impatient -- and partly because I thought it was really funny, below is the example from the article.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Get paid to view ads!!!!!111`

Ok, so I'm a joiner. I jumped on yet another money-making bandwagon just because I saw a referral link to it in my Twitter feed. Now, I already have Google AdSense and Amazon Associates links on my blogs and a Mozy link in my e-mail signature. I find myself adding this to my sig now. Where is this going?