Friday, October 31

Mini-KISS

What happens when you get a bunch of dwarfs performing as a KISS Cover band? You get Mini-KISS!
Photos are from a performance in Atlanta on July 3, 2003.

Thursday, October 30

Art Search

Web Gallery of Art - Search allows searching for Paintings/Sculptures/etc, by Time (1151 to 1800 in 100 year increments), by School, Form, Type, Location or Artist.

Thanks to Skud for the link on her livejournal.

Wednesday, October 29

Polaroid photography by Mark-Steffen Göwecke

Polaroid photography by Mark-Steffen Göwecke: "All began in 1996 in Bretany, France:

On a beach I photographed with a the SX-70 a polaroid showing sand and stones. Again the resulting picture was photographed with the Polaroid-camera.
The distances in space and time became greater.
The previous polaroid is allways the basis for the next one and so on ..."

While I'm linking to Art, how about some Minimalist Porn (work safe). Requires Shockwave Flash.

Tuesday, October 28

Rude Food

Rude Food - This site collects references to foods with names ranging from "Anis Kockens", through "Black Bush" irish whiskey, through to "Vergina" Premium Lager ('It does have an inviting taste' - according to the webpage) and "Woodii" Sugar coated jelly bananas.

They don't seem to have this product on their site yet. Perhaps someone should submit it to them.

Friday, October 24

Things aint what they used to be

hp 49g+ graphing calculator, with USB, IrDA, 75Mhz processor, 3D graphing modes, multiple entry modes (RPN, algebraic and textbook). Not just your average calculator (for not just your average calculator cost). Also very big and chunky at 18.4 x 8.7 x 2.35 cm

This is not just your average laser printer, it can do engraving/cutting/marking onto anything from paper to wood to leather. (Shockwave flash and WMV's links on the site showing it in action).

Thursday, October 23

The Smoking Gun

This guy was clocked at 182Mph in a 55Mph zone.
Theoretical Question: If you has a Lamborghini Diablo, how fast would you drive?

If you did get seen going that fast and need to escape from the police, you could always ship yourself somewhere in a crate.

Porno Karaoke

Moans and screams as Germans fall for porno karaoke - www.theage.com.au: "Porno karaoke is similar to traditional karaoke - but, instead of standing in for Whitney Houston or Frank Sinatra, contestants belt out the soundtracks of adult movie stars."

Tuesday, October 21

What's Special?

A few quick links today that I've saved up for a Rainy Day.

What's Special About This Number?

Pornolize your website. Or you could just "do it" to my Blog or Slashdot.org
Though this website didn't need to be pornolized. They have since taken down "Gaye Males" profile page, though she is still in the list of "Sales Representatives" from their firm. (Notice the dead link halfway down the left hand column)

Wednesday, October 15

Japanese Story Review

Well, not really much of a review, as saying anything about the storyline would probably be giving too much away. Japanese Story is wonderfully put together. It is set in Outback Australia, and is filled with lots of emotion and wonderfull Australian desert scenery.
I normally dread watching Australian films, but this one has really turned the boat. It is a very moving film, which had a few people in the cinema crying at various times in the film, sighing with delight at others.

I give this film 5 Kangaroos, as the best Australian film I've seen in a few years. (Currency conversion ratio to US Stars from Australian Kangaroos is available from any Decent Cinema website).

Tuesday, October 14

TV's Tipping Point: Why The Digital Revolution Is Only Just Beginning

BBC's directory of New Media & Technology, Ashley Highfield talks about the future of TV.
He makes some good points/predictions for the future, including forseeing the channels being more of a kaleidoscope, thousands of streams of content, some indistinguishable as actual channels. These streams will mix together broadcaster' content and programmes, and our viewers' contributions. At the simplest level -- audiences ill want to organize and re-order content the way they want it."
Sounds like the Internet to me. Download the content as you want it. Rewatch it whenever you want.

Ashley also envisions the content providers putting lots of meta-data into the programmes so that they can "be chopped up and consumed piece meal by the viewer".

An interesting, insightfull but long read.

Sharp Intros Laptop With 3D Display

Sharp Intros Laptop With 3D Display: "In addition to the three-dimensional images displayed on the two-dimensional LCD by the graphics chip, the notebook can switch to a mode where two images are displayed in parallax, creating the illusion of a three-dimensional image floating in air."

It will be interesting to see how well this display works. Will we be playing computer games in true 3D soon? How about 3D TV?

The information on sharps website suggests that some games will already work in 3D on their machine.
Battery Life is only Approx 1.3hrs, and it weighs in at 4.6kg, quite heavy (the equivalent size Apple Powerbook weighs 2.5kg)

Monday, October 13

Credit Card Collections

A friend of mine works at Credit Card Collections at one of Australias leading 4 banks.
He sent me the following e-mail:

Subject: MRS/CONCCENTINA_A+PRIORE
Cardholder advised unable to go to branch due to incident involving falling anvil. Advised also that launching civil action vs. ACME corporation and Wylie Coyote, successful settlement of which should be able to allow cardholder to clear arrears on account.

Inner Peace

By following the simple advice I read in an article, I have finally found inner peace.....

It read: "The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you've started."

So I looked around to see all the things I started and hadn't finished.

So, today I have finished one bottle of vodka, a bottle of red wine, a bottle of Jack Daniel's, my Prozac, a small box of chocolates and a quart of rocky road. .............You have no idea how good I feel.

-- Extract from an e-mail doing the rounds at the moment.

Friday, October 10

Classic Videogame Ads

See some old Classic Videogame Ads, scanned fresh from their original magazines, including such classics as Chopper Command. Love the T-Shirt! :)

Wednesday, October 8

Nooooooooo! Please press OK to continue.

What happens when microsoft looses a law suit: "In Microsoft® Internet Explorer 6 SP1b, the behavior of Internet Explorer has changed for certain Microsoft ActiveX® controls. Internet Explorer 6 SP1b prompts the user to determine whether a control is loaded or whether to display alternate content. This topic describes the changed behavior and how to provide the intended user experience for users of your ActiveX controls."

Microsoft lost their case against a patent which covers seamless loading of controls to handle playing of remote multimedia data. (This includes Java Applets as well as ActiveX Objects).
After applying Service Pack 1b for IE, users will get a dialog saying "Press OK to continue loading the content on this page" for each control that uses remote data.

And don't laugh if you are using a browser other than IE (such as Mozilla). The Patent applies to them also, so they will need to change their behaviour in similar ways.

Interview with Neal Stephenson

The Source of the Modern World - An interview with Neal Stephenson: "Many of the great minds in your book -- Hooke, Newton, Leibniz, etc. -- were, to put it mildly, kind of weird. But they were brilliant. I've heard a lot of people say that Richard Feynman would be too unconventional to get, or keep, a faculty position today. What about people like Newton, who was much odder? Are we sidelining our geniuses today?"

Neal Stephenson has written some very good books, including "The Diamond Age: A Young Ladys Illustrate Primer", and "Snowcrash", and for people who like lots of thought in their novels, "Cryptonomicon" is a good read, full of twisted subplots in a WW2 setting.

He has recently released a new book called "Quicksilver", hence why people are interviewing him. :)

He has a Metaweb Wiki page also.

Matrix - Heineken - Xiao Xiao advert.

Shockwave Flash movie (about 1Mb).

A nice cross between The Matrix, Xiao Xiao in the form of a Heineken add.

Tuesday, October 7

An oldie, but a goodie. Flamethrower for your car

CNN reported in December, 1998 about a South African company that makes a Flame Thrower for your car. The device is intended to stop carjackings.

'Blaster inventor Charl Fourie, 33, disputed concerns that the flamethrower could burn someone to death.'

'"My personal feeling is that it would definitely blind a person. He will never see again," he said'

What's Wacky with Google?

Slashdotran an article about some bugs with google recently:
"Google has been returning zero results or '1-1 of about xxx,000' for common searches. One-word searches seem unaffected, but there are certain two-word combinations of common words like candle truck or speaker bracelet. Reversing the order can affect searches too: motorcycle candles vs. candles motorcycle. The strange thing is that usually the 1 or 2 results found are to commerce sites."

Friday, October 3

ABC allocated datacasting licence for whole nation

ABC allocated datacasting licence for whole nation - smh.com.au:

This means that the ABC will be able to broadcast Data on their Digital TV channel, to do things such as to provide Program Guides and to help people upgrade the software on their DigitalTV set top boxes.

Thursday, October 2

Use 3G Phones and get a Headache

Wired News: 3G Mobile Signals: Health Effects: "Radio signals for the next generation of mobile phone services can cause headaches and nausea, according to a survey conducted by three Dutch ministries on the impact of tomorrow's data networks on health.
The study, the first of its kind, tested the impact of radiation from base stations used for the current mobile telephone network, against those for new third generation, or 3G, networks for fast data transfer -- which will enable services such as video conferencing on a mobile device."

Another good reason not to get one of those fancy video mobile phones.

Wednesday, October 1

AA Batteries

I know it doesn't sound all that exciting... but... - "The worlds longest lasting AA battery"