CatCam

06/23/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://www.mr-lee-catcam.de/index.htm

An enterprising German figured out how to attach a small camera to his pet cat that would take photos automatically throughout the cat's daily wanderings. It's really quite clever.

(Via BoingBoing)

 

Voice channels in online gaming

06/19/07 | by Adam | Categories: Games

Link: http://www.wired.com/gaming/virtualworlds/commentary/games/2007/06/games_frontiers_0617

There's a good article from Wired about the effect of voice chat within online gaming. Personally, while I'm more than happy to use it while gaming -- it's pretty much a requirement when participating in a WoW raid -- I never speak unless participating only with people I know from a face-to-face milieu. I'm not really sure why, but that seems to work best for me.

 

Rejected Wii Games

06/18/07 | by Adam | Categories: Games, YouTube

Link: http://www.loadingreadyrun.com/videos/view/208/Rejected+WiiPlay+Games

I may have to create a Wii section on the blog at this rate... Anyway, link is to a video of a few "rejected" Wii games!

(Via Kottke)

 

YouTube Oddity of the day: Bikini Computer Smashing

06/16/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology, Silly, YouTube

Link: http://uk.gizmodo.com/2007/06/15/german_chicks_in_bikinis_smash.html

I'm at a total loss to explain the audience for this one, other than people looking for bizarre videos.

Still, at least she's following basic safety procedure by donning protective eye-wear prior to destroying the PowerBook.

(Via Gizmodo)

 

Fun with GoogleStreets

06/15/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Google recently added full photographic views of some parts of some cities to GoogleMaps. Much like with GoogleEarth, people have been spotting a few interesting events on camera. Here's Wired's take on it.

BoingBoing also has an interesting discussion on some of the pros and cons of the concept.

Over at CNet's NewsBlog, there's more.

The feature is very cool indeed but I just haven't the imagination to figure out how it's useful rather than fun. That said, Calgary's not covered yet. Dang!

 

New Boot Camp feature

06/12/07 | by Adam | Categories: Macintosh

Link: http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/features/bootcamp.html

While Parallels is the way I prefer to run XP on my MacBook these days, DF notes that Apple's Boot Camp windows environment now has a new feature that suspends OSX and BootCamp launch. Thus when you return, you can pick up where you left off rather than restarting from scratch. Cool!

(Via Daring Fireball)

 

The fall of the captcha

06/12/07 | by Adam | Categories: Technology

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/11/technology/11code.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Neat article from the NYT on the rise and fall of the captcha ("Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart") authentication process.

(From TalkingPointsMemo)

 

"Fallout" returns

06/07/07 | by Adam | Categories: Games, YouTube

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRGCMc59Wao

Oooh! One of my favourite game franchises is back. I can't wait to see what they do with it this time around.

(Via Nodwick)

 

Bad Macworld

06/05/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, Macintosh

This subscription card appeared in a recent Macworld issue. Spot the mistake.

Full story »

 

Wired on Wii-eight loss

06/04/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly

This one's for the new Wii owner on this blog. From Wired 15.05:

Instead Of Play...
1.5 hours of weight lifting (842 calories) 1 hour of Dance Dance Revolution (900 calories)
30 minutes of aerobics (242 calories) 30 minutes of Wii Boxing (250 calories)
20 minutes of jogging (198 calories) 1 hour of PS3/XBox on the couch (204 calories)
15 minutes of sex (33 calories) 7 minutes of Wii Tennis (46 calories)
 

Parental Controls

06/04/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly
 

Good news out of Calgary Transit for a change

06/02/07 | by Adam | Categories: Calgary

Link: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/calgary/story/2007/06/02/calgary-transit.html?ref=rss

Looks like the City and the transit union have reached an agreement, signing a contract for the next three years.

I do hope this means the end of work-to-rule so I can actually rely on the buses being present at their scheduled time (or at all.)

 

Spidey does a mean shimmy-shake

06/01/07 | by Adam | Categories: Silly, YouTube
 

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