The Big Think

February 21, 2008

Said at Sing

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:27 am

I am the worldline
I am the worm
coo coo ca choo
I am the walrus 
(you had to be there) 

February 19, 2008

The Email Onslaught Continues

Filed under: Computing — jasony @ 12:54 pm

Curse them! Curse them all! Spammers have really hosed my good email name. I’m to the point of getting about a hundred false emails per day now as a result of somebody usurping my email identity and using it to send spam. If it gets worse (and there’s no indication that it’ll get better), I’ll have to give up my great email address and get a new one. Drat! 

February 15, 2008

101 Hyper Street

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 11:57 am

The Klein Bottle house.

February 14, 2008

New Indy Trailer!

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 1:16 pm

Indiana Jones 4 trailer up. Looks awesome.

Ouch

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 11:32 am

Bad Parking

February 13, 2008

Wonder if This Will Be an Olympic Event

Filed under: Computing,Humor and Fun — jasony @ 12:12 pm

Speedcabling!

Fly, Be Free!

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 1:43 am

An amazing personal helicopter. It’s 2 blades, a small motor, and a tiny tripod… and it lifts a person! I can’t imagine what it’d be like sitting under this thing at a thousand feet.

Miniatures

Filed under: Hobbies — jasony @ 1:27 am

Since completing the RTV mold a few weeks ago, I’ve cast it about 40 times and have a huge pile of blocks. I’ve also made another set of master bricks with detailed floor and cobblestone street pieces and cast that in RTV. I’ve only cast that one a few times. I have to build up a decent supply of those bricks until I can build something.

I have, however, completed the building construction on a pretty basic castle tower. It’s about 10″ tall and 6″ at the base. I’ve given it four coats of paint, including several coats of “dry brushed” paint that makes the castle look very old and weathered. I’ve never had much artistic talent, but I was amazed at how just doing the technique correctly made me look like I knew what I was doing. I still want to create some terrain and paint/decorate it with small shrubs and such. I’ll do that when I return from Sing and when I finish the next Big Woodworking Project (of which I’m in the pre-design phase).

In the meantime I stumbled across Lori Nix’s photography site here today. She’s not only a talented photographer, but she’s an incredible model maker and miniature artist. And what’s more is that most of this stuff looks scratch built. She then takes non-retouched, non-photoshopped pictures of the miniature dioramas that look almost real. It’s amazing work that kind of reminds me of tilt-shift photography (Kat, you’ll like it). Check out a few of her pages. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3

February 12, 2008

Curse the Spammers!

Filed under: Computing — jasony @ 2:39 pm

Stupid spammers got my email and they’re using it to spam other people. In the last two days I’ve gotten 48 emails that basically say “stop spamming me!”. So far it’s all bots doing it, but the scumbags that are putting my email in the FROM field are benefiting from my email and hurting me in the process. Idiots.

SuperCook!

Filed under: Computing — jasony @ 12:28 am

Here’s an invention I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Just enter your ingredients and Supercook will tell you what you can make. Perfect for the end of the month when there’s a random assortment of stuff in the pantry and no money in the account.

February 11, 2008

SF vs Fantasy

Filed under: Current Reading — jasony @ 11:39 pm

5 reasons Science Fiction totally pwns Fantasy. link.

I think the author is going to get some serious hate mail out of this, but in principle I have to agree.

Spam!

Filed under: Computing — jasony @ 9:41 am

This morning I woke up to a bunch of inbox messages about undeliverable email. Unfortunately, I never sent the messages in the first place. It seems like someone out there who has my email address (could be anyone who owns a computer that’s “seen” my email on a CC’ed email) has gotten a virus. This virus has started spitting out spam in my name with my email address as the return address. Now I’m getting a bunch of “undeliverable” and STOP THAT messages.

This stinks. Not only is the interweb more clogged this morning from the original spam, but it’s also having to deal with the dozens of bounced emails from addresses that don’t exist. It’s clogging my inbox, and making me look like a spammer. Grr! Another one just came in. I wonder if it’ll ever end or of I’ll have to change my email eventually? Stink!

By the way, it could be your computer! If you have a PC that you suspect of being infected (first step: does it run Windows?) then check here for a possible solution.

Hey Windows users: keep your dang systems patched and don’t open attachments!

February 7, 2008

The $6,000,000 Home Theater

Filed under: Movies,Technology — jasony @ 11:59 am

Wow

February 5, 2008

Armed and Liberated

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 10:37 pm

More on Dean Kamen and the incredible new “Luke Arm” prosthetic.

The Myth of Creativity

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 2:58 pm

Epiphany has little to do with either creativity or innovation. Instead, innovation is a slow process of accretion, building small insight upon interesting fact upon tried-and-true process. Just as an oyster wraps layer upon layer of nacre atop an offending piece of sand, ultimately yielding a pearl, innovation percolates within hard work over time.

link

February 3, 2008

Super Game

Filed under: Friends — jasony @ 11:42 pm

Erin and I went over to a friend’s Super Bowl party last night to watch it in big screen splendor (really big screen). While the first three quarters of the game was rather… bland, the last ten minutes really made up for it. We’re all hoarse from yelling. And since we didn’t really have a dog in the fight, it was fun to just watch the spectacle play out and see who was going to come out on top. For the first time in years, I have to say that the game was better than the commercials.

Oh yeah, the commercials? Kinda lame this year.

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