java..python..eclipse..and whatever else interests me.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Bye Bye Blogger

It's not you, it's me. It's time for me to move on. I need a place of my own...to be master of my own domain.

You were always so...static. I need something more dynamic.

Oh, and quit resizing my images. I hate that.


Apparently I am.  Spurred by a post about Pyrcast, which rips Pandora streams, over at Rod's place, I've been on a jag of researching the various Pandora unboxers.  Pandora's Jar is especially nice, as it sports band info, last.fm integration and of course, MP3 saving.  With java source.

So how am I predictable? I like the band Cake... and I've happily listened to the Cake channel for a few hours now.  Guess I'm a sucker for subtle use of vocal harmony and major key tonality. Mmm, major key tonality. Bishop Allen and Rusty Truck were bands worth noting.  Hopping nodes on the cobweb spun of the long tail.. or something like that.

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Thursday, June 22, 2006

PyZine goes Free

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Amazing Ikea Commercial

Use mouse to move around in bullet-time kitchen pics.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Drawing tools for sleepy people

Droom Zaacht - an elegant fun drawing environment.

Do Looks Matter?

Presentation Zen compares Apple/Jobs' and Microsoft/Gates' presentation styles, how they impact the viewer on an emotional level.

Which image communicates better?


Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Details on One Laptop Per Child

Ethan Zuckerman posts some details on the laptop:

  • The screen is hinged to be used as an ebook or turned around. Amazing that this is strong enough for kids
  • NIMH batteries were used because they accept a wide range of voltages
  • The bunny ears are the WIFI antenna and fold down to shield the ports.
  • Will be sold in lots of a million to governments.
  • The WIFI chip can forward packets in a mesh network with the CPU turned off, using only .5 watts of power.
  • EBook mode: screen is in black and white, CPU is off.
  • Has 512MB of flash and 128MB RAM. Code is compressed; jffs2 filesystem spreads swap around the disk.
  • Alan Key is liking Javascript and Python: LogoWiki supports programmable wiki pages (spiral)
  • Comes with mic jack and recording software.
  • Subversive - chat app, wiki, collaborative content. Kids will learn better than teachers..it's theirs to bring home and learn.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Everybody's getting into the Shangrila Diet

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Camera Toss Pictures

I got several comments of "Nice Desktop" at BarCamp Boston yesterday.

The technique is called Camera Toss, and it's just what it sounds like. Bit too risky for me, I'll just enjoy the fantastic images in this Flickr pool .  Some examples:



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Beach Rooftop

Originally uploaded by winkler1.
Taken on the beach on the Cape.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

BarCamp Boston

I'll just post here during the day... NameVoyager - with John of HotKnifeDesign and Jeff of HeyLetsGo.com .. why are there so many guys named Jeff? HeyLetsGo - element55 - auto time capture JavaScript- Venkman has profiler. To get faster performance with Google Maps. Google code not designed to be read.. even after unobfuscate OpenLayers.org - brand new, not Google. BSD license. Layers powered by WMS layers.Google Issue: data is not high-res. Need to switch to Google maps base layer, for better details. Mapstraction.com - wraps yahoo/MC/google map API's. Uses native widgets.

Chris Brogan - http://chrisbrogan.com/
Funny - http://feeds.feedburner.com/Dontbethatguyfilms GrasshopperFactory - goal: be a matchmaker, aggregate by interests. Idea - fill Nano with podcasts, interstitial ads, podsafe music.