Machete Slingshot Crossbow - Video for May 1, 2011

May 01, 2011

This guy is thinking ahead for how to survive after the Zombie Apocalypse.


Four Links for May 1, 2011

May 01, 2011

The theme for today’s collection of interesting/useful links is: Questions and Answers

  1. RFC 1855 - Netiquette Guidelines - *This document provides a minimum set of guidelines for Network Etiquette (Netiquette) which organizations may take and adapt for their own use.* That's right, there is a full blown RFC for Netiquette. Last updated in 1995. Some of it feels like it too. (Hat tip to Tom at WhoIsHostingThis for pointing out the original version of this link was broken. Here's their take on how 1855 holds up.)

  2. How To Ask Questions The Smart Way - A guide to asking questions on technical forums, but probably applies most places.

  3. Google Search Tips - Increase your GoogleFu.

  4. Google Advanced Search - Multiple boxes and selections to make it easier to find what you're looking for.


Facial Flex - Filed Under Bizarre - Video for April 30, 2011

April 30, 2011

Starts off a little slow. Make sure to stick around till at least 1:15. You'll probably be too weirded out to turn it off after that. Facial Flex! Get yours today!


Four Links for April 30, 2011

April 30, 2011

Today’s collection of interesting/useful links:

  1. Crayon Sculptures - I can't even draw well with crayons…

  2. Words in Kids Advertising - Brings up questions of art imitating life, or the other way around. Or is it nature v nurture?

  3. Instant Anagrams - When you need an anagram and can't make one yourself, turn to the internet.

  4. Reviewing Management - Guy with a PhD in philosophy and an M.B.A. looks at management. (via O'Reilly Radar)


Tornado in Tuscaloosa - Video for April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011

The Four Links for today are centered on the Space Shuttle Endeavour and allude to the creativity and problem solving of human-kind. In sharp contrast is today's video showing some of the destructive power of mother nature. This video was shot from the building I used to work in. My heart goes out to all those hit by this all the other disasters of recent times. To T-Town especially, here's hoping for a quick recovery and a somber Roll Tide to say I'm thinking about you.

4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al from Crimson Tide Productions on Vimeo.


Four links for April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011

The today’s collection of interesting/useful links is: Space Shuttle Endeavour and STS-134

  1. NASA shuttle mission page for STS-134 - Straight from the horse's mouth.

  2. Wiki page on STS-134 - Go down the space program rabbit hole.

  3. STS-134 Official Mission Poster - Nice reference to the latest Star Trek. Galaxy Quest would have been acceptable as well.

  4. Pano of Endeavour on the pad - Warning, this is a java app and it launched itself to the background on my Chrome browser. Had to minimize the main window to see it, but it was well worth it.

I made a trip down to the Cape for the launch attempt of STS-134. It got scrubbed. All part of the launch experience. Heading back down on Sunday to see if they can keep all systems go for launch.


Learning to Fly in Time Lapse - Video for April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011

I see your Laser Light Show and raise you one batch of Time Lapse.

Timescapes Timelapse: Learning to Fly from Tom Lowe @ Timescapes on Vimeo.

According to timescapes.org, this is footage from an upcoming film that is currently in production. Check the site for some more example videos.


Four links for April 28, 2011

April 28, 2011

Today’s collection of interesting/useful links:

  1. Ken Jennings Uses Google to Spell Check - The fact that he spell checks using Google may mean he's not a robot.

  2. Lorem Ipsum - For those times when you need some text, but don't know what to write.

  3. Let's See if the 10,000 Hours Mark is Accurate - Based off the idea that it takes 10,000 hours to become really good at something, this guy sets out to give it a shot. See also

  4. Solar Energy Price Trends - If the trending price decline for solar installation continues for the next 8-10 years, it will be at parity with burning coal for electricity. Come on solar scientists…


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