Archive for the ‘Science and Technology’ Category

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G-Speak

November 15, 2008

Remember Minority Report?  Remember Tom Cruise?  Remember that bad ass computer? Of course you do!  The one where Tom Cruise made his pretty boy gestures to interact with the huge screen of jolly goodness.  Welp, it’s here.  It’s a new OS called G-Speak.  Developed by Oblong Industries, it’s set to, well, BLOW PEOPLES’ MINDS.

ANYWAY. www.oblong.com

I’ve gotta say that it looks really bad ass. I just woke up, so I can’t really think of any real world uses for it at the moment, but it just looks really bad ass. This should be some good competition for Microsoft Surface. Being at a restaurant and actually having to lean forward and press a selection from the table, or just pointing at a wall without having to move? WHAT?! EPIC.

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Google Chrome

September 4, 2008

I’m not a hardcore web surfer. I check certain websites once or twice a day and I’m good.  I kill time with games and program work(lol), not surfing; however, when I do surf, I like things to be snappy.  Efficiency is key, and anything that helps me get things done quicker is a thumbs up from moi. Firefox 3.0 did this for me.  Nice non cumbersome password save feature.  Nice addons for, well, anything you would probably need. Overall, it was just sexy.

So, Google Chrome is out.  For those who don’t know what that is, it’s an open source browser made by Google.  Beta was released on September 02, 2008.  

I’ve got to say that I’m a little edgy when it comes to switching browsers.  Specifically from my beloved Firefox.  Firefox is fast, effective, and it has all of my addons.  That, and the familiarity factor weighs in quite a bit.

That being said, I actually like chrome.  It’s not better than Firefox for me, yet; however it’s still in beta so a lot more options will be coming, I’m sure.  As for addons,  I have no doubt there will be major ports from Firefox.  Speed seems about the same. It’s starting up a lot faster, but my Firefox has to load quite a bit of necessary addons.     There are apparently bench marks of web page loading but I haven’t checked them out yet.

The design of the browser is as simple as it can get.  The tabs are on the top bar instead of under the address bar.  The status bar kind of appears shortly to show progress but doesn’t stick around, leaving more screen real estate. It’s very elegant.  

What’s really interesting about the browser is the built in Task Manager.  Yep, you know the oh so beloved Ctrl+Alt+Del that we so frequently use in windows?  Chrome has a mini version in its browser.  Whether one of your tabs hang, or you just want to check out how much resources each tab is using, just right click on the top bar and click “Task Manager.”  Chrome will pull up a task manager, and the contents are exactly what you would expect from any old task manager.  No more having to close the whole browser and restart everything because of one tab hanging!

Anyway, enough with my babbling. Here’s a short video showing off some Chrome features.

 

Ok, so that video pretty much just reiterated what I said, and touched on some other nifty things.  “Ninja Surfing” via incognito anyone?  Porn surfers unite!  

So… Here’s Google Chrome!!

 

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Siggraph 2008

August 13, 2008

Yesterday, I went to the creative/technical convention known as Siggraph. They hold one every year and this year it was at the LA Convention Center which is really close to where I live (5-10 min.). A lot of big companies from the animation industry and game industry go there to demo and show people what kind of technology they used to create their work, usually 3D and CG stuff. Manufacturer’s also go there to announce updates and newer versions of their software mostly for artists (Maya, Max, XSI, Lightwave, etc.). It was pretty fun. I rolled in with a bunch of friends and saw a bunch of other friends there including some of the people that I have worked with and some of my idols. The tech there was pretty cool, but WAY too much motion capture for my taste. I think my favorite booths we’re probably the Disney booth, the Pixar booth, the Laika booth, and the Animation Mentor booth. Some of the other big studios were there too but their booths weren’t so great. Anyhow, for any tech heads, Siggraph was awesome.

Stephen

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OtaClock is nerd++

June 25, 2008

What better way to make your inner MGS fanboy happy than using a clock by Otacon himself! It’s a bit old, and I only found about it just now (shame). It’s a clock showing Otacon as featured in the tanker scene in Metal Gear Solid 2. You can grab the english and japanese versions from the Kojima Productions site.

For some reason I can’t set the alarm on the english version, although there’s a tutorial on how you can run the japanese and english versions here.

-vemp

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This is why the DS is the best console ever

June 24, 2008

French students trying to enslave a robot using their NDS lite.

From: dsfanboy

-vemp

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Water Ice on Mars

June 23, 2008

NASA announced a coupla days ago that they have found proof that the white stuff they’ve seen a lot of in pics of Mars is in fact ice. And not just any ice — water ice. H2O, babycakes. Not salt or… crack or… ground-up mints, which is what I personally bet…

A collection of crumblike stuff the Phoenix Mars Lander photographed one day was absent from photos a few days later, hinting that the bright chunks had disappeared through a process similar to evaporation. What’s more, the ice may have come from a layer beneath the soil that extends to the horizon, scientists reported during a June 20 press briefing…

The scientists are certain the chunks are ice because, in part, of the unique temperature and pressure of the Martian atmosphere. The water ice could not have blown away or been made of carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide ice, or dry ice, would sublimate — go from solid to gas — much faster than the water ice appears to have evaporated in the thin Martian air.

View the complete report here.

– johnamor

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Pix’n Stuff

June 18, 2008

*Click to enlarge

Monitor: Dell2707

Rig: Custom

New Laptop!: Dell XPS M1530

My Old Car 🙂 ’07 v8 Ford Mustang

My New Car.. 😦 ’07 v6 Honda Accord

Oh, and me! I was a little pissy at the time..

Some of the weird effects were fluke shots with different camera “scenes”.

The one of me is when I was first messing around with the camera, and my hand shook a little before the shot went off. I like me better when I’m blurry.

In conclusion, bathroom lights + shaky hand > Johnamor’s artistic crap.

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