Tuesday, February 28, 2006

51 Year Old Hobbyist, from Mexico, Builds His Own Jetpack, from Scratch

you just have to watch the video.


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Lozano is not a rocket scientist. He is not a stuntman. He is an animated, often goofy granddad who is afraid of the sight of blood. He says, â??The difference between me and everyone else is that these guys didnâ??t create their own rocket belts from scratch.â??

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Apple makes a concise Ruby on Rails tutorial

Apple has put up a very concise tutorial on building web apps using Rails. It gives a more complete view of Rails than I have seen in other getting-started tutorials and also shows some much better practices like migrations to build the database instead of raw, unportable SQL.

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Cavegirls were first blondes to have fun - Sunday Times - Times Online

Does this apply to fake blondes too?
Cavegirls were first blondes to have fun - Sunday Times - Times Online

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Bottled Water Isn't Healthier Than Tap, Report Reveals

A new report warns that people's thirst for bottled water is producing unnecessary garbage and consuming vast quantities of energy, even in areas where perfectly good drinking water is available on tap.

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Best Regular Expressions site ever!

Great regex tutorials, resources, quick starts, etc. A whole site just about regex!

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Maxxuss Releases Hacked 10.4.5 Patches

Maxxuss, the OSx86 hacking god, has just released his patching solution for 10.4.5. He also has announced he's working on fixing the iTunes issue with AMD CPUs, getting DVD playback/ATI SSE2 working in 10.4.5, and rereleasing the Maxxuss Tuning Package.

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10 Semi-Obscure Mac Programs You Shouldn't Be Without

I've seen lots of lists of "must have" mac programs but most of them are lists of programs everyone already has... these ones are less well known, but no less essential.

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Watching the MIT Lectures of Walter Lewin

Watch MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) physics lectures online. There are hours of free videos in these links. And Dr. Walter Lewin is quite humorous and entertaining lecturer with lots of demonstrations.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Column from PC Magazine: Will Apple Adopt Windows?

what an outrageous article. i hate microsoft!

Column from PC Magazine: Will Apple Adopt Windows?

Monster Munching: Jerry's Dogs - Santa Ana

next time i'm in santa ana, i will remember to visit this hot dog place.

Monster Munching: Jerry's Dogs - Santa Ana

Antonucci's - Mission Viejo, CA, 92691-3905 - Citysearch

A recommended pizza joint.

Antonucci's - Mission Viejo, CA, 92691-3905 - Citysearch

Las Golondrinas Mexican Food - Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677 - Citysearch

The Wanderers?? Is that what a mexican joint should be called?

Las Golondrinas Mexican Food - Laguna Niguel, CA, 92677 - Citysearch

Chowhound's Los Angeles Area Message Board: Re(1): Take-out recs in Laguna Hills/Aliso Viejo Vicinity

Would I eat at a restaurant called China Moon? Perhaps, if the alternative is Burger King or some other crap.

Chowhound's Los Angeles Area Message Board: Re(1): Take-out recs in Laguna Hills/Aliso Viejo Vicinity

TIME: Life in the Googleplex Photo Essay (11)

If I worked at google. I wonder if they'd let me bring Bowie to work with me.

TIME: Life in the Googleplex Photo Essay (11)

Monday, February 20, 2006

Friday, February 17, 2006

The Ugly Face of Crime

Not only are physically unattractive teenagers likely to be stay-at-homes on prom night, they're also more likely to grow up to be criminals, say two economists who tracked the life course of young people from high school through early adulthood.

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Full-Sized Images of the New Sidekick III Leaked?

These new images were just revealed today, take a look.

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In response to Rails Ridiculous Restrictions

I wrote a detailed response to the long rant about the restrictions of Ruby on Rails at the Joel On Software forums. The original rant is here: http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?joel.3.309321.8

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

MySpace users to get their own cell phones

omg... the horror!!
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The social networking site MySpace, hugely successful among teenagers and twenty-somethings, is about to become more ubiquitous with the launch of a cellular service that will let users read and post to the site for free.

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dogzone.org

it's pronounced "hot."

dogzone.org

Incredible origami art

If you think you are good at folding, you haven't seen this guys work.

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700 HP


Photo 21.jpg
Originally uploaded by zzztimbo.
what the heck is this car? i saw it parked in a strip mall in lake forest.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Apple - Small Business - Due Maternity, pg. 1

Apple - Small Business - Due Maternity, pg. 1

room404.com

so 404 was a room??

room404.com

BillMonk.com - Social Money Tracker, Great for Students

I like the way BillMonk keeps track of all of the various transactions a user has with different people, and the current amount owed at any given time. Seems great for college students and stingy people. Also has SMS support.

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hazy

my brain isn't quite functioning today.
i'm not sure why. i didn't have my usual cup of coffee (it's actually an americano) at home this morning. i hope the fog subsides so that i may function today.

the delicious life: (Robata) Grills Gone Wild - Shin Sen Gumi

try this place next.

the delicious life: (Robata) Grills Gone Wild - Shin Sen Gumi

food porn watch

mmm.. food porn...

food porn watch

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Learn Basic Unix in no time

Learn the basic commands in Unix in 10 minutes. This should be very helpful if you are starting off in unix/linux.

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vday

happy valentine's day.

i smell like dirty laundry today. i think it's just my pants.
i wore the same tshirt i wore when i had my haircut on sunday. i feel lose hair prickling me in strange places.

my strange interest is to obtain a small camcorder. i think it'd be keen to post to sites like vimeo or youtube. i could just wait until flickr decides to allow video posting.

Yahoo! User Interface Blog - new blog for all things AJAX

Imagine if you could hire a crack team of javascript and dhtml experts. Imagine then if you had them create a killer set of AJAX tools - along with an awesome array of API's and Design Patterns. This is what you are getting now for free from the Yahoo web development group.

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New washing machine washes, dries, and irons.

This thing is being touted as a housewife's dream, but I think a lot of you single guys would appreciate it more.

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Apple's "Quietly" building the iPhone. Here's how we can tell...

At Amphetameme, we've been trying to figure out what Apple's up to next. We think it's a full-screen, touchscreen iPod that also happens to connect to every damn thing under the sun. We think it's also likely this (the new one we think will show up in April) or the next generation to come is a phone.

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Monday, February 13, 2006

shiny pretty things

form over fuction, is what i always say.
this is what has been occupying my time this morning/afternoon

30 Boxes, Best... Calender... EVER

Well earlier last week Om Malik said that 30 Boxes would be to calendaring what gmail was to email and I can't agree more. It's this and so much more. I had a chance to demo the software and have written a review. The public beta launches on Sunday and you will definitely want to check this one out.

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Complete List of Web 2.0 Products and Services

this truly is a great list. i think i wasted at least an hour or two at work just perusing the various sites.
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The entire list of Web 2.0 applications that are out there.. Great list, nothing can beat it... Must digg link...

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Lost Cast - American Red Cross Benefit 9/10/2005 - a photoset on Flickr

oh wow, the cast of Lost!

Lost Cast - American Red Cross Benefit 9/10/2005 - a photoset on Flickr

2-11-06 nucleus gallery 088


2-11-06 nucleus gallery 088
Originally uploaded by ARTSHOWS.
this is where i spent my saturday evening.
the place was crowded and under-ventilated. the artist/piece/price tags were much too small and too difficult to read from a distance.

Apple may Announce Surprises on April 1st (Apple's 30th Anniversary)

Apple may be planning a birthday bash in the form of exciting new products, according to a new analyst report. Charles Wolf of Needham & Co. says that Apple could use April 1--Apple's 30th birthday--as an opportunity to introduce an Intel-based iBook as well as the "real" video iPod

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"I Got Accepted at Google!".....What 7 Ivy League Employers have to Offer

Companies are once again hiring. Here's what 7 ivy-league employers have to offer: Signature Benefits (Pixar: Guest Speakers like Penn & Teller), Perks (Xbox consoles stashed in alcoves), Sample Lunch Menu (Electronic Arts: Grilled habanero pork chops with apple chutney, Campus News (Merck: Free Drugs)

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How MY SPACE grew into a Monster - Learning from Flaws of Competition

The Internet has a rising star whose name isn't Google. Just over 2 years old, MySpace now has 2 1/2 times the traffic of Google Inc., and it quickly eclipsed Friendster as the top social-networking site where users build larger and larger circles of friends.

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Alzheimer's risk 'is 80% genetic'

What does this say about prevention techniques? There isn't all that much to be done to prevent AD if you have a genetic predisposition.

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The researchers estimated heritability - what proportion of risk for a disease across a population is genetic - for Alzheimer's to be between 58% and 79%.

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bp

this morning steph took my blood pressure. her's was abnormally low. mine was a bit on the high side: 125/98

Saturday, February 11, 2006

How to Take a Caffeine Nap. . .

Researchers have found that the best way to stay awake is to drink a cup of coffee, or other caffeinated beverage, and then take an immediate nap. See details here. . .

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Friday, February 10, 2006

EFF Warns Against Using Google Desktop

Google Copies Your Hard Drive - Government Smiles in Anticipation

Consumers Should Not Use New Google Desktop

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You Too Can Be Banned From AdSense With No Money Down (Enquire Within)

Nice article discussing how to handle adsense bans. By the way, I like the introduction!

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Experience of Migrating from WinXP to Linux (Kubuntu)

Blogger talks about his experiences in switching from WinXP to Kubuntu linux for his primary desktop. Mentions some great apps you may not have heard of (Katapult), screenshots of Amarok in action etc. He also compares some of the Kubuntu apps to the equivalent app in Mac OS X (he has an iBook too).

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Apple beats Dell: lands deal to supply 14,000 Macs to Henrico Schools

Apple has been awarded the contact to continue supplying laptops to Middle schools (grades 6-8) in Henrico County (some 14,000 units), beating Dell and other PC makers, MacDailyNews has learned. Apple lost the bid to furnish High School laptops to Dell last year, but Henrico chose Apple instead of Dell to continue in Middle Schools.

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Bowie


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Originally uploaded by zzztimbo.
My dog looks so happy with his tongue hanging out and ears flapping away. Too bad he's nuts in the house.

Intel iBooks/Touch-Screen iPods in April

"At the end of his Macworld keynote address in January, Steve Jobs, Appleâ??s CEO, noted that the company will celebrate its 30th birthday on April 1, 2006," analyst Charles Wolf wrote in a research note released to clients on Thursday. "While itâ??s possible that Jobsâ?? was simply pointing out the longevity of Apple.

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Top 10 Advantages of ADD in a High Tech Career

Having ADD can be a competitive ADDvantage in a High Tech Career, here's 10 reasons why.

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ANOTHER Girl Killed by MySpace Date!

duuuudddeee... beware of myspace.
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Authorities said Brown met Gaumer on the Internet Web site MySpace.com. While details of the relationship are unknown, police said Gaumer was a student at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, where he lived on campus. Police said he has no criminal history.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

CSS Basics

This is the best, cleanest, simplest tutorial I have found for getting started with CSS.

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YouTube - Crazy Multi-Input Touch Screen

This is the coolest thing I've seen in a long time.

YouTube - Crazy Multi-Input Touch Screen

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Iran : A 17 year old girl is sentenced to death by hanging.

This is really sad.

BPS Research Digest: Why do we still believe in group brainstorming?

note to self: best to work alone

BPS Research Digest: Why do we still believe in group brainstorming?

Web Design from Scratch

This site is for everyone involved or interested in creating web sites - whether novice or expert. It will help you understand what makes web sites succeed or fail, and what can be done to increase the chance of success.

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weim pups



Originally uploaded by Michael Surtees.
are the best

Slashdot | Recommendations for Neural Network Modeling Software?

a neural network question on slashdot

Slashdot | Recommendations for Neural Network Modeling Software?

Neural Network FAQ, part 1 of 7: Introduction

neural network FAQ.

Neural Network FAQ, part 1 of 7: Introduction

winter 2007

my grad contract states that i must finish my degree by winter 2007.
i begin my course work in spring 2000. what the hell have i been doing all this time.
most people would have completed a PhD by now.

the library will be my new best friend. i will have to visit him often.

i must wake up with only one goal in mind. i must go to sleep with only one thought.
i must spend every free moment making progress toward completing this.

Price your home - AND your next door neighbors!

this is pretty amazing.
i was able to find out the value of the homes of 2 of my bosses.
each of them have ~ $1M homes.

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origin: http://news.com.com/Kelly+Blue+Book+for+homes/2100-1038_3-6036441.html

Type in your address and see accurate values for your area. Using some of googles mapping tech with valuation data - pretty cool frankly. But since I gave them my address, I wonder if they'll start sending junk mail now? hmmm...

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Tuesday, February 07, 2006

New sleeping bag means you never have to get out of bed again!

This is like that stupid blanket robe thingie that I liked.

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A great new sleeping bag designed so you never have to get out of beg again. I would also suspect it's great for those freezing cold mornings when I'm camping and the sun isn't up yet.

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Should Apple buy Palm?

Speculation that Apple plans to buy Palm has been revived by a call from two leading Palm investors for the company to be put up for sale, according to papers.

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1GB iPod Nano Released Today!

Well, it seems that a 1GB Nano is upod us. This explains why the US Apple store was down at the time of this being written. It seems that the Australian store jumped the gun and uploaded the specifications sheet early.

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Intel's Free IT Simulation Game

A little online game from Intel that is really addicting. You get to be the IT manager and hire other workers, buy hardware, and manage the server room. It's pretty fun, check it out.

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Monday, February 06, 2006

An Eye Test for Alzheimer's

A Harvard researcher says a laser-based diagnostic system might be used to detect the disease long before it affects the brain, allowing for early treatment that could defer its degenerative symptoms.

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Zojirushi NS-ZAC18 Neuro Fuzzy 10-Cup Rice Cooker Review at Epinions.com

i'm looking for a smart rice cooker. does anyone have any suggestions?

Zojirushi NS-ZAC18 Neuro Fuzzy 10-Cup Rice Cooker Review at Epinions.com

Cocomment Preview - The next big thing in blogging

Cocomment is currently building up a lot of anticipation, lots of users can't wait for it to go live.

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Small is beautiful for Web 2.0 start-ups | CNET News.com

Small is beautiful for Web 2.0 start-ups | CNET News.com

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Saturday, February 04, 2006

HOW TO: Speed Read!

Learn the techniques to read anything faster!

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Open Source's Best-Kept Secret

Everyone knows about Linux and OpenOffice.org, but what about Eclipse? Unless you're a developer, you've probably never heard of it, but it is fast becoming a serious threat to the part of Microsoft's software empire that seemed safest from attack.

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GoDaddy's SuperBowl Ad Saga - View Censored Ads

SuperBowlAds.us does a great job of laying out the entire GoDaddy SuperBowl ad saga and let's you see all the dissaproved SuperBowl ad submissions. It's a great read and fun to watch!

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Different District | Movies

apple movies!

Different District | Movies

Friday, February 03, 2006

New gun fires 50 rounds a second!

LIVERMORE, California (AP) -- Officials at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have added a new weapon to their armory: a high-powered machine gun that can fire more than 50 rounds per second.

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Super Mario Brothers Synth Board

Super Mario Brother Synth board, create your own SMB mix of songs and sounds, i just listened to the water level music for 10 minutes....:)

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HOW TO - Make shoes that spell words with light...

You really have to see the photos to appreciate how cool this is. The Dance Messenger - Fun persistence of vision toy. Attach it to your shoe and write messages or patterns while you walk, run or dance!

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SoYouWanna convert to Buddhism?

time to convert.

SoYouWanna convert to Buddhism?

VMware to make server product free

VMware, an EMC subsidiary whose software lets multiple operating systems run on the same computer, is expected to announce next week that it will begin giving away one of its key products for free, CNET News.com has learned.

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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Apple faces suit over iPod-related hearing loss | CNET News.com

steph turns up the volume really loud. i wonder if she has suffered hearing loss.
eh... wat didya say?

Apple faces suit over iPod-related hearing loss | CNET News.com

EBay Buyers Want Whatâ??s In Your Hard Drive

TechWeb News quoted Garfinkel saying, "I think that many drives sell for more than their market value. He suggested the reason is people are looking for information.

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ReactOS: the end of Windows XP/NT?

ReactOS is a free clean room implementation of Windows NT! ReactOS aims to achieve complete binary compatibility with both applications and device drivers meant for NT and XP operating systems, by using a similar architecture and providing a complete and equivalent public interface.

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Mapping veins as a human 'bar code'





The technology is based on an infrared scan of the blood cells running through veins, which is then analyzed by a computer.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

SimpleTicket Source Code Available

Source code for SimpleTicket, an open source trouble ticket system written in Ruby on Rails, has been posted to SourceForge.

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Apple iBooks by April, 'media hub' product, iPhone within a year

"We are still confident in Apple's product road map â?? including potential for new iBooks by April in time for the June quarter, a potential 'media hub' product (and more services), new iPods into year-end (including a new media player) and even a new cell phone within a year."

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Riverside Animal Shelter pets for adoption

there are two weims in this shelter. i hope someone adopts them FAST. this is a kill shelter.

Riverside Animal Shelter pets for adoption

Nerd TV Season 2 Starts

Season 2 starts with episode 12: Bob Kahn: Inventor of TCP/IP. Upcoming episodes will include Judy Estrin, Jerry Kaplan, Steve Wozniak, Larry Tesler, Eric Schmidt, and Linus Torvalds.

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Hi, I'm Maddie


Hi, I'm Maddie
Originally uploaded by Michael Surtees.
very cute!