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Thu 05-31-12 01:03:49 PM #

Mad love indeed
Mad love indeed

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Wed 05-30-12 05:44:43 PM #

Arduino & random components have arrived. Now to make lights blink! #testsketch
Arduino & random components have arrived. Now to make lights blink! #testsketch
Jenn bought and started tinkering with an Arduino check out her post.

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Mon 05-28-12 06:20:46 PM #

Jennifer assembled Gandalf's cart w/o instructions. Ended up w/ extra pieces. That means she's just efficient, right?
Assembled Gandalf's cart w/o instructions. Ended up w/ extra pieces. That means im just efficient, right?
Her post

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Mon 05-28-12 02:04:07 PM #

Palmer Park trees
Ptw Palmer Park trees
There's a park with a short pine tree trail not to far from our house that's really quite a neat little place.

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Sun 5/27/12 5:27pm #

TV I'm enjoying

Green Lantern the Animated series. The first couple episodes of this really felt aimed at the younger set, but the show really got going after awhile. The entire 13 episodes or so, tie in together as one nice arc. And as Green Lantern stories go, it's very entertaining. Razor and Ia tend to be my fovorites, but that's as it should be. Hal actually works best when he is a supporting character in his own series, and while he has a couple episodes that really harken back to the 60s Green Lantern stories in my Dad's old comic box that I fell in love with the character from, It's probably the Razor arc I really enjoyed most. 1st season just ended this past Saturday.

Young Justice: Invasion. YJ does a bold move in their second season, they jump ahead 5 years, change up the characters and the team and leave 1st season viewers scratching their heads wondering: "What the hell just happened?".

YJ season 2 is the DCU at it's best, I wish, very much wish that the recent New 52 DCU reboot in the comics was anywhere near this well thought out or bold in reconstructing the DC universe. While there are only a handful of episodes left, and the series won't be back for a 3rd season. It was a great ride while it lasted and should become a favorite of future fans once it hits the streams and DVDs in it's entirety.

Game of Thrones Season 2. This is the sort of show that only only HBO can make. A vast cast, many locations, plots and subplots. Really really great TV. We recently almost caught up last week with a 3 episode mini marathon. Currently we are one episode behind, but likely we'll binge on last week's and this week's tonight.

Game of Thrones is the sortof TV that makes you hate movies, because so few movies can do in their two hours what a show like this can do over a season. Good Stuff.

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Sun 5/27/12 5:00pm #

Men In Black 3

Jenn and I saw Men In Black 3 at the cheap early show at the Star Theatre on Alpine today.

Not a bad movie, not much too it really, fairly small in scope and cast, and felt less like a full sequel and more like an epilogue or a little tack on to the other movies.

Best part of the movie, Josh Brolin who does a dead on fantastic impersonation of Tommy Lee Jones for much of the film.

If you like the MIB films, you'll like this, don't expect much though, there ain't much to it.

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Sun 5/27/12 4:52pm #

Nesting

We got a nest. It's a smart thermostat that you don't have to program. It learns the times you like certain temperatures based on how you adjust it. It also has motion detectors and knows when you are home and when you've left, and it can adjust your temperature accordingly. Because it learns it also anticipates when you come back etc. It's wi-fi enabled and it has Android and iOS apps that allow you to control your thermostat from anywhere in the world that you can have an internet connection.

It's very neat.

Probably will be more so in the winter. You don't really adjust your thermostat in the summer much. Other than killing the air conditioning during the middle of the day while you're at work, you're probably going to want to keep the temperature in the low to mid 70s while your home and overnight in the Summer.

I suppose in the winter you'll have the added change of setting the thermostat back at night abit, since you're snuggled in under the covers anyway.

In anycase, while not a life-changing device, it is interesting. And the app is cool. Now temperature and humidity of the house is just a phone app glance away. And that's sort of a curious thing to be able to do.

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Sun 5/27/12 10:29am #

Let's Go Surfing

Chalk Warfare
source: Likecool



Slinky on a treadmill
source: Likecool

Epic



A webcomic about Snowflame, a real DC Comics supervillain who gained his powers from cocaine [Holy Crap Wtf]
source: io9

Interesting fan comic centered around a bizarre throw away villain from late 80s DCU.

Adam Savage's Maker Faire 2012 Talk: Why We Make
source: Boing Boing

Interesting talk. There are a couple ideas/thoughts in it I've been mulling over the last few days.

Are You Game for Tetris: The Movie? [VIDEO]
source: Mashable!

Good, but they needed to have worked the music in somehow :)


Your Favorite Cartoon Characters Reading the Star Wars Screenplay Will Blow Your Mind [Video]
source: Gizmodo

I've only listened to part of so far, but good stuff.

Lit Motors C-1 gives your scooter a ceiling
source: The Red Ferret Journal - gadgets, cool sites, freeware and tech trivia

Very cool and almost a low enough price to make it worthwhile.

Matt Smith carries the Olympic Torch, but not as the Doctor [Doctor Who]
source: io9

The cool thing isn't the fact that Doctor Who is carrying the Olympic torch, it's how quickly people start photoshoping the Doctor into past Olympics.

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Sat 05-26-12 07:09:10 PM #

Probably alot of truth in those two section titles
Ptw Probably alot of truth in those two section titles

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Sat 5/26/12 5:37pm #

Let's Go Surfing

Two kids in a car
source: Likecool

Somebody I used to know mashup with cute kids.


Banana Peel Trucker Hat
source: Super Punch

Nice, early 2000s hipster banana.


Wall Caddy
source: swissmiss

Nice Wall Caddy design.

HHI Day Pack
source: swissmiss

Nice backpack design.


An animated take on Marvel heroes in Disassembled short
source: Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources - Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

Amusing video.



OneLessDrop Power Cord Anchor Daily Tech Find
source: Unplggd

Neat idea. You could probably make one of these out of a block of wood too.



How Common Is Your Birthday? [Chart]
source: Gizmodo

Interesting.



Turns out Sonic Screwdriver beats Lightsaber [This Is Awesome]
source: io9

...I'm guessing sonic screwdriver doesn't beat force choke though.

More From The Green Arrow TV Show Including Another Trailer
source: Bleeding Cool

How much of the DCU are they likely to let into this? Ollie's origin and family set-up is already all over the place from center in this. Not optimistic.

Every single new science fiction and fantasy show announced for next season! [Video]
source: io9

Nice list. Arrow, unlikely, but will check out. Revolution, looks good. Not much else really grabbing my interest.

Is Microsoft Planning to Limit Your Browser Choice on Windows 8 Tablets? (Updated) [Microsoft]
source: Gizmodo

Windows 8 (or 9) may be the very thing that gets constrained enough to make Linux actually useful to people. (Or maybe not, who knows)

Mother of Dragons
source: Super Punch

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Fri 05-18-12 01:08:54 PM #

Lunch with Jennifer today
Ptw Lunch with Jennifer today
...makes the day better.

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Mon 5/14/12 6:28am #

Let's Go Surfing

Full length speech by John Cleese on Creativity. Long, but really good.

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Sun 05-13-12 07:00:35 PM #

Jenn's Parents
Ptw Jenn's Parents

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Sun 05-13-12 06:59:51 PM #

Jenn's family on our deck for Mother's day
Ptw Jenn's family on our deck for Mother's day

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Sun 5/13/12 12:32pm #

Let's Go Surfing

Set Up A Quick IM System On Your Intranet With EZIM
source: MakeUseOf.com

Looks useful.

Coolest Home Offices on Instagram
source: Unplggd

So are multiple monitors out of fashion? It seems in most of these types of photos people are content with a laptop, large Mac monitor, or at best a large mac monitor and a laptop to the side.

Ematic Android 4.0 10 Inch Tablet Priced at $219
source: Tablet News

As these tablets and even the iPad have gotten cheaper lately, I've started to feel more pessimistic on tablets changing much. It feels like they are just moving computer use more firmly into the consumption category and lessening people's perceived needs for offices or office sections as a homebase for their computers.

Welcome to Earth Two, the parallel universe where the new Justice Society lives [Dc Comics]
source: io9

This turned out to be an elseworlds I have fairly low interest in.


Papercraft Dr. Doom
source: Super Punch


Phantom Lady returns this summer by Palmiotti, Gray, Staggs and Perotta
source: Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources - Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

Man, I hate to keep being negative, but this looks awful too.

Should Celebrities Create Their Own Branded Social Networks?
source: Mashable!

Depends on what they want those networks to do and who they want to reach.

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Wed 5/09/12 11:51am #

Let's Go Surfing

Be An Action Hero!
source: Fabbaloo Blog

At some point 3D printers will be cheap and fairly commonplace. At that point, I'm guessing there will be people who make action figure heads of everyone they know and do this.

Gutters: Issue #283 - Allen Gladfelter
source: The Gutters

How many licks? Ha.

T-Shirts & Apparel : Venom Costume Tee
source: ThinkGeek :: What's New

Terrible character at this point, but still a nice costume/t-shirt design.



A Pure CSS3 Cycling Slideshow
source: Smashing Magazine Feed



Why An Augmented Reality Future (Google Project Glass) Scares Me [Opinion]
source: MakeUseOf.com

Doen't seem like it would be much different than phones now, just slightly more immersive for some basic data.


Erik Heywood for BOOK/SHOP
source: Likecool

Interesting.

AFi 7th Anniversary Scoop Week Day 6 Mattels JLU Mongol (And More)
source: Action Figure Insider - Best Toy News on the Web!

Cool.


Google Docs adds 450 fonts and 60 templates, sadly includes Comic Sans
source: Engadget

450? That's kindof something.



Give Your Smartphone Photos a dSLR Look With Free AfterFocus App [Android & iOS]
source: MakeUseOf.com

Nice app. Works well on Android too.


SIDESHOW PRODUCTIONS RELEASES DEBUT TRAILER FOR SPARKSŁ
source: Action Figure Insider - Best Toy News on the Web!

Looks like it could be fun.




3D Printing App: Copy Objects Right From Your iPad
source: Mashable!

Interesting. Didn't work very well for me though.

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Wed 05-09-12 09:33:53 AM #

Played with Autodesk's 3D modeling IOS app: 123 Catch.
Ptw Played with Autodesk's 3D modeling IOS app: 123 Catch.
Neat but not quite ready for prime time yet.

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Tue 05-08-12 06:33:36 PM #

Reading on the deck
Ptw Reading on the deck

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Tue 05-08-12 03:49:20 PM #

Haircut
Ptw Haircut

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Fri 5/04/12 6:01am #

Just a thought

Most people wouldn't think about bringing up what their High School GPA was. What you were doing at 18 afterall doesn't matter-- it's what you did at 22 that's important and worth talking about for 20 to 40 years, right?

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