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Ironic: EFF Blocked by Work Web Filter

June 19, 2010

Look what my work’s internet filter blocks:

As their website states (where you can actually load it), “The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the leading civil liberties group defending your rights in the digital world.”  Because we wouldn’t want employees at work to access anything about their digital rights…

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Bookmarked: GetSocialLive.com

May 23, 2010

“Hey Zark, how do you get those social bookmark buttons at the bottom of your blog posts?”

I get asked this quite frequently.  I use WordPress.com, which has worked great for me, but the social bookmark button concept is not something they have built-in.  That’s why I’ve bookmarked GetSocialLive.com, which does the heavy lifting for me.  Once I have a post set up, I can go to the site and paste in the post’s title and URL, and choose a button style, and the site will automatically generate the social button bookmark html code for me.  Pasting that at the bottom of my post’s html page gives me a nice social bookmarking buttons for people to use.  There are a variety of designs to choose from, such as:

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Originally, creator Hillel Stoler wrote GetSocial as Windows software.  He expanded that cross-platform with a web-based version called GetSocial Live!, which is what I use all the time.  Both were created by Stoler for free for the WordPress.com community.  If you find either useful, give him a donation as thanks, and let me know what you think!

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Papercraft Friday #84: Pinhole Camera

April 30, 2010

This week’s paper model comes from Ravensblight.com, and is great for a science project, or when you just feel like making more than a static model.  The concept of a pinhole camera was pretty common when I was a kid, but in the digital age some kids don’t even know what film is!  Now with some paper and a few odds and ends, plus a roll of 35mm film, they can make their own working camera.  No batteries required!  As Ravensblight points out, pinhole cameras take soft focus pictures, which are good for spooky or dreamlike settings.  Check their site for the model, instructions and sample pictures.

Make one now while you can still buy 35mm film!  Send me some shots from it if you do!

Not keen on this one?  Want more?  Check out other Papercraft Friday posts.

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You Are Here: Earth From Mars

April 27, 2010

I have no idea how I missed this photo, which was taken in 2004  (click on it above for a larger view).  Especially in light of my current blog banner.  I follow these things pretty closely, get Astronomy and Sky & Telescope magazines, and so forth.  But the photo above was taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on March 8, 2004.  The first photo of Earth from the surface of another planet… it gives me goosebumps.

The Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity have been operating on the surface of Mars for over 6 years.  Spirit became indelibly stuck in a sand trap last May, but continued to function.  It skipped a planned communication with NASA on March 31st and may be in hibernation mode during the Martian winter.  On Thursday April 29th, it will surpass the Viking 1 lander’s record for the longest running mission on Mars, assuming it survives the low power mode and wakes up in a few weeks.  If not, Opportunity is sure to break the record, as it continues to chug along towards a giant crater called Endeavor on the Martian plains of Meridiani Planum on the opposite side of the planet.  It landed on Mars 3 weeks after Spirit back in January 2004, and will surpass the record on May 20th.

Not bad for two little rovers that were only supposed to last 3 months.

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Bioshock 2 Blacklight Posters

February 25, 2010

I just love this kind of stuff.  I posted unboxing photos of the Bioshock 2 Special Edition, including the three posters in the set.  What JRock on the 2K message boards discovered, two weeks after the game was released, was that if you shine a UV blacklight on the posters, there are hidden messages!  What’s written on them is what is scrawled on the posters in the actual game.

2K’s Community Manager, 2K Elizabeth, responded to the forum thread with “Well, would you look at that.  ”  That’s awesome.

Forum member Lotus52 posted pics and vids to photobucket.  See the pics after the jump.

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Weighted Companion Cube Case Mod

January 24, 2010

Valve’s Portal was such a good game.  I was browsing the Case Mod Gallery over at techPowerUp! this weekend, and saw this recent mod by user zAAm.  Who doesn’t love their weighted companion cube?  *sniff*  Brings back memories…  You can make one out of paper, or out of gingerbread, or out of computer parts!

Check it out for more and bigger shots of the mod.

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PSP Go is a No Go Proposition

September 29, 2009

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This week Sony is releasing their newest handheld: the PSP Go.  It’s the fourth iteration of the PlayStation Portable, and the first to differ significantly from its predecessors.  The console is smaller than previous versions, with a slide-up screen and controls located underneath.  The screen is slightly smaller, and overall the whole thing is smaller and lighter.  The biggest change is that the PSP Go does not feature a UMD drive for playing games and movies.  Instead, it has 16GB of internal flash storage, and all games playable on it must be downloaded from the PlayStation Store.

I was cautiously excited for it when the PSP Go was announced at E3 this year.  As the release drew near, I became less and less enthusiastic about it.  Since it comes out in a few days, I figured the time was right to outline why I think that the PSP Go is another misstep by Sony Computer Entertainment.

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