Friday, April 28, 2006

3D for free

Google releases SketchUp, 3D modeling software:
"Today we’re releasing Google SketchUp, a free version of our 3D modeling software, which makes our long-time vision of making 3D accessible to everyone a reality."

Official Google Blog: A great day for 3D

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

A very happy Hubble Birthday!

"To celebrate the NASA-ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s 16 years of success, the two space agencies are releasing this mosaic image of the magnificent starburst galaxy, Messier 82 (M82). It is the sharpest wide-angle view ever obtained of M82, a galaxy remarkable for its webs of shredded clouds and flame-like plumes of glowing hydrogen blasting out from its central regions."

The European Homepage For The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope

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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Why Google Video Matters - It can teach stupid science tricks

Content warning: This video displays graphic violence to a 2-liter bottle of diet cola and one obscene gesture.

Why does soda explode when you put a hand full of Mentos in it?
(Hear the answer on NPR.)

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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Absolutely legal peer to peer music swapping

Jon Gordon recently interviewed Bill Nguyen, President of the newly formed and funded Lala music website. The site allows you to swap music legally by trading physical CDs with other internet users. The site allows you to swap CDs much at prices much cheaper than hitting up your local used CD store.

ps: The site opens officially on July 4th, but for an early invitation to the BETA, click here.

qv: Future Tense

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Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Google Toolbar for Firefox

By the way, I am really loving the Google Toolbar for Firefox. I mentioned it last week, loaded it, and like the features a lot. It allows me to search my computer, the internet, or my gmail account selectively. That saves a lot of time for me.

Some new features:

  • Enhanced Search Box

  • Safe Browsing

  • SpellCheck

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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What's to love about the Shoqbox?

A few weeks back I bought a Philips ShoqBox I found at our local warehouse store. I read other reviews and found that most had liked the box but found it flawed. The flaws seemed like something I could live with, especially since the box was heavily discounted at the warehouse.

I bought it on the cheap and this past weekend we gave it a real workout. So far? It has met my "discounted" expectations.

What's to love?

  • It's cute!

  • It delivers great sound from little speakers!

  • When running the WMA/MP3 player, there are no wires!

  • It's ultra-portable!

  • It allows you to play your sounds files as an alarm!

qv: Philips: ShoqBox Support

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Monday, April 17, 2006

Podcast: Your Day Technology - Blogs & the Media

Miss the live call in show? No problem! It's podcast here. This month I've included the full hour of the Your Day podcast because the first half featured a great interview on the topic of the media, blogs, and social change. We continued the conversation in the second half of the show before we launched into calls on a wide variety of computer topics.

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Monday, April 10, 2006

We're LIVE on "Your Day" this Thursday

Here is the rundown for this Thursday's Your Day radio program.!


12:00 - 12:30:
Media and social change. Donna London of the Jim Self Center on the Future talks with Dr. Nancy Snow, assistant professor in the College of Communications at California State University, Fullerton, and adjunct assistant professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. A Senior Fellow in the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, Dr. Snow is directing a research and teaching initiative on anti-Americanism and the American image in the world.

12:30 - 1:00:
A live call-in segment on blogging, online news media, and other internet technologies. Eric Rodgers hosts Phil Yanov, Director of Business Development at Acentron Technologies, and founder and Executive Director of the GSA Technology Council. Members of our radio audience are invited to ask about computer technology and related topics during the second half of Your Day. Listeners may call in with questions via the toll-free number: 888-539-8859.

Where to listen?
# 89.3 Charleston
# 90.1 Greenville / Spartanburg
# 91.3 Columbia
# 88.1 Sumter / Columbia
# 89.1 Aiken /Augusta
# 89.9 Beaufort / Hilton Head
# 90.1 Conway / Myrtle Beach

qv: Your Day

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Friday, April 07, 2006

Firefox fans rejoice! Google releases Toolbar V2

From Google:
This new release includes feed integration with the Google Personalized Homepage and a number of other feed readers. We've made searching better by including previous queries, spelling corrections, and suggestions for popular choices. Gmail fans might appreciate having the mailto: links in Firefox open a compose window in Gmail -– no more copying and pasting email addresses. And to combat the ever-increasing threat of phishing, we've integrated the Safe Browsing extension into Toolbar to alert you when a page is trying to steal sensitive information.

via: Google Blog

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The painless path through the NPR fund drive....

I am a faithful NPR listener for all but two weeks a year. The fund drives are tough to listen to, but I still would like to show my support. Here is the recipe I propose for both me and you during this NPR fund raiser.

1) Send a check
2) Instead of listening to NPR live, listen to the podcasts of the shows you like the most.

Apparently this advice is being heeded by a number of easily disgruntled NPR listeners according to an article in Wired.

qv: Wired

Seen previously here and here.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

The Art of (Stop) Motion

Two of my favorite food groups -- animation and Misirlou.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Real science is hard... Junk science is easy!

There are days that I look at a curve and try to determine the area under that curve but give up because it involves real math in the form of forgotten calculus equations. I no longer despair because I now realize that although my foggy memory may keep me from doing real math or real science without review of the necessary equations, I can do junk science with ease and alacrity.

The beauty of predicting the future with astrology or examining the past through numerology is that no one can authoritatively claim that you are doing it wrong.


next week: I become a paranormal investigator!

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Saturday, April 01, 2006

April Calendar

April Kathryn Calendar 2006
Of course there is an April calendar. What sort of doting father would I be without an April calendar? As always, many thanks to Flagrant Disregard for his cool Flickr toys.

qv: April Calendar