Kaleidiscope paint

Kaleidoscope Painter - For those of you who have run out of interesting ways to waste time.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

40 Year Old Virgin movie posterSara and I went to see The 40 Year Old Virgin last night. If you're someone who is easily offended, you may not want to see this movie. Ok, let me rephrase that. If you've ever been offended in your life, just steer clear of this movie. It's quite crass. That said, Sara and I laughed through most of the movie. We laughed hard. It's a very fun movie. We're fans of Steve Carell's work on The Daily Show and The Office and I'm glad to see him in the lead of a major motion picture. It looks like he's got a few more projects already under production. And the second season of The Office will begin soon.

Subtly Simpsons

Subtly Simpsons is a good collection of quotes from the Simpsons. Here are some of my favorites.

Homer: Trying is the first step towards failure.

Homer: Weasling out of work is important to learn; it is what separates humans from animals. Except for weasels.

Jebediah: [on film] A noble spirit embiggens the smallest man.
Edna: Embiggens? I never heard that word before I moved to Springfield
Ms.Hoover: I don't know why. It's a perfectly cromulent word.

Faith: Lisa, I'm Faith Crowley, Patriotism Editor of Reading Digest.
Homer: Oh, I love your magazine. My favourite section is How to increase your word power. That thing is really, really... good.

Milhouse, on falling in love: It was just like Romeo and Juliet, only it ended in tragedy.

Teen1: Oh, here comes that cannonball guy. He's cool.
Teen2: Are you being sarcastic, dude?
Teen1: I don't even know anymore.

Principal Skinner: Mr. Burns, what is the secret to your success?
Mr. Burns: Family, religion, friends... these are the three demons you must slay if you wish to succeed in business.

Homer: And what if we picked the wrong religion? Every week, we're just making God madder and madder!

Also, apparently a bunch of the Simpsons writers are Harvard grads, so the show is littered with Harvard references.

Random iTunes

iTunes logoI put iTunes on Party Shuffle, and these are the first ten songs that came up.

1. Hithhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Episode 9 - Douglas Adams
2. Women and Men - They Might Be Giants
3. Not Even Jail - Interpol
4. Awake My Soul - Derek Webb
5. Arc of Time(Timecode) - Bright Eyes
6. Beautiful People - Rusted Root
7. Love My Way - The Psychedelic Furs
8. Steve Wozniak, Part 2 - IT Conversations
9. Clementine - Elliot Smith
10. Extra Savoir-Faire - They Might Be Giants

(idea from Brendoman)

b2evolution demo and new features

The new version of b2evolution is getting closer to release. The new feature list was posted today. And there's a demo site where you can try out the stable version or the CVS version, using PHP 4 or PHP 5. The new version has some cool features, but the best part is that they're getting rid of all the old b2 code. It's becoming more object-oriented and extensible. It will be really exciting to see all of the plugins that get created when the new version is released. And I'll have a front row seat.

A new skin: El Goog

I made a new b2evolution skin: Boogle. It might look a little bit familiar to you, but you know what they say, "Good artists borrow, great artists steal." Actually, there's no art to it. I just did it for fun. It was educational to convert the table layout into CSS. I'm still not sure what to call it. You can vote for your favorite name. Check out logogle.com if you want to make a custom logo to use with the skin.

Ignoring Google Talk

Google released thier new instant messaging service today (actually I started using it last night). So now I have one more IM account that I can ignore. I already have Adium running on my Mac, logged into my MSN, Yahoo and AIM accounts. Now I've added Google's Jabber-based service and I can start ignoring it just like I do the others. Any of the people I know who will get GTalk accounts probably already have MSN and AIM accounts. I've looked over the features Google is offering and I don't see anything to write home about. You can do voice chat. Yawn. The other players have had this for ages and none of them, including Google, can hold a candle to Skype. For instance, Google Talk doesn't seem to support conference calls. The Google Talk client is available for Windows only (just like Google Earth and Google Desktop). You can sign in with any Jabber-ready client, but I don't think that gives you the voice-chat feature. Wake me up if you find some interesting features.

Honda's Rube Goldberg ad

New Honda ad - This Advertisement for the new Honda Accord was shot in real time with no CGI involved in the sequence. It required 606 takes and cost $6 million to shoot and took
3 months to complete.

Wow. Very impressive ad.

(via Digg.com)


Matt sent me a link to this: DTV: Internet TV, so I downloaded it and gave it a try. I think it's really promising. We've known for a while that BitTorrent and RSS can make a good way to distribute large files, but this open-source project has wrapped it all up in a nice, pretty package, so that the John Q. End-User can download the app, browse the channel guide, subscribe to a show and watch it without knowing anything about BT clients, seeding, trackers, etc. It's even got a built in media player. It's in beta for the Mac only now, but there's a Windows version coming soon.

What's more, you can install their web app called Broadcast Machine and it will help you publish your videos and enter them in the channel guide. It even provides a BitTorrent tracker and server seeding.

This will be great for indy video producers and video bloggers. I subscribed to Diggnation and watched an episode over lunch today. But I assume it could also be used for slightly more nefarious purposes. There are already people that copy TV shows into digital formats and publish them via BitTorrent. Now if someone creates an RSS feed that points to all the torrent files for that show, then you could subscribe to it in DTV and the new episodes would appear in your playlist, as if you had a TiVo on your computer.

Cable and satellite customers have been clamoring for a la carte channels for years. This would let you actually get shows a la carte. It really would be like TiVo, except without live TV. If I were a network exec, I would come to terms with the fact that there's not really any way to stop this. The pieces have been coming together for a few years, and a project like DTV is all that's been missing. I would take some initiate and start releasing shows (with commercials) online in this format. Your customer is basically offering to distribute the content for free. Sure, someone could make a rogue feed that has your file that has been stripped of ads. As the networks move more toward product placement, that will become a moot point.

At any rate, this will be a project to watch.

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