Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I voted today

zonkey, originally uploaded by shannonpatrick17.

Vote for real change, vote your conscience, Ralph Nader / Matt Gonzalez 2008!

Political Issues That Matter


Sunday, November 2, 2008

"Curiosity did not kill this cat" -Studs Terkel

I almost wanted to title this blog entry --Studs Terkel a "Real American" but that kind of connotation is not quite right. Somebody like Studs Terkel could only happen in America. A better description would be quintessentially American like Benjamin Franklin or Mark Twain. To me Studs Terkel is a teacher, if your curiosity strikes you and you want to learn more about his life, you will learn something about America also.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

1. Mr. Alistair Strongclaws, a Declarationist

((My favorite Moleman.

It has begun again!

October 21, 2008 marks the continuation of John Hodgman's gift of knowledge. Complete world knowledge, that is. In Areas of My Expertise Hodgman revealed the world of the hoboes, including names for 700 hoboes. Now, with his new compendium, More Information Than You Require we learn of the deranged world below our own world of the strange naked-mole-rat-like people known enigmatically as "The Mole-men".

If you'd like to participate, just head over to the official list, pick out a name, and upload it to Flickr. Once it's on Flickr, add it to our official 700 Mole-men Flickr group to get it to show up on this site. Sound easy? It is!

And of course, thanks to John Hodgman for giving us these fake facts. Be sure to pick up a copy of his new book (and the old one too) for your enjoyment and inspiration.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

A Brief Timeline of Blogging Engines

I just had to blog about this

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Pangea Day 5-10-2008

Pangea Day 5-10-2008, originally uploaded by shannonpatrick17.

Act now.

The following organizations, each with international reach, are making specific calls to action on Pangea Day. Please take a moment to express your voice on an important social issue or fund a life-changing project.

Monday, May 5, 2008

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Feliz Cinco De Mayo!, originally uploaded by shannonpatrick17.

Viva Mexican Food, and Other stuff!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Flickr adds 90 second video uploading for pro accounts

In the Fridge
Originally uploaded by shannonpatrick17
Yes this is big news because it is Flickr, other than that the ability to add video to the internet should not be news at all. There is nothing remarkable about being able to add 90 seconds(maximum length) 150 mb (max file size) videos online. As Seth Godin would say, I don't have a video problem. It is my feeling that when companies restrict the way people use the tools they offer, people simply find better tools. One word vimeo.com this is how video sharing should be done, it just seems to me that flickr is trying to stick their toes in to test the water on this one. I also kinda get the feeling that the ability to add video has something to do with the fact that they also just increased the max photo file size for pro(paying) users from 10mb to 20mb. Are they just offering video because they have new excess bandwidth and storage capabilities? Whatever the reason, this just feels kinda half ass IMHO.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Beard Alphabet!

Beard Font found via Core77, originally uploaded by designmilk.

This is so awesome!
Who made this? Whomever you are Madam or Sir, you are a true genius. From: CORE77
The best font ever!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Happy Saint Joseph's Day! La Festa di San Giuseppe

favorite one: delicious zeppole!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St Patrick's Day! March 17, 2008

Happy St Patrick's Day!, originally uploaded by shannonpatrick17.

Fun Links for St. Patrick's Day:

History: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Patrick
St. Patricks Day information and celebrations worldwide:
My Favorite "Irish" music:
Brendan Perry:
Brendan Perry myspace


Music Videos:

2008 St Patricks Day Celebrations:

Friday, March 14, 2008

Unlock the potential of your Canon digital Camera: chdk Canon SD1000

chdk Canon SD1000 ixus70, originally uploaded by shannonpatrick17.

(((Use a free firmware update and unlock all kinds of capabilities you probably did not think your Canon point and shoot consumer digital camera was even able to do! This is not endorsed by Canon but if you do not like it simply erase it off your sdcard and your Camera is completely back to normal (crippled?)).

A. After loading of CHDK program you can get the following functionality:

* Shooting in RAW
* Live histogram (RGB, blended, luminance and for each RGB channel)
* Zebra mode (blinking highlights and shadows)
* DOF-calculator
* Battery indicator
* Scripts execution (exposure/focus/... bracketing, intervalometer and more)
* File browser
* Text reader
* Calendar
* Some fun tools and games :)

Q. What camera models are supported by the CHDK program?

A. Currently, the CHDK program is available for Canon digital cameras of the following models:

* A460, Fw: 1.00d
* A550, Fw: 1.00c
* A560, Fw: 1.00a
* A570, Fw: 1.00e, 1.01a
* A610, Fw: 1.00e, 1.00f, (1.00d with CHDK version for 1.00e)
* A620, Fw: 1.00f ( 1.00e is not compatible. You must upgrade to 1.00f first (see here))
* A630, Fw: 1.00c
* A640, Fw: 1.00b
* A650 IS, Fw: 1.00d
* A700, Fw: 1.00b
* A710 IS, Fw: 1.00a
* A720 IS, Fw: 1.00c
* S2 IS, Fw: 1.00e, 1.00f, 1.00g, (1.00i with CHDK version for 1.00g)
* S3 IS, Fw: 1.00a
* G7, Fw: 1.00e, 1.00g, 1.00i, 1.00j
* SD450 (IXUS55), Fw: 1.00b, 1.00c
* SD500 (IXUS700), Fw: 1.01a, 1.01b
* SD700 (IXUS800), Fw: 1.00b, 1.01b
* SD800 (IXUS850), Fw: 1.00e
* SD850 (IXUS950), Fw: 1.00c
* SD1000 (IXUS70), Fw: 1.01b, 1.02a

In theory it can be modified to support any camera based on the DIGIC II or DIGIC III platform. (How do you do this?). See Firmware Comparisons to identify which build will work for you.

(((set with my first photos using chdk including RAW photos:)))
 Beatrice City Library

Lamps made from sheep's stomachs:


(((Kinda Gross but cool at the same time)))

Happy Pi Day!

Happy Pi Day!, originally uploaded by tonibduguid.

Learn more here: www.piday.org/

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Etch A Sketch Clock

New Five Dollar Bill Enters Circulation Today

Every person or business that gets a counterfeit bill experiences a real economic loss, and in 2007, $61.4 million in counterfeit money was passed in the United States. "Everyone who uses U.S. currency is on the front line of defense against counterfeiters," said Michael Merritt, Deputy Assistant Director, U.S. Secret Service. "The best way to protect yourself is to learn the security features. It’s simple, it’s quick, and it can save you from accepting a fake."


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Big Youtube News turns out to be: extended API, YouTube Everywhere

"YouTube’s big announcement today is more open API’s that will allow developers to upload videos and video responses from any where."
TechCrunch: Anticlimax: YouTube Announces More Open API’s

"Now if YouTube would just embrace H.264 video encoding for hi-def quality videos (or at least the On2 VP6 codecs that Vimeo uses), the site would, by our estimation, be virtually unrivaled in both features and quality"
WIRED Blog Network: New YouTube Developer Tools Turn Any Website Into a Video Sharing Hub

YouTube Everywhere

  • Upload videos and video responses to YouTube
  • Add/Edit user and video metadata (titles, descriptions, ratings, comments, favorites, contacts, etc)
  • Fetch localized standard feeds (most viewed, top rated, etc.) for 18 international locales
  • Perform custom queries optimized for 18 international locales
  • Customize player UI and control video playback (pause, play, stop, etc.) through software

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

RateMyCop.com Good Or Evil?

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I can't even get the website to load today so I'm unable to check it out, tell me what you think.

Update: I was amazed by reading some of the stories on Cops Writing Cops,here:

hulu.com Video on Demand Launches Tomorrow

Hulu launches Tomorrow
I got my private beta invite in January and so far have watched 49 shows on here. It was cool to watch as they kept adding more networks and content, there is no question this site is going to be a big hit. One piece of advice is to use firefox and get ad block plus then you don't have to watch the short commercials, man I hate commercials! TV on the internet seems like it is becoming more mainstream and I don't think it will stop anytime soon.
The good thing about this is that once the genie is out of the bottle there is not much that corporations can do to try to control how people view the content they make available. This site http://www.openhulu.com/ has already mirrored the content from Hulu so people without a invite have had access to it.

from wikipedia: Hulu allows users to embed their videos on external sites. A user in the private beta decided to scrape all of their videos and make a public site called OPENhulu.

There was no response from Hulu as to the legality of this, but many blogs covered the issue creating quite an uproar in the online video scene.

Networks now available on Hulu

Henry Blodget's laundry list of why Hulu will not
be a success, Hulu: The Modern-Day @Home:
Hulu Launches: Great Product, Still Screwed

Monday, March 10, 2008

Samsung L74W Touch-Screen Digital Camera

If you've never used a touch-screen digital camera before, it's definitely a different sort of experience than your typical digital camera. The 7.2 megapixel Samsung L74W offers a 3 inch touch sensitive panel with which to change the shooting settings. The only "real" buttons used during image capture are the shutter release and zoom control (for the 3.6x optical zoom).

Link to full article: http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/default.asp?newsID=3119

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

History of the Reuben Sandwich

Here is a link to my first Squidoo Lens. It is all about Reuben Sandwiches.
With lots of different recipes that might inspire you to try something new or just help you perfect your own Reuben sandwich. There is info about the controversial history of the Reuben, also some amazing flickr photos of Reubens from all around the country. Last but not least, there are some links to really interesting youtube videos about famous Deli's and how to make your own sauerkraut, thousand island dressing and even a Reuben strudel video.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ted Prize website launched Today.

The Ted Prize website http://www.tedprize.org was Launched today. I watched this as it was announced on the live webcast. During the webcast Chris Anderson kept saying "thousands watching Live " I was wondering if the numbers will be actually be higher than this?
Anyhow here are some screengrabs from the webcast, I will post a link when these videos make it onto the main TED.com website. I took away something from every talk, and I think the tedprize.org site will be a great success. It seems that there are loads of great people who have been posting comments on the TED website and it will be no surprizs if the same thing happens on the new one, what a great way to get involved.

Here is a good resource to watch the TED coverage as it unfolds:

Who's blogging TED2008 and TED@Aspen?

Stop motion video of travel montage, half way across the U.S. in 30 seconds!

This is a old video but one of my favorites I've made, I thought I would post it one here just for easy access to the links.
There is a much higher quility 16mb video of the same thing here: http://www.photodex.com/sharing/viewshow.html?fl=2577958&alb=0
you have to d/l the photodex viewer but that is quick and easy, the difference of picture and sound quality is quite amazing, it is a good way to compare the quality of youtube videos to something that is actually not that much larger of file size. I think I might upload the same video to some of my other favorite video sharing sites because I have noticed that there are many that have much better quality/capabilities than youtube. One of my new favorites is viddler.com because I like the way it seems more social because of the capability to post comments/tags at a certain time in the video.

Ok now on vimeo, with links to the photos on my flickr stream.

New York City to Omaha, Nebraska in 30 seconds from shannon patrick on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Calling up bloggers up with GrandCentral

Photo Credit: DetroitDerek from flickr.com

Now if you like you can leave me a voicemail for free from anywhere.
The Grand Central capabilities are more than just voice mail but I do not want to link this blog to my home phone, just like most people who will leave messages have the option of keeping their calling number private. I'm sure it will come in handy to use more capabilities of this interesting service. For right now if you would like to test it out leave some feedback or comment about my blog, tell me what you think.
Found out about this on http://www.smartmobs.com
Calling up bloggers up with GrandCentral - but how many bloggers will pickup the phone?
21st Century Literacies
Google added Voice over IP Interface to it’s Blogger platform using GrandCentral, as reported in Marketing Pilgrim in a post titled Call a Blogger with GrandCentral....

Thursday, February 21, 2008

DIY Best Reuben Sandwich Recipe. Soon it will be time for Awesome St. Patricks Day Food

Original Reuben Sandwich story, and My Best Recipe
Yeah it's getting closer to St. Patrick's Day so I have been thinking about making delicious Reuben sandwiches. Follow my photos to flickr to read about the invention of the Reuben sandwich and see some helpful hints/recipe for building your own awesome sammich!
Original Reuben Sandwich story, and my best Reuben Recipe on Light Rye bread

Monday, February 18, 2008

How-to: Asus Eee Pc with touch screen

Was Looking into the Asus eeepc and watched this on youtube and thought it was pretty awesome. The addition of the touchscreen makes eeepc more compareable to the Kohjinsha SA5SX04ATW which does cost more and is not as readily available/or popular
in the U.S.
Check out this side by side and see how much brighter the screen on the Kohijinsha is.

Kohjinsha adds an Optical Drive to its tiny UMPC

yeah this one is pretty neat also, competition is the best thing for the sub notebook macbook air which seems overpriced for what you get.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mr. Show - John Baptiste Philouza

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Toys that make worlds: The highly anticipated game Spore will be available at retailers worldwide the weekend of September 7



Flickr Resistance Against Microsoft Takeover

I still don't understand why flickr charges for pro accounts, they do earn money from our images on yahoo image search which has ads. I would rather see ads than pay $24 because then you don't feel so locked into one service. I know nothing in life is free but don't tell me flickr is not profitable, flickr basically sold us out when yahoo bought them. How much money did these people make? IT was a community that many people spent many hours giving it the value it had when they were able to sell it for a profit to yahoo.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Spongebob voice actors overdub Classic movies

Just caught this from boingboing.net, this is so funny! Read the discussion I posted a link to Maurice LaMarche do his signature impersonation of Orson Welles, and the Welles original.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Charlie Rose - Muhammad Yunus, 58min

An hour with Muhammad Yunus, Founder of The Grameen Bank and author of "Banker to the Poor: Micro-lending and the Battle Against World Poverty".

There are some really profound ideas to think about and act upon in this. Like: Credit is a human right, Arguments are just a way for people to use their intellectual capacity to out do one another, Seeing is believing, Humans thrive on challenges, Charity takes away initiative and dignity, Poverty will be a thing of the past.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Nebraska Democrats hold their first-ever Presidential Caucus

Expected turn out in Saline County Nebraska (population 13843 as of 2000) was 100, 297 people attended and more people were showing up late and being allowed to cast votes (as far as i know).
Unofficial number were 129-Clinton 134-Obama almost 40 undecided and we never got a final count before we left over an hour later.

Uploaded by shannonpatrick17

Obama landslide winner at first Nebraska Democratic CaucusThousands of Nebraskans came out in droves on Saturday to participate in the state's first Democratic presidential caucus.

At the end of the night, Sen. Barack Obama was declared the landslide winner against Sen. Hillary Clinton.

Obama received 25,887 votes compared to Clinton's 12,347.

The Nebraska victory allowed Obama to walk away with 16 of the state's 24 delegates....

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Buckminster Fuller-World Game Synergy Video

via videosift.com

Photogamer: Feb 2, 2008 "Toy"

From My Photogamer Set, follow this link and view the description of the photo to learn all kinds of goodness about what a zome is.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Photogamer, online social interactive photo sharing game.

In January every day there was a new challenge, for example if the challenge was doorway you take a photo of a doorway... and so on
I had a lot of fun participating and trying to think up creative photos to share. It was also very interesting to get view all the photos and see into other peoples lives as they shared photos from many different places. I got a late start, and I chose not to do challenges from previous days it was fun to just jump in and keep current.
My Flickr photoset:
January 2008 Photogamer set
Photogamer website:
Photogamer Flickr Group:
Photogamer Twitter: