Thursday, December 24, 2009

Funny Christmas E-Card Idea from @photojojo : ElfYourself



Send your own ElfYourself eCards



Send your own ElfYourself eCards



Make your own here:
http://elfyourself.jibjab.com

Totally Creepy Ass Santa's


via:http://www.sketchysantas.com/

Sunday, December 20, 2009

best geek films for a cozy night in

These are not all strictly computer-centric, but geeky none the less.

Steal This Film
32:16 -
A Movie About Piriting and The Pirate Bay:

Steal This Film II
44:43 -
Steal This Film II:  The Machine That Changed the World: http://waxy.org/2008/06/the_machine_that_changed_the_world/








http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Research-Laboratories-Robotic-Mayhem/dp/B0001XASBW

http://www.hbo.com/conchords/
















 

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Google Does Real Time Search : See It For Popeye


via: www.seroundtable.com/archives/021311.html
Google announced a dozen things yesterday, but one of those announcements was on real time search in the search results. Google teamed up with Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, FriendFeed, Jaiku and Identi.ca to make these real time search results possible.

In short, Google sticks another "universal result" in the search results when they feel a real time result makes sense. For example, a search for popeye, which is currently trending due to the Google Doodle Popeye logo, shows this real time result
www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRkYmx4A9Do&feature=player_em...

Uploaded by shannonpatrick17 on 8 Dec 09, 10.49AM PST.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Nine Inch Nails Gear up for auction on ebay.com


Nine Inch Nails Gear up for auction on ebay.com

Looks like Nine Inch Nails is selling some of their not so gently used tour gear.

see here:
www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/News/nin-1201/
Nine Inch Nails fans now have an opportunity to own their very own piece of the band – so to speak. Having confirmed that its touring days are over, the industrial-metal pioneers are auctioning off the bulk of its gear on eBay.

"We've been going through the NIN touring and studio rigs and getting rid of a large selection of gear and equipment the band is no longer in need of," reads a statement on the band’s website (http://www.nin.com/). "We do not know which (if any) tour these items are from unless specified, nor can we get any items autographed, so please do not ask."

As of this writing, 20 items have been listed thus far, among them a 1960 Gibson Les Paul, a 1980 Gibson E-2 Explorer, and a Gibson Banjitar. Bids are arriving fast and furious, with “view counters” approaching 10,000 for most of the items. The band promises that “hundreds of items” will ultimately be listed.

Earlier this year, NIN leader Trent Reznor announced that the group would henceforth forego live performance in order to focus on studio work. The band then proceeded to stage its “last ever” world tour. In the wake of its “retirement,” however, Nine Inch Nails has maintained an extensive interactive relationship with its fans.

Uploaded by shannonpatrick17 on 1 Dec 09, 12.33PM PST.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Christmas Screensaver on the TeeVee

mosaica screensaver blog.consta.de/mosaica/ with tags like "christmas "red" and "green" makes for a festive treat!
This is not a screengrab but an actual photo of the tv.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

How to Try the New Google Search

How to Try the New Google Search

This is pretty awesome. I use Groowe search tool bar and Search preview 4.0 add-on for firefox. I like that google is now adding these kinds of helpful search features. I would like to see the "page images" and "page preview" kind of functionality integrated like the "search settings" on google so you do not have to click on it for every search.
Would anyone like to share a thought about this?

via gizmodo.com:
gizmodo.com/5412801/how-to-try-the-new-google-search

Confirmed. The rumors about Google's redesign are true, and you can try it for yourself with a very simple method.

1. Go to Google.com.
2. Once it loads, enter this code into your web browser's URL address field:

javascript:void(document.cookie="PREF=ID=20b6e4c2f44943bb:U=4bf292d46faad806:TM=1249677602:LM=1257919388:S=odm0Ys-53ZueXfZG;path=/; domain=.google.com");

There shouldn't be any google.com in front of that. Just that code.

3. Hit enter.
4. Reload or open a new Google.com page and you will have access to the new user interface.

It's fast and sweet, although the changes don't affect all the available sections. [Thanks Matt Karolian]


Send an email to Jesus Diaz, the author of this post, at jesus@gizmodo.com.

Uploaded by shannonpatrick17 on 26 Nov 09, 8.04AM PST.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Video: Bruce Sterling's Keynote - At the Dawn of the Augmented Reality Industry on Vimeo

Video: Bruce Sterling's Keynote - At the Dawn of the Augmented Reality Industry on Vimeo

Video: Bruce Sterling's Keynote - At the Dawn of the Augmented Reality Industry from Maarten Lens-FitzGerald on Vimeo.


Registration of the amazing keynote by sf author and design critic Bruce Sterling, "At the Dawn of the Augmented Reality Industry". He talks about its history, the cool side, the dark side and gives the industry some pointers to be successful.

Recorded at the Layar Launch Event on August 17th in Amsterdam where the Layar Reality Browser was launched for the world. See layar.com

more videos:
http://www.neatorama.com/2009/08/09/sticky-light/
and:






Friday, October 30, 2009

Tweet #treat from twitter.com Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween! Tweet #trick from twitter.com

Saturday, October 24, 2009

PopTech 2009 LIVE!

world-changing people, projects and ideas!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Aye Carumba! Marge Simpson poses for Playboy cover


Aye Carumba! Marge Simpson poses for Playboy cover

Aye Carumba! Marge Simpson poses for Playboy cover
By DON BABWIN, Associated Press Writer Don Babwin, Associated Press Writer Fri Oct 9, 5:29 pm ET

CHICAGO – Aye Carumba!

Marge Simpson has done something that Homer might not like but will make Bart the proudest kid in his school: She's posed for Playboy magazine.

After more than a half century featuring women like Marilyn Monroe, Cindy Crawford and the Girls of Hooters on its cover, Playboy has for the first time given the spot to a cartoon character.

And the magazine is giving the star of "The Simpsons" the star treatment, complete with a data sheet, an interview and a 2-page centerfold.

The magazine's editorial director, James Jellinek, won't say exactly how much of Marge will show in the November edition that hits newsstands on Oct. 16 — or whether she lets that big pile of blue hair down. But, he said, "It's very, very racy."

But he stressed that the mother of three — the youngest a baby, by the way — has a lot to be proud of.

"She is a stunning example of the cartoon form," he said on Friday at the magazine's headquarters in Chicago, appearing both pleased and surprised at the words coming out of his mouth.

For Playboy, which has seen its circulation slip from 3.15 million to 2.6 million since 2006, putting Marge on the cover was designed to attract younger readers to a magazine where the median age of readers is 35, while not alienating older readers.

"We knew that this would really appeal to the 20-something crowd," said Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey.

The magazine also hopes to turn the November issue into a collectors' item by featuring Marge, sitting on a chair in the shape of the iconic Playboy bunny, on the cover of only the magazines sold in newsstands. Subscribers get a more traditional model on the cover.

"It's so rare in today's digital age where you have the opportunity to send people to the newsstand to pick something up," Jellinek said.

Playboy even convinced 7-Eleven to carry the magazine in its 1,200 corporate-owned stores, something the company has only done once before in more than 20 years.

"We love Marge," said 7-Eleven spokesman Margaret Chabris.

For those who do collect the magazine — and they're out there — the cover will bring to mind another first for the magazine that occurred in 1971 when a black woman appeared on the cover in exactly the same pose and, like Marge, smiling under an impressive head of hair.

"We knew it was something all of our readers would get a kick out of," said Hennessey.

Jellinek said putting Marge on the cover, while unusual, made perfect sense. For one thing, the cover celebrates the 20th anniversary of the TV show. Further, he said there was an episode in which "Marge bears all," which suggested the at she, or at least the people who drew her, would be comfortable with the Playboy treatment.

Perhaps most important, the idea seemed like a good one to the magazine's founder, Hugh Hefner.

"He's a huge 'Simpsons' fan,' said Jellinek. "He's been on 'The Simpsons.'"

Uploaded by shannonpatrick17 on 13 Oct 09, 7.04PM PDT.

US Debt Clock http://www.usdebtclock.org/

US Debt Clock http://www.usdebtclock.org/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Debt_Clock
National Debt Clock
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
The National Debt Clock is a billboard-sized running total dot-matrix display which constantly updates to show the current United States public debt and each American family's share of it. It is currently installed on Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) in Manhattan, New York City.

The idea for the clock came from New York real estate developer Seymour Durst, who wanted to highlight the rising national debt. In 1989, he sponsored the installation of the first clock, which was erected on 42nd Street close to Times Square. At the time, the national debt remained under $3 trillion but was rising. The clock was temporarily switched off from 2000 to 2002 due to the debt actually falling during that period.

In 2004, the original clock was dismantled and replaced by the current clock at the new location one block away. In 2008, the U.S. national debt exceeded $10 trillion for the first time, leading to press reports that the clock had run out of digits. Plans for an upgrade adding to the existing digits have been announced for 2009.

The original clock outlived Seymour who died in 1995, with Seymour's son Douglas taking over responsibility for the clock through the Durst Organization. As of September 2009, Douglas Durst's cousin Jonathan "Jody" Durst, with whom he currently shares a co-presidency of the company, is in the process of taking over the day-to-day operations as president. In an interview with The New York Times, Jonathan Durst has said that maintenance of the clock is planned "for years to come."[1]

History

Invented and sponsored by New York real estate developer Seymour Durst, the National Debt Clock was installed in 1989.[2] After Seymour's death in 1995, his son Douglas Durst became president of the Durst Organization which owns and maintains the clock.[3][4][5]

According to Douglas Durst, his father had been toying with the basic idea of drawing attention to the growing national debt since at least 1980, when during the holiday season he sent cards that said "Happy New Year. Your share of the national debt is $35,000" to senators and congressmen.[6] In the early eighties, when Durst first developed the idea of a constantly updated clock, the technology required to implement the project was not yet available.[7]

Douglas Durst has been quoted as saying that the clock is a non-partisan effort; he has further explained the motivation behind the project in terms of intergenerational equity: "We're a family business. We think generationally, and we don't want to see the next generation crippled by this burden."[7]
[edit] First clock
Nuvola apps kview.png External images
Searchtool.svg The original clock

[8]

With the national debt at 2.7 trillion dollars, the original 11 by 26 feet (3.4 m × 7.9 m) clock was constructed in 1989 at a cost of $100,000.[3] It was erected at Sixth Avenue, a block from Times Square, located on the north side of 42nd Street, easily visible from Bryant Park. Built by the New York sign company Artkraft Strauss, the clock featured a dot-matrix display with the then-typical character resolution of 5x7. Similar to the second clock, the updating mechanism was such that the display was set to the estimated speed of debt growth and adjusted weekly according to the latest numbers published by the United States Treasury.[9][3][5] Up until the week before his death, Seymour Durst himself adjusted the tally via modem.[3] Since his passing, Artkraft Strauss has been keeping the figures current.[3]

In 2000, due to an improving debt situation, the clock started to run backwards.[4] With the original purpose of the clock being to highlight the rising debt and the reverse giving a mixed message, and with the display not being designed to properly run backwards,[7] the clock was unplugged and covered with a red, white and blue curtain in September 2000, with the national debt standing at roughly 5.7 trillion dollars.[5] The clock was not dismantled however, and in July 2002 the curtain was raised and the clock once again picked up tracking a rising debt, starting at 6.1 trillion dollars.[10]
[edit] Second clock

In 2004, the original clock was unmounted from its location at 42nd Street; the building has since made way for One Bryant Park. An updated model, which could run backwards, was installed one block away on a Durst building at 1133 Avenue of the Americas (Sixth Avenue).[11][7] It is mounted on the side wall of the Building which faces W 44th street. The new clock is outfitted with a dot-matrix display of higher resolution than its predecessor, the numbers thereby more closely emulating the customary seven-segment numeral patterns.

In the midst of extensive media attention devoted to the financial crisis of 2007–2008, some news reports again turned to the National Debt Clock as a symbol and metaphor, particularly highlighting the fact that the clock ran out of digits when the gross federal debt rose above $10 trillion on September 30, 2008.[12][13][14]

An overhaul or complete replacement adding two more digits to the clock's display is currently in the planning for 2009.[9][15][16]
[edit] Similar projects
German national debt clock at the Berlin headquarters of taxpayer watchdog group Bund der Steuerzahler

The National Debt Clock is the first of its kind; it has since inspired similar projects elsewhere in the United States, as well as in other countries such as Germany.[3][17] There also exist various debt tracking resources online.
[edit] See also

* Government debt
* United States public debt
* History of the U.S. public debt

* Maxed Out, a 2006 documentary in which the clock is featured[18]


[edit] References

1. ^ Marino, Vivian (September 11, 2009). "Square Feet | The 30-Minute Interview: Jonathan Durst

". The New York Times. www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/realestate/commercial/13SqFt.html

. Retrieved September 15, 2009.
2. ^ Daniels, Lee A. (November 8, 1991). "Chronicle

". The New York Times. query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE5DD163CF93BA...

. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
3. ^ a b c d e f Toy, Vivian S. (May 28, 1995). "The Clockmaker Died, but Not the Debt

". The New York Times. query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE1D61538F93BA...

. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
4. ^ a b "National Debt Clock stops, despite trillions of dollars of red ink

". CNN, AP, Reuters (hosted on Internet Archive's Wayback Machine). September 7, 2000. web.archive.org/web/20080129144855/edition.cnn.com/2000/U...

. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
5. ^ a b c Upham, Ben (May 14, 2000). "NEIGHBORHOOD REPORT: TIMES SQUARE; Debt Clock, Calculating Since '89, Is Retiring Before the Debt Does

". The New York Times. query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9905E7D8143BF937A...

. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
6. ^ Koh, Eun Lee (August 13, 2000). "FOLLOWING UP; Time's Hands Go Back On National Debt Clock

". query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9500E1DC133FF930A...

. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
7. ^ a b c d "US debt clock running out of time, space

". China Daily / AFP. 2006-03-30. www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2006-03/30/content_556588.htm

. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
8. ^ NYC: National Debt Clock

, Flickr Image by user wallyg, taken 28 April 2003, uploaded 24 May 2006, accessed 15 October 2008
9. ^ a b Rubinstein, Dana (October 6, 2008). "Durst To Add Extra Trillion Dollar Digit to National Debt Clock

". observer.com. www.observer.com/2008/arts-culture/debt-clock

. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
10. ^ Stevenson, Robert W. (July 13, 2002). "White House Says It Expects Deficit to Hit $165 Billion

". The New York Times. query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9506E5D81E30F930A...

. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
11. ^ Haberman, Clyde (March 24, 2006). "We Will Bury You, in Debt

". The New York Times. select.nytimes.com/2006/03/24/nyregion/24nyc.html?scp=16&...

. Retrieved 2008-10-06.
12. ^ "National Debt Clock runs out of digits

". timesonline.co.uk. October 9, 2008. www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/arti...

. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
13. ^ "The Debt to the Penny and Who Holds It — Daily History Search Application

". TreasuryDirect. September 30, 2008. www.treasurydirect.gov/NP/BPDLogin?application=np

. Retrieved September 15, 2009.
14. ^ "Debt clock can't keep up (CNN video)

". cnn.com. October 4, 2008. edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2008/10/04/dnt.lemon.nat...

. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
15. ^ Boniello, Kathianne (October 5, 2008). "'1' Big Tick is due for Debt Clock

". nypost.com. www.nypost.com/seven/10052008/news/nationalnews/1_big_tic...

. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
16. ^ "U.S. debt too big for National Debt Clock (MSNBC video)

". Nightly News. msnbc.com. October 7, 2008. www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22425001/vp/27051006#27051006

. Retrieved 2008-10-08.
17. ^ "Debt Clock Moves Next Door to Government

". Deutsche Welle. June 18, 2004. www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,2144,1239561,00.html

. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
18. ^ "indieWIRE INTERVIEW: James Scurlock, director of "Maxed Out"

". indieWIRE. March 11, 2007. www.indiewire.com/people/2007/03/indiewire_inter_51.html

. Retrieved 2008-10-10.

[edit] External links
Search Wikimedia Commons Wikimedia Commons has media related to: US National Debt Clock

* treasurydirect.gov

— U.S. public debt on TreasuryDirect, a website maintained by the United States Treasury
* brillig.com

— U.S. public debt clock website
* perotcharts.com

— U.S. public debt clock and charts
* usdebtclock.org

— U.S. debt clock in real-time
* debtbombshell.com

— UK national debt clock
* steuerzahler.de

— German national debt clock on the website of taxpayer watchdog group Bund der Steuerzahler

Uploaded by shannonpatrick17 on 13 Oct 09, 6.38PM PDT.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Barcode Label Printer - Free Online Barcode Generator

Barcode Label Printer - Free Online Barcode Generator

The new doodle from Google marks the 57th anniversary of the day the first patent was made on the bar code.

Granted to American inventors Norman Joseph Woodland and Bernard Silver three years after it was filed, patent number 2,612,994 was for a pattern of concentric circles, rather than the set of straight lines used today.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcode
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A barcode is an optical machine-readable representation of data. Originally, barcodes represented data in the widths (lines) and the spacings of parallel lines, and may be referred to as linear or 1D (1 dimensional) barcodes or symbologies. They also come in patterns of squares, dots, hexagons and other geometric patterns within images termed 2D (2 dimensional) matrix codes or symbologies. Although 2D systems use symbols other than bars, they are generally referred to as barcodes as well.

The first use of barcodes was to label railroad cars, but they were not commercially successful until they were used to automate supermarket checkout systems, a task in which they have become almost universal. Their use has spread to many other roles as well, tasks that are generically referred to as Auto ID Data Capture (AIDC). Other systems are attempting to make inroads in the AIDC market, but the simplicity, universality and low cost of barcodes has limited the role of these other systems. It costs about half a United States cent (US$0.005) to implement a barcode while passive RFID still costs about $0.07 to $0.30 per tag.[1]

Barcodes can be read by optical scanners called barcode readers, or scanned from an image by special software. Scanning software for 2D codes is built-in to or available for many mobile phones, and is especially popular in Japan, India, and Europe.

Uploaded by shannonpatrick17 on 7 Oct 09, 10.04AM PDT.

the barcode printer: free barcode generator
by Barcodes Inc

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Okie Noodling 2, Documentary Film about Hand Fishing Huge Catfish

We return to see how noodling has evolved over the last decade. Revisiting the colorful, original cast and meeting some new and eccentric fishermen on the way. Directed by Bradley Beesley, and shot and co-produced by Alan Novey.

Watch this video on Vimeo. Video created by FieldGuide.

((I really enjoyed the documentary film Okie Noodling, my kids were glued to the tv as well. I'm intrested in seeing the second movie because they revisit some of the same people who were in the first film. Everything you ever wanted to know about "Noodling" and more will be answered by watching the first film and probably the second as well.)) -shannonpatrick17

Yard Sale Treasure Map http://www.yardsaletreasuremap.com/


http://lifehacker.com/5207604/yard-sale-treasure-map-plots-out-your-weekend-plundering

Yard Sale Treasure Map Plots Out Your Weekend Plundering
By Jason Fitzpatrick, 8:00 AM on Sat Apr 11 2009, 35,177 views

Yard Sale Treasure Map is a Google Maps mashup designed to help you find and easily get to Craigslist-posted yard sales in your area.

You enter a starting address, a driving radius, and select from Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Yard Sale Treasure Map then queries Craiglist for your area, and returns a route that will take you to all the yard sales it finds. You can click on the markers for each sale to see additional information about the sale and delete them if you're not interested. You can also add in sales that you find from other sources, like your local paper, by either putting the address in the left sidebar or double clicking on the map to place a new marker. This surprisingly elegant hack is free to use.
Yard Sale Treasure Map [via GeekSugar www.geeksugar.com/3019614]

Uploaded by shannonpatrick17 on 6 Oct 09, 10.42AM PDT.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I recently watched this great Documentary Movie about Guitar/Music Pioneer Les Paul

http://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonpatrick17/sets/72157622489940708/

Les Paul - Chasing Sound (2007)
www.amazon.com/Paul-Chasing-Sound/dp/B000QGE856

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les_Paul
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009) [3][4]was an American innovator, inventor, musician and songwriter. He was a pioneer in the development of the solid-body electric guitar which "made the sound of rock and roll possible".[5] He is credited with many recording innovations, including overdubbing (also known as sound on sound),[6] delay effects such as tape delay, phasing effects, and multitrack recording.[7]

His innovative talents extended into his playing style, including licks, trills, chording sequences, fretting techniques and timing, which set him apart from his contemporaries and inspired many of the guitarists of the present day.[8][9][10][11] He recorded with his wife Mary Ford in the 1950s and they sold millions of records.

Among his many honors, Paul is one of a handful of artists with a permanent, stand-alone exhibit in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.[12] He is prominently named by the music museum on its website as an "architect" and a "key inductee" along with Sam Phillips and Alan Freed.[13]

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Sam's 10 Birthday Celebration Lego Coast Guard Helicopter & Life Raft.



shop.lego.com/Product/?p=7738

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Baby Victor Santino September 3, 2009 8lb8oz 21"



http://www.flickr.com/photos/shannonpatrick17/sets/72157622166828291

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Baby Victor Santino September 3, 2009 8lb8oz 21"

 

 

 

 
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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Google LatLong: Arterial traffic available on Google Maps

Google LatLong: Arterial traffic available on Google Maps

Avoid traffic, get there faster,
Google Maps Live Traffic (by shannonpatrick17)

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ice Skating Chimp

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

The Pirate Bay will be acquired by the Swedish company Global Gaming Factory X for 60 millionSEK (7.8 millionUSD)

The Pirate Bay will be acquired by the Swedish company Global Gaming Factory X for 60 millionSEK (7.8 millionUSD)

Today it was announced that The Pirate Bay will be acquired by the Swedish company Global Gaming Factory X for 60 million SEK (7.8 million USD).

Podcast with Peter Sunde on the GGF’s acquisition of The Pirate Bay:
http://www.whatsnext.se/2009/06/30/podcast-with-peter-sunde-on-the-ggfs-accquisition-of-the-pirate-bay/

Firefox 3.5 Treats Videos Like Web Pages


Demo by Mike Beltzner, director of Firefox, on how it uses an open source player to handle video.
via: http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/06/09/demo-firefox-35-treats-videos-like-web-pages-why-cant-flash-do-that/
((This is reason enough to upgrade!))

200 years that changed the world (with Hans Rosling)


For the first time, Gapminder can now visualize change in life expectancy and income per person over the last two centuries. In this Gapminder video, Hans Rosling shows you how all the countries of the world have developed since 1809 - 200 years ago.

The interactive animations and corresponding documentation are freely available at www.gapminder.org/world.
Further information and other videos are available from www.gapminder.org/videos.

http://www.gapminder.org/videos/200-years-that-changed-the-world/

Saturday, June 27, 2009

twitter #Iranelection persiankiwi

Sometimes a picture can say a thousand words, or just a simple tweet.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

John Hodgman at Radio & TV Correspondents' Dinner

Humorist John Hodgman was the entertainment headliner at the 2009 Radio and TV Correspondents' Dinner. Mr. Hodgman roasted the president for being a "nerd", referencing his place in popular culture and passion for comics and science fiction.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Worth more than one watch: Getting the Network the World Needs

Larry Lessig (by Robert Scoble)

((I was reading Lessig's blog and thought this lecture is worth more than one watch:))
Getting the Network the World Needs
24 March, 2009: Keynote given at the OFC Conference in San Diego, CA, this is a revision of a REMIX talk, distinguishing between parts of the 20th Century that were RO and parts that were RW.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

THE CLEVELAND SHOW

The Cleveland Show is an upcoming American animated series created by Seth MacFarlane as a spin-off from Family Guy, also created by Seth MacFarlane.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cleveland_Show

www.fox.com/cleveland/

foxflash.com

/div.php/main/page?aID=1z2z2z252z1z5


ON AIR: Sundays, 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fisYzsEBaNM

Monday, April 27, 2009

Google screencap: Morse Code Day

www.screencast.com/t/8Kjx7SMR


Wikipedia: Samuel Morse
Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was the American creator of a single-wire telegraph system and Morse code and (less notably) a painter of historic scenes.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tata Nano


Tata Nano, originally uploaded by shannonpatrick17.

Tata Nano: The World’s Cheapest Car:
wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/10/tata-nano-the-worlds-...

tatanano.inservices.tatamotors.com/tatamotors/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tata_Nano
Tata Nano

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The Tata Nano is a city car — rear-engined, four-passenger car aimed primarily at the Indian market — first presented by India's Tata Motors at the 9th annual Auto Expo on January 10, 2008, at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India.[4]

Tata targets the vehicle as the least expensive production car in the world[5] — aiming for a starting price of Rs.100,000 (approximately US$2,000).[6][7]. On February 26, 2009, Tata Motors announced that the commercial launch of Tata Nano will be on March 23, 2009.[8]

The news magazine Newsweek identifies the Nano as a part of a "new breed of 21st-century cars" that embody "a contrarian philosophy of smaller, lighter, cheaper" and portend a new era in inexpensive personal transportation — and potentially, "global gridlock" [9]. The Wall Street Journal confirms a global trend toward small cars, which includes the Nano.[10]

The prefix "nano-" derives from the Greek root 'nanos', meaning dwarf. "Nano" also means "small" in Gujarati, the native language of the Tata family,[11] founders of the Tata Group.

Overview
The introduction of the Nano received media attention due to its targeted low price. The car is expected to boost the Indian Economy, create entrepreneurial-opportunities across India[12][13], as well as expand the Indian car market by 65%[14]. The car was envisioned by, Ratan Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group and Tata Motors, who has described it as an eco-friendly "people's car". Nano has been greatly appreciated by many sources and the media for its low-cost[15][16] and eco-friendly initiatives which include using compressed-air as fuel[17] and an electric-version (E-Nano)[18][19]. Tata Group is expected to mass-manufacture the Nano, particularly the electric-version, and, besides selling them in India, to also export them worldwide[20][21][22].

The car was scheduled to release in "B" Segments cities first, followed by other cities.

Critics of the car have questioned its safety in India (where reportedly 90,000 people are killed in road-accidents every year[23]), and have also criticised the pollution that it would cause[24] (including criticism by Nobel Peace Prize-winning scientist, Rajendra Pachauri[25]). However, Tata Motors has promised that it would definitely release Nano's eco-friendly models alongside the gasoline-model[26][27].

Due to opposition to Tata's Singur car-factory by Mamta Banerjee, Tata Motors decided to cease operations in Singur on 2 October 2008 and started manufacturing Tata Nano at its Pantnagar plant. On her protests and the consequent pullout, the media heavily criticised her and The Telegraph even said[28]: "India is being raped by those who profess to be her soldiers, the guardians of peace." Financial Times reported[29]: "If ever there were a symbol of India’s ambitions to become a modern nation, it would surely be the Nano, the tiny car with the even tinier price-tag. A triumph of homegrown engineering, the $2,200 (€1,490, £1,186) Nano encapsulates the dream of millions of Indians groping for a shot at urban prosperity. That process has stalled...No big economy has prospered without undergoing a huge, often brutal, shift of labour from the countryside to cities and from farms to factories...There is a yawning gap with China. India’s information technology and service sector, no matter how dynamic, simply cannot absorb enough labour. To truly shine, India will need millions, perhaps tens of millions, more manufacturing jobs. Why has it not created them?"

Currently, Tata Motors is reportedly manufacturing Nano at its existing Pantnagar (Uttarakhand) plant and a mother plant has been proposed for Sanand Gujarat.[2]

. The company will bank on existing dealer network for Nano initially.[30] The new Nano Plant could have a capacity of 5,000,000 units, compared to 3,000,000 for Singur. Gujarat has also agreed to match all the incentives offered by West Bengal government.[31]