August 25, 2014
Video of unmanned SpaceX rocket self-destructing shortly after takeoff

Video of unmanned SpaceX rocket self-destructing shortly after takeoff

This past Friday, SpaceX launched an unmanned, reusable Falcon 9R rocket (the successor to the Grasshopper) in McGregor, Texas. The rocket self-destructed shortly into its ascent.

The most fascinating part of the video is a) it’s only 40 seconds long, and knowing what’s going to happen but not when is interesting, and b) it really looks like something out of a movie. Wait, no this is real life, movies look like something out of real life!

Space - Posted by Arcterex at 10:34 AM
August 22, 2014
August 21, 2014
'The Star Wars That I Used To Know'

This ‘The Star Wars That I Used To Know’ - Gotye ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ Parody is absolutely amazing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJlbPXZEpRE&feature=youtu.be

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 11:19 AM
August 19, 2014
Adam Carolla beats patent trolls Personal Audio

Good news for iTunes podcasters: Adam Carolla just beat patent trolls Personal Audio.

Good news today for iTunes podcasters: Adam Carolla has won in his fight against patent trolls Personal Audio after more than a year of litigation. The outcome likely means that the patent troll will cut its losses with suing other podcasters, something it has been threatening to do with others in the community throughout the case with Carolla.

Hopefully this buries those guys.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:22 PM
August 18, 2014
Watch The First 8 Minutes Of The Anti-D&D Movie

Watch The First 8 Minutes Of The Anti-D&D Movie Or Your Soul Is Doomed

Jack Chick’s notorious comic tract Dark Dungeons taught us all that playing Dungeons & Dragons will ruin your life and condemn your soul to hell. Now that comic is a movie all about the satanic pleasures of RPGs.

Hilarious.

Funny Stuff , Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 11:56 AM
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson, MO and Police Militarization

I must say that the Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Ferguson is absolutely bloody fantastic, and completely terrifying.

I honestly thought people were overreacting a bit, but after watching this, I must say I have come around in my thinking a bit. What a complete cluster-fuck brought on by a bunch of dickheads (the mayor, police, etc).

News - Posted by Arcterex at 09:50 AM
August 15, 2014
Everyday Astronaut

Photos imagine life of ‘Everyday Astronaut’

“I think at one point or another, every kid dreams of being an astronaut,” Tim Dodd says. “As a kid, I loved space. I had space sheets and space shuttle Legos. It’s just something that came back to me as an adult.” Now, the 29-year-old photographer from Cedar Falls, Iowa, shares his out-of-this-world passion in his hilarious photo series “Everyday Astronaut.”

“What can’t you do with a spacesuit. Truer words were never spoken!

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 10:41 AM
August 13, 2014
Cat Tracker Project

This is pretty cool. It’s a project to use GPS and a mini-camera to find out Where Your Cat Goes. Some of the information (as well as the cat that randomly (it seemed) went to a strange house far outside their usual prowling area) is pretty interesting.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:39 AM
August 12, 2014
Photographer and Marilyn Monroe Story

The last sitting is a great bit about photographer Bert Stern and a photo session with Marilyn Monroe. Absolutely fascinating read.

He then looked at his subject and was surprised. Monroe had a scar. She’d had a gall bladder operation six weeks before. He remembered Liz Taylor had been marked as well  a long tracheotomy scar along her throat. He recalled Diana Vreeland telling him, “I think there’s nothing duller than a smooth, perfect-skinned woman. A woman is beautiful by her scars.” He didn’t buy it when Vreeland said those words, but here he was with a half-naked Marilyn Monroe. How could argue with that opinion now?

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 05:16 PM
Slimmer, reversible next-gen USB Cable Ready For The World

Slimmer, reversible next-gen USB Type-C now ready for PCs & mobile.

Following an announcement back in December and some renders that popped up a few months back, today the USB 3.0 Promoter Group announced the next-generation USB “Type-C” connector is now ready for production. That means that PC and smartphone manufacturers can now adopt the standard, which the Promoter Group describes as “the final piece in developing a single-cable solution” for the industry.

Looks good, only thing that worries me is it looks like it’s got the super thin “tongue” in the middle, which means it’s still gone one of the downsides of current USB devices with it potentially being fiddly or prone to breaking. I know a lot of people don’t like the stuff the Apple does, but the lightning cable has similar benefits (reversible, small, etc) without the middle tongue. Time will tell I guess.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:34 AM
August 11, 2014
TED Talk - How To Turn The World Inside Out

My wish: Use art to turn the world inside out is a fantastic TED Talk by a street photographer and artist in France. it takes a bit to get going, but what he’s doing is amazing.

Big thanks to Zack Arias and his post on DedPxl where he links to the Inside Out Project.

As a note, you can see some of the images through google maps right now.

- Posted by Arcterex at 03:11 PM
Civilians in Abandoned McDonald's Seize Control of Wandering Space Satellite

Civilians in Abandoned McDonald’s Seize Control of Wandering Space Satellite. Really the title says it all. Geeks + a bit of money + a bit of gear = control of a NASA satellite from 1978.

For the first time in history, an independent crew is taking control of a NASA satellite and running a crowdfunded mission. They’re doing it all from a makeshift mission control center in an abandoned McDonald’s in Mountain View, California, using old radio parts from eBay and a salvaged flat screen TV.

Definitely go through the website, it’s a Chrome Experiment, so it’s super slick and sexy, but also has a lot of decent info and videos about the whole adventure.

Space - Posted by Arcterex at 11:10 AM
August 08, 2014
Great Vancouver Celebration of Light Fireworks Video

Awesome Celebration of Light (the fireworks in Vancouver) video.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 11:04 AM
August 06, 2014
Theory of Everything Trailer

Great trailer for The Theory of Everything, a biopic about Stephen Hawking’s young days.

Some of this trailer seems to sell a pretty typical biopic. But the team of James Marsh and these two leads inspires a lot of confidence, and it is almost impossible to fail to be moved by Hawking’s story. The love celebrated here, however, wasn’t as eternal as the trailer would like us to think, and it’s that selective vision that makes it feel perhaps too optimistic. Because the film is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir, I’m curious to see how far the film really goes.

Looks pretty amazing.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 01:28 PM
August 05, 2014
3D Object Manipulation in a Single Photograph using Stock 3D Models

3D Object Manipulation in a Single Photograph using Stock 3D Models is a bit complex, but it’s still pretty awesome. Definitely watch the video at the bottom of the post to get an idea about what they’re talking about.

Photo-editing software restricts the control of objects in a photograph to the 2D image plane. We present a method that enables users to perform the full range of 3D manipulations, including scaling, rotation, translation, and nonrigid deformations, to an object in a photograph.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 04:07 PM
Pentax Q-S1 Announced

After lots of rumors, the Pentax Q-S1 has finally been officially announced. Looks like a sexy little camera.

The Q-S1 features an impressive 40 stylish colour combinations. A 12.4 megapixel, back-illuminated CMOS sensor promises to deliver high-quality images for the photographer in you. Creativity is certainly not compromised in the PENTAX Q series latest installment. Users will be able to use Bokeh Control to produce SLR-like bokeh effects with ease, as well as Smart Effects Modes to add the desired filter effects with the simple turn of a dial. The combination of a well-conceived design and great operability makes the PENTAX Q-S1 an ideal everyday camera for photographers of all levels.

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 02:11 PM
July 30, 2014
Animals In Space Talk By The Oatmeal

I am here to teach you about animals in space: 13 minutes of hilarity from the creator of The Oatmeal.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 04:45 PM
July 29, 2014
Kevin Smith's New Movie: TUSK - Official Trailer

So finally a trailer for Kevin Smith’s new movie, TUSK, has hit YouTube. Here it is.

If you have no clue what is going on, this is a horror movie that came about on Smodcast Episode 259, where he and his podcasting co-host discuss weird stuff, and in it was a Craigslist post of a guy offering free room and board in exchange for spending one hour a day dressed, and acting like a Walrus. Smith and Mosier joked about it and came up with the back story in the podcast. At the end he asked twitter followers to tweet either #WalrusYes or #WalrusNo to see if there was enough interest.

I can’t wait for this movie.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 10:02 AM
July 28, 2014
Border Patrol Officer Points Gun at Boy Scout after Events Following the Taking of a Photo

Border Patrol Officer Points Gun at Boy Scout after Events Following the Taking of a Photo:

A boy scout coming back into the U.S. after a trip with his troop to Canada found himself at the other end of a pointed gun when he reached for his suitcase without permission. The situation unfolded when the boy scout took a photograph of a border patrol officer as they were crossing back into the U.S. The officer he was photographing “immediately confiscated his camera, informed him he would be arrested, fined possibly $10,000, and receive 10 years in prison,” Troop Leader Jim Fox said in a statement to KCCI.

The gun was drawn because the child reached into his suitcase “without permission”. I didn’t realize that when you’re waiting at the border / talking to a border guard you need to ask permission for anything.

Seriously, WTF people.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 05:30 PM
Supercut of 80s Computer Hacking

Really, not a lot compares to 80s Computer Hacking, and here’s 4:22 of it.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 02:15 PM
The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover From Comic Con

The Simpsons/Family Guy Crossover. Not much more to say than that.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 12:43 PM
July 25, 2014
GOG.com Now Supports Linux

News - GOG.com Now Supports Linux!

A while ago, we’ve announced our plans to add Linux support as one of the features of our digital platform, with 100 games on the launch day sometime this fall. We’ve put much time and effort into this project and now we’ve found ourselves with over 50 titles, classic and new, prepared for distribution, site infrastructure ready, support team trained and standing by, and absolutely no reason to wait until October or November. We’re still aiming to have at least 100 Linux games in the coming months, but we’ve decided not to delay the launch just for the sake of having a nice-looking number to show off to the press. It’s not about them, after all, it’s about you. So, one of the most popular site feature requests on our community wishlist is granted today: Linux support has officially arrived on GOG.com!

Great news!

Gaming , Linux - Posted by Arcterex at 11:36 AM
"No Cameras Allowed" - Fascinating Movie About A Guy Sneaking into Concerts

This Guy That Has Broken Into Coachella, Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, and the Grammys, check the trailer below and the interview on the page.

Amazing footage and a great story. Now I want to break into concerts.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 11:18 AM
How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive

How to make a bootable OS X 10.10 Yosemite install drive via Macworld.

Great advice if you’re looking to avoid what I did yesterday trying to do this and ended up installing it onto my main work computer drive. Ooops. Thankfully I had a recent time machine backup and 5.5 hours later I was back up and running. Luckily I had lots of meetings yesterday afternoon so it didn’t affect anything!

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 11:13 AM
July 22, 2014
The Imitation Game Trailer

The Imitation Game stars Benedict Cumberbatch as 0Alan Turing breaking the German Enigma machine during World War 2.

It really looks fantastic, and it’ll be very interesting to see how they deal with the whole “condemnation as indecent (for being gay) and chemical castration” thing (thankfully the UK government apologised and pardoned him, though 55 years too late.

I think that Mr. Cumberbatch can do justice to this role however.

Here’s another (lower resolution, but longer / different) trailer.

Movies - Posted by Arcterex at 09:40 AM
July 21, 2014
Ars Explains Apple's New "Continuity" Technology

In Explaining Continuity Ars Technica puts together a ton of info about Apple’s new technology for handing off tasks from mobile to desktop.

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 03:44 PM
A People's History of Tattooine

A People’s History of Tattooine

I also imagine Tosche Station as some sort of affluent suburban mall where Luke just goes to loiter when bored. […]

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 03:42 PM
July 18, 2014
Amazing First Person Race Footage

Via The Loop comes this amazing first person race car footage of one car flying over the other.

Yowza.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:53 AM
July 17, 2014
Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs over the next year

Microsoft to cut 18,000 jobs over the next year :(

Software giant Microsoft plans to lay off up to 18,000 workers around the world over the next year, mostly related to the company’s purchase of handset maker Nokia last year.

Not surprising, given the redundancy after merging the 25k people from Nokia, but still pretty sucky. On the upside, there’ll be a lot of smart and talented people looking to make their own cool stuff.

Microsoft - Posted by Arcterex at 01:04 PM
July 16, 2014
How to Flawlessly Predict Anything on the Internet

Great article on How to Flawlessly Predict Anything on the Internet.

This is a modern update to a classic confidence game—find a risky scenario with limited possibilities, bet on every single combination, and then hide your failures. The result is that you look like you’re either psychic or a goddamned genius.

It’s simple, silly, but the sort of thing that when you don’t know how it’s done, sparks craziness on the Internet.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 12:41 PM
Overcast 1.0 Ships

Oh wow, Marco finally shipped Overcast.

It’s been a long road, but 1.0 is finally done. I’m proud of what I’m shipping today.5

Apple/Mac - Posted by Arcterex at 12:21 PM
Listen to Comcast torture Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont as they try to cancel service - Boing Boing

Listen to Comcast torture Ryan Block and Veronica Belmont as they try to cancel service.

Trigger warning for anyone who’s ever been through this. You will have a raging PTSD episode.

This has been going around the last day or so and I had to link it. The PTSD trigger warning is apt, and I’m four minutes in and feel ready to go into a rage. I can only imagine how many calls to Comcast go like this that haven’t been brought to the Internet’s attention by Internet-Famous people.

Wow…. just…. wow.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:06 PM
July 15, 2014
Doctor Who Series 8 trailer

Doctor Who Series 8 trailer

Oh my this looks good.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 05:04 PM
July 10, 2014
Elon Musk Helps The Oatmeal With The Tesla Museum

From The Oatmeal: So, I had a call with Elon Musk earlier this week:

Within a few hours of posting my review, Elon Musk tweeted that he’d be happy to help. Earlier this week I got to speak to the man directly, and he promised two things.

… head over to the page for the two things.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:16 PM
July 09, 2014
Behind the Scenes with the Air Force Thunderbirds' Official Photographer

I’m pretty sure that this guy has the world’s greatest job.

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 05:01 PM
iOS 8 Privacy Updates

Really great overview of the iOS 8 Privacy Updates, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

Apple/Mac , Security - Posted by Arcterex at 10:56 AM
July 07, 2014
Swift Object Oriented Programming Primer

My buddy Darren has published an Object Oriented Programming Primer.

Also available on Medium.

Programming - Posted by Arcterex at 01:26 PM
How a password changed my life

This great post on Medium.com is making the rounds this morning: How a password changed my life. I won’t spoil the article, but it’s short and worth the read. Maybe it’ll work for you too?

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 09:20 AM
July 06, 2014
Watch a DJI Phantom Fly Through Fireworks

My brothers to the south just had their July 4 celebrations, and while a lot of the posts and videos coming out are a lot of the same, this one of a DJI Phantom Flying Through Fireworks is probably the coolest of the bunch. Happy belated Fourth of July!

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 08:44 AM
July 04, 2014
Pictures To Make You Laugh

What picture ALWAYS makes you laugh? is an old but good thread on reddit. I suggest you install Reddit Enhancement Suite or a javascript bookmarklet to show them all at once.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 11:17 AM
True Detective - Rust Hates Everything

True Detective - Rust Hates Everything will probably only be funny to anyone who’s watched True Detective. Still great.

Funny Stuff - Posted by Arcterex at 10:39 AM
July 03, 2014
Bookbinding Tutorial

The Best Article Every Day has a book binding tutorial. Neat to see how it’s done, even if you never plan to do it yourself.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 12:06 PM
Day One iOS journaling app goes free Today

Day One iOS journaling app goes free

The award-winning iOS journaling app, Day One, is temporarily available as a free download. This is the first time in nearly a year that we have seen this app go free.

This is a great app and a great example of iOS design. The app is for iPhone / iPad, and for $9.99 there’s a companion Mac app (not required, but helpful if you have a mac). Also if you really are into journalling and a bit geeky, check out Slogger, which is an automated script that will put your checkins, saved articles, tweets and facebook posts into DayOne.

Apple/Mac , Software - Posted by Arcterex at 11:27 AM
July 02, 2014
Photographing Fireworks Tutorials

A couple of links for my friends in the US who might be setting up to do some fireworks photography this upcoming Fourth of July. * Joe McNally has a great writeup on how to take some great shots of fireworks. Joe’s the man, so you know he knows what he’s talking about. * There’s also another great fireworks tutorial over at PhotographyBB.

Photography - Posted by Arcterex at 03:29 PM
June 30, 2014
Lessons from Doom

Lessons from Doom is a great article on some of the game design lessons learned from the classic game Doom.

So because the player moves so quickly in Doom, and because most enemy attacks are dodgeable, the player can avoid a significant amount of damage simply by moving. A skilled player can often deal with large numbers of enemies sustaining hardly a scratch. This creates a feeling that’s quite rare in modern FPS: that you are powerful because you are agile, not because you’re a tank. This frees up Doom’s encounters to feature huge numbers of enemies, to vary scenarios by mixing in different proportions of threats, and to have huge, sprawling, often non-linear spaces that the player can traverse easily. There’s nothing quite like it today.

Gaming - Posted by Arcterex at 05:25 PM
Flowers opening timelapse

Been a bit of a lax day, and with Canada Day tomorrow, well, here’s some Flowers opening timelapse for you to enjoy.

Flowers opening timelapse from David de los Santos Gil on Vimeo.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 02:51 PM
25% off Nomad Lightning Charge Cables

On the 9to5 Mac site they note that there’s a 25% off Nomad Lightning cables sale going on.

If you don’t know what these are, they’re small charging accessories to let you charge your iPhone (or Android) phone from a tiny charging accessory that’ll fit on your keychain, in your wallet, or not, from a carabiner.

Find out more here.

Random Linkage - Posted by Arcterex at 10:55 AM
June 27, 2014