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By LeeSr on 3/25/2015 2:40 PM

Virtual Cat Toys HD 2.0 is now available on Google Play and Amazon App Market, still waiting review on iTunes. Work can now proceed on the 21st Century Video Poker update!

By LeeSr on 4/7/2014 11:06 AM
Wow... the great Google has redefined how to piss off their publishers. I have used adMob for all of a few weeks on my mobile apps, and my account gets canned for supposed "invalid activity" and my appeal gets instantly rejected. No evidence was presented of my supposed wrong-doing, and apparently, no attempt to get my account reinstated will be heard. Zero tolerance, of what... I have no idea. I did not purchase any sort of shady services to generate clicks, and basically displayed a simple banner ad at the bottom of my app. At the point they dropped my account, I had generated all of $9.70 in revenue, and about 50 clicks. Wow... I must have been majorly scamming them, to make that sort of bank.

For those developers considering adMob as a source of revenue... reconsider. Any network that treats publishers the way adMob does should be shunned. They get away with it because they are the largest, but when I Google (heh) around about adMob, I see a disturbing number of stories of account closures...
By LeeSr on 3/3/2014 2:27 PM
Conk The Roach! is finally out on all the major mobile markets! I was just notified that it was now available on iTunes, after waiting more than a week for it to be reviewed. It has been available on Google Play and Amazon's App Market for the last week. It's only $0.99, and a great way to kill time when waiting in line or just plain bored.

I plan on releasing "Conk The Roach Free" shortly - it will be ad-supported and several features will be disabled (High Scores and Formation Bonus levels). If you are unsure of how this will perform on your Android or iOS devices, give this a try and it should give you a good idea. Getting the Premium version will eliminate the ads, which I dreaded putting in this game, but did so because of suggestions of users. Why did I dread doing this? Well, like Virtual Cat Toys HD, this is a "thumb-smasher" - game play is executed by tapping on targets on the screen. With ads in place, users may accidentally tap the ads. With Virtual...
By LeeSr on 2/19/2014 9:26 PM
Wrapping up some final touches, but Conk The Roach is finally "gameplay complete". I just posted a video on YouTube of gameplay, recorded from my iPhone 4 running iOS7. I am debating on requiring iOS6 or later, since doing so would exclude the original iPad, which struggles to play the game with its limited memory and features. There are also a few things I'd like to figure out to package it. It will be 99 cents on iTunes, though I might make an ad-supported version available for free.

It would be wonderful if it becomes the next Flappy Bird, LOL.... The game is a "thumb smasher" - designed to be easy to pick up and play anywhere, yet it has strategic elements to go along with the skill needed to squash the cockroaches as they maneuver around your crumbs. I even have "flaming roaches" - though no creatures were harmed int he making of this game (tempting as it might be, while I have magnifying glasses and lighter, alas, my house has no cockroaches to experiment with).

By LeeSr on 1/6/2014 10:42 AM

Well, over a foot of snow fell here at the Casa de WTF and I can tell you I'm not a winter person. The snow stopped sometime around midnight, but the city has yet to plow the roads. Great.

I have been working on Conk The Roach, and my approach has been to make this an all new game. It will replace the original on Google's Play and also make its way to Amazon and iTunes. There will also likely be a "free" version as well.

The game itself is shaping up nicely. On the surface, it's a thumb-smasher to waste time on while waiting in lines, bored, or otherwise able to play games on your phone or tablet, but dig deeper, and you'll see nuances n the gameplay which will challenge players to score and climb to greater levels. One example is that there isn't just one type of cockroach to kill... protecting your crumbs directly also becomes a part of the gameplay, as you can move them and put out fires (did I say that?). The graphics and animations have been greatly revamped for more realism.

By LeeSr on 12/3/2013 12:08 AM

Google Fiber was something that had me excited, but after all the hype, it seems only a privileged few cities will ever get Google Fiber. What happened? What is the purpose? Was it Google's intention to tease America? To taunt the rest of us stuck with lesser services?

I'm not fortunate to live anywhere near one of the cities Google has bestowed their magical 1GB/s internet connections and magical cable services. I pay way too much for the services I have, and there is no relief in sight for me. If Google's intention (stated by a Time article earlier this year) was to "shame" cable companies into providing better, cheaper services, then they clearly haven't been paying attention. In our small town, they ran fiber optic and infrastructure for broadband in 1997, yet when Charter took over the small cable operation that year, they put the plan on hold. Ameritech offered ISDN, and had no plans to offer DSL as long as the local cable was not offering broadband. In 1999, I ended up with Starband (EchoStar/Hughes), a 1MB/s two-way satellite service with 800ms ping times (not for gamers!!). I did that for a year, until late 2000, when our local Charter offices FINALLY offered broadband to the masses here. Yes, it took them 3 years to roll it out to the customers after they were ready to - and Ameritech only followed up with DSL after Charter turned on Broadband. Why the change? Mostly because satellite dishes were popping up everywhere in our town, a small town located between two metropolitan areas, with a large population of engineers (of various disciplines) - exactly the type of customers who wanted broadband, and were not willing to wait for it.

By LeeSr on 7/10/2013 11:17 PM
 Well, my son managed to get his Steam Account hacked on July 1st... and didn't tell me about it, as I found out on July 4th something was amiss (I went to see if he already had a game he might be interested in, and had been unfriended and his account marked 'private').


He finally admitted he'd been naive enough to give some "Skype Friend" access to his Google Mail password (supposedly the friend was making arrangements to get him some premium DLC content for some game), which the kid promptly changed the password to, then followed up with his linked hotmail and Steam accounts.... having grabbed the Steam account, he abandoned the Gmail and Hotmail accounts, and removed the linked Gmail account from the Steam account.


At that point, he announced in front of an audience in a chat room that he had stolen his account and was going to sell it.


Finding out on July 4th was bad... 4 days late, and a holiday to boot. I submitted a support ticket with Steam to reclaim his...
By LeeSr on 1/30/2013 3:08 AM
 Ugh. Well, Apple does have promo codes, but it is of limited use. I'm limited to 50 single-use promo codes.What I really need for iTunes and Google Play is something like Palm's "Promotional Campaign" where a single code can be used up "X" times and expiring on a given date. Being limited to 50 promotional giveaways also means it simply isn't practical to use for a big user giveaway, but needs to be rationed out for reviewers and close friends/family. I guess if I was charging more than $1.99 for my app, it might be a bigger deal... but it is a bit disappointing that I am unable to carry out my initial plan to give away several hundred copies of the iPad version of my Virtual Cat Toys HD app.


I'll say this again for Apple, Google, and Amazon: Stop being stingy!! Ultimately, it is the success of the developers that makes you money in the app markets, and we are not going to give away our apps without...
By LeeSr on 1/16/2013 3:25 AM
 Google's Play seems to miss the point when it comes to promotional tools for developers. Google's idea of support is to provide "buttons" identifying your app with their store. That's it. Amazon's Appstore has an interesting feature that allows you to test an app on your PC through an emulator, a very handy feature, but they to seem to miss an important feature for promoting app sales - promo codes. Promo codes are codes that a developer can generate that allows users to enter the code in exchange for a free copy of the app, basically, neither Google Play nor Amazon's Appstore allow me to give away my apps as part of a promotion or for reviewers. Palm (and I believe Apple's App Store as well) has a nice feature that lets me generate "giveaway" codes. I cna't express enough how important this sort of tool is to developers... giveaways generate publicity on the internet and spark interest in your product, even after the giveaway expires, and the ability to give professional reviewers "store copies" helps make sure...
By LeeSr on 9/15/2011 12:06 AM
 OK, I promised I'd have something... while waiting for the app to get final review approval to post to the webOS store, here is a video demo of the application I created:




Basically, it's kitty crack software.... cats will stare at this for ages, many will find themselves trying to pin the toy under their paw, and be rewarded when they do!

UPDATE: Virtual Cat Toys HD is now available on the three biggest markets...



Google Play



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By LeeSr on 9/13/2011 10:53 PM

 If you were lucky enough to get a Touchpad, cool... I've been working on an app for webOS, and I should be getting it to the Market soon. This one is tailored for cat lovers, and I hope it's a hit.

My next post will hopefully be able to give more details. for the Touchpad, what a deal. $99 for a 16GB 10" Tablet! Rumor has it that HP will be making more of them, and I can't say it's a bad strategy if HP hopes to unload Palm to a mobile phone manufacturer, since the gain in market share will psh the value of Palm back up above any loss incurred in the "fire sale".

What I can say is that webOS is a great platform, probably the best tablet OS out there, and it would be a shame if this ends up being its swan song.


By LeeSr on 2/20/2011 7:09 PM
This might be a little long, but I felt I needed to explain what has been happening with me in the past 6 months or so...


If you had asked me what I thought of the idea of having a cancerous tumor inside my eye, I'd probably have said that it sounds like the scariest thing I could have happen to me. In reality, it probably is one of the worst ways to get cancer... why? because it can evade detection until it is too late, and as I've read up on Ocular Melanoma, it tends to be extremely aggressive once it metastasizes. It's a "Primary Cancer" - that is, it isn't caused by other cancer in the body. Detection seems to be the main key to recovering from this sort of cancer, with treatment ranging from my own radiation therapy to removal of the eye.


In August of 2010, I went to the eye doctor for the first time in 8 years, looking to get a better prescription. During the exam, the optometrist discovered an issue with my retina, and pointed out that I had lost some of my peripheral...
By LeeSr on 11/22/2010 2:58 PM
I realize many people have stopped in here looking for this...
By LeeSr on 5/20/2010 6:57 PM
Anybody besides me notice that Google's searches have become sloppy to the point of being completely useless to do specific searches?

The default behavior used to be that Google would only return results for pages that contained EVERY word in your search term, unless you went into "Advanced" - but now, it may turn up thousands more hits, mostly with pages that only contain two or three of your search terms. A few years ago, this sometimes happened as people stuffed metadata into their pages to "catch" searchers, but this isn't the case with thes errant results. So what is going on with Google? Even going into "Advanced Search" and specifying the terms in the "Must Contain All These Words" entry doesn't return the correct search results.

This whole mess wouldn't bother me so much if it still managed to return useful results, perhaps with pages that had all my words in the body of the pages at the top, metadata following below those, and the partial hits past that, but often the top result contains half...
By LeeSr on 3/21/2010 2:17 AM
OK, I've had to deal with numerous trojan infections on my sons' machines over the years, ad a few on my Mom's machine, as well (usually thanks to my youngest being a bit overzealous about installing downloaded programs). It's always a pain, and I'm always reminded, when I begin the long task of recovering from these infected computers, of the severe lack of effective tools when it comes to dealing with the problem.

Perhaps the biggest problem is that the evil people designing malware are just too smart, but it amazes me how spotty the anti-malware/trojan tools really are.

Hijackthis is always lauded for being such a great tool, yet all too often, checking "fix" to disable a startup item results in no action whatsoever. Most antivirus and anti-malware apps have also become victim of the "cry wolf" syndrome, insisting that many legit programs are some sort of virus-infected apps, because they may be keygens or patchers (yeah, yeah, piracy is bad, whatever, my antivirus program shouldn't be giving me...
By LeeSr on 7/31/2009 2:59 AM

Wow... played on a touch screen table, this really looks cool. My only issue is that a touch screen table is of limited usefulness for a lot of the things I do now.

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By LeeSr on 7/27/2009 4:57 PM
This is pretty cool... a company is taking buildings, developing a 3-D model to synchronize the animation, and projecting fantastic displays including balls of light, water falling, and even a collapsing facade!


It reminds me of what these guys did... projecting  a "prison escape" onto the wall of an actual prison - realistic enough to cause the guards to sound the alarm!

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By LeeSr on 7/23/2009 2:25 AM
I'd like to take a moment to discuss where video technology will take us in the next decade with movies. Let's start by looking where we've been and where we are.... In the dawn of the TV era, the only movies we could enjoy on TV were those broadcast from TV stations. In the late 60s/early 70s came cable and the "pay channel" stations, which revolutionized TV by bringing commercial-free, first run movies into your living room... but even that was a short-lived revolution, as the video tape recorder made its debut. We all know the battle between Betamax and VHS, and for a little more than a decade after VHS won that battle, tape ruled. Laserdisc, a superior (though still "analog") technology was relegated as a sideline, due to its inability to record and higher cost. DVD came along in the mid 90s, and finally started overtaking VHS by 2000. DVD offered a clear difference in quality, didn't require rewinding, and (barring scratches and dirt) played the same the hundredth time as it did on the first. Today, our...
By LeeSr on 7/5/2009 5:35 PM

Sorry there haven't been many updates.... I've been busy with a lot of things.


Here's a great special from National Geographic on the 4th of July. Enjoy!

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By LeeSr on 6/22/2009 3:56 PM

Primrose flowers blooming just before it gets dark, after sunset.

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By LeeSr on 6/4/2009 3:53 PM
I am not into the wii and I bought it because of the 1 game and 1 game only "Fire Emblem" Anywho, here is what's going on in the wii universe in Japan (will come to the US market soon hopefully) Black Wii available from 2009/8/1

Ordering pizza via Wii and please, whatever you do, do NOT purchase the fake one "Vii"

I tried to purchase it, but it hard to come by even in Japan.



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By LeeSr on 5/25/2009 2:35 PM
This is always cool.... hacking hardware, "old-school". I love the idea of a community lab, and this is just very cool. I imagine digging through the tables a tthe San Jose flea market and plopping gear onto a table and building "something" interesting.

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By LeeSr on 5/12/2009 6:58 PM

Cool to watch these tigers and leopards enjoy playing with, and eating pumpkins.

Source - Funny home videos are a click away

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By LeeSr on 5/7/2009 1:10 PM
Ask yourself a question: Was there ever a "real" ghost or goblin before Scrappy Doo came along? The "original" Mystery, Inc crew always seemed to figure out, by the end of an episode, that the haunting was the result of some real estate developer or gold prospector using a projector and some ropes. Once Scrappy appeared on the scene, the ghosts became real, and the rest of the gang departed to parts unknown (imprisoned by Scrappy?). Scooby also somehow acquired the power to walk on two legs and became even more "talkative" - but Scrappy was the odd one out, who's only relationship to being an actual dog was merely his appearance. I leave it to you, the reader, to ultimately decide whether Scrappy was really an evil imp, but my opinion was further validated by the second live action Scooby Doo movie, where Scrappy sought to take over the world using hellish powers of evil. Clearly I was not alone in this line of thought... Did Scrappy make the series better or worse? That's a harder question to answer, but it...
By LeeSr on 4/28/2009 11:29 PM

Interesting, but the video's description doesn't offer much insight. I have to assume there is more than just H2O in these beakers.

Still, fascinating stuff.

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By LeeSr on 4/22/2009 12:01 AM

This might have been an interesting place back in the heyday of the carnival, with the campground filled to the brim with sideshow performers.

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By LeeSr on 4/9/2009 12:39 PM

Probably would do a better job on my lawn than my teenager could do. This lawn mower is controlled by a Wii-mote using a computer controlled system, combined with GPS.


By LeeSr on 3/17/2009 10:41 AM
Well, it looks like SciFi is finally taking the absurd move to change its name. Bonnie Hammer has run that channel into the ground, and I think it's time they got some competition. Back in 2006, a press release made a brief splash announcing SciFi was going to be changed to "SurgeTV" - it was a hoax aimed at the increasing presence of non-science fiction programming on the channel, in particular, the permanent addition of wrestling in a prime-time slot.

So what do the morons in charge over there want to call it? "SyFy" - apparently, being mentally challenged is a requirement for coming up with promotional ideas.

Here was the original press release for SurgeTV:

Sci-Fi channel--er, Surge TV--ready to tap into oh-so-lucrative market of "sci-fi wrestling fans". (PRWEB) August 24, 2006 -- Effective November 1, 2006, the SCI FI Channel will change their name to SurgeTV, to reflect the changing demographic thrust of the successful long-running cable channel. In addition, deals are currently working...
By LeeSr on 3/15/2009 2:41 PM
Dr. John Taylor created the Corpus Clock with a "Chronophage" marking time on an escape wheel. The time is displayed using LED lighting, as we see the passage of a second, ending in a slight pause as the current second is marked on the clock. The clock's creator explains in better detail:

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By LeeSr on 3/12/2009 7:06 PM

Crazy... I guess this takes place in Iceland. It would be interesting to see the vehicles that didn't make the hilltop.

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By LeeSr on 3/9/2009 10:19 PM
This time, it's Sun Microsystems' "Starfire" vision from 1993, with a look ten years into the futue. About the one thing it got "right" is the idea of PowerPoint presentations, but most of it is laughable, and some of it was downright disturbing, like the surveillance of her secretary. Telepresence was a bit overkill, as was the bizarre retro (looked more like something from Space:1999) desk. Sure, we have bigger monitors with LCD flat screens, but Starfire's technology somehow seems "messier" for all of its design sterility.

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By LeeSr on 3/8/2009 9:28 PM
Virtual reality... in your own hands! Amazing technology, something we've seen the JApanese play with, but now free from GE's web site. Check it out:


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By LeeSr on 3/3/2009 11:06 PM
[sum]What will the future look like? These peeks into the futre are always fascinating, but ultimately flawed. Click On "Read Article" to see the video, as well as my commentary on what the future holds for us...[/sum]

Microsoft spends a great deal of time researching cutting edge technologies and the machine-human interface, but they get it wrong about as much as they get it right. This video is a good example... watch and see if you see what I am talking about, and after reading my commentary that follows, re-watch the video and see if you agree.


Video: Future Vision Montage

My biggest problem is the social interaction... online purchases, for...
By LeeSr on 3/2/2009 1:23 PM

Here's something you wouldn't expect in the battle between a shark and and octopus:



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By LeeSr on 2/28/2009 12:40 PM
OK, time to editorialize here... it looks like InternetMax has arrived at Casa de WTF, and WTF indeed...[/sum]

I'm a bit baffled by this. I'm already on the top tier plan, so if it costs the same, why does it cost more? OK, OK... maybe it's the same price as the plan is in other places? It's an introductory plan here, so maybe the "same price" is referring to the idea that our max speed will be 20mbps and others got the 16mbps speed?

Confusing to say the least.

One thing that really bothers me, though, is that people paying $20 less a month than me will be this new high speed for $5 more than what I pay - while I'll be paying $20 more than them to get the same plan. How is that fair to the customers that have been spending more with Charter?

I'm left with more questions than answers. I think I need to talk to a representitive and see about getting my plan knocked down to the lowest speed, than order this service, heh.

By LeeSr on 2/27/2009 9:13 PM
This is cool beyond words... for whatever reason, I've been looking at multi-purpose arcade game cabinets (for MAME) and noted the inclusion of pinball games, that followed by an unrelated view of the Jackson auction, which includes more arcade video games and pinball machine then you'd find at a Dave & Busters... now this, HyperPin Front End - a cool pinball simulator. I hope this works with an accelerometer to handle bumping the table (and tilt).

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By LeeSr on 2/24/2009 10:51 PM
This is a one-of-a-kind French car which languished in a barn until 2000, when it was restored. The 1932 Helicron features rear-wheel steering and has no reverse.

Trade the air-cooled aviation engine for a steam engine and you've got something to show off at the local Steam Punk afficionados gathering!

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By LeeSr on 2/19/2009 2:38 PM

G4's Attack Of the Show asked this question, and you might be surprised at the results. Here's an interview with Coheed and Cambria with the interviewer trying out a run on a real drum kit at the end.


By LeeSr on 2/18/2009 3:23 PM
It's a viral for the upcoming Dawn Of War II game, but imagine having a small number of these parked outside of your house? The Space Marine Rhino Tank:



Learn more about the tank at:


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By LeeSr on 2/16/2009 2:53 AM

Nice simulation of a black hole feeding on a star.

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By LeeSr on 2/13/2009 3:39 PM
Looks like Fujifilm is bringing a true 3-D digital camera to the market sometime this year - and get this: it has a 3-D LCD display!

Now if only it offered buffered HD video imaging and some amount ot optical zoom, it would definitely go on my wish list!

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By LeeSr on 2/11/2009 8:26 PM
[sum]It's a 6 part series... watch all 6 parts by clicking on "Read Article..."


The technology of Batman... there are two others, one on Superman and another on Spiderman. This one looked like it was the most realistic:

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By LeeSr on 2/10/2009 10:54 AM

It gets pretty cool at about 22 seconds. The beauty and power of nature can be impressive.

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By LeeSr on 2/4/2009 8:43 PM

This is a pretty cool animation of how DNA works... always fascinating material

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By LeeSr on 2/4/2009 7:22 PM
OK, this was cool, if confusing. My Dad does our taxes every year, and as usual, the idiots that employ my wife wait until Jan 31 to send out the W2s... which means when you send in your returns, you'll already have a ton of people in front of you in the "queue" - i.e. 6-12 weeks waiting for the return. Now there is a better way...

The IRS now has a link to the "free file" site, where you sign up, then proceed to fill out your 1040, schedules, W2s... etc... and you can then submit them directly to the IRS. I'm told that you can expect your refund in 10 days using the eFile.

One key thing: check over all of your information and feel free to hit the "Do the math" button as much as you want. Have last year's tax form handy because you'll need it as identifying information, and here's a tip: for the "Spouse" AGI, if you filed jointly last year, it's the exact same as the Taxpayer amount. I had to hunt that tidbit down, because it wasn't clear on the...
By LeeSr on 2/4/2009 12:51 PM
This is the first part of the feature on the human brain. Fascinating stuff. The rush of adrenaline in a high-stress moment is a strange experience... I've encountered that several times, usually in automobile accidents. They should have also commented on the sluggishness you feel as time seems to slow down, because even as your body's reaction times and strength is enhanced, your brain is working even faster.

Don't miss the follow up parts...

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By LeeSr on 1/30/2009 8:21 PM

Wow.... TRS-80s and PETs forming a network of several daily papers where users can get their news "online".

This stuff might just take off someday:


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By LeeSr on 1/30/2009 12:49 AM
[sum]I can see these becoming very popular on the beaches... a water powered jetpack, flying around tethered to a floating pump.

"Read Article" for another interesting video[/sum]

I can see these becoming very popular on the beaches... a water powered jetpack, flying around tethered to a floating pump.

Here's another jetpack, the claim is that a 16 year old created this, and it's somehow "water powered" - not sure how that is, but it looks very cool:

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By LeeSr on 1/30/2009 12:41 AM
The intel i7s certainly look good, but here's AMD's entry, the new Phenom II, and what it lacks in processing efficiency of the intel processor, it makes up for in its ability to overclock. As a bonus, it runs on the AM2+ platform, so many people can upgrade with a simple BIOS flash.

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By LeeSr on 1/26/2009 12:10 AM
This is pretty cool... the presenters have developed a way to enhance videos both "spatially" (resolution) and "temporally" (slowing down), by using a hybrid combination of low-res video frames with hi-res stills shot from a nearby (as in directly next to it) digital camera at a much lower frame rate... the result is that they are able to warp and map the hi-res detail into the video. Essentially, you could take a standard definition video, and turn it into High Definition video simply by integrating a few interspersed frames of high resolution frames.

Ah... just watch the video:

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By LeeSr on 1/22/2009 11:17 PM

Unnaturally shaped vortex on my planet Saturn? More likely than you think...


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By LeeSr on 1/21/2009 3:39 PM
I used to play this "back in the day" - in fact, I was the first to complete the game at my local arcade, which was cool, because they had the game set to pump the volume up to "11" upon being the first to achieve the feat. Everybody looked in my direction like I had broken the game or something.

At any rate, Marble Madness was one of the coolest games to play in the arcades in the early 80s. I split my time between this and Zaxxon.



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By LeeSr on 1/18/2009 12:58 AM

Nice video about the Phoenix Mars Lander Mission.



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By LeeSr on 1/17/2009 3:20 AM

One of the great Lions, with the unfortunate luck of having to play under Bobby Ross. The combination made him quit the NFL, and the Lions have been nothing but bumbling idiots since.


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By LeeSr on 1/15/2009 11:49 PM

These TED discussions are always fascinating.

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By LeeSr on 1/14/2009 9:57 PM
Looks like Creative Labs is trying to win me back. For the past couple of years, I've been using the Auzentech Mystique 7.1 as my main system sound card, due to it's support of Dolby Digital Live. Back as far as 2001, before "Doby Digital Live" was a marketing term, Nvidia developed it's SoundStorm audio technology, based on requirements from Microsoft to support  their original Xbox console. The key thing here is that SoundStorm encoded ALL of the audio into 5.1 AC-3 digital signals. This meant that movies and games on the Xbox didn't require you to switch back and forth between inputs on your stereo system. Nvidia wisely added SoundStorm to their motherboard chipset line, and the rest, as they say, is history. Before SoundStorm, some audio cards had the digital output, but only when movies were playing (because they could stream the encoded 5.1 audio directly from the DVD), and reverted to stereo "PCM" sound for digital audio for the computer. With SoundStorm, hooking up your computer to your home theater A/V...
By LeeSr on 1/13/2009 2:07 PM

Nice explanation, it looks very large - it took the massive Saturn V to get the tiny LEM to the moon, and this thing seems to be as big as that, and they intend to send two of these to the lunar surface.


By LeeSr on 1/13/2009 1:59 PM
Mark Gormley probably could have used this, but then again, maybe we should keep him away from any songmaking tools...

This looks interesting. I've wondered why there weren't more tools like this. I used to have a tool that would allow you to hum into a microphone, and it would compose the tune with midi.

The commercial is pretty cheesy, but you can try it yourself at Microsoft's beta site.

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By LeeSr on 1/11/2009 3:43 PM

This one pertains to the lady of Casa de WTF... she does homecare as a Certified Nurse's Aid, and she wears scrubs as a part of her job. Wall Street Journal has an article that discussed the problem in detail - many hospital workers simply do not change their scrubs on a regular basis, and some leave their hospitals to go to lunch or travel home in their dirty, disease-exposed scrubs. Doctors are often the worst offenders - wearing their contaminated lab coats for a week or more before replacing them.

The simpest, easiest thing for these professionals to do is to never put dirty scrubs on - and for a profession that obsesses over cleanliness, you'd think that would be a simple rule.

By LeeSr on 1/11/2009 2:34 PM

This sounds pretty cool - a good way to learn how to play a guitar.





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By LeeSr on 1/10/2009 5:20 PM

Interesting, and it looks complicated on the video, but perhaps it's easier to use the interface. Kids can create games on their Xbox 360... real 3-D worlds.

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By LeeSr on 1/10/2009 4:19 PM
[sum]Interesting phone. My next phone might be something like this... not an iPhone, but whatever seems best under Sprint (Not getting rid of my SERO plan anytime soon) Click "Read Article" to see a neat video of Palm's "iPhone killer". [/sum]

Interesting phone. My next phone might be something like this... not an iPhone, but whatever seems best under Sprint (Not getting rid of my SERO plan anytime soon). I think a Google Android-based phone would be nice, but I don't know if Sprint will be offering one anytime soon.

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By LeeSr on 1/8/2009 10:40 PM
[sum]As a Red Wings fan, I find the recent scheduling of back-to-back road games a bit, ahem, troubling.

Read the article for the full story[/sum]

As a Red Wings fan, I find the recent scheduling of back-to-back road games a bit, ahem, troubling.They play on the road and in cases where they have "back-to-back" games, scheduled for two nights in a row, they finish up with a difficult game in the Pacific Time Zone (Sharks, Ducks). This means that the Red Wings will play a grueling 10:30pm game without much rest. It occurred to me that the converse works out better for the West Coast teams - they play earlier, relative to their own time, but not so early (like NFL teams) that they'd still be bleary eyed.

So in short, the advantage goes to the teams that live on the West Coast when travelling, and a distinct disadvantage goes to those teams that live in the Eastern time zone... mostly due to the nature of the night time games and the sometimes grueling scheduling that takes place.

So what...
By LeeSr on 1/6/2009 8:08 PM
What you are seeing is not a flag, but a speaker. There is no wind, and the music is being played though that's made of carbon nanotubes - the stuff that may, one day, allow us to build a space elevator. In the meantime, however, scientists are developing all sorts of odd things with the technology, which is a good thing, because if a factory in China puts these things out in large quantities, it will increase our abiity to manufacture more complex structures, perhaps giving us the ability to create the thousands of kilometers of "tether" we'll need to provide easy transportation into Earth's orbit.

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By LeeSr on 1/5/2009 7:24 AM

Pretty cool, even if the guy's voice grates on me like fingernails on a chalkboard.



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By LeeSr on 12/31/2008 10:20 AM

Now you can pretend to be Marty McFly in the future with a spiffy hoverboard

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By LeeSr on 12/31/2008 9:42 AM

It's a collection, a nice and relaxing prelude to New Year's Eve.

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By LeeSr on 12/30/2008 11:18 AM

Lots of cool ideas, but I'm not sure about the rocking bed...

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By LeeSr on 12/29/2008 10:26 PM

I don't think you'll ever catch me posting one of these to YouTube, but the genre has a certain mysterious appeal.



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By LeeSr on 12/29/2008 10:03 AM

Pretty impressive clip, nicely done.



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By LeeSr on 12/26/2008 10:22 AM

What's more to add?

Nice project... I'd probably have made the scanning part quicker with some image processing to sort the patterns. Still, pretty cool.


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By LeeSr on 12/25/2008 8:19 AM

These cool pictures were judged the best of 2008 by National Geographic...

See the rest of them by clicking on "Read Article"


These cool pictures were judged the best of 2008 by National Geographic...

10. Supernova Creates "Ribbon" in Space

9. First Picture of Alien Planet Orbiting Sunlike Star?

8. Black Hole Seen in Closest Look Ever

7. New Supernova "Gumball" Picture

By LeeSr on 12/23/2008 11:36 PM

Pretty cool introduction to what the Hubble is all about.


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By LeeSr on 12/23/2008 8:47 PM

Nice... the song is one of my favorites, too.... Hayling by FC Kahuna


By LeeSr on 12/21/2008 8:22 PM


Here in the dark what ghostly figures press !—

No phantom of the Past, or grim or sad ;

No wailing spirit of woe ; no spector, clad

In white and wandering cloud, whose dumb distress

Is that its crime it never may confess ;

No shape from the strewn sea ; nor they that add

The link of Life and Death — the tearless mad,

That live nor die in dreary nothingness :



But blessed spirits waiting to be born —

By LeeSr on 12/20/2008 11:42 AM

New Scientist is featuring an article about a recreation of the fabled "Antikythera Mechanism". This is the fascinating device which was found in some ancient wreckage off of Antikythera. Apparently, it was built by the famed mathemetician Archimedes.

Here is a short video about it:

By LeeSr on 12/20/2008 11:31 AM

Nice toy.... I wish I had the time and resources to make something like this. That thing would be fun to roll out at Burning Man, but it might get you into trouble taking it down to the local supermarket to buy groceries.

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By LeeSr on 12/19/2008 8:23 PM
[sum]I love science fiction, so forgive me for the rant about the state of science fiction on television today. Click on "Read Article" for more.[/sum]


Where do I start? A recent list of "top ten" sci-fi shows that were canceled too early demonstrated, based on feedback on's thread on the subject, that there is no such thing as a generic "top ten" where this subject is concerned. Hundreds, perhaps thousands of great shows have been cut in the middle of cliffhangers leaving some of the most loyal viewers in distress over a premature fate for their TV shows. Who decides which were the best of these? Even the most obscure shows got undying love from somebody... shows dating back into the 60s. Mostly it's from a lack of closure, as a story arc failed to deliver a proper ending, or worse, the season was canceled on a cliffhanger. That sort of thing just doesn't happen with sitcoms or even many dramas, and even when it does, it seems to upset far fewer people, and to a far less degree than the...
By LeeSr on 12/19/2008 11:55 AM

Interesting.... I think it's interesting that the artist used "flocking" animals - birds and mice - that tend not to be self-aware. As a result, placed in an enclosure with mirrors, they gravitated toward the "middle" where they though all the other animals were.

By LeeSr on 12/18/2008 7:27 PM
OK, this is pretty cool, but they are still pretty expensive. Last month, Mitsubishi came out with a 65" Laser/DLP TV. No more lamp replacements, and the TV quality won't fade over time. Best of all, it provides the more color than ever before seen on a TV screen. I've been waiting for these to hit the market for over a year now, but I'm disappointed that they cost far more than the figures thrown around when they were first announced. I sound like a commercial, don't I?

Well, there may be a downside (beside the US$7k price) - the jury is still out as to whether or not the LaserVue is safe to watch, since it is basically a laser, reflected by a DLP Chip (a digital mirror) to a diffusing screen. Mitubishi claims that there are no harmful side effects to watching their new TV. I think I'll take the risk if somebody wants to get me one for Christmas, heh, heh.

By LeeSr on 12/1/2008 8:08 PM
By LeeSr on 11/26/2008 3:22 PM

It seems that Iran has launched "another" satellite into space. Given their propensity for photoshopping and fakery, I have to wonder about it this time.




By LeeSr on 11/26/2008 12:52 PM

Always cool light shows with elaborate Christmas light displays... here's one striking example from last year:

By LeeSr on 11/20/2008 11:23 PM

Clever story....