2012.05.11

Weekly Metapost : 2012.05.04 - 2012.05.11

03.00.03 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from May 4th, 2012 to May 11th, 2012

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Moneyball (2011) Rated 4.0 stars for Moneyball (2011)
Real Steel (2011) Rated 4.5 stars for Real Steel (2011)

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2012.04.13

Weekly Metapost : 2012.04.06 - 2012.04.13

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from April 6th, 2012 to April 13th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/04/the-next-time-someone-says-the-internet-killed-reading-books-show-them-this-chart/255572/
Tagged : articles education ideas literature society theatlantic

Neat to see that our society does read, with a Gallup survey showing about 48% of people are reading a book or novel. However, it leaves plenty of questions unanswered. While we are reading, are we reading Harry Potter and The Hunger Games or are we reading classics from Goethe and Mark Twain to more modern classics like Catch 22 or 1984 (at least outside the demands of classrooms), and perhaps the question of if it even matters. It'll take time and further studies to understand the enviroment, but as someone with an evergrowing slush pile of literature, it's good to know I'm not alone...

http://blog.makezine.com/2012/04/06/repurposed-rake-wine-glass-rack/
Tagged : ideas make reuse tools

You might love your tools when… or Note to self. Take your pick

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=L6dzUOYTQtQ
Tagged : beer geek music npr science youtube

Geek music with a celtic spin, all about the science of beer. Not for everyones taste, but I could have a few rounds of it. [via NPR]

http://vimeo.com/40000072
Tagged : arcade cool MAKE videos vimeo

Great video for a great story, cudos to Caine, a 9 year old boy who decided to build and operate his own arcade. [via MAKE]

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Rango (2011) Rated 3.5 stars for Rango (2011)
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) Rated 4.0 stars for The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

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2012.03.09

Weekly Metapost : 2012.03.02 - 2012.03.09

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from March 2nd, 2012 to March 9th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://xkcd.com/1024/
Tagged : comics life xkcd

I could live with Error: -41, actaully I sort of have over the last few summers.

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Hugo (2011) Rated 5.0 stars for Hugo (2011)

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2012.02.17

Weekly Metapost : 2012.02.10 - 2012.02.17

03.00.01 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from February 10th, 2012 to February 17th, 2012

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/13/education/mooresville-school-district-a-laptop-success-story.html?_r=3
Tagged : education future New York Times society technology

It seems like there's a love/hate relationship between school districts and digital classrooms, and I remeber reading about some of the earliest adopters dropping thier projects after minimal results over a few years, however it's nice to see how it's possible to not only excel in digital education, but can do so at lower costs. I think it'll need more than 3 years to prove viable, but it's seems to be going in the right direction.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfHo5gXfHuk#!
Tagged : engineering life videos youtube

A dilemma every engineer will face at some point. [via adafruit]

http://shopngarage.com/2011/08/abcs-of-hand-tools/
Tagged : animation books education MAKE tools videos

This has been sitting in my digital slushpile for a couple of weeks, so I don't remember the source, but even with as much experiance I've gained with tools, it's amazing how I forget (or simply neglect) some of the basics of tool care. Both the in the old book and the animated short film forms.

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Revenge of the Electric Car (2011) Rated 3.5 stars for Revenge of the Electric Car (2011)

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2012.01.06

Weekly Metapost : 2011.12.30 - 2012.01.06

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from December 30th, 2011 to January 6th, 2012

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) Rated 4.5 stars for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
The Help (2011) Rated 4.0 stars for The Help (2011)
Unstoppable (2010) Rated 4.0 stars for Unstoppable (2010)

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2011.12.30

Weekly Metapost : 2011.12.23 - 2011.12.30

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from December 23rd, 2011 to December 30th, 2011

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Thor (2011) Rated 3.5 stars for Thor (2011)

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2011.12.23

Weekly Metapost : 2011.12.16 - 2011.12.23

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from December 16th, 2011 to December 23rd, 2011

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYAw79386WI
Tagged : automobiles cars education engineering history mechinics videos

I'll admit I'm not a full blown car guy, but I take care of my vehicles, and I'm always a sucker for the engineering side of things, so this Chevrolet video on a differentials delighted me for 10 minutes (even if a good cunck of that is pure fluff). I sort of want to find some old tinkertoys and built a model. [via wimp.com]

http://www.southernfriedscience.com/?p=1419
Tagged : alcohol articles beer homebrew science

Beer brewing in ounces, rather than in gallons. I already knew coffee machines were capable of moonshine, I never conected them to beer brewing. I sort of doubt I'll bother to brew beer this way, but it's cool to know that I can.[via hackaday]

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

X-Men: First Class Rated 4.5 stars for X-Men: First Class
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) Rated 4.0 stars for Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)

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2011.12.09

Weekly Metapost : 2011.12.02 - 2011.12.09

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from December 2nd, 2011 to December 9th, 2011

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgAlQuqzl8o
Tagged : cello music starwars videos youtube

A long time ago (about 10 years ago) I played the cello (poorly), but I once tried to play songs from Star Wars. While I havn't picked up a cello in years, I still love the sounds and versatility, and this is a pleasure to watch.

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Cars 2 (2011) Rated 4.0 stars for Cars 2 (2011)

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2011.11.25

Weekly Metapost : 2011.11.18 - 2011.11.25

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from November 18th, 2011 to November 25th, 2011

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Source Code (2011) Rated 4.5 stars for Source Code (2011)

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2011.11.04

Weekly Metapost : 2011.10.28 - 2011.11.04

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from October 28th, 2011 to November 4th, 2011

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzD5cVPwUbg
Tagged : build cartoons childhood Disney make nostalgia videos youtube

One of the many things that helped me dream of being a builder, maker, invertor, was seeing Mickey Mouse "Boat Builder." As Mickey put it "All you do is put it together"

http://jayisgames.com/games/missilebreak-outvaders/
Tagged : games mashup

Mashup of Breakout, Space Invaders, and Missle Command. [via Scalzi]

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/11/st_thompson_searchresults/
Tagged : article education society truth wired

it's a sad truth that people of my generation know how to "use the internet", yet constantly display an inability to understand and evaluate the information they collect as they pull in their nets. It's sad when people are unable or unwiling to do even a little fact checking - online or off.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/03/printed_electronics/
Tagged : beer electronics future register technology

My homebrew beer is mostly unlabeled, mostly because I don't want to disticker my bottles each batch, but I'd probably change my mind if I could print electronics circuits unto the bottles (at least, without spending thousands of dollars to do so). [via adafruit]

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Gone in 60 Seconds (1974) Rated 4.0 stars for Gone in 60 Seconds (1974)

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2011.08.19

Weekly Metapost : 2011.08.12 - 2011.08.19

03.00.03 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from August 12th, 2011 to August 19th, 2011

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/
Tagged : cartography gps maps technology tools websites

Handy website for overlaying GPS data on a variety of map references, including USPS topo and aerial maps.

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

127 Hours (2010) Rated 4.5 stars for 127 Hours (2010)
Duel (1971) Rated 5.0 stars for Duel (1971)

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2011.06.17

Weekly Metapost : 2011.06.10 - 2011.06.17

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from June 10th, 2011 to June 17th, 2011

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

The Social Network (2010) Rated 4.0 stars for The Social Network (2010)

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2011.06.03

Weekly Metapost : 2011.05.27 - 2011.06.03

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from May 27th, 2011 to June 3rd, 2011

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Salt (2010) Rated 4.0 stars for Salt (2010)

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2011.05.27

Weekly Metapost : 2011.05.20 - 2011.05.27

03.00.01 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from May 20th, 2011 to May 27th, 2011

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.neufeld.newton.ks.us/electronics/?p=1302
Tagged : cnc electronics gadgets hacks opensource technology want

3D printer working as a simple a simple CNC etching tool? I'm making do with toner transfer / chem etching PCBs but damn I want one of those. Shame I don't have the money for it. [via hackaday]

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010) Rated 4.5 stars for Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)

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2011.05.13

Weekly Metapost : 2011.05.06 - 2011.05.13

03.00.01 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from May 6th, 2011 to May 13th, 2011

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h_pp8CHEQ0&feature=player_embedded
Tagged : education ideas Mike Rowe politics skilled labor videos youtube

As pointed out in the speach, we forget about the need and value of skilled labor, how many careers it encompasses, and how we're taken such knowlege out of K12 education. The Home Economics and Vocational Tech classes I took in middle school and early high school had as big an influece on me as advanced math and programming. While our society needs to call for higher educations, by no means do we need to throw away skilled labor education like it was dead weight. [via AdaFruit Blog]

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Marvel Knights: Iron Man - Extremis Rated 5.0 stars for Marvel Knights: Iron Man - Extremis
Flatland: The Movie Rated 5.0 stars for Flatland: The Movie

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2011.04.29

Weekly Metapost : 2011.04.22 - 2011.04.29

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from April 22nd, 2011 to April 29th, 2011

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vh84g8rC2oA&feature=player_embedded
Tagged : animation cartoons Disney history insightful mashup videos youtube

I know animation by its nature calls for duplications, but it's interesting seeing how scenes from one movie are pasted into other films. Particularly how long it can be continued. I see 8 Disney animated movies in this mash up, ranging from Snow White (1937) to Beauty and the Beast (1991)

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jYC4weL-2Qswq77qRU1-gwc1jwlg?docId=c91d8cdfedb84a2d8d6967006d468c94
Tagged : AP articles dreams google hackerspace tools workshops

I'll admit it, while I'm content with my personal workshop, I love the idea of hackspaces and well equipted public workshops to play with the tools I can't afford or would rarly use, but a Google one? I love it except it's probably take a miracle to get hired there AND get approveal to use the shops. [via AdaFruit]

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Spirited Away (2002) Rated 5.0 stars for Spirited Away (2002)

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2011.03.18

Weekly Metapost : 2011.03.11 - 2011.03.18

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from March 11th, 2011 to March 18th, 2011

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Hitman Rated 3.0 stars for Hitman

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2011.01.07

Weekly Metapost : 2010.12.31 - 2011.01.07

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from December 31st, 2010 to January 7th, 2011

Elsewhere Online [collection of past links]

http://www.eliwhitney.org/new/museum/-gilbert-project/-man/a-c-gilbert-scientific-toymaker-essays-arts-and-sciences-october-3
Tagged : articles biotechnology erector sets history technology toys wikipedia

When you think about modern developments in biotechnology, we usually thing of the prototypes as complex and expencive works. Learning that inexpencive lab tools and an erector set were used to make the prototype of the artificial heart sort of turns your world around. [via Wikipedia]

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010) Rated 5.0 stars for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Invictus (2009) Rated 4.5 stars for Invictus (2009)
Inception (2010) Rated 4.5 stars for Inception (2010)

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2010.12.31

Respectably Devious

19.59.29 - Mark

Last night I sat down to watch Scott Pilgrim Vs The World on DVD though Netflix. An enjoyable visual overload with a good bit of humor, and as it finished I'm glad I received it on DVD, because after all DVDs come with Extra Features and with a movie like this, I was anxious to see what treasures this DVD came with. After the credits ran (no I didn't skip the credits) and the standard DVD Publisher logo (in this case Deluxe Digital Studios) aired it moved right into the Extra Features menu.

As I clicked into the Deleted Scenes I was delighted that this standard DVD came backed with extras, rather than the somewhat common practice of "Deluxe" editions where all these extras were burned onto a separate DVD. With Netflix, it's easy enough to rent out both discs, but for the right movies you don't want to wait or gamble on the value of those assorted extras.

So as I turned off the commentary and moved onto "Play All." I clicked, but video did not play. In it's place a notice that said that as a Rental DVD, all the extras were disabled, and to access them I would need to buy a DVD or Blu-Ray copy. A second attempt produced the same result. The first though I had was another strike against the consumers the producers depend on.

I've felt for a long time that DVD productions tend to treat the honest consumers, buyers and renters, as criminals-to-be with Region Codes, forced viewings of FBI Anti-Piracy Warnings, or even MPAA's own Anti-Piracy ads. Things so easily bypassed you never see on stolen versions, only the legal copies. I understand the threat the corporations are attempting to prevent, but as an honest consumer we hope for at least a little trust and respect. While these has been an issue since VHS cassettes were the Big New Thing, to the way it's dealt with on DVDs, Blu-Ray, or the next generation of physical media for video distribution we'll probably see in 10 years, it's going to get worse, not better.

After further thought however, I came around. In this case, I'm not being treated as a criminal, yes the FBI warning as usual, but none of the MPAA anti-piracy ads. Upon taking a second look they were not secretive about the rental status. Well labeled on the disc, and on loading made it clear that those extra features were disabled. In the pre-movie trailers the distributer, Universal Pictures, placed an ad about the benefits of the different medias, even covered the ways you can get those extras from the different technologies. While it remained a bit of a slap in the face, it's actually rather good marketing.

They show us the menu, give an idea of what we'd receive. It's no different than receiving the desert menus after finishing dinner at a decent restaurant. The balanced combination makes it all pretty clever, and I'll admit I'll a bit tempted to buy it rather than rent it again. While I may not enjoy the well advertised movie deserts if I pay for the privileges, I think in the end it's a respectable tactic. Don't label consumers as threats, respect the consumer's choices but offer rewards for moving to a higher tier. If the content is valuable enough, the companies get to charge multiple times with no (or at least minimal) bad feelings.

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Weekly Metapost : 2010.12.24 - 2010.12.31

03.00.02 - Mark

Weekly Metapost from December 24th, 2010 to December 31st, 2010

Eye Candy [list of other movies]

The Expendables (2010) Rated 4.0 stars for The Expendables (2010)

Food for Thought [other noteworthy books]

Ender's Game (Paperback) Rated 5.0 stars for Ender's Game (Paperback)

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