Friday, October 27, 2006

XBox 360 Laptop

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This is just wacky. A whole lot more than just attaching an LCD screen to an XBox 360 -- this guy got out the machining tools and everything. He has a fairly detailed walkthrough, and also sells a book on how to make your own "portable console" out of the SNES, NES, PS1 or Atari 2600. Pretty darn cool.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Color Scheme Tool

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This is a very cool tool for coming up with (matching) color schemes. Very useful if you're color-scheme challenged, as I am.

Does that make me crazy?

I was listening to Kidd Kraddick in the Morning coming back from taking my son to the sitter today... they had a segment called "Does that make me crazy" where they had people call in and tell what their habits were and then everyone would vote as to whether or not that made them crazy.

One lady had to keep cabinet doors closed... all of them... even ones that weren't hers. Next, there was a lady who bleached her feet before taking a bath. Like, spray on the bleach and clean 'em off nice before the bath. Then, the lady who cleaned her bathroom rug on Monday and wouldn't walk on it until "late Wednesday night" -- she said she always waited 2 days before using it. She said she "did the same thing with the trash" whatever that means. Wacky. Then there was the girl who had a thing about hot air balloons - she said she would have to pull over and find another way to work if she saw one. Said that a person standing in a basket, floating in the air just made her skin crawl. She said that it was really disturbing.

While I didn't listen long enough to see who "won" -- something is certainly really disturbing :-)

Daylight Savings...

It's this weekend! Saturday, October 29th, don't forget to set your clocks back an hour (you know, Fall Back and all that?)

Click here or here for more helpful public service announcements from our friends over at The Office.

Exploding Paint...

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This is just too cool. It's an advertisement for Sony Bravia LCD screens.

What do you get when you mix old, abandoned buildings, a tremendous amount of paint, and a whole bunch of explosives?

Yep, it's as cool as it sounds like it should be. :)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Midnight snack or midnight terror?

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I found an old swing song in one of my Napster playlists called "Celery Stalks at Midnight" -- I thought that was pretty funny... apparently it's spawned a book and some other stuff. Click on the title above for the lyrics to the silly song...

(btw... apparently, it's the latter)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Unstructued Playtime = Good

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Not suprisingly, a new study has come out that says kids just don't have enough generic free play time. I think too many kids learn to let the TV do the thinking and imagining for them... and that's sad. I used to sit for hours and hours and play with my Star Wars figures, coming up with a thousand different scenarios and situations... I think kids really need that, or something like it, whether it's blocks or cars or plastic animals/dinosaurs... as usual, click on the title bar to go to the link to the sutdy on CNN's website.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Videogame Ads, circa 1982

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Ah, sweet memories! Those original ads were pretty wacky. Lord knows (as does my mom) I've still got a bunch of old computer magazines... I should scan some of those in myself. There were some pretty wacky ads back then for computer related stuff. Showing off screenshots wasn't necessarily really the big thing to do, so they often had all these wacky airbrushed pictures that had absolutely less than nothing to do with the game itself. Fun stuff :)

Until I get around to scanning in all those old ads, you'll have to settle for this set of them, I guess.

The many animators of the Flintstones...

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I found this quite interesting -- other people may not. But apparently they had a number of different people who animated Fred & co. at different points, and each one drew and animated the characters in their own style. Normally, this is discouraged (at best) I think it added some character to it, though I never noticed at the time.

(as usual, click on the title for the link... and this is probably the last time I'll mention that)

Saturday, September 30, 2006

50 Common Interview Q&A's

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I thought some of you might find this interesting. If you've been on a number of interviews, you've probably heard most of these, if not, this makes for some pretty good reading. It lists common questions and some thoughts to consider/ways to answer for them. (click on the title for the link)

Friday, September 29, 2006

Poseidon Case Study

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This is the "case study" on how the water rushing down a hallway was done in the recent movie, Poseidon. It's got a lot of step by step videos showing some of the process they went through. I find this sort of thing fascinating, especially since this is the software I'm starting to learn/use.

If you have any interest, you can click here for the link.

Friday, September 15, 2006

First Pics - Horton Hears a Who

What looks to be a very nice rendition of a Dr. Seuss classic. It's being done by Blue Sky Studios, who brought us Ice Age, it's sequel, and Robots. It should be outstanding.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Homemade upright bass...

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I've always thought the upright bass was extremely cool. They tend to be pretty expensive though. Some nifty fellow decided he wanted one and that they were too expensive, and he just made his own, mostly from cardboard and wood. Watch the video, it's extremely cool. I've seen Cigar Box guitars (which is just what it sounds like) but never seen anything quite like this.

He is also selling them on ebay for $49 plus $30+ for S&H... :/

Monday, September 11, 2006

"Good Lord... There are no words"

That's the phrase uttered by the CNN news anchor as the second tower collapsed.

May we never forget September 11, 2001.

Friday, September 08, 2006

The movie event of the what??

I don't watch a lot of TV, and I watch even fewer commercials. Finding something to flip to during the commercial is top priority when I sit down to watch something. Sometimes, though, I'll let my wife drive the remote and so I catch a few commercials... and then I remember why I usually skip them.

Anyway, we were watching TV yesterday and I saw a preview for a new movie with Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher called The Guardian. Apparently, it's a drama about some Coast Guard guys. Now, I've got nothing against the Coast Guard -- I've got a good friend who was in for several years. All the armed services have my deep respect. But a Coast Guard movie?? My first thought was, "who had the bright idea to cast Ashton in a dramatic role?" My second was, "hey, I bet this'll be almost as good as Striking Distance," which was so bad that Bruce Willis (who was the star of the thing) just came right out and said "it sucked" -- and I think the IMDB users are being waaaay too generous with their 5.3 stars out of 10... Anyway, then I heard the "sell" and that wrapped it all up for me. Are you ready for it?? Here goes...

"This will be the movie event of the fall!"

Wow... the movie event of... the year? the decade? the century?? Nope, just the movie event of the fall. And heck... in Memphis, fall only lasts a couple of weeks, if that. They may have just as well said the movie event of the week. They clearly have low expectations for it... who am I to argue with that? :)

I, of course, had no plans to see it in the first place, but that just kills me... the movie event of the fall.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A white background for your photos...

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This is a great tutorial for anyone who is trying to photograph something on a "clean" white background. And if you haven't seen it yet, stock.xchng is a outstanding resource for high quality, free stock photography (i.e. pictures you can use in just about any way you'd like).

Friday, September 01, 2006

This is an outstanding tutorial on drawing and animation.

Potty Talk...

Seems that one of CNN's reporters went to the bathroom and left her wireless mic on... oops. Then she went on Letterman and did a "Top 10" about it. Pretty funny. - CNN's Phillips mocks toilet talk on Letterman - Sep 1, 2006

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

not much here, yet, but hopefully that'll change. This blog will more than likely contain ramblings and revelation about about life's happenings, 3D, music, my family, and my God.

Welcome to my blog...