Showing posts with label IfAllElseFails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IfAllElseFails. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oh Unicorn Barf!

Instructables - Unicorn Barf

Ever since I found out that you can buy cereal marshmallows in bulk on the internet, I have been dreaming about making cereal marshmallow marshmallow treats. Similar to rice cereal treats, but with only the best part of any cereal- the cereal marshmallows! They have affectionately become known as "unicorn barf" around these parts, for obvious reasons, but what is a bad day for a unicorn is a delicious day for everyone else! They are super simple to make and look really pretty!

image

image..."

What can you say about a name like that? (Well, you can say it's much better than "Unicorn Poo"... LOL )

Hungry... yum...

Friday, April 18, 2014

Cool Blast from The Past Page of the Day: Revisit the Restarts of the past, experience Windows, Mac, Amiga and more "restarts" live in your browser

404 Tech Support - The Restart Page lets you experience reboots in your browser

The Restart Page allows you to interact with shutdown prompts from different operating systems. You can click on the buttons and watch the page turn off or restart with an accurate depiction. There are different versions of Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS, and others with sounds, icons, and progress bars.

...

www.therestartpage.com

image

Awesome... Relive reboots without rebooting.

imageimageimage

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Microsoft Store is coming to a Mall near me, The Oaks in Thousand Oaks gets Microsoft'd

Kurt Shintaku's Blog - NEWS: Microsoft Store coming to Thousand Oaks, “The Oaks Mall”–May 13th, 2014

A Microsoft specialty store is opening on May 13th, 2014 at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks, CA. – one of 15 new locations coming.

Date:

  • May 13th, 2014

Location:

  • The Oaks Mall – Lower Level, near Center Court
  • 350 W. Hillcrest Dr. Thousand Oaks, CA, 91360
  • Phone: (855) 270-6581

Web Page:

[GD: Post Leached in Full]

image

The closest store to me right now is Century City, which is a 405 required drive and I really hate that freeway. This new store is pretty darn close and in a Mall we go to fairly often (okay it's been many months, but still it's a heck of allot closer... :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Making your application stand out... LEGO'ize your resume!

technabob - LEGO Job Application Set: You Just Lost Your Chances with Mega Bloks, Kid

If you work in HR and you start receiving LEGOs with resumes, blame – or thank – Leah aka Pastlightspeed. The Redditor and aspiring intern wanted to stand out to prospective employers, so she made a LEGO version of herself along with matching packaging and a pamphlet. I guess she’ll be known as LEGO Leah wherever she gets hired.

image

It’s not in these pictures, but Leah said she also wrote assembly instructions that also highlighted her skills.

..."

How awesome it that! Forget resume infographics, papercraft, etc. Imagine crafting yourself and resume as a LEGO project. That's just cool... Why can't I think of stuff like this? (Not that I need a job... um... err.... um... yeah.... ;)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

A long, long time ago... Windows 8 Telnet Tip

The Windows Club - Watch Star Wars in Windows 8 using an old trick

You can unlock an old hidden trick on your Windows 8 computer. Fans of tricks on Windows operating systems will doubtlessly be aware of being able to watch Star Wars movie in ASCII using the Telnet service. Despite the trick being well known in earlier versions of Windows, if you’ve been trying to find it in Windows Vista and later versions, you may have ended up a little lost. The reason is that by default Telnet is turned off.

The Telnet Client is used to connect to a remote machine by using the Telnet protocol. It allows a computer to connect to a remote Telnet server and run applications on that server.

...

image

image

This is the same one that's been available for like a billion years? Anyway... ah, the memories...

BTW, while your there, also check out, Blinkenlights.nl

A lot of interesting command line programs get overlooked, I find it a nice idea to place these things online, accessible through telnet.

Starwars Asciimation : Port 23

The though work was done by simon jansen, he made it into a java applet. This is the same thing, but now via telnet.

Marvin, the paranoid Android : Shut Down

This an Eliza like bot, that tries to emulate marvin the paranoid android from the hitchhikers guide. The bot is Splotch, the eliza like bot, coded by Duane K. Fields and Mark Rages. The dictionary is a mixture of the one from elizatalk and the one from bitchbot, an irc bot, by pim van riezen.

The Bofh Excuse Server : Port 666

This service spits out an excuse based on the bastard operator from hell stories, I find it quite useful while dealing with my daily work. This brilliant list/script is created by Jeff Ballard

 

Related Past Post XRef:
You've heard of ASCII Art? How about DNS Art!?
These are the papercraft you've been looking for... "Star Wars Papercraft..."
This is the infographic you're looking for... A Star Wars Infographic/Flowchart for every episode and more
[Hardware Music Hack] Star Wars Imperial March theme played by dual floppy drives
Star Wars Day – The Revenge of the Crafts!
Now this is the kind of vinyl I can appreciate... Self-adhesive vinyl Star Wars Return of the Jedi decals for living room/office that has everything...
“This is some rescue…” bookends for the Star Wars fan who has everything…
I'm not too old to have a Piñata at my next birthday.. am I? I wanna Death Star Piñata!
I think I want this for Valentine's Day...

[Infographic of the Day] Speaking of dragons, building your own Iron Throne Infographic!

tor.com - Avoid the Hassle of War and Dragon-Breeding By Building Your Own Iron Throne!

Obviously we all want to win the Iron Throne, but who wants to go through the trouble of actually winning it? All the subterfuge, murder, scheming, murder, manipulation, dragons, murder, and murder. Over on Mental Floss, they’ve taken steps to streamline the Throne acquisition process by publishing a handy guide to building the Throne. They turned to a real swordsmith, Jack Powning, who created a detailed inforgraphic on the process.

...take about 700,000 hours, so you’ll need to start soon. First, forge each of swords. Feel free to refere to Powning’s site for tips. ...

image

image

... Check out more of Powning’s swordsmithing here, for further info on forging blades for gun and profit!

700,000 hours... wow. But it's the Iron Throne! Who wouldn't want one of these (well, except my wife... son... daughter... just about everyone at work... whatever ;)

Buy your own Jet-Powered R/C Flame Breathing Dragon (You just have to take a 2nd on your house... but it's a flying, jet powered dragon!)

technabob - R/C Jet-Powered Dragon Shoots Flames and Burns Wallets

"... After seeing Rick Hamel’s amazing remote-controlled dragon, Hammacher Schlemmer is now offering it for you to purchase.

This dragon can do more than fly, it can shoot 3-foot flames out of its mouth. That can’t be legal. The flying dragon has a 9-foot wingspan and can fly at up to 70 mph. Power comes from a tiny turbine engine and the dragon is controlled by a 2.4GHz radio. The flame that shoots from its mouth is made using a propane tank. At least the propane tank can’t shoot flames while the dragon is flying. The flames are only for the ground.

...If you have $60,000 lying around, the flying, flame-breathing dragon can be yours.

..."

The Flying Fire Breathing Dragon.

This is the remote controlled jet-powered dragon that soars through the air at up to 70 mph and belches propane-powered flame when on the ground. Proving its prowess before take-offs or after successful raids, the dragon’s LED eyes can be commanded to glow red while it emits a fiery 3' blast of flame from a cleverly concealed (and flight-disabled) propane tank and igniter built into its toothy maw. A miniature turbine engine built into the beast’s chest provides thrust that exits the rear at 500 mph, and uses 1/2 gallon of jet aircraft fuel or kerosene for 10 minute flights. With a head that swivels in the direction of turns, the dragon can climb and dive via wing ailerons and elevators built into its V-tail rudder, controlled with the 2.4GHz radio remote. Four clawed feet each house a 3"-diam. rubber wheel for braking and steering while on the ground. Its aerodynamic outer shell is constructed from a Nomex core sandwiched between two layers of epoxy glass with internal structural formers made from high-grade plywood for lightweight and optimal flight performance. Special conditions and guarantee limitations apply. Please call 1-800-227-3528 for details. 9' L x 9' W x 20" H. (40 lbs.)

image..."

How much? Only $60,000... Damn, just a little outside my allowance...

Friday, March 14, 2014

Saul, Jesse and Hank [Yes, as in Breaking Bad] LEGO Figurines

This is why I am Broke - Breaking Bad LEGO Figurines

Keep your make believe drug empire running smoothly with help from the Breaking Bad LEGO figurines. These three key players will make sure you’re covered on all sides – from legal, to distribution, to evading the feds – so you can concentrate on making some primo product.

Breaking Bad LEGO Figurines

...

citizenbrick.com - Albuquerque Action Squad

image

From out of the New Mexico sunset rides a new group of heroes – the Albuquerque Action Squad! Build your drug toy empire with Citizen Brick!

Three premium printed minifigs and accessories to populate your chemistry lab, RV camper, or even remote cabin hideout!

image

Having just powered through all five seasons in three weekends, this jumped out at me. Still this is just a little too much (in cost) even for me... But a boy can dream :)

Cube Wars Part VII, Rise of the Open Source Project Sentry Nerf Gun

Hack a Day - Open-Source Sentry Gun Plans Promise the Next Level of Office Warfare

image

We admit it, we were browsing Reddit when we found this beautifully hacked together Nerf Sentry turret. But are we ever glad we did — as it turns out, it was built based off of the totally awesome, open-source Project Sentry Gun.

We have actually covered a project that used this system before, but it looks like it has evolved a bit more since then. It’s just too cool not to share.

The system itself is quite simple and easy to build. You’re going to need three servo motors, an Arduino, a webcam, and assorted wires, nuts and bolts, etc etc. Grab a copy of the code, slap it all together, and you’re ready for business...

Project Sentry Gun

On this site we have published complete directions on how to make your own sentry gun, which autonomously tracks, aims, and shoots at targets, using:

  • An airsoft or paintball gun
  • A webcam to find targets
  • A computer to process the video feed and aim the gun
  • Servo motors aim the gun and squeeze the trigger
  • A controller to interface between the computer and the servo motors

We are a unique project in that everything we do is completely open-source. This includes 100% of our code, as well as our electrical schematics, and even the CAD design files for our Standalone Controller. Our system has been used on six continents and in more than 20 countries (so far), and is even used by the Australian Navy in their training program.

Here's a video of our latest paintball sentry gun, the Gladiator II, in action:

...

image

Must... control... self... Already...have... projects to do... must... must... give in! build it... Build IT... BUILD IT!

Even the logo rocks :)

image

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Now that's deep... Deep Learning! "Deep Learning Methods and Applications" free eBook from MSR

inside Big Data  - Data Science 101: Deep Learning Methods and Applications

Microsoft Research... A recent publication is available for download (PDF): “Deep Learning: Methods and Applications” by Li Deng and Dong Yu, two prominent researchers in the field.

The 134 page book is aimed to provide an overview of general deep learning methodology and its applications to a variety of signal and information processing tasks. The application areas are chosen with the following three criteria: ...

image

 Microsoft Research - DEEP LEARNING: Methods and Applications

image

Some snaps of the PDF;

imageimage

Abstract
This book is aimed to provide an overview of general deep learning methodology and its applications to a variety of signal and information processing tasks. The application areas are chosen with the following three criteria: 1) expertise or knowledge of the authors; 2) the application areas that have already been transformed by the successful use of deep learning technology, such as speech recognition and computer vision; and 3) the application areas that have the potential to be impacted significantly by deep learning and that have gained concentrated research efforts, including natural language and text processing, information retrieval, and multimodal information processing empowered by multi-task deep learning.

...

Light reading for the coming weekend... :/

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Zombie Combat Marksmanship Drills...

Zombie Combat Command - Zombie Combat Marksmanship Drills 1 & 2

Making your team thrive in a Zombie infested combat environment takes a gargantuan effort on all fronts. Logistics, finance, nutrition, medicine, engineering, and even agriculture, just to name a few. However, a team that is not successful in actual combat will inevitably be overrun.

image

Combat marksmanship is the fundamental basis of a team’s combat capability. The more quickly, and the further a team can shoot, the greater the distance they are able to maintain with any Zombie formation. Plans and procedures are necessary, but are worthless if the team is not skilled enough to execute them correctly.

Drills 1 and 2 have something in common: they train your team to be able to transition from moving to aiming and shooting accurately very quickly. They also deal with the changing distances of the Zombie threat.

THE RANGE AND OTHER PREPARATIONS...

PERSONNEL...

ZOMBIE COMBAT MARKSMANSHIP DRILL 1

This drill simulates a Zombie formation getting closer and closer to the team. Also, the movements involved will make shooters more accustomed to shooting while out of breath, especially if the drill is run several times or over a greater distance than 100 meters. This drill does not simulate a team moving in close to a formation of Zombies. A team must try to maintain at least a 100 meter distance between itself and the Zombie formation. Any closer than 50 meters and the team is in danger of being overrun.

...

ZOMBIE COMBAT MARKSMANSHIP DRILL 2

It is basically the Zombie Combat Marksmanship Drill 1 but in reverse. This drill simulates a Zombie formation being pushed back by the volume of fire unleashed by the team and/or the team firing and making distance between the team and the Zombie formation. Keep in mind that this is a Zombie combat marksmanship drill and not a Zombie combat tactics drill.

...

CONDITIONS TO ENDING THE DRILL

Unforeseen circumstances can arise that will require the drill to be suspended prematurely. These include, but are not limited to:

...

OTHER POINTS

Always remember to run through the drill without the actual weapons first, and then run through the drill without ammunition next before attempting any drill of any kind.

...

Sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday! I wonder if I could interest the local Range to host something like this? hum...

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Dad++ for building a his kid a Mission Control Desk Bunk Bed

technabob - Dad Builds Kid Awesome Mission Control Desk

Jeff Highsmith is an amazing dad. The proof is right here. He built this awesome Mission Control desk for his oldest son. His kid needed his own desk so he could do his homework, so he used MDF (medium-density fiberboard) to construct a basic desk. Then, he designed a control console that is loosely based on NASA examples.

image

..."

I must have sucked as a Dad. I didn't get my kid one of those race car beds, no roller coaster in the back yard and didn't build him one of these... Okay, one of these would have been for extra credit... ;)

Friday, February 21, 2014

A dev program for true geeks - Chess.com's Dev Program is now accepting applications...

programmable web - Chess.com Makes First Move with Awesome Developer Program

Chess.com is receiving submissions from developers who are interested in developing ideas for Web sites, apps, extensions, or add-ons with a Chess.com API and support from the staff.

Currently, the developer program seems to be in the early stages — developers are required to register their ideas and interests through a Google form; however, in reading some of the comments relating to the program announcement on the blog, the response time to these requests seems slow. This could be because of high demand. The Chess.com community boasts some 8 million users, of which a percentage will also be developers who love Chess — so interest is probably keen.  Further, the announcement of the developer program included some interesting developer bait such as free hosting and support.

..."

Chess.com Developer Program Application

Write Code? Like Chess? Check out our new Chess.com Developer Program!

Here is what we provide:

- Free hosting (with heroku and cloudflare)
- Domain names (we can purchase a unique domain for you, or you can use subdomain.chess.com)
- Access to our API
- Custom API requests
- Front-end support (web design help, graphics, css files, font, logos, board & piece assets, interactive board code)
- Marketing (we'll share your creation with our community)
- Product feedback & QA (get insights from our awesome team :D)
- Affiliate account (to earn $% from your creation)

So if you have an idea for a chess.com-related website, app, extension, or add-on that you would like to get some support with, fill this out and we'll get back to you soon!

image

Sadly, I'm not a true geek. While I know how to play, I just don't have a passion for it.

But that doesn't take away from the coolness of this... :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

These are the papercraft you've been looking for... "Star Wars Papercraft..."

technabob - Amazing Star Wars Papercraft Toys: Use the Glue, Luke

Man, these Star Wars papercraft toys look amazing. And the whole gang is here. Every character that you care about anyway. They were created by Seoul, Korea-based MOMOT who no doubt uses The Force to fold paper.

image

In fact MOMOT makes all kinds of cool and boxy papercraft toys, which can be found at their international online store. The Star Wars toys are $25(USD) each. Pricey, but these toys are unique. It looks like they only have a few of the characters up right now

...

image..."

So they are not free, but hey for the Star Wars fan, what better than a Rebel you can actually crush under your Imperial boots?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Is it .Net? .net? .NET? Asp.net? ASP.NET? Dan's Microsoft Grammar Guide to the rescue...

Dan Fernandez's Blog - Correcting Grammar for Microsoft Products and Technology

I see book authors, editors, bloggers, press, team members, and occasionally even a VP misspell our products, technologies, and features that I thought I would build and maintain a list of the correct capitalization and spelling of the most commonly misspelled Microsoft products and technologies.

Sources: Internal site (brandtools) and the Microsoft Trademarks Web site.

SNAGHTMLb58279f

I was gently reminded today (Thanks Brian) that it's .NET, not .Net. I always seem to screw that up. Luckily Brain also directed me to this post by Dan that makes it so easy that even I can use it. (Damn, does that mean I don't have any more excuses? grrrr... ;)

Thursday, February 06, 2014

"10[+1] Things You Didn't Know About Tapatio Hot Sauce" Infographic

OC Register - [INFOGRAPHIC] 11 Things You Didn't Know About Tapatio Hot Sauce

They're like peas in a pinche pod: Sriracha and Tapatío hot sauces. Vietnamese and Mexican. The Orange County future. But while the Sriracha story is well-known, the Tapatío tale is mostly a mystery, namely because the founding family likes it that way, preferring to stay away from the maddening crowds and concentrate on their product at their super-secret Vernon location.

Luckily, I was able to secure an interview with the Tapatío family for my Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, and found many fascinating facts about them that the general public doesn't know. And here we go...and, yes: the banner says 10 things, but we're throwing in an extra fact just for the hell of it!

image

Funny how this comes full circle, I see it on Daily Infographic and in the find out it's from a local'ish (okay, a couple county's over, but close enough, it's all SoCal! ;) newspaper. Also that I'm looking at our big bottle of Tapatio right now... :)

(via Daily Infographic - 10 Facts You Should Know about Tapatio Hot Sauce [infographic])

Monday, January 27, 2014

Happy 40th D&D!

TechCrunch - Happy Birthday, D&D

On January 26, 1974 the world changed. A panoply of creatures popped into existence – Owlbears lumbered out of the woods while Bullettes snuffled out of caves, blinking in the sunlight. Adventurers donned metal plate armor and led their ambling pack horses into darkened dungeons. Traps sprung, capturing teams of dwarves in iron nets while gold glittered tantalizingly close to a shambling skeleton. For some, the ’70s were an era of free love. For others they were the era of untrammeled adventure.

...

D&D created nearly everything we hold dear. The games we love today – from Skyrim to Halo – all owe gratitude to the sweeping expanse of D&D gaming. Western fantasy is basically one long D&D game played solo while even the team structures and hierarchies we’ve come to use in business – from black belt consultants to agile teams – owe something to the camaraderie of kitchen-table dungeon crawls and the language of the Internet (arch, knowing, snarky, and at the same time earnest and obsessive) is the language of the RPG gamer.

It is hard to overstate how culturally important D&D was. It made us nerds powerful, and gave us a sword, a shield, and a dragon to slay in some dark corner. Like Bilbo tasked with robbing Smaug, we take the lessons of D&D and make beautiful art, conduct business, and interact as humans. It’s something we need and I’m glad it was born.

image

Wow, D&D is 40 years old? That makes me... even older... sigh...

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Do you Microsoft User Group or Event? Microsoft has got something for you (as in free stuff, food/venue sponsorship and more)...

Jerry Nixon - It’s all free! Here’s $500 for your user group, and all the swag you want, and free Facebook advertising. No catch.

Microsoft has a kind of love affair with its developer community. As a result, the Microsoft developer community worldwide is the largest and most cohesive community you could imagine. It was Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, who said, “Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers!”. That set the tone for the importance of and relationship with developers to Microsoft.

...

Microsoft Technical Community

The ways in which Microsoft supports local communities has varied through the years. Today, it’s 100% through technical communities (MSTC) and your local developer evangelist. MSTC is a site where community leaders can “register” their community group and schedule their monthly or special events. MSTC rewards community events with $250 sponsorships (twice a year), gobs of swag (for every event), and Facebook or LinkedIn marketing (for every event) – all 100% free. This sort of lush support helps simplify any community leader’s plate of work. If you aren’t using MSTC, you’re missing out.

Link to http://technicalcommunity.com

image

NOTE: MSTC is not just for Microsoft user groups. It is for any user group that has an event or two discussing Microsoft tech like Windows or Visual Studio. Even groups that may only have a single Microsoft-oriented event in the whole year. MSTC is for you.

The MSTC Guide

There is no cost and no “catch” to MSTC. We’ve put it in place as a way to help leaders get the support that makes them more successful. Having said that, sometimes specialty web sites can be confusing to use at first. But I don’t want that to be a barrier for any community. As a result, I have put together a step-by-step guide in the form of a PowerPoint deck. I have attached it below along with some of the common questions around each step of the process. After today, there is no excuse – you should be leveraging MSTC for your group.

Let me sell you

MSTC has the concept of a qualified event. It means you host an event talking about Microsoft products like Windows and Visual Studio. Twice a year, you can request a $250 sponsorship for a qualified event. For every qualified event you can request $100 of LinkedIn or Facebook marketing. And, for every qualified event you get 50 “points” that you can spend in the swag catalog – which has books, pens, shirts, mice, keyboards, and even the Surface Pro. 

...

Let’s add that up for a typical Meet Up. Two sponsored events is $500 a year in money for venue, food, speaker cost, or whatever. $100 in advertising each month is $1,200 in annual advertising benefits. Then if points are worth about $.50 – which might be close – then that’s $25 per event or $200 in swag all year through. Add it together and it’s nearly $1,900 for your local, community group. And what does MSTC ask in return? Just register your event in their calendar – and in return your event will show up in the official MSDN, too. All for free.

  1. $250 food/venue sponsorship for any event 2X a year
  2. $100 Facebook/LinkedIn marketing for each event
  3. 50 swag points for each event & the swag catalog

In addition, MSTC typically has a special event or sweepstakes of some kind your group can take advantage of to earn money prizes or bonus swag points. Right now, MSTC is running the APPortunity Sweepstakes: “Publish a new Windows 8 or Windows Phone app, then enter the sweepstakes for monthly cash prize drawing of $1,000.”

No such thing as a free lunch

The reason there is no such thing as a free lunch is because, in the end, someone has to pay for every lunch. In the case of the MSTC lunch, you aren’t he person paying, Microsoft is. As long as your event is Microsoft-focused, then you are good to go. ...

If you're running a Microsoft related/focused/etc user group seems silly to pass this up!

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Cool Infographic of the Day: "How to make your own Lightsaber"

technabob - This Infographic Teaches You to Build a Lightsaber

Silly me. I’ve been waiting all my life for a Jedi Master to show up and teach me how to build a lightsaber. Turns out all I needed was this infographic from electronics supplier Newark. Well, it will build you a lightsaber replica, not an actual lightsaber, but it is still awesome.

...

SNAGHTML29db5f12

image

So maybe it's not a real real lightsaber, but close enough for me...

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

The cheatsheet to end [of time][them all] - BBC's "Timeline of the far future" (far as in, one hundred quintillion years, far)

Gizmodo - A Cheat Sheet For the Next 100 Quintillion Years

Did you know the Hale-Bopp comet will return 2,372 years from now, while in 50,000 years, Niagara Falls will disappear? And a mere 5 million years from now, men will be extinct, thanks to the Y chromosome's instability. These are just some of the gems in the BBC's Timeline of the Far Future, a major events forecast for the next 100 quintillion years.

...

BBC - Timeline of the far future

As it is the beginning of the year we at BBC Future think it’s the perfect time to look ahead.

First, we brought you a prediction of the forthcoming year. Then we brought you a timeline of the near future, revealing what could happen up to around 100 years time. But here’s our most ambitious set of predictions yet – from what could happen in one thousand years time to one hundred quintillion years (that’s 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 years). As the song says, there may be trouble ahead...

SNAGHTML1f8aea0a

image

That's awesome and I think a great plot for a Science Channel series?