Saturday, December 31

As seen on Slashdot Review...

Slashdot Review » Blog Archive » SDR Podcast 2005-12-27
I got a mention on the Slashdot Review podcast for adding myself onto the frappr map.

Wednesday, December 28

How to rip a DVD: A Tutorial

All of us have a cool movie we download from torrents, and we try to rip that DVD into our CDS. This small tutorial shows you just how to do this without messing up.

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Friday, December 23

Microsoft Implemented AJAX in 1998

AJAX is not a new concept or even a single technology. It only gives a name to techniques that have been in use on the web for many years. Outlook Web Access is said to have been the first commercial AJAX based web application.

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Thursday, December 22

Yahoo Mail Module on Google

Get your Yahoo! Mail on your personalized Google Home Page

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Sunday, December 18

Bush OKs illegal wire taps...says he will continue to break the law.

Bush says he will continue breaking the law with illegal wiretaps. Also calls the Constitution just a "goddamned piece of paper" here:

OK, how would this not be impeachable compared to what Clinton did?
Clinton lied in a lawsuit, Bush lied to congress, the UN and the USA and its caused by his own admission over 30,000 Iraqi deaths and over 2,000 American solders and mercenaries/contractors.
I feel sorry I voted for him.

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Friday, December 9

Color Photos taken 96 years ago!

Color film was non-existent in 1909 Russia, yet in that year a photographer named Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii captured hundreds of photos in full, vivid color. His photographic plates were black and white, but he had developed an ingenious photographic technique which allowed him to use them to produce accurate color images

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Thursday, December 8

Applebees Hanica

Applebees Hanica
Originally uploaded by bcbeatty.
Someone at Applebees doesn't know how to spell.
Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Merry Christmas and Cheerfull Festivus!

Monday, December 5

First X-Men 3 Photos Revealed!

USA Today has your first look at photos from 20th Century Fox's X-Men 3, coming to theaters on May 26, 2006.

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Thursday, December 1

No Xmas for Sony

Sony's been a bad boy this year, thanks to the rootkit issues and the coverups. Plus no PS3.

Boing Boing's Previous installments of the Sony Rootkit Roundup: Part I, Part II, Part III

Tuesday, November 29

Collection of cool Google Maps you would have never thought of

This blog is dedicated to interesting and cool google maps/mashups!

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Saturday, November 26

Woman arrested and charged for not showing id when getting on bus!

Unless your being arrested you do not have to show an officer an ID in a public place. Read on...

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Monday, November 21


A great podibook from Scott Sigler, the author of Earthcore.

Wednesday, November 16

Animated BCS Bowl Race

The ever changing BCS poll can be confusing. To make things a little more clear, Joel Hollingsworth rolls out The Animated BCS Race - an awesome, graphical representation of the BCS rankings on a week-by-week basis.

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Tuesday, November 15

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) open letter to Sony-BMG and deadline

EFF (damanding) Sony to have a list of remedies in place by 9:00am PST on Friday, November 18, 2005. Letter and link found on Boing Boing Momentum maybe?

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Monday, November 14

Boycott Sony!

Finally a member of the press who is saying what the rest of us have been saying boycott Sony till they recall the cds. Yes that includes your PSP you were hoping to get. Face it "Sony doesn't even know what a boycott is, so why should they care about it??"

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Wednesday, November 9

ABC launches "Lost" podcast

Are you a Lost fanatic (like I am)? The first episode has interesting remarks from Daniel Dae Kim and Josh Holloway.

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Student gets $117,500 in website free speech case

A New Jersey school district will pay $117,500 to a student who was punished for creating a website that included critical statements about his middle school.

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Get a free copy of the US Constitution

The American Bar Association is giving away free pocket-sized copies of the United States Constitution. Perhaps someone should have one sent to the White House.

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Tuesday, November 8

RISK The Game On Google Maps

"ZenChi has created his latest Google Maps API project; The popular board game RISK on Google Maps! While Zen develops a human multi-player option in his next version, you can play a hot-seat game right now with others."

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Thursday, November 3

House OKs regulations on political blogs

We're blocking the 1st amendment to protect you from yourself.

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Wednesday, November 2

Jack Thompson Claims "Starfighter" Game Influences Youth to Save the Galaxy

Jack Thompson, you have been recruited by the Star League to defend the Frontier...

We all know that Jack Thompson is insane, but this funny little satire proves the point. Next he'll be going after Pacman.

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Monday, October 31

I am worth something :)

My blog is worth $1,693.62.
How much is your blog worth?

Friday, October 28

White Sox Victory Parade

RAID pictured

A no-brainer, non-geek presentation of what the different RAID levels mean. :)

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Thursday, October 27

Subscribe to lectures from major universities. (free academic podcasts)

A long list of podcasts and descriptions of lectures that are available to the public. A great way to stay productive during a boring commute.
Go Purdue

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Wednesday, October 26



In a related story Hell announces record cold spell.

The Next Big thing in TV -- Darts

The Next Big thing in TV -- Darts.
According the the NYT Darts is supposed to be the next Texas Hold'em .
Bull's-Eye: TV's Next No-Limit Wager - New York Times scary part is I've seen Ads for Darts on Fox Sports Net. But I prefer Cricket over 501.

Tuesday, October 25

Brain Dump Trivia

A Modcast podcast, brought to you buy the guys at The Cubicle Escape Podcast (

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Monday, October 24

Video of the XBox 360 being played at Walmart

Here is video of a real Xbox 360 being played on a kiosk at Walmart. The controller is shown, and the two games being played are Call of Duty 2, and King Kong.

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Sunday, October 23

The Use of Computers in Movies

Any PERMISSION DENIED error has an OVERRIDE function.
You can infect a computer with a destructive virus by simply typing "UPLOAD VIRUS".

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Monday, October 17

Photographic proof of Water on Mars

Photographic proof of Water on Mars. see what NASA is hiding from you. ;-)

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Thursday, October 13

Reuters News + Google Maps = News Map

Google Maps with the Reuters News Agency website. News Map places a pin on the story and colour coded pins show you what news category the story falls within.

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Spyware Can Constitute illegal Trespass On Home Computers

A federal trial court in Chicago has ruled recently that the ancient legal doctrine of trespass to chattels (meaning trespass to personal property) applies to the interference caused to home computers by spyware.

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Sunday, October 9

Why Linux Wont Replace Windows

A well written article using the motorcycle/car metaphor on why linux will never need to replace windows.

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Friday, October 7

Joss Whedon to fans: Thanks

Here's an email that got sent out to all the people who helped make Firefly/Serenity everything it is. Be sure to get your tickets for the show on Friday!

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Thursday, October 6

Google Earth Game - The Worlds First Earth Game

Using Google Earth placemarks and web pages, they've created the world's biggest interactive game.

In order to beat the GameMaster, you must follow the clues and utilize the Checkpoint feature to move ahead.

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Wednesday, October 5

BSG coming to Comcast VOD?

“Comcast had said it wanted to offer a free VOD platform to viewers,” Perrette said. "We told Comcast we would be willing to offer shows like Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Las Vegas, Monk and BSG for them to run for free..."

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The War of the Worlds in 30 seconds with bunnies.

From the same people who brought you Alien with Bunnies

Tuesday, October 4 comments on Battlestar Galactica's Gregg Easterbrook comments on Week 4 of the NFL, Cheerleaders, Supreme Courts ruling on eminent domain and slams Battlestar Galactica.
Why slam BSG ?

Monday, October 3

CTA Transit Map with Google Maps

Very cool CTA map using Google Maps

Sunday, October 2

Woman countersues RIAA

A woman from Oregan is countersuing the RIAA for illegal computer trespass in a "Jane Doe" lawsuit they started against her.

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Friday, September 30

Serenity - "more engaging than any of Lucas's recent screen entertainment"

Scene for scene, "Serenity" is more engaging and certainly better written and acted than any of Mr. Lucas's recent screen entertainments. Mr. Whedon isn't aiming to conquer the pop-culture universe with a branded mythology; he just wants us to hitch a ride to a galaxy far, far away and have a good time. The journey is the message, not him.

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Wednesday, September 28

Zip Codes on Google Maps lets you view zip code ranges projected on a Google Map.

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FBI to get veto power over PC software?

The Federal Communications Commission thinks you have the right to use software on your computer only if the FBI approves.

No, really. In an obscure "policy" document released around 9 p.m. ET last Friday, the FCC announced this remarkable decision.

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Tuesday, September 27

Chicago Sportscast Podcasting Network is Live

Newpodcast for Chicago Sports Fans. Root for Da Bears or Cubbies become a podcaster. Auditions are now open for the White Sox, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks podcasts. No broadcasting experience is necessary.

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The Spider-Man III Villains Confirmed

During an interview this weekend promoting Elizabethtown, Kirsten Dunst confirmed rumors to Zap2it that Thomas Haden Church will play Sandman and Topher Grace is Venom in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3, opening in theaters on May 4, 2007.

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Sunday, September 25

Battlestar Galactica (BSG) -- Ep. 210 Pegasus

I was surprised to see the Warning coming back from commercial, but I was in shock for what happened. This would have never aired on Network. Strong story. I hate having to wait until Jan. for the next episode!
I would have thought the Prez would have tried to taken more authority, she should be the commander-in-chief but they've never established that hierarchy in government on BSG

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Saturday, September 24

Hacking the Linksys WRT54G wireless router

Pretty much everything you need to know about hacking the Linksys WRT-54G.

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Friday, September 23

Chicago Nerd Dinner - Downtown Edition - September 27th

Chicago Nerd Dinner - Downtown Edition - September 27th: "Chicago Nerd Dinner - Downtown Edition - September 27th"

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Arrested for being a geek

"The police decided that wearing a rain jacket, carrying a rucksack with a laptop inside, looking down at the steps while going into a tube station and checking your phone for messages just ticked too many boxes on their checklist and makes you a terrorist suspect."

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Thursday, September 22

Tracking Hurricanes on Google Maps

Here's another neat example of what you can do with Google Maps. You can choose any year and see past hurricanes or you can choose 2005 and Rita and track her as she bears down on Houston and the Texas Gulf coast. Head to high ground Houston and Galveston.

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Judge Recognizes That Parents Aren't Liable For Kids RIAA Mis-Adventures

"...a judge has said that the liability cannot be placed on the parent, freaking out the RIAA, who withdrew the case, and then tried to have the judge open up another way to go after the kid -- and the judge refused."

Sweet, sweet victory!

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Tuesday, September 20

Symantec: Mozilla browsers more vulnerable than IE

The truth is that the Mozilla Foundation *admits* to 25 security flaws vs. MS-IE's 13.

Crackers are still aiming at IE, due to its larger market share.

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Firefox isn't as secure as you thought, Part 2

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water...

Is the Firefox honeymoon over? by ZDNet's George Ou -- Firefox mostly managed to stay under the radar from hackers before April of 2005. Since that time, new exploits are being released almost on a monthly basis.

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Sunday, September 18

New Feature: Google Earth + National Geographic

Have you ever dreamed of Africa while reading National Geographic? The exotic photographs and thoughtful articles take you there with a magical sense of place. Today we embraced that magic by releasing Google Earth data layers that index National Geographic stories, images, journals, and even a live webcam in Africa.

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Thursday, September 15

Hotmail to get new look w/picture

The Hotmail team has been hard at work to create the next version of Hotmail. It has been totally rebuilt to utilize Atlas the new Microsoft framework that is very similar to AJAX. It sports a 3 column view much like Outlook and features address auto complete, search folders and the look and feel of

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Need a hand at poker?

Pokernator 3000 is one of the most advanced, free tools out there that will analyze your Texas Hold'em poker hand. his tool will help online players and card room players alike. Just plug your hand into the Pokernator 3000 and it will tell you a myriad of information about your hand.

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Roman Villa Discovered Via Google Earth

While searching around his hometown in Google Earth, Luca Mori stumbled on what looked like the meanders of an ancient river. He noticed intriguing shadows, made researches and submitted his find to archaoeologists. He just discovered what may be a roman villa!

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Tuesday, September 13

What would you put in a Computer Science Curriculum?

Dan Zambonini wonders "What would you put in a Computer Science Curriculum?"
I agree, most CS curriculums have way too much math and science BS for a computer degree.

Monday, September 12

Brent Musburger Drinking Game

Fun with ABC NCAA Football

Friday, September 9

new State Slogans

State Slogans done by Diesel Sweeties.

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Friday, September 2

Why Good Programmers are Lazy and Dumb

Lazy programmers write simple code, and dumb programmers always want to learn more. Great read.

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Wednesday, August 24

Google Talk Review

The Download Squad does a review of Google Talk. Their comments are mostly positive. They say it includes Basic IM capabilities, high-quality and easy to use VoIP, complete integration with Gmail, and a simple, ads-free interface.

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Monday, August 22

Wikipedia entry on Flying Spaghetti Monster

The Flying Spaghetti Monster is the deity of a parody religion, known as Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, started on the Internet by Bobby Henderson as a parody of the decision by the Kansas State Board of Education to allow intelligent design to be taught in science classes alongside evolution.

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Gas Prices Around the World

Think you pay a lot for gas? Perhaps you'd prefer to live in Venezuela.

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Wednesday, August 17

Blogger for Microsoft Word

Blogger just released a new add-in for Microsoft Word that lets you use your word processor (as long as it's Microsoft Word) to edit and post to your Blogger Blog.

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Tuesday, August 16 -- Crimes Along a route

Updated to add a route. It lets you draw a route on the map of Chicago and displays crimes that have been reported along that route.

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Sunday, August 14

Collected Quotes from Albert Einstein

A good list of quotes from Albert Einstein.

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Friday, August 12

More on The Patriot Act

"There hasnt been one situation where the government has abused the patriot act to spy on innocent citizens..."


Patriot Act Used to Enforce Copyright Law

U.S. Patriot Act used in pot case

FBI says Patriot Act used in Vegas strip club corruption probe

Photographer Arrested 'Under Patriot Act'

Patriot Act Used to Reopen Murder Case?

Patriot Act used to prosecute U.S. civilian

Webmaster Sherman Austin, jailed under PATRIOT Act, released to halfway house

Anyone who uses the public libraries around Charlottesville is likely to read about the USA Patriot Act and one of its unusual secrecy provisions before borrowing a book or browsing the Internet.

Shopkeeper deported from South Carolina under PATRIOT Act killed in Pakistan

Patriot Act used for more than anti-terror Justice report also reveals 50 secretly detained after 9/11


Imprisoned by the Patriot Act

INS & FBI Harresed and Jailed Foreign Students

Also, before supporting laws which could possibly infringe on your and others rights why not read it for yourself.

Notice SECTION 802.b

(5) the term `domestic terrorism' means activities that--

`(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation
of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State;

Thursday, August 11

86 Rules of Drinking

86 Rules of drinking

Batman does BDSM

From the Fantagraphics Books blog, a panel from a 1939 Kane & Finger Batman comic.
A whole new meaning to the Dark Knight

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The Star Wars Wiki

The Star Wars Wiki is a growing free online database that anyone can edit. An on-going project, the wiki currently has over 7000 articles ranging from cultural icons like Darth Vader, to obscure Expanded Universe knowledge. Come take a read and contribute your knowledge.

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Tuesday, August 9

What if Apollo 11 failed

Spooky memo that Nixon would have read if Apollo 11 had failed on its trip to the moon.
from the

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Friday, August 5

Google Maps: Nation-Wide Sex Offender Mapping

Site that allows you to enter your address and see where the offenders live. You can click on the pin and see the name and picture if available.

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Why storing data in Access is baaaaad

The label reads:
The counterfeiters are using Excel or Access to store all the logos for their counterfeit jeans and then print them out onto leather. This is what happens when there is a bug in their software.

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Tuesday, August 2

Chicago Google Earth Overlays

Toolness Chicago Google Earth Overlays
Some really cool Google Earth Overlays for Chicago.
See the chicago fire
See chicago's size in 1885 etc...

Javascript Cheat Sheet

Javascript Cheat Sheet

Sunday, July 31 - Official Rules for Calling Shotgun - Official Rules for Calling Shotgun: Ever have the problem of catching a ride with someone whose car doesn't have much of a back seat? At times like these, it is important to know the rules of calling shotgun. Never again will you let someone take advantage of you because you don't know the rules.

Saturday, July 30

Senator Clinton, Burned by "Hot Coffee"

Over at the EFF, they have a release about how Hillary Clinton is violating the First Ammendment just too keep in the head lines. "Unfortunately, it's we the taxpayers who have to bear the cost of defending these politically motivated, certainly unconstitutional laws in court."

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Friday, July 29

Sci-Fi Spaceship Size Comparisons

This site has a good number of craft from games, TV and movies, all depicted alongside each other to scale. Not very practical but good for those Star Destroyer vs. Enterprise debates that I don't get into.

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How many sodas does it take to kill you?

How many 12 ounce cans of sodas would it take to kill you? Pick your poison, enter your weight, and find out! This site has 60+ different sodas to kill yourself with.

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Thursday, July 28

Your rights as a photographer

A lot of people nowadays are armed with a camera and feel like they can shoot whatever they want, as long as they are on public property. This is pretty much true, but there are some instances where this is not. Know your rights and educate those who don't.

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Steven Johnson Takes Hillary to School Over GTA

This guy is rapidly becoming a hero of mine. In this open letter published in the LA Times, he pretty much calls Hillary's bluff over the current outrage over the Hot Coffee mod/patch/glitch/joke in GTA: SA. He is the guy that wrote "Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter."

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Wednesday, July 27

Beware Best Buy BATTLESTAR?

Starting Tuesday, July 26, Best Buy is offering its “exclusive” four-disc version of BSG's first season for $48.95.
But. If you can hold off another 2 months, other retailers will make available on Sept. 20 what’s said to be a better, less-expensive season-one BSG.

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Cell Phone Tower Search with Google Maps

Cell Phone Tower Search
Gotta love that Google API. This site ties the FCC cell phone tower registration data to google maps. Now you can figure out where you'll have the best service in your area.

Tuesday, July 26

The Chameleon main Spiderman 3 villain

They've been trying to keep it under wraps, but seems has managed to tug the tape off a "Spider-Man 3" secret : Who the villains are!

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Monday, July 25

Myths and Realities About the Patriot Act

There are many misconceptions about the Patriot Act, and the people who support reforms to bring the bill in line with the Constitution.

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Saturday, July 23

google maps adds hybrid feature

They just keep making it better. This is the end of our overlay hacks. They have a "hybrid view". Good job google. Maybe they are out of new ideas? hardly.

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Friday, July 22

Podcasting in Tech in NY Times

Virginia Heffernan of the New York Times has written an article on podcasting and mentions some of my favorite podcasts like Diggnation,This Week in Tech, Dawn and Drew, Croncast, Catholic Insider and Soccergirl as the top tech podcasts in this mornings Arts section.

Skip registration and use "teste" as the u/n and p/w to the site. or Use BugMeNot!

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If WWII had occurred in an RTS

This is a console chat based on how WWII would have played out in an RTS.
"Hitler[AoE]: cool, i start with panzer tanks!
paTTon: lol more like panzy tanks." hehe.

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Burned Over Hot Coffee? Game Developers Speak Out.

Various game developers give their opinions on the decision to change the rating of GTA:SA from an M to an AO. Developers include the CEO's of both id Software and Running With Scissors, both known for making some controversial games.

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Thursday, July 21

Google Earth Hacks - File Downloads - Network Links - Chicago Real Estate

Chicago Real Estate on Google Earth

Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked

An MIT professor tries to separate fact from fiction by doing an unbiased study on the affects of video games. Definitely worth the read, and he seems very credible.

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Wednesday, July 20

Rockstar Ceases Manufacturing Of GTA: San Andreas

Take-Two Interactive has announced that is ceasing manufacturing of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, following the decision by the ESRB to change the game's rating from Mature 17+ to Adults Only 18+.

This was probably the best thing for Rockstar, the XBox version has been out for about 2 months and sales are on its downswing. No new sales cycle until Xbox360 or X-Mas comes out.
Way to go Hillary, this would have died a quick death if you didn't open your big mouth. Didn't you learn anything from Tipper ?

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Scotty Beams Up For The Last Time

Just heard James Doohan, aka Scotty from the original "Star Trek" cast, died at 85 years old. Cause was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease.

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Google Moon (Like Google Maps)

In honor of the first manned Moon landing, which took place on July 20, 1969, Google has added some NASA imagery to the Google Maps interface to help you pay your own visit to our celestial neighbor. Happy lunar surfing.
Keep zooming in to find "The Truth"

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Sunday, July 17

Battlestar Galactica Season 1 Final Online!

You gotta love the guys at the scifi channel. Click the link and on there website it is on the right side.

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Thursday, July 14

Top Ten Missed Technology

Technology evolves. Good technologies and products usually survive; poor ones usually go extinct. But not all of the technologies that have swirled down the drain of the tech gene pool deserved their fate. Here are some big, and some small, ideas that we thought we'd have with us forever.

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Tuesday, July 12

Forget the RIAA, don't mess with the NFL

A fan podcast for the Philadelphia Eagles has gotten the legal beat down by the NFL.

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if they claimed ownership/trademark or affiliation to the Eagles I could see where the NFL has a case. But they plainly state they have no affiliation and its their own opinion. No different than's podcast.

Real Men of Genius

If you listen to the radio a lot, chances are pretty good that you've listened to and laughed at one of Bud Light's hilarious "Real Men of Genius" commercials. Well, I have a treat for you. Presenting ALL 79 commericals from Bud Light's "Real Men of Genius" ad campaign!

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Monday, July 11

More Google Sightseeing.
Cool Google maps site. On this site people bookmark places on google maps and comment on the places.

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Friday, July 8

Doyle Brunson goes all in on the WPT

U.S. poker champion Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson has bid $700 million cash for WPT Enterprises Inc. just days after the company known for its World Poker Tour television show launched an online gaming site. Looks like the main event is a small pot this year.

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Regular Expression Library

A library of pre-written regular expressions that you can plug into your code. Also, features a regular expression online testing engine against inputted text or a website text. Very handy resource!

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Thursday, July 7

Forget Grokster—U.Mich launches the biggest copyright heist in history

There are massive copyright issues -- first with the University's violation of the library copying provisions under Section 108 of the Copyright Act, and secondly with Google's assumption of "fair use" under Section 107, even though they plan to make money from the copyrighted material by selling ads.

read more | digg story Getting Your Bluetooth Headset to Work in XP Getting Your Bluetooth Headset to Work in XP
Since Chicago now requires hands free devices. You can also use your bluetooth headset on your PC.

Wednesday, July 6

Google Maps Transparencies

Click and drag anywhere, just like normal Google Maps, and see how the Map View matches the Satellite View (or vice-versa). Control the level of transparency with the slider control at bottom.

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Tuesday, July 5

The Best & Worst Batman Villains

While Batman is, of course, the most vital part of any Batman film, the villains are also crucial. To some Ra's Al Ghul and Scarecrow may be odd picks for the first revamped Bat-flick, but they make perfect sense to us -- after all, these are two of Batman's greatest foes.

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Thursday, June 30

MIT Weblog Survey

Take the MIT Weblog Survey

Friday, June 24

Ed Bott: Tip of the day: Listen to a podcast at warp speed

Ed Bott: Tip of the day: Listen to a podcast at warp speed
Listen to podcasts in 1/2 the time or faster. But, when you listen on your mp3 player it makes everyone talk slooowwwerrr.

Thursday, June 23

Patent absurdity -- If patent law had been applied to novels in the 1880

What if patent law was applied to literature ? Its not a far strech when its applied to writting applications.
"Richard undertakes a gedankenexperiment about "literary patents" and the impact they would have had on Victor Hugo as he sat down to pen Les Miserables."

"A 2004 study of Linux, the kernel of the GNU/Linux operating system, found that it infringed 283 different US software patents. That means each of these 283 different patents covers a computational process found somewhere in the thousands of pages of source code of Linux."

Monday, June 20

TGIF: Two whole sticks of fresh Dutch dairy butter on a bed of crisp bacon

"Buffalo wings with bleu cheese dressing and celery sticks. So delicious, you'll want to throw up and eat it again."
This is a menu item created for an elaborate prank at numerous TGI Fridays restaurants nationwide. The pranksters created a strikingly realistic dummy page for TGI Fridays���

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Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler) will NOT be appearing in X3.

No Nightcrawler in X3. Fox has not picked up his option to play Nightcrawler for a second movie

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Wednesday, June 15

Google Maps Meets Yahoo Traffic

Use Google Maps with Yahoo traffic to display traffic in your area.
Google's Better mapping with Yahoo's Traffic data. Nice use of "Google Maps glue"

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Saturday, June 11

Before and after pictures of our new Deck

Up Next... Stain, Sealant, furniture and of course Tiki Torches!
Next year landscaping

Thursday, June 9

What's legacy code?

ISerializable: What's legacy code?: "When speaking to one of the process engineers at a major company I consult for, I came upon a lovely notion regarding legacy code. We were talking about the perils of testing legacy code, and he turned and asked me

'Before we get started, do you know what 'Legacy Code' means? It's code that works'."

The Guinness Lifestyle Diet

They say that a Guinness is a meal in a glass. The author of this blog decides to take the challenge for a week.
AKA Spring Break

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Wednesday, June 8

this picture pretty much sums up the new "National Security:"

Articulatory Loop - Read, Repeat, Remember
This pic could pass for a Soviet Era propaganda poster.

Tuesday, June 7

Say hello to the Podinator

Governor Schwarzenegger is Podcasting.

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Phil Gordon's World Series of Poker Podcast

Hear World Series Updates from noted poker authority, Phil Gordon. Gordon provides a play-by-play of his tournament results, as well as news and interviews from the 2005 World Series of Poker in Las Vegas

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Kitty Pride is found for X-Men 3

‘Lost’ Actress is the Pryde of the ‘X-Men’.
Maggie Grace Joins ‘X3. Maggie Grace will co-star in the upcoming comic book action movie ‘X3’ as “Kitty Pryde”.

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Monday, June 6

Creation Museum Claims Earth is Only 6,000 Years Old!

This museum thinks the Earth is only 6,000 years old!

I knew I moved out of Cincinnati for a reason.

"If the world comes to an end I want be in Cincinnati, cause it will happen 5 years later"
-- Mark Twain

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Pinky and the Brain vs. Condie Rice and George Bush

Very funny comparison by Dvorak. The similarities are uncanny. I wonder what Condie and Bush will do tonight?

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Thursday, June 2

Your Summer Tivo Schedule

Ain't it Cool News has a list of the shows premiering this summer.
BSG - July 15!

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Wednesday, June 1

Radio Free Clear Channel -- ""

It's official: even Clear Channel is sick of Clear Channel. The company has set up a fake pirate radio station [taken down, 5/26/05] in Akron, Ohio. Fitting the got found out by a true independent radio station WOXY.

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Friday, May 27

What Pre-1985 Video Game Character Am I?

What Video Game Character Are You? I am a Light Cycle.I am a Light Cycle.

I drive fast, I turn fast, I do everything fast. I even breakfast. I tend to confuse people with my sudden changes of heart. Sometimes I even confuse myself, which tends to cause problems. What Video Game Character Are You?

Thursday, May 26

Free Audio books

Free audiobooks provided by the County of Los Angeles Public Library. Just go to the bottom of the page and click net library. Then you will have access to free audio books and ebooks.

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Tuesday, May 24

Teacher Fired For Defending P2P

Jorge Cortell, a teacher at the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain, has lost his job after giving a conference over the legal aspects of P2P. The Dean at the university was "pressured by the Spanish Recording Industry Association" to make sure that Jorge never taught at the university again.

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Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy: SPOILER Review: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Phil Plait's Bad Astronomy: SPOILER Review: Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith

Thursday, May 19

Whidbey Beta 2 -- how can I use that pattern with the Data Access Block?

Generate the data tier with TableDataGateway pattern and visual Studio 2005

How To Disable GreaseMonkey On Your Website

I love GreaseMonkey, but I can see where it could could cause some issues. This shows a small script on how to disable GreaseMonkey on your websites. Unfortunately, I'm sure advertisers will figure this out soon as well.

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Wednesday, May 18

Kelsey Grammer Is Beast In X-Men 3

Marvel entertainment chief Avi Arad told SCI FI Wire that Kelsey Grammer will plays Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy/Beast in the upcoming third X-Men film.

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Tuesday, May 17

Building .NET Applications with NAnt

Dave Bost talks about using Nant for your .Net deployment

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Monday, May 16

The Entire Star Wars Episode III Script

Title says it all. The whole script of the movie. Note: if you don't want to ruin the movie, don't read this.

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Tuesday, May 10

Get your free frosty on this weekend!

Wendy's restaurants are giving away free Frostys frozen desserts this weekend as a thank you to customers who supported the burger chain following an embarrassing incident in California where a women allegedly planted a severed finger in a bowl of chili.

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Friday, May 6

Make your own Wi-Fi Picture Frame

DIY: Wireless Photo Frame
There is a use for your old laptops. throw unix on it and frame it to the wall.

Thursday, May 5

The G3 beer server

The only good use for an Apple

The G3 beer server - Engadget -

Monday, May 2

Which kind of leader are you?

ABC does PSP News

ABC News is offering its content to PlayStation Portable users, making it the platform's first news and information content provider.

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Thursday, April 28

I Punched Saddam in the Mouth

Meet Samir, the St. Louis auto mechanic who pulled Saddam Hussein from his spider hole

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Wednesday, April 20

Windows Server Hacks: Remotely Enable Remote Desktop

What to do when you need to enable Remote Desktop on a remote server? Mitch Tulloch, author of Windows Server Hacks, walks you through the steps.
by Mitch Tulloch

Monday, April 18

Suntimes Article about Roe Conn

Good article about Roe, Jim and Christina.
You'll never talk alone

Thursday, April 14

Googling for web.config and other source code

Google allows you to search for pages with specific information in the title of the page as well as in the text of the page. Since many directory browsable websites have the word "Index of" in the title , it's fairly easy to search for sites that are directory browsable.

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Tobin Titus : String.Format vs StringBuilder.AppendFormat

Tobin Titus : String.Format vs StringBuilder.AppendFormat
Always use StringBuilder

Wednesday, April 13

Satellite Pictures Hold Suprises

Notable surprises include a just-erupted volcano, violent scenes from Iraq (a bomb going off in Baghdad and a firefight in Najaf) and even a 747 landing in Tokyo, something difficult to capture given that the satellite is moving at 17,000 mph. (Note: Story contains a picture gallery.)

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Tuesday, April 12

DVD beer fridge

Its a TV, It plays DVD's, and best of all it stores beer!!! When are these coming to the US? :)

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Saturday, April 9

100s of Interesting Google Map Locations

Literly Hundreds of interesting google map locations!
Wrigley Field
White House

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