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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