Wednesday, 21 January 2004

If you are interested in what Mars actually looks on the ground, you need to check this out.

Someone named Lyle has put together a web site that takes raw feed images from the Mars Spirit rover and aggregates them onto a web site for viewing. This is from slashdot:

"I've spent a few hours hacking together some software to deal with the Mars Exploration Rover imagery at JPL. The software puts together a webpage and RDF feed of new raw imagery as it is posted to the JPL site, along with technical information decoded about how the picture was taken. It also produces stereo anaglyphs and color images that NASA has not seen fit to convert and make publically available. Be sure to also check out the ultra high resolution image of the lander as viewed from Spirit."

This is cool, and a perfect example of what someone can do on the Internet with a little interest, passion and expertise. So cool. ;-)



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Wednesday, 21 January 2004 07:20:25 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Tuesday, 20 January 2004

My friend and coworker, Scott, forwarded me a link to a blog review where Steve Clarke describes his experience with the Acer C300 Tablet PC, which was recently introduced to the market. I have been using the same Tablet model for the last 6 weeks, and have found I like it a lot. Almost to a “T“ I agree with what Steve has to say.

Scott has the newest Toshiba Tablet PC, which is also a cool device. It has a smaller screen/slate, but higher pixel resolution. Like Steve, I have found the larger screen on the C300, even with max res of 1024x768, to be pretty darn nice. But, hey - Scott's into pain, so I am sure eye strain counts for something. :-) Just kiddin' man!

Scott and I have also been running some interesting software for the tablet that I seem to have better luck with on the Acer than Scott has had on his Toshiba, but then again, with all the stuff he installs on his computers, well - who knows, eh! ;-)

(Oh, and Scott turns 30 on Thursday, so be sure to give him a ration if you happen to read this and have a chance!)



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Tuesday, 20 January 2004 23:25:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Monday, 19 January 2004

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today ...

... This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to sing with a new meaning, "My country, 'tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring." And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania! Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado! Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California! But not only that; let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia! Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee! Let freedom ring from every hill and every molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring.

When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, "Free at last! free at last! thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"

 - Dr. MLK Jr.



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Monday, 19 January 2004 22:26:55 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Saturday, 17 January 2004

I've added a few blog entry categories on the right side, each with their own RSS feed, for those who are interested in being organized or just ignoring certain stuff.

If you're wondering what RSS is, go and download a program like Feed Demon, install and run it, then click on the  link under “Syndication” on the right-side of this page, and check it out. Once you get an idea how it works, you’re sure to get hooked.

By the way - Feed Demon is not free, but it's worth every penny. You can try it for a month. If you want to opt for something that cost less (like as in nothing), you might check out this instead. If you don't already have the .NET framework installed, you'll need to get that too.



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Saturday, 17 January 2004 23:42:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Before you run the linked file, read the instructions below - It is important that you follow them closely.

Check this out:

  1. Keep one hand on your mouse throughout the whole time you are doing this.
  2. Download, unzip and then run the attached program (optical.zip, linked below).
  3. Concentrate on the small dot in the center of your screen for about 30-40 seconds.
  4. Now look closely at your hand (the one which is still on the mouse).
  5. Now enter a comment below. :-)

 - g

optical.zip (10.65 KB)

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Saturday, 17 January 2004 19:39:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Wednesday, 14 January 2004

The image of a toilet in the middle of a tranquil pond is strange enough. But that's not the weirdest part. Or maybe it is, I dunno.

Uh, yeah. Let me think. Not. Who the heck comes up with this stuff, anyhow?

 - g

(p.s. you need Quicktime to view the movie thing)



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Wednesday, 14 January 2004 17:55:31 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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