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Computer-Generated Image Looks Exactly Like a Beautiful Woman - Gizmodo Click the link above to see a completely CG image of a real Korean actress. Those of you with keen eyesIs she, or isn't she?

From Elliott Masie's Learning TRENDS newsletter comes news of a new tool to help doctors and nurses. Projected Vein Locations: This weekend I saw a fascinating new "performance support" system -VeinViewer

Finding Neverland wasn't boisterous, or exhuberantly full of wonder. It was, if anything, understated and simple in its execution. Despite the drama of a crumbling marriage, oppression, depression, and death,Review: Finding Neverland

CBS to “Jericho” Fans — Watch It In Real-time When It Returns - Slice of Scifi In return for bringing "Jericho" back to TV screens for an abbreviated season to wrapIn a wasted breath, CBS asks for eyes

So this past weekend I got together with my brother and a bunch of college friends for a night of poker in Philadelphia. It was the first time this groupPoker night!

I just got a comment on an old post here that is obviously from a person desperate to find a close friend. Unfortunately, it seems he forgot his friend's email address,In Search Of.... Mike Mossberg

First, sorry about the absence of new posts lately. Plenty has been going on, I've just been too tired to write about it. Anyway... on to the review! The Rocky seriesReview: Rocky II

Well, I'm working on podcasting technology for work, so I figured I'd better get my feet wet and learn how to do it. As such, here is a lame exampleOdeo podcasting

I don't know about the girls out there, but I know every teenage boy has wondered what it would be like to have super-powers. What would you really do with them?Review: Chronicle (2012)

This is one of a series of articles I wrote for The Coalition of Awesomeness blog some time ago. The blog has since gone to an unfortunate (but very awesome)The gift of music

For loyal readers (all 1 of you, including me), let me apologize for the dearth of posts lately. My second daughter was born recently and I was therefore otherwise engaged.Back from break

Long-distance callers have some money coming - MarketWatch Make any long distance calls in the last three years? Claim your cash in 2007! The repeal of the Federal excise tax (initiated inClaim some long-distance cash!

The movie lived up to the hype. And that's saying quite a bit. Jamie Foxx did an unbelievably good Ray Charles. By the end there were literally a couple of scenesReview: Ray

Slice of Scifi - Science Fiction TV & Movie News, Interviews & more » Paraglider Sucked Into Killer Storm Wow. This definitely qualifies as the craziest story I've heard about paraglidingFlying woman freezes, falls, and survives

[update: I've since started using the Anarchy plugin, which also makes standard hyperlinks playable, and though I'm on the fence about which technology I like better for audio (I gotMaking MP3s playable on a website, the easy way

Changing morality to fit the technology

I came across a post tonight by a professor at the University of Georgia. He uses his response to a recent post on the NPR blog All Songs Considered as an opportunity to talk about the ethics of downloading music without paying for it. It’s a long, but good post. He makes a better argument, I think, than most posts on this topic, which normally come across as bitter and degrading if not threatening. This . . . → Read More: Changing morality to fit the technology

Two TED talks: Turkle and Whitacre – Internet Connections and Isolation

I had the opportunity to watch 2 TED talks tonight. Both of them were about the power of technology and its relationship to… well, relationships. The intertwining of connection and isolation as themes across these two videos really struck me tonight.

MIT professor and psychologist Sherry Turkle’s TED talk has gotten a lot of play in social media circles. That’s not surprising, given the topic. Her main point is that we are using technology to . . . → Read More: Two TED talks: Turkle and Whitacre – Internet Connections and Isolation

TIDBABSH the second, part the first

Last month’s podcast was such a great success that I decided to do another one.

When I say it was a great success, I mean that it was successfully uploaded and at least three people were able to download and listen to it. I make no statements about the actual quality of the content (though those 3 people who admit to hearing it seemed to enjoy it (which reminds me, your payments will be sent . . . → Read More: TIDBABSH the second, part the first

Shocking news! Distraction causes lack of focus!

Recently a study looked at students who had Facebook on (even in the background) while studying vs. those without Facebook use, and compared their grades. Facebook users came out with 20% lower grades.

As stated on MSNBC:

The psychologist said the study wasn’t about whether Facebook’s good or bad, but goes more to the stereotype that younger people are fluid multi-taskers —sending text message, listening to music, reading a book, all at the same time, . . . → Read More: Shocking news! Distraction causes lack of focus!

The myth of the solitary gamer

Over on The COA we’ve been talking about gaming experiences. To us geeks, that typically means video games, in case there’s any confusion. Though this wasn’t planned, throughout the articles and comments there has been a thread about the social aspect of gaming, and a sense that the rest of the world sees gaming geeks as hunkered down in their parent’s basements eating Cheetos with only their computer for company.

Sure, there are times when . . . → Read More: The myth of the solitary gamer

The Neo-Luddite Geek Technologist

“Dude,” (for some reason this conversation frequently begins with “dude”) “you’re the most technical person I know. How can you not even have a cell phone?”

This conversation (or a variation focusing on a different piece of technology) comes up in my life with some regularity. It happened again recently.

It’s true. I don’t have a cell phone.

(Well… technically, there is a cell phone that exists with my name on the account. But my . . . → Read More: The Neo-Luddite Geek Technologist

A colorful cavalcade of classical coolness

This excites me on many levels. It’s so simple, and yet so cool.

It’s not at all new either. In fact, there’s a multi-award winning film that uses something very similar in its most famous scene. (Comment below if you know what it is.)

What is it, and why does it excite me?

Don’t laugh.

It’s a bar graph.

Yes, seriously.

Wait, wait! Don’t go… it’s not just any old bar graph. This one moves. . . . → Read More: A colorful cavalcade of classical coolness

Tuesday TubeWatch: Minority Report to Sixth Sense to PHUD – Interface Advancement and Integration

In Minority Report, Tom Cruise’s character was able to interact with a very cool looking computer desktop that he could manipulate with special gloves just by waving his hands around.

Tom Cruise in Minority Report with a super-cool computer interface

Everyone wanted it. Then Microsoft created a table that was remarkably similar. You could move and resize digital pictures directly on the tabletop with just your fingers! The future was here!

But was it . . . → Read More: Tuesday TubeWatch: Minority Report to Sixth Sense to PHUD – Interface Advancement and Integration

What’s in YOUR browser?

My wife can’t figure out what I do online for hours at a time. I can’t blame her for being confused. Sometimes I don’t even know how so much time can go by before I get out of this chair and do something besides attempt to contract cancer from my monitor.

I thought it might be interesting to take a look at what I’ve got open in my browser right now and see if that . . . → Read More: What’s in YOUR browser?

4 sites to get free/cheap stuff – finding deals online

Recently Gather Little by Little posted an article on “Deal of the day” sites, such as Woot.com and Yugster.com. These are sites that offer one product per day for a substantially reduced price. The merchandise, frequently reconditioned but at times new, is sold until their quantity runs out or 24 hours is up, whichever comes first.

I took a look at a few of the sites that GLBLGuy posted. Some I found useful, but most . . . → Read More: 4 sites to get free/cheap stuff – finding deals online