Posts tagged Nerd Stuff

i am spielberg.

I am in love the site xtranormal.com! It allows you to create a scene using rendered computer animated avatars. I SO wish this existed when I was younger and more immature and had more time at work!

Luckily, I had some downtime today!

(Plus, I’m really not all that mature!)

I present, my first amazing film. It had a small budget, but I think it has a lot of heart. The passion of the actors and filmmakers helped create something really special that will touch everyone a little inside.

I present The Big Chill of our generation, a little film I like to call The Prince of Bel Air Goes on an Interview:

UPDATE: I noticed a small little snippit of a scene was missing. I even tried re-creating the high-res movie and it is still missing. Anyone else ever that problem?

is flattr the future?

TechCrunch profiled a new micropayment start up which could have fascinating implications for blogging or, really, any kind of information sharing.

Flattr is a new Swedish service that is basically a lot like the Facebook “like” button that can be found on this very blog. But every time you like or “flattr” something, you give money to the owner of the post your are “flattring.” In order to be part of the service you start off with a small amount in an account (they’re starting with 2 euros per month). And then every time you Flattr something, that money is dived up amongst everyone you flattred that month. Each flattree wouldn’t get a lot, but if they have a post that is flattred often enough, they could get some real coin.

A fascinating concept that could really revolutionize the way information is processed, created, and shared.

I’ll be watching.

science is religion.

This could be YOU.

The New York Times predicts that technology will inevitably lead those with the means and inclination into a souless techno afterlife where we live on in a microchip purgatory for all of eternity (or something like that).

One of guys who created the Google calls it “Singularity” and has even funded a “University” to bring about its existence. Technology has, officially, replaced religion as a mechanism of social glue and mythology of the self. And it’s all very depressing, hopeful, frightening, and exciting.

Tomorrow we will all be Bladerunner, and then we will be Tron.

Technology literally evolves us as a species in real time. With the advent of the saddle, our species evolved from clumsy bipedal prairie monkeys into a speedy beast that could match the longevity and speed of a horse. When Bell invented the telephone, as a species we all suddenly evolved the ability to communicate with miles between us. With the internet, we gained the ability to cull information from a thousand disparate sources around the globe and sort through them in real time. So, it is inevitable that, at some point, we will devise a way to record our personalities (but not our souls) and let them live on in a virtual world. So we’ll be able to read comments from our ancestors leave us on Facebook and follow the Twitter feeds of the illustrious deceased.

Basically, this all means that we’ll cease to be human. Which isn’t, in and of itself, a bad thing. We, as a species, have been human for quite a while. And it’s been a good run—we’ve created tile mosaics, skyscrapers, indoor carpeting, handjobs, artificial insulin. All sorts of neat stuff! Of course we’ve also had war, genocide, Billy Corgan, and terrorism. Terrible, horrible things, all of them. I suppose there’s no inherent harm in graduating to the next cosmic grade. It’ll be rough at first, for sure. There will be a learning curve. There always is. But we’ll get the hang of it, one way or another.

Into the futuremobile, humans.

star wars episode II: attack of the codes.

Finally, mankind has discovered a use for smart phones beyond reading porn while jogging and logging onto Wikipedia to avoid bar fights.

QR codes have been popping up everywhere. QR (or “quick read”) codes are boxes of pixelated gabbida gook that a cellphone camera can read and interpret into a link, text, GPS location, etc. (QR Code-reading apps are widely available for free on all major platforms.) They are ubiquitous in Japan and have been the rage in Europe. Now, the US, which has long fallen behind the rest of the world in cell tech is finally beginning to get all code-y. Apparently Facebook is even getting in on the QR bus (but I still have yet to see it in action, have you?)

It’s too bad QR codes are just catching on now. They would have added a new dimension to print—from both an advertising and editorial point of view. It’s pretty much a mute technology for any e-reader, which the industry is grasping onto for salvation. But I think QR will be, for the next few years at least, a fixture of our pedestrian and mass transit culture. And—especially at first—the codes can act as a secret language created especially for those of us in the know that will keep the old people and lame-os in the dark. For example, thanks to technology, now I can say the following, without really saying it:

qrcode

The future is now, my friends.

(code generated via)

ya feel me?

Wow, the Japanese actually made a technological innovation in something that wasn’t a) robot-oriented, b) a video game for pervs, c) an adorable cartoon kitty, or d) a pervy robot kitty.

Tactile touch screens will be everywhere. I predict three years. Unless the Appleattie are further down the yellow brick road of touchy-feely touch screens. At one point during last year’s orgy of Apple “Slate” rumors, there were whispers that this magical new product that would forever alter the course of humanity would feature a tactile touch screen. Of course, we just ended with the boring-screened iPad which forces us to browse the internet like a goddamn caveman.

(via engadget)

apple rumors=nerd porn

I have a folder on my Google Reader where I collect all the news and posts about tech and science and overall nerd stuff. In fact, this folder is dubbed “nerd shit.” Whenever I visit “nerd shit” to get updates on the latest from the front lines of human evolution, I am inevitably inundated by the latest rumors for the officially unconfirmed (but everyone knows it’s coming) Apple Tablet.

Just today, Endget has a story on a major announcement that a date was set for Apple to make a major announcement on January 27th (not, the 26th as they previously reported!). Today also featured a Slashdot story about  a rumor that the president of Google China supposedly said that Apple will make 10 million of this new product in the first year. I’m not exactly sure how Google China got involved in all this. Google? Apple? China? The possibility for speculation is endless!

How fun!

And I don’t even subscribe to the updates on fucking patent applications detailed on macrumors.com, which is to your IT guy what a record store that still sells vinyl is to guys who work at other record stores that still sell vinyl: a place to indulge in the acrobatics of lists, little-known facts, and supposition.

Gizmodo, the techy sister-publication of sometimes painfully self-aware Gawker, even felt the need to show their prowess in self-awareness with their “Exhaustive Guide to Apple Tablet Rumors” (which wasn’t from today, but you get the picture, the tech blog spectrum is overrun with blognoise about an object that doesn’t even officially exist, with each facet playing their role perfectly).

Will this new big iPhone change humanity and usher in a new era of informational interactivity? Actually, probably! CNN thinks so, anyway. Will it likely be prohibitively expensive in its first year (which, still won’t prohibit any man-child with a glimmer in his eye and a special chair he uses just for playing “Call of Duty” from buying it)? For me–yup! Will it be replaced by a newer, cheaper, smaller, better version in two years. Abso-friggin-lutely!

And then, all those Apple-eaters will have to find some other rumor on which to needlessly pontificate.

And thus, the circle of life continues.