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Jan
27


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Haiti 360°

7:41 am | writes:

In case you need to see more of post-earthquake Haiti to prompt you into action, this 360° video takes you down the rubble-ridden streets and allows you to control the view of the camera. CNN has several more interactive videos available. Have a watch, then lend a hand: American Red Cross, UNICEF and Doctors Without Borders. {Thanks, Gymbeaux, for finding these videos.}

Jan
27


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Effects Meet Reality… Sort of

7:30 am | writes:

These are not computer effects… well they are, but they are actually projections on real buildings.

Jan
22


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Nic Cage as Everyone

3:19 pm | writes:

Nicholas Cage might just be the most overused and over-appreciated actor of our times. He might have been OK at one point, but now the choice to cast him spells doom for any film (in my completely solid & irrefutable opinion). As if to bring one of my worst nightmares to life, a website is now dedicated to replacing everyone with Nic Cage. It’s called Nic Cage as Everyone and it might be the most sickening site ever created. For example:

Jan
22

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The Most Useless Machine Ever

11:48 am | writes:

Just for Gymbeaux: what the maker’s have called “The Most Useless Machine Ever.” I find it endlessly entertaining, so not completely useless, then.

Watch the video, then follow the instructions to build your own.

Jan
20


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Future of Receipts

8:21 am | writes:

One day paper receipts will be a thing of the past. Here’s one possible view of that future, where Kevin Rose (who you might know from Digg and/or Diggnation) introduces the Square mobile credit card payment processor. Many will marvel at the system (which uses an iPhone & tiny cube credit card reader to receive, authorize & process credit card payments “anywhere”), but for me the best part is a move towards storing receipts online. We all need to keep records of the various transactions we make and, like online bill pay, it’s time that receipts are moved from the crumpled mass at the bottom of my pocket* to a centralized form of online storage.

*No, I don’t really crumple my receipts. As a man of class & sophistication, I keep them neatly folded in my wallet… until I get home, where they form the top layer of an ever-growing pile of paper-things-that-I-imagine-I’ll-need-someday-for-something.

Jan
18


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Enhance… enhance…

8:44 am | writes:

A video tribute to the use of “Enhance…” when characters in TV/Movies are reviewing security footage:

Jan
15


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Real Pong

2:51 pm | writes:

Another instance of Pong being migrated from it’s video roots… this time into a real-world application.

I want to have this as a coffee table.

More information at the maker’s site: Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories.

Jan
15


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Browser Pong

3:46 am | writes:

Play Browser Pong, a pong-like game that uses browser windows for the paddles & ball.

Jan
14


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We Got That B-Roll

8:43 am | writes:

We Got That B-Roll

Jan
11

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Who’s watching what…

10:32 am | writes:

or what’s watching who?