From “the best laid plans” department…If you’re a regular blog reader you’ve no doubt noticed a lack of activity from me. I haven’t managed to keep up with my blog as I had hoped. On the plus side, I’ve gotten a lot done as far as my move is concerned. If all goes well, I’ll have my studio back up and running soon. There have been a few stories of note over the past week. Namely, Google I/O was last week and Yahoo bought Tumblr. Hope
Program note: My housing situation is changing and I’ve got to move my studio and belongings so I will probably not have a new show for the next two weeks or so. I will try to get everything sorted out as quickly as possible. I will keep you updated as to my progress on the website. This week on WeTalkNerdy.tv, Gearbox gets sued over Aliens: Colonial Marines, AT&T drops the price of the Facebook phone to 99 cents, Adobe goes subscription only and Popcap announces Plants
Cnet has a story about the Webm VP9 video codec. It appears Google will adopt the open and royalty free video compression standard soon. VP9 promises to deliver equivalent quality video at lower bit rates. Apparently Google will use the format for Youtube and Chrome. Open standards are good, I hope this works out.
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I’m a huge Mythbusters fan. I have been since the very first show. Above is a special 10th Anniversary video put together by super fan Thomas Crenshaw. Awesome. I hope there’s at least 10 more years to come!
AT&T dropped the price of the HTC First, AKA the Facebook Phone, from ninety-nine dollars to ninety-nine cents today. AT&T hasn’t said why, but this could be a move by Facebook to get the phone into more pockets. Facebook Home has been received with rather mixed reviews. More than 50% of the reviewers on the Google Play store have given the app the lowest possible rating of one star. Many professional reviewers have given the app high marks for good design, but low m
The ‘Liberator’ is not a good gun. Its creator, Cody Wilson - founder of Defense Distributed, named it after the cheap one shot pistols that the allies dropped over Nazi-occupied France during WWII. But this ‘Liberator’ is made from plastic and printed from a 3D printer; all except for the firing pin which was made from a simple nail. There is the small expense of an $8000 3D printer of course. Obviously, this kind of innovation comes with its share of cont
TechCrunch has news about a clever anti-abuse billboard ad literally aimed at kids. Lenticular lenses have been used before to change an image as a viewer passes by. This is the first time I’ve heard of them being used to target children. Spanish organization the ANAR Foundation (Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk) recently released a campaign that makes use of Lenticular lenses to display a message to viewers under 4’5″. The message says, “If somebody hurts
Some engineers at IBM have come up with a remote controlled model car that, with the aid of a Raspberry Pi, can be driven with a web browser from pretty much anywhere on the planet. Can DIY drone cars be far behind? Geek.com has more details.