Thursday, May 31, 2007

It's a burning gas ball, not a person

My how we like to anthropomorphize things. The headline for this article reads "In space, scientists can hear the sun scream." It's talking about an observation that solar storms produce radiation in the audible frequency spectrum. It's actually pretty cool. I find it amusing, though, that we (and I'm as guilty as anyone here) like to personify so many things. It's too bad they didn't include an audio sample in the article. Sometimes those recordings sound like the background effects in The Forbidden Planet.

So no I'm off to listen to an old CD called O3 by Sunscreem.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

If you don't get it, just move along...

There are two types of people in the world: 1) those that can extrapolate from incomplete data

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

random life hackin' goodness

Ultimate Custom Keyboard

How much would you pay for a keyboard? Personally, I'm only in for about $30 if it has a ton of features, and I'm happy to use the $10 special. But of you're technologically insane and you like throwing away money, there is a keyboard out there for you. For just over $1500 - that's right, $1.5K - you can get the Optimus Maximus. You can fully customize the layout of this keyboard, create custom maps for games, languages, programming, writing, etc., and store them on a flash drive. Each key has its own LCD screen that you can program with any image you want. I'd love to have one, but there is no way I'd drop that kind of coin.

Strange Maps

Here's a site with a collection of strange maps. Some are real, some are fiction, all are interesting - if you're a map nerd like me.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Choosing Fonts

Design Observer: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Typface

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

All Google All the Time

I refer you to Simply Google, a web page with links to Google's various sites, searches, and blogs. If you are as much a Google fanboy as I, you'll like it as a reference page of Googly goodness.

Ubuntu Studio 7.04

I'm guessing professional audio and video editors will find some of the features lacking, but if you want to experiment with that kind of application, but don't have the cash to shell out for pro apps, then Ubuntu Studio may be a good choice.

HowtoForge has an install guide if you want to play with it.

From the article, the included applications are:

Audio Programs

  • Ardour2 - Free software hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application
  • Wired - Audio creation program, helps to compose, record, edit and mix sounds (similar to Apple's GarageBand)
  • Hydrogen - Advanced drum machine
  • Rosegarden - Advanced MIDI sequencer
  • TerminatorX - Scratch audio files like a DJ does records
  • BEAST - Modular synthesis and composition
  • JACK - Audio connection kit for Linux

Graphics Programs

  • GIMP - Free software replacement for Adobe Photoshop
  • Blender - Program for 3D modeling, animation, and rendering
  • Inkscape - Vector graphics editor application
  • Agave - Intuitive color schemer
  • Scribus - Desktop publishing and page layout
  • Synfig - Film-quality 2D vector animation
  • FontForge - Postscript font editor

Video Programs

  • Kino - Free digital video editor
  • Cinepaint - Frame by frame retouching tool
  • Pitivi - Linear video editor
  • Stopmotion - Create stop motion videos
More info can be found here.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

CSS Tutorial

Here's a quick and dirty reference and tutorial for CSS. Now get customizin'.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Edit Video on the Cheap

Extreme Tech is running a review of five free online video editing tools.