Category Archives: Web

Getting Poker Fever Yet?

The World Series of Poker is happening right now, this 40th annual event started May 26 and ends July 15th. If you’re like me and not a good poker player but want a couple of tips to get involved in the game, I tracked down a few resources to get you going.

First, get yourself a copy of Winning at Internet Poker For Dummies. Once you think you have knack of it, find an online poker room. For god’s sake, spend within your limits 🙂

Bonus tip:

Follow all the poker Tweets to keep up with your favorite players and events during WSOP: http://www.bluffmagazine.com/poker-twitter.asp

How Twitter is Changing the World of Professional Poker

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Poker players bluffing opponents at the table and via tweets?

Snippet:

Doyle Brunson is seventy six years old and he says he was up late last night in Vegas. He’s in a $10k game on the 24th day of the World Series of Poker and he just sent out a Tweet. "Still in 10k split," he said. "Didn’t sleep much but feel OK…." Is that an intimate look inside the minute by minute, high-stakes life of a poker veteran – or is that a head-trip of a bluff intended to make his opponents think he could be slow on his game today?

Google Earth Pixel Art!

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We’ve all heard of, or even had dead pixels on the digital displays of various electronic devices we use on a daily basis.  And, I can say with near certainty that most people don’t want that.  I know that the small gaps on my nintendo DS drive me crazy whenever I use it.  However, an ingenious Dutch artist, Helmut Smits, thought of an entertaining idea for the upcoming image scanning in his area for use in Google Earth.  He cut out an 82 x 82 cm square of grass in an open field, so that when that area is scanned from the height of 1km, it would look just like a dead pixel in the image.  I’d love to be a fly on the wall in Google HQ when they see that and wonder if their equipment is bad 😉

I’ll keep an eye on the area, and update this post when the image is available!

FuzzFind – A Unique Meta-Search Engine

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What’s FuzzFind?

FuzzFind is a web search mashup that combines the power of the leading search engines and social bookmarking sites to make it easier for you to locate and identify the most relevant information. All results are grouped together and sorted according to the search engine rankings plus the popularity of the sites according to the social bookmarking community.

As  you can see in the user interface screenshot above, you can tune the search results for various search engines by moving a slider left or right based on your personal preferences. This is cool and I’d love to see more engines included hear like Stumbleupon for instance. Or to do an image and video search as well.

I’m looking forward to see more like this, so far I’m liking what I’m seeing.

Facebook’s Fine-Print Fiasco

Social Networking

Businessweek is reporting on the Facebook issue of the week and this particular issue has privacy groups up in arms.

When social media site Facebook casually slipped in a clause that gave them rights in perpetuity to users’ content, consumer watchdog groups and privacy experts cried foul.

Essentially Facebook owns everything you upload to the site…forever, no matter what you do with the content after it’s touched their server.

Nice.

EmuWiki.com – The Encyclopedia of Emulation

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EmuWiki.com launched Jan 1 2009 and is already vying for the location of choice on everything related to software emulators. The admin for the wiki contacted me and provided some very interesting points about the site. The intent of the site is to:

  • Provide the user with quality information and quality emulators.
  • Preserve, collect and classify the artifacts of the emulation scene.
  • Produce interactive software that will allow browsing and analyzing the historical events that lead to the creation and existence of the emulation scene.

In the mail I received I learned the following about their focus on history:

So instead of just allowing leeching Emuz & Romz like most site, what I’m looking for is a true historical perspective on emulation. The Emulation Timeline is the part of the site where this perspective is most apparent; every event in emulation history is placed on a timeline… So I can ask : what were the news released about emulation on January 3rd 1999 ? What emulators running on Dreamcast were released between 2003 and 2004 ? What YouTube videos about NES were released in 2007 ? Of course the timeline is far from complete. As data is added to the encyclopedia through history pages of certain emulators like this one : http://www.emuwiki.com/index.php?title=History_of_Final_Burn, the data is automatically added to the timeline. So in 1 or 2 years, at my current pace and if I find some people to help me build the project, we should have a complete timeline of all emulation-related events from the 90’s, or even before, up to now.

The great thing about this particular wiki isn’t just that it’s your typical user-generated content site. It’s also hosting thousands of emulators, videos, documents, archived news items and more:

And at the same time of being a good tool for historical preservation, EmuWiki is just a huge emulation website for the everyday user. I’ve been working on it pretty much by myself for a year, and it only opened officially on January 1st, 2009, but the encyclopedia already contains 4280 archived emulators, 839 documents, 500 videos, 1869 current emulators, and 1321 Emulation Camp news archived (we’re trying to archive and classify all news of emulation websites that are not online anymore and emucamp just disappeared so we started with this one). Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Outstanding Warcraft Fan Video

Here’s one of the best machinima videos I’ve ever seen: “The Craft of War: Blind“.

I don’t have much in the way of constructive criticism other than the transition in music early on didn’t seem appropriate, but the song used for a majority of the vid (Hide & Seek by Namie Amuro) added to the vibe the animator was trying to set.

The lighting was spot on, the use of WoW models was brilliant, the SFX are great, the plot had me hooked and I’m anxiously awaiting to see more on this assassin vs. Dragon theme.


The Craft of War: BLIND from percula on Vimeo.

Holiday Battle: Good vs. Evil?!?

We all know one of those super nice people. They help old women across the street, never leave the toilet seat up and give you their last French fry. It’s those charity working, compliment giving, birthday remembering niceys.  Or maybe you know one of those bad-ass naughty doers—the no good, rotten, nasty meanheads.  They’ve flipped us the bird, flirted with our significant others, AND stole your friggin’ parking spot yesterday.

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Well, it’s holiday time and just as Santa would have it – here’s your chance to put those peeps on the Global Naughty or Nice List – and give credit or a kick to the balls where it’s due.  So join your fellow geeks in a  quest to expose, for better and for worse, the goody goody…and the not so well behaved…

What’s the funniest thing about the whole list?  Check out where Jesus sits in the list….

Scientists Discover New Forest, Species on Google Earth

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Found on Digg:  Scientists discover new forest, species on Google Earth.

Best Digg comments:

– FTA: "…a new member of the Gaboon viper family of snakes that can kill a human in a single bite." Thanks Google. Thanks a lot.
– Google, saving all our ***** one thing at a time
– Oil companies and poachers have Google Earth Pro. The possibilities are endless…
– Wake me up when they find dinosaurs… or dragons.

Umibozu: Your Newest (Meta) Search Engine

Marc Castejon is the main developer for Umibozu, a meta-search engine. He contacted me today to tell you about his public alpha release and see if you can try it out and spread the word. If you’re not familiar with the concept of a meta-search engine think of it this way – have you ever made the same search query at Google, Yahoo and Live while trying to locate something on the web?

And have you wished you could improve the results?

Welp, you can with Umibozu. Umibozu leverages the public APIs provided by Google, Yahoo and Live to query those engines using your one query. It then returns the top results from each and displays them side by side, allowing you to choose the one that suits you, and if you create an Umibozu account you can vote on the results.

Here’s a snapshot of my search for “Geeknews” on Umibozu –

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Well done Marc!

After Suicide Streamed On ‘Net, Should ‘Duty to Rescue’ Law Be Enforced?

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Several days ago Abraham Biggs, 19 years old, took a cocktail of medications after he had chatted online about killing himself for most of the day during a video conversation with strangers. He died. While some of the folks in the forum pleaded with him to get help, some of them urge him on, laughing at him, calling him “faggot” and “coward.”.

Now the police are looking at the role played by the site, Justin.tv that hosted the video and BodyBuilding.net that hosted the chat bulletin board and whether the moderators and discussion board members acted inappropriately. Apparently one of the moderators at BodyBuilding.net called him an attention whore which certainly could be interpreted as contributing to the delays in trying to get this kid help.

One of the threads Abraham started discussing his suicide was on BodyBuilding.net, on this thread (“I’m gonna have 40 2mg bars of Xanax Tonight!“) he uses the alias CandyJunkie, and starts soliciting people to watch him online.

In my opinion, the streaming provider may not be culpable, but I’d need to see more details on when they learned of the event and the actions taken or not taken. Bodybuilding.net on the other hand appears to be more at risk here to legal action from the family. Also, I suspect any individuals that may have spurred this event along can or should be held accountable under the “duty to rescue” laws (note: i’m no experts in Torts law, there appears to be wiggle room in the interpretation of this).

Confessions of a Naked Sushi Model

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Vanity Fair has an interesting piece from a woman that dove head first into naked sushi modeling recently. Not familiar with this Japanese practice? Read on:

Utterly exposed before a group of strangers, I do my best to fight off the impending toe cramp and a fierce desire to wince. This is all very new to me. You see, it’s my first time as a naked body sushi model.

In fairness, you might wonder how one becomes a naked body sushi model. More specifically, you might wonder how one with zero experience of undressing in public becomes a naked body sushi model.

Flinging Cards At Friends

So when grabbing a postcard from a corner shop or a gas station is just too hard or painful for you, here comes Postcard.fm to your rescue!  You can’t get any simpler than this website, folks.  A generic interface asks you to submit a picture, choose a song, and enter your recipients email address, and you’re done.  Off goes your cybercard to your intended vict….er, I mean friend.  You can also choose to add a few words of your own before sending it off, just to add that special flavor 😉

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I sent one to my wife…she thought it was hilarious!  Check it out!

DJ’s Be Free! Audiotool Is Here!

All I can say is WOW.  Aside from the corny generic name, Audiotool by Hobnox is a crazy cool web based app for audio lovers.  This is a Frankenstein of Flash and Java that allows you to utilize a virtual recording studio to produce your own music and then publish it for the Hobnox community to check out.  Everything is controlled via your mouse, which makes producing slow, but manageable.  After playing with it for an hour, I was pleased with my results, but frustrated that I couldn’t export my track as a WAV file.  In all, a nice tool, bringing those without the cash for hardware into the producing game.  Way to go!

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A Little Link Love

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Here’s some link love for sites that have linked to Geeknews recently.

http://geeg.info – GeeG is a new geeky site that covers Aliens to Global Warming to Photoshop.

http://blueonionsoftware.com – Mike created Blue Onion Software as a personal project. So far it’s looking pretty good, especially since one of his goals is to work on expressing himself and experimenting with technology.

http://thebox.blogli.co.il/ – I don’t speak or read Hebrew, but from browsing the site it appears to focus on pointing to sources of information on the net to learn technology, with at least some focus on coding.

http://ufoaliennews.blogspot.com/ – I think the blog url says it all. It’s a private site so you can’t peek unless you have the codeword. 🙂

http://identidadgeek.com – This is like Geeknews but for my neighbors to the South in Mexico.

http://www.murphyzville.com/blog – “because there’s life outside the basement”.

http://fourthcheckraise.blogspot.com/ – I never did figure out what The Fourth Checkraise is about, but i’ve suspected Ilkka is smarter than me and has a plan to take over the world one day. If so, I hope I can be a henchman.

Sumo Paint Stomps Into Beta

I came across this beauty today in my meanderings on the net.  Sumo Paint is a Photoshop clone that works entirely from your web browser.  Now I’ve never been into the Photoshop scene, so I can’t pretend to know about all its complexities, but this web based version seems to have all the bells and whistles.  I uploaded an image and fooled around with a variety of the settings, turning a perfectly good image into something that resembles a plate of dog food.  BUT, I had fun doing it 😉

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Get it while it’s hot, friends.  Who knows how long a good thing like this will remain free?