Jul 302008
 

Dr. Horrible

Dr. Horrible’s sing-along blog was an outstanding 3 act web exclusive and had a limited lifetime on the web, no doubt in order to generate more buzz.

If you missed it before, here’s your second chance to watch it without having to pay for it on iTunes or wait for the DVD: http://www.hulu.com/dr-horribles-sing-along-blog

And remember:

It’s not about making money, it’s about taking money. Destroying the status quo, because the status is not quo. The world is a mess and I need to rule it.

 Posted by at 12:05 am
Jul 292008
 

My take: Harry Potter = The Goonies meet Bewitched. A perfect combo, this is why it’s raking in money hand over fist. But I digress…

The movie trailer is out for ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ and jeebus this looks creepy!

A young Dark Wizard emerges in this exclusive first look at moviefone. Watch the ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’ trailer in HD, the movie will be out Nov 2008.

Synopsis:

Voldemort is tightening his grip on both the Muggle and wizarding worlds and Hogwarts is no longer the safe haven it once was. Harry suspects that dangers may even lie within the castle, but Dumbledore is more intent upon preparing him for the final battle that he knows is fast approaching. Together they work to find the key to unlock Voldemort’s defenses and, to this end, Dumbledore recruits his old friend and colleague, the well-connected and unsuspecting bon vivant Professor Horace Slughorn, whom he believes holds crucial information.

Meanwhile, the students are under attack from a very different adversary as teenage hormones rage across the ramparts. Harry finds himself more and more drawn to Ginny, but so is Dean Thomas. And Lavender Brown has decided that Ron is the one for her, only she hadn’t counted on Romilda Vane’s chocolates! And then there’s Hermione, simpering with jealously but determined not to show her feelings. As romance blossoms, one student remains aloof. He is determined to make his mark, albeit a dark one. Love is in the air, but tragedy lies ahead and Hogwarts may never be the same again.

 Posted by at 10:13 pm
Jul 292008
 

mobile web marketing cat from tastetherainbow5387 on Flickr

Over at ReadWriteWeb I see that AdMob, the mobile advert marketplace, reports the mobile web has grown >100% in the previous 12 months.

I believe it, and half that traffic is going to the Geeknews mobile portal : http://geeknews.net/mobile.htm.

OK, maybe not quite half, but add that to your mobile’s favorites and the next time you’re in the loo and nothing to do, instead of texting your better half, surf to the Geeknews mobile portal to launch out to Sports, worldwide news, Slashdot and more. They’re all mobile optimized pages so no worries about the huge downloads, friend.

Seriously, back to the topic and sorry for the digression. I do believe that mobile optimized sites have a lot to gain by optimizing themselves for mobiles. I find myself spending roughly 25% of my surfing and news reading on the mobile every chance I get that is time normally wasted: Waiting at a red light, standing in line to pay for lunch in the cafeteria, walking with the wife while she shops. You get the point.

Now if only someone would write a half-decent mobile optimizer plugin for WordPress that wasn’t targeting iPhone only. :-/

Question: Do you use your mobile to check the web? Read your hotmail/gmail? What’s your favorite portal on the mobile web and why?

[Found via Scoble]

 Posted by at 12:18 am
Jul 292008
 

Font Square

TypeCon 2008 – a font conference, or as I like to call it, a “font festival”.

It was last week and presented by The Society of Typographical Aficionados. It looks like they had a great time and some interesting sessions, wish I could have attended. Alas, I’m not that involved in Fonts, Kerning and Typefaces, but I know what I like when I see it and Helvetica is it.

The National Post has quite a humorous take on the event.

 Posted by at 12:05 am
Jul 282008
 

Eureka

Here’s a fun promo to announce Season 3 of Eureka this week. The tagline for the S3 opener is “Washington sends a “fixer” to make sure the residents are being productive citizens”.

Balancing great science fiction with humor has always been one of the biggest attractions to the show for me. Not unlike the Drew Carey sing-alongs, like this one that combines the “Time Warp” from Rocky Horror Picture Show with “Sake Your Groove Thing” from Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

Anyway, watch and enjoy and hopefully you’re fortunate enough to live in a region that receives Eureka. If you’re not and you’ve never seen it, you can watch full episodes from last season here.

Comment below if you plan on watching or have no idea what I’m talking about.

 Posted by at 12:05 am
Jul 272008
 

We’ll try something a tad different in the News category by linking to stories of interest hosted by bloggers or geeky sites I read and like. Last time I checked I have almost 200 feeds, surely there’s something good in there once in a while worth calling attention to, right?

It’s also a way to send them a little link love once in a while.

Neatorama calls out a cool game by the mint-maker Mentos. The game is called the Mentos Kiss Fight. Instead of throwing punches in this fight, it’s kisses you’re tossing out. I wonder if you can kiss below the belt and if that’s bad sportsmanship?

– The Blingdom of God, as usual identifies the more bizzare holy artifacts like this Virgin Mary USB flash drive. It has a glowing red heart that ‘beats’ when it’s connected.

The ChattyDM is one year old and hit quality post #400 last week. Swing on over and wish the site happy b’day on the special post.

– GeeksAreSexy informs us that PS3’s WipEout delayed for failing epilepsy tests.

According to Forever Geek, if you don’t have that Nintendo Wii yet and you’re holding out for *another* holiday season, then you’re looking forward to another shortage.

– If you’re looking for adventure but not have to actually go out and do anything, then you should look at this review at SciFi Channel on the new Indiana Jones miniatures. These are classic scenes from the Indy movies immortalized forever in miniature statues like the fist fight on the prop plane in the first movie.

Geek’s Dream Girl takes on some of your love life questions. This weekend it was Online Dating Etiquette 101: Do You HAVE to Write Back? Head on over, ask for advice, take her online dating pole.

– Kimberly at Young Black Professional Guide brings to our attention that folks are already organizing trips to witness history – the inauguration of Barrack Obama.

This is a pretty good anecdote at textfiles.com from Jason Scott, one of the speakers at OSCON recently. I was reading it on my mobile while out at the mall with the wife this weekend and was laughing out loud with her giving me the stink eye for paying more attention to my RSS feeds on the phone than her shopping.

 Posted by at 10:35 pm
Jul 272008
 

“Another company is preparing to sell Intel-based computers that can run Apple’s Mac OS X. But unlike Psystar, a Florida clone maker that’s been sued by Apple, Open Tech won’t pre-install the operating system on its machines. Open Tech’s Home (equipped with an Intel dual-core Pentium processor, 3GB of memory, an nVidia GeForce 8600 CT video card and a 500GB hard drive) and XT (which includes an Intel Core 2 quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, an nVidia GeForce 8800 video card and a 640GB drive) machines will sell for $620 and $1,200, respectively. Open Tech is prepared to do battle with Apple if it comes after Open Tech. ‘We definitely would defend this,’ said [Open Tech spokesman] Tom. ‘The only possible case that Apple can make, the only one that has any chance, would be based on the end-user licensing agreement.'”

 Posted by at 4:13 pm
Jul 272008
 

News for Geeks

‘Neglect’ of codebreakers’ HQ – BBC news reporting on a call to save Bletchley Park has gone out from the UK’s computer scientists. More than 100 academics have signed a letter to The Times saying the code-cracking center and crucible of the UK computer industry deserves better.

– From many news reporting sites in the UK comes a story I’ve gotta get this one off my chest, it’s not exactly geeky but it’s women in bras. Ladies, scientists are reporting that badly fitting bras can permanently damage your boobs.

Yahoo Not Only Shutting Music Store, But Orphaning DRM Buyers. I learned my lesson when I got burned from MSN Music and their DRM’d songs when I tried importing them into my Zune. Please, for god’s sake people, STOP BUYING DRM’D MUSIC. Get your MP3s from Amazon that are not associated with any user, no digital restrictions.

Former Employees of Google Prepare Rival Search Engine. Oh yes, this is a hoot, sign me up. Husband and wife team (him a Stanford Prof, her a former GOOG search architect) flipped the switch and turned on Cuil. It’s being billed as a bigger, faster and better engine in every way. GOOG just topped 1 Billion pages indexed last week BTW.

By Mike Musgrove of the Washington Post: “Among all the new applications I’ve downloaded to my iPhone this month, it seems that there’s something else new tucked in that I wasn’t counting on: bugs.”

 Posted by at 12:25 am
Jul 272008
 

 Northern Lights

Researchers on the Themis (Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms) mission say they’ve used a quintet of satellites around the Earth to monitor the Northern Lights phenomenon from start to completion and can definitively explain it. 

“The Earth is bathed in the solar wind which carries with it the magnetic field of the Sun,” explained Nicola Fox, a Johns Hopkins University scientist.

“The field can be in many directions but when it opposes Earth’s magnetic field, just like two opposite poles of a magnet will attract, the two field lines will break and join together. This reconnection allows vast amounts of solar energy to enter into our own magnetosphere, generating a substorm which culminates in the formation of aurora.”

Observations from Themis show that a substorm starts to occur in a area of space one third of the way to the Moon and exhibits a particular pattern. The pattern consists of a period of “reconnection”, followed by rapid auroral brightening and rapid expansion of the aurora towards the Earth’s poles. This culminates in a redistribution of the electrical currents flowing in space around Earth.

Interesting tidbit: the magnetic flux lines around the earth’s pole is roughly equivalent to a 30,000 volt battery in space and can generate 650,000 Amps of current into the arctic.

You can read more about this at Daily Tech, LA Times or BBC.

 Posted by at 12:03 am
Jul 262008
 

 Nina Kimberly

Tonight I found myself searching for a Fantasy podibook to entertain me during the tortuously long periods between PG Holyfield’s podcasts/chapters for Murder at Avedon Hill (I’d take waterboarding over this).

During the search, I tripped over an interesting little nugget at podiobooks.com this evening. It’s a story called “Nina Kimberly The Merciless” written by Christiana Ellis; it sounds like a cross between Princess Bride and Dungeons and Dragons. And that Nina is smoking hot, right up there with Blondie Bumstead, click the pic for a better view.

Here’s the tagline for the story:

She’s on a mission… To kill the man who loves her…

Why?

Because he’s an idiot.

Nina Kimberly The Merciless is the story of a teenage barbarian princess who must rid herself of an obnoxious royal suitor, replace him with a hero, and then grow into her destiny as a…

Well, that she hasn’t decided yet.

Well, from the tagline it sounds like it might be fun or funny, so that was good enough to pique my interest to at least look at the descriptions for a few episodes.

Episode 1(mp3): Nina has been spending a lot of time at the tavern, all for nothing. She’s been waiting for some questing heroes to show, but they seem to be taking their sweet time, so she decides to get a little more proactive. But before she can set off to find a quest of her very own, her plans are derailed by the lovesick king’s decision to follow her.

Episode 2(mp3): Nina and Francis have been on the road for a couple of weeks now, and though the traveling has been uneventful, the increasingly revolting proximity to Francis has been forcing her to reconsider her plans. That is, until they stumble across a dragon.

OK, that’s more than good enough for me! I’m downloading the series and will report back after a few episodes.

 Posted by at 10:39 pm
Jul 262008
 

This is pretty late news but just an update.

Apple is expected to update their Macbooks as well as their Macbook Pros with the new Intel Penryn chips. There is also an increase of ram as well as hard drive space. It has been rumored that Apple is working on new aluminum MacBook Pro designs that will adopt features of the current iMac and MacBook Air

AnAndTech
Engadget

 

 Posted by at 6:50 am
Jul 252008
 

Reader Eric Tse has expressed interest in participating on Geeknews, since I value a diverse background and he’s a geek of many interests, how could I resist? Here’s a little about Eric-

He’s a student in Vancouver, BC Canada and plans to study Criminology, he’s been a geek his entire life and says he always will be. Some if his interests are:

Video Games
Watching anime/movies/dramas
Listening to music
Coding (HTML/PHP/MySQL/C/C++/Java/Javascript)
Making layouts for websites
Linux
Macs
Getting things for free 😛
Making music/songs
Learning/Doing Magic Tricks

Welcome Eric, lets have fun posting geeky news.

 Posted by at 10:58 pm
Jul 252008
 

 Colorblind Google

Colorblindness affects about 7% of the male population, .4% of females. ColourLovers has a great write up on a site called The Colorblind Web Page Filter so you too can experience this genetic anomaly.

The Colorblind web page filter lets you browse a web site and apply any one of 11 different color blind filters to see the page the same as those affected by the type of colorblindness associated with the filter.

Applying filters and then rendering a web page appears to take an extraordinarily long time, so if you give up on the web page filter, head over to ColourLovers to see some examples, like the GOOG logo above.

 Posted by at 6:22 am
Jul 232008
 

Tofu

From Scientific American, a quick discussion on a report that recently came out indicating that a key compound in soy bean called phytoestrogens, mimics the female hormone estrogen. Estrogen has been shown to reduce testosterone levels in men.

In this study, half a serving of soy, on average, lowered sperm counts by 34 million per milliliter compared to those that ‘abstained’ from soy.

 Posted by at 9:49 pm