Fun for Geeks

That WII remote isn’t just for video game bowling or tennis anymore! Check out this amazing video which can make any projection surface or LCD monitor/laptop into a interactive whiteboard, for peanuts.

Thanks for the linkage, Gary.

Okay, I lied.

I am only getting worse, health wise, so my promise of original content has to wait hopefully just one more day. Instead, read this piece I wrote for Pete. 🙂

Don’t Get in the Choppah!

I really don’t like to complain. I really don’t. I slept a total of 18 hours last night into today. I am pretty sure I either have the flu or the beginnings of bronchitis/pneumonia. Brain isn’t working and neither is the cough syrup.

Anyone got any good chicken soup recipes? You are up against my own terrific Polish recipe, so beware, I will be judging with quite the skeptic eye. Don’t you just love challenges in which you are up against horrible odds?

So what do I have for you today?

How about the $2 billion helicopter order that the US Government revealed has one teenie, weenie and minor flaw. It can’t fly in weather above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m not kidding you. Military vehicles are often made without air conditioning to improve on performance, cut down on weight and to save on fuel, so they’re going to have to go back and retrofit these choppers with some cooling. If the outside temperature is above the 80 degree threshold, the cockpit temps soar to 104, both dangerous for the pilots and soldiers riding along and possibly shutting down the vital instruments to keep the thing in the air.

One senator suggested we scrap the entire order at tax payer expense and just order Blackhawks instead.

Why aren’t we going back to the manufacturer and demanding they fix this stuff for free? The designs should have been a red flag to any experienced engineer and frankly if the helo can’t operate in temperatures found almost anywhere on the globe except maybe Antarctica, it should be their issue to fix them at their expense.

It’s time to hold military contractors responsible for their own mistakes instead of passing the cost of repairs or retrofits to the taxpayers. God help them if I were a contract consultant in Washington, half of the companies who do business with the US would be blacklisted.

Here’s hoping they do the right thing for once.

Acid for Beginners

Again, no, it’s not that kind of acid. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this Sony program, so for your enjoyment, here’s another dance/classical/rock fusion I put together. I actually like this one, alot. 🙂

Without further ado, here is “Down the Hill With No Handlebars” by Kate Baker.

Let me know what you think!

Weekly Photo Shoot: Personal Gifts

Scalzi’s Photo Shoot: Take a picture of something nice/fun/interesting that you recently bought for yourself.

That means something you bought because you said to yourself “hey, that would be nice to have,” as opposed to, say “hey, this is something I have to get.” So, for example, that package of tube socks that you just bought would not qualify for photo shoot — but a pair of multicolored knee-high socks with kittens on them would. It’s all about the delivery, you see.

Here we are: It’s my new monitor. *does a snoopy dance*

It’s the HP 20″ 5ms DVI Widescreen LCD Monitor and it’s an amazing improvement over the Xerox monitor I’ve had for about 6 years now. The Xerox has been given to my kids, and they can play on non-crt goodness. I can’t explain what a difference it is to view something in widescreen hightechery. It makes playing video games like CounterStrike, Quake Wars, and TF2 look so much better. I have the  ATI x1900 video card, and while the old monitor was nice, this new display really packs the punch and really lets the vid card shine. It’s also got two USB ports on the side of the monitor, which is nice for a usb hdd, or to plug in your camera to upload pictures.

I was originally going to go with a Viewsonic or LG, but this was more monitor for less price with a mail in rebate. It came perfect out of the box, with no dead pixels. So, I am very impressed!



Microsoft Life Cam

So, apparently there is a major software conflict with the Logitech brand of web cameras and my computer. After a total of four rebuilds, four hours of tech support, the conclusion was that the Logitech just wouldn’t work with my system config.

So I went out and bought the Microsoft lifecam thinking that it had to work. Well, it did! There are some neat features as well. Like this!


Just need to put some water in the background, and I’ve turned my livingroom into the pool I’ve always wanted. Although, as I was playing around with the scuba gear, I was accompanied by Rufus the spider.


As menacing as Rufus may look, he doesn’t bite, which is good for me, because look at the size of those pinchers!

All in all, the Lifecam isn’t a bad deal. I don’t think the picture quality matches up to what I was getting from the Logitech when it was working, but it makes up for that with fun.