Saturday, July 22, 2006

Online Education Free

Online Education Free: "Getting an Education Online for Free"

Nice list of resources for your own education. I didn't know that Berkeley is offering their courses as webcasts. Excellent.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Streetbikes...

If you like streetbikes go here: Streetbikes

Faster Firefox

Use Mozilla Firefox? Download the extension FasterFox from this site: http://fasterfox.mozdev.org/. It noticeably increases web browsing speed. (Note: Does not increase Downloading Speed)

Great Game

This is a great game that no one in the world knows about. It works with all computers (Macs, Linux, and PCs) and is FREE! Its called BZFlag. It is a multiplayer capture the flag game with tanks that can also jump. Various flags around the world give your tank special abilities, such as being able to shoot a laser. Its becoming more and more popular in the Mac room at NYLF/TECH 2006, and you should try it too.

Go to BZFlag.com.
For Macs and Linux go here.

AN INTERESTING FACT ABOUT THE HUMAN MIND...

Don't delete this because it looks weird. Believe it or not, you can read it. I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdgnieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid -- aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer inwaht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas thought slpeling was important.

A neat Java Applet.

This is a pretty neat little calculator that I wrote and put online. It is distinguished from the Windows Calculator by the fact that it can handle multiple-operation problems, whereas the Windows equivalent cannot. (It is supposed to look like a T83, minus the more advanced functions such as trig.)

disclaimers: Needs Java plugin to view, will have to close a few pop-ups upon entering web-page (free websites at their best... or not), I haven't added the ability to designate a number as negative yet (albeit the calculator can give negative answers, subtract, etc.), on occasion the response will lag (because it is in a web browser, which sometimes isn't responsive).

Haven't found many bugs yet, save entering a negative number in the aforementioned manner. And fractional exponents. I think. (Might have to do with the way it is entered into program, which I can explain.)


Have fun and let me know if you like it!

21 ways to get laughs at walmart

21 Ways to Get Laughs at Wal-Mart (You'll Get Kicked Out of K-Mart for These Antics):
Set all the alarm clocks to go off at ten minute intervals throughout the day.
Put M&M's on layaway.
Walk up to an employee and tell him in an official tone, "I think we've got a Code 3 in Housewares."
Tune all the radios to a polka station; then turn them all off and turn the volumes to "10." Challenge other customers to duels with tubes of gift wrap.
Make a trail of orange juice on the floor, leading to the rest rooms.
Move "Caution: Wet Floor" signs to carpeted areas.
Set up a tent in the camping department; tell others you'll only invite them in if they bring pillows from Bed and Bath.
When someone asks if you need help, begin to cry and ask, "Why won't you people just leave me alone?"
Look right into the security camera, and use it as a mirror while you floss your teeth.
Take up an entire aisle in Toys by setting up a full scale battlefield with G.I. Joes vs. the X-Men. Ask other customers if they have any Grey Poupon.
While handling guns in the hunting department, suddenly ask the clerk if he knows where the antidepressants are.
Switch the men's and women's signs on the doors of the rest rooms. Dart around suspiciously while humming the theme from "Mission Impossible."
Set up a "Valet Parking" sign in front of the store.
Sit on a chair and read a book for hours.
Hide in the clothing racks and when people browse through, say things like "pick me! pick me!!" When an announcement comes over the loudspeaker, assume the fetal position and scream, "No, no! It's those voices again!"
If the store has a food court, buy a soft drink; explain that you don't get out much, and ask if they can put a little umbrella in it.
Go into the dressing room and yell real loud..."Hey, we're out of toilet paper in here!"

This is a funny email i just got....read it.

Since so many people are interested in making video games...

Go here.

www.gamedev.net

James Bond rocks

HARMSWAY
(bursts out in a laugh)
The only difference between a
psychopath and a genius, Mr. Bond, is
the degree of success.

James Bond: Tommorow Never Dies

Cool movie

If World War 2 was an RTS...

This is a pretty funny link...it is basically the text seen if WWII had been an RTS.
i found a good game where you can take out all of your anger on bush, kerry, Napoleon, or a tellitubby interactive buddy

Interested in Robotics?

As a part of the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Organization, I would like to inform others about the program. It is a international organization that was founded by Dean Kamen, the inventor of the Segway. The Acronym F.I.R.S.T. stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. There are programs for many age levels, expecially high school students.

The F.I.R.S.T. website is www.usfirst.org. My Team's website is www.RockyMountainRobotics.com. Come take a look and find a team in your area!

~Neill

MySpace?

There has been a growing dilemma in the cyberworld. That dilemma is of the growing popularity of MySpace. I will address some of the issues it raises in an unbiased examination of it.

Before we begin let me put this out there, I do have a MySpace account and no, I do not check it everyday. The last time I checked it was like... long ago. My personal preference is blogger, but the rest of the post will be a (mostly) unbiased test.

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Test 1: Safe to use (Blogger definetly wins)

Spyware and Adware has been a growing concern among people who surf the internet. It can drag your system down and potentially get personal information. The reason it is such a big concern is because it isn't illegal like viruses are. In this test I will scan my computer and remove any spyware it has, and then I will surf myspace for a while and do another scan.

Results of the first scan:



No Spyware or Adware.

Results of the second scan after about an hour of only myspace surfing:



I had to say, the results suprised me, normally on a week of regular internet browsing (no myspace) I might get like 15 tops... 23 is a record and after only an hour of myspace browsing.

Test 2: Ads (Blogger wins)

Blogger has no ads, in fact, if you do like me and host your own blog you don't even have the nav bar at the top.

Other ads include political bashing like this one:



Test 3: Content (Neutral)

The content of the profile is up to the individual who creates it, and it can be good or really bad. While that is also true for blogger, it is more prevalent and easier to see on MySpace.

Test 4: Interactiveness (MySpace wins)

You can have a community on blogger, it just takes more work than on myspace, thats the reason so many people use it. Also, on myspace you can leave generic comments instead of leaving comments on each blog. MySpace also has a profile page where you can put stuff, unlike blogger. You can invite friends, send private messages, make bulletins, create events and other things on myspace. MySpace has definetly got blogger beat on an easy community.

Conclusion:

In the 4 tests, Blogger came ahead twice and Myspace once, with one tie. Sure, you can interact and comment, but at the expense of your computer becoming infected? You can do all that stuff in real life or on blogger, or the phone... the possibilities are endless.
Should you use myspace? That's a personal question you need to answer yourself

-Phill

Answer me this, and I will give you a cookie.

Precondition: Assume God is real.

"If God can do anything, can he create a rock so heavy that he cannot lift it?"

Faith in Your Leadership

For the people who dream of become leaders: A true leader is someone who has complete faith in themselves and what they believe in, whether it's a cause, an idea, or even a religion. If one were to lose their faith, they would not be leaders, for if they can't believe in themselves, all thats left is faith in someone else and/or their beliefs (excluding religion). These people without full faith are known as followers.

Teen Age Years

Teen age years are like an hour glass were the top part is youth and the bottum part is Maturity. The squeeze on eachside is made by parents, teachers and other influences that make us in to the adults we are. The pressure that is made by this squeeze is the sand fighting to get to the other side. The part were we dont want to grow up or we want to grow up now is made consistent by the steady flow of gravity.



Ryan

heh

i win

This is really great ...

Check this out because it is a good site: Future Salon

Monday, July 10, 2006

24 hours of solitude best for brain development

The Edge is one of the most interesting pages for deep thinkers. They yearly ask a question that gets answered by high regarded people from different fields. In 2006 it was: What is your most dangerous idea. I like the answer from LEO CHALUPA:
"My dangerous idea is that what's needed to attain optimal brain performance — with or without prior brain exercise — is a 24-hour period of absolute solitude. By absolute solitude I mean no verbal interactions of any kind (written or spoken, live or recorded) with another human being. I would venture that a significantly higher proportion of people reading these words have tried skydiving than experienced one day of absolute solitude."

Sunday, July 02, 2006

The Power of Clarity by Steve Pavlina

Steve Pavlin about the importance of setting goals: "First, you must decide exactly what it is you want to accomplish. Most people never do that in their entire lives. And secondly, you must determine what price you'll have to pay to get it, and then resolve to pay that price."

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Steve Jurvetson: What value do you most cherisch?

Ross Mayfield askes 4 questions and I like Steve Jurvetson's answer to
"WHAT VALUE DO YOU MOST CHERISH?:

Playfulness. I cherish the child-like mind. I celebrate immaturity. I try to play every day. At work, I expect to fail early and often.

Oh how often we forget the ease and beauty of play. Favorite state of mind.