Archive | December, 2010

Patrick’s 10 Least Favorite Movies of 2010

So here is my list of my least favorite movies of the year. I need to note that I have not seen all the movies this year and for the most part I try to avoid festering pieces of shit (which is why there is no mention of Jonah Hex or the Last Airbender on […]

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Patrick’s Top 10 Films of 2010

For a year that started off slow and kept going slowly during the summer, 2010 really ratcheted up its game as soon as August rolled around. A boring year became an exciting one as picture after picture from the best directors working started pouring out. Just about all of my favorite directors put a picture […]

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Dead Easy Image and File Sharing with Drag and Drop onto Your Browser

drag2up is a Chrome and Firefox addon that allows you to drag and drop files onto any text field in your browser window at which point drag2up uploads those files to image or file-sharing services in the background and then instantly inserts URLs into the text-field for you. Example Usage Let’s say I want to […]

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Git “push” Does Not Push Tags to Repository – Use –tags Argument Instead

I am relatively new to Git and this morning I sat down to tag the 1.1 release of imgscalr. I popped open Eclipse (using EGit) and tagged the current snapshot of the source tree with ‘release-1.1′: I then popped back over to my Git console and did a git push to push those changes to […]

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Little Fockers Review

I like comedy of all types but I am really into awkward comedy. Things that make me cringe make me laugh more quickly and consistently than most other types of comedy and slapstick is another favorite. These are what drew me to Meet the Parents and, to a lesser extent, Meet the Fockers. I really […]

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The Fighter Movie Review

If you have ever seen a boxing movie in your life, most notably Rocky or Raging Bull, then you are going to find a lot of familiar ground with the Fighter. Really, there is only so much you can do with a boxing movie in the first place. Someone is going to train and either […]

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True Grit Movie Reveiw

Remakes may be popular with filmmakers but they are often looked at with disdain from film fans. When you take a classic property like True Grit, for which acting legend John Wayne won an Oscar, more eyebrows are raised than normal. Still, when you are the Coen Brothers and you are planning less of a […]

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Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone Review

Introduction Evangelion 1.11: You Are (Not) Alone is the first release of a 4-part movie remake of the seminal Noen Genesis Evangelion anime series known as Rebuild of Evangelion. Yes, you just read that right. The Evangelion series is actually getting rewritten and remade in the form of a planned 4 movies, the first 3 […]

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Stop Companies from Tracking You with the Disconnect Chrome Extension

Most browsers provide a “Private” or “Anonymous” mode, but as some users have found out even in those modes browsers are still allowing companies to set Cookies that are used to track your location online. Some of the biggest offenders of location-tracking are Facebook, Google, Twitter and other mega-social news sites like Digg who’s socialization […]

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imgscalr – Java Image Scaling Library Released

If you have ever wanted to quickly rescale an image in Java you have probably noticed the following confusing things: There seem to be something like 9 different ways to do this: Image.getScaledInstance(), Graphics.drawImage(), Graphics2D.drawImage(…), BufferImageOps, AffineTransforms and don’t forget Java Advanced Imaging API. Which one are you suppose to use? Which one performs the […]

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Black Swan Movie Review

Movies are made for all sorts of different reasons and when those reasons include something quick and exciting or something light to take you away for an afternoon, there is nothing wrong with that no matter what film snobs say. But then there are films like Black Swan that are about something more and rather […]

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Coupling (Original BBC TV Series) is on Hulu

If your knowledge of the TV show “Coupling” is limited to the US attempted remake of the BBC classic, then you owe it to yourself to watch the original series. Fortunately Hulu has your back as the original BBC series is now available in it’s entirety (which unfortunately was only 3 great series and a […]

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Gift Idea: Solar or Low-Heat Powered Stirling Engine

If you need a badass gift for an engineer, why not get them a Stirling Engine for their desk! What makes Stirling Engines so cool is that they are a closed-system engine; converting the expansion and contraction of a “working fluid” (usually air) into mechanical movement. Here is an example of a solar and/or low-heat […]

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Pop Music Rewritten in Orchestral Scores

What happens when you take your favorite pop songs (whether it be Bad Romance or Living on a Prayer) add a talented and passionate orchestra musician (Walt Ribeiro) then put the whole thing in the oven and bake it? You get For Orchestra. Walt, with the help of a passionate music community, has combined his […]

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L.A. Noire Next-Gen Motion Caption was Necessary for the Story

Rockstar has put together a “Technology Behind the Game” video for the upcoming 1940s crime-drama game L.A. Noire. If you have caught any of the teasers so far, the first thing to hit you or anyone watching the videos is how unbelievably realistic the facial animations look; better than GTA IV, better than the fantastic […]

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Tron Legacy Movie Review

I was a big Tron fan when I was a little kid. I missed it in the theater but when it came on the Disney Channel the thought of it ruled my life. I worked out a whole special bed time with my mom on the night that it was to come and I made […]

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When Parents Text

Let’s face it, it is Christmas week and if you are still in the office you are probably just browsing the web until Christmas Eve. I am. Anyway, Kris Morton wants you to be happy and sent in a link to a great time-wasting humor site that seems to be the new fad of collecting […]

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Vacuum Cleaner Shopping: Hidden Motivations

Thanks to Kris Morton for sending this link in to an awesome bit from the “The Whitest Kids U’Know” sketch comedy group: Favorite Part: The checkout agent after the shopper exclaims how expensive the vacuum is.

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Chrome Dev Adds Support for ICC v2 Color Profiles

Grant Gochnauer sends in news that Chrome Dev (the development branch of Google’s Chrome browser) just added support for ICC v2 Color Profiles. You can enable the new functionality using the –enable-monitor-profile command line argument when launching the Chrome browser, for example: C:\[PATH]\chrome.exe –enable-monitor-profile Let the graphic folk out there rejoice, you now have another […]

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Digg Traffic Continues to Fall

On August 25, 2010 Digg launched “Digg v4″; version 4 of the social networking site. Digg v4 fundamentally changed how the site functioned for its users leading to a long series of backlashes against the site. By the end of September the bugs in the Digg v4 system had been worked and the articles about […]

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Anonymous Chatting on Omegle is Risky Business

Omegle is an interesting social experiment: anonymous chat with random strangers online, much like Chatroulette. My own experiences with these services have usually been less than enlightening, but always entertaining. Here is a recently conversation I had with someone that was spiritually, a much deeper conversation than I expected to have: Occasionally you hit gold […]

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Desktop Tower Defense + Unreal Engine + iPad

Trendy Entertainment is set to bring one of the most beautiful renditions of the Tower Defense gameplay mechanic to the iPad soon with Dungeon Defenders: First Wave. Like the much-ballyhooed “Infinity Blade” title that just came out for iPad, DD: First Wave uses the Unreal engine and brings with it some stellar looking graphics to the […]

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Recently Declassified 1945 Gun-Cam Footage from Attack on Japan

Kris Morton sent in a link to recently declassified footage from WWII airplane strafing runs on Japanese soil. Kris’s mentions his own family’s history with regard to WWII and why this video hit home: At about 2:24 the ground pounding starts. My Grandfather flew Hellcats in WWII. Was amongst the first to fly over Japanese […]

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Amazon Deal of the Day: Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood – $37

Big thanks to Kris Morton for the heads up that today’s “Deal of the Day” on Amazon is Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood for $37 brand new! Enjoy!

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