Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mac OS X Grapher

Recently I thought I'd dive into the 'Grapher' program provided free with Mac OS X Tiger in the Application/Utilities folder to simulate an equation I'd been given.

Writing it into the equation bar was surprising because it displays it all very nicely converting a * to a nice dot and bracketing and dividing nicely as you type! Further, I discovered an item in the context menu to export the equation as an image or... A LaTeX equation!!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Amalagamate, Video Discs, Laserdisc, Microcomputer? It can only be...

The same year that brought you Blade Runner also brought us this $20000 (Twenty Thousand dollar) exercise cycle which "amalgamates a superior, industrial quality LaserDisc player with a video disc, a 45" rear screen video projector, and the Lifecycle electronic bicycle/aerobic trainer." Wow!!!

This "surrogate travelling" monstrosity gives you a whole 2 hours of tours, meaning it was probably possible to fly to these places and actually cycle this tours for less than the cost of this device!


Original article found on BoingBoing

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Extreme Balloon Modelling

I found this site using Stumble! and it's really impressive the amount of detail these guys have managed with balloon folding. I was impressed with a bicycle made from 10 or so balloons, but this takes it to the extreme!

Good stuff!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Manhunt 2 Banned

The computer game Manhunt 2 has been rejected classification by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) - an unelected group of people who decide what is acceptable for the British public to watch.

This game's predecessor was given an 18 rating which apparently was at the "top end of the scale". Manhunt 2 clearly surpasses that, no doubt due to it's probable increased graphics realism and something which I read separately; the Wii version's ability to control stabbing and mutilation by performing the motion with the wiimote...

Whilst I'm not one for buying this particular genre of games I would have like to have seen the wiimote stabbing action purely out of curiousity, not out of some hidden wanton desire which the BBFC rejection now makes this appear.

a range of unjustifiable harm risks to both adults and minors

Let's quickly skim over the adult part. If a person starts to commit these acts based on a computer game, then that person has a problem. It's not the games fault!

They should perhaps do a lab test - pull a few hundred people of the streets, let them play the game for a few hours a day for a full month and release them into the wild and see what they do. I doubt very much they will all turn into killing machines*. Although, you may find that a fraction of those that do have tendencies for violence may be catalysed by the computer game - but since (I presume) that number is quite small, why stop the rest of us. It's a bit like banning peanuts because some of the population is allergic to them.

Now to the minors, sorry, that's why it should be an 18. 18 means, don't let people who's ages are less than 18 watch or play... Let's assume it did get an 18 classification. I'm not ignorant enough to realise that kids would get hold of it because "it's cool". Some of their parents would have even bought it for them, their friends would play it, etc. This is a decision the parents should be making based on the age rating and it really should become an offense just like (unsupervised) underage drinking is. Perhaps there is a useful application of DRM here.

Furthermore, rejecting the game now makes it even more 'cool' in the average kid's eyes because they'll have to import it from the US and play it on their chipped PS2s...

Come on, where there is a will there is a way. Why bother banning games - you'll still be able to get hold of them. It's not going to stop it, is it?

*If someone makes a movie out of this then I had the idea first!

Monday, June 18, 2007

What happens when you bury a car?

Originally uploaded by Michael Bates.

On June 15, 1957, a time capsule and a Plymouth Belvedere were buried in a vault next to the Tulsa County Courthouse. On June 15, 2007, the car and the capsule were exhumed and unveiled.

What a shame! They probably had high hopes in '57 this would work, especially since they coated it in rust preservatives! Let's hope they do it again, but this time try to stop the seepage of ground water!

Originally found on this BoingBoing post.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

Joy of Tech

I though this was really funny. I read this keynote on Engadget's and MacRumours' live blogs as with the last few keynotes Jobs has performed. All of these apart from the most recent I've watched again online when it was released. I never watched the June 2007 one... When announcing the new features I found myself shouting at my screen 'You said that last year you arse'. Boy am I sad.

So I found this cartoon funny:

(Click it to read it properly)

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Car Radio Advert

I received this advert in my email from Pixmania advertising a Car Radio sale!

WOW! Like I've never done that before...

I did chuckle a little!