Posts Categorized: General

Hillary Rosen Guest Blogging on

Hilary Rosen, the former Chairman and CEO of the RIAA (Recording Industry Ass. of America) will be guest blogging on Lawrence Lessig’s blog this week. I think it will be interesting to see what she has to say now, two years after stepping down from her post at the RIAA. I’m curious how much of… Read more »


Have you ever wondered what information was in that funny looking barcode on the back of your driver’s license? Well, wonder no more. There is a site called Swipe where you can download a tool (or upload it online) to find out what sort of information is being acquired when someone swipes your license.

Flickr Explore

Flickr recently added a new way to plow thorough the millions of photos on their site. It’s called Flickr Explore, and it’s kind of a dynamic rating system for cool photos that is based on several variables (which they call “interestingness”). There are lots of things that make a photo ‘interesting’ (or not) in the… Read more »

Paper CD Case

Whenever I burn a CD for someone, I usually just fold together a piece of plain white printer paper and either print out a data or track list, or simply write it on the newly created envelope., makes it even easier to create a cheapo CD case. Just fill out the form with CD… Read more »

Apple Releases Multi-button Mouse

It only took 29 years, but Apple has finally released a mouse with more than one button! Apple’s standard one-button mouse has been a symbol of simplicity for quite some time, but (to a lot of users) has slowly made things more complicated. Today apple released what they’re calling, “Mighty Mouse.” The Mighty Mouse actually… Read more »

Ninja Mask Lessons

I ran across this lovely picture/lesson again today. I vaguely remember coming across it once before quite some time ago. This time I followed Vern Reid’s directions step by step and made myself into a ninja via a black T-shirt. Now that you’ve got the official directions for the ninja look, I suggest that you… Read more »

Channel 101

Channel 101 refers to themselves as, “the unavoidable future of entertainment.” The concept is simple. Folks submit pilots for TV shows about anything they want (some are quite interesting). The submissions are reviewed by the Channel 101 team and are either flushed, or moved to live audience battle. Channel 101 has a monthly live screening… Read more »

Windows Noises Song

Check out this movie (flash) of an incredible concert played entirely with Windows SNDREC32.exe and the default windows sounds.

Wired NextFest Chicago

This past weekend I traveled to NextFest in Chicago with a few friends. The event, held at Navy Pier, was a pretty cool. It showcased new and upcoming technology in several different areas. I’ll highlight a few of my favorite exhibits in the different categories. Communication Motorola had a pretty large display set up showcasing… Read more »

Flickr Montager

I ran across another cool Flickr tool today. Flickr Montager will take any image tag that you enter, and create one of those cool photo mosaics out of the images with the tag you’ve entered. You can choose the form that the mosaic takes by clicking one of the thumbnails from the mosaic itself.

Tom Cruise Kills Oprah

I think the title pretty much says it all on this one. Tom Cruise Kills Oprah via

New Mentos Sugarfree!

It’s always a good day when you discover a new type of mentos! Today I ran across new Mentos Sugarfree for the first time. They are exactly what their name says they are… sugar free mentos for those calorie-conscious folks out there. They’re made with Splenda instead of the high test sugar that I’m guessing… Read more »

Best Buy Prices: In Store vs. Web Site

I experienced something a few weeks ago while shopping at Best Buy. I looked up the price/availability of a flash memory card on their website and seeing that it was available and cheaper than any other local stores (needed it right away – couldn’t wait for shipping), I drove down to the store. I scoured… Read more »