Random observations, teachings and musings of a well trained cubicle superhero.

Thursday, August 26, 2004

The SDP Streaming Media Recorder

The SDP Multimedia website for ASF download and MMS protocol specification
The real reason why I didn't reedit those Red Stripe films is I couldn't convert one of the QuickTime streams!
Here's a program that will take mms links and download them to a local file. Not sure if its a record of the download itself (like including any hiccups, or bitrate drops) or it pulls the full file somehow, but it is a solution. I googled for a good hour and found nothing like this.
MMS or ' Microsoft Media Server ' protocol is Microsoft's proprietary network streaming protocol. Microsoft has never released a specification to describe how MMS actually works, yet it is extensively used by their Microsoft media player software. MMS protocol can be used on top of TCP and UDP transport protocols over any network medium. Its primary use is to stream live or prerecorded audio and video content to your computer without any need to download a file before playing.
Believe it or not, this tip is from Sarah Lane

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Recent live DJ sets to bang your head on

right click and save these the power of geography compels you
Richie Hawtin - Live @ Sala Pagoa, Spain 2004-04-08
MP3 - 44kHz - 192kbps Time: 1:04:39 min INFO
Download pt 1 - 107 MB
Download pt 2 - 107 MB
Marco Bailey - live at Liberty Parade Romania 31.07.2004
MP3 - 44kHz - 192 kbps INFO (not english)
Download - 184 MB

Other sets available if you register, but uh, yeah maybe later.
from U-MP3 blamblamblam repeat indeed.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Enabling Web Directories.

Newbie web developer porn.
.htaccess file to list a directory content
Let's say you want to allow your web users to see the 'downloads' folder contentby simply typing http://yoursite.com/downloads in their browsers.Create a folder named 'downloads' under your document root (/var/www/html/ for ENSIM panel). Put a simple text file in that folder named '.htaccess', which includes the following line:Options AllThat's it! Your users will be able to see all other files in http://yoursite.com/downloads and download them by one click.
oh yes, parse that code, pluck that banjo, you have very nice looking shoes miss.

John C. Dvorak is part prophet/part seriously smart dude.

August 27, 2003
With DivX beginning to appear in DVD players later this year, the next stage of video compression development is already under way. DivXNetworks is working on H.264, a standard that compresses video by as much as 75 percent. The company believes that using such compression, a DVD stream can be pushed over the Internet at a magic 384 Kbps. This also bodes well for the future of high-definition compression and, eventually, high-definition video streams. The DVD manufacturers are in for a surprise with the popularity of DivX.
By this time next year, DivX will be in the public lexicon.

Noted here player originally on sale at Radioshack for $99 now at Best Buy Canada-$79.95 Philips DVP642. CDR/RW-DVD-DivX player.

1 Gmail invite up for grabs

If anyone still needs one, email "adbecf" at yahoo

And the cult grows. This virus will never allow open subscription, this just works way too well. Instant dedicated user and a friend to email.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Red Stripe Ambassador fights Lennox Lewis

Lennox Lewis, the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion of the World (thats Earth) has Challenged the Jamaican Red Stripe Ambassador.... ow.
You can also bid on the Ambassador's shoe on ebay if you're in the US
The site seems slow, go for the Quicktime format.

The Announcement
Jimmy (the Ambassador's sidekick) offering his words of wisdom
The Ambassador Turns up the Heat

This had the potential to be alot funnier. So much so that I spent an hour trying to convert the mov files to re-edit it myself. (perhaps later)
http://us.redstripebeer.com this site used to be hilarious, with "webcams" of the redstripe compound that just had film Ambassador finding bottles of beer in every room and smiling. Hmm, sorta like my old apartment.

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Spam Gourmet self-destructing email addresses

If you give your email address to everyone, you are bound to receive spam emails, and you won't know where they came from. Wouldn't it be convenient to give a different email address to every business or web site, while getting all your email as before? Wouldn't it be easiest to assume the address will be given to spammers, and have it shut off automatically unless you decide otherwise?

Friday, August 20, 2004

Gmail Notifier

Gmail Notifier
The Gmail Notifier is a downloadable Windows application that alerts you when you have new Gmail messages. It displays an icon in your system tray to let you know if you have unread Gmail messages, and shows you their subjects, senders and snippets, all without your having to open a web browser.
-Yello recorded Oh Yeah for just such an occasion.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

The AnimWHOtrix (Dr.Who-Flash/RM episodes)

Animated online adventures in time and space.
See Richard E Grant as the Doctor, Douglas Adams' lost adventure completed, and marvel at a female Cyberman.

Origami Bowl

Origami Bowl
Because I totally agree, getting up and getting a bowl...is totally out of the question. Fold away, you foldy folders.
No. I haven't tried it yet, as I am also to lazy yo lean over and get paper, let alone fold. Im out of breath hitting just these keys
EDIT-It works, just start open side down, and the last quarter folds bottom fold should be in line with the edge, and the top should go past the point of the v to hold it all together.
Finished box is 10.8cm square and 5.5cm high, and useful for absolutely nothing, I will cherish it forever.

Next Challenge: Origami Crawling Man, With Round Head, from the same guy who made the paper Nintendo

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Creep yourself out (audio...no download)

In Firefox after you load a page, hit the "\" key outside of a text input area.
What is that? It frightens us it does. I need coffee.

Monday, August 16, 2004

American Dad pilot (video)

http://pilot.american-dad.com/americandad.wmv (link above redirects-now works)
American Dad from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, is the animated story of Stan Smith (MacFarlane), who works for the CIA and is constantly on the alert for terrorist activity. Stan will go to extremes to protect his beloved America from harm – as evidenced by the terror-alert color code on his fridge, and his frequent knee-jerk reaction of shooting holes in the toaster whenever the toast pops up.
-I'm undecided.

KCRW: Chocolate City. (audio motherload)

Chocolate City: Progressive mix of soul, hip hop, and world rhythms, hosted by DJ Garth Trinidad. Saturday evenings from 6 - 9 PM. Produced by Cary Sullivan.
These are direct links to the realaudio, for more information visit the archive page at http://kcrw.org/cgi-bin/db/kcrw.pl

Archived DJ Mix Sets from:
Carl Craig
Norman Jay
Ron Trent
Theo Parrish
Boo Williams and Translucent
Kerri Chandler
DJ Diz
Vikter Duplaix
Ztrip/Cut Chemist/DJ Shadow
King Britt
Eothen "Egon" Alapatt (Stone's Throw)
Gilles Peterson
Bugz in the Attic

Marques Wyatt info
Jazzy Jay (Zulu nation!) info
DJ Afrika Bambaataa
Marques Wyatt info
Plan 9 (from outer space)
CrazyLegs interview(rocksteady)
"45 King" info
Funk Brothers interview
Freddie McGregor (reggae legend)
Dilated Peoples
Black Eyed Peas ('98)
Talib Kweli
Jill Scott

you're welcome

Saturday, August 14, 2004

Electronic Newspapers.

http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx (They have the Toronto Star)
PressDisplay.com offers you the most convenient way to read real newspapers in one place. One low monthly fee gives you access to the newspapers from around the world on the day of their publication. PressDisplay.com not only brings the world's best newspapers to you, but it enhances your reading experience with advanced digital tools. Now you can easily search any issue by keyword. You can look up archived issues as far back as 2 weeks. You may bookmark any article that you like, save it for as long as you want and even share it with your family, friends and colleagues, so they can read it too (they don't need to be registered for the service to read a bookmark created by you).
$10 US for 31 issues

http://www.newsstand.com/ (have Globe and Mail)
NewsStand is the total solution provider of digital publications giving publishers a sustainable competitive edge. With its patent-pending technology, NewsStand delivers traditionally formatted print media over the Internet to anyone anywhere in the world.
Mon - Sat: 4 Week rate CAD 20.00
Sat only : 13 week rate CAD 22.26
Mon - Fri : 13 week rate CAD 51.19
Mon - Sat : 13 week rate CAD 61.54
Current Issue: Sat Aug. 14 CAD 2.00

National Post - epaper

National Post - canada.com network
• Today's edition, online by 5:00 am ET
• 7-day searchable archive
• Every headline, every column, every story
and every picture
• Zoom-in capabilities on stories and photos
• Ability to print articles
• Complete access to nationalpost.com + subscriber exclusive content*
• Breaking news on the canada.com network
$10/month, $2/issue current, $1/backissues $5 "ewallet" deposit

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Last month Jakob Perry was moved by the sheer number of articles about "how IE's security sucks" coming out into the world. So he decided that it'd be cool to have a Firefox Marketing site.. a Switch site, somewhat like Apple's Switch site. Yes it does look similar to Apple's site, but if you take a look, all the code is different. Instead of the Tables and HTML Apple uses, the Firefox Switch site is done in 100% valid CSS/XHTML ...
courtesy of MozillaZine. Another fine google trackback.I stumbled on it while trying to see if there is a version over 0.9.2. I still dont know, and now I've lost interest.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Wiping this machine-thought i'd post these for enjoyment.


Solid Steel (Coldcut)

This one is purely to piss off my Dad

"...some experts suggest that you should wait for the other side to speak first. By receiving the opening offer, the argument goes, you'll gain valuable information about your opponent's bargaining position and clues about acceptable agreements. This advice makes intuitive sense, but it fails to account for the powerful effect that first offers have on the way people think about the negotiation process. Substantial psychological research suggests that, more often than not, negotiators who make first offers come out ahead"
compliments of Bizwerk

Music for Robots contracted by Warner Bros

The MP3 blog I was "concisely" hyping back here, has inked an agreement to use songs from the WB catalog. This is pretty f'n cool. That is, unless MFR turns into a whorey corporate superfan.
"The label has done cool things with the marketing (like linking directly to iTunes from the artist's home page, giving away a sampler cd and special cd-r with the download, etc). We're glad that mp3 blogs are being recognized as a next step in the marketing ladder. This is also exciting because big labels like this don't commonly post mp3s -- they sometimes have streams, but rarely downloadable content. So this is a new thing for everybody, and it's pretty exciting."
compliments of Boingboing

When is 1 better than 3? (Kottke/Waxy/Dash rollup)

(Kottke/Waxy/Dash rollup) http://rollup.org/rollup/rollup.php?id=379
A rollup is an automated blog that aggregates (rolls up) a number of different sources. Using RSS feeds you can create your own rollup for any topic.
Rollups are also known as 'community aggregators', because they aggregate content around a shared community of interest.
Looks like you can't add any new rollups (look at the front page) but this site seems to do the same sort of thing
However: http://www.feedroll.com/rssviewer/
compliments of BizStone

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Garden State, the Shins

I've been hyping this band like I was their manager for the past 4 months or so, and they're on cemented Lyra rotation. I'm pleased to hear they're featured in Garden State, which looks very promising.
There is actually a line in the film that says listen to this song, it will change your life, or something. This is the track that is played: Shins-New Slang.
These are the two tracks that hooked me: Gone For Good, and Kissing the Lipless
This is definately WAY more popish than what I normally I gravitate to, but damned if these crackers aint got my ear.
I'd never have heard them without A. Finding the Sub-Pop MP3 page, and B. buying the Lyra to play the MP3s. I also like Iron&Wine listen dem.

Alarm clock webpage

"(IE Only) Set an alarm that will play any sound from your computer. You can even select a snooze time after it sounds" It works off your system clock. It works.
This alarm clock thinks its a web page. Silly.
If I was smarter
I would build this into a web page.
Surprising. After much googlery and backlink checking, i don't think anyone else has either

Monday, August 09, 2004

Gyration. That is the forbidden mouse!

Kudos to the CSRs @ Gyration. After sitting in a box for 8 months, my mouse's receiver wasn't being recognized by XP. Whether it was something I did while moving, we'll never know... ahem *cougrecordcrate* By some stroke of luck it fell within a select number of units recalled for a reception issue. One call and a replacement was zipped out to me, arriving today.
I urge you all to check this product out. Despite my technical issue, its a great product I couldn't go without now. It's sold at CDW.ca
Here's ExtremeTech's overview: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1128548,00.asp

Also:Logitech's RMA process doesn't involve sending back your old unit. I'll let you do as you wish with that info.

Cute PDF writer

Freeware, and NO watermarks, installs as a printer. Leo and Roger are my gods.
compliments of CFH (new shows soon on g4techtv Canada)

Sunday, August 08, 2004

Soda Club home soda making machine

Soda Club Flash Demo
When I saw the now shipping to Canada I nearly cried.
Now I'm going to need to find a way to work this through VPN.
US site


MSN Web Messenger

Fully web-based MSN messenger, no download, no install.
It actually works and looks (window spawning etc) looks almost exactly like the full program.
MSN Web Messenger
IT Managers everywhere knash teeth.

Ghost In the Shell TWO:Innocence

US Version
official: http://www.innocence-movie.jp/
The story takes place in the year 2032 and the line between humans and machines has been blurred almost beyond distinction. Humans have forgotten that they are human and those that are left coexist with cyborgs (human spirits inhabiting entirely mechanized bodies) and dolls (robots with no human elements at all).


wmv 500kbps
wmv 300 kbps

Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape

Haven't listened to this yet, but interesting...
Something about this webpage makes me think of glass tables, chrome and dark wood.

Mercedes-Benz Mixed Tape
Rediscover musical diversity: every 6-8 weeks Mixed Tape presents an exciting blend of exclusive MP3s by new, international artists.
The second installment has just been released, featuring 15 brand new tracks as part of a free download compilation

Also check out the wicked controversy about the netlabel artists featured

The Fifth Element meets Vidal Sasoon comercial. (Immortal/God-Diva)

Jay Barnes is a very funny man....right

80sNostalgia.com - Classic TV - Charley Says...

Friday, August 06, 2004

Jawbone resonant Headset

This one is a little old, but somehow I never researched it. Now that I have a little time...
Jawbone.com has nothing more but press clippings, and Aliph is more excited about the sine waves than showing off the design. Bah.
At the moment it still hasn't been released, but there has been a live demo. Looky.
The hottest tech demo of the day was a new product called Jawbone, a noise-canceling headset for cell phones that will be out later this year and sell for "under $150," says the manufacturer, San Francisco-based Aliph. In a demonstration of the headset from outside the building on a call to the auditorium, with a live video feed on the screen, a user talked over the sound of a boom box, a weed cutting and a blender. By switching on the noise-canceling device, the background noises all but disappeared and the speakers on the stage had a clear conversation with the demonstrators outside, despite the fact that the viewers could clearly see the blender and weed cutter were still going strong.
compliments of google/engadget

Pearl Jam: Live at Benaroyal Hall: Oct22/03 (audio stream)

64kbps not exactly FM quality, but still a good indication of whether you want to buy the CDs or not. Relax narc, it's legal courtesy of random Googlery and MSN.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Fireworks explode (video-no one gets hurt)

what i guess was supposed to be a fireworks show goes....off.
Awesome, the pyro in me is very pleased. I watched this thing like 4 times.

Pencil carvings

Pencil carvings feature in the exhibition that we JAD Project hold. They are mainly produced by Mizuta Tasogare and Kato Jado.

Danny Bot. So very very sad (video)

A story so sad, even your robot will cry.
"Danny Bot" is exactly like the song "Danny Boy," except instead of being about an old man singing to his son who's heading off to war, it's about a young man singing to his robot servant, who's heading off to robot-war.

some post-video listening...
Victor Lam-"Robot Love"

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

GHOST TOWN - Chernobyl Pictures

To begin our journey, we must learn a little something about radiation. It is really very simple, and the device we use for measuring radiation levels is called a geiger counter . If you flick it on in Kiev, it will measure about 12-16 microroentgen per hour. In a typical city of Russia and America, it will read 10-12 microroentgen per hour. In the center of many European cities are 20 microR per hour, the radioactivity of the stone.
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