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The Dark Knight

I’m surprised that I can’t find a post on MCOJ about this movie. I’ll admit to not having seen the last batman film. I think I gave up on them due to Val Kilmer or George Clooney. Take your pick. In any event, through some work connections my dad got to see The Dark Knight last night.

He said it was fantastic and not at all like the old style that came across as hokey. Very good, very dark and apparently the Joker is extraordinarily creepy and sinister. I may actually have to plunk down the 8 bucks for this one.


June 24, 2008 Posted by | Movies | 10 Comments

Lego Digital Designer

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I know a couple of guys who take LEGOs pretty seriously so this might be old news to them. You can download Lego Digital Designer, a freeware app available in both Windows and OS X, and design your next LEGO-tastic creation in a AutoCAD-like fashion.

via Lifehacker

June 21, 2008 Posted by | How-To, Legos, Mac, Software, Windows | Comments Off on Lego Digital Designer

How To Make a Time Lapse Video

There’s a great post at on how to make a time lapse video using your dSLR. The above video is my first attempt. Here are my stats:

  • Manual Mode: 2 second exposure @ F13 in 30-second intervals
  • 490 shots total
  • Rendered video @ 10fps

via digital Photography School

June 20, 2008 Posted by | How-To, Photography, Video | 2 Comments

View PDFs Inline with Firefox 3 on a Mac

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I just tested out this Firefox add-on and I must say that it’s lightning fast. This sure beats the cumbersome method of downloading a PDF directly into

Unfortunately, this only works with Firefox 3 on a Mac. I’m guessing it’s because of the integrated PDF support in Mac OS X.

via Lifehacker

June 18, 2008 Posted by | Mac, Software | Comments Off on View PDFs Inline with Firefox 3 on a Mac

Google Command Line

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Keyboard jockeys, rejoice!

Being able to do google searches via a Linux-like shell interface appeals to my mouse-hating inner-self.

via Lifehacker

June 18, 2008 Posted by | Geeks and Gadgetry, Linux, Software | Comments Off on Google Command Line

Guide to better napping

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The Boston Globe has published a how-to guide for those of us that have forgotten how to take a nap. I saw this over at the 43folders blog and realized that sleep is a popular topic this week. Are any of you out there in the habit of taking naps?

June 17, 2008 Posted by | General | Comments Off on Guide to better napping

Bee Swarm

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A swarm of bees decided to make a rest stop out of one of the trees in front of my house. I have an unnatural fear of bees, but for the love of photography, I snapped these shots.


Oh, and Happy Father’s Day!

June 15, 2008 Posted by | Photography | 3 Comments

Python code swarm

I know there are several of you out there actively using Python. I recently came across this video, which visualizes the activity on the Python codebase over time. It looks like it has been a very long road for Guido van Rossum (started solo in 1991). If you watch the video to the end, you’ll see where he’s hired by Google and the language development really takes off

code_swarm – Python from Michael Ogawa on Vimeo.

The video was created by a UC Davis research group.

June 14, 2008 Posted by | Software, Video | , , | 2 Comments

How Much Do You Sleep?

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Personally, I average about 5 to 6.5 hours of sleep each night. I don’t feel compelled to go to bed until I feel sleepy. I see no reason to just lie in bed waiting for sleep to drop-kick me in the throat when I’m not looking.

It turns out that might just be all the sleep I need. A study at Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, CA produced some interesting results.


Studies show that people who sleep between 6.5 hr. and 7.5 hr. a night, as they report, live the longest. And people who sleep 8 hr. or more, or less than 6.5 hr., they don’t live quite as long. There is just as much risk associated with sleeping too long as with sleeping too short. The big surprise is that long sleep seems to start at 8 hr. Sleeping 8.5 hr. might really be a little worse than sleeping 5 hr.

How much do you sleep do you feel you need to function during the day?

Thanks for the link, AG!


June 11, 2008 Posted by | News, Science and Technology | 1 Comment

BMW GINA Light Visionary Model; Fabric-skinned Concept Car

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I can imagine driving a car built out of wire mesh, carbon fiber and fabric skin. The idea of being able to control the shape of my vehicle via electro-hydraulic devices that manipulate the frame is sexy. I just don’t want to imagine getting into an accident with an SUV in this car.

June 11, 2008 Posted by | Oddities, Science and Technology | 1 Comment