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The Promise of The Internet

by Ian on Jun.08, 2009, under Links, Rants

The Internet doesn’t seem to get a lot of love.  Popular opinion ranges from it being a useless toy populated by distractions like Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace to malevolent entity filled with spam, viruses, and porn.

While there is a lot of crap on the Internet, if you take the time to dig through it, you’ll be rewarded with some amazing creations that could only exist on the Internet.  For instance, Thru You brings remixing to a whole new level!  The creator, Kutiman, brings together unrelated Youtube clips to create entirely new musical compositions.

The amazing thing isn’t that he was able to make such an great piece of art. The amazing thing is it shows  how many different creative works exist on the Internet for free, and the power of being able to search, edit, comment, mark-up, and distribute uninhibited by the walls of traditional media.  I hope the Internet stays free, because there is no other forum for creativity that matches the it.

Where else can you find something like this:

It makes me wish I knew how to play an instrument…


(I meant to do a write-up about my experience at the Renaissance Fair last weekend, but I can’t find the cable to connect my camera to my computer, so that will have to wait.)

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DIY part 2

by Ian on May.26, 2009, under Image Dump, Links, Projects

Wow, the renovations of that sketchy room have really taken off! I was unable to give Davin a hand yesterday, but he was able to get all of the major walls up, and the rest of the ceiling installed. Today we disassembled my ball pit, transported it to his house, and repurposed the wood to make an entry way to the lounge/ball pit, and a nifty little seating nook. Walling the nook was interesting… in a horrible way. I had to spend way too much time in a cramped, dark gap to fasten the rear wall on, while trying to not get Tetanus from the decaying ceiling. The work is going to be worth it in the end! I had to leave early to get some work done, so even more has likely been completed. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to head over tomorrow to help finish it up.

Where did all of the balls go?
There they are!
The Culprit!
I used a lot of these to put it together...
Another Bad Plan Working
The New Entry Way
A Few Walls and Some More Ceiling
It is there in case you hit your head...
Cool Little Chair Nook
I hope you enjoyed that. Here are a few links in case you didn’t. (or did, but want to see some other cool things.)


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by Ian on May.24, 2009, under Image Dump, Links, Projects

Well today was interesting! I have been itching to work on something real lately, luckily Davin was beginning work to transform a nasty storage area under his stairs into a lounge/ball pit. Quite a job! He had already gotten it as clean as it was going to get and removed a lot of rotted drywall and I am very glad I missed that part.

Work is moving along at a decent pace. Today we were able to get the carpet and part of the ceiling in; Tomorrow we are hoping to get enough of it finished to put the couch in. Then we’ll put in the rest of the walls, lights, and of course the balls. That’s all for now, enjoy these pictures of our work day.

Free Wood is Good Wood
A Blurry Davin Says Hello before the Build
Who Gave Me a Saw
The Ceiling is [Mostly] In!
Something's Wrong Here...
Stud to Stud Carpeting

Thanks for Reading! Check back again soon for more updates.


P.S. Speaking of construction, here are some amazing unique materials:

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Chugging Along

by Ian on May.21, 2009, under Announcements, Links, Projects

Ok, so I am trying to keep up the momentum and get as much stuff fixed/posted on this site before life catches up with me. I finally got the Musical Curves applet Brett Dutro and I wrote online.  You can find that here.  Also, I wrote a fairly lengthy tutorial post on working with sound in Flash.  I tried some new and time consuming formatting with it, and for the most part I like it.  I need to modify the look of the code viewer I found so it clashes with the background less, but I think it is ok for now. bannerfail(If you have any suggestions for a better code viewer with automatic syntax highlighting, let me know.)  You can find that page here.  I am not going to post tutorials on any sort of regular basis, they will get up there as I am motivated to write them.   

Oh, I saw the strangest banner ad on Facebook today for ancestry.com, so I saved a copy of it to post here.  I know what they were trying to do with the banner, but it really just came off as a creepy man trying to kiss a baby.  

On a more serious note, the site itself is great if you want to learn more about your genealogy, and  its World Archives Project is rather ambitious, and a very good use of crowdsourcing(everyone loves buzzwords).  

Crowdsourcing, if you haven’t heard of it, is the act of dividing a task that is either too large for an in-house team to complete, or too complex for a computer to churn through up and disseminating it to a large number people, usually via the Internet.  It is essentially a wetware version of cloud computing.  Kinda cool, right? Another interesting crowdsourcing site is Innocentive; a crowdsourced R&D company specializing in sciences and engineering.  They post problems from companies, and the crowd responds with a solution.  If the solution is considered appropriate, the supplier gets a fairly hefty reward.  

Well that is more or less all I have for today.  Before I go here are a couple interesting links.  (This is going to become a regular thing I think, so even if my posts aren’t interesting you will have somewhere interesting to go.)

Download Chip’s Challenge - A great puzzle game that was on the Atari and the Microsoft Entertainment Pack.

http://soytuaire.labuat.com/ - Greatest use of Flash that I have seen in a while. Amazingly creative!

And with that, I bid you good day.


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A Wild ‘New Section’ Appeared!

by Ian on May.19, 2009, under Links, Projects

What will you do?
No silly! Go check it out! (requires microphone)

I only have one game up now, but I am working on more.  If my summer schedule stays relatively light, I should have a game every week - week and a half up here. Hopefully I won’t eat my words!  

If that isn’t your style, here are a couple links you might find entertaining instead:
Keyboard Cat plays off Stephen Colbert
An interesting article on the New Coke fiasco - (fantastic website by the way, its title is definitely no exaggeration)

Well that is all I have for tonight! 


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Something to pass the time

by Ian on May.19, 2009, under Image Dump, Links


Just in case you needed another little distraction in your life, I found this neat little warning label generator.  I have also been messing around with Flash the last couple of days, and I should have a game or two up on this site soon, so keep a lookout for that. I haven’t forgotten about my other projects, I just have a little more free-time than usual since I am not taking classes this summer. (I am working, but that is still less of a time commitment than classes. lol)  Maybe I’ll actually finish posting all of the other junk I have been meaning to get up here while I am at it!

One more thing. I just found the cable for connecting my camera to my laptop, so I thought I would share two images with you.  

I also got to go see Nightwish in concert last week, and I naively atempted to snap a picture of them performing... It almpost worked.

I also got to go see Nightwish in concert last week, and I naively attempted to snap a picture of them performing... It almost worked.


A Maneki Neko (good luck cat) I got from the FIRST robotics team I mentored. I might be unable to help them next year because of other obligations, so they are wishing me luck.

Catch ya later!


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