nerdlogger stumbls into tumblr….,, tumblr
I've been hanging around for the last couple of days and I'm quite impressed. My buddy brad -- -- would love this. He -- and a lot of others -- use and to keep track of stories they want to either read or blog and socialize. Well that plus a lot more is what tumblr does. The difference being that is a hell of a lot more stable and allows for different types of media to be posted (Text/Blog, Picture, Video, Audio, Quotes, Chat's and URL Links). also supports interleaving RSS feeds into your tumblr page, so I for example, have my blog here at, but also use it's RSS feed to feed stories to and everything gets married seamlessly by tumblr's…
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Holidays, and I’m back in the Studio….., Flickr, Photography
We're having a extended long weekend, and I was working on my new photography site -- -- when the studio bug bit me :-). Yeah everything was happy, I was customizing my new tumblr based photography site, when a couple of ideas started running through my head. Cassette Tapes, you know those magnetic beasts that used to store your music. I searched around the house and tried to document the last analog music storage medium. Check out more pics over on flickr.I wasn't done yet, I had always wanted to shoot my small collection of wrist watches. So after experimenting a bit I found the black background to be more dramatic. Below is a sample, more can be found on flickr.
Read More is here…., Flickr, Photography, tumblr
Well I finally broke down and did it. My new Photography site can be found hosted on tumblr at I'm using a modified museum theme by Paul Giacherio.The nice thing about having the site on tumblr is that I can host the physical photos on yahoo's and just link them into's pages. It keeps things very tidy and makes it easy to maintain. Tumblr really rocks.
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Some CLI tunes…..

Apple, CLI, Macintosh, OSX, osx Server
Just when you thought your command line life was getting boring, we discover these happy tunes for your cut/paste pleasure. Just select the entire line, copy it, open a terminal window, paste it followed by Enter and marvel at your Mac. Yeah it's a OSX thing and works best under 10.5, so if you've got Vista/XP/Linux, this might be a good enough reason to do the switcheroo :-).say -v Good oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosay -v Bad oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooosascript -e 'say "Dum dum dum dum dum dum dum he he he ho ho ho fa lah lah lah lah lah lah fa lah full hoo hoo hoo" using "Cellos"'osascript -e 'say "Dum dum dee dum dum dum dum dee Dum dum dee dum dum dum dum dee…
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JumpBox: Super simple way of getting web services deployed.

Linux, Opensource, OSX, Parallels Desktop, Virtual Hosts, VMware, Windows
If you read our "Open Source Lovin' for your Server" earlier this year and thought "that's too much trouble", here is an even easier way to sample preconfigured Open Source Application Servers at your own leasure. Be it for developement, fun, backup or even production, you can not beat JumpBox at simplicity. What they've done is basically created a virtual machine running linux with all the preconfigurations done for you. What this means is that I can -- just by downloading a ~160MB file -- run a full blown, preconfigured Wordpress site in 2-3 minutes -- of which 1-2 minutes are used up by parallels to boot the JumpBox virtual machine. You can even jump over to their blog and check out how you can setup your JumpBox to run…
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Transcode and stream DV to mpeg4 via firewire using VLC and Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron)

Firewire, Linux, MP4, Transcoding, Ubuntu, Video, VLC
Well kids are you ready for todays lesson in transcoding DV video. So first you need a decent machine. I'm using a P4 2.4Ghz oldie that has Firewire on-board and am chewing up 50% CPU for NTSC encoding. Then you need to get Ubuntu 8.04 installed. Once that's done use the following command to install vlc (Video Lan Client):sudo apt-get install vlcThen either follow this guide or if you're using 8.04 (Hardy Heron) ONLY, use the following command to add Medibuntu to your repository sources.list:sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.listfollowed bysudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get updateto add the GPG key for Medibuntu Repository. You may be asked to accept this package even though it cannot be authenticated. This is normal; typing "Yes" means you trust…
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Styrobot….Something creative my mind never came up with

Art, robotics
Yeah, now I know what I am gonna do with the packing foam that comes with the purchase of our next 50 Dell Servers. Michael Salter's creations can be viewed at San Jose Museum of Art, Robots:Evolution of a Cultural Icon, up thru 10/08. Totally cool and creative. Definitely one for the "I wish I'd thought of that" category :-). You can also watch Michael build the behemoth from the ground up below. giant styrobot from michael salter on Vimeo.
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TinEye Image Finger Printing Technology….Find out who’s stealing your images

image recognition, Photography
Just came across Idée's new baby, TinEye. Have you ever wondered why it is that you can't just go to google images (or similar image search engine) and look for images based on image content and not tags, names and such. Well it's because it's damn hard to do and frankly until now I haven't seen one that actually worked properly. That said, I think the guys at TinEye have it figured out quite nicely. Their system does NOT use keywords, text, names or tags. They have developed a proprietary image identification technology that creates a image finger print for a given image. This allows them to do amazing partial matches, even if the image has been cropped, resized or modified. Although their database of images is not as large…
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Toronto Strobist Group meets at Ryerson

Flickr, Photography
Yesterday TSG (Toronto Strobist Group) had their 3rd meeting at the Rogers Communications Centre. Lots of new faces, lots of new ideas. I definitely learned alot and generally had a blast. Got to try some of my homemade equipment which was kinda cool and also got to try my hands at shooting some fake kick boxing :-). The full gallery can be found here. And you can always check out our members contributions.
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