Early mornings for the sleepless.

Posted: October 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

Rise and shine you early birds. While most of you are getting ready for work some of us simply just returned from an all night with haves and have nots. All glim eyed, boozed up and moody regardless if they found their Prince or Princess Charming out there between the drinking and the dancing.

Well we all know cats love fish, but only some take the effort to get there paws wet. And those who don’t? Well…. beggars can’t be choosers, so don’t expect a cute little thing to fall onto your lap. The least I can do is sharing the internet catch of the morning. You might not get a shot at one of these, but if a cat may look at a king…

So what are the fish on the market this morning? First, in the German GQ man magazine features a new photo shoot of Rosario Dawson on their cover. Secondly, the beautiful Olivia Munn on a Rolling Stone photo shoot. You can cut this woman’s sarcasm with a knife, it’s hilarious. Video here. Last but not least, I have to mention the new FHM which managed to score a line of famous nocturnal naughtiness namely the three vampire girls: Diora Baird (30 Days of Night), Christian Serratos (Twillight), Natasha Alam (True Blood). See the photo’s in the new FHM.

Now you have seen all those professional photos let me share you this link on how girls attempt to “improve” their Facebook pictures. Everyone has seen these before, haven’t we?

Any finds, comments, links or interesting topics you can leave in the comment section below.

James Jean

James Jean

James Jean

Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell

Mike Mitchell

Jonathan Puckey – Delaunay Raster

Designaside

Disignaside

Antonella Arismendi – Full gallery

Antonella Arismendi

Antonella Arismendi

Outlinespace

USB Fish

Laguna

Laguna

Laguna

Laguna

Trek backpack

Now before my laptop was stolen a week back or so; Classmate Rolf and I where discussing the current popular laptop-shoulder-bag’s annoying features.

If you own a laptop, especially if you own a big one, you would know what I mean. The aching pain in the shoulder and the back and forth jumping, repeatedly punching you with its full weight, while you run to catch the train.

I said that someone should have made a backpack for your laptop instead. Much easier to transport and probably much less risk breaking your laptop. Well it seems I wasn’t the only one. It isn’t in production yet, but Trek will if enough people order.

Cruel experiments

On the subject of company production and development, I stumbled upon this list of horror research projects. Some of these experiments are just plainly sick.

Also more extreme experiments were done in the Nazi and Japanese concentration camps during the second world war. Detailed reports on the experiments are not that difficult to find when you google them on the internet though.

Whereas it is more difficult to find figures on the American’s “War Relocation Camps” for Japanese Americans during the WWII. That is, if I had not found some for you: Some shocking sources are at the Densho website. The website is made to preserve the found documents about these camps. In addition Densho has a youtube channel which contains several documentaries and interviews.

Obviously I don’t want to leave you hanging with such a depressing subject. So let me literally link you to oatmeals “Literally”.

Bon Voyage,
Dennis

(Source: Mashable) — We already know that Facebook is the web’s biggest time sink. If you look at the average amount of time (according to Nielsen) users spend on the social network, Facebook is a clear winner over sites such as Google or Yahoo.

Now, according to comScore, Facebook is also first when it comes to the total amount of time users are spending on the site.

In August, U.S. web users spent 41.1 million minutes on Facebook, which was about 9.9 percent of their entire web-surfing time in that month.

In this same period, people spent 39.8 million minutes on all of Google’s sites, and those include another huge online timesink — YouTube.

comScore puts Yahoo in third place, with U.S. web users spending 37.7 million minutes on its sites, which was about 9.1 percent of their web surfing time in August.

The numbers are even more impressive when you consider that Facebook had just overtaken Yahoo in July, and in August last year U.S. web surfers had spent less than 5 percent of their online time on the social networking service.

Still, it hardly comes as a surprise: Facebook has been growing steadily in the last couple of years, and in July it announced it had over500 million active users.

If Facebook keeps growing, a year from now Google may find itself far behind Facebook when it comes to web users’ minutes.

But does Facebook have room for growth?

Mark Zuckerberg predicts the site’s userbase might even reach one billion. The number doesn’t sound too far-fetched, given that Facebook still has room for international growth — for example inChina and Russia.

Of course, comScore only counts users from the U.S., so the global picture is still blurry.

But the facts show that Facebook users spend a huge amount of time on the site, and it’s a worrying stat for Google.

Google’s many online properties (Gmail, Search and YouTube, to name a few) have vast influence and reach. But right now, without a large social networking property (Orkut doesn’t count as serious competition to Facebook anymore), Google will have a hard time snatching users’ time from Facebook’s hands.

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Webcams for the voyeur in all of us

Posted: September 13, 2010 in Webskills
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(Source: CNN) — Webcams are everywhere. On the beach, the surf cam is broadcasting your bikini-ready (or not) body to the world. At the amusement park, the scream cam is proving you were, in fact, scared senseless. In the bar, the look-how-much-fun-we’re-having cam is showing your ex exactly how many shots of tequila it took you to get over him.

They’re placed at ski resorts and at zoos. They’re trained on college campuses and construction zones. They’re used in restaurants, hotels and libraries. They’re streaming you live, to the world, 24/7.

But you knew that.

After all, webcams are nothing new. There are now millions streaming live, compared to the 500 or so that were around in the mid-1990s. In this age of constant Facebook updates and geo-locator apps, we’re used to other people knowing where we are and what we’re doing. It’s no longer an invasion of privacy. It’s simply a cure for our eternal workday boredom.

We recently spent many hours watching webcams — all in the name of research for this article. (You’re welcome.) With help from Flemming Funch, the founder of webcam aggregate site Opentopia.com, and Brian Cury, CEO of EarthCam, we sorted through hundreds of live streams and grouped them into five basic categories. Check out our favorites from each.

I went to the Eiffel Tower and all I got was this lousy eye strain

When you’re sitting at your desk, staring glumly out the window, your first thought is usually “I want to be anywhere but here.” Welcome to travel via the webcam world.
A bride and groom pose at Abbey Road in London, England.
A bride and groom pose at Abbey Road in London, England.

Visit the Eiffel Tower or Times Square. Spend some time in Tokyo, Japan, or Nashville, Tennessee. Many ski resorts and beaches around the world have live streaming webcams set up so visitors can check weather conditions, but they’re just as useful for dreaming of an upcoming getaway.

Two of our favorite travel cams are the new one from EarthCam at the Beatles’ Abbey Road in London, England, and Yellowstone National Park’s cam trained on the ever-erupting Old Faithful. As Cury says, “If we can show the world the world, it will help make it a better place.”

Got steak?

There’s nothing quite like watching a rather large Texan chew down on a massive mound of meat. At least, that’s the premise of the live webcam at The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. The restaurant’s ongoing contest offers customers a full refund on their meal if they finish the shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad, roll and, of course, the 72-oz steak. And you get to watch it all.

If seeing someone upchuck doesn’t seem like your idea of a good time, check out the webcams at some other local restaurants like Prejean’s in Lafayette, Louisiana, or The Salty Dog Café in Hilton Head, South Carolina. “We do it for the entertainment value of our guests,” Salty Dog’s marketing vice president Mark Yarbrough said. “People just like to rub it in that they’re at the beach.”

Boo! I see you

Ghosts can be sneaky. They’re most commonly found in dark, cobwebby locations that not many people are willing to spend the night in. So what better way to catch them — and record the evidence — than with a webcam?

Spotting elusive creatures is one of the most popular uses of live streams. You can watch for ghosts in the Paris Catacombs or on the Gettysburg battlefield. You can prove Elvis is still alive at Graceland. Even the Loch Ness Monster has his very own paparazzi.

One of our favorites is the Willard Library ghost cam site. The Evansville, Indiana, staff teamed up with the local paper to place six webcams throughout the library. All stream 24/7 in order to catch the library’s world-famous “Grey Lady.”

Willard director Greg Hager says people often send him screen grabs of the illusive ghost, although he’s rarely able to see what they’re seeing.

Awwwww, look at the puppies/pandas/parakeets
A panda glances up only for a moment during a mid-afternoon nap at the San Diego Zoo.
A panda glances up only for a moment during a mid-afternoon nap at the San Diego Zoo.

The San Diego Zoo’s Panda Cam is easily one of the cutest things we’ve ever seen — even though the big balls of fur do little more than sleep and munch on bamboo.

The pandas are trumped only by the Puppy Bowl, a live streaming event that happens once a year during the Super Bowl for fans of the smaller, less aggressive breed. Watching a bunch of panting pups chase after some soft balls on a mock football field is really something to cheer about.

The land-locked among us can also check out any number of aquarium cams, from people’s personal fish tanks to the otter habitat at the Georgia Aquarium.

Web cams for the easily amused

If you’re really, really bored, feel free to watch any of the cams we’ve grouped under the scientific term “random.”

If watching paint dry would be more interesting than your current job, there’s the Peeling Paint webcam. Or play with Andie and Mike’s Bubble Cam — it lets you control the bubble machine on their back patio by clicking on the site. Want something really exciting? Join the 1 million other people who have watched grass grow in this Colorado neighborhood.

“One of my favorites appeared to be mounted on an underground digging machine in Japan. We never figured out exactly where it was and what it was digging but it was very interesting,” Funch said. He’s always surprised by what the search engines on Opentopia can find. But it’s no surprise why they’re so popular. “People are curious. There’s an element of mystery and of discovery.”

Let’s be honest, webcams have us all logged in to our inner voyeur. And while we felt a bit dirty after Googling “great webcam” at work, it was a fun way to spend a day catching up with the world… one strange live stream at a time.

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The Virtual Revolution Episode 2

“Enemy of the State”

A summary by Dennis de Zwaan

This BBC production presented by Dr. Aleks Krotoski takes you into the intriguing world of the World Wide Web through interviews with major contributors on the development of the web. She specifically shows us what kind of effect these developments have had on our society, government and personal lives. It doesn’t matter if you are an Internet Geek or a simple Facebook user, you have been affected by these advancements.

In this episode Aleks highlights the double edged sword the Internet is for civilians, communities and their governments by the following occurrences:

  • You will be taken to Iran where Aleks shows you how Twitter became the tool for Iran’s civilians to express themselves by uploading images and videos, showing the world through the Internet how they are suppressed, mistreated and censored by their own government;
  • How ironically the Internet itself was developed by ARPA and funded by the USA government whose secrets have been revealed several times by Wikileaks;
  • A highlight on China, the Internet censorship and guidance by their government through “50-centers”;
  • The development of Paypal and barrier free payments;
  • The organisation of Al-Qaeda extremists through the Internet;
  • How Cyber-Warfare by civilians effectively attacked Estonia’s economy and government.

Here is the first episode: