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July 2, 2008

Fair Food

Filed under: Random — digitalboy75 @ 12:57 pm

Newsweek has just released a short post about the Most Unhealthy Carnival Foods. Check it here.

I’m a bit miffed. I looooove me some carnival foods. I think about it for weeks before I go to the fair. I think its mostly because the fair is always around my birthday, and the two things both caused lots of excitment when I was a kid. These days I just mentally prepare myself for one small aortic blockage a year.


June 18, 2008

Harry Potter-y

Filed under: General Geek — digitalboy75 @ 2:32 pm

For you Potter loves out there, this is for you.

June 11, 2008


Filed under: General Geek — digitalboy75 @ 1:26 pm

So if you’re reading this blog, you’re either some form of Nerd or Geek or Gamer. (You could be a teenager looking for Bloody Mary pics, but that’s another post). I’ll jump on another assumption, and say you’re using Firefox as your web browser (if you’re not, shame on you!). You -should- be using the Search bar, and hopefully you have a few search engines installed (besides Google, there’s IMBD, Thottbot, Flickr, Ebay, Wikipedia,  Amazon, the list goes on and on). Then along comes YubNub.

Yubnub (which means freedom in the language of the Ewok’s on the Moons of Endor) allows you to create your own command lines for searching. That sounds clunky (who likes to type?) but its really quite ingenious. You add the YubNub search engine to your bar, and make it default. Now you can use it just like a search engine. No brainer. But, it comes with builtin command lines. Say I’m searching for martinis.

BIG TIP: Hitting Ctrl-K throws your mouse up into the search bar. Less typing, no grabbing the mouse. Wondermous!

So if I type:

martini – I get a search on my default engine
g martin- searches google for martini
y martini – searches yahoo for martini
imdb martini – searches imbd for martini
flint martini – searches FLickr for the most INTeresting photos with martini
wp martini – searches wikipedia for martini
yt martini – searches for Youtube martini videos

And never once did I have to click around, find and change a drop down list, or fuss with anything but typing real quick. It takes about 59 seconds to install and get used to it. Options for command line get a lot more interesting, there are literally thousands of command line options; and you can even create your own. Go wild.

Full details/HowTo here:

June 10, 2008

Good pudding.

Filed under: General Geek, World of Warcraft — digitalboy75 @ 10:27 am

Whee, ‘The Guild’ has posted their 10th regular episode; and has downed their first boss. Their homepage is here. They are a web video/group, based on a fictional World of Warcraft guild, dealing with their real life issues. Its funny if you only know a little bit about WoW, but hilarious if you play. Clara’s mothering instinct is totally hilarious, btw. You may recognize Codex from her recent Cheetoh commercials, and Bladezz is HAWT.

Episode 1:

June 6, 2008

We have wormsign!

Filed under: General Geek — digitalboy75 @ 9:44 am

OK, I couldn’t help but steal the tagline from this article (reposted below). But it was a good line. I’m excited about the prospect of the film, but I think I’ll be disappointed if it isn’t “new” material. The Sci-Fi channel remake in the miniseries was pretty damn good, but I don’t want to see a third re-hash of the novel. But there’s SO much lore, story, and existing books out there they could definitely start up a Lord of the Rings-esque Trilogy.

Oh, and if you like the art, click it and follow the link. Dune Animated Series? Awesome? Did Jefe just wet himself again?

Scribe in talks for “Dune” resurrection

By Jay A. Fernandez Fri Jun 6, 7:55 AM ET

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)- We have wormsign.

Rookie scribe Josh Zetumer is in negotiations to write the latest incarnation of “Dune,” Frank Herbert‘s sprawling sci-fi epic, for Paramount Pictures.

The award-winning 1965 novel — the first in a series of six books about a futuristic struggle for control of a precious spice called Melange on the desert planet Arrakis — was first adapted by David Lynch into a financially and critically disastrous 1984 film (though Herbert apparently liked it). It also was turned into a more successful Sci Fi Channel miniseries in 2000.

No one involved would comment on Zetumer’s take on the “Dune” saga.

Herbert’s son, Brian, and Kevin J. Anderson, who have co-written several additional “Dune” novels, will co-produce. Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) is attached to direct.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

May 22, 2008

The Antikythera Mechanism

Filed under: General Geek — digitalboy75 @ 1:54 pm

So maybe I’m a bit nerdy, but when I found this article on Wikipedia about ‘the first analog computer’, I was a bit impressed. But when you read through and realize that a device was constructed 100 years before Jesus was born, and it did the math to compute the locations of the sun, moon, moon phase, and 5 planets besides Earth…that’s just amazing. And it came with documentation…over 3000 characters inscribed on the device which are an obvious manual after translation. Simply amazing.

Which is why some people think it may have been given to someone in the culture as a ‘gift’…aka aliens dropping off a little gizmo much like you would give a whistle to some third world kid to play with.

May 18, 2008


Filed under: Random — digitalboy75 @ 1:44 pm

I’ve always had a real interest in fairs, carnivals, and the like. Probably because my birthday is in late September, and as a kid we always went to the county fair, which was a BIG event in a small rural town. So when I ran across this little gem of a page, I thought it was pretty interesting. And of course, slang, cants, and the like have always interested me as well, so a few things popped out at me. Taken from the following page:

Beans, or Beanies — Amphetamines ("stay awake for days" pills), often found in truck cabs during jumps, right next to the bulk package of condoms. Invaluable when you have to take down a ferris wheel late at night after closing and then drive all night and all the next day. Captain Don Leslie, interviewed for the Sideshow Central website in 2004, said that one-day stands with the circus were particularly taxing: "You were working 18 or 22 hours a day, you can’t keep that f'n pace up very long. At night, when you’d go to the office, they’d give you an envelope with gas money for the truck and there’d be speed in there. The show gave them to you, so you wouldn’t wreck their f'n trucks."
Cake Eaters — Locals, rubes.

Cake Cutting — Short-changing.
Carny Marriage —A Carny marriage is a couple that live together but have not engaged in any legalized ceremonies. The sign that they are "married" in the eyes of their fellows is a ride once around on the carousel or ferris wheel; a divorce is less formal, sometimes with a ride turning in the other direction, but more often at the end of the season or when both parties just say "to hell with it."
Chester — A child molester. A carny might be more likely to notice someone's undue interest in and behavior toward children because he is always observing the behavior of individuals in the crowd, and because venues like a carnival, where there are a lot of children and more than the usual chaos, tend to attract such predators.
Donniker — A rest room or toilet. Possibly derived from the need to pull down one's knickers in the outhouse. In Australian slang today, an outhouse is a "dunny".
Geek — An unskilled performer whose performance consists of shocking, repulsive and repugnant acts. This "lowest of the low" member of the carny trade would commonly bite the head off a living chicken, or sit in a bed of snakes. Some historians distinguish between "geeks" who pretend to be wild men, and "glomming geeks" whose act includes eating disgusting things. See the 1949 movie "Nightmare Alley" for a good geek story as well as for an excellent depiction of the mentalist’s technique

Half-and-Half — A hermaphrodite, a very valuable blowoff attraction often forbidden by local authorities. Some were real freaks, others were “made” by (at the least) shaving and making up one side of the body, or by the use of hormones to grow breasts so a performer born male could also display his upper “female” half. “Now folks, behind this curtain you are going to see the most bizarre attraction you have ever seen — and I’m going to introduce her to you all right now. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Albert-Alberta. This beautiful lady is our star attraction, but she is so unusual we are banned from advertising her on the outside. And since she is not advertised on the outside, she is not included in your general admission ticket, there is an extra charge for what you are about to see. We make no apology for this policy, because when Albert-Alberta goes behind this curtain, and you go with her, you are going to view her entire body, and you will plainly see that she is, in fact, a hermaphrodite. You’ve heard your neighbors talking about the half man/half woman, but Albert-Alberta is not half man/half woman … she is all man and all woman. You will see her body in its entirety, as bare as my right hand that you see before you right here. Now you must be between 18 and 80 years old to enter, because if you’re under 18 you wouldn’t understand it, and if you’re over 80 you couldn’t stand it. When you enter I want you to go right up to the edge of the stage. Get as close as you can so that you can see Albert-Alberta’s body in every detail as she displays herself to you, unadorned, unashamed, unlike anything you have ever seen before. The fee for this attraction is 25 cents, it’s time to go in right now. And those of you who are under 18 years of age, please step down to the other end of the tent where you will be entertained by our magician on the main stage.”
And on and on…. check the link above for a LONG list of carny lingo.

May 9, 2008

Autism – a must see video “In My Language”

Filed under: General Geek — digitalboy75 @ 10:14 am

I won’t add much comment, other than to say how I found these, and to recommend that everyone spend a moment to watch the video, be prepared to tear up/cry even if you’re not emotional. The second link is an article, meant for IT people that clued me into the youtube video. Its VERY interesting if you are in any technical field; or if you deal with the autistic. One in 150 children are being diagnosed with autism to some degree, so this includes a lot of people.

Computerworld article here:

April 28, 2008

The Force…we haz it

Filed under: General Geek — Tags: , , — digitalboy75 @ 8:14 am

I’m sure some Star Wars purists will radically dispute any similarities, but this article about <insert currently popular field of physics here> just reminds me of The Force. I also find it quite humble of the scientist being interviewed to name the as-yet-undiscovered particle after himself. Ah, to be a physicist so in love with himself that he can be credited for the creation of life in the universe! Anyhow, check this article out in full if you are interested in more, and just remember to substitute ‘The Force’ for ‘force’ and the word ‘Jedi’ wherever you see particle. Physics just got so much more fun!

Key scientist sure “God particle” will be found soon

By Robert Evans

GENEVA (Reuters) – British physicist Peter Higgs said on Monday it should soon be possible to prove the existence of a force which gives mass to the universe and makes life possible — as he first argued 40 years ago.

Higgs said he believes a particle named the “Higgs boson”, which originates from the force, will be found when a vast particle collider at the CERN research centre on the Franco-Swiss border begins operating fully early next year.

“The likelihood is that the particle will show up pretty quickly … I’m more than 90 percent certain that it will,” Higgs told journalists.

The 78-year-old’s original efforts in the early 1960s to explain why the force, dubbed the Higgs field, must exist were dismissed at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Today, the existence of the invisible field is widely accepted by scientists, who believe it came into being milliseconds after the Big Bang created the universe some 15 billion years ago.

Full article here.

April 22, 2008

I’ve never had the munchies for Pizza

Filed under: Random — Tags: , , — digitalboy75 @ 12:32 pm

But after reading this story, I might get them both at the same time. Well, maybe not…cause this is where I live, and its probably the last ‘green pizza’ you can get in town. Please note the day (well, a few days short of the ideal date) and the time (4:20 pm). I’m guessing they didn’t want to wait until 4/20 to make the arrest cause the manager would have called in sick 😉

Authorities: Pizza Joint Sold Pot
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 9:28 AM CDT


The manager of a Fort Smith Pizza Hut is accused of peddling marijuana from the restaurant’s drive-through window.

Aaron Massey, 28, was arrested at Pizza Hut, 1813 Grand Ave., Friday after Fort Smith and state authorities searched the pizza place and located several hundred dollars worth of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, according to a news release issued by Sgt. Jarrard Copeland, public information officer with the Fort Smith Police Department.

Narcotics officers with the Police Department began investigating the goings-on at Pizza Hut after receiving information that several employees of the restaurant had been smoking marijuana in the business and the manager, Massey, was not only smoking marijuana, but dealing it from the drive-through window, according to the news release.

“We don’t know how long he’s been doing it,” Copeland said in a telephone interview. “Probably quite a while because we got several calls.”

Members of the Police Department’s Narcotics Unit assisted Arkansas Beverage Control Agent J.C. Rider in an inspection of the restaurant at around 4:20 p.m., according to Copeland.

A search of the restaurant yielded approximately six ounces of marijuana, a street value of $720, and a set of digital scales.

“These items were located in the manager’s office, inside a black NPC briefcase bag which had the name ‘Aaron’ on it,” Copeland stated in the release.

It is believed, Copeland said, that marijuana is the only narcotic Massey had been selling from Pizza Hut.

As the investigation continues, more arrests will likely be made, Copeland said.

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