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Friday, August 20, 2010

Star Wars Fan Film Winner 2010

Sorry but I'm off for the day... hope this suffices for a blog post!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Facebook Places - foursquare And Gowalla On Board?

Last night Facebook announced it's entry into location based services and the giant offered foursquare and Gowalla a chance to sing the praises of "Places" and it's api. There had been a lot of speculation of late that Facebook may have been in the market to acquire one of these smaller players or that their entry would simply squash them out of existence. The move, at least on the surface, of making places an open api for the smaller companies to hang their code onto is either an olive branch or perhaps a trial balloon. In any event it will be interesting to see how this plays out and if being a feeder for Facebook (they will consume data driven from foursquare and Gowalla but not offer anything in the other direction) helps to accelerate the growth of these services. If the later is true, I hope they can keep up with the Facebook affect!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Little Distracted

I'm up early cooking up some goodness in the lab at work, and therefore my usual blogging over morning coffee is suffering the consequences this morning. Here is a fun little blooper real from Google to get your morning going and hopefully both of our days will start on the right foot! I'll try to find some news to discuss later in the day if all goes well.

btw, if you want to check out what it is that I do why not take a test drive?

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

It Was Only A Matter Of Time - Droid R2-D2

In keeping with yesterday's post regarding the cast of Star Wars invading Orlando on the weekend, Motorola, Google, and Verizon are hinting at a new android phone called.... wait for it... Droid R2-D2. The phone maker seems to have had no issue in making a white model (ahemmm!) with graphics on the back that resemble the lovable and trusty droid from the Star Wars franchise. 

According to cnet "Over the weekend, one of Verizon's official twitter accountsposted the picture you see to the left. As you can clearly see, the phone bears more than a passing resemblance to our favorite little Astromech. The entire back of the phone looks exactly like R2-D2 with a white base for the design."

Here's a link if you are interested in finding out more: 

Here's the twitter account to follow:

And here is a photo of our two favorite droids (credit

Monday, August 16, 2010

Star Wars Deleted Lightsaber Scene Screened For First Time

This weekend George Lucas, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher took the stage at Star Wars Celebration V in Orlando with John Stewart and a cast of storm troopers. The city was celebrating classic franchise and one of the highlights for the throngs of fans gathered was this deleted scene, screened for the first time.

Now, I'm a huge fan of the Star Wars series but I was not nearly as excited as the guy you hear predominantly shouting his approval. I'm actually apt to applaud Mr. Lucas for making a good choice and leaving this one on the cutting room floor. Wish I were in Orlando though! I'll bet it was a zoo... 

Credit: Laughing Squid

Sunday, August 15, 2010

How To Become Super - The Tutorial

I'm tired this morning and I wish I could summon up the powers of a super hero to get all the chores done that need tending to. If only I knew how to conjure up such wonders... but wait, the internet was created just for such advice, wasn't it?

Of course it was, and thanks to the great folks at Geeks are Sexy you don't even have to look that hard for the answers:

Oh, and in case you can't find your answer here, there is version two: 

Die and Return doesn't sound like a great option to me, so where is that Magic Ring?