Thursday, July 29, 2010

Walk In Style Like Bigfoot

Okay those who knew me back in the day, often tell the story of how I used to wear aquasocks before they were cool.  Okay, your right maybe they never became cool. I still say I was a trendsetter and you all are just fashion haters. ;)   Here is another product  called Vibram Fiver Fingers, that I would love to try. They look quite different,  and are basically like gloves for your feet.  Think of it as running barefoot, but without having to feel every stick or rock as you prance around the forest pretending your Sasquatch.  I have read several reviews on them and allot of people say they are very comfortable but take some time getting used too.  I am gonna try and get a sample shipped to me and try them out.  I will keep you posted when I do.

You can purchase your own pair

Awesome Websites for Wallpaper

I am constantly looking for unique and off the wall images for my desktop, whether it is to convey a mood I am in or to freak out co-workers sitting next to me ;)  Here are a few great sites with some real interesting illustrations and photographs on a wide variety of topics and themes.

- This site is great!  You can search for hundreds of images using their indexed database.  The images are scraped from the net regularly.  I am always finding cool visual eye candy on here.

- Russian artist, Vlad Gerasimov created the site in 1998 to show off his talent.  The site offers a variety of images in a number of categories.  His unique style of imagery is something I haven't seen before on other sites.   I have several monitors displaying his creations.

Deviant Art - Primarily a website for budding artists to show off their talents.  This site also offers a collection of wallpaper that is quite good. The website also offers images and backgrounds for web design. I use this site often as a resource and for inspiration.


Mad Scientist - Homemade Toys We all Love

We have all played with these wonderful substances as kids.  Here is the science behind them and how to make your own at home.

Silly Putty
Here is a little instructional on making this super substance.  I remember countless hours using this to make everything from a fake nose to picking up cartoons in the Sunday paper.

- Another kid favorite!  There are a few ways to make this, both cooking and non cooking methods are described.

- This product is relatively new on the market and is a little pricey.  Here is a little tutorial on making this fun filled toy on the cheap.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Retro Games on Your PC

I am a hardcore gamer and grew up watching the industry evolve and flourish into what it is today. I remember spending countless hours at the arcade dropping quarters into countless video crack machines, and I owned about every game system that came out on the market. Wouldn't it be nice to play those old retro game titles again? Well you can using various emulators and roms, and running them on your PC. Below is a list of software that allows you to recapture a piece of your childhood and hang out with Ms. Pacman again.


8-bit Nintendo (NES):
FCEUX - a great emulator that is stable and has smooth responsive controls. It can be run in a window or fullscreen.

Super Nintendo (SNES):
ZSNES - a SNES emulator that is opensource and fully customizable.

Gameboy Advance:
Visual Boy Advanced - nice gameboy advanced emulator. Zelda never looked so sweet!

Sega Genesis:
Kega Fusion 3.6 - a sweet emulator for the Sega gaming system.

Nintendo 64:
Project64 - a easy to install Nintendo 64 emulator that does a great job of capturing this old consoles glory days.

Arcade Machine Classics:
Mame - a Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator that can emulate several thousand different classic arcade games from the late 1970's to the present.


Rom World - a nice collection of roms for all sorts of emulators. There is a nice search function and all roms are rated by users.

Rom Nation - another nice collection of roms for various emulators.


Internet Content & TV Online.

I found this neat little application today while going thru my rss feeds. The software is available for Windows and Mac, and can be launched from a Firefox extension. There are a number of services and software out there that allows you to view internet content, but sometimes they don't do the best job of helping you find what you are looking for. Zinc.TV seems to offer a nice easy interface to aggregate and find all your favorite online and local TV shows and movies.


Google Alternatives For Finding Goodies Online

These are some good alternatives to the Google search engine for finding stuff. Some are categories specific and do a better job of filtering your results.


MP3Realm - A nice website for finding mp3s and lyrics. You can stream the songs, add them to playlists and download them.

TuneFind - This handy website lets you search for music from movies and Tv shows. We have all had that moment where we hear and a song on a show and go, ooooh what's that I need to get that ;)

MuviBee - A site dedicated to letting users search for music and the music videos associated with the song on Youtube.


ClipBlast - features small videos from various sources like Hulu, BBC and others.

Blinkx - Another good website that offers a video search engine, that pulls content from hundreds of video and television providers. You can also browse video based on topics.


Filestube - A file aggregator that combines several file networks like Megaupload, Yousendit, Filefront, etc.

FileSnatcher - This site lets you browse for files on file networks such as Medafire, 4shared and Badongo.


Cookstr - This site is for the inner chef inside of us. You can search recipes based on chefs, holiday, cost and other filters.

RecipeZaar - An great website for searching recipes. You can filter by cookbooks, ratings and nutritional information.


Friday, July 23, 2010

Some Useful Websites for Geeks

Here are a few interesting websites that I have come across in the past few weeks catering to the Tech Geek in all of us.

Scribd - The largest social publishing and reading site in the world. This site offers how to manuals and all sorts of publications on a ton of various topics.

PasswordCard - is a credit card-sized card you keep in your wallet, which lets you pick very secure passwords for all your websites, without having to remember them!

Google Image Ripper - shows full original images instead of the usual small thumbnails for a Google Image Search. The collage-like results surprise and inspire instantaneously.

Sockso - is a free, open-source, personal music server for everyone! It's designed to be as simple as possible so that anyone with a mouse and some mp3's can get their friends listening to their music across the internet in seconds!

Media Convert - Free online file convertor that can convert audio files, video, presentation, document, spreadsheet, etc.