Category Archives: Fun

WebGL Bookcase – Another Google Experiment

Have you noticed that companies are playing with new interfaces for presenting library collections? Here’s another that uses the Google Books API and is based on 3D – the WebGL Bookcase. It only works in Google Chrome for me, but if you don’t have it, this video shows you how it works.



Google a Day

Want to test your Google searching skills? A Google a Day does just that. Provides a daily question to answer, using their search techniques. How did I miss this?

A Google a Day









[from Wired]

Lytro’s Light Field Camera

Wow! What a cool idea for a camera! Take a picture and don’t worry about focusing – you can focus later on an spot on the photo. Don’t believe me? Try it yourself! Go ahead . . . I’ll wait . . .

Isn’t that the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? From what I’ve read, Lytro is planning on building their own camera with this technology embedded. However, I’m hoping that they license the technology to other camera manufacturers, too.

Buy the New Commodore 64

The original Commodore 64 computer was available for over a decade starting in 1982 and was a best-selling computer during that time. The “all-in-one” idea was very popular:

The company will soon come out with a new version of the Commodore 64. The outside will look as similar as possible to the original, but the inside will be updated to the latest and greatest technologies. From the New York Times:

 . . . 1.8 gigahertz dual-core processor, an optional Blu-ray player and built-in ethernet and HDMI ports. It runs the Linux operating system but the company says you can install Windows if you like. The new Commodore is priced between $250 to $900.

If you buy one, let me know – I have questions! 🙂

Amazon Cloud Player

Amazon has just announced a new music service – Amazon Cloud Player. It works like this:

  • Using your Amazon account, buy music from Amazon MP3 and save it to your Amazon Cloud Drive. No cap on the amount of music stored if you purchase it from the Amazon MP3 service.
  • Download and install the Amazon Cloud Player (for Android or web); play your music using this app.
  • Add any music you already have to the Cloud Drive. First 5 GB of storage are free; 20 GB are free if you purchase an album from the MP3 service.

Sounds great, right? It’s your music and you are storing it in the cloud instead of a hard drive. If you have an Android device, you have access to it pretty much wherever your are; have access to the web, same thing.

Unfortunately, the music industry thinks that Amazon needs licenses for the music before they can launch this type of service and they have none.

From Amazon:

Cloud Player is an application that lets customers manage and play their own music. It’s like any number of existing media management applications. We do not need a license to make Cloud Player available.

Makes sense to me, but I’m sure we’ll see more on this.

[from ars technica]

OED Adds New Words to 2011 Edition

More techy-type words are entering the new edition of the Oxford English Dictionary. Take a look:

  • LOL (laughing out loud; although it meant little old lady in the 1960s)
  • OMG (oh, my God; dating from 1917)
  • dot-bomb (a twist on the phrase “dot com”)

[from Wired]
[from Oxford English Dictionary]

YouTube Live

In addition to streaming hosted video, YouTube is starting to stream live events. They’ve created a page where you can find what live events are currently streaming and those on the horizon. For example, it looks like they’ll be streaming the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, as well as an Indian cricket match and Movie Math. As I look now, YouTube is live streaming 10 events, from a Paris fashion show to a live feed from the Vatican.

[from beSpacific]

Wikipedia Turns 10

On January 15th of this year, Wikipedia turned 10 years old!

Going Mouseless

Although the author of this article doesn’t see that going “mouseless” is very helpful, I’d love it! The interactions would be the same, e.g., right-click and left-click, but you’d do it without the mouse itself. You’d need an infrared laser and an infrared camera and, I’m assuming, the software, to make it work. They say $20 — I’m in!

The video is a pretty good explanation and, yes, it starts with Tom and Jerry. 🙂

[from Wired]

Gmail Motion

I’m sure most of you say the April Fool’s Day post from Google — Gmail Motion. Their guide for usage is hilarious!

However, as funny as this is . . . here’s a group that really made it work!