Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Greetings from the Mayans and other Mesoamerican nations for a prosperous 2012 and Happy New Years

A Greetings from the Mayans and other Mesoamerican nations for a prosperous 2012 and happy New Years 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Who Knew: James Woods has an IQ of 180

James Woods is alleged to have an IQ of 180

James Woods is alleged to have an IQ of 180
Woods was a brilliant student a perfect 800 on the verbal and 779 on the math portions SAT. 
He attended MIT on scholarship and was described by IMDb as having an IQ of 180. 
Woods enrolled in a linear algebra course at UCLA while still in high school
before accepting the full scholarship to MIT.  Read more:

Monday, December 26, 2011

Nice Chart of What happens every 60 seconds on the internet

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fedex is kicking or delivering some serious numbers this holiday

FedEX recently posted a 76 percent jump in company profits, according to The New York Times. On December 12, FedEx delivered 17 million packages, the most in its history. From Thanksgiving until Christmas, the delivery giant is expected to move an estimated 260 million packages overall.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A must read over the holidays The End of Sparta: A Novel by Victor Davis Hanson

With a huge passion for historical or recreated historical novels, this book in now one my holiday wish list....

"In this sweeping and deeply imagined historical novel, acclaimed classicist Victor Davis Hanson re-creates the battles of one of the greatest generals of ancient Greece, Epaminondas. At the Battle of Leuktra, his Thebans crushed the fearsome army of Sparta that had enslaved its neighbors for two centuries.

We follow these epic historical events through the eyes of MĂȘlon, a farmer who has left his fields to serve with Epaminondas-swept up, against his better judgment, in the fever to spread democracy even as he yearns to return to his pastoral hillside.

With a scholar's depth of knowledge and a novelist's vivid imagination, Hanson re-creates the ancient world down to its intimate details-from the weight of a spear in a soldier's hand to the peculiar camaraderie of a slave and master who go into battle side by side. The End of Sparta is a stirring drama and a rich, absorbing reading experience."

Facebook Marketing 101

 Facebook Marketing Strategies Infographic #SocialMedia #SM
(Source: digitalspark)

Latest images from Dark Knight Rises set for 2012 release

Just released video of Dark Knight Rises... it's the last batman with Christopher Nolan and Christian Bale...  even a football stadium takes some hurting...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nokia and T-Mobile holding a press event on 12/14...

Nokia announces Windows Phone handsets

Lumia 800 and Lumia 710 made official
Nokia has unveiled the first smartphones in its Windows Phone-based range at Nokia World.
The Nokia Lumia range is made up of two new handsets, the flagship Lumia 800 and the affordable Lumia 710.
The Lumia 800 is a stylish unibody handset with a 3.7-inch 

Lineup of Cobras... New York City

Oil of Cobras 2011...

The AC Cobra, also known colloquially as the Shelby Cobra in North America, is an Anglo-American sports car that was produced during the 1960s.

recent encounter with anna wintour... rare photo of her smiling..

recent encounter with anna wintour... rare photo of her smiling..

Full Spectrum, interviews Kevin Karsch about synthetic objects inserted into photographs

The Full Spectrum, interviews Kevin Karsch, a computer science PhD student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Very interesting methods for inserting synthetic objects into photographs without having access to the original location. By laying out a rough physical geometry of the scene and locations of light sources, amateurs can quickly add digital objects that retain the correct lighten properties within the original photo. 

SIGGRAPH Asia 2011.

Karsch's project page:
Paul Debevec's light probe research:

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Interesting headlines from

Hitachi ships world’s first 4TB hard drive, sticks it to Thor 
Hitachi, seemingly in defiance of the weather gods, has launched the world’s largest 3.5-inch hard drive: The monstrous 4TB Deskstar 5K. With a rotational speed of 5,900RPM, a 6Gbps SATA 3 interface, and the same 32MB of cache as its 2 and 3TB siblings, the 4TB model is basically the same beast — just with four platters instead of two or three.

Caltech sets 186Gbps internet speed record

A delicious combination of high-energy physicists, engineers, and computer scientists from Caltech and University of Victoria have broken the world record for sustained, computer-to-computer transfer over a wide area network.

Who knew Sony is in such sad shape after years of so-called turn around mode...

Ok, the strongest yen since WWII is also helping to kill Sony and then throw in that earthquake and the Thai floods all contributed to 
crippling factory productions.

Sony, worth $100 billion in September 2000, is now valued at $18 billion, compared with Cupertino, California-based Apple at $364 billion and Samsung at $137 billion. Last month, Sony predicted 90 billion yen in losses in the year ending in March, reversing an earlier forecast for a profit of 60 billion yen. 

Sony’s TV business has lost an incredible 480 billion yen in the past seven years and is forecast to lose another 175 billion yen in the year ending in March. Sony is the world’s No. 3 TV maker, trailing Samsung and LG Electronics Inc., based in Seoul.

Sony's Bravia TVs division lowered its annual sales projection to 20 million sets from 22 million and said it was taking a 50 billion-yen charge for streamlining the TV operation.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Google Music - I've joined the cloud for my music

Ok the concept is perfect, your music library available on any device and any location... from phone to tv... how could anyone not like that... so here at home i have some 39,500 songs that i've encoded over the years from all the CDs that I used to buy... So Google limits your cloud library of music to 20,000. that should not be a problem since my tastes in music have evolved and I never archive anything... But first a little roadblock, be it time-warner upload speed or google upload, it will be a month of leaving my computer on to upload my lotted 20k songs... So once I have a few thousands songs I will give the service a full review... in the mean time, here are the professionals who get paid to review stuff like this... The service can handle MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, and OGG—more than iTunes Match, which doesn't support lossless FLAC (Google Music downgrades it to 320Kbps). Amazon only supports MP3 and AAC files up to 100MB.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nasa Voyager 1 exits the solar system

Nasa Voyager 1     More Voyager Info

Will have more comments soon... But I find these machines that were built in the 70's absolutely amazing.

Window 7 Links and Cool Stuff


Coming soon.... STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™ - "Choose" - December 20, 2011

"For over a thousand years, the Sith were thought to be extinct after a grave defeat in an ancient war. But a select few survived, fleeing to unknown regions to escape Republic forces. In the centuries since, the Sith have prepared; rebuilding their Empire for the day they would make their return to reclaim what was once theirs and take their revenge on the Republic."  I always thought the games based on the Star Wars series where lame in both game play and graphics... I think I might change my mind with  STAR WARS™: The Old Republic™ - "Choose" 

Intel Developer Forum - Windows 8's Metro-style UI

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Brett Carpenter, from Microsoft’s Windows ecosystem group, shows off Windows 8. Its Metro-style UI has live tiles that can be programmed using existing tools and languages. It also supports full-screen apps.

Video of Window's 8's Metro-Style UI

FB dev page
Shortcuts for some action in Windws 8 Metro:
  • winkey – switch between Desktop and Metro mode
  • winkey+L – Log off from the Window current session
  • winkey+F – Open Metro Search engine for searching different content: Apps, files, settings, etc
  • winkey+P – Change Monitors layout.
  • winkey+any – Starts searching for content.
  •  winkey+ESC – Back to Desktop mode (Windows 7++).
  • winkey+i –    Setting of Desktop, Power, Audio and Network.
  • winkey+o – Lock screen rotation.
  • winkey+d –  Whos Desktop mode (Windows 7++)
  • winkey+h –  Open the share charm
  • winkey+k –   Open the connect share charm
  • winkey+TAB – Toggles between opened apps
  • winkey+SPACE – Toggles input language and keyboard
  • winkey+c –   Open the “charms bar” (share, settings, shutdown)
  • Mouse RClick on App Tile – shows the App Bar with advanced option.
  • ALT+TAB – Switch between apps.
  • Press any key - Unlock screen
  • CTRL+SHIFT+ESC – force to close metro app, since there is no Exit option in app.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

General Catalyst Partners, the venture-capital firm co-founded by Joel Cutler, is seeking to raise $650 million for a new fund that will invest in technology companies

"General Catalyst Partners, the venture-capital firm co-founded by Joel Cutler, is seeking to raise $650 million for a new fund that will invest in technology companies.
The firm, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is targeting about $450 million for its General Catalyst Group VI LP fund, which will focus on consumer Internet, social media and technology businesses. 
General Catalyst, which also has offices in Palo AltoCalifornia, is trying to raise money following the slowest quarter for venture-capital fundraising in eight years. Venture firms collected $1.72 billion in the third quarter, down 53 percent from the same period a year earlier, according to the National Venture Capital Association."  source  link

Talk about expenditures... Groupon burn rate goes to advertising


Groupon spent about $613.2 million on marketing in the first ninemonths of this year -- about 55 percent of total revenue for the period -- according to its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission....

Amazing considering Google spends next to nothing on advertising yet it profits the most... CFO Jason Childs said Groupon has improved its ability to spend marketing dollars more wisely, lowering its subscriber acquisition costs from $32 per customer to $25 per customer...

Wow a $25 acquisition cost just so they can get me to buy that $10 discounted lunch at some place i never heard of...
Actually think about that, one of the worlds most profitable company who built their company on an advertising model for others to pay... They themselves spend almost nothing on advertising....