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Friday: July 8, 2011

Full-scale replica of Carl's floating house from Pixar's UP for sale over in Utah.Full-scale replica of Carl's floating house from Pixar's UP for sale over in Utah.

This is a clever marketing tactic by some savvy real estate developers (with Pixar's blessing). Had this been in New York I would've headed over to it in a heartbeat to tour it with the kids. On a sadder note, the balloons do not come with the house. Although you could get yourself a Golden Retriever, name it Dug, and call it day.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 12:52 PM | Tags (10) | house | sale | up | pixar | carl | ellie | utah | disney | realestate | forsale |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 12 Clicks | Posted by Vin


George Lucas pulls the plug on Star Wars movie marathon over in Brooklyn.George Lucas pulls the plug on Star Wars movie marathon over in Brooklyn.

Organizers claim Lucasfilm's legal stormtroopers fired off a cease-and-desist order just two days before the event. Organizers of the 13-hour screening, which had been slated for the Wicked Monk in Bay Ridge on July 3, promptly called it off. The order cited copyright infringements and added that there was a moratorium on public 'Star Wars' screenings.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Dumb @ 10:43 AM | Tags (11) | bar | brooklyn | brooklyn | george | lucas | marathon | movies | nyc | scifi | starwars | stops |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Thursday: July 7, 2011

Installing spy camera software on laptops at the Apple Store may not be the smartest idea.Installing spy camera software on laptops at the Apple Store may not be the smartest idea.

So the story kinda goes like this, an artist wanted to capture various people as they stared blankly into computers, you know for purposes of art (better explanation via source link). The computers happened to be the public ones at a New York City Apple retail store. No big deal, right? The Secret Service apparently felt differently and issued a search warrant for computer fraud. Whoops.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Scary @ 4:47 PM | Tags (11) | apple | artist | camera | confiscation | exclusive | fraud | secret | service | spy | store | warrant |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 9 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Storm over Saturn makes for some pretty pictures.Storm over Saturn makes for some pretty pictures.

Behold pictures of Saturn's largest and most intense storm to date (larger photos on source site). Aren't they pretty? These images come from NASA's Cassini Spacecraft. The folks over at New Scientist state that the various colors represent different altitudes of clouds, not Saturn's overall mood and/or demeanor. As a sidenote: I made a similar picture the other day by accidentally mixing oil and water on the pavement.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 2:25 PM | Tags (9) | cassini | newscientist | photos | pretty | saturn | science | space | spacecraft | storm |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Reviews starting to come in for the very last Harry Potter movie.Reviews starting to come in for the very last Harry Potter movie.

It ends well. After eight films in 10 years and a cumulative global box-office take of more than $6.3 billion, the most successful franchise in the history of movies comes to an obligatory -- and quite satisfying -- conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. Fully justifying the decision, once thought purely mercenary, of splitting J.K. Rowling's final book into two parts, this is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 1:17 PM | Tags (14) | 2 | conclusion | deathly | film | hallows | harry | hollywood | jkrowling | part | potter | reporter | review | saga | series |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 7 Clicks | Posted by Vin


New York City Street View circa 1982.New York City Street View circa 1982.

This is an awesome project and it makes for a glorious way to pass the time. Case in point: I am currently taking a stroll down Lexington Avenue in the year 1982 while actually sitting in an office on Lexington Avenue in 2011. My brain may very well implode any minute. Big kudos to the creator Dan Weeks for putting this together. Wow.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Artsy @ 9:31 AM | Tags (10) | 1982 | art | artsy | danweeks | lexington | manhattan | nyc | streets | streetview | timemachine |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 18 Clicks | Posted by Vin


James Spader to take over for Steve Carell for next season of The Office.James Spader to take over for Steve Carell for next season of The Office.

It's official: The employees of Dunder Mifflin are getting a new CEO and his name is Robert California. James Spader’s ultra-confident and sexually charged character featured briefly in the NBC hit’s May finale is set to join the cast of the show's upcoming eighth season, NBC confirmed. 'James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior,' said Paul Lieberstein, one of the series executive producers and a series regular. 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Neat @ 9:05 AM | Tags (9) | dunder | jamesspader | mifflin | nbc | neat | office | stevecarell | television | tv |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 4 Clicks | Posted by Vin


You may be charging your next Apple device a little differently according to latest rumors.You may be charging your next Apple device a little differently according to latest rumors.

In yet another report of a report, the Wall Street Journal points to a rumor that Apple may be experimenting with charging via induction for their future iPhones. Makes sense, the new iOS software essentially cuts the cord in terms of syncing (of which I am very excited for) so it would be safe to assume that eventually they would want to cut the power cord as well.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Apple @ 7:13 AM | Tags (7) | apple | batteries | battery | charge | charging | induction | iphone |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 6, 2011

Jack Sparrow may very well sail again in the fifth installment of Pirates franchise.Jack Sparrow may very well sail again in the fifth installment of Pirates franchise.

I have not managed to get out to the theater in quite some time but I have not heard many positive things about 'On Stranger Tides'. Not very suprising since  'At Worlds End' was for the most part disappointing. But this was especially saddening to me after learning that the actual book of which the movie was based on was the inspiration for Monkey Island (one of my favorite video games). 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 4:23 PM | Tags (6) | disney | guybrush | johnnydepp | monkeyisland | movies | pirates |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 3 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Facebook gets a healthy dose of Skype and adds a helping of group chat for good measure.Facebook gets a healthy dose of Skype and adds a helping of group chat for good measure.

Good news to those of you who spend all day on Facebook. You now have even more reason to hang out there thanks to the inclusion of video conference calling and group chats. Facebook bills this new feature as 'bringing conversations to life'. I think they would have better served had they gone with my way of marketing it as 'enhanced procrastination'. 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Interwebs @ 4:09 PM | Tags (9) | calls | conference | facebook | friends | media | procrastination | skype | social | video |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 2 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: July 7, 2010

State of the GLM: Yes, I'm still here. No, I'm not dead.

You may have noticed that GLM has gone rather quiet for the past two-three months or so in terms of any and all content on the site. This post serves as a status update to alleviate any fears that GeekLikeMe is gone for good. Quite the contrary my dear friends. And yes, while I could run down the list of excuses as to why the site hasn't been updated, I'm sure they would just bore you to tears. To save us all some time I shall sum up in two words: work and parenthood.

For work I have been diving into the grand world of Objective-C programming for the past six months and I still haven't managed to come up for air. Hopefully when I'm actually able to take a deep breath I'll have an array of iPhone and iPad apps to show for it. Also on this note I'd like to state that I very well may have taken the most ass-backwards route in getting into a new programming language. Nevertheless, it's been a rewarding and infuriating process thus far but I'm learning a lot and I think it'll turn out well in the end.

I don't think I have to say much about parenthood other than sleep is a sought-after commodity and there are only so many hours in a day. This has turned out to be a major contributing factor to the current lack of posting. Shocker.

But now onto much better news: a new version of GeekLikeMe.net is in the works yet again and I've decided to make a design choice right off the bat. I recently took a trip down memory lane courtesy of archive.org's wayback machine. After feeling somewhat nostalgic about the old GLM design I decided that maybe it was time to return to the minimalist roots yet again. More details and information about the new site coming soon!

P.S. You can also follow me on Twitter even though I have yet to tweet anything. Oops, scratch that.

Posted to Verbose filed in GeekLikeMe / Site Related @ 10:20 AM | Tags (12) | archive | geeklikeme | glm | machine | minimal | minimalist | parenthood | redesign | state | verbose | wayback | work |  | Discuss (4) |  | facebook | twitter | 63 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: May 18, 2010

Next installment of Pirates of the Caribbean to be filmed exclusively in 3D.Next installment of Pirates of the Caribbean to be filmed exclusively in 3D.

Yes, the next you see Jack Sparrow on the big screen you'll be able see him in multiple dimensions. Filming in 3D offers up obvious some advantages over adding useless effects in post - though you may up seeing a bevy of Avatar-like effects (not necessarily a bad thing). POTC4 will be swash-buckling into theaters May 2011. 

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Movies @ 12:45 PM | Tags (9) | 3d | caribbean | comingsoon | filming | jacksparrow | johnnydepp | movies | pirates | strangertides |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 25 Clicks | Posted by Vin


A handy tutorial on how to create your very own realistic soda bottle in Photoshop.A handy tutorial on how to create your very own realistic soda bottle in Photoshop.

An interesting tutorial for those interested in dabbling with some photo-realistic effects from scratch. When all is said done you'll be way more familiar with the pen tool as well as the ancient art of dodging and burning. Now if you'll excuse me, I am in dire need of a cool glass of Crystal Pepsi.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Photoshop @ 12:34 PM | Tags (7) | create | realistic | soda | bottle | photoshop | psdtuts | tutorial |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 92 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Everything you never knew about ball lightning hallucinations.Everything you never knew about ball lightning hallucinations.

For hundreds of years eyewitnesses have reported brief encounters with the golf ball- to tennis ball-size orbs of electricity. But scientists have been unable to agree on how and why ball lightning forms, since the phenomenon is rare and very short-lived.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 12:28 PM | Tags (8) | ball | lightning | natgeo | phenomena | science | electricity | orbs | forms |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 49 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: May 17, 2010

A gallery of the world's worst playgrounds through the playful eye of Photoshop.A gallery of the world's worst playgrounds through the playful eye of Photoshop.

As a kid did anyone ever actually play a game of Tic Tac Toe on one of these things? Who thought this was a good idea? Oh, and be careful going down that twisty slide, you may get wet.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Photoshop @ 6:27 AM | Tags (7) | contest | fun | manipulation | photoshop | playground | theme | worth1000 |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 88 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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