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Last.Fm works again · 3012 days ago by Michael Bravo

Newly released Last.Fm tool, version 1.07, seems to correctly work with new iTunes 7 now (previous 1.06 didn’t).

reviving dead media · 3013 days ago by Michael Bravo

Last weekend I bought an Epson Perfection 3590 scanner, which combines your usual flatbed construction and film scanner in the top cover, the latter good enough to have automatic motor. What I intend to do with it is to digitize a whole lot of dead media I have accumulated in my apartment and put it all online in the gallery

It will probably take a lot of time, like a year or more, because I have things like photo albums from my grandparents (dating back to the beginning of XX century), and all such stuff onward from there, not to mention my own b/w negatives and prints back from when I was still a student. In fact, slides and negatives will be easier – I will be using the most excellent Vuescan software, which I discovered and bought years ago, which has some really nifty batch scanning features (and is also the absolute best in terms of quality and configurability). I am not completely sure what the dust removal feature on that scanner really is – I suspect it’s software-only and not a real infrared channel to detect dust like in Nikon film scanners, but we will see.

ticking away · 3017 days ago by Michael Bravo

115 days since last posting and who knows how many minutes since I last tinkered with it, I have upgraded my original photo gallery to a fresh version of the gallery software, so it looks nicer. Will have to put some finishing touches on it, no doubt.

Another thing I will do is I will mirror everything I have on Flickr there, because Flickr proved to be a nice toy, but very inconvenient in terms of payment from Russia (think I ranted about it before), and when paid account expires, you can’t even get your pictures out.

pictures of New Zealand · 3132 days ago by Michael Bravo

Apart from amazing imagery and skill, the thing that really gets to me in these photos of New Zealand is that it is so empty there.

Bits of new fiction for EvE Online · 3144 days ago by Michael Bravo

There’s a new EvE Chronicle out on official EvE Online website for some time now, called Cold Wind.

Remember this. Trust your eyes, you will kill each other. Trust your veins, you can all go home in peace.

new Google stuff · 3146 days ago by Michael Bravo

Google has officially released new services – Google Trends, Google Coop and Google Desktop 4 Beta.

New Desktop beta has Konfabulator-like Google Gadgets that you can place on your desktop to keep track on various things. And Co-op seems to be an interesting tool for knowledge collaboration. In theory, it might help focus blog-based knowledge into somewhat more sharp point, bu I guess only time will tell.

In any case, worth checking out.

The Yes-Men strike again :) · 3146 days ago by Michael Bravo

“The SurvivaBall is designed to protect the corporate manager no matter what Mother Nature throws his or her way,” said Fred Wolf, a Halliburton representative who spoke today at the Catastrophic Loss conference held at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Amelia Island, Florida. “This technology is the only rational response to abrupt climate change,” he said to an attentive and appreciative audience.

http://www.halliburtoncontracts.com/about/

via Beyond the Beyond

Attention economy · 3147 days ago by Michael Bravo

Quoting Esther Dyson:

Doesn’t this all come down to money in the end? you might ask. Don’t kids buy things in order to get attention? Sure. And in the same way, the new financial-industrial economy all came down to food and shelter as we made the transition from an agrarian, feudal economy. But there are new dynamics worth noting. Most users are not trying to turn attention into anything else. They are seeking it for itself.

Pundits discuss the Internet’s future

Metaverse roadmap · 3147 days ago by Michael Bravo

As farfetched as it may sound to some, but people are starting to think about the 3D “web”. Apparently there was a little brainstorming event in California last weekend.

I wonder when I will have time to play with Squeak to even refresh my very basic Smalltalk skills, which are not even close to being enough for exploring OpenCroquet

P.S. Is it just me or is Metaverse actually a very Neal Stephenson term? Nobody is mentioning his name around the word though.

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popping back up for a second · 3147 days ago by Michael Bravo

There is so many things I want to write about and end up never writing, it’s just cruel. I have been at a couple of quite interesting conferences in Barcelona two weeks ago, I have a fairly active gameplay going on in EVE Online, and lots of different small but exciting things going on in the background all the time.

I will try and catch up with at least something.

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