Friday, April 30, 2010

CapSee (Free Mac App)

No More Accidental Caps Lock

Hormone Injection Makes People More Socially Sensitive

Can you imagine a world where doctors prescribe a drug to make people more sympathetic? Where being insensitive is an illness? Is it just me or with every drug we invent to "fix us", we loose personal responsibility and control of ourselves?
"This study is the latest of several that suggest that intranasal oxytocin seems to 'sensitise' people to become more aware of social cues from other individuals - and more likely to be sympathetic to them." (BBC)

I might be making logical fallacies in my questions, but I'm just trying to process the significance of this study.

I have a hunch my children are going to live in a VERY different world.

Hilarious Books Jackets

 To confuse people who spy on what you are reading in public places.


"How to explain your child that you’re going to sell him. More than 3,000,000 books sold over the world (and twice more children)."

This witty and professional demonstration of photo-shopping skills might just redeem the Russian race from the previous photoshop title of "Worst Photoshop Skills Ever". I say that with the utmost appreciation and respect for a culture that is otherwise beautiful, with a vast array of talents.

There is a whole list of book jackets in Russian, but we English speakers can still enjoy the humor thanks to the translations.

Ever Seen Giraffes Fighting? (Vid)

Didn't think so.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Discuss This Verse

I need your help! I can't do it alone.

If one single person engages in this exercise with me it will significantly increase my chances of doing this again. As I learn about myself, I have found that I need conversational interaction to grow in my own understanding. That's why I'm not exaggerating in the least bit when I say I need your help!

Read the short excerpt (look up further context if you desire), share your thoughts, or ask questions that come to mind:

The Lord said to Joshua "...Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:6-9)

Some questions to help spark reflection:

What purpose is given to Joshua's life?
What guidance is given to Joshua to accomplish this purpose?
Success is promised, how is this success to be understood?
What servant of God was more successful at God's purpose for their life then any other human being?

Man Convinces Wife To Let Him Buy Cadillac CTS (Vid)

With promise that he will use it for the good of humanity:

Reminds me of the Chinese man who threw his bicycle at a purse snatcher on a moped.

Steve Jobs Writes Open Letter "Thoughts on Flash"

It's a zinger.

He left no room for Adobe to respond - which they shouldn't. But I'll make some popcorn and enjoy the show if they do. 

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Lots-o-Huggin Bear Commercials (Video Circa 1983)

Wait a minute, Lots-o-Huggin Bear looks awfully familiar...

Never would have guessed those ads weren't legit.

Awe-Inspiring UK Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010 (Pic)

With 60,000 fiber optic rods. Exploding with energy and intensity:

More at the link.

Ataque de Pánico (Vid)

Kickass 5 minute epic sci-fi short-film made on a $300 budget (I assume he already owned a camera and computer before he began the project):

Understandabley, this short got the director from Uruguay a $30 million Hollywood contract. ( Not to shabby of a return on his invest; 10,000% to be exact.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Genius Publicity Stunt

Lufthansa offered the Apple employee who lost the iPhone prototype at a German Bier Haus (Gourmet Haus Staudt) in California a free round-trip flight to Germany.

...So that he could relax and pick up where he left off. Here's the full letter.

There's an organization that can move quick and knows how to capitalize on free PR. Well played.

Homeless Man Rescued Women

Got stabbed. Passerby's left him for dead. (BBC)

These kind of stories always make me wonder what I would have done.

Would I have been as heroic as the homeless man?

Would I have scoffed at the "worthless" homeless man passed out on the sidewalk?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Delicious Tabbouleh and Falafel for Dinner (Pic)

Elena didn't skimp on the tomato either. Remy would be proud:

Balance Beam

You will love this 4 minutes clip if you liked the last Francis Chan message I posted (Lukewarm and Loving It).

When I saw a rendition of this message done for the first time at my own church, it messed me up - A LOT!

It helped me let go of so much of the fear that dictated my life. It helped me let go of the selfish allure of comfort that had my life in chains. I ended up spending countless nights, over the course of three years, underneath the Burnside Bridge, building some of the most meaningful relationships I have ever had with the very people that most Portlanders will cross to the other side of the street to avoid.

And you know what, they aren't scary, they aren't mean, and they didn't steal my wallet.

They had stories and heartache just like you and me.

Through Nightstrike I ended up meeting my wife and together we leaped into the biggest risk of our life (no not getting married) - we moved into one of the roughest apartment complexes in one of the roughest neighborhoods in Portland. And we have loved it! Living in the will and the purpose of our Father, not letting fear and the fleshes desire for comfort dictate our life, has made for the most amazing journey.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Familiarize Yourself With These Headlights

Study it's profile. The 2012 Ford Police Interceptor is preparing for duty:

Browse through the whole gallery for further analysis of every angle. A little effort now could save you some green in the future.

I hope you don't read this Brandon.

Friday, April 23, 2010

99 year-old loves her first computer - an iPad (Vid)

Sorry for two iPad posts in one day, this was just too fun not to share. And it's local news!... sort of.

99 year-old loves her first computer -- an iPad: "Virginia Campbell, a 99-year-old woman from Lake Oswego, has finally bought her first computer -- an Apple iPad. 'It's changed her life,' one of her daughters told Virginia has been an avid reader most of her life, but she suffers from glaucoma, making reading increasingly difficult.

Because of the iPad's ability to adjust the brightness of the page and to increase the font by simply tapping, Virginia has been able to take up her beloved past-time again. Not only is she reading again, she's writing again too. So far she has composed twelve limericks on her iPad, including this little ditty:

To this technical-ninny it's clear

In my compromised 100th year,

That to read and to write

Are again within sight

Of this Apple iPad pioneer.

Here's to you and your technological wonder, Virginia! We hope to read many more of your limericks well into the future."

Flight of the Bumblebee Played as Encore By Brilliant Chinese Pianist (Vid)

...on an iPad:

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Didn't Take Them Long To Make This

They just made the announcement yesterday after-all...

The Volt makes a couple appearances, along with Regal and Camaro, all of which I have posted about recently.

Chevy also just unveiled Volts possible brother in Beijing, a subcompact-crossover-ute-esque vehicle called the Volt MPV5 Concept:

Anyone else feeling the excitement returning to this American company?

I have been eyeing the other great American automaker as well recently, specifically the Ford Fiesta.

Beating Down the Spiritual Newbies

"The following made mistakes in their ministry and held erroneous views of God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and basic Christian doctrine:
  • C.H. Spurgeon
  • Billy Graham
  • A.W. Tozer
  • John MacArthur
  • Jack Hayford
  • Apollos
  • Amy Carmichael
  • Jonathan Edwards
  • Martin Luther
  • George Whitefield
  • John Wesley
  • Gladys Alward
  • David Brainerd
  • C.S. Lewis
  • Leonard Ravenhill
  • D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
  • Peter
  • George Mueller
  • Watchman Nee
  • Elisabeth Elliot
  • John Calvin
  • Dallas Willard
  • John Wimber
  • Hudson Taylor
And you can add to that illustrious list the name of every born-again believer who has ever lived, including you and me."

Now that's a humbling FACT!

In his post Beating Down the Newbies, Dan walks through how we often make the misguided assumption that others should somehow instantly a full maturity in spiritual understanding - just like us, of course.

He wraps it up with 9 very practical suggestions to practice with believers who "don't have their Christian walk together yet" (in other words, ALL believers).

Please do give it a read: Beating Down the Newbies

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

GM Paid Off Loan 5 Years Early

Great start! Hopefully their stock will be publicly traded within a few months. This news combined with solid products with passionate designs is building quite the momentum.

Oh, and I'm sure Toyota's utter collapse from the inside out isn't hurting GM either.

Whitacre: Remaining $5.8B in gov't loans paid back 5 years ahead of schedule: "

This morning, General Motors Chairman and CEO Ed Whitacre confirmed that the company has paid back a total of $5.8 billion in federal loans a full five years ahead of schedule. Whitacre attributed the company's ability to make the payment, with interest, to its new strategy and the success of new models like the Buick Lacrosse and Chevrolet Malibu.

[Image: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty]"

iPhone 4 Prototype Leak Was Theft

Gizmodo needs to grow a pair. I posted about the unethical circumstances surrounding the iPhone 4 prototype leak yesterday, but now the situation is even more clear. Gizmodo needs to do their job and get some journalistic integrity.

‘The Guy Was Pretty Hectic About It’: "Jeff Bercovici called the owner of Gourmet Haus Staudt: What [the “finders” of the phone] never did, however, was notify anyone who worked at the bar, according to its owner, Volcker Staudt. That would have been the simplest way to get the phone back to the Apple employee who lost it, who “called constantly trying to retrieve it”..."

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Hitler Is Very Upset That Constantin Film Is Taking Down Hitler Parodies

TechCrunch has the scoop

This is a sad day. I have been tracking my favorite Downfall parodies for the better part of 3 years. I can guarantee you this movie has received more publicity from these parodies then it every would otherwise.

I just want to see Hitlers reaction to his stolen iPhone 4G! Anyone know where it can be found?

Camaro Brings Passion Back to a Stale Brand

It's not hard to understand why 500+ Camaro owners would feel compelled to assemble and strut their metal if you browse through the pictures on Autoblog

Camaro5Fest is a good indicator that Chevy (and General Motors at large with the Buick Regal and Cadillac CTS) has brought a good dose of passion back into the cars they build.

iPhone 4 Found and Bought by Gizmodo

I have lost all respect for Gizmodo - partly because of the sketchy finagling they pulled to acquire the lost/stolen iPhone, but mostly because of their adolescent handling of the situation.

If common sense is lacking, California's lost property statute is quite clear:
"One who finds lost property under circumstances which give him knowledge of or means of inquiry as to the true owner, and who appropriates such property to his own use, or to the use of another person not entitled thereto, without first making reasonable and just efforts to find the owner and to restore the property to him, is guilty of theft."
TUAW has a quick overview of the the recent exchange between the two parties, which includes a letter from an Apple senior VP and Gizmodo's childish response.

I highly recommend Engadget as a more respectable alternative.

Engadget also had a chance to bid but ultimately demurred, says editor in chief Joshua Topolsky. "We aren't in the habit of paying for scoops," he says. "We don't think checkbook journalism is a way to get good information, and it encourages awful behavior in tipsters." (Daily Finance)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

FORMulate Pro (Free Mac App)

Super handy for filling out PDF forms on your computer. Nice if you have sloppy handwriting, as the writer of this blog does.

If you need to fill out an application, resume, registration, or any type of form (or even insert text into a document) that is in PDF format this is a free and simple tool that will allow you to insert text easily using any of your system fonts. You can then save it as a a new PDF or print to paper.

Ch-Check it out: Formulate Pro

Friday, April 16, 2010

Translation of Pirate-Speak

I forgot the "English translation" for the video I posted yesterday of Tyrone giving a marriage blessing in "pirate speak".

"Greetings, From the bottom of my heart I hope that you will stay true to each other through the worst pain in life. May the treasure you find in each be your inspiration to go on when there is great trauma in life and nothing seems to go right. May "How" be as the your life's nourishment necessity and "Whey Whey" life's inspiration to live a full and content life."

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Marriage Blessing Video Project (Vid)

A friend asked me to help him film marriage blessings in different languages. I ran out of languages so I got creative:

Somali Ban on 'Christian' Bells

"Islamist group al-Shabab orders teachers in Somalia to stop using bells to signal the end of classes, saying they are 'Christian'." (BBC)

Kind of like how walking to church makes you "pretty much Seventh Day Adventist". No joke - I have heard this said.

People are ridiculous.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

"New Media" Storytelling takes on Alice in Wonderland (Video)

I'm sure you will be thrilled to see the beautiful work in this, even though no one cared much about my "new media" prophecy that I started talking about almost 4 months ago. I'm not bitter. I acknowledge this stems more from my own inability to effectively communicate my ideas than anything else.

Here's a glimpse of how this "new media" can take the art of story telling to deeply immersive new levels:

Hang on tight, this is just a warm up folks.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Race Results In

 Elena and I ran the 5K Race for the Roses on Sunday morning. It was Elena's first race ever and she did phenomenal. Two years ago she had never run a mile straight in her life. She has come far after a fairly light and casual, but consistent, workout regiment since 2008.

The numbers speak for themselves. She is in the top quarter of her age division, as well as for females overall:

I'm positive she could easily shave a couple minutes off her time with a little more training, which would place her comfortably in the top ten of her age division. I couldn't be more proud of her!

I played the part of the rabbit, helping Elena hold a consistent pace. As a result, I dropped off a little from my 20:05 time in 2008, which placed me 41 out of 946.

Friday, April 09, 2010

Bringing Home Our New Baby

You could say I'm pretty excited. A shiny new iMac; courtesy of Novellus for 90 days on the job.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Hookers and Robbers (Music Vid)

Came across this powerful son of Grace by Charlie Hall on Pandora:

Marvelous Light is another great one, if you like his style.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Finally Killed Myspace

Feels great!

I have a feeling stories will be told to my grandkids about Myspace, and they won't understand.

Chevrolet Pushing Innovation with Cruze

It's great to see Chevy's innovation doesn't stop at the Volt.

The upcoming Chevy Cruze Eco will be equipped with first in class "Aero Shutters". During low speed driving (say stop and start city type stuff) the aero shutter is open. However, at higher speeds when cooling the turbocharged engine isn't as much of an issue, the shutter shuts, allowing air to more efficiently stream around the vehicle. (autoblog)

This is just one of the many innovations being implemented to achieve traditional hybrid mileage using GM's new 1.4 L VVT Turbo (138hp and 148lbs of torque).

The aero shutters are also expected to be used on the next round of GM full size trucks to maintain their best in class fuel economy.

Now how about some Cruze World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) time-lapse build action?

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Remembering Michael Spencer, Internet Monk (1956 - 2010)

God used this man to encourage and inspire me in my own spiritual formation. I would like to take a moment to honor Michael Spencer. My prayers go out to his friends and family.

Who Really Spends the Most on Armed Forces (Info-graphic)

The Guardian put together a great info-graphic that puts national military spending into perspective. Of particularly interest is "Yearly Military budget as % of GDP" and "Number of soldiers per 100,000 people".

A few other numbers I would be interested in seeing::
  • Payroll, health-care, and housing spent per soldier
  • % of budget on R&D for communications, medicine, aerospace and materials which all can have a positive impact on non-military sectors.
  • % of budget on Policing and Humanitarian efforts.
On a related note, the F-35B recently completed it's first mid-air hover. Pretty sweet huh?

    Monday, April 05, 2010

    Worst Photo Shop Skills Ever

    MY EYES!!!

    It hurts to look, but you know you want to see more. Head over to for an endless amount of this repulsive imagery.

    Sunday, April 04, 2010

    Perks of Being Married

    Double the celebrations. Double the perspective on life. Double the variety of food.

    Happy Easter! Celebrate the risen King! Do ya know him? (Must watch!)

    Friday, April 02, 2010

    Piano on the iPad (Vid)

    Take your piano anywhere with Pianist Pro:

    But maybe the Piano Accordion is more your thing?

    Electronic Arts already has a good looking stable of games and Engadget has their list of killer Apps.

    This is in addition to a handful of apps that have really caught my eye.

    Okay, that's it. This will be my last iPad post before the big release tomorrow.

    MGMT - Kids (Vid)

    Favorite Song of the Month.

    I don't know the correct musical terminology (Could someone could help me out?) but I love the "stall" at 3:46, which ultimately climaxes with the "reboot" at 3:54. I love this element in songs.

    Thursday, April 01, 2010

    You've Never Seen Vitas Like This - Taiwan Vitas

    If you have never seen Vitas (or if you need a refresher), watch this first:

    The official music video is bizarre in its own right.

    But I bet you have never scene Vitas like this, enter Taiwan Vitas:

    Exciting Apps, Early iPad Review Roundup, & Multi-tasking on the Way?

    Netflix, Game Table (checkers, chess, and more) Magnetic Canvas for kids (and for nostalgic purposes), Sudoku (personally not a fan of the game, but looks gorgeous), and Course Notes (see video).

    These are just a few that have caught my eye to followup the Air Harp from yesterday. Even before it hits customers hands, I think we are starting to see some really tangible evidence of how the iPads form is creating some amazing new forms of media content.

    The first wave of reviews is out.

    Walt Mossberg / All Things D

    - Impressed by the battery life which was longer than Apple's 10 hour claim. (another reviewer reportedly hit 12 hours of continuous video playback)
    - No trouble with the on screen keyboard.

    Edward Baig / USA Today

    - "The first iPad is a winner."
    - "Apple has pretty much nailed it with this first iPad, though there's certainly room for improvement."

    Andy Inhatko / Chicago Sun Times

    - "The iPad user experience is instantly compelling and elegant."
    - "It feels more as if the iPad is filling a gap that's existed for quite some time."

    iPhone OS 4.0 to bring "Expose like multi-tasking"? This would definietly take the iPhone and iPad to the next level.

    Still not convinced? Read about 4 other products the critics said would fail. Yes, the iPod and iPhone are both on the list.