Archive for month: June, 2005

Lose a little on every sale…

June 30, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

Make up for it in volume! According to this article on Slashdot, Gamespot claims that the Playstation 3 will cost $494 to make, but sell for $399. I’m curious. Does it really make sense to spand a billion dollars to try to win this race? Holy crap. That’s not chump change. Ultimately, Sony (and presumably […]

More on Google Maps API

June 30, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

In the previous post, a couple of people noted problems with the API. Just in case nobody realized this: the key that you use is tied to the website that the request comes from. You can’t simply copy my key and make it work, you need to apply to get your own. Addendum: Hmmm. It […]

Google Releases Google Map API

June 29, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

Now, you can embed google maps into your own websites. Like, well, this: Okay, it’s not working right yet. I’m still trying to figure it out. Okay, got it working. Problem was that trying to insert script elements into a wordpress post was problematic because it insists on mangling quote characters. I’ll post again when […]


June 29, 2005 | My Photos | By: Mark VandeWettering

Make your own.

Map Flickr photos with Google Earth

June 29, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, that didn’t take very long. The first cool hack for Google Earth has already appeared. As is reported on lifehacker, there is a hack to download geotagged photos from Flickr that are close to the location you are looking at. That’s pretty cool. Now all I need is one of those GPS enabled camera […]

War of the Worlds, circa 1938

June 29, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today is the opening day for Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, but just in case you want to know what Orson Welles’ broadcast sounded like, you could surf over to The Mercury Theatre on the Air and download the mp3 or you could fetch it from me. The Mercury Theater info site deserves a plug […]

Google Earth

June 29, 2005 | Toys and Gadgets | By: Mark VandeWettering

I know, everyone and their mother already knows about this, but…. My brother called me at 11:15 last night to tell me about Google Earth. I actually had downloaded it, but not installed it. I’ve installed it. I’ve run it. It’s very cool. But it doesn’t quite know where my house is. Check it out.

Udderly Ridiculous

June 29, 2005 | Link of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

This little bit of Shockwave madness seems strangely appropriate today. Today, after all, is the opening of Spielberg’s War of the Worlds, and it is good to keep things in perspective.

iTunes w/ Podcasting Released

June 28, 2005 | Audioblogs and Podcasting | By: Mark VandeWettering

Everybody else seems to be yapping about it: got to and get your fresh tasty new iTunes, complete with support for podcast subscriptions. I didn’t have a chance to install it yet, but will tonight.

Brainwagon Radio: Happy Birthday, Grokster and Gnomedex

June 28, 2005 | Blogging, Brainwagon Radio, Rants and Raves | By: Mark VandeWettering

Where your host sings Happy Birthday to his wife and then goes on to discuss the recent Supreme Court decision regarding Grokster, and his feelings on the cult of personality that seems to be forming around blogging, as is exemplified by Gnomedex. Links from the show: The best blog on the doings of the Supreme […]

Sage Words from Wil

June 27, 2005 | Quote of the Day | By: Mark VandeWettering

Great minds think alike. Here’s a nice quote from Wil Wheaton: Here is the most important thing I can tell you: You do not need the so-called traditional channels of distribution to get your work to an audience, and you’ll probably be happier and more successful by not going through those channels. I’ve done it […]

Boffins create zombie dogs

June 27, 2005 | Mad Science | By: Mark VandeWettering

I had to look up the word “boffin”. Seemed timely given the release of Romero’s Land of the Dead. reports that scientists at Piottsburgh’s Safar Center revived dogs that have had their blood replaced with very cold saline for three hours. This basically seems like a form of induced hypothermia. Their hope is that […]

Google Video Search

June 27, 2005 | Link of the Day, Web Programming | By: Mark VandeWettering

Today Google released their own plugin for playing video on their Google Video Search page. Apparently it is based upon VLC, and you can get the source. Unfortunately, no love for Linux, FreeBSD or Mac OSX users yet.

Why Blog about Random Stuff?

June 27, 2005 | My Projects | By: Mark VandeWettering

I do monitor various weblog indexers to see who is linking to this blog. Most of the time, they are really good at finding my own inter-site links, but occasionally I find out that I get links from unexpected sites. What was really cool was to discover that The MacAlba linked to me as one […]

Supreme Court Rules in Grokster

June 27, 2005 | Intellectual Property | By: Mark VandeWettering

Well, I haven’t had a chance to read the ruling yet, but it appears that the SCOTUS has unanimously gutted the Sony decision and made software companies potentially liable for infringing uses of their software, regardless of whatever significant non-infringing uses their might be. I’ll post again when I have something in the way of […]