Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Cool Google Maps - Who knew maps could be fun?

Cool Google Maps - Who knew maps could be fun?: "New York City Live Cam Map "

So Eddie is talking about Maps today and I'll chime in. Like Eddie, I love me some Maps.

I've always said that my only inate skills is sense of direction and the ability to get lost and unlost. My life is has been an experience in map reading. When I went to Six Flags, I was always in the lost parents pavillion. When I my family moved to Germany for a year, I got lost in most European capitals (In Rome, the Swiss guards carried me back to my Dad). When I played Video games (like the excellent Telegard for C-64 / 128) I always made a map of the levels. When I went to school, the Cartographers were the coolest group ever (followed closely by the librarians).

So, I love the google Earth and new mapping tools on the internet.

I found a good one - I'll be in NewYorkCity next week and found this cool Google Hack - New York City Live Cam Map Check out the link at the top of this post for more cool google maps.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Interactive Listening Maze: Travel

Interactive Listening Maze: Travel: "This is an adaptation of the popular Reading maze, a classroom activity that has adapted well to the Web. For examples of reading mazes that I have created with students, please go to: English For Tourism mazes"

Freakin' reading mazes... I think this a great teaching idea. I read a "reading maze" book when I was growing up. It's cool.

Also, I neat use of the blogger template to make a 'normal' looking website.


Sunday, November 27, 2005

Panama Canal Miraflores locks time-lapse, 1 week compressed into 11 minutes - Google Video

Panama Canal Miraflores locks time-lapse, 1 week compressed into 11 minutes - Google Video

This hypnotic video is made with time-lapse frames from seven days' worth of the webcam at the Panama Canal's Miraflores canal. Watching the stately dance of the giant ships, day and night, passing through the locks, is like watching ogres waltz -- their grace is perfectly offset by their hulking, container-stacked brutal unloveliness

18 Tricks to Teach Your Body

18 Tricks to Teach Your Body: "5. Clear your stuffed nose!

Forget Sudafed. An easier, quicker, and cheaper way to relieve sinus pressure is by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens congestion; after 20 seconds, you'll feel your sinuses start to drain."

Monday, November 21, 2005

OpenOffice.org: Stick it to the man!

OpenOffice.org: Home: "OpenOffice.org 2.0 is the productivity suite that individuals, governments, and corporations around the world have been expecting for the last two years. Easy to use and fluidly interoperable with every major office suite, OpenOffice.org 2.0 realises the potential of open source."

Ah... choice. Today I'm choosing to download and install OpenOffice, instead of installing MicroSoft Office. Just say yes!

Sunday, November 20, 2005

A redhead girl, the moon, and beer

A redhead girl, the moon, and beer - Have you ever wondered about the girl in the Miller High Life logo? I have. She is better than I dreamed. Be sure to watch the TV ads.

I'm in Cleveland, Ohio. The place where football, working people, beer and red meat go when they die. It's the Valhalle of all things American. Yesterday, I had a BBQ hamburger with Fred Flintstone (Of course, Wilma, Barney, Betty, BamBam and Pebbles were there too.) We watched college football and drank beer. During half time, a front yard, two hand touch football game between the kids and the adults broke loose. The kids won. Everyone was home by 6:30 for dinner and bedtime. I love you, America! ... i love you, america

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Welcome to vSocial - The Video Clip Sharing Community

Welcome to vSocial - The Video Clip Sharing Community

This here is a video clip of an Alaskan Lady showing you how she cooks salmon. Eddie, this one is for you.

Monday, November 14, 2005

Booster Shot - How well do those energy drinks work? By Sam Eifling

Booster Shot - How well do those energy drinks work? By Sam Eifling: "In spring of last year, some dudes in the park began passing out samples of Red Bull, the omnipresent energy drink, while I was playing football. I chugged a can. Immediately, I felt giddy and off-kilter. I started running around. Some guy with John Elway's arm and Kordell Stewart's aim passed the ball my way. I turned, reached for it, and felt my pinky dislocate at the middle joint. My finger did its impression of a clock face at 2:30 until an ER doctor wrangled it back into place. It took six weeks of physical therapy before I could make a proper fist.

I've had about two-thirds of a Red Bull since. That is, until about half an hour ago, when I cracked open a can. My feet have begun wiggling, unbidden. The TV seems too loud. But, whoa, do my fingers scamper along this keyboard! Red Bull, like most of its energy-drink ilk, claims to perk you up and keep you there—'gives you wings,' its ads intone."

This is a what I believe to be an honest and unbias opinion of Energy Drinks. The guy reviews 6 or so drinks using a system to measure the effectiveness. That's how I solve the energy crisis.

WorldChanging: Another World Is Here: The Week in Green Design (11/12/05): Green Roofs

WorldChanging: Another World Is Here: The Week in Green Design (11/12/05): Green Roofs: "Green Roofs
An even better alternative to cool roofs (albeit one that requires more time and effort) is to turn waste roofs into landscaped Green Roofs. Green roofs having the same cooling effect of white roofs, with the added benefits of:

# Providing amenity space for building users �replacing a yard or patio
# Increasing roof life span
# Reducing storm water run off
# Providing noise insulation
# Filtering pollutants and CO2 out of the air
# Providing locally grown food (with roof-top vegetable gardens)
# Increasing wildlife habitat in built up areas
# Reducing heating (by adding mass and thermal resistance value) and cooling (by evaporative cooling) loads on a building
# Reducing the urban heat island effect"
One of the things I love about riding Amtrak, is the changing of perspective while traveling. When you ride the train, you see a different landscape than if you travel by car or airplane. The landscape is often the backside of America. You see peoples backyards in the suburbs. In the countryside, you see a roadless expanse. And (the point of the post) in the cities you see the allies and cinder block storage buildings, not the fancy facades of front street. It really is a secret passage.

So, this past weekend, when I travelled from Fayetteville, NC (home of Fort Bragg, and former capital on North Carolina), through Washington, DC (our nations capital and home to quite a few sites within walking distance of Union Station), to my final destination, lovely Cleveland, Ohio and my sister's house, I saw quite a bit of out of the usual roadtrip. One thing was light colored gravel spread out on flat roof commercial buildings. I figure it's a slow progression to the greenroof.

I also saw Eastern Virginia in High Fall, the Washington Mall, the new Native American Museum, Pittsburg, and many other highlights! Wait for pictures!

Friday, November 11, 2005

What time is it?

What time is it?: "There is a time and space for everything and everyone."

Damn this is good!

Thursday, November 10, 2005



wanna have a beautiful girl tell you what's up with rss / aggregateors / podcast / itunes / fireant???? ... i know I DO!



Howdy, mufu drinkers the world over. I have know about this service for alittle while, but I'm always alittle cautious about trying new stuff. But if it's good enough for uncle dave, then it's good enough for me and the gang.

What is it? It's a shout out map. You can add your name, location, and picture to a map that is shared for all the others to see. It's a neat way to show a group of people all over the world.

My buddy from the old days, Mike Mendez, has set up a site over at http://www.allmypeople.com and has been maintaining it for some time now. And I think it would be great for him.

So, check it out and sign up. You don't have to become a member to post your information (location, picture, and shoutout), but you should. Create your own map and ask your email list to join.


Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Just do eat!

This is a photo of a chain bakery in Taiwan. Trademarks creatively circumvented or totally disregarded - you make the call.

Tonight, after a dinner of shrimp and grits (Tip: make the grits with chicken broth), as well as some country sweet potatoes from Nanny and an episode of Firefly, I sat down on my blue ball and tuned WinAmp to the World Cafe and focused on some photoshop tuts.

I found some videos that really blew my mind. http://www.digital-industry.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=3192 . The guy's name is 'Faded' and I think he is a genius. Faded is a young photoshop artist that captures his screen while he does photoshop work. He is just talking and working. When you are watching the video, it's like you are really there, with him. He isn't pretending to be a teacher. You get the feeling that you are his buddy and he is showing you his stuff. It's freakin great and It's a powerful way to catch the vibe / feel of the photoshop artist. So, Faded you freakin' rule. keep'em coming.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Clean Walls and Erase Set-In Dirt with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Clean Walls and Erase Set-In Dirt with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Mr. Clean is so freakin' cool. I gotta get me some of this stuff. Really, if you know me, then you know I love to clean. I love to sweep, swift, vacuum, wash, wipe, srub, dust and squeegee. How could I not even KNOW about something called 'Magic Eraser' from Mr. Clean.

Monday, November 07, 2005


Originally uploaded by Mitchkitter.
Whoever controls what you SEE, controls what you THINK.

The graffi / stencil thing is pretty cool and I'm seeing it all over the place. ... They really ARE controlling what I think!!! yikes... YIKES!!!

ps - this is a also a test of posting to the blog from Flickr. I found this on the Alaska Pool on Flickr and I simply clicked on the Blogthis icon above the picture to post.

Sunday, November 06, 2005

Faster Mustache

Faster Mustache: "Home
To be the burliest bearded pirates on the asphault sea!"

Faster Mustache is an independent organization made up of a diverse group of Atlanta residents with one thing in common: riding bicycles. Fixed or free, geared or single, cruiser, chopper, racer, clunker, we ride 'em. Our interests are as diverse as our riders but we are all dedicated to promoting safer riding conditions in Atlanta and being ambassadors for Atlanta's broad bicycle community. Faster Mustache events cover areas of interests including political/social activism, design, urban transit, urban planning and construction, food and drink, music and movies, art and culture, mountain biking, and quesadillas.

Saturday, November 05, 2005

Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology | Minister of counterculture

Guardian Unlimited Technology | Technology | Minister of counterculture: "
Gilberto Gil is a musical legend - and a senior Brazilian politician. He tells Oliver Burkeman how poverty can be challenged if ideas are shared for free "

Friday, November 04, 2005

EIK 00

Everything I know
The historic 42-hour session with Bucky (Buckminster Fuller)

should be cool

Wednesday, November 02, 2005


Kiva: "Kiva provides a new, sponsor a business option for individuals to connect with small enterprises in developing countries through flexible loans."

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

I want to - a page of utilities that help you do stuff you want to

I want to - a page of utilities that help you do stuff you want to
"I want to..." or "I need to" or "How do I?" These are all questions we all ask all the time. This is a small collection of resources that will help to answer those questions. It is not complete, nor will it ever be. I will be adding to this on a regular basis, so feel free to bookmark it and come back and visit.