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Photo in the Wild

Posted by heymoe on 17th March 2010

My Photo for the 50 Photographers, 50 Images Show

Back in 2008 I took part in an art gallery show titled “50 Photographers, 50 Images”. The photo I submitted for that show was taken inside the “Levity III” Luminaria by the Architects of Air that was setup at the Art on the Edge event downtown Raleigh late that summer.

The artist that creates the Luminaria, Alan Parkinson, saw my photo on Flickr and contacted me to get permission to use my photo to promote his wonderful works of art which I was more then happy to do.

Well I received an email from Alan a few weeks ago letting me know that their website has been updated and my photo is on display in their gallery to show visitors what the inside of the “Levity III” Luminaria looks like.

My photo is currently located in the bottom left hand corner of the gallery and is credited to me. It’s so cool to see one of my photos on display one someone else’s website.. Woot! 🙂

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Google Mobile Maps v3.0.2

Posted by heymoe on 18th February 2009

Storm and Google Maps

Some said it would never happen. Some said the programmers of Google Mobile Maps were idiots. Even some said it was all Verizon’s fault. All I know is as of v3.0.2, Google Mobile Maps can now use the internal GPS of my Blackberry Storm.

No longer will I be located in the light blue circle of uncertainty plus now I can use the new Latitude feature that Google released a few weeks ago a whole lot easier.


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Storm Leak: v4.7.0.85

Posted by heymoe on 27th December 2008


I was able to talk my company into upgrading my old Blackberry 8703e to the new Blackberry Storm a few weeks ago. The days leading up to its arrival I spent a lot of time reading the forums over at CrackBerry.com to see what I could learn about the new Storm, tips-n-tricks, hacks, etc..

When the day finally arrived I spent pretty much the whole day playing and trying out some of the things I learned from the forums. All was well until I started to play around with customizing my ring-tones. I went to make a change with one of the pull-downs when the Storm locked up. So I pulled the battery to reboot it. When it loaded the home screen it was locked up again and rebooted on its own again. So in less then 24 hours I some how managed to kill my first Storm by customizing my ring-tones. Yeah!

The next morning I stopped by the Verizon store and luckily they had some in stock. The customer service guy said they just received a new batch and this was the first day they still had some in stock. Once I got to work I was able to quickly get the new unit up and running.

The official version of code that Verizon support is currently v4.7.0.75 which was a big improvements over the version of code that the Storm first shipped with but it still has a lot of problems and bugs. I found out one the forums that there was a leaked version of newer code (v4.7.0.83) so I decided to test it out. Even though I only used v4.7.0.75 for a day or so, I was able to notice improvements in the speed / responsiveness of the device as well a fixes for some bugs I noticed with the Media Player. One of the bigger improvement was with battery life. Before the upgrade I had to recharge the Storm after about 20 hours of usage. After the upgrade the Storm lasted just about 3 full days before I had to change it again.

Any ways, even though I persoanlly wasn’t running into any major problems with v4.7.0.83, a lot of other people on the forums were so when news of another leaked version hit the forums last Thursday, people were couldn’t wait to get their hands on it.

So after waiting two days, v4.7.0.85 has finally been publicly leaked. It took me about 20 mins to Backup, Wipe, Install the OS and Restore my backup. So now I’m running v4.7.0.85 and so far I haven’t really found any differences between v4.0.7.83 and v4.7.0.85. For anyone else wanting to take v4.7.0.85 for a spin here are some links where you can download it. Enjoy!


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Posted by heymoe on 2nd August 2008

As a follow-up to my last post, it’s time to get your rap on and learn about the LHC.

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CERN Rap from Will Barras on Vimeo.

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Geek Pr0n: LHC Pictures

Posted by heymoe on 2nd August 2008

LHC = Death Star?

Bex sent me a link to an article posted on boston.com about the LHC or Large Hadron Collider which is being built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN).

Once operations, thousands of scientists from around the world will have access to the LHC for research. One of the most spoken about research goals for the LHC is the hopes of observing the elusive Higgs Boson which would provide evidence for the Higgs Mechanism which explains how particles gain mass in the Standard Model.

Any ways, click HERE for the pictures (Geek Pr0n). This site has some more information about the LHC as well as a countdown timer until it is activated and this site has even more information including the cool down status.

Personally, after looking at the pictures I think all this information about how the LHC is to be used for research and what not is just a clever cover story. In reality CERN is converting the Earth into the Death Star and the LHC is the big gun 🙂 hehe..

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Mailinator to the Rescue

Posted by heymoe on 28th May 2008

Don’t you just hate how many web site require that you provide them with an email address in order to access the site or even having to provide an email address when filling out a form in the real world. I know I do and I really don’t like using my real email address just to have it added to a mailing list in the future without my permission. Since I control my own mail server I tend to create an email alias per web site / form so I don’t have to supply my normal email address. This also allows me to know which web site decided to sell my email address to a mailing list and allows me to disable the alias without worrying that I will have to change my normal email address. This method works well except for having to manage all the email aliases and creating them before I use them.

The other day I learned of a service called Mailinator which basically accepts email for any email address @mailinator.com (or any of their alternative domains) and stores it for a period of time before removing the emails. To access any emails sent to these address you just go to their web site and type in the email address off you go. You can even subscribe to an RSS feed for that email address to keep up with emails that arrive to it. This service solve the two problems with my current email alias method in that I don’t have to manage or maintain the aliases on my server and I don’t have to make the email aliases before I can use them. I can use an address once just to validate an account on a web site and never have to check it again or I can just use RSS to keep up with accounts that I might want to keep around for awhile. Check it out!

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A MP3 player for the 80’s

Posted by heymoe on 1st May 2008

I came across this really neat retro 80’s looking tape cassette MP3 player. It looks like tape cassette (whatever those things are.. hehe) but instead of tape it uses a SD card up to 2GB to hold your tunes. It contains a headphone jack and controls so you can take your music with you on the go.

Tape Cassette MP3 Player

Or, if you still have an actual tape cassette player, you can just pop the MP3 player into the tape deck and listen to your MP3s as if it was a real tape cassette. The MP3 player cost ~$40 and can be purchased online at ThinkGeek. Long live the 80’s!

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ThinkGeek: New Products

Posted by heymoe on 1st April 2008


ThinkGeek has some really cool products available today on their website. Some notable ones include:

* Wireless Extension Cords
* Spazztroids – Caffeinated Breakfast Cereal
* Betamax to HD-DVD Converter
* PTeq – USB Pregnancy Test
* CaffeDerm
* Super Pii Pii Brothers Game
* PC HabiCase

… and Much Much More.. Check them out. Get them while they last.

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Google: Street View

Posted by heymoe on 2nd March 2008

Cool, I was looking for direction using Google Maps today and noticed that they added Street Views to the Raleigh area. Of course I had to pull up my home address and sure enough I could see my house from the Street View. It looks like camera van drove around the area last summer between July and August since the picture of my house included the my Sunflowers .

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New Feature: PicLens

Posted by heymoe on 14th February 2008

Recently I came across a new web browser plug-in called PicLens which provides a full-screen, 3D image viewing experience on the Internet. It is supported by a number of Photo, Social Networking and Image Search sites such as Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, Smugmug, FaceBook, MySpace and Google Images just to name a few. Of course I did not want to be left out so after digging around and modifying some code I came across on a Gallery2 forum, I was able to add PicLens support to my Photo Gallery.

To enjoy the full 3D PicLens experience you’ll need to install the browser plug-in which currently supports Firefox, IE and Safari (Note: The Safari plug-in currently does not support the 3D Wall feature). For those of you that don’t run a supported browser or refuse to install the plug-in, you can still enjoy most of the PicLens features via a flash based viewer called PicLens Lite.


All you need to do is click on this icon PicLens Button while viewing the different photo albums in my gallery or a link in a blog post, like the picture of the float plane on the left, to launch the PicLens plug-in or the PicLens Lite viewer. If you have the plug-in installed you can also use the play button icon that appears when you hover over the thumbnail images in the gallery. You’ll also need to allow javascript else the icons or the links won’t activate PicLens. As a note, you can only view images in a single album and if the album does not contain any photos, you will not see any images even though the icon is still displayed. If an album contains sub-albums, you’ll only see the photos in the album you selected and not the sub-albums. I’m still reading on on the Gallery2 API so hopefully I’ll be able to figure out a way to only show the icon if the album contains photos.


The above video shows you what the PicLens plug-in does for your image viewing experience. Go to the PicLens web site to download and install the plug-in. Do it NOW! 😛

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