Tuesday, April 28, 2009

LOST Periodic Table Images

View My Latest:
LOST Periodic Table of Elements (HTML)

or Grab some GIF Images:

(Suggestions? I have 159 short LOST codes now. Can't wait for Wednesday 10pm!)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fixing Vista Columns

Dude - I know how to fix the Vista Columns Issue.

It's dirty, it's wrong, but in LIEU of anybody at Microsoft Caring at all and adressing this, here goes:

AutoHotKey =
A Windows version of Automator (Event Recorder)
+ AppleScript (Access to system dialogs)
+ Visual Basic (It has a GUI toolkit)

Take on the 257+ types of Explorer Detail Columns

Use on the fly, script-directed tweaking of the Explorer Detail Columns Dialog alphabetic column selection and spacebar toggle to make a custom column set.
These complex re-columning instructions can be made into a "macro.ahk"

You're gonna wanna crank up your ShellBags to like a million!

Make all Windows like this Window
in Explorer-> Tools
-> Options helps the columns die. They'll be back.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Vintage MacBook "Air"

Two years ago, a friend of mine dropped his MacBookPro Laptop (PowerPC Edition) SHATTERING HIS MONITOR. This was before the nifty magnetic Mac power connector existed. The monitor lit up, but only the top left corner was usable, the rest simply displaying a glowing, horrific chaotic fracture pattern.

Not having owned a Mac for many years (I used plenty at work, but went PC all the way at home), I asked him for it. He had no intention of having it repaired, as it was more than a few years old. With a DVI<->VGA adapter and an Viewsonic LCD Monitor, it was good to go! It had Built in Wireless Ethernet and USB (a good thing because the CD Drive was toast; bent and inoperable).

My father wanted a new Mac to use (His old Quadra 660 AV Pizza-Box finally refused to display a video signal) but the problem was the external monitor sitting next to the laptop was an ergonomic nightmare. The real screen WOULD HAVE TO GO. So... I replaced the broken MacBook Pro screen with the LCD VGA monitor:

The bent case put up a fight, but ultimately lost.
I tore in to the Poor MacBook using:
Gloves (to not get cut, or get monitor juice all over me)
A Small Fan (to blow away the mercury vapor that would be released)
Mini Screwdrivers (Using them at an angle on a bent case = not easy)
A Putty Knife (To pop the shell, not an easy task since the case had bent enough to count)

Maybe the Mac Mini should be re- released as an All-In-One Keyboard PC. It would be very Amiga 500 of them!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

"Meeblings" (Indie Game)

If you enjoy physics and logic games, like World of Goo, JellyCar, Lemmings, or even Chip's Challenge, you will enjoy Meeblings. Play it at Ninja Kiwi (it's a flash game). I blazed through all 50 levels (got kinda stuck a few times, but my OCD powered through!

The soundrack had me thinking "I'm Tom Bodett for Motel 6" due to it's banjo-picking airy elevator music.

Here is the Completion Screen in all it's marvel:

Sweet. Good Night Everybody!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

#mediamath Twitter Game

#mediamath Twitter Game
(Day 1 Awards)

Best Three-Show Additions (3-way tie)

1. Dollhouse = The Stepford Wives + Charlie's Angels + The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (@ethernautrix)
1. Millennium = The X-Files + Medium + The Mentalist (@kidmanproject)
1. FRINGE = Numb3rs + John Doe + The 4400 (@brunoprado)

4. Rome = Debbie Does Dallas + C-SPAN + I, Claudius (@benjamin_oc)
5. Family Guy = Simpsons + Married w/ Children + Alf (talking animal) (@garyb311)
6. How I Met Your Mother = Seinfeld + Friends + Frasier (@piriri92)
7. The Big Bang Theory = Star Trek + The Wonder Years + Melrose Place (@cyclopticupcake)

Best Two-Show Additions

1. The Office = Mary Tyler Moore + Arrested Development (@cyclopticupcake)
2. Supernatural = The X-files + Buffy the Vampire Slayer (@flatlandcometh)
3. Lipstick Jungle = Golden Girls + Sex And The City (@cyclopticupcake)

Reality Shows

1. The Biggest Loser = Survivor + Real World + Big Brother + Extreme Makeover + Denise Austin Workout (@garyb311)
2. Kitchen Nightmares = The Swan + Dr. Phil + the Food Network (@ethernautrix)

Perhaps, But Not Quite

1. Ellen = Oprah + the L Word (@flatlandcometh)
2. LOST = Twin Peaks + Northern Exposure + Guiding Light - Rocky (@jmpickel)
3. Xena: Warrior Princess = Hercules + The L Word (@heimp)
4. Power Rangers = Real Life (Transformers + Voltron + G-Force + Thundercats) (@garyb311)

Thanks to Everyone for Playing!

Friday, April 3, 2009

New Pop Culture Game!

"TV/Movie Formulas"
Describe a TV Show or Movie based on other TV Shows or Movies (as a formula)

HASHTAG: #mediamath (add this to a tweet to play along)

Dollhouse = ALIAS + Brainstorm + The 4400
Now And Again = The Six Million Dollar Man + The Prisoner + Once And Again
Bones = The X-Files
+ Crossing Jordan + Moonlighting
Life On Mars = Law & Order + Quantum Leap

Justice =
Boston Legal + Jackie Brown
Reaper = The LOOP + Buffy + My Name Is Earl
House = ER + CSI + Grey's Anatomy + Monk
Tru Calling = Buffy + Six Feet Under + DayBreak

Harsh Realm = Altered States + eXistenZ
The UNIT = The A-Team + Desperate Housewives + MacGyver
LOST = Survivor + Big Brother + Swiss Family Robinson + The Prisoner + Rashomon
ALIAS = Felicity + 24 + The Unit (+ MacGyver + The DaVinci Code)
The Wire = The Sopranos + New York Undercover + Law & Order

Wonderfalls = Northern Exposure + Twin Peaks + The L-Word + Eli Stone
Twin Peaks = Six Feet Under + Deadwood
30 Rock = Studio 60 + Sports Night + The Office
Buffy The Vampire Slayer = Kolchak + Xena: Warrior Princess + The X-Files
Battlestar Galactica = Space: Above & Beyond + Star Wars + Earth2 + Solaris + The 4400

Fun, huh?

With this game, shows people have not seen or forgotten about bubble up next to similar shows, generating an implicit recommendation. Of course there's no one right answer, but describing things in terms of other things is a great mental exercise

Older shows like Now and Again can resurface - leading fans of derivative shows back to (some of) their original inspiration. Sharing these little allusions helps people find new shows to watch (based on shows they like) and the simple concept is well suited for Twitter (and us obsessive pop culture fanatics)

-SuperFan David from New York (@batchout)