Face to Facebook (F2FB) is a documentary about breaking through your own self imposed barriers, and being brave enough to live your own life. The video below explains it far better than I ever could. They need your support though, please pledge to support this documentary if you or anyone you know has ever felt trapped like this woman. Every dollar helps them get closer to their goal. Pledge support and spread the word!
I love the idea behind this, and I think it reaches beyond what this woman is going through. In this day and age, we have all distanced ourselves via technology and social networking, for a variety of reasons. Convenience, saving time, laziness, etc. We all have that certain percentage of folks on our so called ‘friends’ list, that we once had a deep connection with, but for whatever reason, now a web portal is our only interface. We do this to family too! It’s a trend that has only become more popular as the age of information progresses. We get so caught up in our digital avatars, that we often tend to lose a crucial part of our humanity.
I really dig the message, and look forward to seeing this project in a completed state, so I can watch it on netflix one day, along with all of the people I just spammed on Facebook about this film. Then we can all post status updates about what we took away from the film, along with what we ate while watching it, who we were with, and why we were up at such a crazy hour at night. I wish this project the best of luck!
The more votes he gets, the better his chances are for winning! He just helped me renovate my new home, and I really want to be able to return the favor. This is the best way I know of to help! Please spread the word, and get everyone you know to vote. If you have voted in the past, please vote again, this contest resets every month!
If you decide to not vote… then just know that you have made me sad…
Your computer is bored. It has spare computing power nearly all the time that could be used to do something cool. So why not let it? By connecting 100s and 1000s of computers together through the Internet, it’s possible to simulate a single machine capable of doing some pretty amazing stuff. That’s what theSkyNet is all about – using your spare computing power to process radio astronomy data.
Distributed computing is nothing new, but I certainly wouldn’t say it ever gets old. The capabilities of distributed computing… can be quite mind boggling… The basic concept is that multiple computers work together as one giant computational machine. Sort of like Devastator from Transformers.
SETI @ Home, Protein Folding @ Home, OnLive, and pretty much everything that Google does, are all examples of distributed, or parallel computation. TheSkyNet is just the new kid on the block, and it looks promising…
So rather than just looking for ET, theSkyNet is trying to just crunch the numbers for the universe! The best part is that just like SETI and Protein Folding @ Home, you can be a part of it, without really having to do anything other than install something, and leave your computer on. Try it out folks, the more people that join in, the better the results will be! We’re going to need to know what’s out there if we’re going to actually travel there one day…
Oh and by the way… as a word of caution… distributed computing can work for the side of evil too… This is called ‘theSkyNet’… so if you support our new robot overlords, I wouldn’t say that a giant computation network is really a bad thing. It all depends on your definition of evil. I for one welcome our new robot overlords. I just thought I’d throw it out there in case you weren’t aware of the potential consequences of networking tons of computers together.
GUARANTEE NOT 1 OF MY FACEBOOK FRIEND WILL COPY THIS POST…IF YOU WOULD BE THERE FOR ME THEN COPY THIS…I AM DOING THIS TO PROVE A FRIEND WRONG THAT SOMEONE IS ALWAYS LISTENIN
The earliest documented chain letter (that google provided me with) is from 1888, if this isn’t true… I really could care less, I just thought I’d start this post of with some history. Daniel W. VanArsdale encouraged the recipients of the chain letter to donate a dime to the education of poor children in the Cumberlands region of Tennessee, and then instructed the recipient to forward the letter to four friends. People back then had an excuse, chain letters were new. How could you not fulfill such a simple and genuine request. Just send this to 4 of my friends? Why this sounds like a marvelous cause, I surely will!
Welcome to 2011 folks… people are still doing this. Not just every now and then… CONSTANTLY. I’ve actually met some people that use the internet for nothing other than e-mail. They don’t even know how to browse websites. The only way they can find anything on the web, is if someone sends them an email that has a link to a site. It’s scary, I know, but it’s true… and there are more of these people out there than you may realize. When these types of people get a chain letter e-mail, they typically take it seriously, just as the ignorant masses did in 1888. In this age of communication, the number of chain letters that one of these mindless e-mail only users can forward in one day… is staggering. In fact it’s such a problem in today’s society… Weird Al even wrote a song about it…
The e-mail only users out there aren’t the only ones responsible for the plague of spam chain letters that get sent out. Some people do this for fun. They think up some sort of ridiculous story and send it out to everyone they know, along with a threat about what will happen if you don’t pass the message along. These folks are just trouble makers, and it’s sad that they find amusement in such pointless activities…
The last group of people are the insecure forwarders. They fall for the threat in the chain letter, and don’t want any harm to come to themselves or their loved ones, so they forward the message along for fear of the threat actually happening, or that the person that sent the message will think badly of them for not doing as they were told. To all of these people, I ask that you please grow a pair, and try using a little critical thinking before clicking send. You’re just a smidge above the e-mail only users, please stop embarassing yourselves.
So what is the problem? Why do I feel it’s necessary to speak out against this plague, if it’s really all so harmless? Here’s a few points, and I’m sure I could come up with more if I really sat here thinking about it long enough:
Security – If you are sending out mass emails of chain letters, chances are that you aren’t aware of the potential security issues you’re passing along to your friends and family. Some of these chain letter e-mails contain malicious code that can infect a recipient’s machine. Things like viruses, spyware, malware… are spread like wild fire from users that pass along these types of messages. If there is a link or file attached to the message DON’T PASS IT ALONG!!!
Security Part II – Aside from that, whenever you forward an email to a bunch of people, if you’re putting the addresses of your recipients in the “To” field… everyone that receives that email, will be able to see everyone else’s email address that the message was sent to. Not only that, but when the recipient forwards the message along to the next group of people, all of the e-mail addresses you sent the message to, will be forwarded along with it. If anyone at any point in the e-mail chain has a virus that grabs e-mail addresses from your e-mail… you just handed all of your contacts over to a hacker… GREAT JOB!
Bandwidth – Many chain letter e-mails will have lots of pictures or perhaps a video attached. In some cases, these files can be massive… If you use a mobile phone to check your e-mail, you probably have a cap on the amount of bandwidth you can use per month. If you get hit with a “these cats are hilarious” e-mail… you could spend the next 30 minutes downloading the huge attachments, and eating up all of your bandwidth. There are still folks using dialup too (poor bastards), and I’ve seen some chain letters take HOURS to download on a 56k modem. I have one client that has called me no less than 4 times within a month’s time span, to ask my why her e-mail was broken. I had to explain each time that it wasn’t broken… she was just downloading a huge message with tons of attachments…
WASTE OF TIME – Even deleting messages takes time… the best way to save time is to not receive the chain letter in the first place
The Endless E-Mail Sea – If you get bombarded with chain letter like status updates, or e-mail, you’re going to miss out on information that may have actually been interesting…
So if you’re one of the people responsible for this garbage floating around on the internet, please stop and/or punch yourself in the face for spreading poop all over the internet. If you want to send chain letters, fine, but please do so using the regular mail system. The United States Postal System is broke as a joke because nobody uses it anymore. Give them a new lease on life, and send your idiotic ramblings via snail mail. You’ll be doing the country a solid, and I will have a convenient way of completely ignoring all of it.
If you want to copy and paste something to your friends, help end this digital cancer by linking to this post:
“Please copy & paste this to your status if you are constantly being asked to copy & paste something to your status by friends who copy & paste things to their status. Many people won’t copy & paste this but my true friends will copy & paste it because they know this was copied & pasted from a dear friend in need of more stuff to copy & paste…thank you! And don’t forget the heart… ♥
Help end the digital cancer: http://www.theparaverse.com/blog/?p=296
Bored with the moon? Tired of seeing images of Earth from the outside looking in? Well apparently so was NASA. Many of us (myself included) were under the impression that NASA was handing the torch over to private sector, and washing their hands of any further space missions. We were wrong. It appears they had bigger plans than just checking out the blue planet and neighboring moon.
Today NASA unveiled their new plans, and new rocket design. The new plan is to design and build a new vehicle they are calling the Space Launch System (SLS for short).
”The next chapter of America’s space exploration program is being written today”
Let’s get this party started!!! I know this has nothing to do with technology at all… it’s a drunken moose… But with all of the crazy weather happening here on the east coast, I think it’s time for some comedic relief. It is not uncommon to find these crazy beasts running amuck, totally smashed during the fall. They love apples, even the rotting ones. When apples start to rot, they ferment, which then results in the production of alcohol. This moose in particular was trying to get at the goodness, slipped, and got stuck in a tree. This is the most absurd thing I have seen in the past month, and I just had to post it. This is why I love reading BBC news, as opposed to Fox news or CNN. They cover the good stuff!
The information age, also commonly known as the computer age or digital age, is an idea that the current age will be characterized by the ability of individuals to transfer information freely, and to have instant access to knowledge that would have been difficult or impossible to find previously.
–Wikipedia, master of all knowledge and… stuff
The information age was made possible by the advent of the personal computer. It started slowly in the 70′s… and then exploded in the 90′s. It’s a
story that the children of the future will need to learn about in a boring history class, but we have had the privilege of living through it. Personal computers were made possible by the hard work of many, and the efficient utilization of one element in particular, silicon. Silicon had been around for a good 20 years or so before anyone figured out that it could be used for an integrated circuit, which is what allowed us to go from computers that filled a giant room, to computers that filled part of a room. Eventually some crafty folks figured out how to use those integrated circuits to fit a computer on a desk 30 years later. From there computers have shrunk down to a size that fits in the palm of your hand, and then down to sizes that are just plain silly. The picture to the right, is as small as they come right now. In February of 2011, researchers made this computer that measures just over one cubic millimeter. It has a microprocessor, a battery, a solar cell, a wireless radio, and an antenna…
Silicon is a fantastic material that works quite well as a semiconductor. It’s also great for breast implants, which some would argue helped push the envelope for technology in a different way. Breast implants -> better porn -> porn drives the internet, marketing and media technology -> people actually give half a crap about computers because there’s porn on them -> people demand faster computers and internet connections. You can roll your eyes and be a prude all you want… but your ignorance doesn’t change the fact that sex was a huge driving force behind today’s technology, and breast implants definitely played a role in this.
Kevin Manning is at it again! If you haven’t heard of a company by the name of Fractured Minds, then obviously you aren’t cool. The company’s first project was a Facebook game, ZooLife, an interactive zoo game, where you are a zoo curator. The game takes you beyond the typical simple and rather static level of interaction found in most Facebook games.
…take the experience to a whole new level by allowing you to enter your exhibits and place animals, decorations, rocks, trees and much more! Watch your animals as they live, play and interact, and take care of them by feeding, cleaning, healing, and playing with them to keep them happy. Whether you like a jungle full of prowling tigers, or an aquarium bursting with sealife, ZooLife offers an enormous variety of animals and decorations to allow you to create the most vibrant zoo on the web.
Fractured Minds recently announced three new games, heading for the Andriod Market. They are all block puzzle games, which is a genre that is time tested and still popular today. Considering the artistic talent that is behind these games, I’m sure the graphics for the game will not disappoint! Keep an eye out for a release date so you can grab a copy for your shiny new Driod.
If you think you are going to read this and then tell me that I’m wrong in the comments section… feel free to skip reading this entirely. I don’t really care what you think about politics, I just felt like sharing. You can leave a comment if you agree, but otherwise… I really doubt you’re going to convince me to change my mind with your little comment… I like this Ron Paul fellow, always have, and I am liking him more and more as time goes on. With that being said, let’s continue…