Monday, November 28, 2011

Nandos "Last Dictator Standing" directed by Dean Blumberg

Mars Science Laboratory Launch

BIG CATS vs Laser Pointers!

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sims Social Free Energy

I've been playing The Sims Social rather routinely since they released the game on facebook. Lately, I haven't been using my free energy chocolate bonus, and it keeps piling up until today I found I have 166 bonus chocolates. SO, I spent them all and got this 166 free energy that I could spend. I went nuts.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Stop the Internet Blacklist Legislation

The Internet Blacklist Legislation - known as PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House - is a threatening sequel to last year's COICA Internet censorship bill. Like its predecessor, this legislation invites Internet security risks, threatens online speech, and hampers Internet innovation. Urge your members of Congress to reject this Internet blacklist campaign in both its forms! Big media and its allies in Congress are billing the Internet Blacklist Legislation as a new way to prevent online infringement. But innovation and free speech advocates know that this initiative is nothing more than a dangerous wish list that will compromise Internet security while doing little or nothing to encourage creative expression. As drafted, the legislation would grant the government and private parties unprecedented power to interfere with the Internet's domain name system (DNS). The government would be able to force ISPs and search engines to redirect or dump users' attempts to reach certain websites' URLs. In response, third parties will woo average users to alternative servers that offer access to the entire Internet (not just the newly censored U.S. version), which will create new computer security vulnerabilities as the reliability and universality of the DNS evaporates. It gets worse: Under SOPA's provisions, service providers (including hosting services) would be under new pressure to monitor and police their users’ activities. While PROTECT-IP targeted sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” SOPA targets websites that simply don’t do enough to track and police infringement (and it is not at all clear what would be enough). And it creates new powers to shut down folks who provide tools to help users get access to the Internet the rest of the world sees (not just the “U.S. authorized version”). Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has placed a hold on the Senate version of the bill, taking a principled stand against a very dangerous bill. But every Senator and Representative should be opposing the PROTECT IP Act and SOPA. Contact your members of Congress today to speak out! [Via EFF]

Setting a window to appear on all Mission Control desktop

One of the new features of Mac OS X Lion is the Mission Control. This desktop management system can control where on the multiple desktop your window will appear. If you have a fresh install of Lion, you'll notice that by default, Finder will always follow you on all the Mission Control desktop you have. To change this behavior, or any other apps behavior, you can two-finger click the app on the dock, (or right click if you're using a mouse) and go to Options and pick where you'd like to assign your window.

To make a window to appear on all Desktop in Mission Control, two-finger click (or right click on the mouse) and go to Options > All Desktop
If you pick all desktops, now your window will appear on every desktop you switch to using Mission Control.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

It might be a tight fit, but it seems you can fit a full frame sensor in the Fuji

43rumors broke out a set of screenshots of what supposed to be the upcoming Fuji X camera. And the biggest question was, what was the sensor size? Fuji has claimed that they have developed a sensor that beats the performance of current full frame sensor. That raises question of whether you need a full frame sensor to beat the performance of current full frame sensors. Well, the DXOmark benchmark has shown that the sony APS-C sensor meets that of the Canon 5D Mark II. Sensor size, turns out, to be not the determinant for image quality. Even smaller size sensor can meet or beat the full frame sensor. Instead, sensor generation, or technology advancement, is the factor that determines the image quality. By extension, to beat the performance of current full frame sensors, you can take that sony APS-C sensor technology and cut a larger sensor instead. And guaranteed, that will beat all current full frame sensor image performance.
Now, the question is, would Fuji put a full frame sensor on their Fuji X?
What the leaks have shown, is what appears to be a set of photographs of photos of the prototype Fuji X displayed on a windows computer monitor. Inception. The image quality is abysmal, and I wish we could get our hands on the original pics so I could perhaps tweak it to see what's inside the hole of the body to see the sensor size. But let's work with what we got.
The full frame sensor is defined as 36mm x 24mm. While an APS-C sensor is at  22.2mm x 14.8mm as you can see on the two canon bodies here:

One thing that's weird from the leak is that the viewfinder is round. And when I leveled out the dark part of one of the leaked photo, you could see a cylindrical thing on the inside of the sensor hole. I wonder if they put a lens to gather the light to get the Full Frame round image that they could crop to various aspect ratio.

But anyway, I took two of their pics that depicts the front part of the camera, one with the lens attached, and one with the mount exposed. The one pic with the lens attached has a hand holding the camera. That could be used for a reference. I measured my thumb and got an approximately 2cm diameter. Now, I have a rather large hands, so if this hand belongs to a smaller Asian person, or even a woman, the hole would've been larger, but measuring for the scale, you could put a full frame sensor (blue rectangle) in there. AND certainly an APS-C sensor (yellow rectangle).

Here's another superimposure with the lens side:

The only strange thing is that they put the pins on a corner instead of the top or bottom side where there's so many space. Hmm...

If anything, they got the form factor right. I don't like the round viewfinder but here's something that Panasonic and Olympus can learn from.

The only huddle the Fuji X would need to come over would be the comparison to a Leica. I hope the Fuji marketing team has a good spiel to not make everyone make this out as a "poor man's Leica". That can be done by meeting and beating the Leica full frame sensor and lens performance. Technologically speaking, we should be there by now.
Just one question: Where's the dedicated movie record button, Fuji? And a shutter release button would be nice too, I guess?

A visualization of tweets throughout the world mentioning *11:11* on 11-11-11.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Bane of Storage

I was going to do a clean install on my MacBook Pro, and I needed the CD that comes with the product. It was 1:11 am. That's one in the morning and I went to my stack of boxes to look for the CD that I kept in the box that the mac came with. And guess where it was:
Looking for my MacBook Pro box

Yep, it's on the third box from the bottom. Just under the Microsoft Natural Keyboard box.

Looking for my MacBook Pro box


Monday, November 14, 2011

Solar Photography

So this morning I decided to start going to the gym again. It's been a while since I went to the gym. After checking my AM ecritique, and got my sister a few pics of the street in front of the hosue, I went out and found the sky to look wonderful today.


I remember that there was a report about the super large sunspot a few days ago.

So, I decided to break out the old telescope and have a look.


As you can see, the sunspots has dimmed and the sun has moved around so you can't see it anymore. Then I used the barlow to zoom in and got this:


Those are not sunspots. My Barlow lens is super dirty. After I took this picture, the clouds moved in and covered the sun so I lost the view and the sunlight so I decided to wrap up.

It's been forever since I cleaned up the barlow so I took it apart and have it cleaned using a lenspen.

This is a 3D photo, Cross your eyes to see it in 3D.
I also decided to clean the 18mm. It was clean as a whistle before the cleaning, but I polished it all the same.


I'm gonna have to disassemble the telescope and have a thorough clean up of the tube itself. But I'm worried that I won't be able to realign the mirror after the cleanup. :(

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Indonesian parenting fail

A child flips the middle finger towards a poor old woman who's just sitting there begging for money.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Hammer and the Feather

Legend has it that Galileo dropped two balls with similar volume and different masses from the leaning tower of Pisa. Whether Galileo really dropped the balls from the leaning tower of Pisa or not is debatable. And of course, physics has shown us that the two balls would reach the ground at the same time. Especially in a vacuum, where the shape of the object wouldn't matte. In this video, the Apollo Astronauts drops a hammer and a feather in the vacuum of the surface of the moon to finally answer the old age question once and for all.

Richard Feynman - No Ordinary Genius (full version)

I only have respect and admiration for a few people on this earth. Not that I'm so snubby to think that. But then again, there are a lot of ignorant assholes on this earth. Shallow people who are more concerned about talking, trying to get higher in the ... "social order" ... then they are about thinking and finding things out. This documentary shows why I adore the late Richard Feynman so much.

The True Frontier - Cordwainer Smith

The following is a transcription of Extra Sci-fi’s episode “The True Frontier - Cordwainer Smith” What if I told you that one of the great...