Set Your DVR: IBM’s Watson on Jeopardy tonight!

After 4 years of hard work, IBM's Watson is finally scheduled to appear starting tonight on Jeopardy. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FC3IryWr4c8 Find out more about Watson, visit the IBM Watson webpage. Nova's episode about Watson. (In Houston, set your DVRs to record at 11:30 pm on Local CBS Station KHOU) … [Read more...]

Ansel Adams: Analog Photography and the Creative Process Revisited

I recently visited the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, to view an exhibit of Ansel Adams works titled Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light. The show ran from May 29 through November 7, 2010. In total, I made four trips to the museum to see this exhibit. Ansel Easton Adams was born in early 1902 to parents Charles and Olive Adams in San Francisco, California. As a boy, his family traveled to Yosemite (which had become a national park in 1890) when he was about 14 years old, an experience which … [Read more...]

Ironman Central by Zumobi

Have a little thing for the “Man in Red”? Wait no longer, die hard Marvel fans, with a little help from Zumobi, there’s an APP for that! Although there are members of my household, dying to get their hands on this bad boy, I have not yet had the pleasure of testing it out. However, I was able to get a little sneak peak into the highly anticipated game and we are definitely looking forward to it’s release. Here’s what Zumobi has to say about it... Marvel Launches Iron Man Central, the New i … [Read more...]

Rollip.com: Polaroid Nostalgia

Nostalgic for the Polaroid look? Wishing for the ability to make snapshots look like Polaroids? There's a fast, easy-to use solution. All it involves is an upload, a brief wait, and a download. Check out http://www.rollip.com/ which takes you to a site by Rollip. Click the website to start; this takes you to a page of original images and Polaroid "look" variations that take you back to the days of slight color mismatch, over and under development; atmospheric effects and the … [Read more...]

Enable ICC Profiles in Firefox 3.x

The folks at Mozilla have quietly trumped all the other browsers (with a notable exception) in the area of more correctly displaying colors in photos. So quietly,in fact, they aren’t enabling it in their browser without a minor hack of the registry.  Firefox by default in NOT color manged! That aforementioned notable exception? Safari, of course. Cross-platform (OS X AND Windows), Safari just works – no registry hacking required.   Turning on Firefox is very easy. … [Read more...]

Lost Your Camera? Did You Look On The Internet?

In 1977 while hanging out with some friends in Philly, I inadvertantly left my camera at an outdoor lunch joint near Second and South. Having shared a few bottles of Merlot (to wash down the double cheese steaks with onions and mushrooms) I hadn't realized the camera was missing until later in the evening and by then, I figured I was out of luck. In those days, there was no craigslist on which to post lost & found, and I had no idea of the name of the place where we'd eaten lunch (see Merlot … [Read more...]

Virtual Networking in a Brave New World

The Social Network As It Was. Remember when networking was something that was accomplished at blazer-wearing cocktail parties and on the golf course followed by a cocktail?  Even if you don’t remember that, one must realize historically there was such a thing.  Leaving the house and beating the streets socially was absolutely the only way possible to network in the community and create a name, credibility and resource.  It was an era of creating importance amongst people … [Read more...]

How To Hang A Picture

Picture this: The wall in your den or dining room just begs to display your extensive collection of movie posters, music memorabilia or family photos... but you don't want your wall to look like an old pub's dartboard by the time you're satisfied with the layout. 1. Make measurements of your wall, making note of any details such as switches, receptacle covers, and molding. 2. Transfer your wall's dimensions to the floor, using strips of masking tape. 3. Arrange your framed pieces on the … [Read more...]

Requiem for The Polaroid

The days of the in your face - no touch-up's - crappy lighting - crappy paper - instant photograph have come to a close, as Polaroid ascends to the big darkroom in the sky.I could write about the history of Polaroid, but then you could Google it if you were really interested. And you should because it's pretty good reading. Instead, today, I'm going to tell you the story of Amelia. Amelia was just ten years old when I was a volunteer at the Bancroft School in Haddonfield NJ, a … [Read more...]

Power To The Poster

Nobody in their right mind becomes an artist for purpose of making a sensible living. And most artists will tell you that one doesn't become an artist, an artist is born and merely polishes his or her skills and knowledge over the years in hopes of people noticing what they do. Garnering a following is a notch better and causing conversation and intelligent debate, two notches. Dead presidents are the cherry on the pallet.   Introducing Power to the Poster, a somewhat user generated yet … [Read more...]

Simplicity In A Box

Last year, I asked my husband for a radio for Christmas. Something for my kitchen counter. Something that would allow me to listen to NPR while I cooked. Nothing fancy, I didn't even really want anything digital, as I grew up in the day of the radio dial. I'll even go so far as to admit that in my preteen years, all the cool stations were still on AM. In recent years, I had a boombox, one that had a CD player on the top and looked like a WMD with an antenna. Big and oblong and obnoxious … [Read more...]

Virtual Prostitute Wrecks Marriage

Considering all the recent news about people getting in trouble for virtual crimes committed while playing online games involving virtual people, virtual places and virtual things, it seems to me that there is probably a valid and tangible market for a virtual legal profession. In a recent divorce case involving a British couple and the internet game Second Life, his avatar was found cheating on her avatar with a virtual prostitute. Suspicious, her avatar hired a virtual … [Read more...]