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Tuesday

Does Google's Hoff #Hoffsome feature really work?

Wondering how to make Hasselhoff photobomb pics?  For April fools day 2014, Google added a new feature to their photo sharing known as #hoffsome.  A new google photo enhancement that will add a random overlay of David Hasselhoff photobombing whatever picture you decide to upload.  This feature is not easy to understand at first, you must go into the photo options then click the add more awesome, then await the hoff.  Or you can simply click this link.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsBnrej62hM


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Best Robot Videos

Please add any of your favorites in the comment section below.
Enjoy the bad robots.

From an older Nova Science video, here's a partial AI robot that seems like a mash up of Kenny Rodgers, Siri and Steven Hawking.

Below is the Quadracopter using some amazing AI machine learning.  PONG aint got nothing on these guys.

 Here's another fun one using some good old fashioned robot teamwork.

This following video creeps me out a bit.  It reminds me of some old movie with Tom Selleck and Gene Simmons from Kiss as the bad guy.
  
I think it's either designed to fly bombs out of parks, or steal hats from older hat ladies in the church parking lots, either way Im sure we will see more videos of this lovely creature.


Please add your favorite robot video links below.
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Monday

Life of Pi Explained

What is the meaning of the Life of Pi? - WARNING SPOILERS

Are all the critics crazy?  I feel like I am one of the few people that walked away from this film feeling empty and disturbed.  

I have been learning some computer graphics- 3D modeling as of late, and was very excited to see "Life of Pi".  I gladly plunked down almost 40 bucks to get a couple of tickets for the opening night 3D screening.  So lets get this out of the way, we all know the film is visually stunning, in fact I think it should win an Oscar for visual effects and cinematography, but the story was bold enough to tell me that by the end, "I would believe in God".  Even though it was off to a slow start, that line hooked me.  I'm in.  Lets do this, bring on the tiger tale.

Several minutes later, uggh, are we still cutting back to the house with the writer?  Do I really need to know about kids teasing him for his name and a few elementary piss jokes.  I was ready to forgive the meandering story, which in essence is, "A guy gets stuck on a boat with a tiger, or wait, no surprise he's a murdering psychopath that has created an elaborate story to protect him from the truth."  Roll credits.

Now here's where most of you will be getting upset, and I have not read the book, maybe it did a better job of telling the story, but the filmmaker has given me a choice of what story I might prefer to choose.  Well it's a lot easier to prefer the one with a muti million dollar visual effects budget, though it still doesn't give me any theological revelations.  

You see when Pi tells the story of himself killing a man that killed his mother on a boat out of anger/revenge, the filmmaker allows us to see his face and not flash back to the story.  In real life, this is one of the ways we discern if someone is lying or not.  And the actor does a damn good job of looking like he is telling the truth as he tells us of his murderous tale.  Then the film goes on to hit us over the head with the obvious parallels to the animals which I'm sure most movie goers have already figured out several minutes before.

The Christian Science Monitor to says this,


"The real question is – which story do you, the viewer/reader prefer? Interpretation is subjective but the question is intended to serve as a moment of theological reflection. Are you a person that prefers to believe in things that always make sense/things that you can see? Or are you a person that prefers to believe in miracles/take things on faith?"   Okay, which story makes more sense?  The tiger story remains to be based in reality, except for the whole magic island bit that any rational person might chalk up to hallucinations, yet I think the more difficult story to believe might be the one where someone implicates themselves for murder unnecessarily.  But the frustrating thing is neither of these stories give me any revelations.

I love when films find the truth, but this film seemed to avoid the truth, posing a hollow question, when you dont know the correct answer do you choose to believe in what appears to be true or what seems to be fantasy?  And the answer... if you are a writer or filmmaker you gravitate to the fantasy, if you are investigating the truth for insurance, you go after the truth.  

My girlfriend who can cry at a cartoon was even left unaffected by Pi, and with all of the dead end backstory it felt like there was a huge missed opportunity for the story to empathetically connect Pi with the audience in this visually stunning adventure.  Now all of the above is my opinion and therefore it is MY truth, I encourage you to argue with it in the comments.  Please, I would love to be persuaded that I "missed the boat" on this one.  I was hoping for a new layer to the Science vs Faith argument.  The one where most scientists define faith as "believing in something that hasn't been proven to be the truth", not that that is always a bad thing.  Maybe we can have a happier life by choosing to believe in a more optimistic point of view.  But neither of his tales were heartwarming or optimistic.  For me it was a huge let down, as it promised a spiritual experience and delivered the story of a creepy murderer who has created false fantastical memories.  Nuff said.

Pie chart from www.film.com  Please tell us what the Life of Pi meant to you in the comment section.
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Thursday

iPhone Phab - The iPhone Phablet?


I love me some Apple iPhone design, but love bigger screen sizes, that's why I wanted to be one of the first to have the iPhone Phablet.  Though not available for you to purchase yet outright as Apple has yet to release the product.  You can always get a workaround for now with a superfast quadcore processor and feature rich phone.  Just download an iOS emulator, add a vinyl sticker and tada, your Note 2 is now a iPhone Phab.  It works so well, it almost makes you not feel bad that Samsung got sued for looking like an iPhone.  I'll put up some tutorials soon on how to make the mod (feel free to subscribe to get an alert), it even works with the stylus.


 I know all you Android fans, like my angry girlfriend, are saying why would you do this?  I guess for fun and the lulz.  Plus it is okay to love Apple AND Android,  I'm sure I'll change it back soon, but in the meantime it's just awesome to see Apple fanboys flip out when they see it.


You will need...
Apple decal sticker like this or this.

You may also need gullible friends, have fun.


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Saturday

The Best and Most Unique Galaxy Note 2 Cases and Covers

After looking at way too many cases for my new Samsung Galaxy Note II, I thought I would make a little image parade for any other Note 2 user that might want to get an idea of what is out there.  Most all of these may be found on ebay or amazon for a reasonable price.  Enjoy, and feel free to add more in the comment section.
Eye Candy.


Dark Wood.

Ruby Vinyl Skin.


Bamboo.
Charming indeed.

Clear cover lets the chrome shine through.

Sexy Flexy.

Best Grip.

Ohh ebay.

Well designed.

Traditional wallet feel.

Buy a few at $4.99 and keep it nice and white.

This one allows you to see the time and whatever you assign behind these holes in the cover.

Smile.

Hmmm.

Elegant with a nice grip.

Choose your wallet color.






Carbon...

Fiber...

Most wallets fold into a stand.

This one above is one of my favorites, it is also a classy wallet and sells for around $60.00


Not sure why they blurred the Galaxy?

Punky Brewster.


Storm Troopers use this.




This is the case that TRON would have.

If you are riding your bike, or your pocket are too small try this armband above.


My school colors.

This is a hack on ebay, for under $30 bucks you get wireless charging and a new back.

Classy.



Standard extended battery from China, if  you want an even bigger phone.



You better have a purse for this one,

View your time and see if you are late.

Swanky.

Flip up.




Classic.

These are new metal home button stickers.

Secret message encoded on shell.

Fruity.

Shiny Shiny.

Just needs an Apple logo sticker.




Flush red carbon fiber front, metal back.

Wait till they see ya talking into this.

Styling.




Black and White with a kick.

Real Wood?


Download wallpaper to match your skin.


Delicious.

Paddy Daddy.

For the narcissist. 


Sexy.

Clean.

Thin.

Back to school style.

Is that a cat in your pocket?

Soft.

Groovy.


Cheery.


Enlarge this photo to see the material.

Game of Thrones.

For the Jeep drivers.


Sharp.




If you buy a knock off make sure it has NFC.



Brushed.


Wooden Back.


            This one is waterproof.






Above the Otterbox, Defender very popular models.

HERE ARE SOME 2014 UPDATES below
Many of these are handmade and
have limited availability on etsy



















Sorry there are no links up just yet,  use this link below, click the camera button and add the pic to find source.
If you have Chrome Browser you can drag and drop.

UPDATE:  Here are some of my new favorites
http://www.casefanatic.com/samsung-2/note-2/coque-galaxy-note-2-voia-stripes/
http://www.casefanatic.com/samsung-2/note-2/diary-note-2/galaxy-note-2-slim-genuine-leather-case/
iphone-ish  metal case http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=6Kpn1UveCog

GET THIS BATTERY  it can last 3 DAYS  (review)  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2243462

It's the longest lasting Note 2 Batt, cases come in white or black.  Mine lasts for about 4 days.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEqq4ZfMIZE

Here is a new case for the ZERO LEMON 3 CELL/  3 DAY BATTERY with light use.
http://www.amazon.com/Warranty-Zerolemon-Midnight-Samsung-Galaxy/dp/B00GNH2I7W/ref=sr_1_3?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1395081845&sr=1-3&keywords=note+2+zero+lemon+case









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