New Twitter Embed Code

Just Installed a new Twitter Widget on the right hand sidebar. Now I'm awaiting an upgrade to my twitter account so that I can capture tweets and embed them with web actions such as; Reply, Retweet and Favorite, right from the embedded code.

Here is a screen shot of an example.

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Free Music

I just wanted to let folks know that both Amazon and iTunes offer free music on their music download services. I'm sure there are other venues too. While getting a new release of a chart topping top 40 album is not very likely, if you want classical or independent music there are many great pieces to be had. I always stock up on holiday music this time of year. Some very classic some just very quirky. You just have to filter out the "noise." Currently Amazon has four classical samplers and four jazz samplers that are wonderful and they are free. I also downloaded a house/electronica/dance sample album to add to the mix. This is a great way to to expand the artists you get to listen to and also find new up and coming artists. Just search "free music" or Sampler in the respective stores and you'll find lots of music to download. Another tip is just sort from prices lowest to highest in a music selection and the $0.00 priced music will come to the top. Happy Listening!
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kindle fire


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Well I did intend to write something yesterday. Unfortunately now you and I now know there is a limitation with the kindle fire browser (Amazon Silk) not allowing one to use the body field in Google Blogger's web interface. >>>Tangent Warning<<< Sorry folks this is going to get a bit geeky. Some of you may know that I have a blogger account that mirrors this here blog. I use a product called RapidBlog that allows me to post remotely from blogger when I'm not at home. Through some PHP magic when you arrive at this here blog it goes out to the Blogger mirror site and displays the drivel I've posted at the blogger site right here before your very eyes. When I arrive back at the mothership a simple sync sucks said drivel back into the landing bay doors and all is right with the world. Through Google's intricate web of RSS readers, blog interfaces and other doodads, if you follow a fellow Blogger account holder you never leave the Google playpen. Those folks that noticed my blogger account are usually Blogger account holders themselves and have innocently posted comments over there and are probably befuddled that I don't respond or notice. Truth is I don't notice because I have another comment engine from Echo that lives within the native (non Blogger) blog. (no the tangent is not over yet) sooo, recently I turned off the comments over at Blogger in hopes that all you kind folks can all comment in the same place. And when I say all you kind folks, the two of you should know who you are ;-) Lemme know via these comments if this is making any sense. >>>Tangent Over<<<

Remember I said kindle fire? Yeah I was able to purchase one with some American Express Rewards points and it arrived yesterday. It immediately started doing it's excellent job of sucking all the time out of my day. Last night right before I managed to run the first battery cycle down to zero, I remembered I had not posted anything to this here blog. If you know anything about the warm comfyness of a Tempur-Pedic, you know that once you have settled down into the loveliness that is memory foam you don't want to ruin the buzz. There I was bathed in said memory foam with a shiny new tablet balanced on my belly connected to the inter tubes and I thought, well well well, I can post from this here kindle-ma-gig and fulfill my November blogging duties without having to don my fuzzy slippers. I got as far as the title and then technology flipped me the bird. So in the end you got a title and I got a post and we both didn't have to expend a lot of effort.

What are my impressions of this time sucking device? I like it. I like the size - a lot! It is half the size of an iPad. It gets me to my email and the web. It's definitely a machine that encourages consumption and is a great go between device. Amazon definitely knows how to sell content. I would say this is a device for casual computing. For any heavy lifting I'd move to a laptop or desktop immediately. The earlier versions of kindle did nothing for me. I actually like to hold a real book or magazine in my hands when I read recreationally. But I find myself more and more turning to online sources for news, information and convenience. The fact that this is a pretty capable computing device, in my eyes, puts it way above the previous kindle offerings. At $200 I think this device will fulfill a lot of needs. If you want to see a good review of the device and one I personally agree with, head over to The Verge.
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For All The Space Cadets


Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.

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Dark Patterns

Interesting organization calling out websites that do unscrupulus things with website forms in order to increase sales and make users do things they may not be aware thery are doing. Have a look at the video on their landing page to see more details. Here is a link to their site.
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Radio Controlled Atomic Clock


I own a Radio Controlled Atomic Clock. It states it's accurate within plus or minus .5 seconds. But when Daylight Saving Time came to an end I thought I'd be a good doobee and change the battery and reset it since it never changed overnight. Well it whirred and spun and spun and whirred and now it is stuck on 04:00:36 with it's analog hands. Then I found this little ditty on the manufacturers website:

It is not unusual for it to take 3-5 nights for signal reception depending on location.


So let's interpolate. Two time changes a year times five days each for ten days the clock does not work. Divided by 365 days is 97.2% accurate throughout the year. I think I'll settle for 99.5% accurate and find a clock that actually will work 365 days a year.
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Continuing on the Geeky Costume Theme

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New Endeavor

Just thought I'd update you on a project that I've started in pursuit of a more formal development education. I'm prototyping a website for an HTML class that will hopefully be called Man At The Wheel. You can see what I've been up to by clicking on the screen shot below.

Man At The Wheel
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Something's Fishy About My New GPS

Garmin Salmon from Darrin Hofmeyr on Vimeo.

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Air Fish

The Guys over at First Light Anglers posted this on the forum and I have to share it with you. While watching you can almost forget that there is no water around.



Air Art
from flip on Vimeo.

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I'm Getting Excited

I just saw these,



I'm sure the MacBook Air isn't far behind. I can't wait!
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