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May 30

I love cloud shapes… Some of the most amazing I have ever seen:

Mammatus

Dark Roasted Blend: Mammatus , Lenticular & Other Extreme Clouds

en.wikipedia.org – Mammatus Cloud

(Via Thrilling Wonder.)

May 29

This is totally cool! I have been working with maps lately due to my position with guardianmms.com and I think this really blows its competitors away (for now). I was really impressed with the UI and how well the project was implemented.

If you are in Canada use this link: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=luxor,+las+vegas,+nv&ie=UTF8&ll=36.099394,-115.17324&spn=0.010004,0.021822&z=16&om=0&layer=c&cbll=36.095172,-115.173058&cbp=1,302.361414790997,0.5,0&gl=us

Google Maps Now with 360 Streetside Views: “

googlemaps.pngGoogle has will be announcing a new 360 streetside view for Google maps at Where 2.0 today, says O’Reily Radar. The 360 views are a better version of Amazon’s A9 static panoramas. Google’s views let users virtually stand in the middle of any street, able to look in a full circle around the location, giving a better feel of the place you’ll be going. It will reportedly be available in Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York and San Francisco.

The imaging used in the new feature was collected by a company called Immersive Media, whose vans throughout these cities to collect the photos. You can see a demo here.

Top map competitors Google and Microsoft have both been experimenting heavily in enhancing their mapping applications. Microsoft has a similar streetside view for New York and 8 other cities, which we reported on back in February of las year. Other map visualization innovations have been birds eye view and emerging 3D products. Microsoft launched a 3D product last November. Google has since licensed 3D mapping technology just this month.

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Crunch Network: MobileCrunch Mobile Gadgets and Applications, Delivered Daily.

(Via TechCrunch.)

May 28

Please note… these are all numbered “1″ ON PURPOSE!

1. Men are NOT mind readers.

1. Learn to work the toilet seat.
You’re a big girl. If it’s up, put it down.
We need it up, you need it down.
You don’t hear us complaining about you leaving it down.

1. Sunday sports. It’s like the full moon or the changing of the tides.
Let it be.

1. Shopping is NOT a sport.
And no, we are never going to think of it that way.

1. Crying is blackmail.

1. Ask for what you want.
Let us be clear on this one:
Subtle hints do not work!
Strong hints do not work!
Obvious hints do not work!
Just say it!

1. Yes and No are perfectly acceptable answers to almost every question.

1. Come to us with a problem only if you want help solving it. That’s what we do. Sympathy is what your girlfriends are for.

1. A headache that lasts for 17 months is a Problem. See a doctor.

1. Anything we said 6 months ago is inadmissible in an argument. In fact, all comments become null and void after 7 Days.

1. If you won’t dress like the Victoria’s Secret girls, don’t expect us to act like soap opera guys.

1. If something we said can be interpreted two ways and one of them makes you sad or angry, then we meant the “other one ”

1. You can either ask us to do something or tell us how you want it done. Not both. If you already know best how to do it, just do it yourself.

1. Whenever possible, Please say whatever you have to say during commercials.

1. Christopher Columbus did NOT need directions and neither do we.

1. ALL men see in only 16 colors, like Windows default settings. Peach, for example, is a fruit, not A color. Pumpkin is also a fruit. We have no idea what mauve is.

1. If it itches, it will be scratched. We do that.

1. If we ask what is wrong and you say “nothing,” we will act like nothing’s wrong. We know you are lying, but it is just not worth the hassle, besides we know you will bring it up again later.

1. If you ask a question you don’t want an answer to, expect an answer you don’t want to hear.

1. When we have to go somewhere, absolutely anything you wear is fine…really.

1. Don’t ask us what we’re thinking about unless you are prepared to discuss such topics as baseball, the shotgun formation, or golf.

1. You have enough clothes.

1. You have too many shoes.

1. I am in shape. Round IS a shape!

1. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I know, I have to sleep on the couch tonight; but did you know men really don’t mind that? It’s like camping.

(Via Dark Roasted Blend.)

May 22

A friend of mine recommend MacFusion as a good replacement for Samba and all I can say is… ‘Why didn’t I know about this sooner!!’. I don’t know how many hours I spent trouble-shooting why my Linux Samba server will not talk to my Mac OS X ( Tiger ). I can’t tell you how many factors I looked at.. Samba version, little smb.conf tricks, Mac OS X tricks and hacks… after all that work MacFuse just makes it work ( and over SSH ). I love it!

The motivation for doing this is being able to import my PHP project, which has to live on the linux box, over a MacFuse – SSH connection into TextMate on my Mac. What I was doing is SSHing into the linux box and using Eclipse via X11. It is not that using X11 and Eclipse is a bad solution, it is just Eclipse does not offer much help in the way of PHP development. It really is an IDE for Java development. In fact, TextMate ( as light as it feels ) has way more in the way of PHP development and really does not really lack anything that Eclipse has.

There is one draw back that I should mention. When switching between TextMate and other applications there is a 2-3 second ‘beach-ball’ delay. I found I could cut down the time by saving my Texmate project file on my local HD and only importing what I need into my project. Once you are using TextMate it performs like normal.

May 17

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD!!!!!!!!!

But, no mention of FWD or 4Motion. 600HP + 2 Wheel Drive = Can’t put the power down to the pavement

Volkswagen GTI W12 concept: “Volkswagen today revealed the GTI W12 concept — an ultra-high-performance version of its popular GTI hatchback. Featuring a 12-cylinder, 6.0 liter motor, the GTI W12 can hit 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds.”

(Via Leftlane News.)

May 17

I love QuickSilver but I am very surprised that it does not have a better (non-buggie) exclude feature. I tried to follow the advice of mayersj1 on the blacktree forums. But like others… Even after rescanning, it seemed to exclude just the folder, but strangely, not the contents of the folder.

I hate having my iChat logs and my iTunes lyrics show up every time.

Any suggestions would be helpful…

May 16

Had to posted:

YouTube – Chris Elliott’s Mac vs. PC Commercial

May 15

One of my favorite online music services is Pandora.com. It is free online radio where you put in Artistes or Songs and it will play you matches based on a ton of criteria provided Genome Music Project. Then you can rate the song it is playing you and it will revise the channel you have created.

Today, very very sadly I got this email:
Dear Pandora listener,

Today we have some extremely disappointing news to share with you. Due to international licensing constraints, we are deeply, deeply sorry to say that we must begin proactively preventing access to Pandora’s streaming service from Canada. We began blocking access from almost all countries outside the U.S. last week and had originally hoped to maintain access from Canada. However, it’s become clear in the last week that we just haven’t been able to make enough progress in our efforts to obtain the necessary licenses to continue streaming.

It is difficult to convey just how disappointing this is for us. Our vision remains to eventually make Pandora a truly global service, but for the time being, we can no longer continue as we have been. As a small company, the best chance we have of realizing our dream of Pandora all around the world is to grow as the licensing landscape allows.

Based on your email address, we believe you may be listening from Canada. If you are in fact listening from the U.S., please disregard this email.

Delivery of Pandora is based on proper licensing from the people who created the music – we have always believed in honoring the guidelines as determined by legislators and regulators, artists and songwriters, and the labels and publishers they work with. In the U.S. there is a federal statute that provides this license for all the music streamed on Pandora. Unfortunately, there is no equivalent license outside the U.S. and there is no global licensing organization to enable any webcaster to legitimately offer its service around the world. The volume of listening on Pandora makes it a very expensive service to run. Streaming costs are very high, and since our inception, we have been making publishing and performance royalty payments for every song we play.

Until last week, we have not been able to tell where a listener is based, relying only on zip code information provided upon registration. We are now able to recognize a listener’s country of origin based on the IP address from which they are accessing the service. Consequently, on May 16th, we will begin blocking access to Pandora to listeners from Canada. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative.

We will be posting updates on our blog regarding our ongoing effort to launch in other countries, so please stay in touch. We will keep a record of your existing stations and bookmarked artists and songs, so that when we are able to launch in your country, they will be waiting for you. We deeply share your sense of disappointment and greatly appreciate your understanding.

I am very sad and don’t really understand why there needs to be so much difference between music licensing in the US and here (Canada). Really, do we really need to create this much red tape and work for companies that want to do business and/or provide a service?

Just a note. The site seems to still work but it is only a matter of time I think…

May 14

Can’t wait! I am a sucker for all things Apple Inc and have to say I enjoy hanging out at Apple Stores :)

Apple Store Vancouver (all but) confirmed – The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW): “”

May 11

To follow up on my earlier QuickSilver tip… Here is a good collection:

Quicksilver tutorial and screencast roundup – Simplehelp: “”

(Via SimpleHelp.)