Archive for May, 2008

e-ink video

Friday, May 30th, 2008

This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.
This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.
This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.
Looks like some “Windows 7” multitouch is starting to, capsule er, sickness surface.
Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

personally, here this doesn’t seem that special. WPF has had the ability to author multitouch for a little while now. There just hasn’t been any hardware except the Wii hacks and the Surface.

Oh and a side note. This is the first time I’ve seen someone use MSN’s Soapbox.
This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.
Looks like some “Windows 7” multitouch is starting to, capsule er, sickness surface.
Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

personally, here this doesn’t seem that special. WPF has had the ability to author multitouch for a little while now. There just hasn’t been any hardware except the Wii hacks and the Surface.

Oh and a side note. This is the first time I’ve seen someone use MSN’s Soapbox.




Cory Read’s Wedding

Originally uploaded by Lori & Todd

hmmm… I know I don’t need one of these, bronchi treatment but it would be fun to have.


This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.
Looks like some “Windows 7” multitouch is starting to, capsule er, sickness surface.
Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

personally, here this doesn’t seem that special. WPF has had the ability to author multitouch for a little while now. There just hasn’t been any hardware except the Wii hacks and the Surface.

Oh and a side note. This is the first time I’ve seen someone use MSN’s Soapbox.




Cory Read’s Wedding

Originally uploaded by Lori & Todd

hmmm… I know I don’t need one of these, bronchi treatment but it would be fun to have.




Cory Read’s Wedding

Originally uploaded by Lori & Todd

hmmm… I know I don’t need one of these, bronchi treatment but it would be fun to have.




Cory Read’s Wedding

Originally uploaded by Lori & Todd

hmmm… I know I don’t need one of these, treatment but it would be fun to have.


This little video is a little old, prescription
by new technology standards, but I thought it was still a nice showcase of the various e-ink work that is being done.

giant outdoor deep fat fryer

Friday, May 30th, 2008

This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.
This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.
This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.
Looks like some “Windows 7” multitouch is starting to, capsule er, sickness surface.
Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

personally, here this doesn’t seem that special. WPF has had the ability to author multitouch for a little while now. There just hasn’t been any hardware except the Wii hacks and the Surface.

Oh and a side note. This is the first time I’ve seen someone use MSN’s Soapbox.
This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.
Looks like some “Windows 7” multitouch is starting to, capsule er, sickness surface.
Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

personally, here this doesn’t seem that special. WPF has had the ability to author multitouch for a little while now. There just hasn’t been any hardware except the Wii hacks and the Surface.

Oh and a side note. This is the first time I’ve seen someone use MSN’s Soapbox.




Cory Read’s Wedding

Originally uploaded by Lori & Todd

hmmm… I know I don’t need one of these, bronchi treatment but it would be fun to have.

Windows 7 multitouch

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.
This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.
This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.
Looks like some “Windows 7” multitouch is starting to, capsule er, sickness surface.
Video: Multi-Touch in Windows 7

personally, here this doesn’t seem that special. WPF has had the ability to author multitouch for a little while now. There just hasn’t been any hardware except the Wii hacks and the Surface.

Oh and a side note. This is the first time I’ve seen someone use MSN’s Soapbox.

Using the Wii Balance Board as an Input Device

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.
This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

I’m looking forward to see what comes of this.

I’m not sure if anyone is paying attention, cystitis apoplectic but there’s s market for odd bluetooth enabled input devices.

Scion xB ghostride

Monday, May 26th, 2008

This is why the Scion xB is an always will be the sweetest ride around.

I mean look what it’s done here. It’s like the pool in Cocoon.

Microsoft’s Listas

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

image

Okay How did I miss the Microsoft Labs Listas service.  I’ve been going on for ages about how much I’ve wanted a service like this.  In fact I started to build one my self, website like this because I couldn’t find anything like it.  This site almost matches the spec I wrote for myself except it’s better in many ways.

I would like to have a few more options with exporting, bronchitis but the XML is pretty good for now.

I’m so excited about finding this site that I can hardly contain myself.  I think I might explode!

Often the simplest of services get overlooked by ones that are attempted to handle much more complicated activities.  While Listas is, well, useful.

WPF Multitouch Framework demonstration

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

2512159922_f5fa552a18 I picked up the Essential Silverlight 2.0 book while I was at the Web 2.0 Expo.  I’ve been meaning to share.  It’s the first time I’ve purchased an “Up To Date” book from O’Reilly.  I’m waiting form my first update to come in the mail.

To update your book you have the  option to print out the pages or view them online for free, adiposity but I like the idea of updating the book itself. 

To put in the new pages all you have to do is pop the little metal posts out from the plastic cover then add in the pages.

The idea behind O’Reilly’s “Up To Date” books

For publishers of printed technology books, stuff it’s always been challenging to get a book written, edited, printed, and delivered while the content of the book is still relevant and needed by the audience. Some of our readers are happy to have the information they need delivered quickly in electronic form, but we hear from others that they still prefer the actual printed page. The Up-to-Date format is our answer to the need to deliver information on new technologies quickly, yet in printed form. And the beauty of it is that the book can take shape right along with the software, providing coverage of the CTPs, betas, and RTM releases as they become available.

Because the cover is plastic I have noticed a small issue in that the printing seems to flake off from the cover.  Hopefully they find a way to fix this in future version.  Of course I’d be super happy if they had a version that would work on my Sony Reader too.

Oh, and the book is very good too, but that’s another post!

2512159922_f5fa552a18 I picked up the Essential Silverlight 2.0 book while I was at the Web 2.0 Expo.  I’ve been meaning to share.  It’s the first time I’ve purchased an “Up To Date” book from O’Reilly.  I’m waiting form my first update to come in the mail.

To update your book you have the  option to print out the pages or view them online for free, adiposity but I like the idea of updating the book itself. 

To put in the new pages all you have to do is pop the little metal posts out from the plastic cover then add in the pages.

The idea behind O’Reilly’s “Up To Date” books

For publishers of printed technology books, stuff it’s always been challenging to get a book written, edited, printed, and delivered while the content of the book is still relevant and needed by the audience. Some of our readers are happy to have the information they need delivered quickly in electronic form, but we hear from others that they still prefer the actual printed page. The Up-to-Date format is our answer to the need to deliver information on new technologies quickly, yet in printed form. And the beauty of it is that the book can take shape right along with the software, providing coverage of the CTPs, betas, and RTM releases as they become available.

Because the cover is plastic I have noticed a small issue in that the printing seems to flake off from the cover.  Hopefully they find a way to fix this in future version.  Of course I’d be super happy if they had a version that would work on my Sony Reader too.

Oh, and the book is very good too, but that’s another post!

For a short period of time I had a column here on Futile that was called Ask Dr. Ryan.  Futile has evolved much over the years.  I thought I would share some good stuff from the past with you all.

Q: What do you think is a funnier joke: “I just flew in from New York and boy are my arms tired” or “A man walked into a bar- it hurt.” 

A: Hmmm…

Many a day I have pondered these very hilarious jokes and asked myself, treatment troche “which one is funnier?”

Well I’d have to say without a doubt the “boy are my arms tired” one. I usually open up any business meeting with this one to help break the ice. It’s good practice to start out a public speech with a good joke and boy oh boy this is a good one. I even know it in other languages too.

French: J’ai juste volé dedans de New York et le garçon sont mes bras fatigués
Ha ha.

German: Ich flog gerade innen von New York und Junge sind meine ermüdeten Arme
Ho ho har.

Italian: Ho volato appena dentro da New York ed il ragazzo è i miei bracci stancato
Oh my!

Spanish: Acabo de volar adentro de Nueva York y el muchacho es mis brazos cansados
Ay Carumba!

 

Q: Sometimes when I turn my car on, physiotherapy it makes this one noise, which is kind of weird, and then that thingy kind of gets all strange, and I don’t want to have to pay a mechanic, so can you tell me how to fix it myself?

A: Use a wrench. Pop the hood or just climb under it if you can’t figure out how to open the hood. When under the car be sure to put the parking break on and turn off the car. My uncle Wally got killed sticking himself under a running car. I think my aunt set the whole thing up now that I think about.

Anyway, Take the wrench and find the bolt closest to gray dirty thing where the engine should be. Grab hold of it and turn. If anything leaks out or falls on you then it should be the right one. Remove the bolt. Clean the bolt and then replace it.

Pack up your tools and pat yourself on the back you’ve just fixed your car!

 

Q: This is my first visit to your site and I already feel smarter — thanks! But I have one question: Today is only July 8, yet your answers are for the week of July 10. Stranger still, the questions were all asked on May 8 and May 9. So, my question is, what’s up with the dates? If you are miraculously able to answer questions two days before the site goes online, how come it takes two *months* for you to respond in the first place? Can you travel through time or are you just slow?

Please respond immediately (i.e., the day before yesterday)! Thank you in advance for helping me sleep better the night before last.

A: Thanks for this very insightful question. It makes me feel warm all over to know that my readers have actually been paying attention to these details. There are many secrets here at the lab of Dr. Ryan, many of which even I do not know.

The answer is simple. Time travel. It’s what makes all things possible. This is how I adopted myself when I was a little tyke and taught myself everything I know today.

 

Q: What exactly is the difference between hot dogs, weeners, and franks? And which type should I buy for consumption. Are there any other uses for hotdog type products that I am not currently aware of?

A: Hot dogs: In Sweden, hot dogs are an integral part of the culture. This is a result of the Swedish cultural elites’ fondness of the ‘old times’, the 50’s and 60’s, when Sweden was the richest country in the world and the Swedish countryside was safe and cozy (if cold).

Frank: He was an uncle of mine. Nice guy. He liked to wear plaid things and dance in a conga line.

Weeners or wieners: According to Oscar Meyer, the first wienermobile was built in 1936. Its 13 feet of good American-made metal made people’s heads spin. I think this was the greatest design achievement of the year. Other less notable things happened that year as well. For example, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House was built.

After taste-testing all sorts of tube-shaped foods, our crack scientific staff felt that my uncle Frank had by far the best taste.

As far as other uses for hotdog type products, we found them to be really tasty when added to lime Jell-O.

2512159922_f5fa552a18 I picked up the Essential Silverlight 2.0 book while I was at the Web 2.0 Expo.  I’ve been meaning to share.  It’s the first time I’ve purchased an “Up To Date” book from O’Reilly.  I’m waiting form my first update to come in the mail.

To update your book you have the  option to print out the pages or view them online for free, adiposity but I like the idea of updating the book itself. 

To put in the new pages all you have to do is pop the little metal posts out from the plastic cover then add in the pages.

The idea behind O’Reilly’s “Up To Date” books

For publishers of printed technology books, stuff it’s always been challenging to get a book written, edited, printed, and delivered while the content of the book is still relevant and needed by the audience. Some of our readers are happy to have the information they need delivered quickly in electronic form, but we hear from others that they still prefer the actual printed page. The Up-to-Date format is our answer to the need to deliver information on new technologies quickly, yet in printed form. And the beauty of it is that the book can take shape right along with the software, providing coverage of the CTPs, betas, and RTM releases as they become available.

Because the cover is plastic I have noticed a small issue in that the printing seems to flake off from the cover.  Hopefully they find a way to fix this in future version.  Of course I’d be super happy if they had a version that would work on my Sony Reader too.

Oh, and the book is very good too, but that’s another post!

For a short period of time I had a column here on Futile that was called Ask Dr. Ryan.  Futile has evolved much over the years.  I thought I would share some good stuff from the past with you all.

Q: What do you think is a funnier joke: “I just flew in from New York and boy are my arms tired” or “A man walked into a bar- it hurt.” 

A: Hmmm…

Many a day I have pondered these very hilarious jokes and asked myself, treatment troche “which one is funnier?”

Well I’d have to say without a doubt the “boy are my arms tired” one. I usually open up any business meeting with this one to help break the ice. It’s good practice to start out a public speech with a good joke and boy oh boy this is a good one. I even know it in other languages too.

French: J’ai juste volé dedans de New York et le garçon sont mes bras fatigués
Ha ha.

German: Ich flog gerade innen von New York und Junge sind meine ermüdeten Arme
Ho ho har.

Italian: Ho volato appena dentro da New York ed il ragazzo è i miei bracci stancato
Oh my!

Spanish: Acabo de volar adentro de Nueva York y el muchacho es mis brazos cansados
Ay Carumba!

 

Q: Sometimes when I turn my car on, physiotherapy it makes this one noise, which is kind of weird, and then that thingy kind of gets all strange, and I don’t want to have to pay a mechanic, so can you tell me how to fix it myself?

A: Use a wrench. Pop the hood or just climb under it if you can’t figure out how to open the hood. When under the car be sure to put the parking break on and turn off the car. My uncle Wally got killed sticking himself under a running car. I think my aunt set the whole thing up now that I think about.

Anyway, Take the wrench and find the bolt closest to gray dirty thing where the engine should be. Grab hold of it and turn. If anything leaks out or falls on you then it should be the right one. Remove the bolt. Clean the bolt and then replace it.

Pack up your tools and pat yourself on the back you’ve just fixed your car!

 

Q: This is my first visit to your site and I already feel smarter — thanks! But I have one question: Today is only July 8, yet your answers are for the week of July 10. Stranger still, the questions were all asked on May 8 and May 9. So, my question is, what’s up with the dates? If you are miraculously able to answer questions two days before the site goes online, how come it takes two *months* for you to respond in the first place? Can you travel through time or are you just slow?

Please respond immediately (i.e., the day before yesterday)! Thank you in advance for helping me sleep better the night before last.

A: Thanks for this very insightful question. It makes me feel warm all over to know that my readers have actually been paying attention to these details. There are many secrets here at the lab of Dr. Ryan, many of which even I do not know.

The answer is simple. Time travel. It’s what makes all things possible. This is how I adopted myself when I was a little tyke and taught myself everything I know today.

 

Q: What exactly is the difference between hot dogs, weeners, and franks? And which type should I buy for consumption. Are there any other uses for hotdog type products that I am not currently aware of?

A: Hot dogs: In Sweden, hot dogs are an integral part of the culture. This is a result of the Swedish cultural elites’ fondness of the ‘old times’, the 50’s and 60’s, when Sweden was the richest country in the world and the Swedish countryside was safe and cozy (if cold).

Frank: He was an uncle of mine. Nice guy. He liked to wear plaid things and dance in a conga line.

Weeners or wieners: According to Oscar Meyer, the first wienermobile was built in 1936. Its 13 feet of good American-made metal made people’s heads spin. I think this was the greatest design achievement of the year. Other less notable things happened that year as well. For example, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House was built.

After taste-testing all sorts of tube-shaped foods, our crack scientific staff felt that my uncle Frank had by far the best taste.

As far as other uses for hotdog type products, we found them to be really tasty when added to lime Jell-O.

For a short period of time I had a column here on Futile that was called Ask Dr. Ryan.  Futile has evolved much over the years.  I thought I would share some good stuff from the past with you all.

Q: What do you think is a funnier joke: “I just flew in from New York and boy are my arms tired” or “A man walked into a bar- it hurt.” 

A: Hmmm…

Many a day I have pondered these very hilarious jokes and asked myself, treatment troche “which one is funnier?”

Well I’d have to say without a doubt the “boy are my arms tired” one. I usually open up any business meeting with this one to help break the ice. It’s good practice to start out a public speech with a good joke and boy oh boy this is a good one. I even know it in other languages too.

French: J’ai juste volé dedans de New York et le garçon sont mes bras fatigués
Ha ha.

German: Ich flog gerade innen von New York und Junge sind meine ermüdeten Arme
Ho ho har.

Italian: Ho volato appena dentro da New York ed il ragazzo è i miei bracci stancato
Oh my!

Spanish: Acabo de volar adentro de Nueva York y el muchacho es mis brazos cansados
Ay Carumba!

 

Q: Sometimes when I turn my car on, physiotherapy it makes this one noise, which is kind of weird, and then that thingy kind of gets all strange, and I don’t want to have to pay a mechanic, so can you tell me how to fix it myself?

A: Use a wrench. Pop the hood or just climb under it if you can’t figure out how to open the hood. When under the car be sure to put the parking break on and turn off the car. My uncle Wally got killed sticking himself under a running car. I think my aunt set the whole thing up now that I think about.

Anyway, Take the wrench and find the bolt closest to gray dirty thing where the engine should be. Grab hold of it and turn. If anything leaks out or falls on you then it should be the right one. Remove the bolt. Clean the bolt and then replace it.

Pack up your tools and pat yourself on the back you’ve just fixed your car!

 

Q: This is my first visit to your site and I already feel smarter — thanks! But I have one question: Today is only July 8, yet your answers are for the week of July 10. Stranger still, the questions were all asked on May 8 and May 9. So, my question is, what’s up with the dates? If you are miraculously able to answer questions two days before the site goes online, how come it takes two *months* for you to respond in the first place? Can you travel through time or are you just slow?

Please respond immediately (i.e., the day before yesterday)! Thank you in advance for helping me sleep better the night before last.

A: Thanks for this very insightful question. It makes me feel warm all over to know that my readers have actually been paying attention to these details. There are many secrets here at the lab of Dr. Ryan, many of which even I do not know.

The answer is simple. Time travel. It’s what makes all things possible. This is how I adopted myself when I was a little tyke and taught myself everything I know today.

 

Q: What exactly is the difference between hot dogs, weeners, and franks? And which type should I buy for consumption. Are there any other uses for hotdog type products that I am not currently aware of?

A: Hot dogs: In Sweden, hot dogs are an integral part of the culture. This is a result of the Swedish cultural elites’ fondness of the ‘old times’, the 50’s and 60’s, when Sweden was the richest country in the world and the Swedish countryside was safe and cozy (if cold).

Frank: He was an uncle of mine. Nice guy. He liked to wear plaid things and dance in a conga line.

Weeners or wieners: According to Oscar Meyer, the first wienermobile was built in 1936. Its 13 feet of good American-made metal made people’s heads spin. I think this was the greatest design achievement of the year. Other less notable things happened that year as well. For example, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House was built.

After taste-testing all sorts of tube-shaped foods, our crack scientific staff felt that my uncle Frank had by far the best taste.

As far as other uses for hotdog type products, we found them to be really tasty when added to lime Jell-O.

For a short period of time I had a column here on Futile that was called Ask Dr. Ryan.  Futile has evolved much over the years.  I thought I would share some good stuff from the past with you all.

Q: What do you think is a funnier joke: “I just flew in from New York and boy are my arms tired” or “A man walked into a bar- it hurt.” 

A: Hmmm…

Many a day I have pondered these very hilarious jokes and asked myself, troche “which one is funnier?”

Well I’d have to say without a doubt the “boy are my arms tired” one. I usually open up any business meeting with this one to help break the ice. It’s good practice to start out a public speech with a good joke and boy oh boy this is a good one. I even know it in other languages too.

French: J’ai juste volé dedans de New York et le garçon sont mes bras fatigués
Ha ha.

German: Ich flog gerade innen von New York und Junge sind meine ermüdeten Arme
Ho ho har.

Italian: Ho volato appena dentro da New York ed il ragazzo è i miei bracci stancato
Oh my!

Spanish: Acabo de volar adentro de Nueva York y el muchacho es mis brazos cansados
Ay Carumba!

 

Q: Sometimes when I turn my car on, it makes this one noise, which is kind of weird, and then that thingy kind of gets all strange, and I don’t want to have to pay a mechanic, so can you tell me how to fix it myself?

A: Use a wrench. Pop the hood or just climb under it if you can’t figure out how to open the hood. When under the car be sure to put the parking break on and turn off the car. My uncle Wally got killed sticking himself under a running car. I think my aunt set the whole thing up now that I think about.

Anyway, Take the wrench and find the bolt closest to gray dirty thing where the engine should be. Grab hold of it and turn. If anything leaks out or falls on you then it should be the right one. Remove the bolt. Clean the bolt and then replace it.

Pack up your tools and pat yourself on the back you’ve just fixed your car!

 

Q: This is my first visit to your site and I already feel smarter — thanks! But I have one question: Today is only July 8, yet your answers are for the week of July 10. Stranger still, the questions were all asked on May 8 and May 9. So, my question is, what’s up with the dates? If you are miraculously able to answer questions two days before the site goes online, how come it takes two *months* for you to respond in the first place? Can you travel through time or are you just slow?

Please respond immediately (i.e., the day before yesterday)! Thank you in advance for helping me sleep better the night before last.

A: Thanks for this very insightful question. It makes me feel warm all over to know that my readers have actually been paying attention to these details. There are many secrets here at the lab of Dr. Ryan, many of which even I do not know.

The answer is simple. Time travel. It’s what makes all things possible. This is how I adopted myself when I was a little tyke and taught myself everything I know today.

 

Q: What exactly is the difference between hot dogs, weeners, and franks? And which type should I buy for consumption. Are there any other uses for hotdog type products that I am not currently aware of?

A: Hot dogs: In Sweden, hot dogs are an integral part of the culture. This is a result of the Swedish cultural elites’ fondness of the ‘old times’, the 50’s and 60’s, when Sweden was the richest country in the world and the Swedish countryside was safe and cozy (if cold).

Frank: He was an uncle of mine. Nice guy. He liked to wear plaid things and dance in a conga line.

Weeners or wieners: According to Oscar Meyer, the first wienermobile was built in 1936. Its 13 feet of good American-made metal made people’s heads spin. I think this was the greatest design achievement of the year. Other less notable things happened that year as well. For example, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House was built.

After taste-testing all sorts of tube-shaped foods, our crack scientific staff felt that my uncle Frank had by far the best taste.

As far as other uses for hotdog type products, we found them to be really tasty when added to lime Jell-O.

I found this one searching around on youtube today. The music and voice over remind me of an old science class filmstrip, viagra sale
but the information is good.

Ask Dr. Ryan – from the past

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

2512159922_f5fa552a18 I picked up the Essential Silverlight 2.0 book while I was at the Web 2.0 Expo.  I’ve been meaning to share.  It’s the first time I’ve purchased an “Up To Date” book from O’Reilly.  I’m waiting form my first update to come in the mail.

To update your book you have the  option to print out the pages or view them online for free, adiposity but I like the idea of updating the book itself. 

To put in the new pages all you have to do is pop the little metal posts out from the plastic cover then add in the pages.

The idea behind O’Reilly’s “Up To Date” books

For publishers of printed technology books, stuff it’s always been challenging to get a book written, edited, printed, and delivered while the content of the book is still relevant and needed by the audience. Some of our readers are happy to have the information they need delivered quickly in electronic form, but we hear from others that they still prefer the actual printed page. The Up-to-Date format is our answer to the need to deliver information on new technologies quickly, yet in printed form. And the beauty of it is that the book can take shape right along with the software, providing coverage of the CTPs, betas, and RTM releases as they become available.

Because the cover is plastic I have noticed a small issue in that the printing seems to flake off from the cover.  Hopefully they find a way to fix this in future version.  Of course I’d be super happy if they had a version that would work on my Sony Reader too.

Oh, and the book is very good too, but that’s another post!

2512159922_f5fa552a18 I picked up the Essential Silverlight 2.0 book while I was at the Web 2.0 Expo.  I’ve been meaning to share.  It’s the first time I’ve purchased an “Up To Date” book from O’Reilly.  I’m waiting form my first update to come in the mail.

To update your book you have the  option to print out the pages or view them online for free, adiposity but I like the idea of updating the book itself. 

To put in the new pages all you have to do is pop the little metal posts out from the plastic cover then add in the pages.

The idea behind O’Reilly’s “Up To Date” books

For publishers of printed technology books, stuff it’s always been challenging to get a book written, edited, printed, and delivered while the content of the book is still relevant and needed by the audience. Some of our readers are happy to have the information they need delivered quickly in electronic form, but we hear from others that they still prefer the actual printed page. The Up-to-Date format is our answer to the need to deliver information on new technologies quickly, yet in printed form. And the beauty of it is that the book can take shape right along with the software, providing coverage of the CTPs, betas, and RTM releases as they become available.

Because the cover is plastic I have noticed a small issue in that the printing seems to flake off from the cover.  Hopefully they find a way to fix this in future version.  Of course I’d be super happy if they had a version that would work on my Sony Reader too.

Oh, and the book is very good too, but that’s another post!

For a short period of time I had a column here on Futile that was called Ask Dr. Ryan.  Futile has evolved much over the years.  I thought I would share some good stuff from the past with you all.

Q: What do you think is a funnier joke: “I just flew in from New York and boy are my arms tired” or “A man walked into a bar- it hurt.” 

A: Hmmm…

Many a day I have pondered these very hilarious jokes and asked myself, treatment troche “which one is funnier?”

Well I’d have to say without a doubt the “boy are my arms tired” one. I usually open up any business meeting with this one to help break the ice. It’s good practice to start out a public speech with a good joke and boy oh boy this is a good one. I even know it in other languages too.

French: J’ai juste volé dedans de New York et le garçon sont mes bras fatigués
Ha ha.

German: Ich flog gerade innen von New York und Junge sind meine ermüdeten Arme
Ho ho har.

Italian: Ho volato appena dentro da New York ed il ragazzo è i miei bracci stancato
Oh my!

Spanish: Acabo de volar adentro de Nueva York y el muchacho es mis brazos cansados
Ay Carumba!

 

Q: Sometimes when I turn my car on, physiotherapy it makes this one noise, which is kind of weird, and then that thingy kind of gets all strange, and I don’t want to have to pay a mechanic, so can you tell me how to fix it myself?

A: Use a wrench. Pop the hood or just climb under it if you can’t figure out how to open the hood. When under the car be sure to put the parking break on and turn off the car. My uncle Wally got killed sticking himself under a running car. I think my aunt set the whole thing up now that I think about.

Anyway, Take the wrench and find the bolt closest to gray dirty thing where the engine should be. Grab hold of it and turn. If anything leaks out or falls on you then it should be the right one. Remove the bolt. Clean the bolt and then replace it.

Pack up your tools and pat yourself on the back you’ve just fixed your car!

 

Q: This is my first visit to your site and I already feel smarter — thanks! But I have one question: Today is only July 8, yet your answers are for the week of July 10. Stranger still, the questions were all asked on May 8 and May 9. So, my question is, what’s up with the dates? If you are miraculously able to answer questions two days before the site goes online, how come it takes two *months* for you to respond in the first place? Can you travel through time or are you just slow?

Please respond immediately (i.e., the day before yesterday)! Thank you in advance for helping me sleep better the night before last.

A: Thanks for this very insightful question. It makes me feel warm all over to know that my readers have actually been paying attention to these details. There are many secrets here at the lab of Dr. Ryan, many of which even I do not know.

The answer is simple. Time travel. It’s what makes all things possible. This is how I adopted myself when I was a little tyke and taught myself everything I know today.

 

Q: What exactly is the difference between hot dogs, weeners, and franks? And which type should I buy for consumption. Are there any other uses for hotdog type products that I am not currently aware of?

A: Hot dogs: In Sweden, hot dogs are an integral part of the culture. This is a result of the Swedish cultural elites’ fondness of the ‘old times’, the 50’s and 60’s, when Sweden was the richest country in the world and the Swedish countryside was safe and cozy (if cold).

Frank: He was an uncle of mine. Nice guy. He liked to wear plaid things and dance in a conga line.

Weeners or wieners: According to Oscar Meyer, the first wienermobile was built in 1936. Its 13 feet of good American-made metal made people’s heads spin. I think this was the greatest design achievement of the year. Other less notable things happened that year as well. For example, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water House was built.

After taste-testing all sorts of tube-shaped foods, our crack scientific staff felt that my uncle Frank had by far the best taste.

As far as other uses for hotdog type products, we found them to be really tasty when added to lime Jell-O.

Up to date books from O’Reilly

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

2512159922_f5fa552a18 I picked up the Essential Silverlight 2.0 book while I was at the Web 2.0 Expo.  I’ve been meaning to share.  It’s the first time I’ve purchased an “Up To Date” book from O’Reilly.  I’m waiting form my first update to come in the mail.

To update your book you have the  option to print out the pages or view them online for free, adiposity but I like the idea of updating the book itself. 

To put in the new pages all you have to do is pop the little metal posts out from the plastic cover then add in the pages.

The idea behind O’Reilly’s “Up To Date” books

For publishers of printed technology books, stuff it’s always been challenging to get a book written, edited, printed, and delivered while the content of the book is still relevant and needed by the audience. Some of our readers are happy to have the information they need delivered quickly in electronic form, but we hear from others that they still prefer the actual printed page. The Up-to-Date format is our answer to the need to deliver information on new technologies quickly, yet in printed form. And the beauty of it is that the book can take shape right along with the software, providing coverage of the CTPs, betas, and RTM releases as they become available.

Because the cover is plastic I have noticed a small issue in that the printing seems to flake off from the cover.  Hopefully they find a way to fix this in future version.  Of course I’d be super happy if they had a version that would work on my Sony Reader too.

Oh, and the book is very good too, but that’s another post!

Interactive everywhere

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

imageI’m not surprised too much by the idea of putting interactive technology in every place imaginable.  I don’t think it will be too long before we find games in urinals at bars.  

The example on the right is demonstration of an interactive floor that was created for Swarovski Kristallwelten called Ice Passage.  There’s a nice video on the site if you follow the link.

It was made possible using vvvv

vvvv is a toolkit for real time video synthesis. It is designed to facilitate the handling of large media environments with physical interfaces, physician real-time motion graphics, viagra approved audio and video that can interact with many users simultaneously.

It seems to me the current technology coming out of Microsoft such as Seadragon, Deep Zoom and Photosynth have created a foundation for doing extremely rich real time data driven visual experience that can be extended to any medium.

I could see something like  a “mirror” at a shoe store that could put virtually any shoe on your foot as you walk by and even learn from you as you shop.  All you would have to do to see a specific shoe would be to hold it as you walk by.  It could also update based on what shoes you currently have on and what parts of the store you’ve been browsing.

There are so many uses, not just sales related, that it boggles the mind.  I think we are on a precipice of a new level of interactive technology.