Monthly Archives: October 2009

COGS

Cogs is an innovative new puzzle game where players build an incredible variety of machines from sliding tiles. Immersed in a steampunk world with stunning visual design, Cogs is candy for the eyes. And with 50 unique levels and three gameplay modes, we’ve packed in hours of entertaining, addictive fun.

More about Gogs here

Computer & Desk Stretches

stretchProlonged sitting at a desk or computer terminal can cause muscular tension and pain. But, by taking a five or ten minute break to do a series of stretches, your whole body can feel better. Its also helpful to learn to stretch spontaneously, throughout the day, stretching any particular area of the body that feels tense for a minute or two. This will help greatly In reducing and controlling unwanted tension and pain.

How To Stretch
Stretching should be done slowly without bouncing. Stretch to where you feel a slight, easy stretch. Hold this feeling for 5-20 seconds. As you hold this stretch, the feeling of tension should diminish. If It doesn’t, just ease off slightly into a more comfortable stretch. The easy stretch reduces tension and readies the tissues for the developmental stretch.

After holding the easy stretch, you can move a fraction of an inch farther into the stretch until you feel mild tension again. This is the developmental stretch which should be held for 10-15 seconds. This feeling of stretch tension should also slightly diminish or stay the same. If the tension increases or becomes painful, you are overstretching. Ease off a bit to a comfortable stretch. The developmental stretch reduces tension and will safely increase flexibility.

Hold only stretch tensions that feel good to you. The key to stretching is to be relaxed while you concentrate on the area being stretched. Your breathing should be slow, deep and rhythmical. Don’t worry about how f ar you can stretch, stretch relaxed and limberness will become just one of the many by-products of regular stretching.

Download Computer Strectches Exercise

Promate Laptop To Tablet Converter

promatepenThe Promate proPen is a one of a kind revolutionary device that can convert any ordinary laptop or a screen into a tablet in seconds. With its tablet converting sensors bundled and a unique wireliss pen, you can utilize full pen functions on any notebook whether running Windows XP or Vista platforms. Simply convert your notebook or LCD screen to a touch screen tablet in seconds and enjoy direct or indirect mouse functions on your monitor using the proPen. Control all applications with a touch of the proPen. Write on any screen using the proPen and enjoy all the features of a touch screen. Use for hand writing, chatting, drawing, sketching, emails, and much more.

– Laptop to tablet notebook converter
– Normal display to a touch screen converter
– Supports maximum 15.4″ LCD screen size or equivalent size of virtual space.
– Attachable on any of three sides fo screen or laptop – top, left or right
– Easy one step focus calibration

Buy it here (check system requirements before you buy)

Samorost

Samorost_worldSamorost is an adventure/puzzle Flash game created by Jakub Dvorsky while he was a student at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, department of Graphic Design and Visual Communication in 2003. Although short and simplistic in its gameplay, its surreal graphics and memorable score make the game stand out. Samorost 2 has been nominated in 3 categories (Best Game, Best New Character and Best Visual Effects) in the GameShadow Innovation in Games Awards. It also won a 2007 webby in the games category.

Gameplay
The player interacts with the world with simple mouse clicks directing a small, white-clad humanoid with a little cap and brown boots (called simply “gnome” by Dvorsky). The object of the game is to avert a collision of the gnome’s home planet and a large incoming spaceship. The name means “driftwood” in the Czech language. The game has surrealistic organic scenarios that mix both natural and technological concepts (often featuring manipulated photographs of small objects made to look very large), creative character designs and unique musical atmosphere. Music tracks are available through iTunes.

Dvorsky’s freelance Flash and web design agency, Amanita Design, based in his hometown of Brno, Czech Republic, has since produced a sequel, Samorost 2 with similar gameplay in which the gnome goes on a longer quest to save his kidnapped dog and return safely home. Both games can be played online for free. Dvorsky’s explanation of the name: “‘Samorost’ in Czech means a root or piece of wood which resembles a creature; but it is also a term for a person who doesn’t care about the rest of the world.

Donwload Samorost 1
Download Samorost 2
… don’t look for instructions to the games … there aren’t any!

Afraid of swine flu? Wear this suit

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If the new swine flu vaccine doesn’t give you the right dose of inner peace, there’s another layer of protection at your disposal. It comes from Japan, which means it looks good, too.The new anti-H1N1 suit doesn’t just make you look dapper, it supposedly also helps keep you disease-free. According to the U.K. Telegraph, Japanese menswear company Haruyama Trading has developed a suit that it claims can protect wearers from the H1N1 virus. The suit is coated with titanium dioxide–a chemical commonly used in toothpaste and cosmetics – that breaks down when reacting with light and supposedly kills the virus upon contact. (If you read Japanese, here is the company’s press release.)Despite the new layer of protection, the suit seems pretty much like other suits commonly worn by Japanese white-collar workers.Each suit costs about $580, about how much a decent suit at Men’s Wearhouse costs. The suits is available in four colors and styles, including medium gray, charcoal, navy, and a gray pinstripe. The company says the suit will retain its protective capability even after being washed multiple times.Japan, like many other places in Asia, has been gripped by the swine flu since its outbreak a year ago.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 340,000 people have been infected with H1N1 worldwide; the disease is responsible for 4,100 deaths. Generally, most of the new cases were reported to take place in urban areas, where population density increases the risk of transmission. It’s unclear if there will be a female version of the suit; it’s also unknown when or if the suit will be on sale in the U.S

Home Computer of the Future

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The top photo was one of the most forwarded e-mail attachments of 2004. It purported to show a picture published in Popular Science magazine in 1954, imagining what a home computer might look like fifty years in the future. The caption read:
Scientists from the RAND Corporation have created this model to illustrate how a “home computer” could look like in the year 2004. However the needed technology will not be economically feasible for the average home. Also the scientists readily admit that the computer will require not yet invented technology to actually work, but 50 years from now scientific progress is expected to solve these problems. With teletype interface and the Fortran language, the computer will be easy to use and only…The photograph was actually created in 2004 by Danish software sales and support technician Troels Eklund Andersen as an entry in a Fark Photoshop contest. Andersen took a photo of a submarine’s maneuvering room on exhibit at the Smithsonian (bottom), made it black-and-white, then pasted in the teletype printer, the old-style television, and the man. Then he added the text at the bottom. He never imagined the image would generate the response it did, nor that it would start circulating by email and fool so many people. It even fooled Scott McNealy, CEO of Sun Microsystems, who displayed it at a computer conference as proof of the impossibility of predicting future technology.Techniques of photo fakery

There are six basic techniques of faking a photo:
1: Inserting details. This includes placing an element from one photo into another to create a composite image, reproducing a detail of the photo by cloning it, superimposing an image onto another, or drawing-in details.
2: Deleting details. This is usually done by extending background elements over the unwanted detail. Or one can crop out the unwanted detail.
3: Manipulating elements within the photo. For instance, adjusting the color, resizing details, or rotating or moving details.
4: Falsifying the caption.
5: Staging the scene. This is considered fakery particularly in photojournalism. Varieties of staging a scene include using models and cutouts and inserting a prop into the scene.
6: Taking a photo at a trick angle. The most common example of this is the use of forced perspective.

For more hoaxes visit The Museum of Hoaxes