Dusty Rides Again

Interesting findings from around the web.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Chevy Camaro Concept pics

Never been a big fan of the Camaro, but if next year's model looks anything like these pics, count me onboard. GM released 12 hi-res photos which make perfect wallpaper. Grab them from this Autoblog post.

One red paperclip

You might have heard about this guy already, as he's done a ton of press. In July of 2005, Kyle MacDonald decided to start a little experiment. He wants to see if it's possible to start with one red paperclip and, through a series of trades, turn that clip into a house. Check out his blog to find out how he's worked his way through trades, leading up to his current possession of an afternoon with Alice Cooper!

Best Party of my Life clip

Howard Stern was talking about this clip on Thursday's show. I came home, did a quick search on YouTube and found it. I'll let the clip speak for itself. Please don't watch it if you're offended by strippers.

The IT Crowd

First the UK brought us The Office, now they've created The IT Crowd. A sitcom about a small IT department with a manager who knows nothing about computers. I'm sure this sounds familiar to a few of you. I've posted episode 1 above. A quick search of YouTube and you can find the other 5 episodes.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Caprica: Battlestar Galactia spin-off

The Sci Fi channel announced the development of a new series titled Caprica. The new show will focus on the lives of two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, and be set 50 years before the Cylon invasion. Read more about the upcoming show over at Sci Fi Wire. It seems a little too soon to be doing a prequel, but I'll probably watch it anyway.

Wii ???

Nintendo announced today that the offical name of their upcoming console is Wii. I don't think they could've come up with a more retarted name it they tried. Anyway, here is part of their press release if you're interested.

Introducing … Wii.
As in “we.”
While the code-name “Revolution” expressed our direction, Wii represents the answer.
Wii will break down that wall that separates video game players from everybody else.
Wii will put people more in touch with their games … and each other. But you’re probably asking: What does the name mean?
Wii sounds like “we,” which emphasizes this console is for everyone.
Wii can easily be remembered by people around the world, no matter what language they speak. No confusion. No need to abbreviate.
Just Wii.
Wii has a distinctive “ii” spelling that symbolizes both the unique
controllers and the image of people gathering to play.
And Wii, as a name and
a console, brings something revolutionary to the world of video games that sets
it apart from the crowd.
So that’s Wii. But now Nintendo needs you.
Because, it’s really not about you or me.
It’s about Wii.
And together, Wii will change everything.

$40 off Xbox 360 Platinum

Just saw this deal posted over at Techbargains. Overstock.com has 10% off of all purchases, good until 11:59pm 4/27/06. Put the $399 Xbox 360 Platinum in your cart and you'll save $40. The best part is shipping is only $1.40! You're not going to find a deal much better than this.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Free PVR software from Yahoo!

Last week Yahoo! purchased Meedio, a PC-based PVR application for the PC. Apparently Meedio was low on funds and Yahoo! was looking for software for it's previously announced Yahoo! Go TV. Today, Yahoo! announced their Go TV product will be free. Checkout a small review and some screenshots here.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Whenever she mentions...

Friend of mine sent me a link to this Mad TV clip and I thought it was hilarious! I never watched much of Mad TV, but I might have to add it to one of my PVRs. Sure beats most of the lame SNL skits of late. If you're bored, head on over to YouTube and do a search for Mad TV. There are a ton of funny clips on there. One of my favorites features Jessica Alba playing Jessica Simpson on the Newlyweds. Another good one is The Sopranos on PaxTV.

God of War 2 pre-E3 trailer

If you've never played God of War, arguably the best game for the PS2, you might want to think about picking up a copy. Sony recently reduced the price of the PStwo console to $129 and the price of the original God of War to $19.95. Both are great bargains. Apparently the sequel featured in the above trailer won't be for the next-gen PS3, but for the existing PStwo.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Find the Bug!

If you've ever sat at a bar and pumped quarters into one of those touchscreen arcade games, you're probably familiar with this game. The player is given a time limit and 2 similiar pictures. One of the pictures has 5 differences and you need to find them before the time runs out. Sounds easy right? It's a lot more difficult than it sounds. Give Find the Bug! a try. You have the choice between art, landscape, or space pictures. There is also a cool flash Memory Mania game on this site as well.

Best Shows You're Not Watching

Being a TV junkie with 3 PVRs, I'm always on the lookout for new shows to watch. Today, I came across this article that lists 15 hidden jems on the tube. I've only heard of half of them and only seen two of them. "Campus Ladies" and "Thief" being the two I've seen. Check out the rest of the list. Now fired up your bittorrent client and download a few of these shows. If you watch any of them, let me know what you think.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Who's got the better butt?

Jessica Alba or Eva Longoria?

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Tired of lugging that cooler full of beer to the party? Now you can ride it with the Cooler Cruiser. Each Crusier is hand-built, has a 6.0 Robin Subaru OHV engine and it comes in one of 5 colors. If you have an extra $1995 laying around, browse over to their website and buy yourself a new toy.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler

Jamie-Lynn or Meadow Soprano, the character she plays on The Sopranos, is recently divorced. With her her new-found freedom, she has decided to pose for Maxim. Check out the rest of the steamy photo shoot here.

In The Pit

The image on the left is an actual screenshot of this game. No, the link isn't broken. The picture is solid black. In the Pit is an "audio only" game. The game uses sound and force feedback only, no graphics. Unfortunately, you can only play this game if you own an Xbox 360 wired controller. (It's your lucky day Andy. You're the only fool I know who has a wired 360 controller and NO 360!). As most of you know, I have a 360. Unfortunately, I can't play this game because both of my controllers are wireless and don't work with the PC. I recently learned that even though you can purchase a USB cable to charge a wireless 360 controller, no game data is actually transmitted over the cable. It is for battery recharging only. Big thumbs down to M$ for that.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Cubris is a flash-based puzzle game that is simple to learn, but can be difficult to solve. You control the little dude in the picture above. Your goal is to eliminate all the colored blocks by pushing them into groups of two or more so that they disappear. Like all games of this type, there are special cubes which make the game even more interesting. The best part about the game is that it's entirely web-based, no installation required. Quit reading and go check it out here.

Switchball alpha demo

I've had this demo on my hard drive for almost a month. It was a finalist in the 2006 Independent Games Festival and I finally got around to giving it a try. It should be called Marble Madness 2006, but I'm sure they couldn't have named it that due to copyrights. Whatever the name, if you enjoyed Marble Madness back in the day, check out the demo of Switchball.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

TOOL - new track "Vicarious"

The new TOOL song hit the net yesterday and will be all over the radio on Monday. Someone put the audio from the new song with the video from Schism, a track from their last album. The rest of the album is due in stores May 2nd!

Multi-Touch screen research

I'm starting to believe the next big thing in computing is going to be touch screen control of your PC. Most touch screens on ATM's or bar-top arcade machines only allow a single point of contact. Researchers have now developed a touch screen that can sense multiple points of contact simultaneously. This doesn't sound like a big deal until you watch the video on their webpage. Even with a mouse, you can only interact with the screen at one point. Watch how easy it becomes to sort pictures or resize a map with the multi-touch screen.

AjaxAMP v3.0

AjaxAMP is probably the coolest Winamp plugin I've seen. Instead of explaining it, I'm just going to cut and paste the explaination from their website. "AjaxAMP is a plugin for Winamp Media Player which allows you to access Winamp over the network using a web browser. It gives you a surprisingly realistic version of the Winamp interface in your browser window, allowing you to control Winamp, edit the playlist, browse your media library, and stream music from any other AjaxAMP-enabled computer to the computer being remotely controlled. Essentially, it allows you to use one computer to control a second computer playing music residing on a third computer. Depending on your scenario, any of those three computers might be the same machine."

Friday, April 14, 2006

Twelve 30" Dell LCDs

WOW! I'm not sure how useful the wall of video would be, but it sure would be fun to show off with. Just in case you're wondering, a Dell 30" LCD costs roughly $2200! So, multiply that by 12. Plus, an XP box with dual Geforce 7900's and 1000w power supply is needed to power each row of 4 monitors. That equals one expensive system. Read more about this setup here.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Tom's Hardware 2006 VGA Charts

If you're in the market for a new video card, but can't figure out what card you should buy, head on over to Tom's Hardware. A couple times a year, the guys over at Tom's release their video card benchmark comparisons. There are so many different models of cards, it's difficult to keep track of how the gpu's stack up against each other. The charts on the site, like the one pictured on the left, can help you make a purchasing decision. Personally, I'm looking for a mid-range budget card to try and squeeze a little more speed out of my aging system.


If you've been around the PC scene for awhile, you'll remember the name Matrox. Back in the day, Matrox video cards were the hottest 3d cards around. In recent years, Matrox has left the high-end cards to the big boys, ATI and Nvidia. Now Matrox has released a product that will work in conjunction with your sweet SLI setup. They have released the TripleHead2Go, which is a small box that allows you to run 3 monitors as one giant desktop. Basically, it makes your PC think you're running on one monitor at 3840 x 1024. I want one!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Saturn gets sporty

Yesterday at the New York Auto Show, Saturn unveiled their new roadster, the Sky. It kinda reminds me of a cross between a Miata and a Mini Cooper. For more info and pics, check out this page.

Google on steroids

Tired of looking at the plain old Google page. Give Simply Google a try. Someone compiled all of Google's tools onto one page. Check it out here.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Firefox Guide

Anybody that uses Firefox is usually looking some cool plugins. I came across a good guide to some of the best plugins and hacks for Firefox, all listed on one site. Some of them you probably already have installed, but I'm sure you'll find a few others worth trying. A couple of my favs are Auto Copy and Download Statusbar.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Origami collection

The Tarantula on the left is made out of one square of folded paper. A guy by the name of Robert J. Lang has been creating origami for over thirty years. His website has about 160 of his 400+ designs. Check out the gallery here.

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

The pic above is the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter under construction. Scheduled to debut in 2011, the F-35 will replace the current generation F-16 and F-18 fighters. This site has a lot more pictures, which oddly enough, were found on a Chinese site. I'm very surprised the US government is allowing these pictures to be released on the web. Check out how the work platform can be adjusted right up to the side of the aircraft. Read more about the F-35 after the jump.

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Diet Coke + Mentos


I know it's almost spring, but this little site was too cool not to post. Remember making paper snowflakes when you were a kid? You'd fold up a piece of paper, make a bunch of cuts, then unfold it to see what your snowflake looks like. This site makes it easy to experiment and try different methods. A few quick clicks and your masterpiece is generated. The screenshot about is my beautiful creation.


This guy didn't have enough time in the day to get all of his running in, so he built the Treadputer. He combined his treadmill with 3 monitor and a IBM ThinkCenter. Now he can walk or run while hard at work. Controlling the PC is made easier with the use of voice recognition and VoIP software, a trackball and a headset.

Free 32mb usb stick from Audi

Simply request a brochure on the Audi A3 and they'll send you a 32mb usb stick with a presentation on it. Just fill out this form.

XSATA - Connect your 360 to your PC

This is by far the coolest addon I've seen for the Xbox 360 yet. Since M$ skimped on the 360 hard drive and only gave us 20gb, this device allows you to connect your PC and transfer files off the Xbox hard drive. The XSATA is a usb device that sits between the 360 and the hard drive. It allows the 360 and your PC to "share" the drive. No swapping or unplugging cables needed. Once connected, you can use the freeware Xplorer360 software to transfer files. Best part, it's only $39.99. I'm sure that's going to be much cheaper than buying a larger hard drive for your 360...if M$ ever makes one available.

Tribe Wanted: Adventure Island

Like watching Survivor? Want to give it a try? For $210 you can become part of a tribe 5000 members strong. You'll get to vote and a be a part of making all the decisions on the island. All from the comfort of your own home. Then, after the decisions have been made, you can spend up to a month on the island each year. The fee includes all meals and accommodation on Adventure Island, pickup from the local airport in Fiji and transfer to the island. There will even be a Tribal TV channel, which you can view over the net to keep yourself up-to-date with all the island happenings. Join the Tribe.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

"Rescue Me" return slated

Denis Leary will return with his firefighter series, "Rescue Me", on May 30. This will be the third season for the original FX series. Not many people I know watch this show, but I believe it's well worth watching. If you're a fan of the other FX series like The Shield or Nip/Tuck, you should checkout the previous seasons of Rescue Me.

Xbox 360 backwards compatibility

Came across this interesting article on the Xbox Team blog. In the article, they describe what M$ had to go through to get original Xbox titles to run on their new platform. Since the 360 has completely different hardware AND M$ doesn't own the intellectual property, it made the task extremely difficult. The article is kinda long, but I found the first section the most interesting.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Future of gaming?

The video above is a group of researchers running WarCraft III on a giant DiamondTouch table-top-touch-panel-screen. If that's the future of gaming, I can't wait for it to get here!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Desktop Earth 2.0

This cool little utility updates your wallpaper with an accurate depiction of the Earth as it would appear from space. Watch as the wave of light sweeps across the map of the world. Images are high-res taken straight from NASA.

Blast Door Wiki

It's been almost a week and Lost fans are still talking about the mysterious painting on the blast door. There are 6 stations on the map, all pointing towards a 7th location in the center of the island. A wiki has been started to collect all known information about this diagram. The amount of information collected so far is amazing.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

The Swarm

Here's a little game great for killing a few minutes and splattering some people. The game is called The Swarm. You control a vortex and use it to pickup people. Keep moving the Vortex around to try and get one of the people to splatter at the highest velocity. See if you can beat my high score of 147.0. You can find a similar games at the Experimental Gameplay Project. If you've ever played Bridge Builder, you might enjoy also Tower of Goo Unlimited.

Honda commerical

I know this commerical is a few years old, but I still get a kick out of watching it. Found it posted on YouTube and thought I'd share.

April Fool's 2006

Instead of coming up with some outrageous story to try and fool a few people, I decided to just link to this enormous list of websites running gags today. One of my favorites is Ars Technica's announcing Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold! Another good one is OpenOffice press release stating that they have been purchased by Micro$oft.