Thursday, June 29, 2006

Git yer BumpTop on

BumpTop is a pretty slick way to look at a user's desktop. Having a 2D desktop is pretty played out in Windows. Nothing all that cool has happened since Windows 3.2, and I don't think Vista will offer a whole hell of a lot. While Apple has done some nice things with the floaty taskbar thing, or dock, or whatever it's called, it's still in the X-Y plane. I'm sure there are other 3D desktop mods out there, but I haven't sat through any of their 7 minute vidoes like I did with BumpTop.

However, I don't know how much organization a user really does on the desktop. Regardless, it's pretty and probably fun for a while. How long till someone does something like this in Flash for the web? Maybe it's already been done? Maybe I need to look around some. Maybe I already did... though it's not a web/flash doodad, here's another 3D desktop: Kororaa and here's a video of it in action.

Thank You SWR

Thank you for another great show.

Tonight I got to see a favorite of mine, Mellowdrone, and a crazy good band, Ima Robot, open up for She Wants Revenge. I had no idea Mellowdrone was opening, so I thought it synchronistic that I listened to both their EPs earlier today.

Ima Robot was a pleasant suprise. I felt like they were a newer, male version of a crazy Blondie with more punk/hardcore or something. I don't know... hard to explain. Check them out.

And SWR... Justin and Adam are two extremely talented musicians. And the real reason for the "Thank You" is for covering Stripped by Depeche Mode. I haven't heard such a great cover live in a very long time. It was amazing. I couldn't help but wonder how many teenagers at the show even knew anything about the song or the band.

When SWR comes around again, I'll be there.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

a few cool links

the sweetest girl

Right before I went home for Nathan's graduation, a friend from high school got a hold of me via Facebook. Her name is Courtney and I hadn't seen her since my own graduation. We decided to meet up for iced cream on my first Sunday back home.

When I first saw her, I could tell something had happened in the past. She told me she had been in a horrible car accident and shouldn't be alive, which kinda threw me off. I vaguely remembered hearing about the accident but wasn't 100% sure that I had. The great part of it all is that she's the most motivated person I've yet met in terms of helping people in similar situations. She's studying hard at school to become a therapist so she can help people get through their ordeals and live their lives to the fullest.

I can easily say I wasn't only impressed with her commitment but knew with no doubt she'd get there. It was refreshing to say the least. She is still the same sweet girl from high school, but now with a known goal that's entirely within her grasp.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

How long...

before Coke uses this in an ad?

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Whatta party!

My brother had his graduation party today. It was a bit of work, but it was totally worth it. My uncle roasted a lamb. Nathan's friend's mom made ~80 lbs of caserole. Yeah, that's a lot. We only used 40. Lots of good food, lots of volleyball and lots of bags.

I saw a lot of people I hadn't seen in a while too. Mrs. Heisman, Mrs. Kilander, AJ Udvare, my Aunt Barbara, my cousin Jake! It was really cool to see so many people, besides all of my brother's friends I knew that had grown up. Hell, I didn't even recognize Timmy Kulchawick. Anyway, it was a great day. Hopefully pics to follow.