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March 14, 2011

Make a QR Code Quickly

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TechnoDolts™ haven't a clue as to what a QR code might be so they should quickly move along — nothing to see here.

For everyone else, here's nonpareil New York Times columnist J.D. Biersdorfer's Q&A on the topic, from the March 1, 2011 Gadgetwise blog.

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Q. How can I make a QR code pointing to my personal Web site that I can attach to an e-mail signature?

A. Several Web sites will convert a standard URL into a Quick Response (QR) code, those square-shaped codes that are popping up on ads and billboards. Once converted, you can download the QR image file and then attach it to your e-mail signature, upload it as a Facebook profile photo, print it or post it elsewhere online. Some QR-conversion sites can also encode maps, text, phone numbers or RSS feeds.

QR code-generating sites include KaywaQurify and Delivr. The Google URL Shortener [goo.gl/qJI7y] will also create a QR code file from a shortened link — just click Details to see the image file.

Quick Response codes are basically two-dimensional bar codes that can be interpreted by a mobile phone camera equipped with a code-reading app. Once the QR code is scanned, for instance, the Web address embedded in the image pops up on the phone’s browser, saving the phone’s owner some typing.

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Note added at 5:03 p.m. today: just in from Zack, grand panjandrum of smartstuff.se, this comment:

"Joe, I think this is a scam. I did one with my URL on it and it directs to som sh*t hypnotherapy page or Voice changer or other sh*t. The same as yours. You should take this down, I think. I have. Just a thought."

But if I take it down then I can't have this shout-out to Zack and his site 'cause the comment will disappear along with the post.

So here's what I propose: everybody, instead of trying these possible scam QR code sites, instead visit smartstuff.se and see how smart Swedes view the world.

TechnoDolts™ welcome, by the way.

Right, Zack?

Zack?

Bueller?

Flautist?

Anyone?

March 14, 2011 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

Satellite cellphone hybrid: One phone to rule them all

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Wrote Roy Furchgott in a March 1, 2011 New York Times Gadgetwise blog post, "Now there is a hybrid mobile-satellite phone, a single device that can connect to either network. Called the TerreStar Genus, this phone is available through AT&T for $1,070 ($800 for small business and government customers)."

I'd love to have one but I'll wait three years or so till the price drops by a factor of 10.

"At 4.7 by 2.5 by 0.8 inches and almost 5 ounces, its stolid form and qwerty keyboard will remind you of an overweight BlackBerry."

"The Genus is limited to North America and up to 200 miles offshore. Service excludes Mexico and Canada."

The cost? "There's $800 to $1,070 for the handset, the regular phone plan you choose, then on top of that $25 a month for access to the satellite plus 65 cents a minute per call, 40 cents per text message, and $5 per megabyte of data."

"TerreStar said the phone is made with first responders in mind—firefighters and police who need communications in an emergency when cell towers might be out. But it is also an option for anyone who wants the security of a communications backup system—and is willing to pay for it."

Really impressive technology.

It wasn't that long ago we were oohing and aahing when reporters opened up their briefcase-size satellite phones?

March 14, 2011 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Cereals from the past

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six of the 54

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breakfast cereals of yore

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featured in a post on Urlesque.

[via Nuclear Toast]

March 14, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"Bias of Thoughts" — Optical Illusion Bookshelf

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From Neatorama: "How many shelves are there? Look to the left: four. Look to the right: three. The design is based on the illusion known as Impossible Fork or Blivet [below]."

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Designer John Leung of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects in Melbourne, Australia wrote, "Thoughts are biased. When ideas are passed from one person to another, due to the transfiguration of the communication process and the frame of mind of the receiver, they are always perceived with bias."

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"Inspired by the famous 2D drawing of the optical illusive bookshelf,

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a 3D structure is translated and the 'Bias of Thoughts' bookshelf is formed. It can be used for shelving books and iPads as well as hanging magazines.

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Visually, the optical illusion serves as a reminder that, whenever one picks up a medium, ideas can be misinterpreted when passed from one end to the other."

[via MY7475 and woohome]

March 14, 2011 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Smithsonian Wild : Eye of the leopard

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"Explore 201,000 camera trap images collected at research sites around the world."

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From engadget:

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"These candid shots were made possible with motion-activated automated cameras scattered around the world, and feature over 200 species of birds and mammals, and here's the most impressive part — these photos are au naturel."

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"That's right, there's no editing here, these are untouched raw shots straight from the rain forests of places like Peru and China — which allow us to see these magnificent creatures as scientists do."

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Fair warning: there goes the rest of the year.

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[via Richard Kashdan]

March 14, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Rootwood Chair from the Forbidden City

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Above, a rootwood chair in the Metropolitan Museum of Art show, "The Emperor's Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City."

The show runs through May 1, 2011.

The chair, from the Purification Ceremony Pavilion (Xishangting) is on loan from the Palace Museum in Beijing.

[via the Wall Street Journal]

March 14, 2011 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

"The End" — Ragnar Kjartansson

This piece (above and below) premiered at the Icelandic Pavilion during the 53rd Biennale di Venezia in 2009

and put the now 35-year-old Kjartansson on the art world map.

His first-ever U.S. solo museum show opened last week at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.

 

 

March 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

iPad 2 Virtual Window

Created by John Leung of ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects of Melbourne, Australia who wrote, "How can we integrate the new iPad 2 into architecture and fully utilise its new features to achieve things that were not possible on the original iPad?"

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"Introducing the iPad 2 Window: the most affordable and simple solution to a virtual window for your building interior. Using a specially designed App, the new camera and the powerful A5 processor, the iPad can track the face of any passer-by and adjust the onscreen image accordingly. In first person perspective, an illusion of a real window with outside scenery will appear. Since special 3D glasses are not required, this illusion is best achieved when only one user is looking at the iPad at one time. The user can also change the scenery with an iPhone and connect with friends through this window."

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"By integrating the iPad 2 with architecture, it creates a visual connection between two physically separated spaces. As a nod to the environment, we will be upcycling refurbished iPad 2s for this project, taking the functionality of the iPad beyond just a personal tablet in the post-PC world."

March 14, 2011 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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