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You can see that this is really not so difficult. If you create your own blog, then you have completed the first step. If you need a place to store your audio files, don't forget your UH user account. You can find more information on your account at http://www.hawaii.edu/personalhp/. You can use FTP software like SSH (Windows) or Fugu (Mac) to upload files to your account.
If you are thinking about doing Geocaching for your group project, you might want to check out the options at http://www.geocaching.com for some ideas about how and where to hide your cache. Remember the location of your cache should be Latitude and Longitude coordinates which are hidden in a puzzle.
As an example I will be hiding a cache in a place familiar to most of you... watch this space for the puzzle. :o)
1. Find a place to host your podcast file. You can use your UH Account. Here are links to more information on how to activate and FTP to you UH account.
2. Create a blog. You already have access to Blogger through your iGoogle userid.
3. Create a post on your blog with a link to your podcast file. For example: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~plawler/podcasts/wordnerds.mp3
4. Once you have created a successful blog and uploaded audio content, the next step is to create an RSS (really simple syndication) feed for your content.
An RSS feed can be created easily (and for free) at Feedburner.com. Check it out!
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Anyway, this was otherwise a pretty good movie. Not quite as good as 3:10 to Yuma, but head and shoulders above The Nanny Diaries.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Here's a really strange one. Stare at the girl's shadow for about 30 seconds and she will start rotating the other way. She isn't really of course, but you may have to close your eyes to get her going anti-clockwise again.
If you look at the foot nearest the floor, and only at that foot, you'll see it's simply oscillating back and forth. Question: Why do you perceive her spinning clockwise? It's a flat figure with no changing highlights to supplement your intuition.
Well... I found out the hard way. My friend Ryan wrote up the whole story in his blog.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Okay... here is the puzzle. If you can figure out the coordinates, then you can plug them into any mapping software (or Google Earth) like this:
37 25 19.072 N, 122 05 06.246 W
This will bring you very close to the location of the cache. The cache itself is a small black rectangular box (like the kind you hide keys in).
Friday, October 13, 2006
How much will this grandaddy of Swiss Army knives set you back? Only $799. Operators are standing by.
Thursday, June 01, 2006
<< hi paul >>
and... I'm a word nerd.
<< murmur of incredulity >>
When I was in grade school I used to read the dictionary for fun. Scary, right. What a joy to discover that there are other freaks out there, too! The Word Nerds is a podcast all about language, the words we use, and "why we say the things we do." Here's a small sample. You may need to follow along for the latter part.
I highly recommend you give it a listen if you love words.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
This is a great podcast to listen to for sound-seeing tour ideas. Roman Catholic priest Fr. Roderick Vonhögen takes you on a journey of discovery through the fascinating world of the Catholic church. A Catholic show, but not just for catholics! Explore the history of the Catholic church during sound-seeing tours all over Europe.
You can subscribe to the podcast by pasting this URL into iTunes or some other podcasting software.
Shownotes can be found at the following URL:
Friday, May 26, 2006
While some will say that this is a less personal approach to teaching, that might not really be true. What the professor noticed is that there's less benefit in large lectures for the students to actually be present. Instead, this way, he can focus on spending time with students in smaller groups, where he's actually focused on teaching, rather than just lecturing. Not surprisingly, in order to facilitate that, he also has a web-based schedule for students to see when he's free to meet.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
One of the lastest trends in "Geek Chic" is the $3,500 14k gold-plated USB Flash drive inlaid with diamonds. If this isn't quite enough bling for you, an 18k model is also available from White Lake.
"This product will open new markets for us," said White Lake owner Rob van Berkom, in a statement. "We have sold huge amounts of personalized USB stick with logos over the past year. Our customers used them as a give-away. Some of them asked us for a more exclusive product line. This stick meets their demand, so we expect to sell quite a few of them."
In a related trend, Swarovski crystal encrusted cell phones are also the "in" thing. It costs between $100 and $300 to "bling your ring" with crystals. You can purchase a kit and do it yourself, or they will do it for you at MyBlingRing. Their customers include Britney Spears, Hillary Duff, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Amanda Bynes, etc.
Sunday, May 14, 2006
Who would have thought that they could dramatize the world of competitive spelling bees. Sounds almost as dry as high school debate. ;o)
This movie, however, has done a terrific job of doing exactly that, and most of the credit goes to the young, and very talented, Keke Palmer. Her interaction with each of the other characters brings believability to all of them.
Laurence Fishburne turns in an excellent performance as Professor Larabee. In fact, I can't think of anything I've enjoyed him in more. There are so many layers to his personality, and we never do learn the whole story... but we are able to clearly see him emerge as a very complex human being, and we see Akeelah helping him as much as he helps her.
This is also a great family film. 5 stars!
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006
In Japan, where senior citizens are not as averse to "gadgets" as my mother is, Nintendo has sold a combined total of more than 3.3 million of its “Brain Training for Adults” released in May 2005 and a sequel that came out last December. Its portable DS consoles on which the games are played are constantly out of stock in shops.
“I wanted to make a contribution to society through my findings, to tell the world that you can train the brain,” said Ryuta Kawashima, professor of brain science at Tohoku University, whose theory has been featured in many books and video games.
Not to be outdone, Sony is also in on the act. In the photo, Japanese women play PlayStation Portables (PSP) during a "brain training" program in Yokohama, west of Tokyo. Sony Computer Entertainment, which has the "Brain Trainer" using Kawashima's theory for its PSP console, is holding "Video Game Workshops for Grown-ups", in a bid to appeal to older generations.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Monday, April 10, 2006
RFID: Legitimate fear or fear-mongering? by ZDNet's Mitch Ratcliffe -- A Wall Street Journal article details the exploits of RFID-defeating privacy advocates and a few snake-oil solutions.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
Monday, March 13, 2006
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
- 1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
- 2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.
- 3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
- 4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.
- 5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
- 6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
- 7. I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitesmally small, is not exactly zero.
- 8. If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.
- 9. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
- 10. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
- 11. I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
- 12. I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.
- 13. I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.
- 14. I will become a member of the ancient Order of Two-Headed Turtles (the Procrastinator's Society) if they ever get it organized.