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drool at it or eat it, can’t decide: the Gummi Bear Chandelier

03.09.2007 @ 10:12 PM in Culture

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Come on, what would you do if you saw a chandelier of this size composed entirely of (Haribo, I hope!) Gummi Bears? This is part of a larger group of sculptures also in the medium of Gummi, designed by the sweet-toothed YaYa Chou.

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Yaya Chou's Sculptures Via - Gizmodo

Snap! – My Best Hag

03.09.2007 @ 5:05 PM in Lifestream

Snap! - My Best Hag

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 9 Mar '07, 1.04pm AST PST.

Andrea tends to blur the line between staff and participant here at work... Good girl... But she'll steal your Dr. Pepper!

Snap! – Dinna

03.09.2007 @ 12:13 AM in Lifestream

Snap! - Dinna

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 8 Mar '07, 8.13pm AST PST.

Kirk ambushed me to do Rec... Not so bad, getting paid to go eat at Ruby Tuesday with some of my favorite participants... I can deal.

Use Paypal Security Fob and Protect Your Account

03.08.2007 @ 6:35 PM in Technology

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Since I don't have a hot chick (or some beefy stud ) to show of my gadgets, the snowbot has been taking on the task with quite skill. Today's item is the Paypal Security Key, and extra measure of protection for those who use Paypal and Ebay to purchase online. Here's how it works...
  • Goto https://www.paypal.com/securitykey and order one. Costs five bucks one time, but free if you have a merchant account.
  • Wait 7-10 days.
  • When it arrives, open the mailer package... root through all the nice but tree-wasting (but really who cares about a few Canadian trees anyways?) documentation for a little white box.

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  • Wrangle out the keyfob and go to https://www.paypal.com/securitykey again.
  • Click on "Activate Now"

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  • Follow the rules and click activate!
If you want the security added to your Ebay account, its the same process, just go here instead. From now on, unless you deactivate the service, your login process will come with an extra screen.

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Press the button on the fob and enter the six numbers (it regenerates every 30 seconds) you see. There, now even if someone has your account name and password, they can not login unless they have the fob. This doesn't mean you can be less careful; never give out your information to anyone, not even to a Paypal email (it isn't from them, they don't ask for it in an email, ever). One extra tip: you can skip the extra screen alltogether by simple appending your current password with the six digits that the security key enters.

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PayPal Security Key

Scribd is like YouTube for Documents

03.07.2007 @ 3:29 PM in Technology

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Scribd is a brand new (came out of private beta yesterday) document sharing service with the aim to be the YouTube of text. From the company that started reddit, scribd offers a social community centered around uploaded documents that can be shared in an enormously accessible amount of ways. Here's some features:
  1. Upload your documents from a variety of formats: .doc (Microsoft Word), .pdf (Adobe Acrobat), .txt (Plain text), .ppt (Microsoft Powerpoint), .xls (Microsoft Excel), .ps (Adobe postscript), .lit (MS reader ebook), or copy and paste
  2. Tag your documents: the almighty tag works in scribd just like YouTube, helping you organize and find your content.
  3. Analytics: Find out who is reading your uploads, how often, and where they are in the world.
  4. Download in a variety of formats: In as many formats as you can upload, you can download, too. Scribd makes great use of Macromedia Adobe flashpaper, allowing you to view your documents online, or embed them in another site with ease. Another great feature is audio playback (powered by nuance); you can listen to your document being read, or download the reading as an mp3.
The social network 2.0 craze is booming, and Scribd looks like a great addition; but will it last? Here's an example of the flashpaper embed at work... [kml_flashembed movie="http://static.scribd.com/FlashPaperS3.swf?guid=cgfd4r1i5uyul&document_id=1108" height="500" width="462" /] Via - TechCrunch 

Snap! – Toasty

03.07.2007 @ 1:42 PM in Lifestream

Snap! - Toasty

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 7 Mar '07, 9.42am AST PST.

Good Morning! Its so warm today compared to yesterday... Feels good eh?

Starbux and the fight against touch

03.06.2007 @ 11:32 PM in Technology

Starbux and the fight against touch

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 6 Mar '07, 7.32pm AST PST.

Another step by Starbux to remove ambiance and increase automation... The joy of ordering a iced quint venti four pump hazelnut two pump white mocha soy no whip latte has been diminished as a coded sticker is now being used to mark the drinks... Instead of a confused barista with a grease pen.

Gays and Ex Gays on CBC’s The Hour

03.06.2007 @ 6:48 PM in Lifestream
From CBC's The Hour, aired on 2/21/2007: Gay and Ex-gay... [youtube]JZF0ijuw2Qo[/youtube]
Two men. Two different stories but two similar paths. One WAS gay and now says he is fully straight, and he's married. The other tried to be straight, but it didn't take, and now back to being gay. Can a gay man really be "cured" and become straight? We spoke to two people from the ex-gay movement here in Toronto. One is a youth pastor named Brian Pengelly. The other is a guy named Darin. The two men talk about their paths through Christianity and how they were affected. Each one expresses his beliefs on possibility of becoming Ex-Gay.
This is one of the best news segments I've seen on the issue, and one of the closest hitting. No commentary from me (Dave has some though prolly not SFW)... just watch it. Links: Brian's (the ex-gay) story from New Directions The Hour on CBC

Homesick

03.06.2007 @ 3:35 PM in Lifestream
Its headlines like this that make me wish I was back in the South... sort of.

Meth lab found in bag

PIKEVILLE -- A trash bag found along the roadside outside of Pikeville Thursday contained more than garbage. Inside was the equipment to manufacture methamphetamine. At about a quarter after noon, inmates from the Wayne County Jail were cleaning up trash along the northbound on-ramp of U.S. 117 just on the edge of town when they stumbled upon a large, black trash bag, Pikeville police Chief Ken Barrett said. As they were pulling it up with their rakes, the bag tore open and inside were the remains of a meth lab.... ..."You think of a lab as a great big room with all this stuff, but it's not all that complicated. A meth lab this size could have been stored in the trunk of a car."... ...He added that finding the bag wasn't particularly surprising, but admitted it was a little bit different. "I know it's not much -- a plastic bag in the grass," Barrett said. "But I guess that's what you've got to look for sometimes -- a plastic bag in the grass." via - Goldsboro News Argus
Gotta love it... I remember being the chemistry nut in HS, and getting so many requests to help my buddies make meth labs... Sure I could have done it.. I mean geez.. You really can fit it all in a hefty bag... but something about the going to jail forever part and blowing yourselve to bits risk kinda put the stops to it. Meth in NC is like what blow is to NY... They say it's better than Trimspa and you'll never have to sleep again.

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Snap! – Learnin is fun!

03.06.2007 @ 3:18 PM in Lifestream

Snap! - Learnin is fun!

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 6 Mar '07, 11.17am AST PST.

Some of the software that I use to teach in my lab.