Make me skinny

October 28, 2006 at 6:26 am (Internet, Science)

Half the people in world are obese or fat. And there are as many websites dedicated too to tracking weight loss or offer complete weight loss programs. But if you are looking for just a simplistic tracking tool to record your weight gains and losses then try Skinnyr.

It records your weights, calculates your BMI and prepares a graphical chart of your weight records which you can put on your site your myspace page etc. It also has an option to hide your real weight from other public (oh! Thank you Lord)

Graph your weightloss @ SkinnyR

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Big ideas come from Big pencils

October 28, 2006 at 6:10 am (Internet)

Just a useless flash based pencil which lets you draw around different logos. The site is cool in the respect that it has a cool way of showing off different logo designs by Leo Burnett.

Draw big @ Official site

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YouTube Tools Collection

October 28, 2006 at 5:58 am (Internet, Media)

YouTube is the most popular site to visit for viewing online videos, sharing your favourite videos with people and commenting on videos you like. Recently YouTube was acquired by Google for a few billion dollars. Here is a collection of several YouTube third party tools which enhance your YouTube experience.

Get the tools @ Quick online tips

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Best Xbox 360 Case Mods

October 7, 2006 at 9:15 am (Console)

These are all so cool, a war torn xbox, a halo dedicated case mod, a transparent one, and a real cool shinning one etc. You just have to see these to appreciate the love people put in case modding their Xbox.

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Watch the top ten @ Cybernet News

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Lord of rings director to make games

October 7, 2006 at 7:32 am (Games, Media)

By far the biggest news yet, both Peter Moore and Peter Jackson, on stage at X06, have announced the future of “interactive entertainment” with the foundation of Wingnut Interactive and a new Halo game. The new titles from Jackson, however, are still in the theoretical planning stage, and no genre has been defined as of yet.

“My vision, together with Microsoft Game Studios, is to push the boundaries of game development and the future of interactive entertainment,” said Jackson at X06. “From a movie-maker’s point of view, it is clear to me that the Xbox 360 platform is the stage where storytellers can work their craft in the same way they do today with movies and books but taking it further with interactivity.”

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Halo Wars : A RTS

October 7, 2006 at 7:18 am (Games)

Microsoft has announced Halo Wars, a real-time strategy game by Age of Empire creators Ensemble Studios, for the Xbox 360. Halo Wars is being developed exclusively for the Xbox 360, and takes place prior to Halo 1.

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Halo was originally designed as an RTS, before becoming a third-person action title, and finally an FPS. and now this FPS is being converted into RTS… funny isn’t it.

Watch a trailer @ MetaCafe

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Terrific asteroid impact video

October 5, 2006 at 5:43 pm (Media, Science)

2It’s an impressive animation of what would happen if an asteroid — maybe 500 miles across or so — impacts the Earth. The visuals are stunning, and someone set it to excellent music for the action.

Odds of anything this size hitting us even in the next million years are slim to none. We know of every asteroid this size in the solar system out to terrific distances. But an impact like this would wipe out everything. Everything. As far as I can tell, the depiction there is pretty accurate.

See the amazing Video @ YouTube
Details about the video @ Bad Astronomy blog

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Difference in European and US news

October 5, 2006 at 5:37 pm (Politics)

I missed this one before but Julian Borger had an interesting observation during Lebanon crisis that is still valid even today, and I would like it share it with you. The article is beautifully entitled “Its like watching two different wars”:

The US and European media have always covered the Middle East from different perspectives, but flying back to Washington from a stay in London at the height of the Lebanese conflict made it clear to me how wide the gulf has become. Britons and Americans are watching two different wars.

The overwhelming emphasis of television and press coverage in the UK was the civilian casualties in Lebanon. Day after day, those were the “splash” stories. The smaller number of civilian casualties from Hizbullah rockets in northern Israel was also covered but rarely made the top headlines or front pages.

Back in DC, watching Lebanon through American camera lenses, the centre of the action seemed to be Haifa. This emphasis on Israeli casualties relative to Lebanese was taken to its breathtaking extreme by Charles Krauthammer, a conservative columnist on the Washington Post, who described the Hizbullah rocket attacks as “perhaps the most blatant terror campaign from the air since the London blitz.”

Read the extremely well written column @ Guardian’s Comments are free

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Google Earth for scientists

October 5, 2006 at 5:32 pm (Science)

Google Earth wasn’t really intended for scientists. The Google search engine’s extraordinary globe, which is made up of hundreds of thousands of satellite photos and aerial images, first became well-known as a game for virtual hobby pilots. But now the scientific community is discovering how useful the software is for their own work.

With a single keystroke, biologist Born superimposes colored maps over the Arctic. The maps show him where the ice sheet is getting thinner and the direction in which the pieces of floating ice on which walruses like to catch a ride are drifting. All of the ice data, which comes from satellites and measuring buoys, is available on the Internet. By loading the data into the program, Born can detect how global warming is affecting the migratory behavior of his giant walruses.

Details and more expert opinions @ Spiegel

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A FPS oriented controller for Xbox 360

October 3, 2006 at 9:23 pm (Console)

A few juicy hints were dropped by Microsoft’s Robert Walker on Monday in regards to a special FPS controller in the works for the Xbox 360. His comments were made at Gamefest in Seattle, and he was quick to clarify that Microsoft has no concrete plans for the device, but that it’s more of a long term exploration. Sadly, it’s no replacement for the tried-and-true keyboard/mouse combination: Microsoft is merely working on a new right analog stick that would be better with the precise movements required for FPS and game types. The controller wouldn’t replace the current, well-praised offering, but would merely be an option for enthusiasts and competitive types. Microsoft is also dropping more hints about some sort of motion sensing technology implementation in a future 360 controller.

More about Xbox FPS controllers @ Xbox 360 Fanboy
More about motion sensing controller @ Engaget

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