July 15, 2014

Old Spice Mandroid Ad

I know I’m playing into Old Spice’s hands by posting this video, but it genuinely made me laugh out loud.

July 14, 2014

Lemon Ninja

How is this guy not missing fingers?

Via kottke

June 12, 2014

A Bitcoin Haiku

Someone posted this lovely little poem on Bitcoin Megaphone yesterday. If you know how to use bitcoin, you should support the author. I’d love to see more poets and authors self-publishing on the site!

May 31, 2014

The Official Cookie of Bitcoin

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Two of my favorite hobbies collided magnificently this afternoon – bitcoin and cookies. And as a result I’d like to nominate Gotham Cookies as the official cookie of bitcoin. (Although as far as I know, there are no other contenders.)

It started with this Reddit post about a vendor at the LIC Flea announcing that today would be their first day accepting bitcoin. 4 hours later I was enjoying some of the finest cookies I’ve ever had, and chatting with co-owner Alex about how much buzz they were getting from customers and other vendors.

So if there’s such a thing as the official cookie of Bitcoin, it should clearly be Gotham Cookies. The cookies are amazing, the owners are huge bitcoin advocates, and they are just awesome folks in general.

Next order of business… who’s the official bourbon of bitcoin?

May 27, 2014

Getting Fancier with the 3DRobotics IRIS

After lots of practice I’m getting more comfortable flying the quadcopter. That’s not to say it’s easy (or not still terrifying), but it’s getting more familiar.

My next challenge is to get some interesting shots with the mounted GoPro. This weekend I did some flying upstate, and made this compilation. Some shots are a little shaky but overall it’s a fun first foray into ariel videography.

May 13, 2014

Exploring an Abandoned German WW2 Bunker

I find this stuff fascinating. More good urban exploration at http://www.reddit.com/r/urbanexploration

May 10, 2014

More 3DRobitics IRIS Footage

I took the beast out earlier today. Flying the IRIS is a lot more difficult than flying in the simulator I’ve been using (Heli-X). It’s also still terrifying; it feels like placing a thousand dollar bill in the grass and watching it blow around, hoping it’ll get back to you.

May 5, 2014

Chainlinking

As far as I can tell, there’s no word for that thing when a website links a few consecutive words of text. For example, if I was talking about Charlie Sheen I might mention he’s a had some trouble with the law. (See what I did there?)

So I’d like to formally submit my term, “Chainlinking”:

Chainlinking. When a website hyperlinks a few consecutive words, usually to provide background on a topic. Often snarky. Usually annoying.

Lastly, I should add that there’s another definition for chainlinking on Urban Dictionary. My definition is decidedly different, and has nothing to do with a bunch of dudes blowing each other.

May 1, 2014

More Quadcopter Footage

I snuck out onto the roof tonight and took the IRIS up for a spin. This was my first flight with the Tarot stabilization gimbal and GoPro, and besides for a little gimbal malfunction at the end, everything went great. Can’t wait to keep practicing and filming. It’s very addictive.

April 30, 2014

Storj – Dropbox for the Future

A lot of people are excited about a company called Storj. To some, Storj represents the “next-level shit” that bitcoin enthusiasts have been awaiting for years.

In a nutshell, Storj promises cloud storage that’s between 10-100x cheaper than Dropbox or Google Drive, and that’s 100% secure, encrypted, and decentralized. Which means that your files can’t be subpoenaed or viewed by anyone else but you.

But what’s really exciting and smells like “the future” is the fact that individuals will soon be able to rent out their spare hard drive space to Storj to make money. Think about it – since the data is encrypted, there’s no worry about having it peppered across hundreds of stranger’s hard drives. It also adds a layer of redundancy, so your files can never be “lost” or “deleted”.

If you want to dive deep into the details, this thread on the Bitcoin Forum is where all the action is happening.

Pretty cool stuff. Let’s hope Storj can meet everyone’s expectations.