Frets On Fire… And Why I Love It


I have a new addiction, and I am not ashamed to admit it. I pretend that I am a rock star for hours on end everyday. I don’t play in a band. I don’t own a guitar, well, I do have a bass, but that is a different story. I sit in front of my computer, and watch swirling notes pan in front of me to the tune of great metal songs of the eighties. What an addicting game.

For those of you that aren’t familiar with it, Frets on Fire is a clone of the ever popular PS2 game, Guitar Hero. The difference here is that you are using your keyboard, and there is no multiplayer. Aside from that, expect the same licks that you are used to with GH2.


So, Where Is Google Sky?

I was just reading over on the Google Blog, and something stuck out to me… With all the talk of new products, updates, there is still something missing… Google Sky.

One of my favorite open source projects has been Stellarium. It can simply be called Google Earth looking at the stars. If Google where to take this open source code, and give it the Google tweak, i.e. publicity, a few more engineers, and a little more, What a great app it would become.

What do you think?

My Customer Is Me

Not to long ago, posted about Joel Dehlin who is the CIO of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He recently took a new job, and deciding to start blogging. His posts, have been thorogh and interesting look into the the church’s infrastructure.

In a recent post, he talks about bulding software, and the how the church is going about it. An interestin read. You can find it here.

Via Joel Dehlin

Newcomb’s Paradox: What Would You Do?

Recently, Mark Frauenfelder wrote an interesting article about Newcomb’s Paradox.
Franz Kiekeben (who is a very funny cartoonist) does a nice job of describing Newcomb’s Paradox, which I’ve enjoyed contemplating, on and off, for many years. For those of you that may be unfamilliar with it, here it is.

A highly superior being from another part of the galaxy presents you with two boxes, one open and one closed. In the open box there is a thousand-dollar bill. In the closed box there is either one million dollars or there is nothing. You are to choose between taking both boxes or taking the closed box only. But there’s a catch.

The being claims that he is able to predict what any human being will decide to do. If he predicted you would take only the closed box, then he placed a million dollars in it. But if he predicted you would take both boxes, he left the closed box empty. Furthermore, he has run this experiment with 999 people before, and has been right every time.

What do you do?

On the one hand, the evidence is fairly obvious that if you choose to take only the closed box you will get one million dollars, whereas if you take both boxes you get only a measly thousand. You’d be stupid to take both boxes.

On the other hand, at the time you make your decision, the closed box already is empty or else contains a million dollars. Either way, if you take both boxes you get a thousand dollars more than if you take the closed box only.

What would you do? Please read the rest of Kiekeben’s essay before offering your reasoning. Link

(Via Boing Boing.)

DIY Fig Rig


I saw a post the other day on about a DIY fig rig, I was amazed, and had to try. The results were great, and I am so happy with them. Images can be found here.

I thought that I would add my parts list, and some of the things that made it easy for me on this nice little DIY.

1x Five foot piece of 3/4 PVC pipe

10x 3/4 PVC chevron angle pieces umm… You know what I am talking about.

2x 3/4 PVC T’s

1x 3/4 PVC X

2x 3/4 PVC Plugs with a 1/4 inch whole drilled in it

1x 4-1/4 – 20 Carriage bolt

2x 1/4 inch fender washers

2x 1/4 inch wing-nuts

That is about it. The next step is trimming all of the PVC pipe to the correct lengths. With the five foot section of pipe, cut to these lengths.

5x 6 inches

2x 3 inches

4x 2 1/2 inches

2x 1 1/2 inches

That is all the cutting. About the easiest way that to put it all together is by doing it in two halves. That way you can press them together. After you get them put together, you screw the wing-nut to the bottom, and then add the washer. But the bolt all the way through, and unless you are adding the camera right away, put the other wing-nut on the top.

This was a really simple, cool project. I was anxious to get this started, as I wanted to take it skiing at Brighton the next day. You can check out the video here.

Special thanks to Shygantic for the specs.