Qik for iPhone

Just loaded Qik onto my iPhone. It seems pretty awesome, but I’ll withhold final judgement till I’ve tested it for a couple days.

Basically Qik allows you to stream video from your iPhone to the internet live! Or close to live depending on your internet connection.

You can find my videos at http://qik.com/erikpersson

Anyway more later!

Erik's Links For November 2nd 2008

Erik’s Links For November 2nd 2008

  • Resize Your Web Browser with Bookmarklets : CreativeTechs Tips:
    Neat way to quickly resize your web browser to certain widths
  • A Primer In Selling Your Art At Festivals
    Some good things to keep in mind when I finally start selling my work
  • The Best Mouse You’ve Ever Had: Lifehacker
    I’ve been thinking about replacing my Logitech MX500 which is starting to show some wear & tear
  • Cool Tools: Palm Nailer
  • Sounds like an interesting tool. Now I just need something to nail… Badum-Tish

    From The Page: A palm nailer is a magic hammer. Like a nail gun, you hook it up to an air compressor, but unlike a nail gun, it can be held in the palm of one hand. Its appearance doesn’t make its usage obvious, but this air tool pounds in nail after nail without hurting your hand at all. Just place a nail exactly where you want it. Press the opening on the nailer over the nail, and BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP! — compressed air drives a little hammer head inside the sleeve to gently pound in the nail. It takes about 10+ taps to get a nail all the way in, but in under a second.
  • How to Tie a Bowline Knot: Video Demonstration
    Always be prepared…

Ceramic Pinhole Camera

Ceramic Pinhole Camera

Check out this awesome ceramic pinhole camera created by Steve Irvine.

“It is made of stoneware, fired to 1,300 degrees C. (2,350 F.) It has a matte black glaze on the inside. Overall, it measures h 22.5 x w 20 x 20.5 cm. on the outside. It’s designed to take a 4 x 5 inch piece of photo paper. The negative holder on the inside is made from three strips of black weather stripping.”

Heres the example shot.

Example Pinhole Shot

Source F295 Via Boing Boing

The Solar Powered Day For Night Dress

Solar Powered Dress

It’s the fashionable solar powered Day For Night dress! It’s made out of interconnected white circuit boards and RGB LEDs, plus its powered by the sun! Here is a closeup view of each of the tiles…

Close Up View of tiles

It looks a bit… scratchy. Anywho, the cool thing is you can program it to display different colors and symbols and anything else you can think of.

Source Via We Make Money Not Art

Oh No No No I’m A Roller Man

Human Skateboard

Now this would be entertaining…

I wonder what the lights above his elbows are for though. Plus if you get bored rolling on your stomach you can roll over on your back!

Theoretically you can find out more on his site, Buggy Rollin, but the site design is an excellent example of why you don’t create your entire website in Flash.

Via Gizoo Via Gizmodo

A Camera Made Of Wood

Olympus Wood Camera

It’s a camera with a crunchy wooden shell and a gooey digital filling! I like the unique look, though I wish the camera looked less like a planchette. Either way it’d be pretty cool to see a larger SLR camera with a wood shell. I wonder how much more this weighs with the wood.

Anywho, Olympus just announced the camera today and they’re tightlipped about a release date.
Source Via Gizmodo

The Leica D-Lux 3 Is Spiffy

The Leica D-Lux 3 has a 28-112 F2.8 Lens on it. It has a nice figure at 4.2 x 2.3 x 1.0 in, with a weight of 7.8 ounces with the li-ion battery.

Personally I love the classic look.. Plus you can operate the shutter speed and every other setting manually. You can also shoot in either JPEG or RAW. If it had an actual viewfinder this thing would be perfect.

No price or release date but it will probably be in the 700 dollar range.
Full specs and info at Leica USA.

The Yahoo Search Engine Is Weird

I am now the top ranked search for Erik Persson on the Yahoo search directory. The only problem is that the top link goes to the Genealogy page family.erikpersson.com. For some reason, which is completely logical to the Yahoo bots, erikpersson.com is still ranked 15th. To add to the amusement, my Flickr account is ranked 13th.

All this data leads me to believe that Search Engine Optimization is just voodoo and random guessing.

Either way this means I’ve managed to place my name at the top of a popular search engine! This calls for revelry and non-alcoholic beverages!

Tags, Categories, and Updates, Oh My!

As you can see the The Journal section has been updated.

The biggest update you’ll find, besides the theme change, is the addition of Tags. You can find these at the bottom of each of my posts and on the sidebar on the right. Now the first question is what are tags? They’re another form of categorization. But don’t I have categories to categorize my posts? Yes but some search engines prefer Tags.

So whats the difference between Categories and Tags? Categories work like a folder structure. How do you classify a Dog? First you figure out if its a mammal, then see if it belongs to the order Carnivora, after that you see if it belongs to family Canidae. If thats all true then you check if it belongs to the genus Canus, whereupon we get to the species C. Lupus which then takes us to our old friend Canis lupus familiaris. Whew, that explanation was long winded and obtuse. Basically categories are straight lines. You also see this type of structure with the filing of documents in meatspace and on your computer. C:\Documents and Settings\Erik\My Documents refers to a folder that is located on the C: Drive within that drive you have the sub-category Documents and Settings, within this Folder we have the User profile Erik, and within that we have the folder My Documents.

Tags, or labels if you use a Google product, on the other hand are descriptive. What kind of dog is it? It’s a big furry red dog with a tennis ball in its mouth and muddy paws. Pretty descriptive, no? If somebody told you to look out for that animal you’d be able to spot it rather quickly. Likewise this article falls under the Tags:

As you can see Tags and Categories have diverse uses in computer technology and in real life. As such both Categorization methods work to make it easier for you to find interesting and meaningful content.