Monday, September 22, 2008
Activision has released a 3D screenshot of Call of Duty: World at War, and it’s looking hot.
The 3D screens gives us a good look at the game’s flamethrower, allowing you to rotate 360 degrees around the scene of an allied soldier setting a bunker alight.
Click here to download a hi-res version, but make sure that you’ve got QuickTime installed first.
Call of Duty: World at War is the latest title in the long line of the esteemed franchise, taking the series back to its WWII roots. The game launches across Europe on November 14th on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, DS and PS2, and if you haven’t yet checked out the latest trailer, you really should.
Posted by gjblass at 5:05 PM
The Rolling Bridge, located on the Paddington Basin in London, was created by Thomas Heatherwick. It is twelve meters long and opens every Friday at noon.
Rather than a conventional opening bridge mechanism, consisting of a single rigid element that lifts to let boats pass, the Rolling Bridge gets out of the way by curling up until its two ends touch.
[images via flickr]
The Rolling Bridge Video
Posted by gjblass at 4:55 PM
A round-up of some truly revealing and inspiring macro photographs which are sure to have you marveling at the world around you. You may check out the links at the bottom of this post for further resources on the subject of macro photography.
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Posted by gjblass at 4:49 PM
In our day and age of automotive downsizing (Smart car is all you really need) these atrocious exercises in overblown style and scale remain popular, mostly because you don't have to own one of these yourself.
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Posted by gjblass at 4:12 PM
This is a road in Lancaster Ca. that makes music when you drive over it. It was created for a commercial and they designed harmonics in the asphalt to create the music when driven over. Apparently other countries have been doing it for awhile. Unfortunately people complianed and it is being removed. Their probably the same ones who complain about the jets flying through the valley.
Posted by gjblass at 3:59 PM
Kashmir is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It's the northernmost part of the Indian subcontinent. Besides being popular for tourism Kashmir is well- known for its rich and unique cultural heritage that notably includes fantastic cuisine, handicrafts, and more.
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NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Oil prices jumped more than $20 a barrel Monday in biggest dollar jump ever as the dollar falls following the government's $700 billion Wall Street bailout plan.
Oil surged $22.46 to $127.01 a barrel, after reaching as high as $128.55 - a $24 gain - at these levels it will be oil's biggest gain ever in dollar terms.
The rally reached a fevered pitch as the session neared its close, partly due to the fact that Monday is the last day of trading in the October oil futures contract, which typically results in volatile trading.
As of Tuesday, the front-month contract will be November. That contract showed prices up $6.44 to $109.19 a barrel.
"The biggest news is that people are looking at the $700 billion plan as supportive of demand, supportive of the economy," said Peter Beutel. "Everything we are looking at right now says demand has a chance to come back if the economy starts to strengthen."
In addition, a handful of supply disruptions jolted the oil market's late-afternoon rally. Refinery capacity in the Gulf Coast was still limited post- Hurricane Ike, violence in oil-rich Nigeria, and chatter of Saudi Arabia trimming production added fire to the rally, according to Andrew Lebow, a broker at MF Global.
As the price of oil is whipsawed by demand worries, Wall Street's flailing crisis, investors are having a hard time grasping oil's next move. "Traders are trying to catch knives people are throwing from the top of buildings," said Lebow.
Electronic trading of oil was halted for five minutes on Globex this afternoon following the $10 spike in oil, but trading has now resumed.
Fed bailout: On Saturday, President Bush asked Congress for the permission to spend as much as $700 billion to purchase bad mortgage assets from already struggling financial institutions in an effort to shore up further losses as the credit crisis works its way through Wall Street.
The details of the government's attempt to prop up the financial sector were still being negotiated, but the plan aims to stem any further losses on Wall Street and resume a flow of credit that has become frozen.
Oil prices had been trending lower on worries that demand was faltering but those concerns seem to be abating, according to one analyst.
"The fear has waned as far as the demand destruction" in the wake of the bailout news, said Neal Dingmann, senior energy analyst at Dahlman Rose. "The bailout has really stabilized this market."
The government plan "has put in some support levels in there," at least temporarily, said Dingmann. If the economy has a chance to recover, then the oil market hopes demand for energy would recover as well.
Weaker dollar: The Fed bailout "comes at a cost, the weaker dollar," said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at Alaron Trading. Investors "will look to other currencies to park their money until this entire situation is defined."
The money that the government was planning on spending as part of the proposal "is very debasing to the value of the currency," said James Cordier, portfolio manager of OptionSellers.com.
Crude oil prices were rising as the value of the dollar fell, according to both Flynn and Cordier. Crude oil is traded in U.S. currency around the globe, so as the dollar weakens, oil becomes more expensive in dollar terms.
The plan "sounds very inflationary at first blush," said Cordier, and "it will be detrimental to the dollar while people sift through the intricacies of the bailout."
However, while the surge of liquidity would devalue the dollar in the short-term, if the money for the bailout were "approved and spent, then we think the dollar would firm up," said Cordier, as the bailout money helped restore confidence to the U.S. economy.
Demand: As the nation's economy softened and demand for energy fell off, oil prices have retreated from a record high of $147.27 a barrel, set on July 11. Oil prices have tended to decrease on signs of continued weakness for the economy and rally on signs of economic recovery.
The promise of increased liquidity in the nation's economy was supporting oil prices. "When the market was concerned that the economy was going to collapse, if nobody is lending anybody any money and there is no credit, there is not going to be a lot of energy demand," explained Flynn.
While the promise of the Fed's lifeline to the financial sector may prop up oil prices in the short term, Flynn and Cordier said oil prices were on a downward trend in the longer term.
"We have seen that these high prices are unsustainable," said Flynn. "People are going to be a lot more judicious with their energy use."
Analysts said the bailout plan provided much-needed confidence at a critical moment, preventing crude oil prices from sliding even further. However, "this knee-jerk reaction in commodities due to the U.S. dollar is short termed," said Cordier.
"Demand for energy in the U.S. continues to be weak; globally, demand is weak, too," said Cordier.
Wild week, big moves: As Wall Street was heaved around last week in a series of unprecedented shifts, so were oil prices. After Lehman Brothers (LEH, Fortune 500) announced bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch (MER, Fortune 500) agreed to be purchased by Bank of America (BAC, Fortune 500) and American International Group (AIG, Fortune 500) was resuscitated by a $85 billion loan from the government, oil prices decreased by more than $10.
However, by Friday, oil prices gained back all of those losses and then some on speculation that the government's proposed bailout plan for Wall Street would support the economy and bring demand for energy back to healthy levels.
On Sunday, federal regulators changed the status of Goldman Sachs (GS, Fortune 500) and Morgan Stanley (MS, Fortune 500) to bank holding companies, a move that opens the banks up to greater involvement in retail banking and more funding from the Federal Reserve. The re-classification also means the investment firms will be under the Federal Reserve's supervision.
Hurricanes: The Gulf Coast was still working to get back to full operation after hurricanes Gustav and Ike slammed the production and refinery-rich region.According to the most recent situation report from the Department of Energy, 89.2% of production in the region remained shut in and 75.4% of natural gas production was still shuttered. With 9 refineries in Texas still shut down, nearly 2.3 million barrels per day less oil have been processed in the region, according to the DOE.
Posted by Chismillionaire at 2:59 PM
— Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S.A. --
With two rainbows framing the Launch Complex 39 area in the early morning at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on 20 September 2008, NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis (foreground) sits on pad A and NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour (upper left) on pad B. Photographer: Troy Cryder, NASA
Posted by gjblass at 2:26 PM
To skaters of a certain age, fingerboards (miniature plastic skateboards originally marketed as keychains) evoke memories of countless hours spent doing boardslides on schoolbooks and executing ollies five times the length of the board. Now Illusion Labs has introduced a new iPhone game called Touch Grind that improves on the concept for the digital age.
Available next month from the iPhone App Store (price TBA), Touch Grind takes old-fashioned fingerboarding to the next level. Whereas version 19.89 was predicated on the stickiness of fingersweat to perform tricks, the Touch Grind deck relies on finger gestures, allowing players to do flip tricks that were impossible with the 20th Century version. Check out a video of the game below.
Posted by gjblass at 2:02 PM
I found this interesting, because in last year American Inventor Show, the judges, booed this device off the show...a year later look....
Whether you play air guitar in your garage band or you like to spazz out on make-believe drums every now and again, the imaginary performance is nothing new. But get ready for a new level of realism with Kool Keyz, a toy that puts musical notes at the tip of your fingers without using an actual instrument.
In the standard key of “C,” each finger plays a note in the scale (A-F), with sounds that mimic the piano, violin or guitar. The audio output is amplified through a tiny speaker that clips onto your belt, charging through a computer’s USB port. Kool Keyz drops on October 17th for $69.99. Watch a video demo below.
Posted by gjblass at 2:00 PM
After leaving everyone a little confused with the Seinfeld portion of their Crispin Porter + Bogusky helmed ad campaign, Microsoft aired the second installment last night. The new commercial, titled “I’m a PC,” goes straight at Apple’s “Mac vs.PC” ads with a bunch of people (including Pharrell) claiming that they’re PCs, implying that they’re not actually lames like Apple says they are. While these new ads are better than the first bunch, we’re still kinda confused.
We thought these ads were supposed to tell people why Window’s isn’t wack, but they don’t even mention Microsoft or Windows, let alone any of its features. WTF? Who cares if astronauts and animal trainers use it? You’re supposed to be telling the people who want to look cool with a Macbook why they should stick with Microsoft. Now, before we get ahead of ourselves, Microsoft still has the computergame on lock with a damn near 90% market share, but they got problems. Maybe they should focus on them instead of making commercials. We got some suggestions on how they can step up…
1. MERGE THE XBOX AND WINDOWS TEAMS
Ask anyone under the age of 40 what the best Microsoft product is, and they’ll probably tell you Xbox 360. Besides the dreaded Red Ring of Death, everything about the 360 is dope. It has the best game selection, powerful hardware and, most importantly, the best software available on any console. Playing online with friends on PS3 is straight up painful, while Xbox Live makes it effortless and it looks great. Two things that are seldom said about Windows.
2. BE MORE PROACTIVE
For a company as large and rich as Microsoft, you would think they’d be a beacon of innovation. But most of their consumer products seem to be answers to products that are already successful, like the Zune and Windows Live. Now the Zune and Windows Live aren’t bad products, they’re actually pretty damn good. But it’s hard to stand out when you’re #2. They need to take more risks with their products, bring in some innovators and stop trying to create things to destroy popular products.
3. FIRE STEVE BALLMER
Besides their slick, attractive, innovative products, there’s one reason Apple is able to stay on top and his name is Steve Jobs. People only hear or see Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer when he’s pissed off and ranting about one of their competitors. No one wants to buy products from him. Microsoft needs a charismatic figurehead that people actually like to peddle their products to the masses. A good salesman can sell anything, no matter how wack. Just ask Diddy.
4. FOCUS AND SIMPLIFY
When they launched Windows Vista, they launched FOUR different versions! When your average user walks into the computer store, they just want to pick up Windows and keep it moving. If they get confused at all, that’s a problem. And when it comes to Windows, people have been very confused. They need to trim the fat and focus on doing a couple things really well.
5. OPEN MICROSOFT RETAIL STORES
Microsoft seems to think that their main problem is one of perception. That people only think Windows sucks because Apple and a lot of the media has said it sucks. And they’re kinda right. If they want to really change people’s perception of Windows and all things Microsoft, they need to let people experience it first hand, on their terms. They need a Microsoft retail store. The only time people experience their products is when they go to Best Buy or some other store where they speak to poorly-trained sales people. If Microsoft had their own store, they’d be able to give people the entire Microsoft experience. Whatever that may be.
Posted by gjblass at 1:56 PM
The Wii, when used well, is still unique amongst the current generation of consoles to immerse gamers in games in new and interesting ways. Video games, also, are powerful in the way that they can appeal to all… well, most of… our senses; sight, touch, sound, even taste back in the old days.
But of all the human senses, there’s one that games have long neglected to accommodate.
Chinese hardware developers AreusTech have invented a rather original accessory for the Wii, the uniquely named “Smells like Wii Spirit”, which is capable of emitting unique scents depending on the games you’re playing.
Super Mario Galaxy: Sweet, aromatic, flowery
Wii Sports / Wii Fit: The pleasant aroma of sweat
Tiger Woods: freshly mowed grass
No word yet on where in the world this product will be distributed to. Don’t worry though, you’ll know. You’ll smell it coming a mile off.
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Yes, the prequel trilogy and The Clone Wars movie may have disappointed hardcore Star Wars fans to the point where only The Force Unleashed can possibly redeem George Lucas in the eyes of his once-faithful audience, but that's not to say that they're disillusioned with Star Wars itself. In fact, they love it so much that they're making their own versions, and like their fallen hero, they've become disillusioned with real actors to the point where they've replaced them... with Lego. The results are as scrappy, irreverent and filled with adoration for their source as the original Star Wars was for its predecessors... if a little less likely to make their creators vast sums of money.
Posted by gjblass at 1:45 PM
Scientists relaunch a 1930 invention that uses no electricity and would reduce greenhouse gases
Posted by gjblass at 12:58 PM