News posts by Ensellitis

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 I use to think I was good at playing those fighting games like Mortal Komabt and Soul Calibur...  Then I find out I can easily get my but kicked by a blind kid...

"Brice Mellen is a whiz at video games such as "Mortal Kombat."  In that regard, the 17-year-old isn't much different from so many others his age.  Except for one thing: He's blind."

This just goes to show you, there really isn't such a thing as disability if you don't want to have one.

Full Story   (From CNN.com)
Posted by Ensellitis @ 8/4/2005 00:20  |    10
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 You spend hours, days, weeks, and even months placing each of those pixels with love and care (Or wildly and hateful ).  Pixel Blocks will now allow you to take that pixelized masterpiece of yours and make it real.  Well, as real as it can get...  You can get up to 20 colors, and even a greyscale kit.  Don't mistake these for Legos, they only come in single pixels, and the can be connected top to bottom, or side to side.

After some investigation, I found the best price for a kit of 200 blocks of one color is the cheapest at their site, and the other kits are cheapest at the Exploratorium Store.  The also have a list of places retailers in the USA/Canada.

Great idea if you want to do some pixel art if your power goes out. 
Posted by Ensellitis @ 8/14/2005 02:10  |    3
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When I log in this morning (to WordPress) I notice alot of feeds about Google Blog Search.  The first thing that comes to mind is that Google is adding another button in their searches (Like the web, feeling lucky, and image), but no, it is a whole new feature from Google.  As if Gmail, Google Talk, Google Maps, Google Desktop, Google Suggest, and the other countless features weren't enough.  I don't see why Google couldn't add this as an extra feature on their search engine, why another BETA release?  Show me one feature that has gone out of BETA.

Other than that, let me tell some of you who haven't heard what it does exactly what it does.  It searches blogs, just blogs, and nothing else.  When Googlebots are crawling over the WWW, it reads your meta data and goes through your RSS and Atom feeds, if it identifies your site as a blog, it indexes the information it finds and puts it into the blog search database.  This is all done from your feed data.  That's it.  Not really an amazing feature, all it really is is a huge aggregator with a search feature.

Posted by Ensellitis @ 9/14/2005 15:09  |    1
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 Jil Lee put 500 empty speech bubbles in the streets and took pictures of what people wrote in.  Some funny stuff.

[ Via Ozone Asylum ]

Posted by Ensellitis @ 9/20/2005 04:13  |    12
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 The first part of this article describes it better then I could:

"Star Wars fans Web hunting for a downloadable game of the sci-fi flick are unknowingly infecting their computers with a worm that gives them rogue Google results authored by hackers.

Detected in the wild last week, the P2Load.A worm lies in wait in the free version of “Knights of the Old Republic II,” and spreads through the peer-to-peer file sharing programs Shareaza and Imesh.

Security experts at Panda Software rate the potential damage of the infection at four stars, the highest level, based on the worm’s two attacking features both enabled through modifying the HOSTS file on a user’s computer."

Two words people...  VIRUS SCAN.

Posted by Ensellitis @ 9/20/2005 04:22  |    1
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From the site:
"Never before have two pieces of bread been simultaneously placed on the ground directly opposite each other on the globe, thus making an Earth Sandwch.  The fact that the Earth has never been a sandwich is probably why things are so f*cked up"

Sounds like a great idea...  Except it seems almost everywhere you try to do it, the other slice would end up a little soggy in the ocean.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 5/20/2006 18:55  |    11
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A man drank 24 beers a day, but he never threw out the cans.  Instead he kept them piled up throughout the house.  After leaving the residence, the house was cleaned by the realtors.  The cans were recycled for 800 dollars, an estimated 70,000 cans: 24 beers a day for 8 years. 

See the full news story here.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 5/20/2006 19:01  |    7
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Alex Toth best known for his work with Iwao Takamoto including Super Friends, Jonny Quest and Space Ghost passed away May 27th, 2006. 

From Wikipedia
"Toth died at his drawing table on May 27, 2006.  The following week, Adult Swim devoted bumps to Toth which simply read "Alex Toth 1928-2006". The words then faded out and the [adult swim] logo was not shown, a style the network only uses when mourning the passing of an important person."
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/1/2006 23:48  |    3
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The gallery of Peter Callesen is amazing.  He takes just 1 sheet of paper, makes a few cuts, and BAM!  Out comes some mind blowing pieces of art.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/2/2006 00:16  |    4
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What is money?  It's just paper and metal, nothing too exciting, right?

Not anymore!  Turn your cash into a snake, spider, or a shirt...  And turn your spare change into a sculpture.

There, now your money is actually worth something.  I want to see someone make a Mario penny sculpture.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/3/2006 03:34  |    3
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From one angle, it looks like there is just some chaotic paint that was slung onto the walls.  But if you look at it JUST right, from the right angle, it makes perfect shapes and designs.

Imagine the time, skill, and patience something like this would take.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/3/2006 13:54  |    5
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You know the saying.  And what is the first thing that springs to mind when you hear that?  That's right, a toilet.

With our members coming from all over the world, then the image of a toilet might appear different then some one on the other side of the globe.

This site brings all of the toilets and places them on one gallery.  Now some one in Canada can see where someone in Australia does thier business, or someone in Japan can see how people in Afganistan go.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/3/2006 13:58  |    3
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Time for a challenge...  Get out those scissors, glue, and tape...  Here are some great sites to get some paper art.

Paper Inside - A site dedicated to "paper models".  They recently posted a camera and even have the GhostBusters car.

PaperCraft
- These are nothing short of amazing.  Owned by Yamaha Motor Company, these are created by engineers.  The have rare animals, motor cycles, and more.

RecorteCole - Some random paper models.

Be warned, paper models are NOT EASY!  I highly recommend you take your time, and use card stock when printing them, as there are alot of small parts, and standard paper is almost to weak.  And be sure to read and follow the directions, and most of all, ENJOY!
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/4/2006 17:16  |    2
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Take a break from pixel pushing, and make yourself some letter art (See what what I did there?  Do you?  It is a play on words, rather clever if you ask me...  We should make a site called letter joint, see, I did it again...  I'm rambling, sorry).

You can actually make it in color, too.  I love ASCII art.  I know this is cheating, but it still looks cool. 
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/6/2006 21:38  |    7
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A nerd can solve a rubiks cube...

A super nerd can do it very very fast...

A enormous super duper (Brian) nerd uses a bunch of them to make a Mona Lisa.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/6/2006 21:43  |    6
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Just as the title says...  People stick things into condoms (Like bacon...  Yum)
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/6/2006 21:47  |    4
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Need some original colors for your pallete?  Try out Color Whore.  It's a collection of some colors users submit.  There are some odd ball ones that would be interesting to use on a piece.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/6/2006 22:07  |    1
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Unless you have been living under a digital rock and being a recluse from public life (Ensellitis), you have heard about Toby.  Incase you haven't, here is the skinny: A man started a website, he had a bunny wabbit, and was going to kill it and eat it...  UNLESS he got enough donations.

To the relief of animal activists, cute animal lovers, vegitarians, and PETA...  Toby has officially been saved.  Bored.com has taken over the site.

Either it was a ploy to get more traffic by Bored.com from the beginning or they really love bunnies.  All I know is no rabbit stew for me.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/7/2006 21:55  |    6
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Have you ever wanted to play tetris on a really, really big screen tv?

Of course not, especially when you can play it on the side of a building.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/7/2006 22:05  |    1
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Not much longer now, until the World Beard and Moustache Championships will be rolling around again.  My money is on Chevalier, he is the stud of the beard.

It is going to be held in Brighton in 2007.  I expect to see you all there!
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/7/2006 22:13  |    1
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It started with one cat looking at a flower.  Then another cat was looking at that last cat, and another cat looking at the cat looking at a cat...  And it went on from there.  Now there are up to over 1,200 cats looking at each other.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/8/2006 14:52  |    1
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"Here boy, come on, come here boy"

"You're not my dog!  You're a lobster"

We've all had it happen one time or another, getting a furry lobster confused with our dog...  I wonder if it is edible, and how good it would be.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/9/2006 09:33  |    8
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Ok you soccer (Or football if you aren't in the USA) freaks, this one is for you...  In Mexico, they know how to decorate.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/12/2006 22:24  |    2
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Forbes.com just releast a list of the best and worst paying jobs in America.

Surgeon is #1 (Duh!), and Fast Food Cook is in dead last, well maybe right after my crummy job... 

How do you compare?
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/12/2006 22:29  |    15
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Volvo, in conjunction with Disney, is sponsoring a world wide treasure hunt for a Volvo XC90. First one to find the vehicle, buried somewhere in the world, gets to keep it! The hunt is publicity for Disney's new Pirates of the Caribbean movie, opening July 7th.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/12/2006 22:34  |    6
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Need to upload and image really quick and then not worry about it?

Introducing the rebirth of Ensellitis.com ImageHosting.  It is the simplest uploader to use.  Just browse for the image (Can only be GIF or PNG, since it is designed specifically for pixel art).  Upload it.  Then 2 links are shown, one is a direct link, and one is BBC code for use on forums.

Once the image is uploaded, that's it, it is stored forever.  You can't edit it or delete it, if you make an edit, just upload the new one.  Best way to prevent those infamous red X's.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/12/2006 22:45  |    6
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If you think about it, LED's are like live versions of pixels.  You can use them to make something, and can do it pixel by pixel (LED by LED).  I have thought about on several occasions about making some simple images using LEDs, but that would take alot.

But I digress...  Hacked Gadgets is great for electronic nerds, like me.  They constantly have cool things people have built, and most of the time, a link to a place that shows you how to do it.  One of the latest posts is the top 5 spinning LED displays.  For those of you who don't know, a spinning display is a group of LEDs that spin, and light up at the right moment to display a picture, text, and sometimes games.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/14/2006 22:15  |    4
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Thanks to someone asking someone on the forum what website they got their ideas from, I set out on a search. I found this, it pulls up some very odd inventions randomly...  Might be good if you want to pixel something very unusual...  Here are a few examples of what came up...

"It's a genetically-modified sheep that squirts clouds of black ink! It cuts through stone as if it were butter and dissolves in water."

"It's a rocket launcher! It has a human brain inside!"
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/15/2006 12:04  |    8
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You all heard about it, Jesus was found on a grilled cheese sandwich, and it sold for an astonishing amount of cash.  Now you can have your own, or a jesus pancake, steak, or whatever -- even a JESUS WAFFLE!
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/28/2006 17:30  |    4
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Internet Explorer 7 - Beta Build 3 has recently been made public.

Internet Explorer 7 (IE7) has introduced a few new features that might lead to a better surfing, and safer searching.  Something once thought impossible with anything with the Microsoft stamp on it.  I will quickly overview some of these features, and as hard as it may be, I will do my best to be unbiased.
Read the full post...

Posted by Ensellitis @ 7/6/2006 08:04  |    19
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Ensellitis recently had a sit down with the ISO and background master, the bug only known as Jalonso, to dissect his brain and see what makes it tick, and boy was it interesting to say the least...
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Posted by Ensellitis @ 8/24/2006 17:34  |    37
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Sure the RAZR looks hot...  Sure those smartphones are like having a computer built into your phone...  But EVERYONE has one now a days...

So what can you do to stand out in the crowd?  Make yourself a bananular phone of course.

Even badgers want one...
Posted by Ensellitis @ 8/26/2006 18:45  |    3
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These guys set the world record for CPU overclock. 

The system had a standard Intel Pentium 4 (3.06Ghz).  After a visit from our good ol friend liquid nitrogen, they got it overclocked to 5.25Ghz, and with a cool core temperature of -196°C (-320.8°F).
Posted by Ensellitis @ 8/26/2006 19:05  |    7
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Today is the 5yr anniversary of 9/11, one of the largest terrorist attacks ever, and the largest to ever hit the USA.  That day, 2,948 were confirmed dead and 24 are still reported missing.  Even though this tragedy happened in the USA, it effected the entire world, whether it be International Policy, trade, or so on.

I am sure everyone knows where they were when this happened, it is one of those times that stick in your mind.

I will be using this time to remember  people whom I knew who perished at the Pentagon; Lt. JG Darin Howard and Sgt Tamara Thurman.

Here is a complete list of all the victims (warning, it may be down from time to time due to heavy traffic today)
Posted by Ensellitis @ 9/11/2006 09:01  |    35
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What would you do with a computer that can run 10,000 programs at the same time without any sign of lag?   What would you put onto a harddrive that can hold the entire Library of Congress, US Patent Office, and all the data at The Smithonian 3 times?

The world's top 500 super computers
can do all that and more.  A few of them are able to simulate an entire universe, or make an near exact model of Earth complete with AI and weather tracking.

You see, computers can still fill an entire room, but it is by choice, and a sweet one at that.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 9/11/2006 09:43  |    7
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After over 40 years of sitting at the bottom of a swamp, a T-34 Soviet tank was found.  Divers located it 9 meters down.  The site is in Russian, but I think the pictures of the removal speak for themselves.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 9/20/2006 00:05  |    16
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Google has found a way to have you help them make their image searching service better and have fun doing it.

You just pick a username (be sure to pick one, that way if you and another PJer get joined together, you can brag about how good you guys are, or find out how dumb someone can be ), then hit start...  It then searches for somebody else who is also waiting.  Once someone is found, the game begins...  You have 90 seconds to guess keywords for the image that your partner has guessed.  Each image is worth 100 points.

I have made it to 1300 points, can anyone do better?  (TIP: guess the obvious first...  If its a picture of some guy, then guess guy/man and so on)
Posted by Ensellitis @ 9/21/2006 14:58  |    12
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Stephen Wiltshire was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3.  He was mute and didn't relate with other people.  However, he is what is called an autistic savant.  It is like a deaf person can see sharper, or a blind person can hear things others can't.  Stephen is able to draw anything he sees, from memory, like the entire city of Rome.

His website has a large gallery of his work, and also some prints/originals for sale.  Some one needs to teach him how to pixel.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 10/2/2006 23:36  |    8
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Many of you use Ensellitis Image Hosting, and since I took it public I have had mainly one request...  The ability to manage your images.  Guess what?  I heard you, and now you can.

Please keep in mind that this is all beta!  Here is a quick rundown of the features:
1.  You can log in and see what you have uploaded
2.  You can delete images you have uploaded
3.  You can choose to have images you upload be public in a gallery
4.  You can give your images descriptions.
5.  Uploaded images are given a encrypted hash at the beginning of the file name (to prevent clashes) but you choose the name that goes after that.
6.  Still 100% free!
7. More features coming soon

Keep in mind that the user area is still beta.  There are a few things that need repaired and styled.  But your user accounts and images will all function fine.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 10/7/2006 01:10  |    13
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I don't think this story needs much more than a quote:

Public Law 109-364, or the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" (H.R.5122) (2), which was signed by the commander in chief on October 17th, 2006, in a private Oval Office ceremony, allows the President to declare a "public emergency" and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder."

Read more about it here...  Hey Canada, still have any vacancy?
Posted by Ensellitis @ 11/2/2006 22:48  |    13
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"An east German pensioner who breeds rabbits the size of dogs has been asked by North Korea to help set up a big bunny farm to alleviate food shortages in the communist country. Now journalists and rabbit gourmets from around the world are thumping at his door."

Full story
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/14/2007 02:49  |    7 | Source
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Yesterday, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved the famed Doomsday Clock ahead, from 7 minutes till midnight, to 5 minutes till midnight.  The reasoning stated was "Board members of the Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists magazine cite nuclear weapons programs in Iran and North Korea, unsecured nuclear materials in Russia and elsewhere and 25,000 nuclear weapons in the United States and Russia, including 2,000 that are ready to launch."

For those who don't know, the Doomsday Clock* is a symbolic clock that was created by the board of directors of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.  Midnight represents destruction via nuclear war.

The clock hasnt been this close to midnight since the late 1980's during the Arms race.  Tick...  Tock...
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/18/2007 05:35  |    18 | Source
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Jeffrey Brett Goodin has been found guilty for running a phishing site that stole people's personal information.

He is the first person in the US to be convicted under the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act (as well as 10 other counts, including wire fraud, misuse of the AOL trademark and attempted witness harassment), and faces a sentence of up to 101 years in federal prison.

Does this mean that we are coming nearer to some form of resolution to the spam epidemic?  Or does this mean scammers are going to find more sophisticated ways of deceiving their victims?

Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/18/2007 05:47  |    13 | Source
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"When you install or download a Yahoo program you are given the option to include several ‘features’ things like a tool bar for internet explorer, links added to your desktop, your bookmarks to other Yahoo portals and services. Some users are complaining that even after opting out of these extras, Yahoo changed their default searching function."

This brings back memories...  I have been a victim of this as well.  After installing the new Y! Messenger, I had icons for Yahoo mail, toolbars, etc., even after choosing NOT to install them.  The good news is that they are hurting Internet Explorer's customer base, since many of these "features" do not work on Firefox and Opera.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/18/2007 05:55  |    5 | Source
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So...  Is that new 500gb hard drive just not doing it for you anymore?  Want something bigger?  How about the possibility of storing thousands, if not millions of gigabytes in the space no bigger than a matchbox or smaller?

Well, scientists are getting closer.  The have found a way to store an entire image onto a single proton, slow it down for storage, then retrieve it again.

From the article: “It sort of sounds impossible, but instead of storing just ones and zeros, we're storing an entire image,” says John Howell, assistant professor of physics and leader of the team that created the device. ”It's analogous to the difference between snapping a picture with a single pixel and doing it with a camera—this is like a 6-megapixel camera.”

As it says in the comments,
Wave-particle duality FTW!

So instead of storing data like they do now, you are basically creating the human mind, in some aspects.  Terminator theorists, begin the preaching.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/22/2007 19:26  |    10 | Source
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What says it better than the actual article?  Let the copy & pasting commence!

"First we begin with something of a history lesson. Back in the early days of the VCR there were two rival formats, VHS and Sony's technically superior Betamax.

Sony didn't want any filth appearing on Betamax, so the adult entertainment industry went with VHS and the rest is history. Betamax may have survived among professional broadcast users, but VHS won the living rooms of average consumers. "

Read the rest...

Take that you conservative congressmen!  Porn does have a say
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/22/2007 19:38  |    7 | Source
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Ah, clean up time is around the corner...  Let's get started early. I am going to need all your guys help, too.  The links are a great part of this community...  However, websites die or move from time to time, leaving behind a URL of a site that someone may want to go to, but can't...

So here is where you come in...  When you have some free time, browse through the links and click all that you can.  When you stumble upon a dead one, click on the comments link, but don't leave a comment!  Copy the url of that link, and sent it to me via PM.

To show my appreciation, anyone who sends me a dead link will receive a nice little award and some points.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/27/2007 05:12  |    4
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YouTube has announced plans to start paying users for submitting original movies. 

"We are getting an audience large enough where we have an opportunity to support creativity, to foster creativity through sharing revenue with our users," Hurley said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "So in the coming months, we are going to be opening that up."

No price has been set, yet.  But perhaps this is the chance for some quick money if you are crafty with your camera.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/29/2007 17:28  |    10 | Source
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Unless you lived in a cave pixeling with charcoal and eating bugs, you know there has been a lot of talk about Microsoft's latest operating system, Vista.

But, has Microsoft realized they aren't the power house that they once were?  The "Release party" was almost a complete failure.  Back during the release of Windows 95, the empire state building in New York City changed many of their lights to make the Windows logo in the logo's colors... 

However, this release, there was no huge party...    In Manhattan, NY, CompUSA was planning on staying open until 2am after the midnight release of Vista, most of the customers, all 100 of them, were gone by 12:40am (Source).

And now, combined with the news of 90% of games possibly not working on Vista, and the European Commission planning on filing anti-trust charges, has Microsoft built its own coffin? 

I will be doing a review of Vista the beginning of next week and see if it is really worth the upgrade.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/31/2007 05:31  |    19
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So here we go...  The good, then bad, and the ugly on Microsoft Windows Vista.  This is by no means an extremely in depth review, if you want one of those, go to CNET

Read the full post...

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/1/2007 06:46  |    19
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Miracles You'll See in the Next 50 years...  Written in 1950.  This is a really fun read.  They take the point of view of the Dobsons, a family living in Tottenville in the year 2000.

"Tottenville is illuminated by electric “suns” suspended from arms on steel towers 200 feet high. There are also lamps which are just as bright and varicolored as those that now dazzle us on every Main Street."

"By 2000, supersonic planes cover a thousand miles an hour, but the consumption of fuel is such that high fares have to be charged. In one of these supersonic planes the Atlantic is crossed in three hours. Nobody has yet circumnavigated the moon in a rocket space ship, but the idea is not laughed down."

It never fails to make me giggle a little when I read old articles like this from so long ago.  Their expectations were so high.  We did come far, and some of their old ideas have been far out done, and some we laugh at now.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/2/2007 06:00  |    6
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"The "extremely critical" Excel vulnerabilities are found in Microsoft Office 2000, Office 2003 and Office XP, as well as in Office 2004 for computers running Apple's Mac OS, according to a separate advisory from security company Secunia.

Attackers are sending e-mails with malicious Excel attachments and are hosting Web sites that house Office files that attempt to take advantage of the security flaws, according to Microsoft. Once an attacker exploits the vulnerabilities, they can gain control of a person's system remotely."

This effects EVERYONE with Excel, even Macs...  Be sure to check the security advisory from Microsoft and get all needed updates!

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/5/2007 08:57  |    6 | Source
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I am sure you all have heard about this already, but for those of you who have not...  I present to you, from the United States grand space program...

"A married U.S. astronaut was accused on Tuesday of trying to kidnap and kill a rival for the affections of a male astronaut after she drove 950 miles

wearing adult diapers to confront the woman.


Nowak was initially arrested on attempted kidnapping charges on Monday in Orlando after assaulting Colleen Shipman, a U.S. Air Force captain, police said."

Take that Ruskies...  You may have gotten into space first, but we were the first to put a diaper wearing  psycho behind the wheel of a  1.7 billion dollar space shuttle.

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/6/2007 15:51  |    19 | Source
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I don't (or didn't) really like her at all...  I found her very annoying, so I better let the article speak, or I may something rude about the bitc...  Er, on with the news...

"Anna Nicole Smith, the pneumatic blonde whose life played out as an extraordinary tabloid tale -- Playboy centerfold, jeans model, bride of an octogenarian oil tycoon, reality-show subject, tragic mother -- died Thursday after collapsing at a hotel. She was 39.

She was stricken while staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and was rushed to a hospital. Edwina Johnson, chief investigator for the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office, said the cause of death was under investigation and an autopsy would be done on Friday."
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/8/2007 16:19  |    18 | Source
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"Canstruction is an international charity of the design and construction industry created by the Society for Design Administration.  Architects and Engineers in cities across the country compete in a design-build competition to create giant works of sculptural art, made entirely out of canned and packaged foods.  Canstruction provides the opportunity for the design industry to become involved in a pressing social issue, while their creativity involves them in a national competition that brings recognition, offers team bonding opportunities, and instills a sense of pride knowing one can really make a difference."

The low down:  they make cool sh*t out of cans...
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/11/2007 11:20  |    1 | Source
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You all know who he is…  Fool. He recently killed the monthly top by getting 5 out of 10 trophies, and will probably make a killing again for last month.  He is a master at animating, and in his short year of pixeling, has become a legend of sorts.



He is 43, and was born in Moscow, Russia.  He moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1990, where he is currently working as a violin maker/luthier.

I recently had a chance to interview him, and I jumped at the opportunity.

Read the full post...

Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/11/2007 12:50  |    42
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He takes old 2d sprites, then transforms them into 3d images... 

Some are kick ass, some are ok, and there are a few that I don't like one bit...  Overall, very cool, imo.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/17/2007 14:32  |    9
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The original Land of Broken Dreams, LoBD, was born May 23, 1992.   It was one of the oldest community sites on the internet. However in 2004, due to unpreventable circumstances, the site had to be closed.
 
As of today, the site is being released to public once again after 5 months none-stop coding by ensellitis, and staffed by some of your fellow pixelers.

The purpose of LoBD is to connect creative minds, in a friendly and fun community.  Share your poems, thoughts, interact in the forums, or just meet a few new friends.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 2/28/2007 21:28  |    5
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The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for February 2007. Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.


#1 Pixel Arthow appropriate, you fight like a cow! by tomic
#2 Pixel ArtScottfro's Treehouse by jalonso
#3 Pixel Artforest area by Scruffs
#4 Pixel ArtBug Demon by buloght
#5 Pixel ArtKamaleon Collaboration by [thUg]
#6 Pixel ArtKITTY EMPIRE by Helm
#7 Pixel ArtResting Place by buloght
#8 Pixel ArtStreet Fighter-style Self-portrait by ben2theedge
#9 Pixel ArtDer Boss und der kleine Scheisskerl by schrumpfkopf
#10 Pixel ArtaDDD by jalonso
Posted by Ensellitis @ 3/16/2007 05:10  |    10
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Since joining Pixeljoint on March 26, 2006 Buloght (Ghengis Pixel) has provided us with some of the best eye candy and technically exceptional pixels. A very private and shy person Buloght recently answered some questions about his pixelart, thoughts and even some personal stuff.
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Posted by Ensellitis @ 4/4/2007 20:21  |    19
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Recently, there has been some “confusion” as to what pixel art is here, and what is and isn’t allowed to be submitted into the gallery.  Furthermore, once and for all, the staff are going to define what pixel art is defined as here on Pixel Joint.  Other sites and even within our community definitions do vary. Because it leads to confusion and because the pixelart artform is what we all should be focused on as a community, we will begin being slightly stricter than we have been in the past.
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Posted by Ensellitis @ 5/17/2007 17:16  |    50
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Looking to give back to PJ a little bit?  Here is your chance.  I am assembling a team, a "PJ mod squad" if you will...

I need 3 individuals to help in investigations of questionable pixel art.  You will track down sources of suspected rips, color reductions, and non pixel art.
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Posted by Ensellitis @ 5/27/2007 09:16  |    36
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Beauty is about more than being skinny, having perfect skin and hair, ripped muscles or big breasts, more than being new, shiny and perfectly formed. Portray a person or object from every day life that does not conform to classic standards of beauty, but in a beautiful way.
  • 32 colours max
  • Transparency & animation optional
  • NO canvas restriction
The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 5/28/2007 00:20  |    14
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"A cognitive bias is something that our minds commonly do to distort our own view of reality. Here are the 26 most studied and widely accepted cognitive biases.

Oh and, by the way, you’ll never be able to truly gauge any of the biases you might be operating under since it’s not possible to accurately observe a system you’re part of. Now, get out there and delude yourself!"

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Posted by Ensellitis @ 5/29/2007 07:40  |    8
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Pleo is an authentic Life Form. Treat him gently like any other living thing. Pleo will let you know how he feels at any moment. That's because he is capable of actual emotions including joy, aggression, sorrow, and fear. He can also yawn, sigh, sniff, sniffle, snore, cough, hiccup, and sneeze.

A pet that doesn't poop on your floor.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 6/2/2007 13:23  |    13
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In the attempt to bring pixel art out of the dumpster at deviantArt, Shonegold and I have been burning the midnight oil (well, not at the same time since we are on opposite sides of the earth).  Many ideas have been coming up, and Shonegold has come up with a winner...

Starting now, any person who wins the weekly competition here at PJ, will also recieve a Daily Deviation IF they have a dA account and submit their piece.

Day by day, dA is starting to get back into the Pixel Art game...
Posted by Ensellitis @ 8/4/2007 06:01  |    24
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The following pixel artists produced Pixel Joint's top rated pixel art for October 2007. Many thanks go out to this month's top pixel artists and all the members who took time to rate.


#1 Pixel ArtAdventure Background: Graveyard by buloght
#2 Pixel ArtCan't touch this by Fool
#3 Pixel ArtRoadkill market by Fool
#4 Pixel ArtMonks can fly too! by The B.O.B.
#5 Pixel ArtParenting by Fool
#6 Pixel ArtPixelween 2007 : Symphony of mass destruction by dakael
#7 Pixel ArtAerodynamic by Fool
#8 Pixel ArtTroll Titan wants to fight with the Corinthians too! by Helm
#9 Pixel ArtThe Queen of Hearts by MashPotato
#10 Pixel ArtWoodoo by Fool
Posted by Ensellitis @ 11/17/2007 06:59  |    30
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It's time to head on over to the forum and vote for the latest pixel art challenge: Pixel Textiles.

VOTE NOW!
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/7/2008 00:03  |    2
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The Clean your Hard Drive pixel art challenge is complete and we have three new champions. This week's challenge awards go to the following pieces:

Skaven Winter Scout by MashPotato
Mockup - Hamma' Time Circus by Bisque
Fauxminvores by surt


Thanks so much to all who took the time to vote and participate in the challenge! Check out the Clean your Hard Drive forum thread for more information.
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Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/7/2008 00:04  |    4
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From iSTVAN comes this great challenge. Pixel a 2D mock up for an existing 3D video game of your choice.

  1. Must be a real 3D game, not just a made up one. (Ref link in description)
  2. The main character and at least one enemy/opponent must be featured.
  3. 3D game can be from any genre (eg. FPS, Racing, RPG etc).
  4. Canvas Size: 180x120 OR 360x240 horizontal.
  5. Colour restrictions: 32
  6. No transparency
  7. Animations not allowed.


The challenge thread will have all the challenge updates. The thread is also a great place to post your WIPs.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/7/2008 00:08  |    36
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Ok people, I am getting VERY sick of repeating myself.  So I am making a post, and this is EVERYONE's one and only warning.

DO NOT post the link changing URL.  Period.  It is not funny, it is not a prank...  It is immature and idiotic.

This is not debatable.  If you post it, you will be suspended from Pixel Joint.
Posted by Ensellitis @ 1/31/2008 15:03  |    68
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This semi-regular feature will be focusing on some of the stupidest news stories on our wonderful planet.  All these stories are true and the people are as real as they are stupid.

VANCOUVER, Wash. - A man led police on a very slow-speed chase, refusing to stop while riding a lawn mower at about 3 mph across a busy street and steering it toward an officer before he was grabbed and arrested, a police report says.
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