ANIMAL KINGDOM, Fla.--And so it begins.
For the third year in a row, I've set out for a lengthy journey through one of the United States' major geographic regions. It's time for Road Trip 2008, several thousand miles of traveling the American South.
And since I've started this trip in Orlando, there's only one way to really begin: total immersion in Disney World.
That's why at about 9 p.m. Sunday--after checking into my hotel and getting situated, I jumped … Read more
Did Fido eat another iPod? Unless they can burp MP3s, dogs that chew, drool on, or even consume expensive electronics could face a worse punishment than a rolled-up newspaper to the nose.
Kathy Santo, a dog behaviorist who makes organic, dog-related products through her Everyday Pets line, wants to prevent people from getting rid of their pooches due to gadget disasters or shelling out hundreds to replace their chewed up devices.
She alerted us to an updated version of "Don't Chew Dare," a solution meant to ward off dogs with its bitter taste. The all-natural product contains … Read more
The list of what the application can do is extensive and exhaustive. It can handle real-time image processing with node-based effects; edit DV, SD, HD and film; do real-time 3D compositing and Flash animation; OpenGL-based paint; and it has a text module. There are also modules for color correction, keying, and tracking, and an array of media support. It comes with JahPlayer, a media player that claims to work with &… Read more
If you've ever thought about making professional-quality animations but decided not to because of the cost of the software, your excuse just got up and walked out the door. For Windows, Mac, and Linux, Blender is a free, open-source 3D rendering program that puts the power of the medium back into the hands of the artist.
Blender features a laundry list of animation essentials that can be broken down into categories: Interface, Modeling, Rigging, Rendering, Animation, UV Unwrapping, Shading, Physics and Particles, Imaging and Compositing, and Real Time 3D/Game Creation. The interface, though loaded with complicated tools, is … Read more
If you like your news straight up, just the facts, gray lady style, skip this story. MSNBC is launching some new toys for its news service that let you scan headlines in creative (and goofy) ways, and even play games with them. They're all part of the MSNBC NewsWare service.
Spectra is the service's new headline viewer. You select the categories you want to see, and it throws them up in an orbiting view for you. Each category has a color associated with it, which presumably gives you some subliminal clue as to where each headline fits in … Read more
Google SketchUp landed with a big splash last year, but it's not the only freeware option for budding 3D designers. From the makers of the popular scene-rendering program Bryce comes DAZ Studio for Windows and Mac, a powerful freeware 3D modeling and CAD program that looks great, but is a resource hog and can be sluggish for the average user.
The publisher recommends at least 256MB of RAM, but I found that to be wishful thinking at best. The program runs choppily on anything less than 1GB, although some of the more complex rendering was processed more slowly than … Read more
The men of the 404 go the distance with Frank Warren, compiler of Post Secret, one of the coolest sites on the Internet. We talk about the project, how it started, most common secrets, and even infidelity. Yes, we said it.
Plus, if you still want to win an edition of Weird USA, send us your best animal-human hybrids of the 404 hosts, Randall, Jeff, and Wilson. Free invitations are available to A.viary, if you click on the link from the 404 page.Listen now: Download today's podcast
UPDATE: NASA Etsy contest story here.
A.viary.com co-founder Michael Galpert joins us to talk about Adobe's latest online foray into a bad version of Photoshop (on the Web!). Plus a transgendered male is pregnant, and we start a contest (on a completely unrelated note) to create human-animal hybrids. If you want to win the board game Weird USA or just for the Hell of it, send us photos of the 404 host or just some guys as animal hybrids. Listen now: Download today's podcast
Back in the old days (like 2007), the marketing strategy for new albums included a prerelease "rolling thunder" PR campaign. First came a single, followed shortly by the video.
Then a few chosen reviewers would get early copies with "NOT FOR RESALE" imprinted across the front, allowing them to have their reviews ready slightly before or on the release date. Retail outlets would receive promotional matter, like cardboard cutouts of the band standing in front of the album cover. A few warm-up shows would feature songs from the record. Meanwhile, somebody--a reviewer, a disgruntled record … Read more