A Robotic Jurassic Park Coming to Dubai

Can you say - trip to Dubai? I can.

When it comes to Dubai and attracting wealthy tourists, the word "restraint" is seldom used. Perhaps that is why it is not surprising that the locals are building a $1 billion theme park that will feature over 100 animatronic dinosaurs of 40 different species. Dubbed "Restless Planet," the park will attempt to provide an educational experience amid all of the Vegas-style spectacle. This will be done using history themed rides and robots/habitats that represent an accurate portrayal (based on current knowledge) of what life was like millions of years ago.

Via Gizmodo


Crixa GUI - Mark Kern's First Company

Crixa GUI
Originally uploaded by Dave Seah.

Way back when I did some game testing and had a bunch of fun at a game company in Cambridge, MA called Qualia. I've told lots of people about Crixa - a game that would have been published by Blizzard but never had pictures. Now this is long ago - back in 1996 - at the time I was doing Toy Design at HandsOnToys - I used to bring over toys I was working on and we also used to just play games and build stuff. Very cool to see David Seah has put up these pictures and referenced Alen Yen - another uber talent.


Pixelection - The Pixel Election for 2008

I'm proud to say that Pixelection - The Pixel Election for 2008 is live. 2008 is going to be the year for US politics, and with the race to the white house - I really wanted to do something different. So join PixelRed and PixelBlue for Pixelection 2008!

Pixelection - The Pixel Election for 2008


Atari 2600 celebrates its 30th anniversary

Atari 2600 celebrates its 30th anniversary :: Gizmos for Geeks:

Yes, they were simple games, relatively speaking of course, but oh so much fun. Think about it - one of the most popular video games ever, Tetris, wasn’t exactly the epitome of complexity. The Atari 2600 was the first video game console that found its way into millions of home and made Atari one of the fastest growing and largest companies in the world in no time flat. So much has happened in the video gaming industry in 30 years, and yet interest in Atari remains, perhaps even grows. There are Atari fan clubs, and even 3rd party products being made for their various products. Of course, the Atari brand name carries on, having traded hands a few times.


The Darjeeling Limited

I'd give anything to see this movie this weekend.

The Darjeeling Limited - Movie - Review - New York Times:

To call “The Darjeeling Limited” precious is less a critical judgment than a simple statement of fact, equivalent to saying that the movie is in color, that it’s set in India or that it’s 91 minutes long. It’s synonymous with saying the movie was directed by Wes Anderson. By now — “The Darjeeling Limited” is his fifth feature film — Mr. Anderson’s methods and preoccupations are as familiar as the arguments for and against them. (See an essay in the current issue of The Atlantic Monthly for the prosecution and a profile in this week’s New York magazine for the defense.) His frames are, once again, stuffed with carefully placed curiosities, both human and inanimate; his story wanders from whimsy to melancholy; his taste in music, clothes, cars and accessories remains eccentric and impeccable.


Kawasaki W650 - My New Bike

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

Should be here next week. Looks like a Triumph Bonneville - it's a 2000 and only 700 were imported into the US.


King Richard's Fair

Will we go this year? Zbutton

Estes Astrovision Digital Video Rocket

OhGizmo! » Archive » Estes Astrovision Digital Video Rocket:

As a kid I was really into building and launching model rockets and I can remember always being tempted by a particular Estes model that included a camera for taking high-altitude photos. Unfortunately the camera used actual film and the thought of having to wait for the prints to be developed was usually enough to make me lose interest. (It doesn’t take much.)


Ewan Chills at the Art Beat Festival in Somerville, MA

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

Anya at the Zoo

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

Black Cotton Swabs

I love cleaning out my dirty ears. Hmmm...maybe if I try black I won't go back?

Black Cotton Swabs | productdose.com:

The reasoning behind these black swabs from Japan is that earwax is more visible against the black. I'm sure earwax stands out more on these but the white of traditional cotton swabs makes guck more visible BEFORE you stick it in your ear. I suppose there are two types of people in this world, those who like taking dirty things out of their orifices and those who like inserting dirty things in. Depending on my mood, which way I swing shifts with the wind.


Chilli Garden - Chili Noodle Paradise

Having just had the most amazing chili wontons, noodles, and also pork ribs in this amazing broth - I can safely say my taste-buds and my soul have never had such amazing flavors pulsing throughout them. Go to Chilli Garden now. GO!!!!

Sichuan has been known as the land of plenty since ancient times. It produces abundant domestic animals, poultry, and freshwater fish and crayfish. Sichuan cuisine is well known for cooking fish. The raw materials are delicacies from land and river, edible wild herbs, and the meat of domestic animals and birds. Beef is more common in Sichuan cuisine than it is in other Chinese cuisines, perhaps due to the widespread use of oxen in the region. Stir-fried beef is often cooked until chewy, while steamed beef is sometimes coated with rice flour to produce rich gravy.

At Chilli Garden


Glaring omissions from the Harry Potter Universe

Geekfoolery » Archive » Glaring omissions from the Harry Potter Universe:

The seventh and final Harry Potter book comes out midnight on Friday, an event long awaited by the two geeklings in the house. We’re going to be there at the stroke of midnight as the book goes on sale at the local Borders, and rest of the weekend will be devoted to frantic page-turning, no doubt.


Long Way Down

Ewan and Charlie head out on another long motorcycle adventure from Scotland to South Africa.

At Long Way Down

Rob Zombie's Halloween

Great trailer...and I'm sure I'll be seeing this with Denis in order to not hide my face and plug my ears the entire time we view it in Somerville at 10pm sometime this Fall.

MySpaceTV: Rob Zombie's Halloween by Chris:

Masters of Science Fiction to air starting August 4th

Sci-Fi Storm | Masters of Science Fiction to air starting August 4th; press release:

The first of four episodes of Masters of Science Fiction will air on August 4th at 10pm on ABC, with the first episode being "A Clean Escape", based on a short story by Nebula winner John Kessel, adapted by Sam Egan (The Outer Limits, Jeremiah) and directed by Mark Rydell (On Golden Pond), and stars Emmy winners Judy Davis and Sam Waterston. Three more stories with similarly top-shelf names will air in the weeks that follow. Read More for the full press release.

East Asia Review at Boston.com

Having eaten here or gotten take out over 75+ times - East Asia is amazing chinese food. There is also another amazing restaurant next door - Tu Y Yo.

Boston Restaurants - restaurant reviews and dining recommendations - Boston.com:

Catch Kathy Leng on the right night at East Asia, and you can witness her transformation into a fine-tuned dumpling-making machine. Wrappers are stacked high. A huge bowl of filling is set at the ready. Then, one by one, she swiftly fills, folds, and pinches shut, oh, about a few hundred doughy bundles of joy -- all within view of her awed customers (and the two very fat, big-eyed goldfish that live in the restaurant's fish tank).



Rolling Brownouts in Boston Area

Last night we experienced a Brownout due to the extended heat and overuse of the power grid here in the Boston area. I first noticed in the afternoon the AC in our office pump was working really weirdly and would "cycle hard" like it was on reduced voltage.

The next sign I got that a brownout was occuring is when I tried to turn on our TV - hooked to a small Conext Battery Backup surge protector - because a brownout causes cycling with low voltage, it freaks out most lower end UPS systems. The battery backup said it had been in surge and overuse of the battery strip - both incorrect - but it's because it couldn't keep a charge.

Off-line UPS units (the vast majority of lower cost units) continuously cycle between power line and internal battery operation. UPS batteries (generally sized to provide only 5 - 10 minutes back-up) will soon be discharged, unable to generate additional Back Up power.

We decided to turn off all non-essential equipment and AC units until bed time, but it didn't make much difference, in the end we had to turn off all of them as they didn't really cool or work well, and you can damage the units if they continue to work under low voltage. We got up about 3 am and turned our daughter's AC unit and things were okay. The other weird culprit were the dehumidifiers in the basement (we sound like a power nightmare), but they acted the same. We turned these off as well.

A great article on Brownouts can be found here...and now I want something to regulate the voltage to key items or the house along with some nice big solar panels or something. Sure - turning off really helps and can save your stuff, but if you aren't home or unaware it's happening very BAD stuff can happen.


The Man With The Hat is Back

I can't tell you how excited I am for the new Indiana Jones movie. As a kid - yes - I had the fedora, a coat, and gear to be Indiana Jones. I had daily adventures and even used to dig up old smashed pottery on a rock pile behind our house. Crazy.

For the first time since 1989, Harrison Ford dons the familiar costume on Thursday, June 21, 2007, as the upcoming Indiana Jones adventure begins production under the direction of Steven Spielberg. The new Indiana Jones movie is set in the 1950s and stars Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, John Hurt, Ray Winstone and Jim Broadbent. The Lucasfilm Ltd. production will be released by Paramount Pictures worldwide on May 22, 2008."

At Indiana Jones: Community | The Man With The Hat is Back

Anya and Ewan Basement Jam


Smallmouth Bass Fishing in New Brunswick Canada

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

We have been fishing in Canada on the St. John River in New Brunswick. Check out this 24 inch + monster smallmouth bass.


Shores of Evendim: Patch Notes Part 1 - The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ Forums

My last set of work goes live today in LOTRO! LONG LIVE EVENDIM!

Shores of Evendim: Patch Notes Part 1 - The Lord of the Rings Online™: Shadows of Angmar™ Forums: "Hello everyone! Following are patch notes for the Shores of Evendim update which goes live on June 13. They're quite large and are broken up into 3 parts. We hope you enjoy all of the new content, tweaks, and fixes in this update, and we'll see you soon in Evendim! "


Anya at the Dentist

Originally uploaded by Jay Brewer.

She said after the visit that she "loves" the dentist. Don't you just love a 3 year old's view of the world?


Fido - Holy Crap!

Apple - Trailers - Fido - HD:

Welcome to Willard, a small town lost in the idyllic world of the 50’s, where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbor, and rotting zombies deliver the mail. Years ago, the earth passed through a cloud of space dust, causing the dead to rise with a craving for human flesh. A war began, pitting the living against the dead. In the ensuing revolution, a corporation was born: ZomCon, who defeated the legions of undead, and domesticated the zombies, making them our industrial workers, our domestic servants - a productive part of society. ZomCon would like the people of Willard to believe they have everything under control... but do they? Timmy Robinson doesn’t think so. At eleven, Timmy already knows the world is phony baloney - Mom and Dad just won’t admit it. Now ZomCon’s head of security has moved in across the street, and Timmy’s Mom refuses to be the only housewife on the block who doesn’t have a zombie of her own. When she brings a zombie servant home, Timmy discovers a new best friend, and names him Fido. And even though Dad has a bad case of zombie-phobia, Timmy is determined to keep Fido, even if he does eat the odd person...