Yahoo acquires photo-sharing site Flickr

Yahoo acquires photo-sharing site Flickr:
Flickr on Sunday confirmed that Yahoo has agreed to purchase the online photo-sharing service. “Flickr will be continuing on the path it’s on — to Flickr 1.0 and beyond,” the company said on its official blog. “We’ll be working with a bunch of people that Totally Get Flickr and want to preserve the community and the flavor of what is here. We’re going to grow and change, but we’re in it for the long haul, with the same management and same team.””

[ Via MacMinute ]

iMac G5 wins Bottom Line Design Award

iMac G5 wins Bottom Line Design Award:
“Apple’s iMac G5 was one of eight winners in Business 2.0’s first annual Bottom Line Design Awards, which honor products “not just for their beauty but also for their commercial success.” The magazine said of the iMac: “With 15 of its iconic designs now included in the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection, Apple has adopted as its core value the idea that high style isn’t reserved for lamps and armchairs. This iMac reinforces rather than changes the company’s direction, but cramming a powerful G5 processor into a slim space proves that minimalism can make high technology more human and easy to approach.””

[ Via MacMinute ]

Serenity delayed

FireFly: Sci-Fi TV Show

5 Stars

I’ve been anxiously awaiting the release of Serenity, the movie that is supposed to continue the story laid out in the Firefly TV series. It was due to be released on April 23rd, but apparently it has been pushed back to September 30th. That can’t be good. I’m really bumbed… I was about to start re-watching the DVD in anticipation of seeing the movie in a few weeks.

If you never saw the TV show, it’s a weird western, sci-fi kind of thing by Josh Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It was a really good show, but never made it past the first season. It died partly because Fox decided (for some strange reason) to show the episodes out of order.

I highly recommend getting the DVD set, it’s available at Amazon.

Light Catcher Studio at Mill Ave fest this weekend

LightCatcher Studio

It’s that time of year again. The Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts is this weekend. Our friends from Light Catcher Studio will be displaying their work.

from Light Catcher…
“…We would like to invite you to visit our booth April 1st through the 3rd at the upcoming Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts. We will again be showcasing photographic images from the Southwest including Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Canyon De Chelly, Death Valley as well as the Pacific Northwest. We will also be sharing new images taken this year that capture our beautiful spring wildflowers, including golden poppies and purple lupines as well as new images of the Grand Canyon.

The festival hours are 9-6 Friday thru Sunday. Our booth will be located between 6th and 7th street on Mill Ave. facing Fat Tuesdays restaurant. Please join us for a beautiful weekend and we look forward to seeing you again.”

You should go check them out if you get the chance. They have really nice work.

odl gets “Ads by Goooooogle”

So I’ve been considering this for a while, but today I added “Ads by Goooooogle” to the site. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to add them or not, because I think we are all bombarded by advertising a little too much sometimes, especially on the internet. For those unfamiliar with the program, it is a set of ads that google places into your site. The google-bots crawl your site to determine appropriate ads based on your content. For every click that is generated from the ads, google pays me a small amount of dough. That’s all I can say, because the payment program is very hush-hush. It’s kind of weird actually.

I decided to give this a try, and see what happens. I spend a fair amount of time maintaining this site, and although it’s a labor of love, it would be nice if I could make a few bucks off it too… since no one has ever bought my shirt (except me).

I placed the ads in the most unobtrusive spot I could. They are located in the side-bar on the right, all the way down. Although this may hurt my click-through, I didn’t want them to stand out too much.

It’s actually kind of interesting to see what ads get placed in that space based on my content. If you click on the site categories (on the right), the ads will change to match the new content. I clicked through them to see what I would get. If I click the personal category, I get a ads about taco sauce… what’s up with that?

iPod Lounge 2005 Buyers’ Guide

iPod Buyers Huide 2005

iPod Lounge has released their first 2005 (Spring / Summer) Buyers’ Guide for iPods and iPos accessories. The 102 page PDF is available as a free download.

The guide features: numerous previews and reviews; a Beginners’ Guide to iPod; sneak peeks of upcoming car accessories, Bluetooth accessories, and new cases; a complete music section; exclusive first looks at Griffin Technology’s iTripLCD and Alfa Romeo’s 147 iPod Kit; and guides to getting free iPod software and support.

Dr. Who fan’s life-size Dalek seized outside Parliament

Dalek Arrested

Dr. Who fan’s life-size Dalek seized outside Parliament:
“So this Dr. Who fan named Ken Meikle constructed a full and completely motorized Dalek replica, then he gets inside, drives it over the Tower Bridge in London, parks it in front of Parliament, squawks off some pre-recorded Dalek jibberish, and gets promptly seized by a load of very threatened armed police. All in celebration of the new Dr. Who. So what have we learned? Daleks can still incite some serious fear in the Brits; use this very valuable information to your advantage in the future.”

via [ Engadget ]