Category Archives: Fun/Games

Sci Fi Architecture

I’ve been sharing photos from our recent vacation over on my photo blog, so if you follow that, this might be a bit of a repeat. However, purely as a geeky interest, I wanted to also share photos of an area of Valencia, Spain known as the City of Arts and Sciences.

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a unique complex devoted to scientific and cultural dissemination which is made up of five main elements: the Hemisfèric (IMAX cinema and digital projections), the Umbracle (a landscaped vantage point and car park), the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum (an innovative centre of interactive science), the Oceanográfico (the largest aquarium in Europe with over 500 marine species) and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (which takes care of the operatic programme). The Ágora gives the complex a multifunctional space.

Also, the architecture looks like something out of Aliens, which is very cool!
The Hemispheric and Palau de les Arts

Hemispheric

Palau de les Arts

Hemispheric and Museu de las Ciencias

Of course, the other cool, geeky, thing we found in Valencia was this bit of graffiti art. I couldn’t resist taking a photo of it.

The Simpsons are Everywhere

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New York City Travel Advice

Ok, it’s funny. But it’s funny because it’s true. There’s actually a lot of good advice for first time visitors to the City. Trust me, I grew up there shaking my head at tourists, and have been back as a visitor many times. I don’t disagree with any of it!

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Tumblr

Recently, a friend contacted my wife and I asking about good places to start a blog. The request reminded me that while I had seen many articles talking about the success of Tumblr as a blogging platform and a community, I really hadn’t spent any time trying to figure out what the appeal is. So, in the interest of sating my curiosity about Tumblr, and to have a little bit of fun, I have started a Tumblr blog, Mikemac on Sports.

Obviously, the goal here is to just have something to play around with and to have it be something different from my WordPress sites. So I decided to just be a sports fan over there and have fun with it. If you want to follow it over there and talk sports a bit, c’mon over and check it out, and we can learn a bit more about Tumblr while we’re doing that.

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Couple of My Photos Used in Music Video

The lovely, and talented, Annika Vitolo put out the word that she was looking for photos taken in Brooklyn for her latest music video, and who am I to say no to a fellow PS 207 alum? (Annika and I sat next to each other in 6th grade, a “few” years ago.)

Seeing all the video and photos does make me a bit homesick….

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Security and Communication Tools

Should we be overly concerned with the information people might be inadvertently sharing on social networks when many still haven’t learned about the dangers of using a cell phone in public?

That story reminds me of the time we were taking the train to Chicago and one of our fellow passengers spent part of the trip setting up a return of an item that had been delivered to her house. The conversation included her giving her name, address and credit card information, all within easy hearing range of a train-car full of people.

Dumb is dumb, no matter which communications medium you use.

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A Geek Christmas Story

The Friends in Tech group has released our Christmas special, A Geek Christmas Story today.

“Mattie Stevens, a young boy of the early 80’s, dreams of owning a Commodore 64. He sets out to convince everyone this is the perfect gift. But, along the way runs into opposition from his parents and everyone around him including old Santa Claus”

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to participate in this year’s Christmas special (A story for another time in itself…), but I know that a lot of hard work went into it, from FiT members and special guests, and that all that work really shows in the final production. Give it a listen and enjoy the geek humor, and if you enjoy this special, check the bottom of the post for links to previous FiT specials, some of which I did play a small part in. :)

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Speaking of CSI

Since I have mentioned here before that I love to watch CSI, but sometimes their “liberal” take on technology tools leaves me rolling my eyes with dismay, I have to share this link.

CSI Zoom Story

Yup, I know anyone out there who deals with audio/video/photographs runs into the “CSI effect”, where people actually expect that we can do things like this, so I had to laugh.

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Spam Funnies

Occasionally, I will go through the spam folder in my gmail account, just to make sure there’s nothing in there that I actually want to see. It never fails that there’s some subject line that makes me giggle, just a little. A few weeks ago, I had 6th grade flashbacks when I saw an email with the subject line “Read this email, or you’re gay!”.

Then, as if they figured out that it’s 2009 and I’m not 11, the spammers upped the anty on me a week or so later, “Read this email, or catch a disease!”.

I’m not exactly sure that kind of disease you can get from not reading an email. Maybe the email had the secret cure to swine flu, or safe sex tips. Either way, I didn’t read it and thus far, no diseases! :)

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