Les Hazlewood

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Ryan vs Dorkman – Light Saber Duel

I found a truly entertaining video of two teens who choreographed, filmed, and edited a light saber duel. Using a Canon GL-1 camcorder and Adobe After Effects, these guys produced something that looks truly professional. It took about 4 months in their spare time to make 5 minutes of video. This is one of the coolest vids I’ve seen in a long time, and they did a heck of a job. Really fun!

かわいい (Cute) to Death

So, I started taking Japanese classes a couple of weeks ago, and I really like what I’m learning. The language is actually very easy once you get the patterns down. Much easier than say, Latin or Spanish. Anyway, as I’ve alluded to before, I like to immerse myself as much as I can when learning new things. So, I started watching a lot of Japanese films with English subtitles to sort of pick.. Read More

Google Maps is Awesome

Ok, I know Google Maps has been out for a long time now, but I just wanted to proclaim yet again at how incredibly cool it is. Here are some recent direction results: 10. Take exit 5 to Dunwoody/Sandy Springs – go 0.3 mi 11. Turn left at Abernathy Rd NE – go 0.2 mi 12. Bear right and head toward Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE – go 177 ft … Go 177 feet!.. Read More

Delving deeper into languages – Kanji, Hiragana, Katakana, Romaji

So I wrote in my last post about my Utada Hikaru interest. Well, I really loved the songs, but there was one problem – I don’t speak Japanese. For those who don’t know me, this kind of thing drives me crazy – If I find something really interesting, I have to learn as much about that subject as I possibly can. I’m like a sponge – I crave learning new things and soak.. Read More

Addicted to Utada Hikaru

Ok, so I’m a little ashamed to be writing this post. But, whats the point of a blog if you can’t spill your guts every now and then? I’m currently feeding a juvenile addiction by being absolutely hooked on a Japanese Pop artist named Utada Hikaru. I look at that sentence and think to myself “How the heck did I ever even hear about that chick”? Well, since I lived in Europe (Barcelona).. Read More

Haptic User Interfaces

I found a blog entry on Haptic User Interfaces while googling. Pretty cool stuff. Its amazing that we still use a mouse and keyboard. I want to use a twiddle keyboard and that haptic interface, like, today! Here’s an amazing video of one haptic UI.

Full Circle to Smalltalk

While attempting to quench my thirst for the latest and greatest software that would make my life easiser, I went ‘a searchin’ on the net to find frameworks and technologies. Since I’m responsible for a lot of web 2.0 / enterprise software products, I wanted to find a framework and/or suite that I could leverage to cut my development time down. One of my biggest criteria in determining what is valuable is that.. Read More

Mind blowing magic / sleight of hand

While searching Google Video, I found this Japanese-American master magician named Cyril Takayama. Then, I found a Cyril Takayama YouTube page In one video, he passes large salt shaker right through a glass table – with people right next to him! Absolutely mind blowing. Usually with sleight of hand, you can see the magician contorting his hands a little bit, which sorta gives away that he might be hiding or palming things. This.. Read More

Email Validation using Regular Expressions (the Right Way)

UPDATE: This article was updated on February 1st, 2008 to account for domain literals and quoted strings such as “John Smith” <john.smith@somewhere.com>. It is now effectively the only complete and semantically correct email validator for Java. PETTY REQUEST: The update required considerably more effort than the original as it now accounts for all valid RFC parsing conditions. Because of this, and that this page is easily my most visited, I’d appreciate it if.. Read More

AJAX and Java

Part of my responsibility at work is to be on the lookout for new technologies that give us a competitive edge that we can incorporate into our next-gen high-tech applications. Currently, I’m on an AJAX kick. Well, its really a love-hate relationship: I love what it can do for me, I hate the horror that is JavaScript and DHTML. I do find, however, the more and more I coerce JavaScript into a Java-like.. Read More