Go Wil, Go!
I've been slowly catching up on blogs this past week, since I was away on vacation at the end of December (how dare the blogosphere not stop updating while I'm away? Now I have all this stuff to read...). Anyway, Wil Wheaton's blog is always entertaining, but over the last couple of weeks, he's pointed out some pretty cool stuff:
First, we have Gregory Wester, who scaled a security fence at Raleigh-Durham International Airport at 3:30AM one night, and calmly boarded a Delta 737 jet, which was scheduled to take off at 6:35AM. Authorities arrested him on various charges, and after thinking about it for a while, cancelled the flight & booked all the passengers on other planes. Here's the money quote:
"It blows my mind that you can't get 3.5 ounces of toothpaste on a plane," [said Steve Shaw, 27, a passenger on the plane], "yet somebody can sneak on a plane and take a nap."
Next, we have the Magic Eye website. This kind of thing was hot for a while when I was a kid, and I remember getting quite good at it, although I wasn't able to see any of the 3-D images on the computer screen. That could be that I'm so out of practice (it must be 25 years since I last tried), or something to do with looking at the image on a screen and not on paper. Probably the former.
On a somewhat related note, Wil linked to a site called The Image Mosaic, which will let you update dozens of your personal photos, and then use them to re-create another photo. I might try this with various pictures of my kids one day, but the site claims it's down until February. Check it out, though, the samples give you a good idea of what it (claims it) can do.
And then finally, we have Wil's review of the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. I'm not sure if I blogged about this before or not, but rather than shunning his iconic early role as Wesley Crusher on ST:TNG, Wil has taken a paying gig at tvsquad.com to occasionally review one of the episodes. They make great reading because a) he's often brutally honest about what he did and didn't like about the episode, and b) he reviews it both from the perspective of a Star Trek fan, and also as an actor who was there during shooting. So you get to hear both sides of the story, so to speak. Tvsquad.com has a categorization feature that will let you look at all the ST:TNG reviews if you're so inclined. I recommend you do...
Anyway, that's the list of cool stuff I found on Wil's blog lately. We now return you to your regularly scheduled blogosphere...
posted by Brian at 1:03 AM