If you have an extra 22,694 LEGO bricks sitting around and a love for the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D., what do you do? How about build your own helicarrier and submit it as a kit proposal to LEGO's Ideas (formerly CUUSOO) project. The completed LEGO model measures in at 85.4-inches long and is loaded with details from the helicarrier's lift rotars to planes on its deck ready to take flight. It's simply beautiful and assuming LEGO decides it's a kit worth producing, will no doubt be ridiculously expensive. The Avengers Helicarrier already has passed the minimum 10,000 votes needed for consideration, so now this one is in LEGO's hands. Thanks to my awesome follower batwench for the heads up.
I started on computers a long time ago, when they were much bigger and I was much littler. Back then, it was a long way from the giant (clacky) keyboard to the mouse, so discovering I could do those things with a keyboard made things faster when “fast” wasn’t a very accurate description of the computer experience. As time went on, input devices got more accurate and convenient, but muscle memory kept me using keyboard commands. Some of the basic commands are easy to pick up and can shave time off of repetitive tasks, and Matt Gemmell has compiled a list of keyboard commands that is a nice reference for people who aren’t yet well versed in the dark art of keyboard magic. Check out the list and see what you can use to whip some workflows into shape, and while you're at it, you should check out the piece Sandro Cuccia wrote for TMO about getting the most from the Option key.
Calendars 5 from Readdle is a slick alternative to the built-in Calendars app on your iPhone and iPad, and it's available for free through Monday. Calendars 5 uses the same database as Apple's own Calendar app, sports a clean interface that makes it easy to see just how busy your schedule is, and lets you create new events with plain English, like "Lunch with Bryan tomorrow at noon." It also supports syncing with Google Calendars, so
aren't limited to iCloud for keeping your appointments in line across your devices. Calendars 5 is regularly priced at US$6.99 and is available at Apple's iTunes-based App Store.
Sometimes you have the right tool for the job, and sometimes you need to MacGyver something together. Like if you’re attempting to enjoy an impromptu bottle of wine with no corkscrew. No matter, Mirabeau Wine will save the day! Watch the video below, and check out the Demystifying Wine section of their site. I really enjoy the explanations and tips there, and I thought you might too. It’s Friday, odds of opening a bottle of something today are pretty good.
There has been a post going around about eight Terminal commands you should know if you’re a command line user. This is a great post for those who spend time in Terminal.app, but there’s a bonus command that could be super duper handy called sips, for Scriptable Image Processing System. Dr. Drang posted a nice writeup of sips over at his blog, including an example to show how it works. In this case, it was taking a stack of photographs and resizing so they were a nicer size for sending to a client who didn’t need the originals. Here I was all set to spend my weekend setting up Automator for some nice resizing action, but instead I can just do this. Wonderful!
George R.R. Martin, author of A Song of Ice and Fire (you might know it better by the name of the first book, A Game of Thrones, but Bryan won't let me mention the TV show) recently confessed to Conan O’Brien that he regularly uses two computers: his computer for internet browsing and email and what have you, and then his “writing” computer, a DOS 4.0 machine that runs Wordstar 4.0. This particular software anachronism was released in February 1987, the same month Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer” hit #1 on the Billboard charts. Check out the video and if you have some time, let the site keep playing videos to see more of the interview and some “spoilers” from George R. R. Martin himself.
Cirque du Mac is a true expression of our community every year, and we're thrilled for the role we play here at TMO. But it doesn't happen with just us alone. It takes all of us – our whole community – and this year Wally Cherwinski and the folks who dedicated their time at the party to being behind the lens outdid themselves. Every single song the Macworld All-Star Band played has been meticulously mixed, edited, and published on YouTube, all in multi-camera goodness. It's pretty amazing what Wally and his crew did here. Great thanks to the camera work of Rally Barnard, Chuck Joiner, LeRoy Lees, Ewen Rankin, Steve Sheridan and, of course, Wally. Cirque this year truly would not have been possible without our sponsors: Antec Mobile Products, Drobo, MacKeeper, The Omni Group, Other World Computing and Project Wizards. You all rock. Below is one of my favorite moments of the night, the rest are all at Wally's Cirque du Mac XI YouTube Playlist.
If you don’t know Chris Hadfield, you should. He was the first Canadian astronaut to walk in space, has written a book about it, and while he was up there, also managed to record a song with Canadian pop band Barenaked Ladies, which he helped co-write while training for the mission. Well he also recorded a version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity…IN SPACE. It’s glorious to watch, because outer space, but you gotta get there quick. Apparently the license for the video was for only a year, and runs out today. So if you want to see the best video ever for Space Oddity, and a bit of gratuitous space photography, you gotta get over to YouTube and check it out forthwith.error
If you're ready to go beyond tracking your fitness activities with your iPhone, Cue is developing a pocket-size device that analyzes your own saliva or blood samples to give you a deeper look into your personal health. The Cue uses disposable cartridges to track inflammation, vitamin D levels, fertility, testosterone levels, and influenza risk, and then transmits the data via Bluetooth to your iPhone. The companion app tracks your test results and offers suggestions on ways to improve your overall health. The device is available for pre-order now for US$149, and early buyers will be asked to participate in a usability study for FDA approval. When Cue officially goes on sale next year it'll be priced at $299.
Animation Chefs are four brothers who got into stop-motion animation, and started a podcast showing other kids how to make their own stop-motion movies. It’s a fun show, since there’s a healthy dose of silliness too. Get a load of those drawn on mustaches! They started a project called “Animating Kids” to build a full set of lessons anyone can use to teach kids how to get started in animation. All the lessons are designed, but producing them and making them available takes money, so they’ve launched an Indiegogo campaign to turn Animating Kids into a reality. Check out their funding video below and help out if you can, they’re really on to something by showing kids what you can do with an iPhone or iPad besides play a game. Funding options start at just $15.
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