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September 28, 2012
by jolon
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WordPress responsive video embeds

If you blog using WordPress with a responsive theme, and your video embeds are breaking the responsiveness, there’s a quick and painless solution!

It’s a free plugin available from the WordPress.org archives named, aptly enough ‘Responsive Video Embeds‘.

The plugin supports these video providers:

YouTube, Vimeo, DailyMotion. Blip.tv, Viddler, hulu.com, Revision 3, Funny or Die, WordPress.tv, Scribd

It also supports WordPress’s embed from link feature (to turn it on, check the Auto-embeds check box in Administration > Settings > Media SubPanel.)

The author provides a Test Page here, which you can load up in a browser (or mobile device) and see how well it does. Warning that you will find a massive amount of videos embedded on this page, which could crash some (especially mobile) browsers.

The plugin is currently updated, and compatible with Multisite installs.

September 21, 2012
by jolon
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Assassin’s Creed 3 — Boston Trailer

Running Through Haymarket!

I just found this trailer, (really a narrated alpha demo walkthrough) for Assassin’s Creed 3, which takes place in old-timey Boston.

I definitely can’t wait to play this game until my carpal tunnel turns my hands into inverse claws as I used to live about 3 blocks away from where this video took place.

It looks more or less the same, if with less neon storefronts and drunken college students getting in massive fistfights, which sometimes lead to them killing each other. Much better as a cloaked assassin taking out Redcoats than a terrified bystander wondering why these kids are so crazy!

Yanking some poor lobsterback up into a tree to be hung until death!

I love the concept of the hiding spots, and of course Ubisoft’s masterful UI team did a great job of helping the player navigate stealth successfully (or no!)

Following the stealth bit is an amazing attack in which you crouch in the tree limbs above an enemy, then throw a loop down over his neck, then quickly jumping to yank & hang the poor bastard after which you plant a stake in the earth to hold him aloft.

Then his homies get distracted by the site of their friend lynched on a formerly friendly tree, and you slip by to your objective undiscovered.

Raw and awesome footage, can’t wait to play AC3.

And of course, don’t forget to support, many thanks if you love this game and me enough to order from here!

 

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September 19, 2012
by jolon
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Borderlands 2 is finally out!

Finally! Borderlands 2 was released yesterday, and while I don’t get my copy until this weekend when I go to LA (It’s not available in Costa Rica, and will cost double when it is) — but I am having a blast watching walkthroughs (embedded in full post) and spoiling the entire beginning of the game for myself. ;)

If you haven’t purchased the game yet, please do a good thing for both of us and buy it through these links:

Xbox Season’s Pass (DLC) PS3
PC Download Ultimate Loot Chest Vault Hunter

While writing this post, I found that you can win a copy of Borderlands 2, and Spec Ops: The Line at Gadget Review..

Speaking of reviews, so far Borderlands 2 is getting spectacular reviews from critics and players, hats off to Gearbox and Randy Pitchford‘s crew. Here’s a quick round-up of how the game is doing critically and with players:

Borderlands 2 has managed to reach a very high Metascore of 90 on Metacritic, which is not an easy task, and a crucial component to how the product succeeds or fails, as has been seen by Funcom’s The Secret World.

Three other publications have given the game a score of 100, The Guardian, G4 TV, and Big Pond Game Arena, while Game Informer gave it a score of 98. Almost every other media outlet has given it a score of 90 or above, and I can’t possibly link to them all, but you will find those reviews in the Metacritic link above.

Gamespot has given Borderlands 2 an 8.5, their takeaway is: “Stellar writing and a host of small improvements help Borderlands 2 stand tall on the shoulders of its predecessor.”
Click here for the rest of this post with Walkthroughs, Game Guides, and more!!

August 26, 2012
by jolon
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20 top companies logos from first to current

Fascinating little slideshow on Yahoo showing 20 of the top Fortune 50′s logos from when they were designed until today.

Canon’s is my favorite, going from a 14-armed hallucinogenic god of technology, to a company’s name, well-defined.

The Apple logo is a pretty dramatic difference, they definitely scrubbed the hippies from the decision-making process, and McDonalds definitely went from backwater to massive. Some of the others’ logo changes were overt the course of more than a hundred years, such as IBM, so a radical change is not a surprise. I also think I like the old British Airways more than the new. Although, Microsoft’s change is pretty epic. Disco to Dead in 30 years.

August 24, 2012
by jolon
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Air-powered car

I would love to have one of these.

MDI Enterprises, S.A. is in the process of producing cars which run on pressurized air. Imagine pulling into a gas station, skipping the gas pump altogether, and filling up your car at the air pump instead!

Here are specs on the air powered engine driving it: “The Engine designed for AirPod is a 2-cylinder engine with a capacity of 430cc that develops 7 kW at 1,500 rpm. Torque is constant at 45nm from 200 rpm to 1,500 rpm. Maximum rpm in the urban areas is only 950 rpm. Such a low rpm is advantageous in terms of durability, efficiency and low noise output level.”

The control system seems pretty funky, too. like something between a powered wheelchair and a starfighter.

The company was started in 1991 by Guy Negre, the CEO, who after designing over 100 conventional yet efficient engines for all types of vehicles, then decided to concentrate his efforts on a zero-pollution solution. According to the website, in 1996, MSI produced it’s first air-powered engine.

A majority of the cars’ parts are produced using 3D printers and other rapid fab techniques.

Another interesting concept is their idea of ‘Dealer / Manufacturer / Partner‘ — meaning that the cars are actually produced at the dealership on demand, meaning only demand will be supplied, and eliminating the transport costs of the final product.

Really a lot of genius wrapped up in all of it, I hope they are successful enough to hire an agency to design a real website someday, because it’s not this one.

Or it could be a ton of hype, as they haven’t hit any of their alleged goals and the company that was supposed to be bringing them to the states in 2010 has had their account suspended on their website’s hosting.

For those of you who say ‘pictures or it didn’t happen’ — here’s a video of the air cars in action:

and another: