Download Firefox 3.5!

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 @ 10:41am

A little over one year after Firefox 3′s release, today marks the release of the newest version of Mozilla’s browser. Firefox 3.5 promises to be faster, safer, and more customizable. 3.5 also includes new features such as private browsing (no history saved) and forget this site (remove all traces of a site from your computer). Download Firefox 3.5 today! See this YouTube video for a quick tour of Firefox 3.5 highlighting the newest features.

Kickoff of Summer

Friday, June 19th, 2009 @ 9:35pm

Summer begins this weekend, so to help kickoff summer I wanted to show some of my favorite places around Birmingham. I was itching to ride my bike, and the weather this afternoon was the perfect time to do so. So I got on my bike with my iPhone and took a few pictures for two different spots I want to show you in this post.

Little Cahaba River/Cahaba Beach Road (33.439625,-86.699166)

Cahaba Beach RoadI found this by accident a few years back, and it has become of my favorite places to visit all year round. I was driving around after a long test trying to work off some stress, and decided to explore a few of the back roads I had never been on.

I eventually came upon this old one-lane truss bridge which has long since been shut off to traffic. Around the bridge there are several trails that are well hiked in addition to a rope swing that appears to get a lot of use during the summer.

Cahaba Beach Road BridgeWhile I haven’t done it at this particular spot, there are plenty of geocaching spots and treasures around here if you enjoy doing that sort of thing.

I like to visit this spot in summer and fall, especially as the leaves change into a wide array of colors. Summer is just as nice with plenty of lush green overhang to provide shade on those hot, humid summer days that are common around here. I have yet to go swimming here yet, but with the rope swing and hot days ahead, there’s a good chance I will do so.

Shades Crest (33.460244,-86.777147)

Shades Crest Road Sunset 1As Birmingham is located in the foothills of the Appalachian mountain range, there are plenty of vistas that are worthy of a Kodak moment. As this location was located close to Samford University, I made frequent visits here to enjoy the breeze or watch the sunset over Red Mountain.

Shades Crest Road Sunset 2I managed to time this trip just right to catch the sunset as the sky faded from deep blue to orange.

These photos don’t provide a high enough quality or daylight to really see it, but the coordinates I provided offer a nice view of Samford University’s east campus in addition to the Vulcan and parts of Birmingham through the Red Mountain expressway. Further east is Brookwood Medical Center and Brookwood mall, eventually fading into the Mountain Brook portion of Lakeshore Drive.

In the next week or so, I have a few other locations in mind that are great places to visit during the summer and offer plenty of fun things to do. I’ll just need to remember to take my actual camera with me so I can get better pictures.

Weird Al: Craigslist

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 @ 12:27am

I’m a big fan of Weird Al, and own several of his albums. It’s been a couple of years since his last album was released (Straight Outta Lynwood), so it’s due time that another one is released soon. This summer, Weird Al will be “leaking” 4 tracks for his upcoming, unnamed, undated album. The first one was released today with the video on YouTube as seen below. Additionally you can purchase the song on iTunes. Check out his Twitter @alyankovic to keep tabs on when his next song is “leaked”.

Stop Motion Post-It

Thursday, June 11th, 2009 @ 11:53am

Pretty cool senior project of a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Apparently this took 3 months to plan, in addition to 4 days of shooting and over 6000 post-it notes.

Super Mario Conan

Sunday, June 7th, 2009 @ 10:47pm

Does does the new Tonight Show set look like Super Mario Bros.? You decide!

Happy Birthday Tetris!

Saturday, June 6th, 2009 @ 1:37am

Google/TetrisToday, Tetris celebrates 25 years of addiction, pain, and suffering; and of course Google joins in on the fun with a sweet googlefied tetris logo.

In celebration of 25 years of Tetris, I present to you some of my favorite ideas inspired by Tetris:

And of course, no list would be complete without an online version of Tetris. Here’s to 25 more years of tetrominoes, “just one more”, a-type, and more! Happy 25th!