Archive for the 'Cool Stuff' Category

New Glass

Finally got my new glass. The AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5~5.6G IF-ED. Phew, that was a mouthful.

Anyway, it’s a new zoom lens for my camera. Ordered it from an online store in US and got my sister’s friend Kay to bring it in. Thanks A LOT Kay for the help. Saved a bit on shipping it over.

The main reason I got this lens was the focal range and vibration reduction. Layman terms, 11x zoom and anti shake. So should be a very useful travel lens. My old lens could only do about 4x zoom. Of course the new lens is bigger and heavier.

Anyway, think I’m gonna love this lens and I will post some pics when I got time to take some decent pics with it.

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Compiz Fusion

For those of you who don’t know, I dabble a bit with the Linux operating system and my personal laptop at home has a dual boot setup with WinXP and Ubuntu Feisty since many months back.

Think desktop linux is non user friendly and unresponsive? Check this out.

What you see in the video is Linux with the Compiz Fusion effects installed. I seriously think it puts Vista Aero to shame. I just love eye candy.

The art of creating creatures

My colleague Roslyn sent me a video link this morning. It’s seriously cool and ingenious stuff.

Dutch artist Theo Jansen demonstrates his amazingly lifelike kinetic sculptures, built from plastic tubes and lemonade bottles. His “Strandbeests” (Beach Creatures) are built to move and even survive on their own.

Please click here to view the video. You’d be amazed.