- Thumbstacks.com – Live presentations on the web! – An online PowerPoint-style presentation application.
- Gcast – Free, ad-supported podcast service. You don’t need hardware, hosting, or even expertise.
- CarSpace – Edmunds.com’s social networking site for auto enthusiasts
- reddit: what’s new online
- my swickis – A swicki is new kind of search engine that allows anyone to create deep, focused searches on topics you care about. Unlike other search engines, you and your community have total control over the results and it uses the wisdom of crowds to improve search
- The Long Tail – Essential article on the economics of digital distribution.
- Brilliant Button Maker by LucaZappa.com – Tool to make small buttons for your blog.
- Klipmart – Online video advertising network.
- CinemaNow – Movies download service.
- AtomFilms: Cheney’s Got A Gun – Flash animation about Dick Cheney shooting his friend. Done to the tune of Aerosmith’s Janie’s Got A Gun.
- AtomFilms – Watch the best short films & animations.
This is totally cool. There’s a new movie coming out called A Scanner Darkly that’s based on the novel by science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. He’s the same mind that brought us The Minority Report and the classic Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (upon which Blade Runner was based). A Scanner Darkly is written and directed by Richard Linklater and, like his previous Waking Life, is done using the animated technique called rotoscoping.
Anyone who knows me knows I love animation and this movie looks awfully cool. The movie has the same Grand Theft Auto look of the recent Charles Schwab television commercials and that’s probably because it looks like Linklater got Bob Sabiston, the animator who worked on both Waking Life and the Schwab commercials, to work on A Scanner Darkly. Watch the trailer below or use this link for a longer trailer in QuickTime format–it’s worth the download time.
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- Vimeo – Online video sharing
- Philip K. Dick – Science Fiction Author – Official Site.
- Podbop – We podcast bands coming to your town – Alerts you to upcoming events, such as concerts, but also scours the Web for free legal mp3s of bands you find articles associated with keywords, among other things.
- Ning – Create and share your own social web apps! – Ning is the new free and easy way for you to create your own Social Web Apps – so let the fun begin!
- Mozes – We connect you with things that matter to you. We’ve come up with some new ways to use your phone and the web to make life a little more interesting.
- Interface to WikipedizeText – Get a list of Wikipedia entries which appear in a block of text, and the text itself with the Wikipedia links embedded in it.
- buddyPing | your life – mobile – buddyPing is a way to find your friends, events, venues and pretty much anything in your local area with your mobile. Just text or use the buddyPing client to tell us your location and we will automatically find any local things and tell you their locatio
- Upcoming.org – social events calendar.
- mobileGlu – mobileGlu brings together your life online into one place on your mobile.
- Rollyo – Roll Your Own Search Engine
- YouSendIt: The Leader in File Delivery. – By-pass email file size restrictions.
- Ourmedia – Multimedia online storage and social networking site.
- Capitol Brew-haha – Twin Cities beer-based blog.
- The Happy Gnome – St. Paul restaurant and bar
- Surly Brewing Company – Minnesota brewery.
- HotRecorder – Audio software for recording Skype phone conversations or for converting iTunes and Yahoo music files to MP3s.
- CastBlaster – Podcast recording software.
- Skype – The whole world can talk for free.
- Skype plugin for Skype Phone – Next generation Outlook Skype addin. Skylook.
By making him a transition player, the Vikings have essentially offered him a one year $4.774 million contract, the average of the top 10 highest-paid cornerbacks last season. The team has the right to match any offer sheet Williams may get from another team, or allow him to leave.
Had the Vikings made him their franchise player, they would have had to pay him $5.9 million; then any team that signed him away from the Vikings would owe us two first-round picks as compensation.
Obviously, the team doesn’t want to pay him nearly $6 million and you gotta think he’s going to make more than the transition number as a free agent. With Buffalo franchising Nate Clements, Williams will be one of the top cornerbacks available. Williams has also said he doesn’t want to stay here.
I would’ve liked to see the team use the franchise tag on Williams and give him the starting job. Smoot hasn’t really done anything except get injured, but I absolutely love a defensive backfield consisting of Antoine Winfield, Brian Williams, and Fred Smoot.
I guess we’ll need to add a cornerback to our free agency shopping list.
Always tease, tease, tease…will he stay or will he go? Darling, you gotta let me know.
So, what to make of the conflicting signals being sent out from all sides of the Daunte Culpepper situation? First there’s Culpepper making waves about wanting more cash and not meeting face to face with Brad Childress. Then there are stories that the powers that be a Winter Park are offended at Culpepper’s attempts to negotiate for more money.
It starts to look like we’ve got a malcontent quarterback on our hands who’s forcing a trade which naturally elicits trade rumors that no one really quashes.
The Veteran told me that he thought the Vikings were trying to prove to Culpepper that he’s overvalued himself by shopping the quarterback around and demonstrating that teams don’t think he’s worth a second-round pick. It’s a great argument that makes a lot of sense.
But then today there are reports of all these shiny, happy people: Childress praises Daunte’s rehabilitation work; the team sends head trainer Eric Sugarman to Orlando and he comes back proclaiming that Culpepper should be ready to play this season; and Culpepper himself says that owner Zygi Wilf told him they haven’t talked trade with any teams.
Today’s news makes me think the Vikings are serious about trading Pepp and are either not getting the kinds of offers they think Culpepper is worth or realize they need to assuage concerns other teams have over the quarterback’s injuries and availability for next season.
My preference is for the Vikings to keep Culpepper, expect that he won’t play in 2006, give him that year to fully recover from his injuries and learn the West Coast offense in-depth, and find out if he’s going to work as a quarterback in that system.
If not, they can trade Culpepper then and get true value for him because even if he doesn’t eventually work out for us, he is an amazing athlete.
The Sporting News has an excellent article about what athletes go through when preparing for the NFL combine. Their columnist Dan Pompei is keeping a blog from the combine.
You can also follow the combine at Football’s Future.
NFL Free Agency begins March 2; I’ll post a list soon of 2006 NFL Free Agency resources so you can track potential future Vikings.
- Minnesota Momentum – Citizens for the Minnesota Sports, Retail & Entertainment Center
- 24 hours on craigslist – Documentary about craigslist.org
- Netdisaster – Destroy the web! – Tag websites with virtual graffiti.
- ASIFA – Hollywood Animation Archive Project Blog.