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Jeff Dunham-Achmed The Dead Terrorist

November 11th, 2007 by iDunzo

I really enjoy Jeff Dunham. He makes me happy with his cast of characters.

Right now I’m really liking Achmed, the dead terrorist:

Some of my favorite lines and quotes from this skit:

  • Silence! I kill you!
  • Mustard gas is nothing compared to a Walter fart… he’ll kill us.
  • I mean Allah damn it!

Yay for Achmed the dead terrorist!

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How To Survive A Zombie Attack

October 28th, 2007 by iDunzo

With Halloween just around the corner, here’s an informative video on how you can protect yourself in the event of a zombie attack.

Who knew COSTCO could be so helpful during a zombie attack?

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CSI: New York – Second Life Episode

October 20th, 2007 by iDunzo

The crime scene investigators of CSI: New York go into Second Life to catch a killer next week, and the preview is up on YouTube:

The video shows Detective Mac Taylor as he reinvents himself in Second Life customizing his avatar and then goes into some kind of gladiator battle in-world.

It does look cool and geeky, so I’ll be watching.

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YouTube Videos To Populate Google Earth

October 11th, 2007 by iDunzo

Google announced today that locations on Google Earth will now link to YouTube videos about those locations.

The videos can be viewed in Flash without leaving Google Earth or by opening an external link to the YouTube site.

A quick scan of randomly-chosen Bangkok showed a healthy number of videos already locationally linked, including a videos from tourists on a boat cruising down the Chao Phraya river and cruising the city by Tuk-tuk.

This joins other Google Earth’s other location-specific features such as locationally-linked photos, 3D buildings, and content from Discovery Networks, National Geographic, and the UN, among others.

On Tuesday, Google Earth announced that Street View maps of Chicago, Portland, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Tucson and Philadelphia are now available.

Go forth and procrastinate.

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Mythbuntu: Turning Ubuntu Into A DVR System

October 8th, 2007 by iDunzo

Mythbuntu has released a new 7.10 beta, based on the Ubuntu 7.10 beta, which features a number of enhancements and new features.


Mythbuntu is an Ubuntu derivative optimized for setting up a standalone MythTV DVR system.

The project is not part of Canonical, nor is it officially affiliated with Ubuntu.

MythTV is a popular open source DVR solution that works well for converting an old PC system into a DVR box.

Mythbuntu allows users familiar with Ubuntu to easily set up a lightweight MythTV installation.

Programs not necessary for MythTV, such as OpenOffice, Evolution, and the full Gnome desktop, are omitted from Mythbuntu.

Version 7.10 is still a beta, but the release notes provide the following list of new features:

  • Xfce based setup. No more openbox, it’s not even installed on the disk
  • Network Manager included.
  • VNC can be installed from multiple locales on disk
  • ubuntu-mythtv-frontend isn’t used at all.
  • Lots of additional features for mythbuntu-control-center.

The Mythbuntu Installation can also be performed directly from an existing Gutsy installation now via Firefox.

For more details and complete list of new features and bugfixes, check out the Mythbuntu release notes.

If you’d like the give Mythbuntu a try, you can download it from the site or via your favorite bittorrent client.

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Powertune: Gibson’s Self Tuning Guitar

October 3rd, 2007 by iDunzo

Guitar maker Gibson has a history of innovation. The company is responsible for the Humbucker pickup and the legendary Les Paul electric guitar.

Now it is selling the Self Tuning Guitar, which actually has servo motors on the headstock to turn the tuning heads.

The Powertune system, developed over 10 years by German company Tronical, uses a set of piezo-electric pickups to determine the pitch of each string.

These are separate from the regular guitar pickups, which rely on the string vibrating in a magnetic field to cause a current.

The information for the pickups then goes off to the computer brain, which sends its instructions up the strings to the tuning pegs.

The system comes pre-calibrated for concert pitch, but you can tune one string yourself and have the guitar set itself around that.

Best of all, the Powertune can store custom tunings, from alternative open-string tunings for slide guitar to, well, anything you like.

A quick flick of the knob between songs will switch smoothly between them. The rig is an add-on for existing guitars, and will cost $900.00 USD.

And of course, guitar purists are already whining that “real” musicians should be able to tune their own instruments.

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