Posts Tagged ‘YouTube’

Urban eXperiment

March 14, 2012

I recently read an article about a group known only as UX (Urban eXperiment) that operate in Paris and break into centuries-old buildings across Paris, not to loot or steal but to restore. They claim responsibility for 15 capers in which they conducted covert restorations by accessing the city’s city-wide network of tunnels. It sounds like something out of a movie but this group really exists. Their most extraordinary feat took place in 2006 when eight UX members infiltrated the Pantheon in Paris. They not only entered the building but they actually set-up a secret workshop which they wired for electricity and internet access. For one year the group performed repairs on the building’s 19th century clock. When they finished, the clock once again kept time and chimed every quarter hour as it had done decades earlier.
The 100+/- member group operates like an artists collective, they have no manifesto and membership is by invitation only. They have a cellular structure with sub-groups specialising in cartography, infiltration, tunnelling, masonry, internal communications, archiving, cultural programming, and restoration. They carry out their mission via a network of hundreds of kilometers of secret underground passageways including sewers, electricity and water tunnels, subways,catacombs and centuries-old quarries.
The only mandate of this group is to keep its secrecy. It is in this way that it differs from other groups that have emerged over the years, springs to mind.

Now here is a video for your viewing pleasure:


Adobe Photoshop But Not

May 9, 2011

Hi guys,  just a quick post to tell you about a great online photo editing program that can be downloaded and is better than Pixlr!  It’s called GIMP, short for GNU Image Manipulation Program.

GIMP has capabilities for detailed image retouching, free-form drawing, resizing, editing, cropping photos, photomontages combining multiple images, converting between different image formats, and it can also be used to create basic animated images in the GIF format.  Best of all… it’s free!

Check it out and have fun playing with it – see link below:

GIMP 2.6

Now here’s a funny video of a talking dog:

Importing Facebook Contacts to LinkedIn and Gmail

April 3, 2011


It used to be that the only way to import your Facebook friends contact info into Gmail was to do it manually.  Now you merely have to jump through hoops. Luckily Yahoo! has a Facebook import function, unlike Gmail.  Facebook however, recently removed application tabs like LinkedIn from User Profile, but they do permit it on Page Profiles.  So unfortunately importing to Gmail and LinkedIn requires that you first import to Yahoo!

From Yahoo select Contacts > Tools > Import > Facebook

Now your Facebook contacts are in Yahoo you can easily import them to LinkedIn:  From LinkedIn select Contacts > Add Connections and enter your email address and password.

Now to get them into Gmail:  From Gmail (slightly more tricky) select My Contacts > More Actions > Import.  A window will open asking you for a CSV file extension.  To get this you must go to Yahoo! and select Contacts > Tools > Export.  A window will open and several options are listed, select: Yahoo! CSV and click Export Now.  A CSV file will download to your PC Downloads folder.

Return to Gmail and select the Yahoo CSV file from your Downloads folder. Then tick the box asking if you want to add the imported contacts and select either Facebook or My Contacts or New Group.  If you select My Contacts your Facebook contacts from Yahoo will merge with your existing Gmail contacts, if you select the FaceBook option your FB contacts will save in a separate file called FaceBook, or you can give it a different name by selecting the New Group option.

Now here’s a soon to be YouTube Classic:

YouTube Micro-hack

February 25, 2011

Some of you will already know this trick –  it’s nothing new but for those that don’t, try this:

Open up a YouTube video and after it starts take your cursor and click anywhere along the timeline (that’s the red bar found along the bottom of the screen indicating video duration)

After you click on the video, let it buffer for a second or two then click any number on your keyboard from 1-9. The video will jump from segment to segment respective to the numbers clicked.  If you multi-click a number in succession you can scratch…kind of. The number 0 will take you back to the start of the video.

Give it a try on this video:

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