The Mysteries of #Helix

Artwork from Helix - new SyFy TV show

If you’ve been locked in a box on Mars, you might not have heard of the new SyFy show, Helix, by Ron Moore (of Battlestar Galactica fame) which premieres tomorrow, 10 January at 10pm ET.

And if you haven’t visited the SyFy Helix microsite, you may be unaware of the mysterious videos hinting at medical research and missing people.  Is Arctic BioSystems to blame?

Hack:

Meditation:

How creepy is that woman at the end?!?

The Arctic: (aka Poor Dr. Raver)

Incident:

YIKES!

Interviews:

I’ve got to be honest here – I don’t think a job with Arctic BioSystems is really a great career move.

Will you be watching Helix?

Embrace mystery,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

WordPress How-To: Create a Redirect to a Random Post

Prior to WordPress version 3.8, I had this wonderful little plugin called “Random Redirect” written by Matt Mullenweg. That little plugin served this blog, and Bionic Beauty, for over four and a half years! Sadly, WordPress 3.8 with Jetpack completely borked the use of Random Redirect and its successor, “Random Redirect 2”.

Creating magic with WordPress - tutorials by Bionic StyleWhat’s a blogger to do? I LOVE my little “Surprise Me” graphic in the sidebar that whisks readers off to a random post. It’s simply awesome.

I set off seeking a replacement.
And ker-splat.
Nothing worked.

Then… a lightbulb moment! I already have the completely awesome “Redirection” plugin by John Godley. I’ve used it in the past to handle 301 redirects with ease.

In this case, we’re looking for a nifty bit of code to allow website visitors to click on a link (or image), such as the Surprise Me graphic in this site’s sidebar; the click action needs to trigger the code to magically send the visitor to a random article.

How to Make the Magic:

  1. Install the Redirection plugin by John Godley. Get it at Godley’s own website or from WordPress.org.
  2. Active the plugin.
  3. In your WordPress admin, select Tools, then Redirection.
  4. In “Add New Redirection” type: http://your-domain.com/?random  *Remember to replace your-domain.com with your own domain name.
  5. Set Match field to “URL only”.
  6. Set Action field to “Redirect to random post”.
  7. Tap that Add Redirection button to save!
  8. Head over to your theme/layout/code/wherever you’d like your redirect placed and insert the link using the code from step 4:  http://your-domain.com/?random
  9. For example: < a href="http://bionic-style.com/?random" title="Read a random article on Bionic Style!">Random Post!< /a>. *If you copy/paste this code directly, be sure you remove the spaces after each “<“.
  10. Enjoy the wondrousness that is a surprise random redirect to one of your own articles!

Happy coding,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

Santa Gets Google Glass!

Happy holidays!! I’ve been waffling on a Christmas home screen design for my Android Nexus 4, when what to my wondering eyes should appear, but geektastic inspiration!

When you combine me:
+ watching the holiday episode of EUReKA (O Little Town, in case you’re wondering),
+ drooling over the way-out-of-my-budget Google Glasses,
+ my adoration of bi-planes with wood-enhanced cockpits…

The result is Santa employing a HUD (heads up display), via a customized Google Glass interface, while delivering his presents to the town of Eureka on Christmas eve!  Your phone becomes a window to Santa’s point-of-view while driving his reindeer-powered sleigh.

Here’s how it looks on my Nexus 4:

Want it for your own phone?
Click the wallpaper image below to view it full size, then right click (or long press if you’re on an Android phone) and choose Save. Easy as pie! 🙂 Then set it as your wallpaper. I used a single screen so just the center of the wallpaper shows – but it’s up to your personal preference.
Santa's Sleigh - HUD - Heads Up Display - Google Glass

Totally awesome screen features!
+ One 4×4 widget using UCCW for the HUD/Google Glass interface.
+ The center targeting circle displays battery status with fluctuating color.
+ OK, Santa takes you straight to Google Now.
+ Reindeer-powered! Rudolph’s glowing nose!
+ Weather conditions, icon, and current temp for Santa’s location.
+ App drawer & favorite apps are easily accessed by clicking two of the stars!
+ The coolest part? The 3 tiny glowing dots light up when there’s a missed call, new email, or unread text; and they fade when nothing is new!!

If you’d like the UCCW and Zooper widget files to set this up on your own phone, please leave me a comment below (or use my contact form) and I’ll get them uploaded for sharing. Questions, comments, and constructive feedback are always welcome!

Merry Christmas to all and I hope Santa brings you everything your heart desires,
Jami - author and editor of the Bionic Style blog

Who is the Mysterious Google Elf?

Does anyone know who made the awesome paper crafts and designs for the Google Play 2013 “holiday sale” promotional images???

If you haven’t spotted them yet, the images are sprinkled throughout the Play Store app as well as the ol’ standard browser-based Play Store. There are even paper versions of the Nexus family of phones and tablets! *geek squeal!*

Happy Holidays from the mysterious Google Play Elves!

The Google Play Store holiday section just says from “the Google Play Elves” and the (totally awesome!) behind-the-scenes video shows a bearded mystery man…

Here’s the video:

On a further note… A series of images like this would make incredible holiday wallpapers for the Nexus 4, 5, 7, 10 and other Android devices!

Whoever the creative designer was for this campaign, he’s certainly a talented guy.

Happy holidays y’all,
Jami

DIY Nerf Dart Ammo Cans

I confess. I have about a hundred Nerf foam darts and a couple of blasters too. Geeky? Maybe. Fun? Definitely!

If you have Nerf darts in your home, you are aware of how far and wide they can spread.  I’ve been pondering a storage solution for a few weeks now and finally figured it out!

Without further babbling, I present my Darts of Doom coffee cans!

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Do it yourself Nerf dart storage cans

It’s a pretty simple project.

The How To:
+  Collect a few coffee cans. I used 3 Folger’s plastic coffee cans with lids.
+  Spray the cans with a black or dark base coat to cover the printed-on labeling. Let dry.
+  Spray the cans and lids with your chosen color.  I used Rustoleum Camouflage spray paint in OD Green.
+  Add a second coat.
+  Write on your preferred wording! You can do this by hand, or print the wording on heavy card stock and cut out the inner parts of the letters to make your own stencil.
+  Place stencil on your can.  Use a fine point pencil to trace the letters on.
+  Fill in your tracings with paint pens!  I used a red extra fine by DecoColor and an ivory/cream fine paint pen by Painters.
+  Let dry for a few hours.
+  Spray coat the whole shebang with matte clear coat spray paint.
+  Stuff your Nerf darts inside!

Happy Nerfing y’all,
Jami

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