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Month: January, 2007

Gibson sneaks into the Trailer of Apocalypto; Babies Weep

Mel Gibson is a sneaky little turd. Go to the trailer for Apocalypto [link]. When you see a monkey, scan back frame by frame until you see his sneaky mugshot smoking his sneaky cigarette resting his sneaky sinister hand on a sneaky chalky native.

Why is this here? Well there’s a long answer and there’s a short answer. Trouble is, I don’t know either. If I HAD to guess, I’d say he put himself into the trailer in an attempt to subliminally reintroduce his friendly visage into the hearts and minds of a public increasingly disturbed by him.

Now I like him. So what next?

Bamboo Bicycles

Yep. It’s made of bamboo. Found here.

As I park the bamboo bicycle in front of the Shop in order to have a black currant juice it feels almost as if I am dismounting a Harley right next to a caf?© – several people come over to touch the frame and to check out how the bike is made.

“Where have you got that from?‚Äù they ask, here in the Paradise of Bicycles, the almost car-free town in the middle of Copenhagen.

So where have I got it from? – Well, from The Smithy next to The Grey Hall. The Smithy of Christiania has for the last 30 years been a furnace of innovation on the bicycle front. First came the Dursly-Pedersen bicycle whose rider feels like he is in a camels saddle. Then came the bicycle trailer, which became car free families way of transporting groceries on holidays and on weekdays, and at the moment The Smithy sells carrier bicycles for the transportation of children and many an odd purpose. And now the bamboo bicycle is being introduced.

Wintersleep “Jaws of Life”


Great Music Video by Wintersleep: “Jaws of Life”, Dir. Sean Wainsteim (with James Mejia).
Video here.
via antville.
Watch it first with the volume turned down.

How Smart is the Average Person?

“best buy, sears, victoria’s secret”
Q: “What do you think of tourists?” — A: “Manhattan!”

Conjoined Twins

Following up on the instances of two-headed cats, here’s two heading people:

Abigail and Brittany

Rock Band fronted By Conjoined Twins

Escalating Iraq

A cartoon from Harpers.org.

O’Reilly, Colbert, Stewart: Triple Threat Kabooom

There’s something wholly magical about the Colbert+Stewart vs. O’Reilly interviews battles. After watching them, you really get the feeling that both sides are speaking different languages. When these personalities and ideals clash, it’s like seeing apple’s being thrown at oranges in an epic battle. The fruits of their arguments just vaporize on contact. Without revealing who I’m rooting for, let me just say this: Why is there no conservative comedy news show? Why are the top political blogs overwhelmingly left-leaning? Anyways… here they are:
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Revisiting the Republican National Convention of 2004

It seems like only yesterday when ‘police state’ was a common phrase around town. I got a major kick out of this when it came out.

iPhone is Well-Engineered Hype

Hypnosis through Design

But It’s so sexy guys

I’ve recently become a bit tired of all the hoohaa hotdamn hotcakin’ over Apple’s iPhone. It truly does not deserve it. What Apple has mastered is design. That is it. The phone’s features are poor, it’s price tag is three times its estimated cost to build [$245 to build, and $599 to buy with 2 year contract] and it is a crippled internet device. It’s fun to put its slick user interface up on a pedestal, but at the end of a day it is a Ipod with a ‘service activation fee required’ phone attached. Venture IT dude Michael Robertson (CEO of Linspire) had this to say about the iPhone’s features:

To change tunes or videos requires a PC a USB cable and iTunes software. (Yes, you read this right. Surprised you didn’t see this in any of the press accounts?) This misses the entire benefit of a wireless device. You might as well tape an iPod to your existing phone because that’s all the iPhone is.

And it doesn’t seem that Apple is completely forthcoming about the phone’s internet capabilities.

While iPhone promos tout WiFi, I’d contend they don’t support WiFi, but “wiff” a partial implementation popular by companies trying to lock consumers in. Wiff companies either limit what hotspots you can connect to as Earthlink’s does in their ridiculous VOIP phone, or they limit what you can use the WiFi for, as Apple does.

Not a Smart Phone

The smart phone the industry needs now is an open source tablet that allows unrestricted WiFi and everything that comes with it: Free Internet Phones, non-Digital Rights Management music downloads. When entering a Wifi enabled zone, the user should be able to use their SipPhone through Project Gizmo or their own PBX services. Calling the iPhone a smart phone is slightly accurate if you look at its navigation features. But even that cannot be called revolutionary. The iPhone will likely be popular among the jetset Apple junkies.

What if you want to download an MP3 to your ipod? Nope. Streaming Mp3s from your own webserver? I doubt it.

Time to Move to Japan

Now Here’s a real phone my brethren. Japan wins again.

Streaming Digital Video. Mayan Calendar at No Extra Cost
The w44s Bravia by Ericsson
W44S Bravia.

Here’s Steve Ballmer, for once not screaming about developers:

BALMER LAUGHS AT IT:

Patches the White Stallion of mystery…

Patches the Dog horse:

“Let’s go get us a cheeseburger”
“Nope he don’t like coke much”