iPhone 2.0

July 12th, 2008

I updated my iPhone to the 2.0 software last night. Took a total of about 2 hours through iTunes. Apparently a lot of people still can’t get to the download though.

The App Store is really cool and shows a lot of potential even if all the Apps aren’t up to snuff yet. I didn’t get any of the pay ones ($10 for a iphone game? $49 to keep track of my medical records?), but here are a few free apps I downloaded:

Salesforce: Can’t get past registration. Apparently I may need a new license for my Salesforce account.

zintin: finds others running zintin in your area and tries to get you to talk to them I guess. I’m not sure what you say to the person in the coffee shop beyond, ‘cool app, hey?’

facebook: a little bit better than running it through the normal browser.

Talking Spanish: there are a ton of language translators. Most cost $, but this free one has a bunch of basic phrases that it lists in text and will say for you.

midomi: hum or sing a song into your iphone and this will tell you the song and even play the original for you.

Bank of America: A lot of bad reviews on this one, but since I hadn’t used their mobile banking site, I didn’t notice that it’s basically the same thing. It being able to tell you where the nearest BofA ATM is makes it worth the space on my screen.

The apps are a great start and the possibilities seem endless. Some other cool ones I want to grab include:

Jott: records your voice and turns it into text

WHERE: tells you what restaurants are in your vicinity, what’s going on event-wise, where the nearest ZipCar is, etc

Save Benjis: comparison shops online while you are out in the real world.

Remote: turns the iPhone into a remote for your computers iTunes.

Harvey Milk and Harvey Dent

June 17th, 2008

It’s been almost a month since my last post. My excuses include a trip to Guatemala.

Van Sant

I attended a fantastic screening of Paranoid Park by Gus Van Sant on Friday night at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. A professor of Van Sant’s from the Rhode Island School of Design, Marian Marzynski, an accomplished filmmaker himself, spoke about Van Sant’s career and showed 3 of his school films. Paranoid Park was shown and followed by a webcast Q&A with Van Sant, who was in his editing room working on his new Harvey Milk film (which stars Sean Penn). I asked Van Sant if he had been to San Francisco much during the mid to late 70s (he lived in LA at the time) and how shooting in and about San Fran went. Van Sant said he hadn’t heard of Harvey Milk until Harvey was killed, that he hadn’t come out as a gay man yet and definitely wasn’t any sort of activist at that point. I didn’t get a chance to ask a Crime and Punishment question.

In other Harvey news, check out the wicked new look for Harvey Dent. I’m trying to contain my expectations for this movie but the first one may be my favorite comic book movie of all time, the Joker clips look fantastic and now this photo.

(thx Tati for the Harvey Dent link)

Wierdest pets ever!

May 19th, 2008

Anteater

Do your homework and be prepared to put with many surprises, if you consider an anteater as a pet. First of all, they don’t come cheap (up to $4,500) – and they need a special diet (unless you have an endless supply of ants, but even then, they need a supplement) Tamanduas are very loving, but just like cats, they tend to “let you” love them.

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Flying the fee-filled skies

May 19th, 2008

This list is helpful. I bought a ticket to Guatemala this morning for $69 each way and I’m still trying to figure out how $69 x2 = $223!

CHECKING BAGS

• Second bag – $10 (AirTran); $25 (American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Northwest, United and US Airways)

• Southwest charges starting with third bag – $25

SEAT ASSIGNMENTS

• Exit row extra legroom – $20 (AirTran); $5 to $35 (Northwest Airlines)

• Window, aisle seats in front of plane – $5 to $30 (US Airways)

• Reserving seat number in advance online – $6 (AirTran)

• Business Select early boarding – $10 to $30 more than highest fare (Southwest)

link (via consumerist)

Say it in ice, jello or butter!

May 8th, 2008

ice trays

Choose from Letters sold as a set of 3 for $19.95, Numbers sold as a single tray for $9.95, or buy the set of Letters and Numbers for $29.90.

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Gigantic environmental billboard

May 4th, 2008

Art Reef

13,000 circular modules of limestone and concrete weighing 700 pounds each will spell ‘SAVE THE REEFS’ off the coast of Miami Beach to raise awareness and create a fish habitat.

The installment will take up an area the size of 40 football fields and be visible to planes flying into MIA.

”It will be the greatest fish habitat ever created by man” said Fort Lauderdale artificial reef builder Gary Levine who is in charge of the project.

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Keep your hands off my balls

April 18th, 2008

The Florida Senate today passed an amendment to impose a $60 fine for novelty nuts that often hang off of the trailer hitches of redneck pickup trucks.

Although lawmakers said they’re widespread in North Florida, the bill says that displaying reproductions of bull genitalia — one version has the brand name Truck Nutz — on a vehicle or trailer can lead to a $60 fine, charges of a moving violations, and points against a driver license.

I’m not a fan myself, but I have to agree with Senator Steve:

“I find it shocking we’d tell people with metallic testicles on their bumpers that this is a violation,” said Sen. Steve Geller, D-Hallandale.

Apparently these things started as two baseballs inside a pair of pantyhose, but damn have they come a long way!

link (thx matt)

Bush league stunts

April 7th, 2008

Dairy Day

It’s not easy getting fans in the seats these days. Competition is tough and extras like baseball tickets are being cut from many family budgets. ESPN lists their top ten minor league promotions, including: Dairy Day (pictured above), Midget Wrestling Night and Pillow Fight Night!

Includes a great gallery of stadiums.

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Radar gLove

April 3rd, 2008

Radar Glove

Uses Doppler radar, like conventional hand-held sports and police radar speed guns and attaches to the back of any ball glove.

Endorsed by Ken Griffey Jr. “All-Century Center Fielder”

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Tooth regeneration on the way?

April 3rd, 2008

The methods still being used in 2008 are ridiculous. This is a long time coming:

The next time your children get cavities, they might get tooth regeneration instead of fillings.

That’s because materials scientists are beginning to find just the right solutions of chemicals to rebuild decayed teeth, rather than merely patching their holes. Enamel and dentin, the materials that make teeth the strongest pieces of the body, would replace the gold or ceramic fillings that currently return teeth to working order.

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Your ironic message here

March 28th, 2008

tsketch

Anything that’s drawn on the wipe-clean panel activates a glowing light beneath so that it lights up. You can also change the flashing sequence to suit your preference – from a gentle glow right through to a pulsing strobe.

link (via geekalerts)

Coworking Miami opens

March 28th, 2008

If you don’t know what coworking is, I didn’t until a talk at last month’s BarCamp Miami, it’s basically a shared office space. Or in the words of the international wiki, “Coworking is cafe-like community/collaboration space for developers, writers and independents.”

Membership at the Miami location runs from $15 a day to $260-410 per month. Not bad for an office with a high speed internet, conference room, pool and 24/7 access. Their facebook group has photos and a video.

Satellite radio changes would take time

March 26th, 2008

Alright, I’ve already purchased 3 Sirius radios in 2008, gotta draw the line somewhere!

The companies’ combined 17 million subscribers have radios that aren’t interoperable. Radios that can receive signals from both companies likely wouldn’t be available for at least a year after the merger – and a year or two after that for customers who get satellite radios via new car purchases.

Sounds like it’ll be another $3 for ‘the works’…

XM and Sirius say they plan to offer eight options that combine the companies’ offerings, such as a “mostly music” package with 65 channels, for $9.99 a month – less than the current flat rate of $12.95. Six of those eight options will be available on current radios.

The two “a la carte” packages that promise the most flexibility, however, will require new radios.

The cheapest “a la carte” option would offer 50 channels for $6.99 a month with additional channels costing 25 cents each, though premium choices, such as the NFL channel, would cost $3 or $6 each per month. Another “a la carte” plan would offer 100 channels for $14.99 a month.

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We are all made of yellow dent

March 21st, 2008

Well most of us in the states anyway. Last night I caught a preview of King Corn in a local independent theater (it will be airing on PBS next month).

Corn is everywhere. In your food and drink, in batteries, magazines, disposable diapers, even toothpaste. How it got there is another story, complicated by international tariffs, genetic engineering, chemically produced sweeteners, crop subsidies, skyrocketing grocery bills, mad cow disease and corporate agribusiness.

Watch the movie and change your diet.

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“A head-on collision between Hello Kitty and Philip K. Dick”

March 16th, 2008

Paprika

I finally got around to watching the Japanese animated film Paprika tonight. I like how the New York Film Festival summed it up:

“If Japan’s most famous anime filmmaker is Hayao Miyazaki, the most sophisticated is probably Satoshi Kon…His new movie plays like a head-on collision between Hello Kitty and Philip K. Dick…and as the characters shuttle from dream to dream, nightmare to nightmare, Paprika becomes a thrilling tour-de-force of visual invention – every frame is packed with imagination. This delightful movie is bursting with ideas about Japanese repression, multiple identities, collective dreams and the dark side of the country’s love of Cute.”

A few sources think the bad guy looks like integral psychologist Ken Wilber.

I may have to grab a few songs from the Susumu Hirasawa soundtrack.