Archive for March, 2008

Your ironic message here

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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”

Sunday, 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.

My goodness, my Guinness

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Surger

“The SURGER sends ultrasonic sound through the beer activating that instant rush of GUINNESS magic, creating a rich black body with a tight white creamy head.”

Only works with special cans of GUINNESS.

Here’s a youtube video of the suger in action.

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JCVD

Friday, March 14th, 2008

For a moment I questioned how he could have blown all his cash, then I remembered he’s Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Is it a possible that a semi-fictional account of the life of Jean-Claude Van Damme–if made effectively sad and funny, tragically self-aware of the actor’s joke-like status and resumé, while adding a plot about his involvement in a bank robbery–could actually be pretty great?

link (thx norm)