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Entries for week beginning February 11, 2007

February 17, 2007

Wake n' Bacon

Who *wouldn’t* want to be woken up by the smell of cooking bacon?

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Joy’s First Question to Me, As I’m Showing Off My New MacBook Pro That I’m Really Excited About

“Does it have Minesweeper?”

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Don Norman's jnd.org / UI Breakthrough-Command Line Interfaces

Don Norman on search boxes being the command lines of today.

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Peter Callesen's Framed A4 Papercuts

Amazing artwork created from a single sheet of A4 paper.

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February 16, 2007

YouTube - Scissor Sisters Live - Take Your Mama

Another great live puppetry performance with the Scissor Sisters from last year’s Brit Awards. I love the way the entire set erupts to life.

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YouTube - Scissor Sisters at the Brits - I Don't Feel Like Dancing

Stonking live performance by the Scissor Sisters. Disembodied legs and floating singers a-go-go. $5 says the Jim Henson Creature Shop was involved.

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Mac Buyer's Guide: Know When to Buy Your Mac

Guide showing the time periods between Apple product line refreshes. Trying to decide if I want to pull the trigger on buying a MacBook now, or wait out a month and see if something faster and shinier comes along.

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February 15, 2007

WFMU's Beware of the Blog: The Sixty Second Song Remix Contest (mp3s)

Taking lengthy songs and shrinking them down to minute-long morsels. “Bohemian Rhapsody” snipped to sixty seconds is an improvement, if you ask me.

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February 14, 2007

YouTube - AsahiSUPERDRY CM "Change! Daisuke Matsuzaka"

First sighting of Dice-K in a Red Sox uniform? Pounding back a beer n a Japanese commercial. Reading about the start of spring training is getting me excited for the upcoming season. Let’s Go Red Sox!

Franken Enters Minn. Senate Race - New York Times

Al Franken’s announced his senate run for 2008. I’d vote for him.

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February 13, 2007

Everybody Votes

I’m in the middle of flipping between writing two emails and a document, and getting nothing completed, when I get distracted by the shiny blue light on my Wii. A message has arrived! What can it say? I must drop everything immediately and become distracted.

It was heralding the arrival of a new free channel called Everybody Votes. (there are some photos at Kotaku)

It’s kind of cute. You vote (with entertaining Mii graphics) on silly little questions like “Do you prefer cats or dogs?”, then predict how you think the majority will vote. Nosing around it, it looks like you get feedback on how well you predict the populous, as well as how far you verge from normal.

Joy happened to walk by as I was playing, so I got her to join in. It was fun comparing our votes, and if Nintendo were to expand it to allow you to compare with your Wii friends, I could see this becoming wicked popular, especially when you consider all the silly meme polls that flood LiveJournal and the like. People like showing off their opinion (plus comparing scores!)

If nothing else, it acts as an example of out-there thinking from someone at Nintendo. You wouldn’t see this on a PS3!


CD Purchase: The Polyphonic Spree - Wait

BarCamp / BarCampBoston2

BarCampBoston2 is on for March 17th & 18th, at the Stata Center at MIT.

ChipLog: VMware Workstation 6.0 beta 3

Wow, Record/Replay sounds useful. Similar to the Java Omniscient Debugger, but capturing the whole machine state. Looks like VMWare are doing a good job of differentiating their free and pay-for versions.


I’ve seen a bunch of links to instructions on how to install the Vista “Upgrade” edition on a PC without an existing Windows partition, something that theoretically shouldn’t be allowed.

I can’t help but feel that this is nothing new—It reminded me of something a friend at Uni was told by Microsoft support 10 years ago.

After a catastrophic PC failure, he was reinstalling software. He had the Office 95 upgrade disc, which required you to insert the installation disk from an earlier version of one of the Office tools to “prove” that you were upgrading. Unfortunately, he’d left all the old disks at his parents’ house.

So, after calling round friends in something of a panic (there was no doubt a paper due) to see if anyone had an old office disk (no-one did), he called up Microsoft support to ask what he could do.

“Oh, when you’re asked to point to an old installation disk,” he was told, “just point it to the Office 95 disk you’re currently installing from. That will work.”

And it did.

February 12, 2007

Mac Rumors: More Multitouch from Jeff Han

I saw the demo of this last year at ETech, and it was mindblowing. We’re inching closer to the Minority Report user interface.

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When The Pawn…

CD Purchase: Fiona Apple - When The Pawn…

The Graffiti Artist

CD Purchase: Kid Loco - The Graffiti Artist

meish.org :: Be My Anti-Valentine

Splendid e-cards for those who aren’t into the whole Hallmark holiday thang.

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