Thursday, July 31, 2008

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Trailer 

That's right, it's on RuTube.
If you go to the site you can see it fullscreen and it looks pretty good.

HQ versions Here

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Dump Stat 

Some great slides from an IBM presentation about computers from 1975:

Data Base


Fun story about the guy on the cover of Abbey Road.
"I just happened to look up, and I saw those guys walking across the street like a line of ducks," he recalls. "A bunch of kooks, I called them, because they were rather radical-looking at that time. You didn't walk around in London barefoot."


Serial Killer or computer programmer? You take the quiz.
If you think about it, it could go either way.


Rush playing "Tom Sawyer" on Rock Band.
(They don't do well)


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A shocking discovery about the new Juliana Hatfield cover.


Some really great motivational posters, including many revolving around D&D.



“Hey, look, the truck’s stopping.”
“Did they take us to the park this time?”
“No—it’s a fire. Another horrible fire.”
“What the hell is wrong with these people?”

Hilarious Animal Jokes.


A great photo of Groucho Marx and W. C. Fields at a surprise birthday party given for Edgar Bergen.


Imagine that conversation.


Thanks Greg
Thanks Steve
Thanks Dan
Thanks Chris

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Smoke Stack 

Hard bop legend Johnny Griffin? He's D.Y.K..


I highly recommend listening to this version of "The Way You Look Tonight" from the album A Blowin' Session which cooks like none other. (Song info here.)

He will be missed.


Thanks Rudy Van Gelder

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Monday, July 21, 2008


Spectacular cover of The Who's "A Quick One While He's Away" performed by My Morning Jacket and Eddie Vedder:

Part 1

Part 2

Such an elaborate song with a million parts and intricate harmonies. In case you haven't heard the legend, apparently:
The Who wanted to feature a cellist in one section of “A Quick One, While He’s Away,” but the cost proved prohibitive. Therefore, in lieu of the actual instrument, the band simply chanted “cello cello cello cello!” in the spot where the instrument would have appeared.

This is the song in Rushmore when Max has just put bees into Bill Murray's hotel room and is coming out of the elevator. A total jam.

The My Morning Jacket guys nail the vocals and music so accurately...a total achievement.


Thanks Pete

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Sunday, July 20, 2008

iPod Touch/iPhone Apps 

So I recently upgraded my iPod Touch with the new $10 software thingy and have access to a bunch of cool applications on the device. A handful of the coolest:

iTunes Remote
This little app goes over my wi-fi network and allows me to view all of the music on my laptop and then play a song, change the song that is playing, turn the volume up and down and even see the cover art for the song that is currently playing, all from the device in your hand. The suave James Bond way to think about it is to be hosting a cocktail party with the music powered by your iTunes and slyly adjusting the volume and skipping over crappy songs remotely. This is also handy if you have speakers on your porch and all of the music is in the house. As long as you can access your wi-fi, you can play DJ remotely.


Despite the dorky name, this little app is pretty amazing. It gives you nearly realtime events happening in any MLB baseball game. Who is playing what position, who's on base, what's happening in the game. I found this screenshot that shows it off better than I can explain it.

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Unlike the iTouch's native weather app (which is a little lacking) the WeatherBug app tells you immediate conditions in your area, gives forecasts for tomorrow, shows you the radar map, and offers views of public weather webcams in your area. AND you can set up to three different regions so you can tell if your mansion in Laurel Canyon is getting enough sun.

Boring video here:


A brilliantly simple app that shows you the movies playing in your area and the showtimes. It give a tiny bit of data and the rating from


Last.FM and Pandora
Apps Apps
Two streaming radio applications based on their online services. I haven't dug into them too deeply yet (I'm imagining I'll do more with the Last.FM app) because I've been too busy playing:


...which is this hilarious (although pretty basic) game/parlor trick where you need to pass a pint of Carling beer down the bar to a thirsty patron. You guide the pint along the bar by tipping the iPod in the direction you want the glass to slide. When you finish a level, your iPod fills with virtual sloshing beer that you can tip back and pour out. This video does it justice:

The incredible thing is that all of these apps were free.

The thing that I keep hitting on is that I would use a lot of these things when I'm out in the car or waiting in line at the bank and unless I can snag wi-fi from somewhere (not likely in the car) I'm boned. The real appeal of the iPhone is that as long as you have a cell connection you can use all of these things.

My question is: Which other (preferably free) apps are worth checking out? I've grabbed a couple free games but they've been lame. I'd like to find something whose icon blinks or vibrates when an open wi-fi connection is around. Does that exist? (And keep in mind I don't have a built-in speaker like the iPhone does, so the lightsaber app does me no good.)


Thanks Steve Jobs

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Who Watches the Watchmen Trailer? I Do! 

Holy Moly! Watchmen trailer anyone?



Thanks GoldenFiddle

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