Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Pantech/Lunar Design Pivot Cellphone Concept

Pantech/Lunar Design Pivot Cellphone Concept: "Although this looks more like an alarm clock or a desk phone rather than a cellphone, the concept phone is really supposed to fold up and fit into your pocket. The device has a swiveling screen that allows you to prop it up to angle it at your face when you're making a speakerphone call. The screen will also be used for video-conferencing, which again is made easier thanks to the prop-up-pivot

This looks like an interesting design mockup, but still has a lot of bugs to work out before it can come anywhere near production. Which is a shame, because we hate holding and angling our cellphones when we're making a speakerphone call. Isn't speakerphone supposed to keep your hands free so you can do other stuff—eat, blog—while you call? – Jason Chen

Cell PHones of the Future [BusinessWeek via TechEBlog via Sci Fi Tech]


Sanyo Katana 2?

Sanyo Katana 2?: "We got this blurry phone pic from a reader that claims it's the sequel to the Katana phone offered by Sanyo on Sprint. Tentatively titled the 'Katana 2', the phone will still be on Sprint, but curiously, has a Samsung badge on the inside. The reader couldn't explain why, and neither can we. Strange indeed. – Jason Chen


Saturday, August 12, 2006

More Insurance Games.

"This is getting really old quick", I said to my self. However there is hope on the horizion! Here is a site that does wonderful things in the way of a nice, easy to navigate, and effective tool for getting the best insurance money can buy.

Compare Insurance Quotes and Save!

more linky goodness

Dakota Tundra Directory

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Playing the quote game

Can be very confusing. Every once and a while, I like to see just how much lower my rates could be. Here is a site that I found to make it the whole process far easier.

Resources to find auto insurance quote information.

So lets say your in Cleveland, Ohio, 44101.  All you need to do  is chuck  in your Zip and away you go!  A list of several competing companies  will be right there at your finger tips.

Enter the call of tomorrow.

Sometimes you need  a way to get out  of that meeting, or an uncomfortable  dinner date. This site here is the answer to your needs. Just enter a time, a number to call, a CID number, and a time; then POOF! Use it for reminders or even for a little prank on your friends.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

How to get Traffic by attacking other Bloggers.

I think this a great point of discussion for those of us just getting into blogging. The number of feeds I read keeps growing greater and greater, however this also increases the noise to signal ratio. In other words, with all these people posting just to be posting content is really starting to make it difficult to weed out the REAL tasty bits of information on the Internet. What worries me is the ethics of some who just link bait just to obtain traffic and not to contribute anything of value.

LEGO my Reality!

Legos have always been a staple in the prototyping phase of many of my real world projects. Growing up, I have a few large tupperware boxes of these nifty  little building blocks in which to create everything from evil robots to happy island
resorts. It's so nice to see that LEGO culture continues to evolve.

This however is something that I never envisioned! An M.C. Escher woodcut  reproduced in this novel medium. It's is one of many creations that will get those creative juices pumping for your next other worldly masterpiece.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Supermarket Wine Shopping?

In highly competitive world of wineries, It can be hard to find that happy medium of price vs. quality. Here is a nice source to help with the selection process.

Supermarket Wine - An easy way to find recommended wine at your supermarket. The site lists wines on sale in supermarkets which have been reviewed and recommended by experts in the national press. Users can rate each wine and leave their own reviews.

You should have paid attention in ENGL 1003.

I personally can’t wait for our Italian Powered Genital Overlords!
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The Lesser Of Two Evils.

I just can not understand why it is so difficult for these "representatives of the people" to take the their peoples' welfare into consideration without the need to fill their gullets with the very same bile they fling at one another.

BBC NEWS | Business | Senate blocks minimum wage rise

Senate blocks minimum wage rise
Democratic Senators have voted to block a measure that would have increased the US minimum wage from its current level of $5.15 (£2.80) an hour.

The bill, already passed by the US House of Representatives, would have raised wage levels to $7.25 by 2010.

But Democrats were unhappy that it was tied to a Republican plan to cut inheritance taxes paid by the rich.

The Republican-led Senate did not gain the 60 votes needed to enable final congressional passage of the package.

Opponents of the joint bill had previously said they were not expecting the bill to gain approval in the Senate.

'Fattest cats'

On 30 July, the House of Representatives voted in favour of increasing the minimum wage from the existing hourly rate of $5.15 to $7.25 by the middle of 2009.

But the bill also included plans to cut estate taxes, which are a form of inheritance tax levied when a property transfers from one person to another following a death.

Republicans say small businesses and farmers would benefit.

But many economists argue that expanding the estate tax benefit would only serve a small slice of the US population, who are already rich.

"The Republicans can get 6.6 million Americans an increase in their basic minimum wage, as long as we promised that the fattest cats in America would get a great big bowl of tax cuts," said Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate.
Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2006/08/04 09:19:51 GMT

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The propaganda mill is running full tilt!

The new movie Miami Vice is more of the Glorious War On Drugs. According to Patricia Schwarz , a contributor, :

Back under Asa Hutchinson, the DEA held a secret meeting at tbe Beverly Hills Hotel with producers including Michael Mann and other Hollywood types known to be sympathic to the war on drugs.

The purpose of the meeting was to convince the film industry to produce content that would stimulate flagging public support for the DEA and the war on drugs.

To get producers interested, the DEA offered a previously unheard of level of access to their undercover agents, technology and operations in the war.

That's what makes this movie so special -- Mann had more direct access to the DEA than he's ever had before in his career.

Of course the reason the DEA gave this unprecedented level of access was to encourage the production of pro-DEA propaganda.

Unfortunately, Stephanie's review gave no clue whatsoever whether the DEA accomplished their goal with this film.

Now what does this all mean to John Q. Public? It means that they know that the only way to convince us all of the evils of drugs (especially marijuana ) is to show us that  cops are cool. Specifically puppy killing and floral print shirts makes you even cooler! Boycott this film. 

On a personal note: At what point did we give the okay for the government to put a lid on media whenever it affects "National Security" ? Hmm... This sounds so familiar... More on this later. Isn't that the same reason they listen to all our phone calls and emails? Disco. So in other words: if you say the wrong thing on the phone, in your blog, or even in print and television you violate National Security and therefore need to be put in Cuba with the other terrorists. This reeks of McCarthy with just a hint of Rove.

Google Goodness: Free Invites [w00t]

Google's beta services have always been highly selective, at least since gmail first came out. But here is your chance to try out the two new services from Google Labs called Gsheet (an online spreadsheet) and Writely (a M$ Word work-alike). After trying these out even a hardened Linux zealot like myself can appreciate the usefulness of being able to collaborate with MS users online. True OpenOffice has more features and  and is  allready cross platform; but have you ever tried to  get one of those users  who does  EVERYTHING in an Excel spreadsheet to even consider using  anything  else? Give it a shot!

Gsheet / Writely


Bored? Feeling nostalgic perhaps?
Check out these great golden oldies from the black and white era!
Keep these great submissions coming folks!
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Television Commercials (1950s-1960s)

SubVersion 'nuff said.

SubVersion has to be one of the greatest software systems around. As a programmer I have had gotten a lot of mileage out of it. However this seems to be a growing trend among many to start using revision management software for all sorts of uses. I like the idea of people getting organized for it's own sake. Really now at least half of the crap that comes through my filters is disjunct, unrelated, utter mindlessness. If only more people would remember that not everyone can read their messy minds for the content the were trying to convey; we wouldn't need this sort of thing. But I digress, Read this great HowTo on lifehacker  for some SV goodness.

Quality time with the wife.

The posts have been rather skimpy as of late. reasons for this are as follows:

  • broke my leg
  • spending time with the wife
  • moving my office
Under the heading of quality time we sat naked in the bare floor drooling and listening to take on me and  giggling like maniacs to a loop of Chris Griffin
from family guy; were trying to find the hidden meanings in a creepy Charles Manson kind of way.

The following diagram explains it all:

Mordours updates!

Good news cretins! It appears that Mordours has added a line of rather tasty pasteries. Consume Bitches. Consume well.
Contemporaneous Epithet: Mordours Pizza; to eat it is to love it

Monetizing can be a serious bitch.

I have been hacking at this template to get a decent weblog going for like a  week now. This is research for an e-book (or possibly a series) on how to startup a profitable blog from the ground up without investing a single dime. check back often to see a few tips and tricks.

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