Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Worst sports image ever

Seen in this gruesome image is Tyrone Prothro breaking his left leg in two places. A very grimm moment Alabama route over the Gators 31-3. Hopefully Prothro will make a full recovery, though unlikely he will play again this year. The injury is scaryily-similar in shock value to Joe Theisman's broken leg at the hands of LT in the eighties, ending his professional football career.

Doors drummer won't allow songs to played

From BoingBoing: The LA Times has an article about Doors' drummer John Densmore's refusal to allow Doors' songs to be used in TV commercials.
"People lost their virginity to this music, got high for the first time to this music," Densmore said. "I've had people say kids died in Vietnam listening to this music, other people say they know someone who didn't commit suicide because of this music…. On stage, when we played these songs, they felt mysterious and magic. That's not for rent."
When Cadillac offered $15 million for the rights to use "Break On Through," the surviving members of the band wanted the money, but Densmore held out.
"Everyone wanted him to do it," said John Branca, an attorney who worked on the Cadillac proposal. "I told him that, really, people don't frown on this anymore. It's considered a branding exercise for the music. He told me he just couldn't sell a song to a company that was polluting the world.
WTF is a "branding exercise?" Link

Nokia 888

I'm not sure what to make of this. Is it for real? If it is, then it's one of the cooler futuristic gadgets that I have ever seen. From Yanko Design:
A personal mobile communication device which lets you be free and fun. It is light, simple and carefree. You can change its form according to your needs during the day. You dont have to carry it in your pocket or on your wrist. You can carry it anywhere, in anyform. You can roll it, bend it, put on your clothes like a clip. It also makes some form changes that makes it more ergonomical: i.e. when you want to talk on the phone, the body form turns into the form of the good old telephone. You can personalize these forms and record them. So it fits you the best in the way that you have chosen. Also e-motions let you send forms to other 888 users: i.e. you can send a heart shape to your girlfriend or a dancing figure to your friends to call them to the party tonight. This way you can talk without words.

flexible circuit boards, liquid battery, flexible touchscreen technology


Monday, October 03, 2005

Teletubbies nabbed in international cocaine bust!

This is playing out like some twisted batman/joker-beauty product mind-control cover-up. Get 'em hooked on the crank while they're young, then make a show with the characters from the bags that you used to distribute the drugs. Whats next? Are we going to wake up and discover that the hidden secret behind Lost is none-other than the holy heroin hidden inside the Mary dolls? And that we can only get more by watching 100 straight episodes of the price is right?!?.....

The Smoking Gun: Link

U.S. Insists on Internet Control

MIT Technology Review and the Washington Post are reporting on a story about the United States control being challenged/questioned for the internet's top level routers.
"We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet," said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. "Some countries want that. We think that's unacceptable."

Since the internet is basically an invention from the military network, I can see where some government officials might have a point in wanting to hold onto control. However, when something in the private sector becomes so engraved in everyday life, the same government officials do not hesitate to force regulation restrictions (e.g. power, utilities) to prevent the threat of ill use.

There are also some well-pointed technical issues concerning addressing and compliance:
Some countries have been frustrated that the United States and European countries that got on the Internet first gobbled up most of the available addresses required for computers to connect, leaving developing nations with a limited supply to share.

Tech Review: Link
Washington Post: Link offering invite only free 30GB email

Here is a new email service that offers 30GB of free storage. Thats right bitch, 30GB. Anything below 25GB is for pu**ies. Anyway, rumor has it that they're a little shady due to some kinks in the error messages and the premature terms of service agreement. Seeing as how I do not have an invite, I'd have to agree. If ya get one, hit me off :).

You decide here:
Where I got the screenshots: Flickr Photos