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Saturday, December 30, 2006

T'was great seeing all you beautiful people back at home.

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I know I did a disappearing act from nearly all my old friends these past 2 years. There's been quite a few happenings, occurances, and misfortunes that I could use to explain myself, but I won't bother. It was awesome to see all the people I caught up with during the last few days, and I wholeheartedly thank you all for being there. Also, to those in Davis - you know who you are - you guys have made life in these barren fields great. Thank you everyone, my hat goes off to all of you.

Conrad Ford - Golden Hearts (MP3)

Thursday, December 28, 2006

My Brand New Toy, Canon Powershot SD600

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Now, to find myself a waterproof case because I know what happens when Canons get wet.

Overclocker's Dream

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Nvidia parody of those "priceless" Mastercard commercials.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Don't Rush to Upgrade Your Wi-Fi Router

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The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is working on baking the latest technology into a new standard, 802.11n. This is where the "N" in Wireless-N comes from. But manufacturers haven't been waiting for the standard to be nailed down, and started putting out "Draft-N" routers and laptop cards last spring.

There is no guarantee that this equipment will be fully compatible with the finished standard, which isn't expected to ratified until 2008. Hence, it would be a bad idea to upgrade until the new standard comes out.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Happy Anniversary, Lousie. I love you!

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Just remember, all I care about talking is talking about me and you. Here's a song dedicated to just you, my Chinese Iron Chef Featherweight.

Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks (Feat- Victoria Bergsman) (MP3)

Friday, December 22, 2006

Taking Back Sunday - 12 Days of Christmas

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On with the holidays! I'm feeling it, how 'bout you?

Fuck MSI and everything rebate related.

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I've received the opportunity of getting fucked in the ass by this wishy-washy something technology maker. Why? I sent in a $150 mail-in rebate for their stupid "promotion" for a video card and got squat! Their reason? A postmark that came in one day late of their ridiculously short 14-day rebate policy.

Lesson? Say no to mail-in rebates, no to MSI products, and no to Circuit City (they're just fuckers anyway).

Update: I have just filed a report to Better Business Bureau about MSI's business practices. Let's see if this even does anything.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Final Fantasy Versus XIII

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I know, I know. The trailer is beautiful... like the trailers for Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, but the movie turned out to be complete crap. Despite this, and along with the fact that I have not completed a Final Fantasy game since VII, I am definitely looking forward to this newest installment.

Obsession #4: Yuri Ebihara

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Go ahead. Pull a search on her. You won't be able to find another one with a McChicken Sandwich in it.

Roller Coaster Tycooon Massacre!

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Wait until Jack Thompson gets a load of this. Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 puts the laughter back into manslaughter with a bowling game of massive proportions. Nothing is more fun than watching hundreds of park goers get moved down by a runaway roller coaster cart, except of course watching hundreds of people get run over by three runaway roller coaster carts. Columbine simulator this is not.

Monday, December 11, 2006

C'mon tittay... just a little bit more.

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SHARP AQUOS LC-32D50U. A beauty among beauties. Currently this set retails about $1199, around $600 less than from what it was listed a few months ago. Nonetheless, a steep price for digital eroticism.

Drop another $600 and I'm in for one.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

So what does Rainie Yang think about all this?

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"I believe you must spend less than what you make, but you know... it's always good to spoil yourself every once in a while."

Polk 5.1 Channel Home Theater Speaker System

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Add a little style and flair to your home media room with the Polk Audio RM6900 speaker system ($600). This compact six piece, 5.1-channel surround sound setup sports anodized aluminum enclosures and makes use of high tech materials and features to deliver maximum sound quality. The center channel speaker, for example, has a cradle which can aim the speaker towards the listener.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

War in Iraq

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Let's all see how the war is going over there in Iraq, shall we?

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

If it wasn't for all those goddamn monkeys!

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Seinfeld "Lost Episode" featuring Kramer's Racist Statements. Linkified.

Study finds 13% of teens with bad acne have attempted suicide.

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In other news, global warming is caused by the decrease of pirates.

Dermatologist's Mission Statement

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Step 1: Get into a great/affordable college
Step 2: Have fun and get good grades
Step 3: Kick ass on the MCAT
Step 4: Kick back, relax and apply to med schools
Step 5: Go to the best med school you can
Step 6: Shadow a dermatologist
Step 7: Do some derm related research
Step 8: Relax
Step 9: Study and rock the boards
Step 10: Do well in your clinical years
Step 11: Relax and chill with your homies
Step 12: Apply broadly
Step 13: Go to a derm residency for few years
Step 14: Relax
Step 15: Congrats, you are a Dermatologist!

Friday, November 24, 2006

Windows Vista Home Premium: OS of Choice

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After sifting through the confusing number of versions of Vista and doing some extra research here and there, I've found the best version of Vista would be the Home Premium edition.

Although I'm a bit reluctant to throw money down for the very first time in the direction of the Microsoft empire (I'm actually hoping Google takes over), I think it's better than the hours I spend trying to find cracks and downloading possible viruses onto my system.

That won't keep me from pirating everything else though *cough*... hehe.

And so I've decided...

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...Not to buy any monitor that's not HDCP compliant.

That includes the current Apple monitors. If you buy one today and connect it to your new Mac Pro, you won't be able to display HD content from a Blu-Ray player Apple may release next year, and don't expect Apple to help you when you complain. This goes the same with PC's that aren't really compatible unless you find homebrewed WinACD drivers floating around the net somewhere.

I would suggest that everyone boycott Apple displays until they add HDCP!

I really don't understand why Apple ever released the newer line of displays without HDCP. It was really stupid.

PS: I also hear Apple doesn't really attempt to repair any buggy monitors, they just replace them. Therefore, you're better off buying Apple Care to extend your crappy 1 year warranty, or else you'll get charged with a full priced monitor when you send it into repair.

SATAAANNNNNNN!!!!!!!@!!!!

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To complement's KFC's reassurance for us to buy their food, the quote of the month:

(voice of small boy, distorted): "Daddy?"
(voice of All-American father): "Yes son?"
"What does regret mean?"
"Well son, a funny thing about regret is, that it's better to regret something you have done, than to regret something you haven't done."

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Things You CAN'T Do When You're NOT In A Pool

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Ah, makes me think of a Weezer pool-side party - just without the water.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Apple Cinema 23" on a PC Desktop - Compatible?

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I've always wondered if I could use an Apple Cinema on a normal PC Desktop. Since the power button usually means "shut down" for any Mac plugged into it, does that imply it would load the shut-down screen on a PC? The brightness controls make those cool visuals on screen in that opaque white that everyone loves on a Mac, but what about on a Core 2 Duo PC desktop?

Bored at work one day, we were all curious to if it would really work. After rummaging through the millions of wires, we finally got it plugged into a Dell Optiplex at one of our demos. Here are the running differences and possible annoyances that you may run into if you plan on running an Apple Cinema on a PC:

1) You cannot power off the monitor. As long as it is plugged into its power outlet, it will stay on. I'm not sure if this was because we unplugged the monitor as it was powered-on from the Mac, or if this is just the way it is. We did not have time to further test this option.

This does bring up a particular concern, however, which is bulb life. If it must be turned off manually, or if the PC's power options fails to force the AC to turn off, we have a problem.


2) Brightness controls, as we expected, did not work. It stays at whatever brightness it was before we took it off the Apple PowerMac G5. Thus, if you really did need to adjust the brightness, I wonder if you would have to plug it into a laptop of some sort in order to do the adjustments. Again, a minimal, yet significant nuisance if you're looking to make it your primary monitor.

Onto the plus side of things:


3) We found the USB and Firewire hub worked perfectly and was picked up by Windows XP drivers immediately upon connection. We did not actually plug anything in, but we're sure that it would pick up any USB 2.0 devices if we did plug something in.

4) Seeing XP run on the AC feels like you're running Bootcamp or Parallels. A real good 1337 feeling. We did not have time to test gaming, but the refresh rate seems far better than many LCD's we've put on floor showcase. As for movie performance goes, it looked excellent - no ghosting whatsoever.

There you go for now, if anybody was interested. I know I was!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth

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Realizing by now, money is not an object - it is an acquaintance, dreadfully close and far, and seeing how Christmas and Thanksgiving Black Friday has such intimate relations with her; I, too, want a piece of the action.

All in all, though, I don't expect anything from anyone. A simple smile is enough to brighten my holiday spirit, along with the ending finale of the biological bombardment of information I've undergone this quarter. Having my two front teeth is also an added bonus.

However, being the male diploid I am, I have an undying desire to buy. Not clothes... well clothes, yes. But more so... technology! I'm awaiting those bastards to lower prices on everything this Christmas holiday season, and with whatever money I've made from the last Summer or this quarter at the UCDavis Bookstore Computer Store shall go into one of the following purchases:

Apple Cinema 23 Aluminum Bezel LCD Monitor
Canon SD700IS 6.0MP w/ 4GB SD Memory

And my continued splurge does not end there! I also want:

Sharp Aquos 32" HDTV LCD Monitor
Yamaha DGX620 88-Key Weighted Graded Hammer Action Digital Piano

And if the tides are right, throw this under my Christmas tree:

A Sweet Lamborghini

All in all, it's always nice to have a list of things you truly want - even with the fact that it would cost a lifetime to get (well the Lamborghini at least).

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Live 105 Morning Show "Aries Spears" Rap

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It's LL, it's Big Snoop. C'mon Fat Albert, who is it?

Friday, November 10, 2006

So Bad It's Good Miniboss

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With production values this bad, you just gotta let the music (and cheesy effects) wash over you.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

David Blaine Regulates

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I, too, like how he looks at the camera every time he does something amazing.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Klaxons' Gravity Rainbow

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Not a bad plan to drop New Order in favor of retro-futurism, I'm just not sure it needs its own genre just yet.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Me & My 360: Xbox Necrophilia, DS Erotica

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Wow. This certainly went in a (NSFW) direction I wasn't expecting. This one's for all you console spanking fetishists out there. WARNING: Chicken Noodle Soup in this video.

Friday, October 13, 2006

Werewolves attack!

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Return to Cookie Mountain is beautiful not simply because it comes at a time in which an album pushing musical boundaries is relevant for simply that cause, but also for the fact that its lyrical content serves as something universal. Or in this case, universally confusing.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Save the witty comments for later

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The quarter's lookin' tough. No more slackin' or loud music.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Gigabyte GA-965G-DS3 Core 2 Duo Motherboard

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It seems the on-board video option limits the overclockability of the Intel chipset. I did not know this. However, it does perform flawlessly if you do not plan on overclocking. Interested in building an extremely stable Core 2 Duo system? Message me, I'll give it to you for cheap.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Word up, Wilmington, NC.

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The first video from the Majestic Twelve's album "Schizophrenology", directed by Norwegian filmmakers Thomas Lien and Joachim Solum. Download the entire album for free here.

Friday, September 22, 2006

PS3 price cut by 20%, now includes HDMI 1.3

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Successfully sending jaws to the floor at the Tokyo Game Show 2006, Sony has announced the final price for the PS3: from $538 to $428, and to everyone's disbelief, 1.3 HDMI as well. Good move by the boys at Sony.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Where's that crap coming from?

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Blogotheque finds his way into the closet of the four-man band Grizzly Bear. The result is a haunting, yet mesmerizingly beautiful video.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Xiu Xiu's Nintendo Delivery

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Tipper Brad writes in to direct our Wii-stained eyes to this batshit insane video from escaped lunatic rockstars, Xiu Xiu. And I do mean bats. And owls. And squirrels.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Misa Campo Makes Maxim

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Nineteen-year-old Filipina-German bartender Misa Campo makes Maxim this month. Congratulate her on MySpace.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Shweeeet GiftWrap

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As much as games, we like game presents. And blog Aeropause points to this retro-looking Space Invaders wrapping paper. This isn't produced by the French artist known as "Space Invader," but rather boutique stationary maker Whimsy Press. The Space Invaders paper goes for US $4.50 for two sheets. Perfect for wrapping the Wii and the PS3 this Christmas! That is, if you can find them. Get it here.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Backpack Seat and Cooler

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Talk about something that will come in handy...think of those long concert lines or when you're at the beach or camping - something like this would be awfully nice to have. Pretty smart.

Made of Aluminum and polyester.

18 3/4h" x 12 7/8w" x 7 3/4d"

$79.00

Grab it here.

Nike Savvas: Atomic

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Things are slow nowadays, now that school is out. I'm sore from excessive quest searching and raid boss killing. In the next few weeks, I'll be step-by-step modifying my new desktop with low-noise and heat control in mind.

So in the meantime I direct you to
Gravestmor, who gives us this shot of the artist Nike Savvass's piece Atomic: full of love, full of wonder.

Suspended polystyrene balls held in place on nylon wire fill the room in a rough grid, running though the spectrum from reds to blues up the room with a few rogue orange balls escaping their hue, bubbling up into the cooler tones. Occasionally a set of industrial fans blow the whole thing into a jittery field of wobbling uncertainty. Like most things the balls soon reach thier natural frequency and begin bobbing in time, like a matrix of nervous junkies. See more here.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Imminent mass destruction.

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I've decide to pull the trigger on my new core 2 duo purchase. No Intel chip has been this hot since the good ol' 2.4C days, so I'm pretty psyched even though I have a 25 page paper due in a couple of days. Still, I've never been this excited since the last time I went to IKEA.

Here are the exact specs of my new system:

Case: Lian Li V Cool PC-V600A
Mobo: Gigabyte GA-965P-DS3
CPU: Intel Core2 Duo E6300
RAM: Patriot 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) 4-4-4-12
Video: MSI Radeon X1900XTX 512MB w/ AC Accelerox2 Cooling
Sound: Creative SB X-Fi XtremeMusic 7.1 Channels Retail
HD1: 150GB WD Raptor 10,000 RPM SATA150
HD2: 320GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 SATA
CD: NEC Silver 16x DVDRW Burner
Floppy: ALPS Silver Internal Floppy Drive
Monitor: Dell 2005FPW 20.1" Wide Aspect Monitor
Speakers: M-Audio LX4 2.1 Expandable Studio Monitors w/ Subwoofer
Keyboard: Logitech UltraX Keyboard
Mouse: Logitech MX700
Extras: Custom Lian Li Bezels, Artic Cooling 120mm Silent Fans, Rubber Grommets, Custom Filter, Wristpad, etc.
I still gotta check the clearance on the Zalman CNPS9500 and Antec TPII 550W power supply. This case is tiny, but somehow fits all these huge things into it. Kind of reminds me of those VW commercials.

But damn, that system added up quick. No new car for me, for a while.

UPDATE: Thanks Chris for the heads up. It seems the distance from the motherboard to the powersupply is a mere 95mm. That means no 9500 will be able to fit in there unless I start sawing away parts of the power supply. Recommendations? I'm thinking of the ZALMAN CNPS7700-Cu whose height clearance is 67mm.

Klooty Cocoa Puffs

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This is just a quick preview. You can't get the album in the US (unless you know what Amazon.com is) yet. It's only been released in the UK, and I'm happy to go on record as saying that this is one of the top 5 albums of the year. Download it now or buy it from Amazon. "Gods and Monsters" (I Am Kloot).

I Am Kloot - Over My Shoulder (MP3)

Friday, September 01, 2006

Success in 2006: Flickr & YouTube

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Ed Cotton at Influx has a great post on why Youtube & Flickr have had enormous success. They epitomize brands in today's longtail environment that not only embrace community but have higher goals than pure capital. That in turns translates in sales. Sneaky huh? Ed has put together a couple insightful similarities. For the full article check out their site.

From Influx:
1. Do Something Better: Find a way or a better way for people to do something they want to do- in both these cases- it's sharing digital assets

2. Believe in What You Do: It's not about a money making/get rich quick scheme. You believe there's a better way and you are going to work it out. Success is a by-product of doing good.

3. Community is Everything: Listen to your community. This is not a one way conversation- there's on-going dialog relating to "policing", standards and ideas

4. Be Soulful: Even if you sell, like Flickr, don't sell your soul. The honest, no frills approach is right. Interestingly, while many thought the Yahoo purchase would lead to the the demise of Flickr, instead, they turned out to be much more of an influence on Yahoo than could have ever been predicted.

5. Be Authentic: These companies look like they have banned or never even heard of the phrases "brand strategy" and "marketing plan?. The lack of corporate polish adds to the feeling that there are real people behind the idea.

A lot of this reminds me of "young" companies hungry to make their mark and do things their way. Inevitably companies change over time, as capital increases often they lose their aggressiveness and need to innovate. Friendster the first social networking site is a blip compared to Myspace these days, will YouTube be around in 5 years? Read more.

Teddybears Cinematic Steez.

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UK-based group brings to the table uprock junkieness.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Oh Tony, what in the hell is that?

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Command center, Ba! I'm a lyrical geneous, I deserve it!

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

T-minus 7 days and counting.

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And then I'm free. Completely free of school for approximately two weeks. During this time, I will need a refreshment. Partying is overrated. Sex is too ideal. I am taking it another step - MMORPG!

Monday, August 28, 2006

Vin Diesel is The Wheelman

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I nearly fell off my seat when I saw this trailer. Here's The Wheelman, HD for your viewing goodness.

M. Ward on The Late Show with David Letterman

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M. Ward is one of those musicians that either attracts you immediately or shows little immediate appeal. If this song, from his latest album Post War, shows little immediate appeal for you then friend, you might need to rethink a few things about what it is you’re listening to.

Farewell, Egghead and Dingbat.

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Although this may be a permanent goodbye, I must admit: good times were shared at this place. Your paint chipping, nails petruding, I had initially thought you were a herpes infested farmland with an apartment complex built on top of it. I was wrong, given time, I came to accept your forthcomings. I even held my 21st birthday in your Olympic sized vessel of liquid. Your landlord may have been the dumbest person I have ever had to deal with, but I also accepted her as a person lacking the common traits for a civilized woman.

I praise to you, you rebuilt my entire balcony after Mark tried to throw his life away by swinging around back and forth on it like a boat. You fixed my pathetically designed clothes bar, nearly five times. Your light fixtures dated, but you still continued serving light into the dark corners of our personalized rooms. You loved us, didn't you?

However, I have decided to move on to something new. I have found better things in life. Your Egghead mafia maintenance man no longer entertains me. The "merrr" jokes have gotten dry and repetitive. Your microwaves no longer heat up my soups, air conditioning takes hot hair and reuses it, and carpet has accumulated enough dirt to make my feet dark brown after a few minutes of walking around.

You're old, Almondwood.

And I might not be the first one to say this, but I will be the last. Fuck you and your goddamn showers.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

An Open Letter to My Bedbugs.

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This is why you never dumpster dive for mattresses. You never know where that shit's been.

"Then came August. I was dealing with being hivey all the time and rashy some of the time and generally very uncomfortable, but I was dealing, you know? And then you showed your faces. Literally. See, I have it figured out now. The grandaddy of all bedbugs came to play, didn't he? He must have been starving because he gave me three bites I just couldn't ignore. I mean, these were nasty, bright red and the size of a penny and really fucking itchy. That's when the lightbulb went on, bitches. There was something FUNKY going on in my bedroom and I was on to you, I just didn't have a clue that you were so stealthy. Really, you are. But I looked you up. God bless the internet. Yep, I Googled your asses and when I typed in "bites while sleeping," there you were. You are some ugly motherfuckers, too. I'm not just saying that because you've been stealing my blood without my knowledge or consent, either. You are really ugly."
Quite an entertaining read. See the complete letter.

Quite possibly the sexiest DS Lite case yet.

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Well okay, this might not be the manliest, snaked-skinned badboy you've been looking for, but Leather DS Lite Case by XO approximates the look and feel of the DS Lite remarkably well, all without sacrificing any of the brand's stylish, tech-savvy accessorizing. The 5.5" x 3.54" x 1.34" case fits the device snugly, securing with a velcro flap and housing it in 100% leather, foam padding, and an inner lining that is as smooth as velvet. There's also a strap to secure the case to your wrist. It's scheduled to be available this month--only in white, at the moment--so keep an eye out.

Anything is possible in China.

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Did you catch it? Took me about 2 minutes to figure it out.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Canon EOS 30D

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I've been debating this for a while - whether or not to invest in one of these. I used to take pictures on a daily basis, but nowadays I just sit around and let my S400 rot away in the corner. Poor guy.

I blame the condescending downward push of technological development for my personal "ehhh" towards my perfectly good camera, but I can't seem to convince myself to upgrade. The pictures look absolutely spectacular, though. See for yourself.

The other option would be the sweet looking Canon SD700 IS, now currently dropping in price. Smells like another line is coming around the corner.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Tetris Magnets: For the Fridge

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Only two minutes until your cheese meatloaf TV dinner is done. Seems like an eternity. Instead of staring at your microwave, drop some lines with these Tetris refrigerator magnets. Check em out here.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Perfectly Aligned

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Speaking of love. Anyone here like anal? We need more shows like this.

TechArt Porsche Carrera GT

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TechArt has just unveiled a customization kit for the Porsche Carrera GT. This kit includes a “new air outlet on the upper half of the front fascia,” three-piece gurney flap, one-piece spoiler lip, and a new exhaust system that increases output to 635hp (from 612hp). More pictures here.

In this prime example, money buys happiness.

Exploding TV Stands?

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Think you're all safe with your $1000 Avdeco TV stand? Take a look at this guy's stand after it exploded and you might think again.

"The top shelf of the Avdeco stand EXPLODED sending shards of glass to every corner of my bedroom. Fortunately for me, I wasn't sleeping at the time, or I would have been hit by flying glass. Amazingly, my plasma TV, fell straight down, and was resting precariously on the next two shelves."
It's good to know my little ol' IKEA birch effect furniture will be keeping me safe at home.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Nintendo 20th Anniversary T-Shirts from Japan!

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"The King of Games" officially licensed Nintendo t-shirts are now available to the westerners. Running at $40-$60 a piece though plus $12 shipping, it doesn't run cheap. Hardcore Zelda fans, however, I'm sure will be emptying their pockets for this super sweet awesome design. As for me, I need donations. Now.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Ugh god, now I want 30" of love.

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My Hindu brotha Sujah Thomas got his filthy little hands on the HD Apple Cinema 30", and that baby is huge! It makes my Dell 2005FPW look like a twig.

WSJ confirms massive Dell battery recall

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An estimated 4.1 million Dell notebook computers sold worldwide are being voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, cooperating with the US Consumer Products Safety Commission, after admitting to having received six reports of notebooks spontaneously catching fire.

Potentially affected batteries were sold with the following models of Dell notebook computers or separately as secondary batteries:

  • Latitude: D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810
  • Inspiron: 500M, 510M, 600M, 700M, 710M, 6000, 6400, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, 9400, E1505, E1705
  • Precision: M20, M60, M70, M90
  • XPS: XPS, XPS Gen2, XPS M170, XPS M1710
I know a couple of people who own these notebooks, but unfortunately they will be using them on an airplane sometime in the very near future (Tri, Danny, Karen, etc.). I suppose that isn't the very best of scenarios, but what can you do.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Nintendo Wii

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Revolution to Wii. I had my doubts at first, but it looks like Nintendo definitely have their thinking caps on straight. The games look fun, the system is like iPod sex, and I'm still not over my obsession with the DS Lite. Nintendo Power, baby, I'm renewing my subscription!

BenQ-Siemens EF81

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At 94 x 51x 15.9mm and 110g, the BenQ-Siemens EF81 is a stylish clamshell that packs plenty of performance. Sporting a 240 x 320 TFT-LCD display, external 120 x 160 TFT-LCD display, 2.0-megapixel camera, 64MB of built-in memory, MicroSD card slot, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, and a music player. Here’s the bottom line:

"BenQ-Siemens’ EF81 could be an alternative for anyone considering buying Motorola’s RAZR V3x. But you shouldn’t expect a great deal from the camera when shooting stills."
Pardon the new drool on your forearm. It's just so sexy... and I could care less about it's camera capabilities. I remember when they tried to put a bar code scanner on one. Gimmicks - all of it.

Physiology matters.

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So it seems like one of my veins are growing outside of my body, on top of one of my stretch marks. I thought it was an ingrown hair for a sec and started jabbing at it with a tweezer. I guess it's a good thing I didn't poke too hard or else I would be pulling a Dead Rising.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Television abandoned by young people

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Young people aged 16 to 24 are switching off their tellies and moving online, the telecoms watchdog Ofcom has barked.

In its latest report, Ofcom says that the "networked generation" is driving a radical shift in media consumption.

They are apparently abandoning their tellies, switching off their radios and spurning print magazines in favour of online services, the study says.

Those that remain are looking at broadband and digital TV rather than that old fashioned wireless thingee. Most are using broadband connections for internet telephone calls too.

A spokesOfcom said that 16 to 24 year olds spend nearly three hours on the world wide wibble each week.

More than 70 per cent use some kind of social networking site, such as My Space, and one in five have their own website or blog.

As a result they are watching seven hours less TV per week than the average viewer. More at the Beeb, here.

Just shows why we should just privatize social security.

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After taking it upon myself to do something responsible and acknowledgable, I get fucked in the ass.

Over 20% taken from my paycheck. Is that even normal?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Sticker nose-dive into Craigslist and WGA.

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Windows Genuine Validation has properly owned me as a leet haxor. I'm completely stumped at getting a crack to properly overwrite a file that is under constant use. My final option would probably be to boot from a floppy disk into MS-DOS and try to manually overwrite it from there, but I don't even have those floppy things laying around anymore. I'll probably have to go to the store and buy a 10-pack for two bucks.

I have a confession: I've been a Craigslist whore lately. Constantly sucker punching anyone that offers a futon for more than $50, asking for $55 when I listed $50, and throwing bargaining chips at people like they're french fries. I can't believe some people though - they try and sell me an outdated projection TV for $1500. I mean, c'mon! I don't care if it's 62" and that you paid $3300 for it like less than 6 months ago; here's my $500, take it or leave it! Ah, but it sure does work wonders when a good deal comes along.

UPDATE: Found this site with a bunch of other bright ideas, might give that a run through. For reference if anyone has this problem running a pirated version of Windows. Looks like option #3 works the best for most people. I shall download the hacks and give you my success story in a few days.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Negative Calorie Drinks and Foods

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Despite being somewhat of a health nut, I somehow missed out on the studies surrounding the negative calorie diet.

Don’t let the name fool you, the contents of the food aren’t created of something like antimatter, which annihilate calories. Rather, they are filled with relatively less calories than it takes to consume them.

For instance, you eat a vegetable such as broccoli that contains 25 or so calories and your body naturally must expend about 80 calories in order to digest it. Simple math shows that more energy is used than received.

Apparently there is a new softdrink on the market called Celsius. Its creators claim that it not only fits this “negative calorie” paradigm, but that it also comes in three tasty flavors: cola, lemon & lime, and ginger ale.

Other foods that are considered to have “negative calories”:

Asparagus, Beets, Cabbage (green), Cauliflower, Clams, Celery root, Chile peppers, Cucumber, Dandelion, Carrots, Endive, Garden cress, Garlic, Papaya, Radishes, Spinach, Turnip, Zucchini, Cranberries, Apples, Oranges, Lettuce, Grapefruit, Pineapples, Tangerines, Strawberries, Raspberries, Onions.

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