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Peeve Farm
Breeding peeves for show, not just to keep as pets
Brian Tiemann
Silicon ValleyNew York-based purveyor of a confusing mixture of Apple punditry, political bile, and sports car rentals.

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Saturday, May 10, 2008
20:14 - Even Steve may not have thought of that
http://www.pastperfect.com/Catalogue/Pre-loaded-iPods/sc1721.aspx

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Sometimes I get so deeply buried in the iTunes-ified total control milieu of digital music-type stuff that I forget how alien and—let's face it—unnecessary all the ripping/mixing/burning of it all is to a whole lot of people.

Loaded iPods make a great gift and with no complicated downloading of tracks are ideal for less technically minded lovers of nostalgic music - just a brand new music collection ready to enjoy at the touch of a button.

I never even really considered that, but it's true. You never need to sync the thing to a computer in order to use it; you just need to keep it charged. And these days, iPods are of such capacity that $250 just for the music alone can be a bargain, to say nothing of the player it comes on.

'Course, this all assumes that the music is being legally redistributed and all; I'm guessing that the fact that this is a "Vintage music" site has something to do with that. But still, neat idea.

Via JMH.


Thursday, May 8, 2008
20:23 - MUMORPUGER
http://www.danwei.org/electronic_games/gambling_your_life_away_in_zt.php

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Quite an article here on ZT Online, a Chinese online RPG that makes World of Warcraft look like ... like ... like some kind of pleasantly cooperative, non-mercenary, healthily creative thing. Which I guess in many ways it is.

I dunno. If we're meant to look to the East to see our future, it somehow makes me all the less keen on Great Leaps Forward.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008
00:54 - No accounting for, uh, taste
http://news14.com/content/top_stories/595243/pride-of-lions-create-works-of-art/Defa

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Wow... apparently there's a bit of speciesist one-upmanship going on in the animal art world.

Very amusing, to be sure, but somehow—even if it's just the result of intensive training—I think the elephant art is a little bit more of a marvel. But, hey, apples and oranges.

My favorite part, though, is where the story talks about "tempura paint". Which I guess is what they fry brightly colored vegetables in...

Via Mark.


10:48 - There's "The Truth", and then there's "The Truth"...
http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2008-nissan-gt-r-review/

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Here's what I like about TTAC: much like every car magazine that starts out with lofty but unsustainable goals of being unencumbered by the need to placate their advertisers by not issuing negative reviews of anything, these guys actually aren't afraid to give a thumbs-down where it's deserved.

Plus they use phrases like "a pointless, nerdy, twin-turbo, electronics-laden technological curiosity" to describe cars like the new Nissan GT-R.

Granted, reflexive or contrarian negativity (like you get from moody academic movie reviewers or restaurant critics) is tiring too. But in an age where it's pretty damn hard to buy a truly bad car, it's good to get what amusement can be had from an enjoyably well-written panning.

Me? I just think the thing's ugly as hell.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008
00:20 - Oh for crap's sake
http://stuckincustoms.com/2006/06/06/548/

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Yeah, I needed another hobby.



HDR.

Dammit.



12:06 - Great, Fox—now do this for Mitchell Hurwitz
http://www.canada.com/topics/entertainment/story.html?id=c1da3179-7e04-41aa-8ee2-c16

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Well, I guess our little Second Golden Age of Animation was good while it lasted:

From wunderkind to TV mogul: After 2 1/2 years of negotiations, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has inked a new overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV that would make him the highest-paid writer-producer working in television.

The pact, which could be worth more than $100 million, will keep MacFarlane at 20th TV through 2012. It covers his services on Guy and his other two animated series for 20th TV and Fox -- American Dad! and the upcoming Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show -- as well as his series development, which includes a multicamera comedy with Guy writer Gary Janetti.

Hey, why stop at three? Clearly the demand is there for an infinitude of rubber-stamp clone shows of what was a rubber-stamp clone show to begin with.

Via Dean Esmay, who on this point at least is seriously loopy.


Monday, May 5, 2008
01:21 - Eat up Martha
http://daringfireball.net/2008/05/regarding_the_iphone_keyboard

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Something about this feels awfully familiar:

But here’s the rub: if it takes a week of use to get the hang of the iPhone keyboard and a month to get good at it, how does Apple convince a current BlackBerry/Treo/Sidekick/BlackJack/whatever owner who is particularly skeptical about the keyboard? A few minutes pecking away on a demo unit in an Apple Store are likely to yield disappointing results.

In other words, the iPhone really is a do-over of the Newton.

The Newton was hobbled by the same it-takes-some-time-to-get-used-to-it learning period. The difference was that the Newton had only the Mac's installed base of faithful to buy it and put up with it long enough to get to where they would evangelize it. The iPhone has an iPod-sized evangelism base—much bigger, much more willing to make that leap of faith. And it doesn't hurt that the learning curve is a lot less steep and protracted on the iPhone than on the Newton.

So while the Newton didn't achieve escape velocity—being overtaken by the likes of Garry Trudeau and Nelson Muntz, dragging it back to earth before it could win their hearts and minds—the iPhone has at least managed to climb to an altitude where it's safely above such forces and can concentrate on bigger things.

At least for now.



00:32 - So brilliant it took the French to think of it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVIwropRMME

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Lookee here. Our fuel troubles are over! Compressed air will save us!

...Because air just compresses itself!

My favorite part, of course, is the reaction from the commenters:

"embedding disabled by request".

One topic that EVERYONE needs to know about! This requires people to spread the news, And yet they wont allow us to over bullshit copywrite laws, just so they can make more money. Fucking corporations.

Yeah, Google, that notorious tool of the oil companies. And Journeyman Pictures, "London's leading independent distributor of topical news features, documentaries and footage." Why, it's a veritable snakepit of bemonocled tycoons, it is.

Ah well—I guess these inventors and their fans will be very happy together.



13:45 - Life is skittles and life is beer

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Ah, spring: that wonderful time when birds twitter in the rafters of the Home Depot and the barren tree-lined roads are suddenly awash in color. Man, the stuff vegetation does is something else around here.



Here I'd become used to springtime colors being limited to the whites and pinks of crape myrtles. But here... man. There's these pear trees that I first saw in Atlanta visiting my brother, the ones that line the sidewalks with white petals everywhere you turn—apparently they're becoming hugely popular in landscapers' portfolios everywhere in the East, and here is no exception.

Then there's this ridiculous thing:



I don't even know what the hell that is, but—I'm sorry, that is just overkill. You're not supposed to have more flowers than leaves, okay?

Bah. Nobody ever listens to me. Least of all plants.


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