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Now this is innovation! July 18, 2006

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Self Destruct Button

Forget that new NVidia or ATI card this summer!  This is the new essential that everyone needs.  The perfect cure for that pesky blue screen that keeps popping up…


Meerkats are way cool July 17, 2006

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Science Friday – Meerkat Teaching & Learning

One of my all time favorite shows on NPR is Science Friday.  Last week they covered some new research results being reported on another one of my favorites: Meerkats (Podcast is here).  These incredible tiny animals – related to the mongoose – are super smart and have extremely interesting social behavior.  These little guys are well documented in a recent additional to Animal Planet called Meerkat Manor which follows a decade-long university study that is focused on a single family unit.

Why I won’t be returning to Verizon in the near future July 16, 2006

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Verizon Cripples New RAZRs

While I’m on the subject of phones, I partially funded my pricey smartphone with $350 from a class action suit filed against the good folks at Verizon for crippling their first BT enabled phone in much the same way.  Since the suit of course they include a load of fine print to cover their asses.  What a greedy load of bastards these guys are.  Can you hear me now!?

What I’ve been looking at for the last three days… July 16, 2006

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Sleepy Nurse
Last Wednesday something I ate decided to turn the table and try and eat me, so I’ve gotten to spend the last three really nice Seattle summer days in bed unable to move, surrounded by four purring mounds of fluff.  My only link to the outside world has been my smartphone – I continue to really like this phone and I think I like this form factor best as well.  I have an i-Mate K-Jam (HTC Wizard) that has a slide out keyboard, leaving room for a large pda-style screen on the front.  With all the built in connectivity and huge battery life it kept me somewhat online and available even when I couldn’t get out of bed.  Really an amazing device.  Of course I’m already starting to drool over the second gen versions of this phone, but I really want built in GPS – the only missing feature really.

Life is like… July 12, 2006

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 A bowl of cherries

Holy crap! I can’t believe the tiny tree in my front yard made all of these this year! I thought it was about to die. These are quite tasty too. I think I need to buy a bowl of fertilizer as repayment now…

Forget the personal tank – how about a personal UFO? July 12, 2006

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C-Quester | One Person > Introduction

Okay, well how about a personal sub?  Still pretty cool and only 55k Euros 🙂

New MS Architecture Journal – Issue 8 available July 11, 2006

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Architecture Journal – Issue 8 – Foreword

ShoZu – Nice little Windows Mobile 5 app July 11, 2006

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As I was taking pictures of my dirty drum pedals in the previous post, I noticed a cool Flickr uploader for WM 5 phones with internet enabled.  This is a little app that uploads pictures right from your phone.  It also backs up your contact list as a bonus if you want it to.  Seemed to work fine with my I-Mate K-Jam even though it’s not on the official list of WM5 supported smartphones, so I think any WM5 phone with internet will work.  I uploaded this lovely view of Seattle at sunset I snapped the other day while heading down the hill I live on.

I’m psyched – New Pedals on the way! July 11, 2006

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DW 9000 Series Pedals

I’ve been limping along with some pretty old Tama Iron Cobra pedals I got around 12 years ago, so as a reward for all my recent work on my double bass technique I’m getting these sweet things.  Since I first saw their stuff I’ve bought nothing but dw hardware.  This stuff looks like parts my dad used to make when he worked tool and die in the aerospace industry.  Unbelievable stuff.  My feet can’t wait! 

Your Very Own Personal Tank – Popular Science July 11, 2006

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Your Very Own Personal Tank – Popular Science

Now this is cool!  I’d like to see something like this in a SUV as well 🙂