Check out Master of My Public Domain for a some great, classic radio and tv.
So, I’m done experimenting. It’s back to my visually cumbersome progressive glasses for now. Maybe... LASIK?
Looking back today, it seems that the Cube was simply ahead of its time. It was an ingenious and striking design that missed the mark by about five years—and $1,000. But don’t tell that to the loyal Cube owners out there, from whom you couldn’t pry their Cubes from their cold, dead hands. The G4 Cube’s enduring appeal from Mac fans is a testament to its unique and visionary design that has yet to be duplicated—even in the Mac mini—to this day.
Carson Entertainment Group, which owns the archive of the late-night host's 30 years on "The Tonight Show," is set to announce Wednesday that it has digitized all 3,300 hours of existing footage from the program and created a searchable online database for producers and researchers.
Here’s Johnny online.
io9 links to the Paleo-Future site this week. The recent trend among old dudes and dudettes toward bitching about their denied promised future (flying cars, robots, you know – the stuff we don’t have) has left me cold given the fact that we live in the freakin’ future (at dinner last night I kept myself company with Wired Magazine and A State Within on this before paying for dinner with old-school plastic). Paleo–Future chronicles human endeavor’s big what-ifs in a terrific collection of ongoing articles and images. Most of them rocket me right back to a small neighborhood in Indiana when anything was possible.
And here’s the entire epic. Seeing this as a kid it made me aware of a whole new concept (to me): comedic timing.
Wouldn’t it be nice, I thought, if only one could get those backgrounds scrubbed of all those offending major and minor characters? Leave it to the web. More specifically, to Bob Richards. His site, Animation Backgrounds is something to see. Go see it.
In February 2010, the man who built the technology of Minority Report twice -- once for the movie, and once in real life -- spoke at TED about the future of user interface design. Yesterday, TED posted John Underkoffler's entire fifteen-minute video presentation -- a copy of which you'll find right after the break. Get a curated glimpse into his company's tech in the following demo, and hear from the man himself when the gloves might come off.
I’ve been using Apple TVs since their introduction. Well, trying to use them, to be precise. At the moment I have three in use wirelessly linked to different Macs. Without warning the links lose themselves and that’s when the voodoo begins. I’ll spend hours resetting, restarting, resynching to get things working again without success. Then, for some sunspotted reason, things will align themselves and behave. In spite of the trouble, I’ve successfully ditched my satellite TV provider. We’re no longer paying for TV unless it’s something we specifically want via the iTunes Store.
Now, it is rumored, that a major update is on the way. An update that might do away with local storage altogether and put all my video, audio and photos on the web. Or something. Whatever it is, it couldn’t be worse than than the current setup. Maybe. Hoping for the best.
Apple surpasses Microsoft.
For the first time in the long history of the dueling computer companies, Apple Inc.'s market capitalization passed that of rival Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday, making Apple the most valuable technology company in the world.
NBC won’t embrace the iPad.
A number of major studios that include NBC and Time Warner are deliberately rejecting HTML5 video in favor of Flash, rumors maintained today. TV networks have allegedly told Apple they have no plans to switch as the cost and results wouldn't be worthwhile. None of the involved companies has confirmed or denied the remarks.
NBC. Still stupid.
Playgrounder - The Buyer’s Guide for Kids and Parents and Cool Tools.
I wasn’t on Cool Tools thirty seconds before I bought a popcorn popper. Go poke around.
Another aspect of the iPad that stands out for CBS is that the user base is already at one million. That’s important for a content company as large as CBS because while there are other interactive TV initiatives — like Roku, Boxee and others — those products haven’t achieved the reach that the iPad has.
I’ve been iPadding for a little over a week (using Macs since 1987) and can assuredly say that this little appliance has become a solid member of my family. The biggest hits so far -- Alice and Wonderland (here) and Marvel’s comic book reader app.
“Today, of course, it’s an entirely different story: we’re all intimately familiar with the concept of the little computer in our pocket. We fell repeatedly for watered-down Palm handhelds which, in reality, we used rarely; we replaced them with iPhones, which we use too much.
Now the same critics who shit-canned the Newton for the wrong reasons are shit-canning the iPad for the wrong reasons.
The iPad, though, unlike the Newton, is going to win, and win on an epic scale.”
Not that I don’t love network notes on scripts. But I might like them better if they could be delivered via this nifty little communicator.
An incredible short film by Patrick Jean.
Watching this Turing Machine in action, even its sounds (clicks and whirrs), affects me in a way I can’t describe. But somewhere within me my geek string has been plucked. Gears. A felt tip pen. And film stock. All in a well-timed ballet of promise. A promise of technology and what we could do, and now do, with numbers.
I love these guys.
Via Neatorama, a fun collection of Warner Bros. outtakes from the 1930s.
My kids will be thrilled. Not me. Could care less. Really. Not even interested. Maybe I should get tickets now.
Via John Gruber.
For the last few days I’ve been conflicted about my non-reaction to the iPad intro. The link above resolves the conflict.
As one who’s worked in the Abbott and Costello building on a certain movie lot, this has special significance. Cue the spit-take.
When I was a kid I stumbled across Leonard Bernstein on tv explaining how and why music is music. I can safely say it changed my life. No, I don’t play an instrument or read or write music. What I was enlightened to by Bernstein was process. The creative process. A few years later, after becoming enamored with movie soundtracks, a good friend suggested that if I loved soundtracks so much I should consider going to the source: classical music. Specifically, Aaron Copland. Life changed again. BoingBoing has been posting a series called Adventures in Music that shouldn’t be missed. The above clip is one of them. Have a good Sunday.
Crooks and Liars linked to this tonight. Must repost. Pat Metheny is a guitar god.
My name is Steve Scott and I've been a reader of the works of author John D MacDonald for over 35 years. In 1981 I had the privilege of assisting Walter and Jean Shine by doing research for a second edition of their definitive Bibliography of MacDonald's novels and short stories. John was an incredibly prolific author of primarily crime and mystery fiction and, between 1946 and 1986, published nearly 400 stories and over 65 novels. I hope to use this blog to share some of my knowledge, opinions, information and artwork from an old and dusty collection of JDM stuff.
Go fall into The Trap of Solid Gold.
Steve Jobs plans to bring new hope to old media with his tablet device. It will work well as a web-searching tool, but in addition it will almost certainly offer access to a wide array of text books, newspapers, and TV shows. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs plans to "expand Apple's influence and revenue as a content middleman." The company is already a dominant force in digital music because of its iTunes business. The Journal reports Apple is in talks with major newspaper companies and textbook firms.
It looks like everyone and their next door neighbor is super excited about whatever Apple will supposable reveal on January 27th. We’re no longer asking ourselves “Will Apple launch a tablet,” or “When will the tablet be available?” No, we’re completely certain Apple will reveal a 10” touchscreen pumped up iPhone/scaled down Mac in the upcoming weeks.
Screening at midnight on 2/26/10 at the Fairfax Cinema in Los Angeles.
This is about IVP Designs. Get familiar here.
Zombie Reagan Raised From Grave To Lead GOP
You've no doubt seen late-night comics displaying odd local news headlines. If you like the joke (and who doesn't?), get your fix here.
Sweet fancy Moses.
- Apple recorded revenue of $9.87 billion and earnings of $1.67 billion, or $1.82 per share. That's up from the $7.9 billion in revenue and $1.26 per share of a year ago. And that easily fell within the range of what Wall Street was hoping for. Analysts had been expecting earnings per share somewhere between $1.24 and $1.72, and revenue between $8.74 billion and $10.55 billion.
It's going to happen. And with this, subscription-based "print" media will finally be justified.
From Wired: Picture a free magazine app that offers one sample issue and the ability to purchase future issues afterward. Or a newspaper app that only displays text articles with pictures, but paying a fee within the app unlocks an entire new digital experience packed with music and video. This is an example of the “freemium” model that Wired magazine’s Chris Anderson explains in his book Free. It’s a model that some publishers, including Wired’s parent company Condé Nast, are already experimenting with on their websites. (Our sister publication Ars Technica, for example, offers its general content for free, as well as a “Premier” subscription option for readers to access exclusive content.)
Fanboy Alert: I was born without a sports gene but do have a substantial "win one for the, Gipper" mentality. And I mean the real Gipp, not Reagan. Comes from being raised within spitting distance of Notre Dame, I guess. Anyway, for years I suffered along with everyone else who knew in their techno-hearts that Apple was the best thing going. And for years it was going down the drain. Nice to see it in juggernaut mode.
- The Cupertino, Calif.-based gizmo and computer company's earnings are expected to jump 14% Monday when it reports results for the quarter ended September.
I know. What goes up, must come down. But the company had been down for so long and so derided that this new lease on life (for Jobs, too) is sweet.
- So, what will it take to hurt Apple? Who knows. Maybe if things start going right, for a change. Bad news--and outright weird news--has only made these guys stronger. The takeaway: If aliens invade, go long on Apple.
Not to mention this bit of artistic genius.
For cool things Kubrick, check this out. When you're done there, go explore here. Great site. Great webness.
This pretty well nails the current shenanigans going on with the Right.
Poking around the web here's a couple things that are holding my interest.
Derren Brown. Check out some of his television stunts here. Nice article here at about his astounding lottery number prediction.
Apple's Snow Leopard has been a nice distraction. Tracking its fun and foibles are John Gruber and Merlin Mann, two excellent writers in the Mac and tech trade.
Check out the clip below to see some of their “findings.”
The Wire is the best show now not on television (unless it’s on your DVD player and right this moment it’s on mine). If you haven’t seen it – or maybe you tried it and gave up – there will come a time when you will become immersed. And you’ll become a zealot. You will gift seasons of The Wire to your family, your friends and to your mailman.