Best. NSFW. Video. Ever.
Back in 2009, I started a podcast entitled The Sunday Talk. It was never a massive success, but one element that was amazing was the theme tune composed for us by Mark Blasco. Loosely based on the theme tune used for the Channel Ten series The Panel, what we ended up with was a simply amazing piece of work. So impressive.
While it was a shame that the final Microsoft CES keynote did not include news that was more Earth shattering than what we got, I guess this final keynote does go some way towards proving why it is a good idea for Microsoft to be pulling out of CES - January is just the wrong time. That aside, there were a few great nuggets to come out of the presentation, which Paul Thurrott has summarised and critiqued nicely.
One of the wonderful things about the information highway is that virtual equity is far easier to achieve than real-world equity. We are all created equal in the virtual world and we can use this equality to help address some of the sociological problems that society has yet to solve in the physical world.
Time to level up!
For Christmas I received an Amazon Kindle from my parents. Have been thinking about getting one for months, because first and foremost I wanted to start purchasing eBooks going forward. Since moving from Hervey Bay 13 months ago, I’ve realised that having to lug around a whole heap of books is quite a pain. So being able to have an entire Library stored on a slim Star Trek-esque device was certainly appealing.
Originally I had wanted to get the latest generation Kindle, but eventually ended up with a Kindle Keyboard model. This was a good move, for one simple reason - it allowed me to also sync up my Audible audiobooks to the device as well (the latest Kindle available in Australia does not support Audible). So now not only do I have access to a growing library of eBooks, but also to all of my Audible purchases.
In another sign of where things are moving, the device comes with WiFi built in - which means that so long as I can connected to a WiFi network, I can actually purchase directly from the Amazon store - books, magazines, newspapers, and even Audible audiobooks. Once you purchase the content on the device, it is wirelessly sycned down from the Amazon S3 server. Certainly all very cool.
Another appealing aspect of the Kindle is the eInk screen. As opposed to something like a laptop or an iPad, in which the screen is backlit, eInk causes less strain on the eye (basically because you don’t have a torch shining into your face whilst reading) and thus makes for a more pleasing reading solution. While it’s only black & white right now, there’s already colour eInk technology being demonstrated out there, and I won’t be surprised to see a colour eInk Kindle in 12 - 18 months.
I am pleased to have finally made the move to a Kindle, and have zero regrets about owning this device. Already this year I’ve spent a ton on new books to read, and I cannot see this as a trend that won’t continue. The combination of a cheap & easy purchasing solution, coupled with the portability of the device itself, makes the Amazon Kindle such an amazing product.
Even though this is nearly 20 years old, the gag here is still just as priceless. The fact it was filmed on a standard early 1990s domestic camcorder (a hallmark of the Working Dog team) makes the entire sketch work so much better. This was the first in a series of “Pissweak World” sketches, and they are all well worth checking out. I wish the Late Show boys and girls were still doing some form of sketch comedy…
Back in 2002, I was in talks with a local CGI / film-maker called James Miller to produce a Doctor Who fan film that took things to the next level. Having been impressed by what was happening in the Star Wars fan film circle (with their near broadcast-quality production values), we attempted to do something similar for the Doctor Who universe. A script was written, and some test renders were done of Dalek CGI elements. Sadly, the project fell through, and this audio file is all that remains of the completed “prequel” teaser trailer for the project. I have sadly lost the completed visual component, which was stunning to stay the least.
This is easily the best analysis I’ve read of the LNP’s chances with the upcoming State Election here in Queensland. A must read - and I look forward to the upcoming sequel looking at the ALP’s electoral chances.