Archive for March, 2007

March 23, 2007

Power Mac Center sucks ass

 

Sorry, just a quickie post rant.  I implore people to never fucking buy equipment from the power mac center in greenbelt 3.  They jack up the prices so much its just disgusting.  A pair of earphones in Avant (the upscale Abensons store a stone’s throw away) cost around 700, while the same pair in the Power Mac Center costs more than 1100.  If you’re gonna buy your electronics, go to Avant, Abensons, or even the SM Appliance center.  The clerks won’t know shit so you should be prepared, but at least you won’t be getting gypped.

March 23, 2007

Samsung P300

So I’ve been looking at phones lately as well, hoping against hope that a small bonus will be coming in soon. I know the Samsung P300 isn’t on the top of many people’s lists and it’s already pretty old, but the design jsut really caught my eye. 80’s retro cool may be out of style, but I still dig the fact that this phone looks like a calculator, very James Bond-ish. That, and the fact that it comes with its own leather cover/extra battery make this phone even cooler than it already is.

I’ve sort of passed the multimedia super gadget phone phase of my life, and right now I just really want a slim, stylish phone. The K800 is just a little too bulky for my tastes, the K810 isn’t here yet and will probably be too expensive, and the samsung d900 is slim and stylish, but quite a few people have them already, so I’ve got my sights set on this baby.

Of course, I change my mind about this every 5 minutes, so that’s really not a guarantee.

March 23, 2007

Go heart your own damn city

Probably as a response to the proliferation of “I <3 New York” T-shirts all around the world, reason clothing released this nicely crafted rebuttal T-shirt.  Gotta love those Noo Yawkers eh?

For more  pics and info on Reason, click here.

March 23, 2007

Malaysian pirates send hitmen to teach dogs a lesson

 

In one of the most bizarre stories I’ve read in a while, it appears that DVD pirates (yarrr!) have put out a hit on two Labradors named Lucky and Flo who have been instrumental in busting a $3 million pirate (yaaaar!) operation.  It’s unknown how much the conract for two doggies’ deaths will pay, but they’ve been whisked away to a super secret hideaway in order to assure their safety for future DVD sniffing action.

More info about pirate fighting dogs after the jump.

March 23, 2007

Dreamgirls

Dreamgirls is a movie for any fan of motown and the history of that era, but even the most ardent fans will cringe everytime Jennifer Hudson as Effie White hits those high notes. I don’t understand how she got a best supporting actress nomination Oscar, I really don’t. She wasn’t horrible by any means, but she was nowhere near an Oscar-worthy performance.

I liked that the movie was set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, as a parallel to the struggle of black musicians to bring their music to to the white dominated pop charts. It’s also fun to match the real life motown singers to their fictional counterparts (ie the jackson 5 = the campbell connection, marvin gaye = jimmy early), and just to watch the progression of the characters as the story goes along.

I wouldn’t call Dreamgirls a bad movie, but it isn’t stellar either. It’s just good enough that you don’t feel cheated of your hard earned money, like after watching a movie like ghost rider.

March 22, 2007

Nerd art by Jeremiah Palecek

Jeemiah is a Czech nerd that’s made it his mission to make one Nerd art painting a day, nerd art being anything that draws inspiration from 8-bit or classic videogames that Palecek played in his childhood.  The artowkrs aren’t astonishingly good (they were done in a few hours mind you), but it definitely brough back memories for me, especially this one of 10 yard fight.  I swear to god I played the fuck out of that football game even though I had no idea what I was doing.

Check out his blog here.

March 22, 2007

It’s all fun and video games until someone blows up.

 

I’d been meaning to write an article about this for a long time now, but I’ve held it off for ages because I wanted my articlle to be insightful, meaningful, and life changing.  Obviously, this is not that article, but I’d like to share the story of a gamer in Baghdad with you anyway.  It’s a marvel to me knowing that there are video gamers in Baghdad, who brave the wartorn streets in search of a pirated copy of Final Fantasy XII.  It bring to light the fact that no matter where you live in the world, we really aren’t all that different after all.

Wisam (the gamer) shares stories of Baghdad the likes of which you’ll never see or hear on a major network, but are just as poignant and important.  The most interesting part to me was how her related to no longer being able to play FPS’ or games like Grand Theft Auto because they felt too much like real life to him.  That the sound of gunfire no longer held appeal to him because he’d hear it every single day.

An article that’s both shocking and intriguing, it’s well worth a read, so click on the link to get the lowdown on being a gamer in Baghdad.

March 22, 2007

Sudokube

 

Now I really really hate Sudoku and puzzle games like it, and I’ve never managed to solve a Rubik’s cube, so this really isn’t something I’m excited about.  But I’m sure puzzle geeks out there are frothing at the mouth to get their hands on something like this so I’ll post it for all of you to fantasize about.  Ew.

March 20, 2007

Google spices up homepage

Google’s famously minimalist home page is set to get a graphical upgrade, with users able to choose different themes and add functionalities that you would normally see on a home page like Yahoo or MSN.  I personally jsut type in search terms in the search field located on Firefox’s toolbar so I rarely ever go to Google’s main page anymore, but I suppose that some people might find this cute and/or useful.  Wouldn’t be able to tell you who though.

Click on the link to find out more.

March 20, 2007

Asus R2H UMPC

UMPCs (Ultra mobile PCs) haven’t exactly made the splash that Microsoft has hoped they would, most notably because of the rather odd position they find themselves in, right between pocket PCs and 11 and 10 inch screen laptops.  This Asus model is hardly the newest kid on the block, but the rather low cost of entry, $800 or so, makes it an appealing choice for the mobile individual who doesn’t really need a second computer but something sort of in between.

I know, I’m not really selling the idea, but check out this review and this video review on the R2H to see if it’s your cup of tea.

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