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Entries from April 2006

Apple’s New (Telescreen) iSightscreen

April 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Just read Barry Fox’s write up (Newscientist.com) of Apple’s new patent for “an LCD screen with a camera built into the pixels of the screen” and was reminded of a scene from George Orwell’s 1984: “They were standing in front of a telescreen. Somewhat absentmindedly O’Brien felt two of his pockets and then produced a […]

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Tags: Technology

The Revolution Will Be Videovized

April 29th, 2006 · No Comments

Slate.com and Wired Magazine’s May issue break down the explosion in online video in simple, straight forward pieces. On Slate Paul Boutin’s article A Grand Unified Theory of Youtube and Myspace he claims that Youtube.com and Myspace.com are popular with the kids precisely because neither of the sites tell kids what to do. In The […]

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Tags: Media · Technology

28 Miles to Nowhere: Santa Catalina

April 28th, 2006 · No Comments

(Notes from the patio of the Pavilion Lodge in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California.) To visit Santa Catalina Island for the first time is to be seduced by the island’s Mediterranean beauty and even more so by its potential. The island’s ownership history shows a long list of developers who hoped to turn Catalina into […]

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Tags: Life · Travel

User Generated Content vs. Old Media

April 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Jason Young, Transworld Media’s film and product manager sent me a link to Andreas Kluth‘s story in the April 20, 2006 issue of The Economist titled Among the Audience. In it Kluth discusses how user generated content changes the way the established media interact with their audiences and in someways destroys the media/audience hierarchy all […]

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Tags: Media · Technology

Gotta Look Sharp

April 25th, 2006 · No Comments

Original snowboard style architect Mike Ranquet rolled through the Transworld offices today on an Electric Visuals tour. Though I didn’t see his bad haircut in person (my office is way, way back) he did drop off some nice new Polarized Electric Maxwells. If you have an XXL head (or just like your shades on the […]

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Tags: Fashion · Life

Web Bubblicious 2.0

April 24th, 2006 · No Comments

While reading Kurt Andersen’s column The Way We Boom Now in New York Magazine today I was reminded of my similar though much less glamorous trip through the first .com bubble. (Yes, sit back chillans and let me tell you a story from way back in the day!) It was 1995 and the company was […]

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Tags: Media · Technology

Nacho Libre Lucha Liberation

April 22nd, 2006 · No Comments

This morning, in celebration of Earth Day, we cruised the iTunes video podcast store while still in bed (we have a computer nearby) and got up-to-date on Jack Black’s Nacho Libre Confessional. The podcast (which is up to 12 episodes) chronicles the making of Mike White and Jared and Jerusha Hess’ new film Nacho Libre. […]

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Tags: Video

Domain Name Hell

April 21st, 2006 · 2 Comments

For the past week I have waged a war to get back a lost domain. It was one that I’ve owned since 1995. Seeing as it was a “anonymous website” I never wanted to have my name associated with it so I registered it to some fake name, with a fake address. The only thing […]

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Tags: Life · Technology

The Hole is Plugged: We Have A Wall

April 20th, 2006 · No Comments

For the past 20 days the storage space under our stairs has been empty, with the entire back wall torn out creating a wormhole through to the condo next door allowing the neighbor’s cats to walk freely between our worlds. This outer opening has been covered with plastic transforming it into a speaker box that […]

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Tags: Life

80s Revival Revelation

April 14th, 2006 · No Comments

I don’t enjoy being an adult. Looking around at people my age and rationalizing that I am not one of them has become one of my favorite people-watching pass times. I know deep down that I am them, certainly. But that does not stop me from coming to conclusions like this: there is nothing sadder […]

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Tags: Life · Music