Thursday, September 29, 2011

Al Gore's distance relative 20,000 B.C.

we all know man has a negative effect or is it affect, oh yeah i mean effect on the environment, just look at the destruction in china on the environment. but as for global warming, guess it depends on when you lived...

here's proof that there's a controlling being

here's proof that there's a controlling being and he hates my redsox :(


http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/29/bill-buckner-strikes-again/?hp



Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Senior marketers at GE identify 3 digital trends


Lifted from...
http://blog.freedmaninternational.com/senior-marketers-at-ge-identify-3-digital-trends/7984/

"1. Radical transparency – Your customers already know, or can quickly find out, everything about you and what you sell. As a result there’s an expectation of honesty: “There’s no hiding in today’s digital world… They expect you to be honest about how your products and services stack up – by sharing detailed descriptions of features and applications, multiple opinions, and even negative reviews.”

2. Micro-relevancy – This involves exploiting the power of digital platforms to target the right audience with the right offer at the right time, given that new online marketing tools can reveal who is using your digital content, what they are doing with it, and what they want: “Digital and social tools have enabled focusing on smaller, more meaningful segments of what was a broad, undefined ‘audience’. So, success is no longer measured in millions of pageviews.”

3. Open collaboration – This is about businesses and customers working together to create something of value. As Boff and Comstock explain, “We’re now having constructive conversations with our most knowledgeable and committed customers, whether through a customer advisory board, a user group that regularly gives product feedback, or an online customer-innovation center.” Such feedback can be of great benefit to product development and innovation pathways."

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hard Drives Obsolete

For years I have used drive space like a Pixar render farm...  Starting years ago as a timeline designer and coder at AVID...  back when it was costing me something like $3K for 10K spin Cheetah SSCII drives for 250meg storage...

At last count I had 50 external drives before I donate 30 of them to Salvation Army (ok not sure who is shopping there for old high speed SSCII drives) but it felt nice to unload lots of metal that I will never use again...  Getting back to the whole reason of this posting...  Shopping yesterday at good old Best Buy I picked up a pocket size 1TB drive for $89 and an external USB 3.0 3TB for $129... like $40 per TB... simply amazing...  Now Have have to find time to consolidate my other drives onto a few 3TB drives..

Can't wait when my phones will have multi TB local storage...    

A Look Inside The New Boeing 787 Dreamliner

http://www.businessinsider.com/boeing-787-dreamiliner-delievry-monday-pictures-2011-9#ixzz1ZBHgzNLA

I have flown on almost every type and class of the different international carriers... 787 is my next goal...

ANA Japan took delivery today and is trying back to Tokyo for final prep work that will take about a month or two to complete... Maiden voyage for the public will be to HK...

http://www.ana.co.jp/promotion/b787/en/ ticket's here... now i need a reason to be in HK from Narita


Our so-called Peace President...

Little known fact from our peace president that media never tells you...  double of number U.S soldiers have died under Obama (1,157 dead) than eight years under Bush (630)... Remind me again how Obama won the Noble for Peace.....

http://icasualties.org/oef/

Friday, September 23, 2011

Things of Interest Today - New Business Model around stock photos


With the cost of stock photos from Getty getting to expensive for small sites, here comes Stipple, a San Francisco-based startup that wants to change the way online photo licensing works in a big way.
We’ve just flipped the business model. This is a way for publishers to earn money by publishing photos,” Stipple CEO Rey Flemming said in an interview this week.   Seems they embed ads into the photos...

http://gigaom.com/2011/09/23/stipple-marketplace-stock-photos/

"Facebook’s Timeline, a re-imagined profile page that captures the history of a user, was the most visually stunning announcement today at the f8 conference. But the new initiative is more than just a design flourish. It’s a bigger push by Facebook to mine the opportunity in the past, giving people a lasting resource and digital diary from all their activities."


http://gigaom.com/2011/09/22/facebook-timeline-and-the-power-of-the-past/

Gives me a thought on bio interfaces
http://gigaom.com/2011/09/23/study-someday-our-bodies-could-talk-to-gadgets/

nice sounds bites from classic nasa
http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/nasa-makes-famous-sound-bites-available-for-use-as-ringtones/

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Best Site to Print Photo Books


The following entry is directly from...
http://digitallife.today.com/_news/2011/09/21/7764101-the-best-photo-books-are-a-snap-for-you
HotPrints

HotPrints may be the industry’s best kept secret. The site offers afree 16-page 8 inch-by-10 inch paperback book for $2.99 S&H. What’s the catch? It comes with a removable ad insert, there is only one fixed size and length for a maximum 84 photos, quantities are limited to 4 books per month, books can only be sent to your address, and the 20 theme designs and 34 layouts are limited compared to other sites.  Quality is good enough, with weighty stock and saddle stitching instead of glue. If you don’t need alternate sizes or multiple copies, HotPrints books are an incredible value.   

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Walgreens and Snapfish
No kidding, Walgreens offers some of the smallest and most affordable paperback photo books, with 2 inch-by-3 inch minibooks at $5.99 for 25 full-page photos.  These have fixed length and don’t allow captions. Step up to the 4 inch-by-6 inch bound brag books at $6.99 for 25 pages (up to 15 photos/page), expandable up to 150 pages, with customizable layouts and captions by page. Walgreens’ print partner, Snapfish, features the same robust user interface and similar book formats, and many more ways to repurpose your photos. 


MixBook
Mixbook is a relative newcomer that offers robust customization in books starting at 4-by-6 for $6.99. Unique to Mixbook are its sharing and collaboration tools. Invited friends can collaborate on the work in progress, adding photos and pages to the book. Finished books can be shared by embedding the Mixbook player code on a website or blog.   
Blurb
Blurb is all about books, and it shows. Here you can make (and sell!) customized books of any shape, size, paper type and layout. Its entry level is a $4.95 paperback 5-inch-by-8 inch booklet with 20 pages. Use the online tool, or download the bookmaking software. Blurb excels when text and photos combine in complex layouts, as in a memoir, and when special shapes and sizes are needed.  


iPhoto
 www.lulu.com and www.viovio.com.) 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Windows 8

Yesterday at the demo showing off the radically new Windows 8 which is being designed from the ground up for tablet devices, Microsoft said that it has sold nearly 450 million copies of Windows 7.  Apple has sold more than 28 million iPads.

Seems the ZUNE is dead...  a string of senior-level exits from Microsoft around Zune. For McLauchlan, it also carries a degree of irony as he had promised half a year ago that the Zune HD will live on.... his withdrawal will still cause some disarray at a time when many are questioning the survivability of an MP3 player that hasn't been given a hardware revision since 2010.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Ghost in the machine

My house now is officially too wired or should i say wireless...  first my remote controls are all motion sensitive.. so in pitch black i have glowing buttons turn on while making my way to the bathroom... then at 3am tvs and computers mysteriously turn completely on to do syncing and OS updates...  it's like my house comes alive when i am asleep... All I can say my wireless printer better not start to printout overnight messages for me...  

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Vanity Fair 2011 annual list of America's biggest power players and geeks rule it


A total of 26 Silicon Valley types made the list.
Coming in at number one is Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, for the second year in a row, followed by a number of tech heavy hitters.  See who else made it on.
1. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
2. Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google
3. Jeff Bezos, Amazon
4. Tim Cook and Jonathan Ive, Apple
5. Jack Dorsey, Square, Twitter
6. Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz, Andreessen Horowitz
7. Reed Hastings, Netflix
8. John Lasseter, Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios
9. Lady Gaga, singer
10. Dan Doctoroff, Bloomberg L.P.
11. Dick Costolo, Twitter
12. Mark Pincus, Zynga
13. Jim Breyer, Accel Partners
14. Tim BurtonJohnny Depp, and Graham King, Movies
15. Michael Moritz, Sequoia Capital
16. J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter
17. Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park
18. Reid Hoffman, Greylock Partners, LinkedIn
19. Herb Allen III, Allen & Co.
20. Judd Apatow, Apatow Productions
21. Jay-Z, Roc Nation
22. Todd Phillips, Green Hat Films
23. Yuri Milner, DST Global
24. J. J. Abrams, writer, director, producer
25. Robin Li, Baidu
26. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook
27. Andrew Mason, Groupon
28. Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, television
29. Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, Leverage
30. Angela Ahrendts and Christopher Bailey, Burberry
31. Elon Musk, Tesla Motors, Space X
32. Natalie Massenet, Net-a-Porter Group
33. Paul Graham, Y Combinator
34. Sean Parker, entrepreneur

Sean Parker [Via]
35. Fred Wilson, Union Square Ventures, Flatiron Partners
36. Peter Thiel, Founders Fund, Clarium Capital Management
37. Peter Jackson, Wingnut Films
38. Ryan Kavanaugh, Relativity Media
39. Mike Allen, Politico
40. Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, All Things D
41. John Hennessy, Stanford University
42. Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp

Jeremy Stoppelman [Via]
43. Ashton Kutcher, actor, investor
44. Tyler Perry, director, producer, writer, actor
45. Dennis Crowley, Foursquare

46. Kevin Ryan, Gilt Groupe
47. Daniel Ek, Spotify
48. Henry Blodget, Business Insider
49. Mikael Hed, Niklas Hed, and Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio
50. Justin Timberlake, singer, actor