The Big Think

November 29, 2006

Ferrarimania

Filed under: Hobbies — jasony @ 6:28 pm

I posted a link to an article a few months ago about the guy who built a 1:3 scale Ferrari 312PB in his garage shop, but I just have to revisit this. I found a link to a 4:25 video of the builder and his creation. You have to watch this. The best part of the video was around 3:30 when the interviewer asks him about the car and giggles in disbelief at the sheer audacious amazingness of his creation.

After seeing (and hearing!) the fruit of his 15 years of labor I’m gobsmacked. Give this guy a Maker of the Year award. I wish Ferrari would offer to buy the car from him, or better yet, give him a full-scale version in trade.

November 28, 2006

And Playing NFL games for more than five people is illegal, too…

Filed under: Movies — jasony @ 10:38 am

This is just ridiculous:

…home theaters may become the new jurisdiction of our MPAA overlords. The MPAA is lobbying to make sure that home users authorize their entertainment systems before any in-home viewings. From the article: “The MPAA defines a home theater as any home with a television larger than 29” with stereo sound and at least two comfortable chairs, couch, or futon. Anyone with a home theater would need to pay a $50 registration fee with the MPAA or face fines up to $500,000 per movie shown.

*update* yes, it’s spoof. And yes, I should read the whole thing before posting. Red face here. 🙂

Hurriquake Nails

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 2:02 am

This man can sleep well at night. Just imagine how many homes, and lives, he has saved through his invention. Good work.

November 27, 2006

Growing Young

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 6:01 pm

Great short post over here.

The ironic thing to me is that people seem to go on and on about how young they or others are up until about 37 at which point you are told you are old. Isn’t there any in-between? And if we are told we are old starting by our mid to late thirties, what if we live to our 80’s? What are the psychological repercussions of being viewed as “old” for 50 years? How depressing, and unnecessary. Why don’t we just give each other a break and start treating people as individuals with ideas, interests, opinions, and worth regardless of age? Because if we gave the same respect and time to those who are older as we do to those who are young, maybe the fear of growing old would not be such a burden

Warning Label Generator

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 11:40 am

This looks like a lot of fun.

November 26, 2006

Ouch

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 1:17 am

The Zune is a disaster. So says Andy Ihnatko. Some choice bits from the article:

Microsoft’s new Zune digital music player is just plain dreadful…the overall experience is about as pleasant as having an airbag deploy in your face.

“Avoid,” is my general message. The Zune is a square wheel, a product that’s so absurd and so obviously immune to success that it evokes something akin to a sense of pity.

The setup process stands among the very worst experiences I’ve ever had with digital music players.

Zune is incompatible with Windows Media Player, the familiar hub of the Windows desktop media experience.

The Zune is a complete, humiliating failure. Toshiba’s Gigabeat player, for example, is far more versatile, it has none of the Zune’s limitations, and Amazon sells the 30-gig model for 40 bucks less.

Throw in the Zune’s tail-wagging relationship with music publishers, and it almost becomes important that you encourage people not to buy one.

The iPod owns 85 percent of the market because it deserves to.

The Zune will be dead and gone within six months. Good riddance.

November 23, 2006

Gobble Gobble

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 11:16 am

Happy Thanksgiving!

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November 21, 2006

Hot Stuff

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 10:39 am

Oakland Township teen creates fusion in his parents basement. No kidding. It wasn’t self sustaining (a Nobel Prize and trip to the slammer would probably have been the result), but Thiago Olson has probably secured himself a lifetime of employment at some dark government facility. Kudos! You have to love a name like “Thiago Olson”.

I suspect that, like any suddenly-famous high school student, Thiago will probably go on a burst of vanity Googling soon. If so, and if you happen to cross this site, good jorb. As the man said, ‘we will follow your career with great interest’.

Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’

Filed under: Technology — jasony @ 10:12 am

In praise of the interstate system, which turns 50 this year.

November 18, 2006

In Defense of Reading

Filed under: Current Reading,Disclosure — jasony @ 11:41 am

Katherine had an interesting post the other day about reading. I think she hit on a few good points; namely, that we’re in somewhat of a low point for modern writing. I’m sure that Barry would disagree with me and point out how many great works are out there that have been written in the last five years -and doubtless the words “golden age” would crop up 😉 – but Katherine’s point has merit.

To wit, this quote I just came across on boingboing:

…the idea we’re given of reading is that the model of a reader is the person watching a film, or watching television. So the greatest principle is, “I should sit here and I should be entertained.” And the more classical model, which has been completely taken away, is the idea of a reader as an amateur musician. An amateur musician who sits at the piano, has a piece of music, which is the work, made by somebody they don’t know, who they probably couldn’t comprehend entirely, and they have to use their skills to play this piece of music. The greater the skill, the greater the gift that you give the artist and that the artist gives you. That’s the incredibly unfashionable idea of reading. And yet when you practice reading, and you work at a text, it can only give you what you put into it. It’s an old moral, but it’s completely true.

I’ve certainly never felt like a virtuoso reader. I’m in it for the entertainment and knowledge (depending on what I’m reading), and will often finish a good book (or even a Great Work), and then go online to read what other people thought of it. I’m always shocked at how much I missed. What I thought was an interesting and entertaining story about a boy and girl was, in reality, “a treatise on the interplay between the post modern meme of gender vis-a-vis normative behavior and the structural expectations of blah blah blah…” Or some such rot.

I think the result (for me, at least), is that I don’t talk much about the books I read. I prefer to keep my reading experiences to myself lest I divulge just what a shallow reader I am. I wouldn’t want to get kicked out of the literati club.

Edumacated

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 11:20 am
You paid attention during 97% of high school!

85-100% You must be an autodidact, because American high schools don’t get scores that high! Good show, old chap!

Do you deserve your high school diploma?

I guess all that tuition paid off. Of course, high school was technically “free”, and I don’t remember there being quite so many questions about religion. Still, it’s good to know that I’m at least as smart as Katherine. 🙂 For the record, I missed #14 (it’s a tricky question)

Now if they start quizzing me on Piaget, Maslow, and Schenkerian analysis, I might be in trouble (right Barry?)

Quoth

Filed under: Quoth — jasony @ 11:08 am

She cashed in her tickets – we no longer save them, having realized they expire before you have enough points for the big prizes – and skipped off to the prize counter. Literally, skipped. She skips a lot; the other day I went to drop off something at school, and we went to her locker; she skipped down the hall, hair waving from side to side. I’ll skip too, if no one’s watching. Not that I care, but it embarrasses her sometimes. Justifiably so. There’s a regrettably narrow window of opportunity for skipping, and it closes all too soon for too long – you have to be over 70 to get away with skipping again. Then people are impressed. Young at heart! How spry! Eventually skipping is replaced by the cool roll, the slouch-in-place – or maybe not. Some people always seem to be skipping, if only to themselves.

Who else?

November 17, 2006

PS3

Filed under: Games — jasony @ 5:06 pm

The world has lost its mind. I was at Best Buy today talking to one of the workers. He told me that the line for Playstation 3’s ($599) started forming last night. The line was about 60 people long even though BB only had 16 units.

So what became of the units? Well, the blue shirted employee told me that one of the guys who had bough a PS3 had already pre-sold it on ebay…. for seven thousand dollars.

Yup. You could either wait three months and pay six hundred, or get it now, now, now, for seven Large. Unbelievable.

November 15, 2006

Kiwi

Filed under: Disclosure — jasony @ 9:49 pm

This is beautiful. I don’t want to spoil anything. Just go watch it.

You’ve been Zuned

Filed under: Macintosh — jasony @ 9:32 am

I think I’ll try and get a new meme going. “You’ve been zuned” should describe the act of getting pwned publicly. For an example, see this:

“Soledad shows her new iPod shuffle – this is during the Zune introduction segment, mind you – and says, “Hello? Hello? Look at this it weighs nothing, it literally is the size of a matchbook and weighs that. So, why would I buy that, heavy…”

Hat tip to Giles for the link.

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November 14, 2006

Raul Midon

Filed under: Music — jasony @ 2:35 pm

I can’t remember if I posted this before or not, but it’s worth a repost. Go see Raul Midon over here on YouTube. What an amazing performance.

Ya Lazy Bum!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 10:53 am

It’s funny that when people reach a certain age, such as after graduating college, they assume it’s time to go out and get a job. But like many things the masses do, just because everyone does it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. In fact, if you’re reasonably intelligent, getting a job is one of the worst things you can do to support yourself. There are far better ways to make a living than selling yourself into indentured servitude….

…eventually realize that trading time for money is indeed extremely dumb and that there must be a better way. And of course there is a better way. The key is to de-couple your value from your time…

…Many employees believe getting a job is the safest and most secure way to support themselves. Does putting yourself in a position where someone else can turn off all your income just by saying two words (”You’re fired”) sound like a safe and secure situation to you? Does having only one income stream honestly sound more secure than having 10?

The idea that a job is the most secure way to generate income is just silly. You can’t have security if you don’t have control, and employees have the least control of anyone. If you’re an employee, then your real job title should be professional gambler.

10 reasons why you should never get a job. I like it!

Walking on Water

Filed under: Science — jasony @ 10:52 am

Or on a non-newtonian fluid, to be more specific. This is just freaky.

ZeroZune

Filed under: Computing,Macintosh — jasony @ 1:52 am

I will never, ever, buy a Zune. This looks like hell on earth for computer users. I mean, seriously…. why? Why does the software suck so badly? Why does MS make you jump through so many unnecessary hoops? Why is it so hideously ugly?

Why does the PC world put up with this junk?

You know what I did to get my iPod working on my Mac? I plugged it in.

No registration required.
No installation (iTunes comes preinstalled).
No “create an iPod tag” nonsense.
No “can’t find the device”.
No repeatable, consistent lockups or crashes.
No limitations on what I can or can’t install.
Oh, and I can do what I want with my music- no getting permission from the mothership.

I think if I ever see someone with a Zune walking around I’ll laugh in their face. Then I’ll try and knock some sense into them with their own poo brown Zune.

It’ll probably just break it.

Sheesh.

November 13, 2006

Wild RIde

Filed under: Humor and Fun — jasony @ 1:44 am

I’ve been accused of building some weird things in my shop, but how about a home-made roller coaster? This guy did it. With a loop.

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