4.11.2006

ok, we get it, yeah you too


















Here is a company that uses facial recognition to spot past club violators to get them out before they cause more problems. Right now it is being marketed for clubs, but why not extend that? Parking lots, hotels, restaurants, airports, etc. Not only will you be watched, but the person watching could know who you are, and a background of you through facial recognition. Kindof creepy, but I find it more comforting than anything.

OK, I have already established that the internet is killing the music industry for the better, but what about television? You already get everything from one single provider...why not have a TiVo type computer hooked up to your TV with an internet connection linked to a database of television and movies. Sounds familiar, and everyone is leaning that way, but it will just take a while. But OnDemand and TiVo are definitely taking a step in that direction. And OK, cable will probably still exist along with internet, simply not broadcast television. The only reason broadcast is still alive is because advertisers still value it. I sure don't.














Just for fun, here's a website where a guy documents his experiment: he sends 100 letters ($39 in stamps) to miscellaneous companies asking for freebies. Result? $229 of freebies.

2.14.2006

bla bla bla, my opinion

the future of advertising...on cell phones? ok, advertising on the internet is still in its baby stages, but why not hit 2 birds with one stone. the internet has been and will coninute adapting and evolving into...well, into everything...it is taking over the world, and is unstoppable. with wireless internet coming to cities, eventually the entire country will be wireless. everywhere you get cell phone service, you can get internet...and will get internet on your phone. or your laptop. or your wireless ipod. or your iphone. so why wouldn't advertisers want to reach right into your pocket to reach you? ofcourse this can not happen over night, as a friendly realationship must develop between the wireless providers, the advertiser and the cell phone user. plus, the beauty of internet/ cell phone advertising is that the advertiser can track and more selectively choose the internet users to fit the company's desired market. which brings up another topic, people getting weirded out by internet tracking...but hell, if nothing is shared with someone undesirable (say a potential or current employer who finds out you happen to like japanes anime porn and automatically pass judgements) then who cares? it might even reveal something to you which you didn't even know, expose you to more of what you are interested in.

2.08.2006

phone home

the smallest and most earth-like planet was discovered not too long ago. with an extremely low temperature, the chance of finding ET on the planet is unlikely, but the discovery brings optimism on finding another planet with ET on it.








the government monitoring google searches? i know that i don’t have a problem with it, but on the other hand the idea seems kindof creepy. i know that i don’t have anything to worry about for the government, but what if, say employers get a hold of your google searches, your internet activity, or even your internet phone calls. when does this breach of privacy stop? where is the line drawn?

even though dell recently threw in their towel and pulled their mp3 players off the market, microsoft has announced that they are planning their own music player to compete with apple’s ipod. in addition to this, they are also planning an itunes like internet based music store called urge. the catch? they are backed by mtv. They are the onll company, if any, that stands a chance in taking a piece of the action, but I think they are too late. apple is already looking at whats next. urge will also be incompatible with macs.








yay! Im not a lonely geek after all!

random yet mysteriously engaging website

predator like invisibility cloak is possible…but not likely, at least in the near future.








i want to come back to a previous topic. i earlier stated that i think the end of the age of record companies is approaching. with something like the internet and digital internet based music stores, musicians do not need a record company, right? right. thank you tunecore.
  • Get your music on iTunes.
  • Keep all your rights.
  • Own your recordings.
  • Get all the money.
  • No contracts.
google is unstoppable. volkswagon is using google’s satellite mapping software so people can have a “bird’s eye view” of the road ahead. cool.

1.25.2006

lost in translation














i'm about to hit the sack, but real quick before i forget, here is a website dedicated to the misuse of chinese characters in western tattoos. funny how the recipient of a permanent body modification is this careless.

check this out, let me know if it is worth looking into (that means you ryan)

because of the lack of good snow this season, i have replaced my regular snow art with this online version.

what if that guy from the smashing pumpkins lost his car keys?

1.23.2006

stick it to the man


















i think that we should get rid of record companies. they suck. then instead of paying $1 to download a song, each song is only 15c and it goes directly to the artist. don't make piracy impossible, just make it impractical. nobody wants to steal from the artist. make big things happen by thinking small.

here's some music to steal (from the record company):
  • guns 'n' roses- you could be mine
  • lionel richie- all night long
  • whitesnake- here i go again

1.18.2006

don't let anything distract you from your dream...


















did you know? limes are famous for their historical benefits to sailors. limes have a ton of vitamin c and were eaten on ships to prevent scurvy, a disease caused by a lack of vit c. in the eighteenth century, all british naval ships assigned to long journeys were required to carry limes. the nickname “limeys” for british sailors is still poppin'.

random shat: list of menubar items for mac users

the oldest registered web site domain name: march 15, 1985

need to cook something but don't have a lot in the fridge? try this.

some songs:
  • global dj's- american pie remix
  • alchemist ft. mobb deep- we got this
  • johnny polygon- lose control
  • damien marley ft. bobby brown- beautiful
  • nelly furtado- promiscuous girl

1.16.2006

it's hard for me to control myself









"the first time i played sober was because i just forgot to drink. 'damn' i thought...'i'm playing better'" -james hetfield of metallica

i know everyone has a thousand black album remixes, but this album will complete your collection:
  • jay-z w/ metallica- double black album (download this 1st, and this 2nd)
here is a creepy game to help with your boredom.

here is an awesome honda ad

how to write a paper in college:
  1. Go to the library and sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a well lit place in front of your computer.
  2. Log onto instant messenger. Check your email. Check facebook.
  3. Read over the assignment carefully, to make certain you understand it.
  4. Walk down to the vending machines and buy some chocolate to help you concentrate.
  5. Check your email.
  6. You see a friend, see if they want to grab a coffee. Drink two coffees, it will be a long night.
  7. When you get back, sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well lit place.
  8. Read over the assignment again to make absolutely certain you understand it.
  9. Check your email. Check your facebook.
  10. You see someone you haven't seen forever, you better go say hi to them now and get it out of the way so you can concentrate.
  11. Splash your face with water to wake yourself up
  12. Download some new songs online.
  13. Check your email.
  14. IM with one of your friends.
  15. Check your email.
  16. Listen to your new songs and download some more.
  17. Phone your friend on the other floor and ask if she's started writing yet. Talk about miscellaneous random thoughts.
  18. Walk to the store and buy a pack of gum and red bull.
  19. Check your email.
  20. Check facebook.
  21. Play some solitare.
  22. Check facebook.
  23. Wash your hands.
  24. Call up a friend to see how much they have done, probably haven't started either.
  25. Get on facebook with a friend and go through everyone's pictures.
  26. Sit down and do some serious thinking about your plans for the future.
  27. Check your E-mail
  28. Listen to your new songs.
  29. Read over the assignment one more time, just for heck of it.
  30. Go outside to watch the sunrise.
  31. Lie face down on the floor and moan.
  32. Punch the wall and break something.
  33. Check your email.
  34. Mumble obscenities.
  35. 5am - start hacking on the paper without stopping. 6am -paper is finished.
  36. Complain to everyone that you didn't get any sleep because you had to write that stupid paper.
  37. Go to class, hand in paper, and leave right away so you can go to sleep.