Archive for March, 2008

“Hubba hubba” “Ooooh”
March 13, 2008

I had mixed feelings about the first trailer, but after seeing this one, I’m pretty excited. I know I’m not going to be watching it for the story. Think of it as The Fast and the Furious on drugs. I mean look at it! It looks like cars racing on a gigantic Hot Wheels track set in the middle of the Shinjuku district of Tokyo. I have no doubts that the visual quality of this film is going to be spectacular. Oh, and if you love James Bond’s tricked out rides, the Mach 5 will have ten times the gadgets.

It’s being done by the Wachowski brothers (V for Vendetta, Matrix trilogy) so I don’t expect it to be that bad. Actually, I kind of hope it’s going to be really good.

It’s slated for release on May 9th, 2008.

Hulu
March 13, 2008

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Hulu may be the greatest webpage since YouTube. Hulu is a free service that streams your favorite television programs. It’s better than watching say, six YouTube clips–one after another–that will be taken down eventually for reasons of copyright infringement. So, how does Hulu keep its content from being deleted by the legal departments of television stations? Well, it has gathered the support of Fox, NBC, MGM, Sony, Lionsgate and Warner Brothers, thereby allowing them to freely display not only television programs but also full-length feature films.

It’s awesome to be able to watch episodes of House on my own time! I think their available content on certain shows are great (e.g. The Simpsons)while others are not so great (e.g. Top Chef). It’s a small disappointment, but hopefully they fill in the gaps soon.

Kick It!
March 11, 2008

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Designer Ella Marinucci has taken a classic foosball table and transformed it into the game, “Kick It!”.

The field now sits atop a bed of magnets which are activated by a big button on either side of the table. (If you look closely at the picture above, you can see one of the players reach for the button) The activated magnets serve as a sort of “power-up” that changes the ball’s path. And in the “dead” corners, now stands a pinball table bumper which should violently reflect the ball back into the playable area of the field. Topping it all off, when a team scores, the opposing team receives a shock.

Sounds awesome!

North American Stock Car Auto Racing
March 11, 2008

All these years, I’ve been putting NASCAR down because I thought it to just be a race set on a big oval.  But the truth is, I’ve been completely missing the point. NASCAR is obviously not about cornering, so then what is it about?

This clip is taken from this week’s episode of BBC’s Fifth Gear. Hearing about NASCAR from an outsider perspective rather than one from a fan probably was what helped me see the appeal of this motorsport. Which is that you just never know what’s going to happen.

This doesn’t mean I’m ever going to spend my day watching NASCAR on television. I just think it would be fun to attend a race someday.

I’ve included the second half of the segment after the break.

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Run Away, Love
March 8, 2008

Ludacris – Runaway Love (Feat. Mary J. Blige)

I stumbled across this song as I was shuffling. It shows more mature side to Ludacris’s music. I’m really liking this song so here’s to hoping you do too. Enjoy!

Sigma DP1
March 4, 2008

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My family has had three of those Sony CyberShots–the T-series. You know –the crazy slim ones. Yeah. After purchasing all of them, I’ve come to realize something. They all suck. The picture quality is horrid and blur seems to always taint your subjects. On the other side of the scale, I have a Nikon D70. It’s a digital SLR which takes fabulous photos, but it’s a compromise for its bulk. So, there lies the dilemma. Is there a compact camera with decent picture quality? Sigma seems to think they’ve cracked it.They call it the DP1.

A permanently fitted prime 16.6mm lens sits in front of a Foveon X3 sensor. A sensor designed for superior color replication. It gives you control of ISO, white balance, shutter speeds and focus. So it’s designed for a photographer who doesn’t want to lug around an SLR.

It retails at $1090, but it’s easily found at $800.