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Tuesday
Nov232010

Steve Jobs action figure no longer available!

Steve Jobs action figure for the win!

 

 

Michael Gray of The Unofficial Apple Weblog, reports that the company who produced the action figure, M.I.C. Gadget, has reported that they received a request from Apple to cease production because they did not first obtain permission from Apple to use their copyrights and trademarks.

I agree with Gray that this action figure was pretty cool as far as action figures go, with the attention to detail they gave the figure. Lets hope that maybe Apple and them get this worked out in a mutual beneficial way in the future.

Friday
Nov192010

He'll Leave the Light On For You...

So, we just got back from Harry Potter and the  Deathly Hallows, Part 1, and I was more excited by the trailer we saw before the film rolled. No, no. Not the Cowboys & Aliens one (although I’m getting more interested after repeated viewings(my money is on him actually being an alien who is lost, like ET, and they want him back)).  I was referring to Green Lantern, which I think is going to be awesome. Damn the rest of comic geekdom, which seems to be offering the news of a Green Lantern film with what could optimistically be called a lukewarm reception.

It feels like it has more Iron Man in it, then Daredevil.

Here is the trailer:

 

What do you think?

Friday
Nov192010

Lagspike Films Presents, WoW: An Inconvenient Expansion

Thursday
Nov182010

Blazers: It's Time To Move Past the Greg Oden Era

Yesterday, the Portland Trailblazers announced that highly touted 2007 NBA Draft pick Greg Oden will have his third knee surgery in four years, and once again will not play in the 2009-2010 season. This is the second time that a surgery will be required for an injury that was incurred without contact. The surgery will be a microfracture procedure on his left knee, the same one that had been recovering from the broken patella he suffered during December 2009. His previous microfracture knee surgery was on his right knee, endured during the Summer, prior to his rookie season in 2007-2008. This current injury seems to have nothing to do with the broken patella. It would seem that his body suffers something holistically, that heretofore has not been discovered. I hope the medical staff find the root cause, and soon, not from a basketball fan point-of-view, but from a human point-of-view. Can you imagine how painful it must be emotionally, mentally, and physically to return from so many injuries, in such a short period of time? I truly feel for the guy. If someone offered me $19 million dollars in return for suffering this many injuries and rehab time, I’m not sure I would be willing to take it. I think there is a lesson to be learned from all of this.

 

Greg Oden is in the last year of his rookie contract. On July 1st, he becomes a restricted free agent, which means that other teams will have the opportunity of offering him a contract, and Portland will have the opportunity to match the contract offer, if they wish to retain him. What seems clear to me, at this time, and to many others who follow basketball, is that Greg Oden’s body simply is not built for the NBA. I am not a physician, so who am I to say, but it seems that Oden suffers from some kind of brittle bone disease or disorder that simply will not allow the guy to play basketball. At this point, it would probably be wise of all NBA teams to simply not offer him a contract and let the guy return to normal life. It seems a bit barbaric to keep putting this young man in a position where he is likely to be seriously injured once more. Plus, I’m becoming convinced that even if he gets his body back, how can ever truly trust his body enough to truly maximize his ability on the court? And what is next? The ankles? The feet?

Even wiser, would be if Portland tries to find a suitor and trade Oden for some value in January 2011, before the trade deadline. By then, Oden will be entering his second month of rehab, and the Blazers should have some idea of how the rehab is going.

The center position on the team would be seem to be manned well this season. With Joel Pryzbilla coming back, perhaps as early as eight days away, it would seem that we just have to keep those two healthy and we have a shot at contending for another playoff spot, and likely first or second round dismissal.

My concern is what happens at the center position while going forward after this season? We cannot wait for Greg Oden, and our current plan for our centers includes two guys that are entering the twilight of their careers. If Przybilla shows in the next couple of months that he is able to be that defender, shot blocker and rebounder that he was before the injury, then we should definitely wrap him up with a new contract before the end of the season. That will provide a stop gap, but we definitely need to get younger at the Center position before the rest of our roster ages past the Championship Window opportunity.  Greg is tying up a valuable roster spot and a ton of money that could have been used on a talented role player that can help this team right now.

I don’t share the opinion that many experts have that the only way the Blazers were truly going to contend for a title was with a franchise center of the type that Greg Oden appeared destined to become. If you look at the past couple of years, we’ve been able to manage a spot in the playoffs, without Oden playing a significant amount of time. Even without Roy, who is also suffering his own injury worries, I like our chances. The Lakers are getting older all the time, and we have a ton of young, hungry, talented guys that could help fill the loss of Roy and Oden.

The long and short of it, is that the Portland Trailblazers should stop placing all of their eggs in the Greg Oden basket. Its time to consider other strategies for getting that Larry O’Brien trophy.

Thursday
Nov182010

Cowboys and Aliens Film Trailer!

The film looks great in the trailer, but this film has such a potential for sucking. I hope the script isn’t as messy as the gritty western setting it takes place in, nor has plot holes that drift along like tumbleweeds.

Wednesday
Nov172010

Watts Martin, on Why the App Console Model Will Flourish

Watts Martin, of Coyote Tracks, on why the appliance model of computing that Apple has had so much success with on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod, will be the future of most computing platforms going forward, even if they aren’t already, and why that is not such a bad thing after all.

One favorite bit:

“…a lot like the ubiquitous computing of science fiction. Computers are everywhere in sci-fi, but they’re tricorders and PADDs and holographic heads-up displays, and characters only say “computer” when they’re directly asking one a question. The concept of computer has radically changed in that vision in a way which is much more than giving the navigation system the pleasant voice of Majel Barrett. We know this because if it hadn’t, a quarter of the fucking Enterprise crew would be the IT department…”

And finally this bit:

“The model we’re moving toward, though, is premised on the idea that computers shouldn’t require routine tech support. Again, look back at game consoles: an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 is a fully programmable computer with networking capability, offline storage, removable media, the whole shebang, yet all of that is invisible to the user. What file system does a Playstation use and what directories does it put your downloaded games in? The correct answer is: ‘Who gives a shit?’…”

 

Wednesday
Nov172010

Six Apart, Creators of VOX, Begged for $2M In Its Final Days.

Vox, the free blogging service that was shuttered on September 30th of 2010, was the first blogging site I truly enjoyed. I was never a huge fan of Blogger or Wordpress, but Vox had a community that I found endearing; it was like Livejournal, only with a cleaner design aesthetic, and a beautiful User Interface.

Unfortunately the company behind Vox, Six Apart, was waaaaaaay overvalued after the success of their flagship product Typepad in the early years of the 2000s, and received a ridiculous $22 million dollars in venture funding between 2003 and 2007.

So, it is interesting to see how far the mighty blogging giant has fallen.

Bobby Johnson of GigaOm is reporting that “In more than 100 pages of documentation sent out to the Six Apart shareholders ahead of a legal hearing due on Wednesday, the merger details are laid out in full. Highlights include: Six Apart executives asked for a $2 million bridge loan from VideoEgg to help pay “liabilities and operating expenses” in the run up to the merger announcement. This goes beyond third-party expenses, and presumably included cash for items such as salaries.”

For those of us who were on Six Apart sites, I can practically hear the following words floating out there across the blogosphere: “Farewell Six Apart. Thanks for breaking ground. We’ll take over from here.”

 

 

Tuesday
Nov162010

I Sure Miss Seeing These Things in Libraries...

(from Bookshelf Porn)

 

and here is a bookshelf I wish ended up in my home. Kinda looks like something that Delirium from The Sandman would keep her tomes on, doesn’t it?

 

 

 

 

Tuesday
Nov162010

Cool New Stuff Added to My Player Mode in NBA 2k11

If you love both basketball and video games then you might have played NBA 2k10, the basketball simulation game from 2KSports which is a subsidiary of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. If you haven’t, one of the really cool new features that was added to the NBA 2k10 version of the game last year, was the My Player mode.

My Player mode allows a player to customize their very own player (in height, weight, appearance, jersey number, and accessories) and play as this player throughout theNBA Summer Circuit, Developmental League, and if they play well enough, to even be picked up by an NBA team for their training camp, and perhaps a roster spot on your favorite NBA team during the regular season and beyond.

I loved NBA 2k10, so it was with eager anticipation that I looked forward to October of 2010, when 2K Sports released their most recent version of the game, NBA 2k11. In this new version of the game, 2K Sports made the My Player mode, which had finally brought basketball and role-playing games together for the first time in a seriously compelling way in NBA 2k10, much, much better! These improvements make playing the life of an NBA basketball player that much more engaging. 

Visit here to get a rundown of all the cool improvements in the My Player mode in NBA 2k11.

Monday
Nov152010

Apple.com Promotes Big iTunes Announcement for Tuesday, November 16th

If you visit Apple.com today, you’ll see this:

 

It is unclear whether the announcement will be about the extension of the iTunes previews of songs on the Store from 30 seconds to 90 seconds for songs that are longer than 2 minutes and 30 seconds in duration, or if it might be related to placing the entire iTunes store on the web, outside of an installed stand alone application. For this to work, they would presumablybe  taking advantage of the new North Carolina data center that was recently constructed. The theory is that this cloud service allow you to sync your iTunes library with the cloud and have access to all of your content, wherever you are with your iOS device.

Whatever it is, this seems like odd as an announcements g, for a number of reasons. One, Apple usually reserves iTunes announcements  for scheduled conferences that they have for the iPods in the Fall, the January announcement of new products, the March exhibition and explanation of new iOS features, and the June unveiling of new Mac OSX features and iPhone hardware unveiling. So,  it appears that this is something that Apple feels cannot wait until January, which tends to suggest that this will likely be something more than just the announcement of the iBookstore being available directly in the iTunes Store, instead of through iOS devices like the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch only. No, this seems to have a heavier import behind it. And Two, they just released an iTunes update this past Friday, so it seems weird that they wouldn’t have announced something this big around the time they were pushing the iTunes 10.1 update.

The biggest thing they could announce that would be worthy of such promotion by Apple would be revealing a subscription model that would allow all owners of iPods, iPads, and iPhone to stream as much music to their device as they would like for an inexpensive monthly fee. This all-you-can-eat model is arguably the only thing that has differentiated iTunes from its competitors. On iTunes, you owned your content, located on your hard drive. That paradigm may be waning.

Darrel Etherington of The Apple Blog at GigaOm seems to think that this may have something to do with the Facebook contacts integration with Ping that Apple wanted to announce this past September, but couldn’t get worked out without “onerous privacy problems” after 18 months of negotiation with Facebook.

Others seem to think that the use of the clocks in the image above, looks strikingly similar to the cover of The Beatles album, Help!, perhaps suggesting that finally The Beatles will make their entrie catalog available on iTunes. While it seems that this would not be a big enough unveiling to require this much promotion, by occupying the entire splash page of Apple.com, it would be perfectly timed, as Yoko Ono has been promoting the remastered release of John Lennon’s entire back catalog in celebration of what would have been his 70th birthday, and in mourning of the 30th anniversary of his death.

Whatever it is we will know by 7 a.m. tomorrow Cupertino time, 10 a.m. New York time, midnight in Tokyo, and 3 p.m. in London.

 

****update****

The Beatles are now on iTunes! Seriously, that was the huge announcement?

Welcome aboard Fab Four.

Now you can be the Walrus as well.

 

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