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Wednesday
May182011

Today is the 31st Anniversary of the Mt. St. Helens Eruption

Few thought that the massive eruption that ocurred on May 18th, 1980 would happen the way it did. It was the largest eruption ever in the continental United States. MtStHelens.com has these interesting videos of the mountain then and now.

Tuesday
May172011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Reznor

 

Thanks for the music, old sweat, lies, lies, lies;  and the artistic risks it took to create them. :)

 

Nothing, indeed, IS something.

 

 

 

 

Saturday
May142011

Happy Birthday, Mr. Lucas

Thanks for that whole Star Wars thing, the Lucasfilm thing, keeping Pixar alive in the early days, THX sound, LucasArts, Industrial Light and Magic, and the Skywalker Ranch.

 

We really do appreciate it. :)

Wednesday
Apr202011

Apple Earnings Call Expected to Be Insanely Great or Why Apple Stock is Dirt Cheap...

With the Apple earnings anouncement for their fiscal 2nd quarter coming after close of the market today, Andy Zaky has this article which mirrors my recent thoughts about Apple stock, and its price. Here is my favorite part:

In fact, it is very likely that Apple will have more cash than its current market capitalization in less than five years. Once Wall Street begins to catch on to this reality, Apple shares should see a major upside correction. And this is precisely why Apple shouldn’t trade below a 20 P/E ratio over the next several years.

 

Imagine that…. at current cash position growth (assuming Apple doesn’t have to spend any of their cash for acquisitions or emergencies) a balance of 300 billion dollars and ZERO debt. wow. Wishful thinking? I guess we’ll see over the coming months…

Now, if I just knew someone who was willing to loan me $100,000 dollars for a couple of years…

Wednesday
Apr202011

Amazon Kindle to Partner With OverDrive for Public Libraries

 

(via CrunchGear)  The deal seems to be that patrons will be able to borrow books free of charge for a limited period of time using the hardware Kindle device or their Kindle apps on other devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Android phone, etc.

What I’m wondering and even Matt Burns, of CrunchGear wasn’t sure is if there will be an artificial scarcity placed on books?

I do like this bit though:

“We’re doing a little something extra here,” Marine continued. “Normally, making margin notes in library books is a big no-no. But we’re extending our Whispersync technology so that you can highlight and add margin notes to Kindle books you check out from your local library. Your notes will not show up when the next patron checks out the book. But if you check out the book again, or subsequently buy it, your notes will be there just as you left them, perfectly Whispersynced.”


I’m okay with this idea, as long as Amazon doesn’t expect a huge fee to paid by my public library for offering the service. Library budgets in the best of times are slim, in today’s topsy turvy world they are practically non-existent.

No, I’d prefer that Amazon give the service for free to libraries. They’ve already announced an ad supported hardware Kindle device, so why not extend that idea out to these library loan books? Everytime you open one of these library loan books you might see a display ad on the home screen, but not within the book itself. Amazon wins because it will drive the hardware Kindle sales, and the use of their Kindle apps on other devices, which ultimately results in more book sales from Library patrons who decide that they’d rather own a particular book rather than having to check it out multiple times.of course, I would expect that all ads would disappear once I owned the book in my own Kindle library.

The ads may not be able to support the entire cost to Amazon, but it could certainly help defray te costs. The question might whether there are not enough suitable and complying advertisers to support this model.

If so, I think this model would be particularly helpful with notoriously expensive books such as textbooks.

CrunchBase has this bit about OverDrive and how they might be involved in this prcoess.

Wednesday
Apr062011

Keanu Reeves Claims Bill and Ted 3 Script Six Weeks Away From Completion

Last September I reported that SandwichJohnFilms had learned from Keanu Reeves that he was excited about making a third film in the Bill and Ted series.

Well, SCREEN RANT claims that they caught up with Keanu Reeves a few days ago at an MTV event. When asked about Bill and Ted 3, he said that the original film’s writers, Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon, were about six weeks away from completing a draft of the script.

While it remains to be seen whether or not the script will be picked up by a production house, or whether Reeves is considering producing the film himself, it is exciting to see that one of the best Greek fool film franchises might be returning.

 

Update 8-18-2012!

Reeves announced that Bill and Ted 3 will be directed by Dean Parisot, who directed Galaxy Quest!

Monday
Mar282011

A Review of RIFT: Planes of Telara MMO

 

I’ve been playing quite a bit of the new MMO, RIFT: Planes of Telara this past month. If you haven’t checked it out and want the skinny of what RIFT is all about, and how it matches up to World of Warcraft, then check out my review here.

 

Tuesday
Mar082011

Paper Beats Rock in Rock, Paper, Scissors? Are you sure?

Karen, a friend of ours sent this our way and I had to share it with all of you. I can only imagine what they say about Lizard or Spock!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am unclear who actually created this, and who took the photo. So, if anyone knows who to properly credit, please let me know.

Monday
Feb212011

The Cars: New Album After 27 Years Apart.

Yes, you read that right. Their first album since 1984’s Heartbeat City is going to be released on May 2nd of this year.

The Cars were the soundtrack to so many of my most memorable childhood experiences like my first visit to a roller rink and laterat an arcade. Where I grew up, you couldn’t escape The Cars. They were everywhere teens gathered. I remember blaring “Magic” out the windows of my mother’s old white and brown Jeep Wagoneer at full blast as we tore over the freeway on my first big family summer road trip! It great to see that they are back!

Judging by this single that they released on YouTube, I am very optimistic that they have kept all the stuff we love from their roots while looking forward. I think the late-departed member Benjamin Orr would have approved of this new single, “Blue Tip”. Enjoy.

 

Thursday
Feb172011

iPad set to replace restaurant menus and reduce staff

Chris Oldroyd, of TiPb, has this interesting gem:

Stacked Restaurant chain is going to use the iPad to enable customers to order their food at the table, reducing the need and cost of waitress service. The new restaurant chain is set to open their first restaurant in Southern California in May, with two more to follow.

It also will reduce the need and cost of tips. ;-)

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