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YES: Wall-E’s Nerd Moments by rachels
July 2, 2008, 9:06 pm
Filed under: Film, Tech

  • Robots’ reboot features the Apple computer start-up sound (and WALL-E uses a relic of an ipod)
  • Auto Pilot robot is a homage to 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Close Encounters theme music plays when WALL-E meets Eve
  • WALL-E passes the Sputnik satellite in Earth’s orbit
  • Fred Willard, frequent Tim and Eric Awesome Show (Adult Swim) guest star, plays BnL CEO

Furthermore, Eve is definitely what robots will look like when Apple finally takes over the world.



TECH WEDNESDAY: SOME THINGS by jonatron
June 11, 2008, 8:43 am
Filed under: FEATURES, Tech

I’ll start off with something you obviously don’t hear about enough making your rounds of the techno-blogosphere – NET NEUTRALITY. Yes, defenders of net neutrality have been warning us for years, explaining that without government intervention to preserve the internet as it is today, broadband providers may move to drastically limit our access to the internet based on the price we pay for it (think cable tv). Alarmists? Maybe. Hopefully! But a recent announcement by New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo may indicate the coming of the inter-pocalypse we all fear – ordering ISPs Verizon Communications, Sprint and Time Warner Cable to “shut down major sources of online child pornography.” Continue reading



NO: Stupid iPhones by jonatron
June 9, 2008, 1:04 pm
Filed under: Tech

Guess what, Apple? No one cares about your new, possibly 3G, possibly solar powered, probably exactly the same but slightly faster and cheaper iPhones. Oh wait, everyone does. PS – this is what you are missing at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference right now:

10:01 am Al Gore is in the crowd and being shown on the displays.


YES: Ricky Gervais in GTA IV by rachels
June 3, 2008, 12:55 pm
Filed under: Humor, Tech, TV

I apologize for this creepy picture, but has anyone found Ricky Gervais yet in the Liberty City Comedy Club? Someone told me you can watch him on TV in the game, too.



NO: Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Facebook by rachels
June 2, 2008, 11:53 am
Filed under: Politics, Tech

Come on.



YES REDUX: BJÖRK “WANDERLUST” VID by kyletm
April 22, 2008, 11:56 am
Filed under: Film, Music, Tech

We all got a peek at the plain old cut a while back, but Wired now has Björk’s “Wanderlust” video up in glorious 3D. All you need are the specs; I got mine from One Little Indian, maybe you got yours on Record Store Day. Options abound.

And hey, Firefox users, now that we’ve found it, why not hold on to it?



YES (Mostly): Hulu.com by rachels
April 1, 2008, 12:53 pm
Filed under: Tech, TV

Hulu.com is an online, on-demand service offering streaming video from the strange marriage of Fox and NBC (and cable affiliates). The venture was announced about a year ago and launched for the public in March 2008. Read on to follow the rise and fall of my user experience with the site in the span of two days:

Day 1: I decide to join the “lunchtime as the new primetime” crowd and catch up on some missed 30 Rock episodes in the office. I find Hulu.com to be extremely eye-pleasing and easy to use. I can scroll through select television shows and movies (the movie list reminds me of the inexplicably random choices on Comcast On-Demand, but I suppose they are somehow connected to NBC and/or Fox) in alphabetical order or by user-popularity. Wow, Family Guy clips sure are popular! I watch the 30 Rock episode where Tina Fey dates a guy seventeen years younger than her-and it is great! There are only two brief commercials and I think they are great, too. I think I am just happy to be watching TV at work.

Day 2: I eagerly anticipate another lunch in my office glued to the screen. I pull up Hulu and start looking around for something new to watch. I get excited when I see that they have Project Runway, then realize that there are only 2 minute clips, not full episodes. Desperate, I contemplate watching an episode of American Dad or Prison Break…I end up clicking back for more 30 Rock and am weirded out by the fact that full episodes are no longer available-they just had all of Season 2 up yesterday! I grow angry and find myself needlessly clicking on a highly rated 6-minute clip from Saturday Night Live, I don’t even remember what it was supposed to be of. That’s right, this clip never loads. I give up on hulu.com for today and go out to the coffee shop to read a book. Take that, Internet TV.

Conclusion: I have high hopes for Hulu, soo much better than the players at NBC.com or ABC.com. And I do feel good that it’s legal, but not good enough to stop using bit torrent. I won’t be relying on Hulu for regular programming just yet.