Trent Reznor and Peter Murphy are in the midst of a five-station radio tour. Each show has some old NIN standards as well as a cover or two. The cover of Nightclubbing is particularly smile-inducing, given Trent’s history with it.
I’m not entirely sure how much I prefer Peter Murphy’s vocals on some of the songs, but the interpretations on existing songs are at least interesting.
NIN fans who know me should drop me an IM.
Around the turn of the century, consumerism took an interesting turn: cultism became favorable. No longer was there just the mass market and a void, but small niche markets became common, sought after, marketed at. (No blog post along these lines would be complete without shouting “LONG TAIL!” at the top of the author’s lungs, and I will not break the trend.) I belong to a number of shopping cults: my memberships in the cult of Apple and the cult of Bemani are well documented.
Today, I realized that I had a third major cult membership: the cult of the Sidekick.
Don’t get me wrong – I was fully willing to admit my Sidekick addiction for the two and a half years I’ve owned one. It is nearly inseparable from my hand to the point where it often feels like a body part rather than a cell phone. It is difficult for me to survive without one: it manages all of my email, the majority of my IM conversations, serves as my primary syndicated feed reader, and acts as my notepad for random nuggets of information.
But this morning, I stood in line with what I would estimate as roughly 500 people on 41st and Madison, waiting patiently for our chance to purchase a Sidekick 3. Again: these were not giveaways, these were people waiting in line to buy a cell phone. Again: cult.
With that said: while there are a number of professional reviews available about the Sidekick 3, very few go into the technical aspects and random questions that tech wonks like myself have. This post is my best attempt to answer the questions I had before I got my hands on one. I hope you find this useful.
Every year, we seem to inadvertently wander into town the day of the International (or Immigrants) Parade. While there are a number of countries that get their own unique parade — most notably the Greeks and the Puerto Ricans — this parade offers an opportunity for all the remaining countries to get their parade on. So whether you have as much of a showing as China (several blocks of paraders) or as little as Haiti (one sedan), you get to march up 6th Avenue in alphabetical order.
It has become very apparent to me that a telephoto lens is a fantastic boon when shooting parades. I wish I had picked one up sooner.
More pictures from the 2006 Parade. Or check out the one we saw last year.
Today, while in Manhattan, we may have seen a team in the current taping of TAR. I am not 100% sure, but comparing it to known information about the currently taping season, it seems to fit.
If you want to see the details – keeping in mind they could be spoilerific – check out my post to TWOP.
So, for those of you who are waiting for the Sidekick 3, here’s the official upgrade plan information from T-Mobile:
As a valued T-Mobile customer, you get the exclusive opportunity to buy the new Sidekick 3 before it officially hits the streets!
Already a T-Mobile Sidekick customer? Log in to upgrade online, or visit the Santa Monica Wilshire or NYC 307 Madison Avenue T-Mobile stores, beginning 6/28.
Already a T-Mobile customer, but don’t use a Sidekick? Call Customer Care at 1-800-937-8997 or 611 from your handset to upgrade beginning 6/28.
Not yet a T-Mobile customer? Sidekick 3 will be available for sale online and in T-Mobile stores on 7/10.
This information is via sidekick.com.
I think I may very well be waiting in line the morning of 6/28.
About four years into my web presence, I was putting up pictures of my high school graduation. One of them was of my family gathered around me.
About a week after I put the photo up, I received a joking email from my dad, informing me that I had used his likeness without his permission and that I should remove it immediately. (I’m sure this was one of those life lessons that he always attempts to instill.)
In retaliation, I gave him a witness-protection style blue dot over his head.
In light of Father’s Day, here is a very recent photo of my Dad. I am already looking forward to the cease and desist letter.
Bill Gates has announced he will end his day-to-day role as head of software giant Microsoft by July 2008.
Boy. Two years. That’s some drastic business change there. Nothing shakes up a company traditionally known for glacial movement like a two year transition period.
But, then again, this IS Microsoft. And we all know how they are with sticking to announced dates.
See you in 2010, Bill!
A week from today marks the day I officially left Freeverse Software and moved into my current position at Weill Medical College.
During my tenure at Freeverse (which somehow lasted nearly five years), I had the chance to work on a lot of games that I was proud to say I took part in the production of, even if my roles were nebulous and ill-defined.
But the one game I always held dearest to my heart was Wingnuts 2. The sequel to the first really notable commercial game Freeverse ever did, Wingnuts 2 was mandated to be bigger and better in practically every way.
More importantly (to me, anyway), I was tasked with game design. It’s the only game that I worked on that I sat down and worked out new gameplay elements, level progression, characters, enemies, and so on. Mark Anderson’s engine was amazing, and I couldn’t wait to explore the possibilities.
Of course, six months later I ended up leaving.
After I left Freeverse, I didn’t hear much about the game. They were busy, and justifiably so. I had always held out hope that someday, Wingnuts 2 would finally reach completion.
That day is today: Wingnuts 2: Raina’s Revenge is finally available.
It is, for all intents and purposes, the very last Mac game I have ever – or likely will ever – work on. So if you have a Mac, give the trial a download. And look for my name in the credits.
Those readers with a knack for caring too much may have noticed a lack of daily link posts over most of the last week; this was not intentional, but was a side effect of recent upgrades and rebuilds to the server. So in an effort to catch up, here are all the links you missed. Granted, many of them can be considered old by this point, but I prefer to think of them as finely aged.
If you’re the sort of person who lives or dies for these posts, cut out the potential 24 hour lag time in the automated posting – bookmark my linkblog directly.
- The Lodge: Williamsburg, Brooklyn — Restaurant, Urban Rustic, Lodge, Food
YouTube – 2006 MTV Movie Awards – Gnarls Barkley
The only good reason to watch the MTV Movie Awards this year – a fantastic, Star Wars inspired performance by Gnarls Barkley.
YouTube – Samuel L. Jackson Talks Snakes on a Plane @ MTV Movie Awards
Sam Jackson promises to win Best Movie next year at the MTVMAs. “New James Bond? Aint no snakes in that.”
New Line picks up rights to remake Battle Royale for US
Probably the most depressing movie news I’ve heard this year.
RPS – 25
Rock Paper Scissors, abstracted to 25 items. Make sure you check out the 300 Outcomes Spoken graphic.
Apple and Microsoft mine comic vein
“Microsoft has reached a deal with Demetri Martin, the comic behind the fake news program’s periodic “Trendspotting” feature, to star in a marketing campaign for the upcoming Windows Vista.”
Gentlemen, Start Your Thetans – Church of Scientology buying NASCAR sponsorship
Race fans, let the couch-jumping begin.
A New Definition of “Own Goal” for World Cup – FIFA World Cup 2006 – World Cup 2006 Blog
“Did you know that FIFA has a Technical Study Group?”
Former Workers Sue Shelly’s Restaurant, Saying Management’s Hands Were in the Tips – New York Times
Trouble for the Fireman group?
Gothamist: City Announces Official Name Change
Jury duty summons read “Jew York”. Hilarity ensues.
Oracle Calendar/iCal downloader – CaseWiki
“The following C++ program will connect to an Oracle Calendar server and retrive an iCal file for a particular user.”