Jurassic iPad

Terrific reminiscence on the failure of the past meets (too early?) the success of the present.

“Today, of course, it’s an entirely different story: we’re all intimately familiar with the concept of the little computer in our pocket. We fell repeatedly for watered-down Palm handhelds which, in reality, we used rarely; we replaced them with iPhones, which we use too much.

Now the same critics who shit-canned the Newton for the wrong reasons are shit-canning the iPad for the wrong reasons.

The iPad, though, unlike the Newton, is going to win, and win on an epic scale.”

3D bag

The Los Angeles Times has a good article on the pervasive reach of 3D. I liked AVATAR but this 3D nonsense has got to stop.

Network notes

Not that I don’t love network notes on scripts. But I might like them better if they could be delivered via this nifty little communicator.

Write that movie

Watch this book


An incredible short film by Patrick Jean.


It’s official. Consider this an equivalent moment: ditching the telegraph for the telephone, the landline for the cell, internal combustion for electric. We’re losing the keyboard slowly. Slowly losing the mouse. Slowly but inexorably moving into the realm of gesture and voice. And thought. What happens when we communicate with our ideas and our ideas talk back? Joy.


Turing Machine

I’m writing this on a MacBook. I’ll send it to the web in just a few minutes. An everyday miracle of science. Sometimes it takes a primitive expression of an arcane art to reveal the true beauty of the human mind and all its imaginings. You can quote me.

Watching this Turing Machine in action, even its sounds (clicks and whirrs), affects me in a way I can’t describe. But somewhere within me my geek string has been plucked. Gears. A felt tip pen. And film stock. All in a well-timed ballet of promise. A promise of technology and what we could do, and now do, with numbers.

Ben Folds Chatroulette

I’ve yet to do this thing the kids speak of, this Chatroulette (color me terrified) but Ben Folds, following the lead of “Merton” makes it feel all right.


Speaking of flying cars...

Jalopnik links to Popular Science’s best flying car covers. Ah, if only.


Not a flying car, but it's close

To really get this, watch it with the sound off. Just look at this thing. I mean look at it. Holy cripes.

This won't end well



Warner Music Group during its fiscal results call today acknowledged that its digital music sales have slowed since it helped push for variable pricing on iTunes last year. In the fall, the company's digital sales equivalent to whole albums grew about 5 percent compared to late 2008 where it grew 10 percent over this past summer and 11 percent in the spring. Absolute digital revenue followed a similar pattern as the income grew 8 percent year-over-year in late 2009, but less than half the 20 percent from the end of 2008.



John Dvorak at Marketwatch:

In a Prius, as well as many computer-controlled Toyotas, the accelerator pedal is more like a volume-control knob than anything else. In the olden days when you stepped on the pedal, it would be directly connected to, say, a carburetor, and open a valve mechanically as you pushed down.

This is now passé, as this activity is done electronically on the most modern cars by network signaling.

A good article explaining how auto makers went from hardware to software and may have put us all into hot water. Here’s hoping not.


Discussing the iPad

Charlie Rose spoke with David Carr, Michael Arrington and Walt Mossberg about Apple’s new iPad.


Shootout science

Pal Bob Goodman clued me to this (perhaps because I’ve just written a shootout on main street for a certain show I’m working on).

A fun examination of the neuroscience behind the Western Showdown.

iPad via Mad TV

NPR snagged the Mad TV writers who introduced the world to the original iPad. Funny.

California needs high speed trains

I hate flying. But I love traveling. Yeah, it’s a pickle. Here’s a slick bit of promotion pushing for high speed trains in California. The Huffington Post has an AP article on the deal. Here’s a piece of it:

High-speed rail projects in California, Florida and Illinois are among the big winners of $8 billion in grants announced Thursday by the White House – the start of what some Democrats tout as a national rail-building program that could rival the interstate highways begun in the Eisenhower era.

President Barack Obama announced the awards during a town hall meeting in Tampa, Fla. – a follow-up to Wednesday's State of the Union address that focused on getting Americans back to work. Thirteen passenger rail corridors in 31 states will receive grants, which are funded by the economic recovery act enacted last year.

Your pad or mine?

Old media is new again

From Daily Finance:

Steve Jobs plans to bring new hope to old media with his tablet device. It will work well as a web-searching tool, but in addition it will almost certainly offer access to a wide array of text books, newspapers, and TV shows. According to The Wall Street Journal, Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs plans to "expand Apple's influence and revenue as a content middleman." The company is already a dominant force in digital music because of its iTunes business. The Journal reports Apple is in talks with major newspaper companies and textbook firms.

iCannot Wait!

Gizmodo has a great roundup of the Apple tablet rumors. Lots of fun stuff here. Yippee.

The Virtual Revolution

Gizmodo’s heads-up re: The BBC’s upcoming documentary, The Virtual Revolution. Looks cool.



Memory (Chip) Lane

I'm sick as a sick sick dog today. So of course I'm reflecting on better times. Ahh. Hardware.

Newspapers Lose the Paper

It's going to happen. And with this, subscription-based "print" media will finally be justified.

From Wired: Picture a free magazine app that offers one sample issue and the ability to purchase future issues afterward. Or a newspaper app that only displays text articles with pictures, but paying a fee within the app unlocks an entire new digital experience packed with music and video. This is an example of the “freemium” model that Wired magazine’s Chris Anderson explains in his book Free. It’s a model that some publishers, including Wired’s parent company Condé Nast, are already experimenting with on their websites. (Our sister publication Ars Technica, for example, offers its general content for free, as well as a “Premier” subscription option for readers to access exclusive content.)

Making Head with Ed and Ted

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Apple Not Slowed By Recession

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I Want One

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