Introducing The Eye-Fi

January 30, 2008

The Eye-Fi
Check out this really cool new add on for any digital camera. After a very simple one time configuration, your digital camera can now connect to your wireless router at home, or the office, and upload all of your photos. BY ITSELF.

The Eye-Fi lets you upload your snaps to your flickr account, directly to your PC, or to social networking sites like facebook. You can see a demo here at Eye-Fi.

On a geekier note, the combination SD memory card, and Wi-Fi network card suppors n, g, and a wireless networks. Just like your laptop. It uses little power since the memory cards in cameras shut off when not in use anyhow.

Your camera never has to leave your purse again now ladies. Well, except for a recharge.

You can buy the Eye-Fi  Wireless 2 GB SD Memory Card at Amazon.com


This game is definitely different.

January 28, 2008

I am a gamer. A COMPUTER gamer.

Yes, a shoot em up, loud explosions, up all night computer gamer. Its a good hobby for an insomniac like me. A bit embarrasing for a 40 year old, but there are many more embarrassing hobbies out there. Model trains anyone? Stamp Collecting? Did those too. Not any more.

I recently was passed this game for consideration. Peacemaker is a game where the goal is to win peace in the Middle East. Now, I was a bit surprised too, and I’ll admit that I snickered a bit, thinking, “a peace game, that’ll sell”.

It’s an educational tool however, a discussion provoking tool, and it’s actually fun and challenging. Look at the people that have seen and endorsed this idea.

Impact Games is located in Pittsburgh, PA. You can download a demo of the game here.

They are looking for Beta-Testers. Sign up here.

Worthwhile.


The Kennedy’s are on board with Obama! Clintons get stood up.

January 28, 2008

Well, it seems like Barrack Obama is the next Jack Kennedy, at least according to the Kennedy’s. This is actually big news, since the Kennedy’s have long been allies with the Clinton’s.

Caroline, says Obama reminds her of her dad. “I have never had a president who inspired me the way people tell me that my father inspired them. But for the first time, I believe I have found the man who could be that president – not just for me, but for a new generation of Americans,” she wrote in an Editorial in the NY Times.

Patrick, Ted’s son, himself a congressman from Massachusetts, is set to appear with Obama at the “Stand for Change” rally the Obama campaign is holding at American University in Washington, D.C. on Monday, sources said.

Seems Patrick will hit the campaign trail for Obama too. He’s bringing ideas and support from old Kennedy cronies with him. John Kennedy’s supporters and staffers from the 60′s. Thats the 1960′s, not the upper East Side, for you New Yorkers. Aren’t all of those guys 80 now? If they were even 40 they would be pushing 90 now. That’s some fresh new ideas.

Ted Kennedy made a statement through his people, and was seen headed for the bar.  OK, no, he didn’t, but he went to the same rally today and said this:

“There was another time, when another young candidate was running for President and challenging America to cross a New Frontier. He faced public criticism from the preceding Democratic President, who was widely respected in the party. Harry Truman said we needed “someone with greater experience”—and added: “May I urge you to be patient.” And John Kennedy replied: “The world is changing. The old ways will not do…It is time for a new generation of leadership.” 

“So it is with Barack Obama. He has lit a spark of hope amid the fierce urgency of now. “

This is a very surprising announcement.  Ted just told a 20 year colleague and ally that he was leaving her camp.  And reincarnated his brother as a black man. 

It also makes you wonder – if astute political operators like the Kennedy’s are leaving the Clinton camp, is Hillary losing her ability to win?


Five Albums/CD’s that I would take if I were to be stranded on a desert island

January 28, 2008

A long time ago I read an article in Rolling Stone Magazine (maybe).

The writer asked a bunch of rockstars what five albums (This was the 80′s people – no CD’s or iPods yet) they would take if they were to be stranded on a deserted island. And THERE WERE RULES to this list!

1. The album has to be an original release. A real album, not a greatest hits CD or compilation of any sort. – So sorry if you were going to choose The Eagles Greatest Hits (I think it’s the number one selling album of all time or something like that).

2. The album CAN be a double album if it was released that way. Elton John fans, the double album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road would count as one choice if you chose it. So would Tommy by the Who, The River by Springsteen, or any other double record/CD release.

3. Give a short explanation of why you picked your albums – what does it make you think of? Why could you listen to it in its small exclusive list of company among all of your other musical choices? This is my rule. I’m just curious that way.

here is my list -

U2 - Rattle and Hum1. U2 – Rattle and Hum – This soundtrack from the concert footage and movie documentary covers the full range of early music by the band, is a long CD, but most importantly, because the CD has been in every one of my cars since it came out while I was in college, and I can still listen to it at any time and love it. The live covers of the Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower”, and the Beatles “Helter Skelter”, performed on the previous Joshua Tree tour are outstanding.

Who's Next2. The Who – Who’s Next – Because I once took a girl in college to see the movie “Tommy”, and she cried at the end. Oh, and then spent the rest of the summer kissing my with this CD in her cassette player. Michelle Hanratty made me love The Who by accident. This is by far their best CD, with the seminal Behind Blue Eyes, Baba Reilly, Won’t get fooled again, and many more. I have included Going Mobile on every road trip mix tape or CD I have ever made.

Bruce Springsteen - Greetings from Asbury Park3. Bruce Springsteen – Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. – This was my most difficult choice. I love the Boss, I always have. Born to Run, Greetings from Asbury Park, Live at the Odeon, the list of my favorite Springsteen albums is long. I am easily picking Greetings though. I have always felt that most artists greatest work lies in their first work. Its the album they pour their heart and soul into making, the one that made them a star in all likelihood. Greetings has a wide range of songs from the poetry of Lost in the Flood, the deep groove of Spirit in the Night, and my all time favorite track Bruce track Growing Up. It also doesn’t get any radio airplay, so its always fresh.

John Coltrane - Giant Steps4. John Coltrane – Giant Steps – A few years back I was trying to expand my jazz collection. Unfortunately I didn’t have too much experience in this genre. So I purchased a few of the “Original Master Recordings” collection of great jazz CD’s. This was one of them and has been in my car ever since. This record is a must own for any saxaphone lover, or anyone interested in learning about jazz. The title track, Giant Steps, has the craziest chord progression in any song I have ever heard and it works. The title of the album and the song come from the giant steps he makes in the chord progressions.

Lowest of the Low - 5. Lowest of the Low – Shakespeare My Butt – A “local” band from Ontario that played out a ton during my formative years. Great live shows with tons of energy. This album is full of pop-catchy tunes about the spanish civil war, drinking in the local pub, and friends. You can find more information on the band here at wikipedia. It doesnt hurt that the band played its last show here a few weeks ago.

Thats my list. What’s yours.

Mark

. . .

“I swear I found the key to the universe in the engine of an old parked car”

Bruce Springsteen – Growing Up – Greetings from Asbury Park, 1973


We should not take democracy for granted.

January 27, 2008

I recently viewed this interview with Naomi Watts on YouTube, and was genuinely frightened by the events of the past few years that she was pointing out. Many of these events show up as examples on this list I have had posted in my office for some time now, called “Early Warning Signs of Fascism“, written by a college Professor named Laurence W. Britt.

EARLY WARNING SIGNS OF FASCISM:
-Powerful and continuing nationalism
-Disdain for human rights
-Identification of enemies as a unifying cause
-Supremacy of the military
-Rampant sexism
-Controlled mass media
-Obsession with national security
-Religion and government intertwined
-Corporate power protected
-Labor power suppressed
-Disdain for intellectuals and the arts
-Obsession with crime and punishment
-Rampant cronyism and corruption
-Fraudulent elections

So, I followed up on some of the statements that Ms. Watts made in the interview.

There is a private army operating here in the United States. Blackwater troops have already been engaged in “operations” HERE in the United States.

I loved the part of the clip where you see this guy riding on top of some fancy new off the lot Suburban tricked out with a big black Blackwater decal on it. He looks like some idiot guido ricer kid, except that he’s drinking a Smirnoff Ice, AND slinging what looks like an M16, and wearing a flak jacket in the French Quarter. I know we’ve all been to Mardi Gras, and it can get surreal at times, but this was FOR REAL.

Former CEO Dick Cheney’s former alma mater Halliburton, and its subsidiary KBR, got a $365 million contract two years ago to build detention camps across the United States. The KBR press release at the time stated: “the contract, which is effective immediately, provides for establishing temporary detention and processing capabilities to augment existing ICE Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) Program facilities in the event of an emergency influx of immigrants into the U.S., or to support the rapid development of new programs“.

Blah Blah Blah? Wait, can you back that up a moment, what sort of new government program would require the support of a system of many, many, detention camps that would EACH hold as many as 5,000 people? $365 million seems like a lot of prison camps if they all look like Guantanamo Bay. That seems like an inexpensive prison model really – a lot of chain link fence and a lot of shackles.

Did you know that torture is now legal in the United States? Read this report by Amnesty International.

Here is an article from the United Kingdom talking about the similarities to dictators of the past and the Bush administration. Read about the Princeton Constitutional scholar that is on the no fly list – BANNED FROM FLYING. “Anti-war marcher? Potential terrorist. Support the constitution? Potential terrorist. History shows that the categories of “enemy of the people” tend to expand ever deeper into civil life.”

I agree with Ms. Watts, we need to say something, to stand up for our rights. Vote for people who won’t give all of our money to their friends companies. Our public schools are failing, except where our rich kids live. Health care is a joke. And we are running out of money AND credit to pay for it all. Did you know that Hugo Chavez is urging Latin countries to pull money out of U.S. banks?

Ask yourself this question. Are you REALLY better off than you were 5 years ago, 10 years ago? You may have more stuff, a bigger house, but are you really better off? We now have secret prisons, homeland torture, and nobody is paying attention.

Do you think the ordinary German in 1935 realized they were doing these things at the time, or did they figure it out later, after the shit hit the fan?

“When fascism comes to America, it will be carrying a cross and wrapped in an American flag”. – Sinclair Lewis


Warning: Do not drink beverages while looking at the following website

January 26, 2008

The Best of Craigslist

You may destroy your keyboard.
Some of these Craigslist entries are truly hysterical.

On the other hand if you aren’t familiar with craigslist.org check it out.
This is a great site and a great people “watching” destination on the web.


Some pretty cool science experiments using ordinary stuff

January 26, 2008

http://www.krampf.com/

OK so maybe he needs a trim on the beard, but his science experiments are awesome.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Robert Krampf…


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