Archive for March, 2005

NYAS 2005 Day 2

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Mitsubishi Evo IX
Nothing really too grabbing here. The Nissan Sport Concept we talked about the other day showed up. Mitsubishi did a version bump on the Evo; we’re up to IX now. With the way car companies have started softening the lines on their cars I’m afraid the Nissan Skyline GT-R is going to be a lump of mush by the time it gets here in ’07-’08.

Small Spaces Living

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

small space prototype
wmmna has the story on this self-sufficient minimalist dwelling. Designed for two it generates its own power, collects rainwater for drinking, and has a composting toilet. I like small efficient designs like this and the use of prefrabricated components will make people more likely to adopt new designs. On the other hand, is that a staircase and a ladder? I guess they only need to add a firepole and a tornado slide to get this club house a rockin’.

Checkerboard Nightmare comic

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

chex smallCheckerboard Nightmare is a wonderful little comic by Kristofer Straub. It seems to defy discription though. Reading the first strip will clue you into the character motivations. After that crash course you’ll be able to jump right in.

Ford Shelby Cobra GT500

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

top down 2005 cobraJalopnik covers the unveiling of the new Mustang Cobra (as seen from the cheap seats). I’m guessing it isn’t on the floor yet since everyone is just posting the press photos. Tuningnews.net kindly posted all of them. The design draws a lot from the original GT500 introduced in 1968. This is visible in the slanted grill and ovoid air dam. It also features a lip spoiler and seat covers similar to the ’68. They chose not to use the giant hood nostrils from the original deciding instead to use the reverse ducts from the stock ’68. The modern appointments include a supercharged V8 putting out 450+ hp and 18″ wheels on the production car. With a projected release in 2006 this car meshes nicely with the insurance break I’ll be getting when I turn 25. Synergy will be the death of me.

Radioactive Panda comic

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

radioactive pandaRadioactive Panda got back off of the ground last Monday so get on board now while the story is just getting started. I discovered it while it was on hiatus and read a large portion of the archive. I enjoy the mad scientist angle and the art is really vibrant and polished. I’m not sure how often it is updated, but the archives vary from once to twice a week. Enjoy!

State of the music

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

home taping shirtSo, where can you buy music online? How about that there Napster.com. Well, Napster will let you download an unlimited amount of music for a monthly fee, but once you stop subscribing you can’t use the music anymore. You’re RENTING music. How about iTunes? A problem with both Napster and iTunes is that they use Digital Rights Management (DRM). DRM allows these companies to give you a file, but restrict the way you use it. I’ll say this now so I can say “I told you so” later: In the next 2-5 years people will be buying new computers to replace their current ones. The limited technical ability of most users will cause them to lose access to the music collections that they’ve payed for and they’ll be PISSED. I’m sure a cottage industry will spring up to help people make the transition (probably connected to cd ripping services). Non-DRM music guarantees that you will be able to play it on whatever device you want. In recent news an application has been developed to bypass iTunes DRM, of course Apple fought back, but was cracked again within two days. You still had to buy your music with this application, but it restored your rights to use it. Are there any non-DRM services? Mp3tunes.com provides music at only 88cents per song and 60cents goes directly to the artist. They may not have who you are looking for though. There are also Russian sites of questionable legality. So, completely disenchanted? Well here’s a treat: The South by Southwest music festival released a bittorrent of over 750 mp3s. I’ve been listening to these everyday for the last week and it has been awesome. I guess I’ll just have to go out and buy the cds to show my appreciation.

UPDATE: There is even a DRM blog!

Poorly-drawn cartoons.. it’s

Monday, March 21st, 2005

spamusement banner
Quality art isn’t necessary to produce great cartoons. Spamusement actually takes pride in being poorly drawn, wearing its hatemail as a badge of honor. The site is updated almost daily with a cartoons based on actual spam subject lines. Be prepared to spend a lot of time reading the archive.

More Than Human by Ramez Naam

Monday, March 21st, 2005

more than human book coverHoly crap! A book I might actually read. My voracious online reading has displaced my desire to read nonfiction in any other from, but this book looks right up the RobotSkirts alley. Author Ramez Naam’s book More Than Human covers technology that has been developed or is being developed to improve human life and ultimately will lead to posthumans. Link via Gizmodo.

USB to IDE adapter

Monday, March 21st, 2005

ide to usb adapterGizmodo has detais on this simple USB to IDE adapter. As someone who has had many a harddrive dangling by the ribbon cable outside of a computer chassis, I can appreciate a simple device like this. I let’s you plug in any IDE device i.e. harddrives (regular and laptop) and cd/dvd drives to get a USB interface. Many times you are just plugging in a harddrive to get old data off of it on to your new gigantor drive; a full harddrive enclosure is over kill for this job. If you’re like me you don’t care if your case is hanging open anyway. Also, the price looks to be about US$26 which is half the price of an enclosure.

Google maps update!

Monday, March 21st, 2005

When I said standalone mode “crapped itself”. What I really meant was “I’m an idiot for trying to make standalone mode render my poorly formed XML”. Check out the Lincoln traffic cameras map [link no longer works] in all its glory. Thanks for the great tool Phil! Here is his cool map of live Seattle 911 incidents.