I got weak, I couldn't resist anymore. I got an iPod Touch and I LOVE IT! It won't replace my Archos as a main mp3 player, but as an on-the-go mp3 player you can't beat it. It's absolutely wonderfully elegant, the UI a breeze and I'm surprised at how fast websites load in Wi-fi mode.
And if you want to REALLY have fun with it, point your Safari browser to this address: http://www.slovix.com/touchfree/jb/ let it do its thing and then tap on the new "intaller" icon. In order to access all the apps, install "Community Sources". After that I highly recommend "BSD Subsystem" & "Dock". Now you have a little yellow glow in the lower bottom right corner. Put your finger on it and slowly drag it towards the middle of the screen, you will see a rotating icon rainbow show up, super handy when you have tons of icons on your "desktop"
Another no-brainer is the following app: "Touch Calendar Fix", the title says it all There's tons more though.
A good widget though for SF people can be found @ www.sf.munitime.com, a much more streamlined (hence widget) version of nextmuni.com.
All in all a fantastic device. Pricey indeed, but the ease of use, wi-fi and iTunes store options are awesome (although I would opt for mp3sparks myself), and if you ad the jailbreak option, it's even better. - pic source
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Head over to Animated-News for pictures of the Pixar short "Your Friend the Rat" on the Ratatouille DVD.
Syndication!! $$$$$$$$$ - found @ thesuperficial
Always handy. - found @ GoNintendo
Merrill Lynch lost $8 billion - the CEO has to go - with $159 million
Marvel at this story @ Dvorak
The team behind "Ratatouille" talks about the DVD release. Get links @ Animated News
Pre-strike Production Shotlist
Shrek Goes Fourth
G.I. Joe details
J.J. Abrams monster movie trailer and title in front of Beowulf
More Romero Zombies
Spiderman 4 is a go - plan to scale back story with ONLY 2 villains instead of 3. How about 1 instead? Sheesh.
Quote from GameSpot via Kotaku:
...first of all, it's not true, because originally I granted my rights to Tetris to my Computer Center, to my organization, for 10 years. And when those 10 years expired, I got my rights back. And since 1996, I've been receiving some royalties for it. And I'm pretty happy with what I'm getting now. And I never complain about those 10 years, either... In order to fight for my rights for the rest of my life, I decided to give it up for a while and make it happen. This decision should be done before people realize what we've given them.
- found @ Kotaku
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
JV Pixar got some good news about Pixar. First off Brad Lewis is going to direct a Pixar movie and then a first report on a Wall-E screening. Sounds good. Love the report about Wall-E, the guy is a total movie score nerd, nice!!
The New Yorker got a clip of Dennis Muren, who's been at ILM for over 30 years, talking about his career. Isn't he the only living artist with the most Oscars?
There are breakdowns of shots in "War of the Worlds" and "Pirates 2", . It's always sweet to see that. Except the part where he goes "The performance comes through. It's not being interpreted by an animator". Riiiiiight. - pic source
Don't know if it's legit or not, check out the description here. SPOILERS?
Sounds like a very good TV. Check it out @ HD Guru via Gizmodo
but this comment is interesting:
Posted on 30th October, 2007
No light in the room.
Off-axis viewing degrades image.
So basically, if you only use it for HD material, in a completely dark room, and only by yourself (since you would have to be sitting in the sweet spot)…then this set is for you.
If you are part of the other 99% of the people buying a TV, maybe you should look elsewhere.
I hardly call the above “issues” minor and they are the reason I didn’t go with the 81 series.
X-Files 2 is coming
Brett Ratner is NOT doing the Escape from New York remake - yesssssssss! Same link has Indiana Jones 4 teaser trailer details and Tintin casting details.
New Terence Malick movie is coming - how can you not like Thin Red Line? :)
Daniel Craig will do 5 Bond movies
Family Guy: Blue Harvest on DVD
Halo Movie still in pre-production
Classic Dogma video
Wow, could this poster be any more bland? Bless the photoshop age. The only way this poster would be cool is if the bright light was actually a nuclear bomb exploding with them laughing. I'd watch that. - found @ iwatchstuff
Want more details about the live-action and animated Star Wars TV shows? Go to theforce.net
The merchandising of Indy 4 is on its way and I can't wait! :) Here's what theforce.net posted about the upcoming book titles:
For the older readers:
Indiana Jones Omnibus Volume 1 (February 25)
The Adventures of Indiana Jones (February 26)
The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones (May 6)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Novelization (May 20)
The Complete Making of Indiana Jones (May 20)
For the younger readers:
Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Guide (April 21)
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark Junior Novelization (May 1)
Indiana Jones and Temple of Doom Junior Novelization (May 1)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade Junior Novelization (May 1)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Junior Novelization (May 22)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Movie Reader (June 2008)
Spore will get released on the Wii - sweeeet
Art-of book by Capcom - very nice indeed
Simpsons Writers not too happy with Rockstar - if those game change reasons are true, it's retarded. How can you confuse those two games?
Art Direction of "Kane & Lynch" - love that stuff
Head over to Animated-News for "Shrek the Halls" details.
That's pretty sweet. - found @ Gizmodo
...now that hardware pricing is affordable for both Blu-ray and HD DVD, it appears consumers no longer want to decide—so the notion of staying in two formats for the duration is something we are re-evaluating now that we are in the fourth quarter...
Whatever, as long as one format dies quickly. That format war is so beyond retarded.
- found @ Gizmodo
Watch the "Awake" trailer @ Yahoo. Interesting and scary premise (too bad Hayden's delivery is as flat as it has always been).
Monday, October 29, 2007
Wow, do you have time to sit through that? :)
After dressing up as the DoT characters for Halloween I checked out a few movies on youtube and found a speedrun clip of the game, which led me to "Adventure Speedruns". Ah, good times... Speedruns of the classic SCUMM games and more.
By BROOKS BARNES
The animated film “Ratatouille,” about a rodent who dreams of becoming a French chef, has become the highest-grossing film of 2007 in France. The film sold more than $60 million in tickets, placing it No. 1 at the French box office for six weeks, beating the record set by “Titanic.”
Read on @ nytimes
Fantastic! - found @ Gizmodo
Spyro the Dragon - Movie coming
Fred Willard on Wall-E
Brad Bird talks about Ratatouille
Green Lantern Movie
Josh Lucas as Christopher Pike? - Oh boy...
The Flash Movie
Kung Fu Panda Trailer - great look, annoying voices
Captain America and Akira Live Action - it's live-action adaption day
Underworld 3 details
Star Trek Putter
Pac Man Ring
Nintendo Wii Rap
Steampunk Time Machine
Electric Plane Launcher
Sweet looking Marantz CD Player
$3.4 Million in-house home theater - still has a tiny screen, what a waste
Friday, October 26, 2007
Watch the trailer @ Apple
I can't believe the whale part is in this movie. Didn't they see "Prince of Egypt"?
Check out the gallery @ IGN
Head over to JV Pixar for a Pixar Short Film DVD review and Ratatouille DVD menu screens.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Final stretch on "Star Wars: Force Unleashed", almost done.
Here some stuff:
I Am Legend - HD Trailer
Michael Mann and DeNiro teaming up
Day of the Tentacle opening sequence - I miss those SCUMM games so much... DS Collection, where are you?!?!?
Nike NES Hack
Bionic Commando Gameplay (shooting)
HD Dual Format Player (new release)
Samsung LED HDTV
Gateway 30-inch Monitor
Nintendo DS TV Tuner
Justice League Movie News
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead - Trailer
Bee Movie 6min extended scene
Soldier of Fortune Trailer
6min of Super Mario Galaxy (spoilers)
Sony XBR4 LCD HDTV
Body Parts Made out of Bread
Marshal Alexander's Paper Toys
Mother of all Line Rider Movies
I read this fantastic list over @ Hi-def DVD Empire as to why this format war is retarded and not winning people over:
Okay, I'll bite. This is the text of a comment I posted on Reed Hastings' blog on a similar topic:
A format war is simply the height of stupidity, given the nice example of how quickly DVD was adopted by... everybody.
This happened for a few reasons, none of which are being replicated by the HD formats/players:
1) One alternative with no difficult competing choices.
2) Fit into existing home theater setups easily.
3) Clear, obvious quality advantages, even if you set it up incorrectly.
4) Significant convenience advantages - pause with no quality loss (anyone here remember VHS tracking?!), random access, extra features, multiple languages, etc...
5) More convenient and durable physical medium.
So - let's look at what HD formats offer over DVD in these areas:
1) Multiple competing incompatible choices. Not just between HD DVD and Blu-ray, but also between different HD formats. 720p/1080i vs. 1080p, HDMI/HDCP vs. component. People aren't adopting HD formats because they're confusing.
2) Does not fit into existing home theater setups easily. If you had a DVD home theater, chances are you're replacing most, if not all of your components to get to HD - you need a new TV/projector, you probably need some new switches, you need all new cabling, and you need at least three new players to do it right (HD DVD, Blu-ray, and an upscaling DVD player so your old DVDs look good). Not to mention a new programmable remote to control the now 7 or more components in your new setup (receiver, projector/tv, 3 players, HDMI switch, audio/component switch).
3) Clear, obvious quality advantages, but only if properly tuned and all of them work properly together. I can easily tell the difference between even HD movies and upscaled DVD movies. Upscaled DVD movies look fantastic, but HD movies really pop off the screen. But if things aren't properly configured or you're using the wrong cabling, these advantages disappear.
4) No significant convenience advantages, with some disadvantages. Pretty much the same extras, but most discs now won't let you resume playback from the same place if you press stop in the middle, and they make you watch the warnings and splash screens again.
5) Indistinguishable physical medium. Maybe the Blu-ray coating helps, but we'll see about that.
I've gone the HD route, because I really care about very high video quality, and I love tinkering with this stuff. Most people don't, and find it incredibly confusing and expensive.
Is it really any wonder that people are holding off?
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Super busy at work, so here a post the way this site was originally intended to be. A bookmark list.
Coool Staple Remover
Cheese carver doing Ratatouille
Parent and child dance shoes
Do schools kill creativity: Sir Ken Robinson
Lucky Luke Trailer
Exorcist Remake? Rambo 5?
Wacom releasing baby Cintiq
World's Thinnest LCD
Super Sweet Pathfinder Lego Ship
King of Kong DVD details
CD-i Zelda game history
Boss doing Tennis Ballgirls (couldn't resist listing that one)
Cooool Bionic Commando Footage
Conversation with Don Hertzfeldt
Child's Play Remake (please make it stoooop)
Epson Home Cinema Projector
9/11 Truthers upset Bill Maher
Bee Movie Clips (10 of them)
14mins of SEGA logos (I miss earthworm jim)
Brutal Legend Concept Art
Super Mario Galaxy Music
Super Mario Galaxy in-store demo & DS demo downloads
Dumbledore Secret revealed
Superman Sequel problems
"Heart of Darkness" is finally coming out on DVD!!
Watch the full trailer with Will Smith screaming here.
VERY explicit language, not for kiddies
pre-order @ bigbadtoystore
Monday, October 22, 2007
Going through the Siggraph Videos I remembered an older bookmark of mine, the very nerdy and fascinating Pixar Library. So I checked it out again and guess what, it's full of "Ratatouille" stuff now. Ready to nerd out? Click here.
found @ Animated News
Saturday, October 20, 2007
The latest Tivo Update brings you this (from Gizmodo):
Quasi-Streaming of Amazon Unbox so you can start watching it as soon as a bit has buffered
which is something that really needed.
Totally missed that one and now it's of course sold out. Still cool though.
Check it out @ Sideshow
When I was looking for a sweet and nerdy alarm clock I stumbled across the "Chumby". That was months ago and now "The Gadgeteer" has a review of it and even though it has huge potential, the clock function is a let down.
Cartoon Brew had a post up about this bag a while ago, but I still had it up in one of my tabs and I'm still amazed. $2,999.00 was the starting bid. Holy Moly.
A bit older but for those who haven't seen it (thanks Brad!)
Friday, October 19, 2007
Lots of good stuff at the Star Wars Shop.
Ooooh, nice. - found @ Gentle Giant
"Run! Run! Run!" - Homer Simpson
more details @ Engadget
This is from Crunchgear:
Adobe’s CEO said yesterday that, in five to 10 years, all of its applications, including Photoshop, will be available to use online. Not only that, but that by the time that happens, Adobe said it will have completely shifted its resources from developing desktop applications like we see now to online-only apps.
Filmdrunk got a link to an animated version of "I am Legend". It's more like an animatic, but it's nicely done.
That's how you do it. - found @ Geekologie
But I don't know about that Dog Rescue Jacket for Earthquake Victims. :)
Timecop gets a remake - cool, I liked the concept of the original
The Untouchables Prequel - DePalma wants it to be like the first movie, same music, etc. which is good to me (I love the score)
We have a new Scorpion King
4th Bourne? - yeah
Martin Campbell is doing the "Birds" remake - even though it's more like the short story then a Hitchcock remake, it's still an unnecessary movie
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Looks like a few Blu-ray exclusive titles are on HD-DVD overseas. The cool thing about HD-DVD is that the discs are region free. So for instance if you go to xploitedcinema they have First Blood and Band of Brothers on HD-DVD. Find out more about that @ WSJ