Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Can't get enough

By the time you read this (which is unfortunately a function of me getting my lazy ass to post it) you will have probably seen the spanking new Batman trailer that is rumoured to come out this week. As much as I am trying to stay spoiler-free for the new movie (god bless you Christopher Nolan), I just can't get enough of the new promotional materials that are rearing their glorious heads all over the internet.

Whoever is in charge of Warner's viral campaign has gotten fans abuzz, running around in circles, waiting, and anticipating for the next big reveal. I'm in the middle of a lot of school stuff right now but man, I'd take part in all those treasure hunts organized by the "Joker" in a heart beat. But then so would a hundred of other random fans and I hate to lay it on you, but I gots me a life.

Anyway, while the campaign is in full swing, and rabid fans around the world today will no doubt be treated to the new trailer in London, San Francisco, New York, or Sao Paulo, you and I will have to console ourselves with these new posters.

Hot damn!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Why Apple makes me feel fat

I hate to say this, but after watching the latest Macworld keynote I can't help but feel inadequate at my current state of gadgetry. Don't get me wrong, the state of the union is strong. I love my curve, I love having my mac mini (aka. the batcave) connected to my tv... and god knows i love my black macbook (aka. the batmobile). But you gotta give it to the folks at Cupertino, the macbook air and wireless time capsule product are both sexy and sexy, respectively. And I can't help but feel like my current set up is already tired, wired, and unfashionable. In a word, Apple makes me feel inadequate.

To be sure, the reality distortion field may fade after a couple of days, and each of the new products and features introduced today may aver to only be incremental innovations. But just like the iphone, they are signs of things to come and how functional and yet elegant those things can be.

And it's not just about hardware. After all, most of the components featured in these products previously existed off the shelf (except maybe for that condensed c2d chip?). For example, Sony came out with an ultralite aeons ago that still provokes a Pavlovian response in me whenever I see it. The real innovation in the Macbook Air stems from the integrated multi-touch interface--a direct port from the iphone/touch's user interface.

Like the rest of you inveterate ThinkPad users, I do hate touchpads... but this takes us one step forward to true tactile interaction with your media on your computer. And you are bound to see this in a pc near you, unless Apple patented the $%#%$ out of it, in which case you'll see it, well, in a couple of years. The other innovation? Well there is the fact that you can stuff it in an inter-office mail envelope. Seriously. That's hot.

Anyway, as usual, thank you Pablo... for nothing! Seriously, it isn't bad enough that I catch myself lusting over the new ipods but you gotta bust out the new hotness only 5 months after I bought mine? At least I could sms more than one person at a time... 5 years ago.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Awesome. Simply Awesome.

MIT hackers prank Harvard Statue with Master Chief's helmet and assault rifle.

In recognition of the release of Halo 3, a highly anticipated video game by Microsoft and Bungie, MIT hackers adorned the John P. Harvard statue, in Harvard Yard, with a Spartan helmet. The back of the helmet, which is worn by the protagonist of the game, Master Chief, was labeled with “Master Chief in Training.” The statue was decorated with an assault rifle (bullet count of 2E), as well as a Beaver emblem on the right shoulder.