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3D T.V.


3D television is not the next big thing. Click through to watch these goobers and their silly glasses in action.

Via Devour.

Obvious Spam

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I don't know why I've still got Mail in trial mode. It's clearly ready for the big leagues after a catch like this...

HP Knows the Future



I saw this ad on Hulu while watching the pretty excellent and intentionally goofy new show Marriage Ref. I guess they're trying to get a little bit of money out of the touch buzz that Apple's got going right now.

That tagline at the end - "Touch the Future Now" - is ridiculous. They've had this device for a couple of years now, right? And it's still crazy thick.

On a related note, I actually did touch the future on Saturday...it's called iPad.

No, YOU’RE a Tool…

These are my thoughts on Paul Thurrott's very effective anti-iPad linkbait. Good job, guy...

These are my favorite quotes from his article:

"...very expensive for what you get..."


Throughout the piece he lauds Amazon's work with the Kindle. Anyone else see the irony in this statement? Very expensive for what you get? Enjoy your one-function device and its 16 shades of gray...Give me a break.


"...overall it's a decent device..."


Very magnanimous.


"...The power plug is the bigger, uglier old-style plug, not the new small, square one you get with iPhone..."


Did a guy who runs a blog called "SuperSite for Windows" really just call an Apple plug ugly? When I bought my PowerBook six years ago, I looked at a bunch of PC laptops as well. They all had long, thick gray chords with heavy "bricks" on them. Given the pc world's reputation for thoughtful and innovative design, I don't expect much has changed since then. Also, is it reasonable to assume that a larger device might necessitate a larger power plug? "I can't believe this computer power plug is bigger than my phone charger." LAME.


"The box it comes in is oddly thick, given Apple's penchant for thinness. Most of the box is just air, and that part is below the device. Weird."


Does anyone even come close to Apple in terms of charge chords and packaging design? I'll admit that I'm a little strange, but I still have the packaging for my nano and mighty mouse - I'm sure I'll get around to throwing them out eventually, but they were just too beautiful to trash right away. How dare he.


"But it's bigger and much heavier than I'd like for a movie player or eBook/newspaper reader..."


So he's saying that the iPad is bigger and heavier than a good movie player and eReader should be. So let's break it down:

Bigger than a good movie player - I'm gonna assume he didn't really mean that.

Heavier than a good movie player - Not true. In all my searching, I only found one that was lighter.

Bigger than a good eReader - He must mean the regular Kindle at 8" x 5.3", because the Kindle DX is actually taller than the iPad at 10.4" x 7.2" (iPad is 9.56" x 7.47" - the screen sizes are both 9.7" diagonal). Not a whole lot of difference there.

Heavier than a good eReader - This one is somewhat valid. Kindle DX (9.7") is just under 18.9 oz and Kindle (6") weighs 10.2 oz, which makes the heaviest iPad (at 25.6 oz) between 35% and 150% heavier. I think he's being too picky, though. While 150% more is a lot more, we're talking about 15 oz here - less than a pound.



"In fact, if anything it's too big."


How big is the Kindle DX again?


"I hate not having a case on this thing. It gets smudged just from the air, it seems."


Grumpy Gus.
Now here's my favorite paragraph:


"The iBooks application is laughably bad as I suspected. The Amazon Kindle app, however, is awesome. No silly "looks like a book" design or superfluous page flipping animations. The Kindle app is how eBooks should be. Bravo, Amazon."


Other Notable Quotes:


"...the screen is way too reflective..."


"...Contacts is ridiculous..."


"Anyone who believes this thing is a game changer is a tool. I'm sorry, but that's just the way it is."


Why do people insist on going on the record against Apple products? Why? In the world of punditry, it would seem that your greatest asset is your credibility. Why do these people consistently rally against the next big thing? Archiving shockingly bad tech reviews and predictions has become popular enough that you would think that mac bashing tech writers would have gotten wise by now (SEE Gruber's Claim Chowder posts and the Macalope's "Fools of the Year" both via Daring Fireball).

While not all of Thurrott's thoughts are ridiculous, my gut reaction is that most folks out there positing against the iPad are just linkbait. And Thurrott meets all of my Linkbait criteria: he's dismissive, a little bit outrageous, often wrong, and supremely confident in his views. That said, we'll have to wait and see if it's a game changer or not.


FOOTNOTE: First, I googled portable dvd player. The first four hits (under shopping results) were Sony's DVP FX930 , Panasonic's DVD LS 86 , Audiovox's D1788 , and Toshiba's SD P93S . Respective weights: 2 lbs, 2.2 lbs, 3-5 lbs (amazon is unclear), and 2 lbs. Depending on configuration, iPads weigh 1.5 or 1.6 lbs, which is lighter, right?

Then I checked Amazon. I searched "dvd player portable" and checked the first six product results. Respective weights: 2 lbs, 1.6 lbs, 1.8 lbs, 3.6 lbs, 2 lbs, and 4.5 lbs. I think Mr. Thurrott's claim is now thoroughly debunked.

Paul Thurrott via Daring Fireball.

Apple vs. Flash

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But seriously, why doesn't the iPad support Flash?

Sublime Architecture Takes a Turn for the Organically Complex

It's growing increasingly difficult for me to enjoy this kind of work. I guess I just don't see the point anymore. If this work has value because it's new and exciting and perversely beautiful, then I guess that's okay. And I suppose there's some inherent value in novelty; of course there's (probably) value inherent in pushing the boundaries of any given field, but I'm not interested in making spaces like these. I don't really see much potential for inhabiting them, either. They don't move me or inspire me and if I'm honest, I find them annoying. Is it mortal architectural sin to say that this level of formal abstraction is a waste of time, talent, and money? I have no problem conceding that this stuff takes incredible effort and that maybe I'm poo-pooing works of immeasurable genius, but there it is. Sometimes architecture is too introspective and that's lame and disappointing.

It's also annoying that work like this is often accompanied by words like these:

"Expressing grand passions and utopian ideas, Sublime Spaces illuminate the emotional involvement between the creator and the user of architecture spaces."


and:


"Housed in the Nave of Christ Church Spitalfields and displaying designs for churches, mosques and other spiritual spaces, the exhibition will offer a direct dialogue between historic and contemporary theology, theory and practice."


Theology? Really? Ugh...

If you do work like this, then you should know that I'm not mad at you. I admire your craft and skill and creativity. I just hope that architecture doesn't continue creeping towards some new wayward psychotic style-ism.

Rechargeable Batteries and My New Desk Chair

Yesterday I went to Staples to get a new desk chair [note the the three comfort customization levers; sure, I wish there were a couple more, but the price was right...] and I picked up some batteries and pens as well, and I fear that my actions will offend those among you who fear the impending destruction of the planet as we know it by the reckless pollution, consumption of resources, and the general tomfoolery of the post-industrialized world.

Desk Chair:
The chair I bought was made in China, so chances are the materials were harvested and shipped all around the world using non-sustainable, petro-chemical dependent systems and so on before they ever got to me. As I assembled it (I put it together myself, thank you very much), my apartment filled with the stench of nasty, fake, plastic-tasting chemicals. They wreaked so strongly in fact, I actually opened all of the windows out of fear that I might suffocate to death or inhale carcinogens that could one day metastasize and kill me, and of course when assembling such products, one is forced to confront the ever present threat of friction induced chemical fire and/or explosion.

Batteries:
I went with every intention of buying rechargeable batteries. I already have a charger, and I use rechargeables for almost all of my small electronics (wireless computing and gaming peripherals). When I looked for batteries though, I found that four rechargeables cost $12, whereas twenty, yes TWENTY, regular batteries cost $10 (in both cases Duracell). Also, two of the batteries in the twenty-pack are "ULTRA ADVANCED". I don't know what that means yet, but I do know that the four rechargeables said nothing about being either ULTRA or ADVANCED. The only words they had in all-caps were "DURACELL" and "RECHARGEABLE". Eighteen regular batteries plus two ULTRA ADVANCED batteries for $10 equals SOLD.

EARTH:     0
ME:     1

I'm writing to tell you what I've done, and to say that I'm not sorry. The fumes from my toxic chair will fade as they dissolve in our mutual atmosphere, and when my twenty, yes TWENTY, regular batteries run out of juice, I'll drive a few miles outside of the city and throw them into a river and buy some more. If you sense bitterness, it's because somewhere along the way I got tricked into buying a battery charger, and batteries that cost six times more than regular ones. Lame.