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December 2008

Technology

iPod Touch knockoff

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I saw this iPod Touch “knockoff” on Buy.com.  It’s the V-Touch 8GB MP3.

I love how “Calibrate” is one of the four prominent icons in the bottom row.  Maybe it’s in a convenient, easy to find place because you’ll be needing to calibrate this thing all the time.  Otherwise, I would have put it somewhere else like under “Tool” or “Settings”.  Note, there is only one tool, not tools even the icon shows two of them.

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Brick snow pattern

snowpatterns.jpgSnow on my brick parking pad.  Taken with my iPhone the other night, hence the massive amount of noise in the photo.  It’s interesting that there was enough of a temperature difference between the brick and the sand between the bricks.

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New Shepard Fairey Obama on cover of Time Magazine

From Boston.com: Propaganda of the year

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Barack Obama is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year and for the cover they’ve chosen a new Shepard Fairey work.

“Our cover portrait is by the street artist Shepard Fairey, whose roots are in the skateboarding world and whose early poster of then Senator Obama became the great populist image of the campaign,” editor Rick Stengel writes in his opening letter. “With this cover, Fairey has now created a new iconic image of the President-elect — a rich, multilayered poster that echoes but then expands on his original.”

The piece by the Boston Globe, Propaganda of the year, disagrees with the selection of Fairey’s work for the cover saying:

Not only has Time abdicated a journalistic opportunity to freshly interpret Obama’s significance in visual terms, but it outsourced the work to the campaign itself: the graphic equivalent of headlining an Obama profile “Change We Can Believe In.”

I don’t think we’re missing a whole lot from Time’s interpretation.  Most likely we’d have yet another photograph of Obama on the cover.  Time’s already done that- Obama’s picture has been on the cover of half of Time Magazine’s covers this year!  The Shepard Fairey image captures the spirit of the campaign and the idealism behind the movement that put Obama in the White House.

Shepard Fairey created his original Hope work on his own without involvement of the campaign because he felt strongly about Obama and what he stood for.  This idea is mirrored by the many who volunteered and donated their time and their efforts to the Obama campaign.

I am a huge fan of Shepard Fairey’s work which I found through his Obama posters.  I would love to add this print to my collection when it becomes available.  I think in many ways this new image is a more sophisticated, realistic portrait than the iconic Hope poster.

UPDATE 12/19: Added Time.com: Icon-maker Shepard Fairey

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Blogging

Adsense ads with sound!?

I was looking at the blog to see if my last article published correctly and I heard a really bad  sounding version “Jingle Bells” with a buzzing sound after every musical phrase.  I thought it must have been a pop up window from some other page, but no.  The offensive sound was coming from my blog.

It was the “Jeep” Google Adsense ad in the right column of my blog.  I am really annoyed with Google for having ads with sound and not giving you the option of turning the volume off.  There doesn’t seem to be a way these ads without turning off all image ads.

I can see this annoying people to the extent that they stop visiting my blog.  And we can’t be having that happen!

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NYTimes.com: Legal Hurdle in Blagojevich Case: A Crime, or Just Talk?

From NYTimes.com: Legal Hurdle in Blagojevich Case: A Crime, or Just Talk?

“This town is full of people who call themselves ambassadors, and all they did was pay $200,000 or $300,000 to the Republican or Democratic Party,” said Mr. Bennett, referring to a passage in the criminal complaint filed against the governor suggesting that Mr. Blagojevich was interested in an ambassadorial appointment in return for the Senate seat. “You have to wonder, How much of this guy’s problem was his language, rather than what he really did?”

It’s an interesting question of when political donations crosses the line into political corruption.  Donors have influenced policy decisions and appointments for years.

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Huffingtonpost.com: Yankees Sign Iraqi Hurler

From Huffingtonpost.com: Yankees Sign Iraqi Hurler

In their latest bid to beef up their pitching rotation for the 2009 season, the New York Yankees today signed Iraqi journalist Muntadar al-Zeidi to a three-year deal worth $32 million.

The right-handed al-Zeidi, 28, impressed the Yankee scouts with his performance in Baghdad yesterday when he threw both of his shoes at President George W. Bush.

While neither of the shoes hit their target, both throws “had great velocity and good movement,” said Yankee owner Hank Steinbrenner.