March 31, 2006, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Business, Technology

Photo credit: Joohyun Jeon

You might have heard of of a little plastic-encased optical disc called a "universal media disc", or UMD. There have been more than noughadvertisements for the format. More likely than not, though, you don't actually own any UMDs. Why is that? Continue reading

Dude, Where’s My Music?
March 16, 2006, 3:12 pm
Filed under: Music, Rants

I wasn't around in the Sixties and Seventies, but I'm pretty sure that mainstream recording artists and their fans weren't too terribly preoccupied with reliving (and rehashing) music from the Fourties or Fifties. They were too busy creating a generation of groundbreaking music to worry about that. So, why, since about the time "grunge" came and went from our popular psyche, have we been so damn preoccupied with re-recording classic musical styles of past generations? Is it because we've got easier access to music than we used to, better information, and so we are now better able to listen to and appreciate that music? I think it's because there's something fundamentally lacking with music today.

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Family Trees
March 14, 2006, 5:46 am
Filed under: Personal, Rants

Consider the following scenario:

You're born in England.

You marry an Englishman/woman.

You decide to move to Puerto Rico (perhaps its the sun).

There, you have a child.

The lot of you move to the U.S. Continue reading

Spinners of the Future!
March 9, 2006, 4:55 am
Filed under: Humor

A "spinner" wheel contains a spoke plate attached to the wheel's hub, which begins to spin using the kinetic energy generated by the vehicle's motion. Additionally, it is not uncommon for the outer spoke plate to be fixed so that even when the vehicle is moving, it remains stationary.
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Un-pimp my Ride (Volkswagen’s GTI Ads)
March 3, 2006, 2:01 am
Filed under: Advertising, Reviews

If you've spent any time around Volkswagen or auto forums (or even digg!), you might have noticed some buzz around the new ads for the MkV GTI. While the lion's share of talk has gone to the "Project Fast" ads and its creepy little rabbit mascot (including its propensity to fetch absurd bounties on eBay), Volkswagen has recently launched an arguably better branch of their GTI advertising with the "Un-pimp My Ride" series of television commercials. Continue reading