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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Life Notes — Sept. 25, 2007

  • Launch: Amazon is now selling DRM-free MP3 music ...

    Amazon is now selling DRM-free MP3 music downloads for 89 to 99 cents a pop. Yeehaw! [via]

  • Mobile Webapps: Google Calendar and Google Reader are now ...

    Google Calendar and Google Reader are now iPhone (and iPod Touch) friendly and Gmail has also undergone a graphical user interface overhaul which looks great on the iPhone, too. Thanks, Ian!

  • Featured Windows Download: Log Your Workday with QuickLogger 2

    Windows only: Inspired by our very own workday QuickLogger script, developer Joshua Tallent's released QuickLogger 2, a full-fledged graphical work journal application. Keep track of what you...

  • Launch: Consolidate Your Inboxes with Fuser

    Newly-launched webapp Fuser fetches your email and social networking messages and displays them in a single place to simplify their management. Register at Fuser and then add your Facebook and/or...

  • Featured Mac Download: Browse Multiple Images with Xee 2.0

    Mac OS X only: Lightweight desktop application Xee browses all the images in a given directory with lots of features and keyboard shortcuts. Flip, rotate or zoom images, move back and forth from...

  • A Mountain In The Alps Gets A Topper

    Filed under: Journeys How's this for an ambitious project? A steel and glass pyramid is being constructed for the Klein Matterhorn in the Alps to bring it over the 4,000 meter mark. According to an article in The Guardian, 4,000 meters is the magic number for , representing a level that most…

  • Save The Sturgeon, Save Russia?

    Filed under: Dining The tug of war between the desire to protect the sturgeon population and the booming caviar business gets a little more interesting with a declaration from Russia's first Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov . Ivanov, a potential contender to succeed President Vladimir Putin…

  • Mayle Baby Billie Bag, Handbag of the Day

    Filed under: Handbags Tufts of soft brown flocking give this bag a beautiful and touchable texture. At 6" x 9", it's fairly small and the long 23" drop strap makes it ideal for wearing across the body. Made from black canvas with patent leather trim and suede panels on each side,…

  • Evason Hideaway Six Senses Yao Noi

    Filed under: Journeys Hotel Chatter directs our attention to the upcoming opening of the Evason Hideway resort opening on Koh Yao Noi, an island in Phang Nga Bay off of Phuket. The Evason Hideaway Six Senses Yao Noi opens in October. There are 54 pool villas with infinity-eddged pools with sundecks…

  • Scott Morrison Rocker Cradle

    Filed under: Decor This Rocker Cradle from Scott Morrison is a classic revisited. Morrison, who lives in Montana in a house on a mountain, specializes in creating unique wood furnishings. This chair updates a 1700s Windsor style nanny rocker by using spindles that connect the shapes of the base and…

  • Gearbox bringing Samba de Amigo sequel to Wii

    Filed under: Nintendo Wii , Rhythm Is it possible to have a rumored confirmation? If so, then consider this post a rumored confirmation that a new Samba de Amigo game is coming to the Wii. It's rumored because we haven't actually gotten our hands on the supposed source -- the latest…

  • New Assassin's Creed trailer is delightful

    Filed under: Sony PlayStation 3 , Microsoft Xbox 360 , Action We can't speak to the quality of Assassin's Creed at all. When it's (supposedly) released in November, we have no idea if you'll love it, if you'll hate it or if you'll be indifferent. What we can say with…

  • Readers pick best webcomic: friend or foe?

    Filed under: Culture , Online , Polls Did you ever pass / receive "do you like me: yes or no" messages in school? No? Oh well, Spider-Man did, according to Tim Buckley. His Ctrl+Alt+Del strip took top honors in this week's webcomic wrapup. Second and third place to go to Penny Arcade…

  • Zac Efron turns Los Angeles Halo 3 launch into teeny bopperazzi fest

    Filed under: Culture , Microsoft Xbox 360 , Action , Fighting , First Person Shooters , Galleries Boy, we didn't expect the crowds in line for the Halo 3 launch at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles to start screaming like little girls when Zac Efron appeared, but they certainly did. We'll…

  • We wait for the Halo 3 (Boston edition): aka failure to launch

    Filed under: Culture Don't see much in the picture above? Don't worry about it because there's nothing to see. Remember how there were those midnight Wal-Mart launches for Halo 3 ? Well apparently that didn't apply to the Wal-Mart in Walpole, Mass. Quick timeline of the events…

  • EcoEDGE2 : Building Sustainable Cities

    Walled city of Masdar in Abu Dhabi: to become world's first zero-carbon and zero-waste city EcoEDGE2 is a conference coming to Melbourne, Australia during 14-16 February 2008. We are mentioning it now because early bird registrations close at the end of next month. And you might want to get…

  • The Sun Lizard - Solar Air Conditioning

    Asks an Australian if they’ve been busy or not, and they might reply, “Mate, I’ve been flat out. Like a lizard drink’n.” Colin Gillam, CEO of Alternative Fuels and Energy may well give just such an answer regarding his Sun Lizard solar heating/cooling project. Especially as he has been…

  • Off-Grid Assisted Living: Backing It Up Green

    The generation that created the first Earth Day may not be ready for assisted living and senior centers. As that day comes for seniors in northern US states, however, winter comfort will, as in this example, sometimes be maintained by petro-diesel backup generators. Stellar Energy Services,…

  • Solar Row: Sustainable Housing In Boulder

    Every time we show a "green and sustainable" house being built in the middle of nowhere or with 6,000 square feet in it, we wonder where people with normal incomes and bikes instead of cars will raise their families. Perhaps the Solar Row in Boulder, Colorado is a good example; Nine homes…

  • The RCA Presents: Slow Water, Design Solutions to Water Wastage and Management

    Platform 10 at the RCA ’s Department of Design Products, led by Daniel Charny and Roberto Feo, gave their students the following brief: ' slow water down between the sky and the sea '. The creative outcomes show how design can intervene in the domestic use of water. Concepts include…

  • How to Be Happier with What You Have

    “There are two ways to increase your wealth. Increase your means or decrease your wants. The best is to do both at the same time.” - Benjamin Franklin Misery shouldn’t be the price for ambition. Somewhere I believe many people got the idea that to want more, you have to be dissatisfied with…

  • Withstanding Personal Attack in the Workplace

    It’s been said that a man who stands on principle is bound to face personal attack. In my line of work, school administration, this has certainly been true as attacks can come literally from out of the blue. A longtime colleague can take you on, seemingly out of the blue with a laundry list of…

  • How to Take a Compliment

    A surprisingly large number of people do not know how to take a compliment. There’s something in our mind-set that says we cannot possibly deserve positive feedback and therefore anyone who pays us a compliment must be either lying, misguided, or feeling sorry for us. This is that little…

  • The magic ingredient for a fulfilling life is . . .

    “Now hast thou but one bare hour to live, And then thou must be damned perpetually. Stand still, you ever-moving spheres of heaven, That time may cease, and midnight never come.” Christopher Marlowe: Doctor Faustus You’re on the beach of your dreams, under a…

  • MBW 58; Pick of the week is Acorn

    MacBreak Weekly 58: Repeal the Nerd Tax Hosts: Leo Laporte , Merlin Mann , Alex Lindsay , and Chris Breen Chris reviews the new iPods, screen issues with the Touch, and the trouble with ringtones… Here’s a direct MP3 download of MBW 58 . Oh, brother, I was totally high on cold medicine when…

  • A surprisingly non-exhaustive list of martini drinks

    Vanilla-tini (vanilla vodka)
    Espresso-tini (coffee liqueur + espresso)
    Key Lime-tini (key lime)
    Valen-tini (tequila rose)

  • Acura exec outlines future vehicle lineup

    Filed under: Sedans/Saloons , Japan , Acura , Honda Acura's sales are down, and rather than try to be all cars to all buyers, filling niches is more the game plan. Product planning manager John Watts intimated that Acura's looking at segments with a narrower appeal, such as the now-defunct…

  • Diesel tunage: Abt AS6 Avant

    Filed under: Aftermarket , Tuners , Hybrids/Alternative , Wagons/Estates , Audi Click the image above for a duo of high-res shots of Abt's AS6 Avant. When we envision the most quintessential European conveyance we normally imagine something diesel-powered with a hatch. The Audi A6 Avant springs…

  • Ford contemplating exporting vehicles from China

    Filed under: Economy , China , Plants/Manufacturing , Ford , Mazda With the opening of their second plant in China, the Blue Oval is talking about exporting cars outside the world's most populace country. China exports are appealing to automakers because of the cheap labor costs, but as of…

  • Jump Ship! Another VW ad exec splits

    Filed under: Hirings/Firings , Marketing/Advertising , Volkswagen Perhaps sensing impending doom, Volkswagen's David Goggins is cleaning out his desk as director of product and marketing strategy. There's been a good amount of turnover in VW's marketing ranks in the last year and a…

  • Spy Shots: AMG wizards working on Black Series SL

    Filed under: Spy Photos , Sports/GTs , Mercedes Benz , AMG After giving the world the Black Series CLK at the New York Auto show as a fortieth birthday present, the gang at AMG are at it again. A very special Mercedes-Benz SL has been spotted being prepared at AMG's Nürburgring shop. Like the…

  • Quote of the week: From Charbay

    Charbay Winery & Distillery is in Napa Valley and makes some of the best spirits that you've probably never heard of. They make rum, whiskey, brandy, and vodka in 7 different varieties. Every single taste is clean, pure, and brings about flavor profiles that most spirits only dream of. At a…

  • Googleholic for September 25th 2007

    Filed under: Features , Google , Googleholic In this issue of Googleholic we cover: 5 Cool Google tools Google Michigan results Google API's and the gPhone Pizza party for obese kids! Sergey and Larry hit #5 on Forbes list Google Calendar gets iPhone friendly Continue reading Tuesday's…

  • First US GPL lawsuit settled out of court

    Filed under: News , Open Source Just a few days after open-source developers took Monsoon Multimedia to court over alleged copyright violations, Monsoon has admitted guilt and has begun negotiating a settlement. What makes this interesting is that the copyright Monsoon Multimedia violated was…

  • Clean up MySpace with Spyder

    Filed under: Macintosh , Commercial , Social Software Ask anyone what their biggest pet peeve about MySpace is, and they're likely to tell you that MySpace is a mess visually. The way people load their profile pages up with disorganized videos and "glitter" makes it hard to find the…

  • AnywhereCD online music store closing its doors

    Filed under: Audio , Business , Internet Online music retailer AnywhereCD is closing down within the next few days. The online retailer took a different approach toward music sales than pretty much anybody else around. The company's business model was based around selling CDs and throwing in…

  • One Laptop Per Child - give one, get one

    Filed under: Kids , News , Linux , Open Source Beginning November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a special twofer - when you spend $399, one laptop will be donated to a child in need in a developing country, and another one will be sent to your child. Of course, you could just spend…

  • Today at the U.N. : President Bush Speaks in AM, Ahmadinejad Speaks in PM

    This morning, President Bush is addressing the 62nd United Nations General Assembly. He is expected to discuss "global fight against terrorism, tyranny and poverty," as well as sanctions against Myanmar in support of the protest organized by Buddhist monks. However, he will only mention…

  • Swastikas Found in Brooklyn Heights

    Last night, two synagogues, three buildings, and a two cars in Brooklyn Heights were found with swastikas painted on them . The NYPD is investigating the incidents as bias crimes, and this comes after last Friday's discovery of swastikas and other graffiti on a Williamsburg yeshiva's bus .…

  • Margaret Cho, Comedian

    Margaret Cho returns to the stage in a whole new way with her stage show The Sensuous Woman . The production is at the Zipper Theater starting tomorrow ( more details here ) and is bringing burlesque back. The variety show will feature some famed burlesque performers, along with stand-up and sketch…

  • 12-Year-Old Died Trying to Save Relatives During Fire

    Yesterday morning, a fire in a Flatbush home on East 19th Street claimed the lives of three people , a 76-year-old, 50-year-old, and a 12-year-old, and now authorities say that the 12-year-old, Bengino Dodard, died while trying to help others. Dodard and his 15-year-old cousin had been on the third…

  • Bronx Senior's Parallel Parking Nightmare

    When you're 85-years-old and a World War II veteran, dying by way of parallel parking is not the way to go. And luckily, John Tyrrell is no worse for wear after driving his car off a cliff in the Bronx. WNBC reported that Tyrrell had been parallel parking in the Silver Beach neighborhood.…

  • New York: Hedonist's Guide to New York

    I've mentioned before how much I like the Hedonist's Guide series -- compact, stylish, pretty, selective, and generally cool. It was only last year that the British series started getting US...

  • Los Angeles: LA Theoretical Architecture Tours

    Despite their dreadful cruelty a couple years back over an innocent Gridskipper poll, it behooves me to mention the "Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles" tour run by LA's Esotouric. Banham was a British...

  • Berlin: Berlin Cafes with a Side Order

    There must be a café for every day of the year (and then some) in this city, all of them offering a variation on the same classic Berlin menu: kaffee und kuchen, hot milk with honey, tea served in a...

  • San Francisco: Tuxedo Rescue in San Francisco

    Picture it: Your girlfriend calls, reminding you that her sister's wedding is this weekend and she's sure you've already gotten your tuxedo, but she just thought she would remind you. Of course, the...

  • Paris: Paris for Apple Geeks

    Technogeeks around Paris are gearing up for the Apple Expo September 25-29 at the Porte de Versailles. In the spirit of that event, you are hereby invited to geek out, Paris-style: where to eat,...

  • Director John McTiernan Gets Four Months in Jail

    Filed under: Celebrities and Controversy , Newsstand Well, the Pellicano case gets deeper .. and deeper ... and now, a pretty well-known director may be going to the pokey because of it. Infamous 'Private Eye to the Stars' Anthony Pellecano has already served 2.5 years for possession of…

  • Jessica Biel to Play Wonder Woman in 'Justice League' Movie!

    Filed under: Action & Adventure , Casting , Comic/Superhero/Geek , Remakes and Sequels Yesterday, our Christopher Campbell shared rumors that an Australian actress was in talks to play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Justice League of America flick. While he said it probably wouldn't be…

  • 'Transformers 2' Gets a Release Date!

    Filed under: Action & Adventure , Sci-Fi & Fantasy , Paramount , Fandom , Distribution , DIY/Filmmaking , Comic/Superhero/Geek , Remakes and Sequels Despite recent comments from producer Don Murphy and director Michael Bay , it appears Paramount has set a release date for Transformers 2 --…

  • Cinematical Seven: Best Westerns Since 'Unforgiven'

    Filed under: Brad Pitt , Johnny Depp , Cinematical Seven , Western Over the past century, the Western ranged from being by far the most popular genre to almost dying out completely. But as often as it has been pronounced dead, it has been resurrected. One of the genre's key resurrections was…

  • Brad Pitt Gets a Bloody Nose in New Pics

    Filed under: Comedy , Fandom , Brad Pitt , George Clooney , Images Because how can you go to sleep tonight without checking out at least one picture of Brad Pitt . I know I can't, and I'm sure you ladies out there are thinking the same thing. Unfortunately (for some), this image is of Brad…

  • New Orleans Saints: That'll Be All For The Saints

    When our heart bleeds today, it bleeds for Balk: The Saints, after their brief moment of excitement and inspiration, appear to suck again. It was fun while it lasted. Not only are the Saints now...

  • Daily Closer: Love (And The NL Wild Card) Is A Battlefield

    This photo is from Sunday, but it tells you all you need to know about the Padres right now. Milton Bradley being helped off the field, his season ended due to injury after a run-in with an umpire....

  • Who Needs The Quickie Mart? I Dooooooo: About Last Night

    What you missed while driving the real Batmobile ... • NFL: The Saints are 0-3, but you can't beat this gumbo. Tennessee 31, New Orleans 14. • MLB: Brewers decide that three games out...

  • Monday Night Football: MNF Heads Back To New Orleans

    We suspect that tonight's "Monday Night Football" telecast from the Superdome will have the electricity and emotion of last year's MNF game, if just because we don't think Bono's gonna make the trip...

  • College Basketball: We love some good mascot rankings. [College ...

    We love some good mascot rankings. [College Hoops Heaven]

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