Monday, December 8, 2008
In the next 15 years we are going to see the first androids hit the market, showing up in wealthy homes as novelty assistants. Shortly after, we'll see them being sold to more middle class individuals as highly advanced sex partners. And as we've witnessed with the VCR, the porn industry can greatly influence the development of a new technology. After funding sky rockets and the technology improves, causing the price to fall, we will see these human like machines in a majority of households across the world. Some have even predicted as the technology and development improves to the point where it's difficult to tell the difference between an android and a human that some people will start falling in love and marrying them. I'm not sure how far this will go but I do know that androids will be a part of our lives in the future and I think it's important that we start to consider this fact and get used to the idea so as to not have any social upheaval. If handled properly from the beginning this technology could greatly hep mankind advance more rapidly.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Here's the deal:
When a Domino's ad or product placement shows up, TiVo users can click through with their remote controls to order pizza.
Or they can access an on-demand ordering screen through a TiVo menu. It's similar in theory to the deals that TiVo has with Fandango for movie ticket ordering or with Amazon.com for ordering products related to TV shows, except that you get a pizza and pounds.
"This is the first time in history that the 'on-demand' generation will be able to fully experience couch commerce by ordering pizza directly through their television set," Rob Weisberg, Domino's vice president of marketing, said in a statement. "You'll see a television ad for Domino's, and you'll click, 'I want it' through your remote. In about 30 minutes, your pizza will show up at your door." And then you won't just be a couch potato, you'll be a Digital Age couch potato.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I'm talking Back to the Future II, stay with me....
Allow me to introduce the new mp3 player concept from Apple, the iBangle (I know, I'm not crazy about the name either). Nevertheless, the bells and whistles on this thing are good enough to take home to your folks after the first date.
Where should I start?
How about with that little single blue dot you see on the first iBangle pictured. That little guy adjusts the air pressure in the inner blue band to keep it securely on your wrist.
Where's the earphone jack you ask? Wireless ear buds.
Song navigation? The grey strip is touch sensitive and works similarly to current ipods.
Did I mention that your children will be falling in love and having sex with androids?
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
The houses, seemingly uniform at first glance, display a wide variety of facades, porches and rooflines that signify the many architectural influences during the Fans boom in the early 1900’s. In order to promote the residential development westward, the city established a series of public parks. Most Fan parks are triangular due to the intersection of diagonal cross streets with the expanding east-west pattern of Fan Streets.
However, hidden among the uniform rows sit the Fan’s best-kept secret. The elusive pocket parks, which in this case, are created on vacant building lots and are hidden from street view. A modern day Garden of Eden would be going to far, but nonetheless, these are tranquil slices of green that are a welcomed surprise in a concrete jungle.
I was lucky enough to be introduced to Scuffletown Park by a friend that lives very close by. Intrigued by the secret garden fairy tale, I had to know if more existed and indeed, there were two more, Paradise Park and Federal Park. They are surrounded by houses on all sides, however, you don’t get the feeling of being center stage as trees and fences create an isolated feel that allows you to enjoy the peaceful break from the norm. Each park is slightly different in appearance, yet the similarities you’ll find are the main draw. Large trees that cast a calming shade over benches, areas for children to play and a sense of serenity that is protected by the surrounding houses.
This year, the eight park support groups in the Fan are working together on a massive park clean up. Organized by the Fan Woman’s Club Neighborhood Improvement Committee and the Fan District Association’s Parks and Trees Committee, they will co-sponsor the First Annual Spring Clean Up involving every park in the Fan. I have already signed up to help with my three pocket parks, as it’s the least I can do, considering that they provide me with so much.
Federal Park: Alleyway in-between Main St. and Floyd Ave. on Rowland St.
Paradise Park: Alleyway in-between Floyd Ave. and Grove Ave. on Vine St.
Scuffletown Park: Alleyway in-between Stuart Ave. and Park Ave. on Strawberry St.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
You will be amazed how many little grubby patches of unloved public space there are. Chose one close to home, perhaps you pass it on the way to the shops or work, and appoint yourself it's parent. This will make it much easier to look after in the long run and reduce the risk of straying into a dangerous neighborhood.
2. Plan A Mission
Make a date in the diary for an evening attack. Invite supportive friends.
3. Find A Local Supply of Plants
The cheapest plants are ones that are free. Sometimes garden centers will have spare plants to give you for the cause. Or befriend someone with a garden (you might even be lucky and have a garden yourself). Think of these private spaces as the training camps for harvesting seeds
4. Choose Plants For Front Line Battle
Think hardy - resistant to water shortages and the cold, and in some locations pedestrian trampling! These plants need to look after themselves a lot of the time.
5. Bag Some Bags
Weeds, litter, flower pots, and pebbles need to be carried away. The thick plastic does not rip and you can lug a great deal in them to a nearby trash bin.
6. Regular Watering
One of the responsibilities of a Guerrilla Gardener is ongoing parenting. You can use gas canisters to transport water.
7. Seed Bombs
For gardening those areas where access is difficult or a long dig is unsuitable, use seed bombs - seeds and soil wrapped in an explosive capsule.
8. Spread the Word
Let people know what you have done with a few flyers under doors near the guerrilla gardening war zone, a poster taped to a phone box or bus stop, a marker in the soil. Engage passers by in conversation, perhaps even bring a few spare tools. And welcome local media (particularly if they'll help towards the cost of your gardening, which many do).
The small act of planting a few plants in a neglected plot of land can make a difference on a larger scale. It can open peoples eyes to the idea of community and a general positive approach toward life.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
7-11 has nothing on this. In a rush? Late at night? Grab a hot meal from this beauty. That's right hot meal.
Why fight the traffic our crowds at the grocery store just for your Sunday omelet?
Accidentally mess your under britches? Run down to the corner for some vending lingerie.
Did a little thunder shower sneak up on you? Pick up an affordable umbrella and save that stylish up-do.
This is more on the awkward side but as you board your next flight and you get that strange gut feeling, buy some flight insurance and laugh about it when you land. But rest assure that your loved ones won't want for anything if you pass in a tragic crash.
Every teenage boy's dream. No ID required.
"Mini Liquor House"? I don't know that I wish for this vending machine to hit the American sidewalks but you got to give it to the Japanese for their passion to party.