Orson Welles Meets H.G. Wells

January 13, 2010

It cuts out way too soon. Like the best things in life, it leaves us wanting more.


Video Of The iSlate In 1994: Yes 1994!

January 13, 2010

I get all sorts of grief from people for advocating digital books over the eCrap ePub eInk eBook model of today.

Maybe this video will get them to STFU. It’s from 1994 and shows not only an iSlate-like tablet, but a fully digital newspaper.

Mind you, there are flaws here. But I’m astonished at the breadth of the vision.

I can’t think that Knight-Ridder is pleased to have this video surface. What the hell did you do with all that talent and vision you hired, KR? Nothing!

— thanks to @wmacphail via Twitter


Writer Charles Bukowski

January 12, 2010

Sing it, brother! Sing it!

Two inches is great, two miles is great, two thousand miles is beautiful.


iPhone Digital Book: Cathy’s Book

January 12, 2010

From the YouTube description:

CATHY’S BOOK, the first interactive teen novel, is back and completely reimagined for the iPhone and iPod Touch!

Things aren’t so peachy in Cathy Vickers’ life since she and her boyfriend Victor broke up. Her father dies unexpectedly, she’s failing in school, and all this drama is pushing her best friend Emma to the limit. But when Cathy decides to investigate Victor’s reasons for ending their relationship, things suddenly go from bad to very, very bad as her findings produce more questions than answers. Is Victor really what he seems? Will Cathy’s curiosity put everyone she knows in danger? Through Cathy’s unique and irresistible voice we enter a strange and fascinating world where things often aren’t as they appear. Part romance, part thriller, part mystery, you’ll experience the story by calling phone numbers, searching websites, examining evidence, discovering secrets, and exploring locations hidden in the pages of Cathy’s private sketchbook.

Help Cathy solve the mystery before it’s too late!

See the video after the break.

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Writer Harry Crews

January 11, 2010

I saw these two days ago. Been meaning to post them. Today is the day. I need them to retrieve my sanity from the IQ-crushing blithering about tech on the Internet.

Pay attention. There’s no one in tech like him.

And there needs to be!

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Sony Dash, Part One

January 7, 2010

Watch this YouTube video:

This seems to be the first time Sony has really gotten something in the past four years.

I’m sitting here with a PC sabotaged by Microsoft Windows updates that makes YouTube videos look like slideshows now. It didn’t start out that way.

I’m the perfect candidate for the Dash. I could use it right now just for YouTube. The US$199.00 price is also amazing.

Unfortunately, it won’t be out until April. And much can change between now and then.

I’ll have at least one more post about the Dash as further information comes in.


From Early Edition To Final Edition

January 1, 2010

I saw the pilot episode of the CBS TV series Early Edition again.

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In 2010 Give Some Back

December 31, 2009

I could have used that advice … back in 1975. Including the slap.

Bookmark this. You will need it for the upcoming year.

Beware of 2010.


The First Round Of COLOR eBook Devices Are Coming

December 29, 2009

First up is Aiptek, a purveyor of budget-priced items.

They will debut the Story Book inColor at CES next month. A color digital book reading device for children that features an eight-inch color LCD screen and twenty “illustrated audio stories” built in. Price is unknown. The digital books — forty of which are listed on their site — have a US$4.99 price.

Full device specs and a video after the break.

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Misfits: What You’ll Never See On American TV

December 24, 2009

As I said in a prior post, I have people who alert me to things that pop up on TV in England.

This time I got a rogue recommendation from @ghostfinder who swears up and down that I first recommended this to him — even though I swear I’ve never seen it before.

It’s a six-episode series called Misfits. It’s recently finished running on a pay-TV channel called E4.

After the break, the reveal.

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