Freak Out!

Hello happy reader, Tomorrow will see the conclusion to this nerve wracking, patience trying presidential campaign and, to keep from freaking from information overload, I’m posting a brief, light note on the Hirsute One, Frank V. Zappa. Zappa, a card carrying member of the American Melting Pot, was part Sicilian, Greek-Arab and French. He typified our national urge […]

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Pod Peopling the Friendly Skies

Hello happy readers, I just came across some PR regarding United Airlines, claiming to be the “first U.S. carrier to offer iPod & iPhone connectivity.” Though we don’t need to any additional evidence to support the claim that the iPod has changed the way content is created and consumed, I was glad to see my fave […]

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Babbage Lives, A New Beginning

Hello happy readers, OK, I think I’m caught up with my post–conference duties so I can give you a taste of the Museum of Computing’s Babbage show I was babbling about…However, before I jump into that, I wanted to give you a heads up on the new $3.3k Sennheiser MKH 800 Twin, which offers a dual capsules design. The kewel thing is that […]

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TV Is Dead, Long Live TV

Hello, happy reader…I have seen the future of TV and it is small, black and easy to use. I’m talking about DTV, an STB, and over–the–air reception. About a year from now, that free, standard def, over–the–air NTSC TV signal many of us watch, will go away, never to return. :: I feel that cable has many […]

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Dr. Tongue’s Monster Chiller Horror Theatre

The program, 3D House of Cats, that was schedule for this time slot has been preempted to make room for this blog…Hello, happy reader. Today I’m discussing 3D, a technology whose time has come, and gone…countless times. Wave theory says that, when the crests or troughs of two superimposed waves happen to occur at the same instant, […]

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Downloads Be Damned

My last installment discussed the recently reported death of HD DVD, which looses the psychological bonds of Blu-ray in the minds of consumers. Heck, even the amazing OPPO announced that they’ll cook up a truly universal player that includes Blu-ray support. But there’s trouble in River City, and those stinking downloads are to blame. :: As pundits […]

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DVD is Dead…

Hello Gentle Reader…You may have heard that, last Tuesday, Toshiba announced it bowed to its lameness, er, to market pressure and discontinued support for the HD DVD format. Just now, as I write this on Thursday, the Toshiba America web site still has the title “Laptops, HDTVs, HD DVD Players, Medical Imaging & More…” Looks like not […]

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(Almost) No bones about it

Well, the rain has departed for a time and the temperature is creeping toward the 60’s. The sea has calmed, and the sunset is peach and blueberry sherbet…Which really does not put me in a mood to add one last (promise) MacWorld installment. :: This last go round wasn’t as rich a treasure trove of schwag […]

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Organics, Edible and Otherwise

Saturday turned almost sunny so I headed out to run some errands. In particular, I wanted to hit the Queen of Sheba, a nice market selling halal meat. On the way, I happened upon the local Tet or Viet New Year’s festival. This is a Rat year which had little to do with my need for […]

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