Hi! Meet Purply, my first creature created in Spore Creature Creator. I find him both odd and endearing. Spore comes out September 7th for around $60, but you can start making outrageous creatures with the Spore Creature Creator free trial or pay $10 for the full starter kit.
The new MoveOn.org commercial supporting Obama uses actual celebrities (sorry McCain) admitting to being addicted to a new drug: Hope. It spoofs many drug PSAs and ends with the cutest shot; one actor holds an egg and says "This is your brain." The other actor holds up an adorable fuzzy chick and says: "This is your brain on Hope." It's classy, clean, and professional looking and makes me smile.
1. Make a mix CD (I used to do this every summer).
2. Ride my new bike (I've been foiled twice, once by a stuck garage door and then by a flat tire).
3. Make a flash video (with my toy robot Sakura).
4. Bake a yummy dessert I've never done before (perhaps crème brûlée cheesecake).
5. Write a poem.
6. Write a children's book (based on my Moon Balloon idea).
7. Create a scrapblog.
8. Clean out my room (I need to pare down).
9. Paint my toenails.
10. Wear my new bikini.
11. Write encouraging sidewalk notes.
12. Play a spy game (hopefully with invisible ink).
13. Make a smoothie with my smoothie blender.
14. Eat at an outdoor cafe.
15. Fly a kite or play some Frisbee.
16. Watch the movies and read the books I already have on the shelf.
17. Copy files onto portable hard drive (already started!).
18. Get a haircut.
19. Make some jewelry.
20. Work on conversational robot program (this one is kinda tricky).
I'm not very political, but I just discovered a post comparing all the Republican primary candidates to villains from the Buffyverse, complete with pictures! Not only are Neil Sinhababu's picks eerily accurate, but he explains all his choices very well.
This is the new design for the OLPC XO-2. This smaller model will have dual touchscreens so it can be used as a laptop, a tablet, or an ebook. I love the ability to swap between the horizontal and vertical so I can read comfortably. It's what I have been looking for in a device for a while. Most of all, it looks fun!
XO-2 will continue to be affordable, since they are aiming at it costing a mere $75. I would count on it being at least twice that when it comes to fruition. Although, I am impressed that it is projected to consume just 1 watt of power!
Unfortunately, it won't be out until 2010. Even then, it probably won't have the downloading capability of the Amazon Kindle (which still doesn't have enough books available in ebook format for my tastes). It will probably have a webcam though, so it looks like a decent multi use device to me.
This morning I was in a traffic jam on my way to work, and later I discovered that it was caused by an overturned semi of double-stuffed oreos! If only I had known, I wouldn't have been so cranky at being late. Um...Got Milk?
MORRIS, Ill. — Police say a trailer loaded with 14 tons of double-stuffed Oreos has overturned, spilling the cookies still in their plastic sleeves into the median and roadway.
Illinois State Police Sgt. Brian Mahoney says the truck's driver was traveling from Chicago to Morris on Interstate 80 around 4 a.m. Monday when he fell asleep at the wheel and slammed into the median.
"The boxes came out of the trailer and boxes were ripped open," he said.
The crash about 50 miles southwest of Chicago remains under investigation.
Mahoney says no charges have been filed but both lanes of traffic remain closed while authorities remove the cookies.
This month's Home magazine featured an adorable kitchen redone by a reader. The tiny kitchen was redone for relatively cheap, but it's most outstanding feature is a simple Nancy Drew silhouette mural stenciled by an artist friend. I also have a minuscule kitchen and I'm so struck by how this kitchen mixes modern design and charm that I'm thinking of redoing mine in much the same way. The magazine hasn't posted any images online, so to see the full two page spread you'll have to check it out on the magazine rack.
Cool. So what is it about?
It's by the guy who created Supernatural and Smallville, so it's going to be good.
But what is it about?
That's pretty much what I discovered when I went to look up information on Scarlet. Even when I went to the official website, I couldn't find any plot or backstory. So who is Scarlet, the elusive star with a mysterious smile?
She's a virus. And no, not in a cool Terminator android kind of way. She is part of a viral marketing ploy to sell LG XCanvas Scarlett LCD TVs a "series" of five tvs that cost between $1500+ for the 32 inch to almost $5300 for the 52 inch. Thats over $100 an inch for all you mathimatical types. Her red eye seems to indicate some infrared technology.
For more proof just check out the subliminal advertising spotted by some attentive youtubers:
00:16 - "We're going to put her in every home in the planet"
00:21 - "What do you mean she's going to change TV forever?"
00:49 - "The evidence is staring you in the face"
00:54 - "Things aren't always what they seem" i.e., this is not a real tv show
00:28 - Notice the tv behind the actress
While it seems to be a decent viral marketing campaign, I can't help but think quite a few people are going to feel cheated when, instead of a new tv show airing on monday, they find out that Scarlet is another expensive tv. I suppose some will be struck by the cleverness of the ad, but after a long writer's strike is it really a good idea to tease the many people that are clamoring for new shows?
At least it's less creepy than Texas Instruments "It's the mirrors" commercials.