Thursday, July 28, 2005

ADD N TO (X)

...are an electronica trio who have been around for a while now. They are pretty cool, here is their band profile page on their label's site (the label is aptly named Labels).

I didn't know about, ahem... their pornographic tendencies however, but they seem to do that with as much style and panache as they make music. Check out the following vids, they are awesomely cool and can be found lower down on that page where it says "LES CLIPS".

Plug Me In: Cute and peppy, woman-on-woman.

Metal Fingers In My Body: Appropriately more industrial-core, topic left to your imagination. Funny as hell.

Friday, July 22, 2005

Eric Smith's blog

Here is a much-needed Liberal Dose.

My friend Eric who runs that blog apparently got more attention than he bargained for. A Washington Post article referred to it and since then he has been getting on average a hit every five seconds!

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Can she be the doctor too?

My goodness, ya'll simply have got to take a look at this. But promise to reserve judgement and watch it to the end.

http://www.rachelgetsfruity.com/flash.html

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Mail blog post

This is a test of the mail blog service.

I can send a mail that gets automatically posted here.

So I can be in the middle of nowhere and post a blog with my cell phone!

Pretty nifty, huh?

Ultra-Lifelike Robot Debuts in Japan

A hottie robot for you.

National Geographic article

Casio cell phone

I have had my cell phone for a while now but I haven't realized how much I appreciate it.

I use it for myriad purposes. It is my alarm clock. The alarm sound is a beautiful soothing one that doesn't start my day with a traumatizing cacaphony. I use the camera function in a big way. The photo quality is not as good as my digital camera but I am not such a photo-freak to begin with and this does the job. I extensively use the mail function. In fact I forward mails sent to my usual PC mail address to the cell phone so I usually see them there first.

I use the map and GPS functions sometimes. I extensively use a couple of the train navigation services where you type in your start and destination stations and it tells you the transfer points and times and fares.

Just today it came in handy twice. I was out driving and wanted to park and wasn't sure if a certain stretch on a given large street was OK or not. So I called my wife, who is pro at Tokyo driving, and tried to explain some of the unusual street markings there, but was not able to do so with sufficient clarity. Finally I just took a photo and mailed it to her cell phone and she was able to quickly understand what I was talking about.

Later I was walking by a parking lot that had a terrific discount rate from 6pm on. So I resolved that around 6pm I will move the car over to there. There was no way I would normally remember such a thing though, so with a few key presses I set up an alarm to go off. The alarm settings allow you to add text or pictures. When you specify you want to set a picture you can select an image file in the phone's memory (eg. photos you have taken so far) or you can go directly into camera mode, take your photo and come back out into the alarm setting. In other words you do not have to leave the alarm settings and go to camera mode and take the shot and save the picture and go back to the alarm. The navigation is so much more seamless than that. I am a fiend about navigation between functions in software and devices and I was quite impressed. So without breaking my stride I was able to take the picture of the parking lot sign that would flash on the screen when the alarm goes off.

All in all I was impressed and realized that a blog homage to this phone was long overdue.

Here is it is, in case you are curious.

http://www.mobileburn.com/news.jsp?Id=736

Friday, July 08, 2005

Freaky Forums

Check out the new forum I have set up.

http://www.arkaroy.com/yabb/YaBB.cgi

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Documentary Review: What I've Learned About U.S. Foreign Policy

Just saw this on DVD.

http://www.addictedtowar.com/dorrel.html

A great compilation of CIA-led sordidry since the creation of the agency in 1947.

A lot of this is stuff we have always known about American foreign policy antics around the world. Many of these are very public debacles, such as the Iran-Contra affair. However this compilation puts a lot of clips from different docuementaries into one place for easy viewing.

Some of the segments are narrated by pretty famous people. They included late activist Bill Moyer, perennial hottie Susan Sarandon, and even Kris Kristofferson.

When such stuff does not affect you (at least directly) it is easy to forget that a lot of bad shit going on, and it's important not to get complacent about it. A must-see for that reason alone.