Archive for October 9, 2008

Depression: 2009

October 9, 2008

In the early 1970s, Gerry Anderson produced a TV series called Space: 1999.

During this worldwide financial meltdown, I can’t help but hearing a key line from the opening episode again and again:


“Now we’re sitting on the biggest bomb man’s ever made.”

I’ve recently watched the debut episode again and can’t help but see in it parallels to our current situation.

After the break, Depression: 2009 illustrated via Space: 1999.

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Twitter Cull

October 9, 2008

I just went through my list of Twitter Followers and did many Blocks.

If you were Following me on Twitter and suddenly lack tweets from me, now you know why.

It’s gotten to the point where I’ve attracted spammers. Those get blocked immediately.

But now I’ve personally gotten to the point where:

1) If I can’t ascertain why you’re Following


2) Your own tweets are dull shit

You will be Blocked.

Some people love to collect Followers and run up their numbers.

Not me, baby.

My Twitter is a private club.

Note To Self: Buy Alex

October 9, 2008

Propaganda finds the best book about an alcoholic dog ever published: Alex

The cover:

The reason why, highlighted in yellow by me:

That’s a reference to writer John Fante!

Sony Reader: Fondle Or Pre-Order

October 9, 2008


GLENDALE, Calif. – Oct. 6, 2008 –Sony Electronics is opening a new Sony Style store, located at The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif., and offering a first look at the new Sony Reader Digital Book. The new model, PRS-700, incorporates an interactive touch screen display for the most intuitive digital reading to date.

“The new Reader Digital Book allows consumers to carry the reading material they want in a convenient format that fits into their on-the-go lives.,” said Steve Haber, president of Sony’s Digital Reading Business Division.

The Sony Style stores will be the first place where consumers can test drive as well as pre-order the new Reader beginning next week.

If you’re not near a SonyStyle Store, it can be pre-ordered via the SonyStyle site now:

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Be prepared to exercise patience. Note the availability date:

Sony Reader: Two Videos

October 9, 2008

Update: As of October 11, 2008, the videos seem to have been taken down. I have no idea why. I will, however, keep the screensnap. And if I find other videos, I will update this post with a link to the new post.

Update 2: New post with a video.

I found these by searching Twitter.

Both are the excellent handiwork of Jakub Kanczugowski.

This first one in quick clippage does a tour of many features of the new PRS-700:

Vimeo embed code deleted.

This second one shows the unveiling of the Reader Revolution campaign here in New York City at DataVision, with some rare behind-the-scenes footage:

Vimeo embed code deleted.

I’ve grabbed this screensnap from the second vid:

This is Jim Malcolm, Sony’s Director of Corporate Marketing for Mobile Lifestyle Products. The Reader Revolution campaign is his baby. Well done, Jim!

Blog Notes: Overwhelmed

October 9, 2008

The Doom news just keeps coming faster and worser. I have enough for thirty posts today. I can’t squeeze that many through this damned PC, though.

I did try running Process Explorer, as recommended in a Comment here. It didn’t help. It didn’t show anything rogue going on in my system. This is simply the natural Microsoft bloatware cloggage that’s happening. I should have kept XP as it was, never, ever done any of the Updates. I’ve rolled some Updates back, but I’m as far back as it’ll go. Result = suckage.

The news today is of a cheeeeeep new MacBook coming on October 14th.

I’ve been hashing that over with some people on Twitter. Bluetooth is something cheap things always drop. I also wonder if it’ll have one USB port. And if inside it’ll be simply an MSI Wind. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s not what people would expect from Apple.

Which probably means this low-priced MacBook is the product transition mentioned earlier. And all this time I’d hoped for an iPod Touchbook to be that transition.

Next up, two videos: one about the new Sony Reader PRS-700 plus the Reader Revolution campaign!