A Scary Alternate Ending to 2012: YouTube Video

This can actually happen in 2012.

Nokia N900 vs. Motorola Droid (Milestone):2 Linux Smartphones Comparison Chart

I’ve been a happy owner of Motorola Ming (A1200) for 2 years now. Running on Linux and supporting J2ME, you have a list of endless applications to put on your already powerful cellphone, and you can tweak till you freak too. That’s why I’ve never given any thought to iPhone. Ever.

Now, with the release of Nokia N900 and Motorola Droid (sold in Europe as “Milestone”. Is that the most pompous name for a mobile phone ever or what), I’m seriously thinking about replacing my beloved Ming. I compiled a comparison chart (taking sources from Nokia, Motorola and Wikipedia) as follows. I was surprised to find that N900 has no MMS support (Droid does), but has an Infrared port that they don’t even bother to list on the specs. Lack of OGG support on N900 is also kinda disappointing. None of the phones have Java Support, and Droid has no TV Out. If you are interested in Droid/Milestone, you should know that according to Wikipedia, “The stock Android operating system restricts applications from being installed outside of onboard memory, in this case limiting application and OS size to a total maximum size of 512MB.”

See the chart below. Note that release date is not definite. If I screwed anything up please leave a comment.

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Fake Steve Jobs Slams New York Times over FarmVille/Zynga Coverage

Daniel Lyons, aka the Fake Steve Jobs, ex-anonymous blogger behind The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs, has some choice words for newspapers:

Faced with their own demise, fearful of losing even more advertising, newspapers have made the huge mistake of becoming ever more timid, more cautious, more in bed with the companies they cover.

It’s the exact opposite of what they should be doing. The truth is, if newspapers want to survive they should go back to doing what they started out doing — muckraking, stirring the shit, calling bullshit.

The case in point? The New York Times.

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“If I Was Like You”, A Short Film By Wesley Du

This short film (discovered through Racialicious) about racial conflict (perceived or real, intentional or physical) won’t be easy to watch, especially when minimal context is given in its 13-minute run-time. Many films that introduce familiarly emblematic characters with hardly any background stories operate merely on a symbolic level. What you see and what you take with you after the viewing will largely depend on your own background and perception of racism. I’m rather ambivalent about the film, perhaps due to my failure to grasp what Wesley Du, writer and director of the film, is getting at. Even if it does not shed new insighst on issues as complex as as this, If I Was Like You at least opens up a thread for discussion about racial tensions beyond the black and white.



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Reprint: Suspicious Death of Shawn Lonsdale

This article was originally published on Dreamsendweb.com on February 19th 2008, a couple of days after Shawn Lonsdale was found dead in his home. For reasons unknown, the article, along with the website, disappeared from the Internet. If the author of the article reads this, I hope you’re doing OK.
Here’s a PDF version of that article that you can download and keep.

The following is a reprint of that disappeared article.

Working on his anti-Church of Scientology documentary, Shawn Lonsdale videotapes in downtown Clearwater. In the window behind him is a sign intended to alert people to his presence. “They think because I’m a nobody and I’ve got nothing that I’m easy to stomp,’’ Lonsdale says.”][Times photo: Ted McLaren] Working on his anti-Church of Scientology documentary, Shawn Lonsdale videotapes in downtown Clearwater. In the window behind him is a sign intended to alert people to his presence. “They think because I’m a nobody and I’ve got nothing that I’m easy to stomp,’’ Lonsdale says.

[Times photo: Ted McLaren


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Racial Stereotype, Racial Prejudice, or Just Plain Old Racism?

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My jaw dropped when this ad appeared on the German technology magazine c’t. The top caption reads: “Lexware reigns.” The bottom one says: “When the bookkeeping is in order, the whole business is in order. All you need is a proper piece of software.”

Lexware is a German software company specialized in personal/business finance software, best known for marketing and selling Quicken.

Singing in the Rain – Radiohead Live in Berlin (07/08/08)

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Shakesbeard in Love – Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy Live in Berlin

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UPDATE (07/07/08): monikpaj from last.fm wrote and solved the mystery:

“petulia=patchoulie=no1 hippy scent. inscence as well as perfume. and yes it stinks.”


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Martha Wainwright: I know You’re Married but I’ve Got Feelings too – Album Review

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Rufus Wainwright released his debut album. I remember reading all the raves about him on a discussion list and finally getting a copy myself. Addiction came quickly, and the one song I found myself keep listening to was In My Arms. It’s the most sparingly orchestrated and nevertheless the most gripping song on the album; I remember getting goose bumps all over when midway a most sensual voice joined Rufus’. “WHO IS THAT!” I asked myself and immediately grabbed the CD booklet for information: the voice belongs to someone called Martha, who also shares Rufus’ family name. I had been waiting for a full-length from her ever since.

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Funny Games U.S. – Film Review

“I didn’t want to offend anyone, but I did perhaps want them to be provoked. If anybody is offended, it’s his [or her] own fault. You are free to leave the theater after 5 minutes. I have always said: anyone who watches the film from beginning to end apparently has needed it,” says Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke to Stern about his latest film Funny Games U.S., a scene for scene, shot by shot remake of his own notorious creation bearing the same name sans the U.S. tag a decade ago. The original German cast (starring The Lives of Others‘ Ulrich Mühe) is replaced by Naomi Watts and Tim Roth, and the story is taken to the US. Why a remake of his own film? Because, the controversial director elaborates, the 1997 original has not reached his intended American audience due to the language barrier and the average viewers’ aversion to subtitles.

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