Monday, November 14, 2005

Geeky Stocking Stuffers

I wanted to mention this a few days ago, but there's a really funny video from a few years ago that I just discovered with comically rejected cartoons. It's a great cure for a bad day in case you're having one. I couldn't really decide what was important enough to talk about, so I decided to just plug this article highlighting the most wanted stuff for technophiles this Christmas. Click to enlarge the binary clockIt turns out that stuff that's less popular is what really gets geeks going, so a binary clock or mp3 player watch may score you more points with the nerd of your dreams than an iPod Nano. Most retailers that the most sales will come from mp3 players, digital cameras, and external hard drives. Why? Because who would really be disappointed with one of those rather than something they can't use like software that may not work on their computer. Also, it looks like convergence devices, gadgets that combine several different uses, may be a new, popular contender.

For many guys though, the best gift will be an Xbox 360, and now the launch lineup has been announced. I would consider it to be rather disappointed since there are no killer apps on there and the only games that come close to that are Project Gotham Racing 3 and Perfect Dark Zero. Is it enough? We'll see in just a week. I'm pretty excited that Warner Brothers is starting an online service next year that will offer episodes of retro television shows absolutely free, supported by a couple of minutes worth of ads. Maybe this means I can see Gillagan's Island again. If you want to know a little more about the fight over control of the Internet, you can read more about the Icann over here. It sounds like a very hairy situation. If you're looking to track traffic to your site, then Google Analytics may be what you need. It doesn't work with my blog, but if you have your own domain you'll probably like it. Lastly, while you're preparing for interviews you may want to read this article about unit testing to impress your interviewer.

There's not a whole lot going on in movies. Martin Scorsese has decided that his next film will be Silence and will explore the persecution of Portuguese missionaries in Japan. The Portuguese also came to India by the way, hence my last name, so I'm interested in what he comes up with on their escapades in Japan. If you enjoyed Aquaman's guest appearance on Smallville the other week then you'll be thrilled to know that a spinoff show is in the works, but with a different actor. It looks like Jon Heder is reprising his role as a humorously stupid character in Benchwarmers alongside David Spade and Rob Schneider, and I'm shocked that he isn't worried about getting typecast. Anyway, the trailer is up and I'm disappointed that it doesn't look better. Lastly, IGN has a teaser poster for Cars if you're a Pixar fan.

Now for the Monday Madness meme:

...choose a letter of the alphabet and answer each of the following with a word/group of words that begins with the letter you've chosen...

1. Name one color. Blue
2. Name one song. Bohemian Rap City - Queen
3. Name one movie. Better Luck Tomorrow
4. Name one vehicle. Buick Lesabre
5. Name one food. Bun Bao (it's a Vietnamese thing)
6. Name one household item. Beer (no household should be without it)
7. Name one book. Beloved by Toni Morrison

1 comment:

[Mat] said...

Finally,

the mighty XBOX offered what we all knew was coming out.

It's not much, but then again, I remember the PS2 launch. It was bleak. And look where we are now. :)

Sony seems to be losing the battle early on this time... Which is not good. The developpment kit and all. Still, I hope to see it do well.

Time will tell, as they say.
Time for your meme.


1. Name one color. Teal
2. Name one song. The proclaimers - I'm gonna be (cheated..)
3. Name one movie. The lord of the ring
4. Name one vehicle. Toyota Echo
5. Name one food. Trout
6. Name one household item. Typing machine???
7. Name one book. The dark tower - Stephen King

good day