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I ♥ Amazon, A2DP, and Molly Wood

05.16.2008 @ 3:31 PM in Lifestream
So Treeson is a camera whore today... I ordered me a pair of the Motorola MotoROKR S9 StereoBluetooth Headset from yesterday. Normally, they sell fro $129.00, but amazon had them for a near half off 68 bucks.. I decided to take the discount and get next day shipping, because I live for instant gratification... I had debated ordering these before, simply because when I first got the shadow, I was like.. sweet! i can play music on it, now all I need are some dope headphones... then I realized.. wait.. I have an iPod with dope headhones already, stop your madness Nate... Now, one of the dynamics that John and I posses that keeps our dar away relationship alive is our love of tech. We love discussing the latest gadget or tech issue, but out method of consumption is slightly different. John almost primarily listens to CNET podcasts, with the occasional blog being mine, Kotaku, and Destructiod, whereas I get all of my media from Google Reader and my 100+ RSS subs. To help harmonize, I've taken to listening to podcast, and I'm using a WinMo freeware app called BeyondPod to download and manage my podcasts. That once again puts me in the position to be listening to audio on my phone and I simply won't stand to be wired to that damned Shadow. Nuff said, I welcome the S9's into my tech arsenal. The MOTOROKR's are low profile, wrap behind the ears with the base resting on the back of my neck. I kinda like this style, seeing as in the summer, I'm a prissy bitch and my hair is always in shape. I hear reviews that the sound is swell and they stay on, though not as tightly as hoped during running, but I prefer the iPod for workout gear anyways... Check back in a week to see how much I hate or love these things, and how quick the A2DP kills the Shadow. Speaking of, I plan on picking up a spare battery for it... anyone know of a DIY spare battery charger tute?

Anti Teen Weaponry is a $1,500 ringtone

04.25.2008 @ 12:48 PM in Lifestream

  • CNN - A wall-mounted gadget designed to drive away loiterers with a shrill, piercing noise audible only to teens and young adults is infuriating civil liberties groups and tormenting young people after being introduced into the United States. The Mosquito, which targets loiterers, projects a shrill noise audible only to teens and young adults. Almost 1,000 units of the device, called the Mosquito, have been sold in the United States and Canada after the product debuted last year, according to Daniel Santell, the North America importer of the device sold under the company name Kids Be Gone. The high-frequency sound has been likened to fingernails dragged across a chalkboard or a pesky mosquito buzzing in your ear. It can be heard by most people in their teens and early 20s who still have sensitive hair cells in their inner ears. Whether you can hear the noise depends on how much your hearing has deteriorated: How loud you blast your iPod, for example, could affect your ability to detect it.
The device costs $1,500 to install, but some cities are claiming that it is an unnecessary and cruel form of a deterrent. A device like this has no regulation, and others are afraid the device would be mismanaged in the hands of private owners. However, the shrill noise is nothing new, most commonly used as a free stealth ringtone called the "mosquito." listen to a sample of it below. Can't hear it? that must mean you're old. [audio:]

Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes

03.07.2008 @ 12:12 PM in Culture
I recently started listening to Santogold when I heard of them from the RCRD LBL blog. L.E.S. Artistes was a favorite track and now I have a video to go with it. Directed by Nima Nourizadeh. I really dig the violence, its so artistic and even at some points intentionally faux-realistic. You just gotta watch.
  • This is better than good; this is gold— SANTOGOLD! Santogold is a survivor of a half-century worth of living along musical evolution’s most cutting edges. The only live act that can boast of having out-aged Barbara Bush, having outlived Mr. Miyagi and out-styled Liberace, Santogold is here with future flavor.Already receiving weighty club rotation and airplay in urban Afghanistan and downtown Beirut, Santogold is the first act of the century to boast a post-war following on the International Space Station Mir. Following a live performance broadcast from three thousand miles off the Cape of Good Hope last June, inmates at Leavenworth Penitentiary received Santogold with a celebratory confetti parade. Just another first for the modern super group that knows no bound.Composed of absolutely no members, Santogold is also the first musical outfit capable of claiming the planet’s broiling collective consciousness as their front woman. Longtime collaborator, singer and songwriter Santi White says of her work with Santogold, “We began trying to write pop songs to sell, which made us depressed, so we started writing songs for ourselves instead.” The results of that self-centered conceit is the songwriting work heard for the first time on the full length Santogold album, as yet untitled, to be released in 2007 on the Lizard King label. As unmastered tracks leaked over the internet this past November, the request lines of radio stations from Miami to Hanoi began freezing with a flood of calls from listeners eager to hear the new Santogold sound over their frequencies. From his radio show in the United Arab Emirates capital city of Abu Dhabi, Michael Jackson (the King of Pop) played what Santogold snippets he had been able to pirate from a bootleg MySpace page dedicated to the group. Days later, BBC Radio One reported that the unreleased Santogold debut was heard blasting from the iPod shuffle of Libyan ruler Moammar Qaddafi as he entered an international summit in the Nigerian capital of Abuja. Recognizing the urgent need to address the uproarious buzz, Santogold released the following statement through their label reps at Lizard King: “The response to our unmastered songs has been both premature and phenomenal! We were happy to hear that the children of Darfur have found hope in our melodic interpretation of life on the battlefield of love! We’re hoping that each and every 20-something from downtown San Francisco to central Mumbai will also learn something from our work! And to the people dropping no-knock fire on old ladies in Atlanta: shame on you! Santogold ain’t with that shit!” The trajectory of such early successes leading to newfound political clout is nothing new for Santogold, whose debut album, though half a century in the making, is sure to rock glass pipes from the Lincoln Memorial to Buckingham palace. The flavor of the gold is guaranteed: Santogold! - Via Myspace

Pepsi Stuff SuperBowl ad w/ Justin Timberlake

01.31.2008 @ 4:10 PM in Lifestream
pepsi.jpg Tomorrow, that is Feb 1st, you will be able to start banking those little codes you've been finding under your Pepsi caps. Unlike previous Pepsi/music giveaways, this is a points based system: 5 caps get you a DRM-free song courtesy of Amazon Mp3 Downloads. There are other prizes in the mix, and other things to save up for, like trips, hdtv's, clothes, and money. The Superbowl marks the official launch of the campaign; take a look below of the commercial featuring Justin Timberlake getting knocked around NYC. and here's the officicial press release from Pepsi on the whole deal
Pepsi Stuff Kicks Off on the Super Bowl PURCHASE, N.Y., Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Pepsi and are teaming up on Pepsi Stuff, a massive collect-and-get program where consumers can download the most DRM-free MP3 music available anywhere. Four billion specially marked Pepsi packages will allow people to collect points and redeem them for music from Amazon MP3 that can be played on virtually any digital portable device (including iPod®), organized in any music management application, or burned to a CD. Beginning February 1, consumers purchasing Pepsi products can “bank” their points on and redeem them for music on Amazon MP3. Amazon MP3 offers Earth’s Biggest Selection of a la carte, DRM-free MP3 music downloads, with over 3.25 million songs from more than 270,000 artists. Five points earn consumers one MP3 song download from the libraries of EMI Music, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Warner Music Group and tens of thousands of other music labels. Pepsi’s biggest promotion ever makes its debut on the Super Bowl. “MP3 music is the future of the industry and Pepsi Stuff is an accelerator,” said Danny Socolof, President of Las-Vegas based MEGA, Inc., which facilitated the Pepsi/Amazon alliance. “It will help more people discover legal DRM-free music downloading sooner than they might normally have. It’s also likely to draw in music fans who are not as familiar with digital downloading, which can help build a healthy future for the music business.” “We are excited to team up with Pepsi and reward millions of Pepsi Stuff participants with high-quality DRM-free music downloads from major and independent labels, playable on virtually any device, and an easy downloading experience that doesn’t require special software,” said Bill Carr, Vice President for Digital Music and Movies. “Pepsi Stuff gives consumers choices — many choices: from the prizes they select, to the music they want to hear, to the device they want to play it on,” said Cie Nicholson, SVP and chief marketing officer, Pepsi-Cola North America. “We’re also broadening the prize pool to include Amazon Unbox TV downloads, electronics, apparel, DVDs and CDs. We’re offering up to $1 billion in prizes, making this the largest promotion we’ve ever done.” Participants can also enter a daily sweepstakes for the chance to win trips to events like the Super Bowl, the MLB All-Star game and the Daytona 500, as well as for cash and many other big prizes. Consumers may sign up now to be reminded when the promotion begins at Pepsi has a long history of marketing through music, beginning with the first advertising jingle ever broadcast nationwide in 1940 and spanning the ’60s and ’70s with the Pepsi Generation. In the 1980s Pepsi began developing relationships with some of the world’s biggest recording artists and featured chart-topping songs in marketing campaigns, concerts and commercials. It’s a strategy that continues today, including recent associations with superstars Kanye West, Beyonce, Gwen Stefani and Green Day. Pepsi Stuff will be executed across the entire Pepsi trademark: Pepsi-Cola, Diet Pepsi, Diet Pepsi MAX, Pepsi ONE, Wild Cherry Pepsi, Diet Pepsi Wild Cherry, Diet Pepsi Jazz, Diet Pepsi Lime and Diet Pepsi Vanilla. It will be supported by an extensive marketing campaign that will include TV, radio and outdoor advertising created by BBDO NY. TracyLocke (Wilton, CT), Pepsi’s promotional agency of record, has been instrumental in the development and ongoing execution of the program. About Amazon MP3 Amazon MP3 is Amazon’s DRM-free MP3 digital music store where every song and album is playable on virtually any digital music-capable device, including the PC, Mac®, iPod®, Zune®, Zen®, iPhone(TM), RAZR(TM), and BlackBerry®. Amazon MP3 offers Earth’s Biggest Selection of a la carte DRM- free MP3 music downloads with over 3.25 million songs from more than 270,000 ar

Macworld 2008: There’s Something in the Air

01.15.2008 @ 11:36 AM in Technology
macworld08.jpg Same as last year, I'm here to bring you the latest of round the web-updates and information on the shiny new goodies to be unleashed this year at Macworld 08. The show starts at noon EST, and feel free to keep refreshing the page to get the updates as I'll edit this post as soon as something new comes in. I'll be getting most of my info from Gizmodo live coverage. You can always check em out for more specs, but remember to hit me up for the commentary.
  • 11:30 - The Apple store has been down for the longest pre-keynote period, ever. This could mean a total store workaround, a lot more products, or perhaps some new functionalities are being installed. This could also mean that someone jumped the gun, but whatever, the downtime always marks the start of of the reality distortion field for the day. Productivity is grinding to a halt as when noon hits, I'm not doing squat but hitting refresh.

[Official Lunch for Macworld 08: Taco Salad with extra cheese FTW]

  • [12:08] - Its Started!! People are being let into the 4000 seat auditorium and Coldplay, once again, can be heard over the shuffle.
  • [12:13] - Coldplay, Kanye, now Feist.. I wonder who picks the seating music?
  • [12:14] - Feist cuts out, new get a mac ad, and here comes Steve!
  • [12:15] - “Welcome to Macworld 2008. We’ve got some great stuff for you. There’s clearly some great stuff in the air today.” Jobs starts the retrospective on all the products from last year, iPhone, iPod Touch, iMac. Leopard a great success.
  • [12:20] - Four Points to Discuss. The first was Leopard. Developers are working well with it and over 20% of Mac base has upgraded. Office 2008 now shipping. New Feature of Leopard is Time Capsule, Airport extreme base stations with "server grade" internal harddrive. This allows you to back up your mac wirelessly.
  • [12:22] - 500 GB version - $299, 1 TB $499
  • [12:23] - On to iPhone.. paraphrased "We sold a whole fuckin bunch!" 20K per day average. SDK in Feb, w00t!
  • [12:26] - New apps today for iPhone, Maps with location, Webclips, Customize home screen, SMS multiple people, Lyrics.... looks like the iPhone is moving into its useful stage now.
  • [12:33] - Web clips allow you to create up to 9 home screen bookmarks, will remember where you zoomed or panned.
  • [12:38] - Free update today for iPhones, iPod Touch gets Maps, Mail, Stocks, Notes, and Weather for a $20 one time fee.
  • [12:40] - iTunes Movie Rentals: Touchstone, Miramax, MGM, Lionsgate, Newline, FOX, WB, Disney, Paramount, Universal, Sony all gonna play nice to make this work.
  • [12:42] - Over 1000 movies, those 30 days after DVD release, watch anywhere instantly over broadband. 30 days to start watching, 24 hours to finish. Library Titles: 2.99 New Releases: 3.99
  • [12:45] - In the US, rentals available today, international gets it later in the year. SUCK it UK!
  • [12:47] - Apple TV take 2. No computer required, rent movies from Apple tv in DVD and HD quality, view photos from .mac and flickr. syncs with iTunes, natch. Oh, and there are 100 HD rentals for 4.99 available today.

[get photos of the Keynote via Macrumors]

  • [12:55] - Steve's Demoing the iTunes rental service. Downloads appear to be fast and quality on point with specs. Create photo screen savers with Apple T[V from .mac galleries and flickr.
  • [1:03] - Free software update for existing Apple TVs. Entry price point reduced from $299 to $229.
  • [1:05] - Software update comes in two weeks
  • [1:07] - 20th Century Fox was the first studio to sign up for movie rentals. Jim Gianopulos, Chairman and CEO of Fox is taking the stage, talks about future of Video rentals, DVD's and the availability of included digital copies, like on Family Guy: Blue Harvest DVD.
  • BOOM!!!!!!!!!
  • [1:10] - Macbook Air
  • [1:12] -"World's thinnest Laptop." Talk about competition specs and how 3lbs is a great weight, but it can compromise features and functionality. MacBook Air is 0.16" to 0.76". The thickest part of the MacBook Air is thinner than the thinnest part of the Sony. It fits inside a envelope.
  • [1:17] - Magnetic Latch with 13.3" widescreen display. Display is LED backlit, macbook style keyboard, ambient sensor. Essentially a Calista Flockhart macbook. Track pad is multi-touch FTW. rotate and resize photos and other things via pinch and finger pivots.
  • [1:20] - 1.8" Hard Drive, 80GB, option for 74GB SSD for your the cost of your firstborn child. 1.6 GHz Standard, 1.8 GHz Option, all Intel Core 2 Duo.... as Intel CEO, Paul Otellini, takes the stage.
  • [1:24] - 45 Watt MagSafe, 1 USB 2.0 port, Micro-DVI, Audio Out, 802.11n + Bluetooth 2.1/EDR, no word of lasers. Nope, no optical drive, but a Superdrive accessory is available for $99. However, special software lets you hijack "borrow" a mac or PC's optical drive.
  • [1:27] - 5 Hours of Battery Life, 2Gb standard Memory, $1799 base. Pre-order today, ships in months weeks. Full Aluminum case (recyclable), first mercury and lead free battery, blah blah, green, blah, hippie, blah
I'm really dissapointed no mention of the standard macbook being aluminized... its the only product still in lucite and plastic
  • [1:30] - Jobs mulls over how in just two weeks of 2008, they have updated the mac Pro, the Apple tv, iPhone and iPod Touch, Rentals, MacBook Air... sounds like a one more thing is coming.
  • [1:36] - Randy Newman takes the stage (Where the fuck is John Legend?) to perform and I lose my erection.
  • [1:38] - Newman has lost his marbles as he sings a song about the USA and Stalin and the Supreme Court.... great. Will someone get the crazy man off stage so we can have the "one more thing?"
  • [1:40] - is updated with information regarding the keynote.
  • [1:45] - And its over.

COMPUSA: Going out of Business Discount Sheets

12.14.2007 @ 12:11 PM in Technology


compUSA5.jpg Like last time, the discounts are paltry, but should improve as CompUSA nears its deathdate. Look through the list, pretty much everything is either 10% or 20%, a few 30% or 5%. Don't expect to get a deal on zune's or iPods, they know that the top items are still gonna sell through the holidays. snagged via the Consumerist, click on the sheets to embiggen and wowz at the deals.


Apple: Your House Burned Down, have an iPod

12.05.2007 @ 1:18 PM in Technology
  • More than 100 high school students in the Poway school district who lost homes in the October wildfires have received a surprise gift – iPods donated by Apple. Kari Afshari, 15, a sophomore at Rancho Bernardo High, said she was told last week to drop by a classroom for pizza and was surprised when she and fellow students were handed nano video iPods.
The kids were gifted the iPods after a member of the community sent an email to Steve Jobs asking for help. Jobs never responded, his email address is handled by super intelligent squirrels, but it ended up with  Michael Foulkes, the state and local affairs manager for Apple. Shortly after, the Nanos were delivered. Apple mentioned they didn't want any publicity for the act. Ok, so its a nice gesture, and I'm sure a bunch of the kids had iPods that were lost in the fire. But see, their old iPods just happen to be in their rooms, in the house, that also burned to the ground. No computer to dock to, and all their music, photos, and videos are gone. Hold that, Apple should have no problem letting them redownload all that music again from iTunes, given the situation. Whats that? you downloaded all your music from p2p and bittorrent?  The only thing you bought on iTunes was The Office? In that case, you are S.O.L. The point is giving a kid who just lost everything an iPod is not as good as giving them relief funds.  I don't blame Apple, I blamed the dumbass who asked apple for iPods.

New iTunes ad: Queen (Work That Mary)

11.28.2007 @ 9:03 AM in Culture
maryitunes.jpg It's been a little while since we've seen a new iTunes ad, but Apple is back and featuring Mary J. Blige. Backlit with her backup iPod silhouettodancers, the ad perfectly shows the new bright side to Mary; no more tears, no more, pain, she's just fine. One thing to note is everytime the iPod gets an update, the white silhouettes in the commercials reflect the subtle changes to design. TUAW notes the absence of an iPhone; I kinda enjoy that only the classic iPod gets featured, it's still iconic.

Busy like your mom…

04.09.2007 @ 5:56 PM in Lifestream
First off, I hope everyone's favorite misconstrued holiday(hint: bunnies, eggs, and some dead dude) went over well.. Mine was spent in denial of the event, finishing God of War II (great game, can't wait for #3 on the PS3) while the Grumpy Bear played dollhouse, under the guise that he was playing the Sims2. For some reason, my character kept burning the ramen... an event I was notified of every fifteen minutes, much to Grumpy Bear's glee. Oh one more effin thing on the whole Easter thing.... I found out what a Lamb Butter was this weekend... and I'm not happy about it... Mind you, there is no Polish in me (though I have been in some Polish before) and any Easter tradition I ever had was getting up at six-effin-fifteen in the morning to go to our church's sunrise service, after the easter egg hunt to find money to give as tithe... oh and a new Bible. So all my sheltered life, I've gone thinking a Lamb Butter was some delacacy; maybe a rich, succulent, butter filled lamb shank.  Or even better, maybe some tiny baby lamb, butter-fed till its sweet and juicy... Imagine my horror, disgust, and sheer disbelief to find out a Lamb Butter is... Butter. Things are moving swiftly in the WNYMedia camp... Can't give you details, but I promise there is a good reason that I've been a bit distant from the blog...  which brings me to another half-assed apology that I'm a stupid half-wit blogger that doesn't deserve the love and affection he gets from all 15 of his readers.. Ok, that all done... here's some news...
  • Apple just sold 100 Million iPods, - proof that tiny step upgrades and shiny white plastic makes millions.
  • Media Temple Launches Grid Container - geek stuff, but it means I'm 20 bucks poorer a month for a service that should fix the mySQL issues I've had... meaning should load faster.... I'm still skeptical...
  • Club Marcellas Blackout Party on the 13th - Lights go out at Midnight or One, and the night continues lit only by the light of glowstick.. special blacklight drag show as well.. I have to be there.. so come get molestered in the dark!

Snap! – iPods R Nootrishus!

04.02.2007 @ 4:57 AM in Lifestream

Snap! - iPods R Nootrishus!

Originally uploaded by Buffawhat. Taken 2 Apr '07, 1.57am ADT PST.

Note to drag Queens... Never leave your ipods here...