Friday, April 30, 2010

Dutch Augmented Reality Billboard



Via Mashable,  the Dutch government has installed an interactive billboard with augmented reality that places bystanders in the middle of a street fight.

The billboard, which was placed in a busy Amsterdam intersection, was designed to combat the growing problem of Dutch public employees being harassed while doing their job and on lookers doing nothing to stop it.


The idea is that people will be so ashamed of watching themselves in this situation that they'll help when it really does happen.

This is really cool concept, but minorities better watch out.  Now it's possible to place a minority at the scene of every crime. I could see something like this happening: "I didn't cross the border that's just augmented reality.

But on a good note,  now
Jay Kay from Jamiroquai can't keep hogging virtual insanity all to himself. 

Thursday, April 29, 2010

HTC Droid Incredible Released for Verizon Today


I've been following the release of the HTC Droid Incredible for a couple of months, but that's mainly because my phone is so old that it's like the cell phone equivalent of a rotary phone.  

Seriously,  it still has a pull up antenna.  To put my phone in perspective, I got it before "Lost" premiered and people still thought Ashlee Simpson was talented.  

Anyway,  the Droid Incredible finally gives Verizon a good phone.  It's pretty much an HTC / Verizon branded version of Google's Nexus One, which is why  Google probably canceled the Verizon Nexus One. 

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stupid Lyrics: Young Money's Bedrock


Lyrics aren't always the most important part of a song, but it makes you wonder if people would still like their favorite songs once they actually sat down and read some of the absurd lyrics.

A good example of this is Young Money's "Bedrock."

Friday, April 23, 2010

Facebook: A Dysfunctional Friendship


Does Facebook need to be involved in everything you do?  Apparently, it thinks so.  Earlier this week, the company announced that they will personalize your internet experience by allowing websites and apps to integrate profile information from your Facebook account so they know your tastes and interests.

In plain English it means that Facebook has turned you and me into a digital whore and they're our pimp collecting the money.  I'm not really a fan of Facebook's increasing tendency to offer up users' information to other sources as a default setting.

Of course, Facebook would argue that they're more like a good friend who is trying to help you get a better experience.  I'll humor them and look at my interaction with Facebook as a friendship.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

11 Best Deep-Voiced Boyz II Men Monologues


It's about time someone recognized the great spoken word talent of Boyz II Men's baritone-voiced Michael McCary.  Much like Barry White, this is a guy you'd want around on Whacking Day.

Here it is, the 11 best deep-voiced Boyz II Men monologues aka McCary's greatest hits along with some amusing commentary.  Now excuse me while I try to find the talkboy "Home Alone 2" tricked me into wasting my money on as a kid so I can find out if these spoken-word pleas still work as well as they did in the 90s.

Friday, April 16, 2010

BlackBuster Movie: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?


How do I know "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is a Blackbuster?  I actually watched it when it was featured as BET's Blackbuster movie for the night.

Even if I didn't, two things would have tipped me off: the only white guy with a semi-significant part turns out to be evil and Vivica A. Fox has a major role.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Don't Think This Is How You Get HIV



Listen,  I'm not a doctor, but I'm pretty sure these billboards for freeHIVtest.net that have popped up around Los Angeles aren't medically accurate.  Last time I checked, you don't get HIV from drinking alcohol.

Unless you're living in the "Rent" apartment building,  then there's a good chance you might.  At least, you'll get to sing about it though.

And do you really want people saying "I drank so much, I think I have HIV"?  Yeah, me neither.

Also, accusing people of needing an HIV test on a billboard isn't exactly the best idea.  It's the equivalent of walking down the street and stopping random people to tell them that they look like they need to get tested for HIV.  Oddly enough, people don't like that.

 So stop judging me billboard because I really don't know why.

Friday, April 9, 2010

PS22 Chorus Sings Phoenix's "Lisztomania"



Kids from the PS22 Chorus sing a version of Phoenix's "Lisztomania" that even the band endorses.  Here's the original Phoenix version for comparison.

All I got to sing in music class or mandatory chorus were songs like "When you Brush Your Teeth" or "Buffalo Girls"

And that was only in between praying I wouldn't be the unlucky person called to the board that day who's forced by the teacher to stare at a blank staff for an uncomfortable amount of time because he or she has no clue what to do.

Naturally that's the best way to learn music theory, oh wait it isn't because I don't remember a thing.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Lost: Richard Alpert's Khakis


"Lost" fans finally got some answers about Richard Alpert in the episode "Ab Aeterno," but it failed to address one of my pressing questions: What's the deal with Alpert and khakis?

The guy has been wearing khakis for like a 100 years.  In fact, he always seems to be wearing the same khakis.  You would think he would get tired of them.  Does he really like them that much?

Monday, April 5, 2010

Geminoid-F: Stop Trying to Replace Us Japan


Why are the Japanese always trying to make humans obsolete?  I swear it's their national goal for some reason.

Engadget reports that roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro displayed the Germinoid-F humanoid this weekend, a life like woman robot that is designed to mimic human facial expressions that are fed into a computer.