Monthly Archives: November 2008

What The Future Was Supposed To Look Like

It’s almost 2009.  Where are our shiny one piece suits, the flying cars, the moving sidewalks and meals in pill form? Click HERE to see artist’s renditions of the supposed future from vintage magazines.

 

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Animal House 30th Anniversary Edition DVD Gift Set

The most popular college comedy of all time is back in an all-new 30th Anniversary Edition ($27)! This 2-disc set includes two exclusive all-new “Scene-it?” games, a brand new A&E documentary on the film featuring interviews with cast and crew members, including John Landis. Comes in collectible Delta House packaging complete with an exclusive Faber College Yearbook!

 

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Subterranean Press To Publish Limited Edition Stephen King Goes To The Movies Hardcover Book

Subterranean Press announced the exclusive hardcover of Stephen King’s new collection, due early in 2009, in which the #1 bestselling author reflects on the filming of five of his most popular short stories. Those movies are The Shawshank Redemption, 1408, Children of the Corn, The Mangler, and Hearts in Atlantis.

Stephen King Goes to the Movies includes an introduction, his personal commentary, and behind-the-scenes insights by Stephen.

The Subterranean Press edition of Stephen King Goes to the Movies is — so far — the only hardcover edition scheduled, and features full-color movie poster illustrations — one for each story — by Vincent Chong.

The edition will be smythe-sewn, printed in two colors throughout on 80# Finch paper, making it a perfect volume for your permanent shelf of favorite books. The book is limited to only 2000 unsigned hardcover copies priced at $75 plus shipping and handling.  The books will go fast and can be ordered HERE.

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Jonathan Coulton’s BEST. CONCERT. EVER DVD Due in February

Jonathan Coulton, the singer songwriter who defined the term “Internet Rockstar” with his breakthrough project “Thing A Week” in 2005 goes unplugged with his first live DVD titled, BEST. CONCERT. EVER., the definitive live Coulton performance  DVD ($20) will be released with an accompanying audio CD on February 10th and will be available at all music retail outlets. The DVD was filmed in February 2008 in front of a sold out crowd at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. Fellow musicians Paul & Storm join Coulton onstage on select songs, along with Kristen Shirts on ukulele.  Special guests, Technology Icons Leo Laporte, Merlin Mann, and Veronica Belmont also join Jonathan Coulton on the Rock Band performance of “Still Alive,” which was the first Coulton song made available for download on Rock Band-compatible gaming systems. Jonathan Coulton says as his songs have evolved since he first released them, often through feedback at the live shows; he feels the time is right to give fans a new Coulton experience that reflects the evolution.  “The live experience is so different from recorded music, it seemed important to have an artifact that actually captures what these songs have become,” he said. In addition to the performances, Jonathan Coulton’s DVD features cross country day-in-the-life footage of the artist preparing for this very special performance, interviews with Jonathan Coulton, an audio commentary by Coulton and guests, a fan experience documentary, and the YouTube sensation: the Original Code Monkey Dance video! The entire DVD experience is approximately 2 hours. If you have not had the wonderful experience of seeing Jonathan Coulton perform live, this is the next best thing.  From the comfort of your living room you can sing along to some of Jonathan’s most popular songs such as Ikea, Skullcrusher Mountain, Code Monkey, Shopvac and Re: Your Brains. 

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The Thousand Watch Project

Remember the pocket watch? With the advent of cell phones, wrist watches are dying a slow death. But it is difficult (if not impossible) to throw out your old wrist watch even if it is broken. Is that because when it was worn it was almost an integral part of the body? Does it represent an important moment in one’s life? The Boston architecture firm Moskow Linn’s goal was to create a 1000 watch commemorative collection of old, discarded wrist watches. Each watch will receive a ten word epitaph written by the owner and can be visited in their online gallery HERE. When complete, the collection will be donated to the Smithsonian Gallery in Washington DC as an illustrative display of this moment in time.

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HairTry

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Aderans, the Japanese equivalent of Hair Club for Men has a neat online service called HairTry that allows you to upload your picture and try on various hairstyles without having to leave your home.

 

It processes the uploaded 2D photo and converts it into a 3D image, adding facial gestures and eyeballs that follow your mouse as you navigate the site. In addition to hair, the site offers a small selection of eyeglasses.

 

The site is entirely in Japanese and runs in Adobe Flash.  Below is a quick tutorial on how to upload your head, pick hairstyles, and export it into an amazing image file you can use on your social network of choice. Have fun.

 

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2008 Cyber Monday Deals

Cyber Monday is next Monday, December 1, 2008.  It is the ceremonial kick-off of the holiday online shopping season.  Check out the official site HERE for some exceptional internet deals.

 

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New Stephen King Book Announcement Coming Soon

Subterranean Press just announced the following:

“Just a quick note that we now have contracts in hand for a number of huge projects, and in the coming weeks we’ll be announcing brand new titles by Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, Neal Stephenson, and quite possibly a surprise or two that will shock everyone.”

To stay abreast of everything, please sign up for their mailing list as some of these books are certain to disappear quickly.

According to Lilja’s Library, the Stephen King project will be the only hardcover of this particular book and limited to only 2000 unsigned copies, priced at $75 with full color interior plates.

I will post more information as soon as it becomes available.

 

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Top 25 Toys For 2008

Comcast ranks the top 25 toys for 2008 and lets you know where to get the best deals HERE. The current most popular toy is the Little Tikes GiddyupN Go Pony. The list is updated daily.

 

 

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Apple Introduces iPhone 3G Gift Card

With a little more than 24 hours before the official start of the 2008 holiday shopping season, Apple has made a new offer to shoppers. The iPhone 3G Gift Card provides its lucky recipient with an activated iPhone that has been tricked out with email and personalized ring tones. Plus, an Apple Store Specialist will help the new owner customize his or her home screen, pick some great apps and find their favorite songs.

You can purchase the card in any amount starting at $25 toward the cost of a new iPhone. They may be redeemed at any Apple Store in the US. Apple also notes that the iPhone 3G Gift Card can also be used for all things Mac and iPod at the Apple Online Store or any Apple Retail Store.

 

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Papercraft Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving from THE FIRE WIRE!  

 

This papercraft turkey is not only cute, but it also would make a great table centerpiece. Get yours free HERE. Gobble, gobble.

 

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Free Oprah’s Holiday Hits 2008

This year, Oprah has teamed up with some of the biggest names in the music business to create a one-of-a-kind holiday mix. It’s her gift to you! These eight songs can be downloaded HERE for free for the next 48 hours.  

 

1. Faith Hill, “Joy to the World”

2. Tony Bennett, “I’ll be Home for Christmas”

3. Il Divo, “O Holy Night”

4. Josh Groban, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

5. Brian McKnight, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

6. Amy Grant, “O Come All Ye Faithful”

7. Harry Connick Jr., “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”

8. Aretha Franklin, “Silent Night”

 

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Paper Bottles

This innovative new packaging was designed by Brandimage. They were responsible for everything including concept development, branding, prototyping, engineering, and product design. The 360 Paper Bottle is the first of its kind in the world, and a true environmentally-friendly solution to the problem of plastic water bottles.

 

Each day, Americans throw out 60 million plastic bottles. Only 14% actually get recycled – meaning 86% become garbage or litter. They looked at this as a radical problem requiring an equally radical solution. The goal was to design a container that would leverage sustainability, be easy to transport and enhance the consumer’s drinking experience.

 

The 360 Paper Bottle is a sustainable vision of the future. It is the first totally recyclable paper container made from 100% renewable resources. Versatile in its range of consumer applications and made from food-safe and fully recyclable materials, it decreases energy consumed throughout the product life cycle without sacrificing functionality. It is paper packaging that stands up to all liquid categories.

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Tech-Savvy Secrets to Getting the Best Black Friday Deals

The day after Thanksgiving, aka “Black Friday,” is a great time to score deals, as hundreds of real-world and online stores choose that day to lay on the discounts. HERE is a list of tech-savvy shopping tips for finding the best deals and getting the most from your hard-earned dollars. 

 

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TiVo Mobile Site

Earlier this week, TiVo announced their new mobile site, m.tivo.com. It will allow you to schedule and record shows from your iPhone. You can also browse popular shows, recommendations based on your preferences and browse the help section.

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Rolando For iPhone

UK developer Handcircus has revealed a teaser trailer for their forthcoming iPhone game Rolando, that looks to use the phone’s motion and touch abilities to great effect. Due for release this Christmas – check out the LocoRoco-esque action by hitting the play arrow below.

 

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Terminator Salvation Flash Poster

Check out this new Flash poster for McG’s “Terminator Salvation” which stars Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Anton Yelchin, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Common, Jadagrace, and Helena Bonham Carter.

In the highly anticipated new installment of The Terminator film franchise, set in post-apocalyptic 2018, Christian Bale stars as John Connor, the man fated to lead the human resistance against Skynet and its army of Terminators. But the future Connor was raised to believe in is altered in part by the appearance of Marcus Wright (Sam Worthington), a stranger whose last memory is of being on death row. Connor must decide whether Marcus has been sent from the future, or rescued from the past. As Skynet prepares its final onslaught, Connor and Marcus both embark on an odyssey that takes them into the heart of Skynet’s operations, where they uncover the terrible secret behind the possible annihilation of mankind. The film is due out May 22nd.

 

Click on the poster below to see the flash version.

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The Mother of All Lotteries: El Gordo

This is the mother of all lotteries: El Gordo (or the “Fat One”) Christmas lottery in Spain. How big is El Gordo? Try €2.3 billion in prizes (about 3 billion US dollars). And even better: the lottery winnings aren’t taxed by the Spanish government. El Gordo is the most important prize in the Spanish Christmas Lottery and the largest lottery in the world. Roughly 18% of participants stand a chance at winning something, which aren’t bad odds. There are a limited amount of tickets. In 2006 there were 85,000 numbers. At €200 the tickets are expensive, so they’re also sold in décimos at €20 apiece. If you hold a décimo of a winning number, you get 10%. 98% of Spaniards have some sort of stake in El Gordo and the average amount invested per participant is over €70. This helps explain the size of the pot. Each lottery outlet only sells one or two numbers, so it’s very common for a large number of people from the same community to win. It’s very common to give Gordo tickets as Christmas presents in Spain. The draw is on Dec. 22nd.

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New Star Trek Trailer With Additional Footage

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Foodscapes: Amazing Food Art By Carl Warner

Carl Warner is a London-based photographer who makes foodscapes: landscapes made of food. The scenes are photographed in layers from foreground to background, as the process is very time-consuming and the food quickly wilts under the lights. The images can take up to two or three days to build and photograph and then a couple of days retouching and fine-tuning them to blend together all the elements.  Carl spends a lot of time planning each image before shooting in order to choose the best ingredients to replicate larger scale shapes and forms within nature, Warner says: “Although there is a fair amount of waste, there is a lot of food left over which is always shared out with the team, though most of the food used in the sets have either been superglued or pinned, and neither of these makes for good eating.” Carl shoots the scenes using a Hasselblad H3D39 and retouches them on a Mac in his London studio. He cites as his influences the photographer Ansel Adams and films such as The Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Check out his amazing foodscapes HERE.

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Herman Miller Embody Chair

Feast your eyes on what may be the most advanced office chair ever conceived. Produced by Herman Miller, the Embody Chair ($1,600) is the successor to the Aeron Chair which claims to improve lower body circulation, mind-body connection and office productivity. Embody targets the wiggly worker who lives with laptops, flat-screens and wireless devices. Embody is the last design from the late Bill Stumpf, who created or co-designed the Aeron, Ergon, and Equa work chairs. His legacy led to his reputation as the father of modern ergonomic seating. In 2002, Stumpf told Herman Miller: “I think I have one more in me.” Inspired by a uniquely comfortable pair of shoes, Stumpf pursued the new chair design with protégé and partner Jeff Weber. After Stumpf died in 2006, Weber, 45, evolved the design at his Minneapolis-based Studio Weber & Associates. One significant feature of the new chair is an exposed spine-like flexing structure for the backrest. The back moves with 56 flexors to support the occupant, and the seat cushion is topped with 93 connected plastic discs, or pixels, to move as the sitter moves. Other facets, including a backrest narrowed at the top and extendible depth for the seat, give laptop and keyboard users more freedom to move.

 

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Craftsman Nextec Hammerhead Auto Hammer

The innovative Craftsman 12 V Lithium-Ion Hammerhead Auto Hammer ($100) is the first of its kind in the marketplace. This innovative tool removes the need for a hose or cord and uses the power of a 12 Volt Lithium-Ion battery to nail nails up to 3.5-in. in length with the press of a trigger. Because of the compact design and a weight of only 1.86 lbs, the Hammerhead Auto Hammer is ideal for: nailing in tight areas where swinging is restricted, for overhead applications, for a variety of other projects that require nails, for carrying from project to project and for storage purposes. The hammerhead’s powerful motor, made with a high speed/high torque design, drives nails quickly and with minimal effort in materials from construction lumber to finished wood. The hammer nails at 2000 impacts/minute and features a retractable nail sleeve that covers the impact mechanism and retracts during use to ensure flush finishes. For assistance in nail placement and nailing accuracy, a magnetic head conveniently holds nails up to 7/16-in wide. The soft-grip handle provides increased comfort and grip and the LED work light illuminates the work area for enhanced vision. The Auto Hammer is a part of the new compact line of Craftsman tools called NEXTEC. These tools are powered by a compact 12 Volt Lithium-Ion battery for enhanced performance and longer shelf life. The Hammerhead Auto Hammer Kit includes: Hammerhead Auto Hammer, 1-12 Volt Lithium-Ion battery, 30 minute quick charge charger with LED charge indicator, nail remover and carry/storage case.

 

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