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March 29, 2007

Michael Jackson wants Vegas robot. No, seriously.

jackorobot.jpgMichael Jackson wants Vegas robot. That's the headline from this Yahoo! Music news article. And I think it says a lot about me and our culture that my first reaction to this news was, "Well, of course he does."

The idea of the Prince of Pop having a fifty-foot tall robot "wandering the desert" actually appeals to me. It feels right. Why shouldn't there be giant robots roaming the American SouthWest? And why not giant Michael Jackson robots? You can't tell me that you wouldn't appreciate having a giant Michael Jackson break free of its tethers. In much the same way that Pink Floyd's pig balloon did in 1976 during the photoshoot for the "Animals" cover, the Michael Jackson robot could move harmlessly over the country-side, becoming an oddity like so many other oddities in Vegas. People will go there to be married between his ankles. He will shoot lasers at the sky in the newlyweds honor. He will grab his crotch and release a mechanical scream which validates their love.

All of this got me to thinking: what would I be surprised to read about Michael Jackson. I couldn't think of anything, so instead I came up with a list of headlines that wouldn't surprise me:

"Michael Jackson to raise cabbages on the moon."

"Michael Jackson to cure disease using human tears."

"Michael Jackson wants to fly, but only while happy."

"Michael Jackson eats his own soul."

"Michael Jackson claims 'There is no Michael Jackson, only Zuul.'"

Posted by sferrell at 8:29 AM

March 26, 2007

The Apple TV Revolution

Steve Jobs would have you believe that the Apple TV is the most revolutionary product to hit the living room since the invention of the ... well ... TV. So is the Apple TV revolutionary? A lot of people online would have you believe that it's nothing more than an overpriced hype machine to stream low quality iTunes content to your living room.

"I don't understand what makes appletv revolutionary. Why all the hype over a media extender?"
"Pay $300 to download overpriced content?"
- From digg.com

Do you have to buy your video from the iTunes Store? No. Is it for everyone? No. Are there other products out there that do the same thing. Yes ... well, sort of. So how could the Apple TV be revolutionary?

The amount of ire that the Apple TV is generating on blogs and discussion groups is bizarre and funny. Most of the comments seem to stem from a lack of information as much as a rebuke of all things Apple. Even professional reviewers seem to be missing the mark a bit. Since I don't own a video ipod, I've only listened to the audio version of the dl.tv podcast. In last Thursday's show, Patrick Norton gave their first impressions of the device and closed with these thoughts, "This is for people who have a whole lot of money invested in iTunes content." That's a refrain I hear and read again and again.

Sitting there on my couch, watching dl.tv for the first time, I thought, "Well, that's ironic." Patrick Norton made no mention of how revolutionary this could be for video podcasters. Whoops, did I just say "revolutionary"? Of all people, I would have expected a video podcaster to point out how easy the Apple TV makes it for podcasters to reach the living room. Yes, there are other products that do this, but do they do it with the amazing simplicity of an iPod? You plug it in, turn on iTunes on your PC or Mac and it just works.

For the first time I watched podcasts like Diggnation, dl.tv, The Merlin Mann Show, The 1Up Show, and many others in my living room on a giant screen. The video quality varied from the mediocre to the sublime. Some of the broadcast shows that I watch don't look as good as Pixel Perfect with Bert Monroy. It was after Pixel Perfect that I realized how revolutionary the Apple TV could be. Whoops, there's that word again.

Let's not forget that the iPod wasn't the first MP3 player, but it was the most user friendly. For the moment, the same holds true for the Apple TV.

For me the ability to watch podcasts on my HDTV is revolutionary, but is the Apple TV truly a revolutionary product? Only time will tell. But in the meantime, I’m going to pop open a beer and enjoy the latest episode of Diggnation while sitting on my couch.

- From toyman.tv


Posted by mferrell at 3:31 PM

March 15, 2007

Get out of iRack

Posted by sferrell at 10:52 AM

All the kids know the HGH

Posted by sferrell at 10:45 AM

March 8, 2007

Amy Winehouse

Posted by sferrell at 1:10 PM

March 7, 2007

Gates vs. Jobs

Two words: iPhone bitch!

Posted by mferrell at 10:46 PM

March 5, 2007

Cold War Kids

Hung Me Up to Dry.
Rockin.

Posted by sferrell at 2:39 PM

March 1, 2007

Half-Life 2 + iPod ads

This one's for the Toyman:

Posted by sferrell at 4:19 PM