Best Buy sent me a flying saying I could get my zen with Asus. And by getting my zen, I assume they mean waitingseething medititating for a week before hearing from Asus customer service. After examining the invoice, they weren't convinced the Asus computer I bought from Best Buy is in fact an Asus and asked if I could send them a photograph of the machine. I did. It's an Asus.
Which it turns out is a Greek word meaning "don't buy me." I figure I could wait another week but have decided to go ahead and send them a picture of the box before they ask.
Written and directed by Luke Scott (Ridley’s son), the sci-fi short film “Loom” is gathering attention and praise on both film and sci-fi sites as an example of the clear beauty of RED Epic 3D and the company’s new laser projector. Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski does gorgeous work with the camera, bolstered by an atmospheric score, but it’s Scott’s script and direction, along with Giovanni Ribisi’s quiet performance, that demonstrate the 20-minute film has potential to be more.
"Haka is used throughout New Zealand by many, not only Maori, to demonstrate their collective thoughts. There is a haka for each of the Services, as well as the Defence Force. Units with the NZ Army have their own haka. This video shows the soldiers of 2/1 RNZIR Battalion performing their Unit haka, powerfully acknowledging the lives and feats of their fallen comrades as they come onto the Unit's parade ground."
Posting is going to be sporadic until further notice. My valiant, ancient laptop died spectacularly yesterday having stood in the stead of a vareity of malfunctioning machines over the years. My ludicrously fast desktop is still down for the count, its CPU fan still out of order.
The state of play: Best Buy will sell you a three year, in home warranty but they have no intention of helping you repair a malfunctioning machine until it is out from under its manufacturer's warranty. In most cases, this means their 3 year service plan is actually a 2 year service plan and, I would have thought, a class action suit in the waiting. Lawyers of Canada may contact me via the side bar to the main page of this blog.
In the meantime, Asus (rhymes with "Jesus") (if you are Spanish speaking) (who knew?), quite understandably need the model number and serial number of the device Best Buy sold me. These are, along with the warranty card, nowhere to be found on the case or shipping box. The classic Catch 22, we won't tell you your serial number or model number when we sell you this machine. You will need both pieces of inforrmation should you ever attempt to hold us to the warranty we sold you with it.
In fairness to Asus, they are now examining the invoice from Best Buy. Rest assured, Asus and Best Buy will honour their commitments to the letter - if in abeyancve of the spirit - of the contract we agreed even if I have to take them to court to encourage them to do so. But I don't expect them to do so any time soon. In the meantime, I will post here as opportunity presents.
The Lapka personal environment monitor allows your iPhone to gather analog measures of humidity/temperature, radiation, electromagnetic frequencies (EMF), and organicity (the nitrate concentration of your food, and hence the kind of fertilizers used to raise it).
I have seen continuous A/B testing done on the fly. The process is now being more optimized and, apparently, offered with an interface allowing "creatives" to make sense of the statistics.
Tools like Swrve allow the designers themselves to rapidly test hypotheses about their games on just 5% of their users--everything from tweaking level difficulty (by adjusting enemy health or character physics), to seeing if users were more apt to select (and buy) a protagonist with a red or purple headband.
Mit einer Episode aus der zweiten Staffel der US-amerikanischen TV-Serie "Game of Thrones" ist das deutsche Unternehmen Pixomondo für einen Emmy in der Kategorie "Visual Effects" nominiert. SPIEGEL ONLINE zeigt weltexklusiv das Making-Of zur erfolgreichen zweiten Staffel der Fantasy-Serie. Hier der Trailer in voller Länge.
This is a full-resolution version of the NASA Curiosity rover descent to Mars, taken by the MARDI descent imager. As of August 20, all but a dozen 1600x1200 frames have been uploaded from the rover, and those missing were interpolated using thumbnail data. The result was applied a heavy noise reduction, color balance, and sharpening for best visibility.
The Type 26 Global Combat Ship measures 148m end-to-end - equivalent to 15 double-decker buses stacked in a row - and contains vertical missile silos and a hangar to hold a helicopter and smaller boats.
Jack Frost (Russian: Морозко, Morozko) is a traditional Russian Fairy tale which served as the basis for a Soviet production (Gorky Film Studio) that was originally released in 1964. A version with a new soundtrack was released in 1966 in the U.S. It was directed by Aleksandr Rou, and starred Eduard Izotov as Ivan, Natalya Sedykh as Nastenka, and Oleksandr Khvylia as Father Frost. The script was written by Nikolai Erdman. The soundtrack was composed by Nikolai Budashkin, who was inspired by the works of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Mr. Digit explains the to the public the impending change to all-number calling in this 1961 film starring the then-well-known radio and television team, Peg Lynch and Alan Bunce ("Ethel and Albert"). They portray a couple coming home from vacation to find their time-honored telephone number, "Bubbling Brook 3-2468", is being changed to seven numerals.
I - When Best Buy sells you a three year Performance Service Plan, what they mean is a two year service plan. The first year is between you and your manufacturer for everything except whatever your manufacturer does not cover and, of course, whatever Best Buy forgot to opt out of in the small print. This may sound like a rip off but, trust me, you'd feel more ripped off if it took you six emails, three phone calls (two dropped, one unreturned) to find someone at Best Buy to tell you they won't fix the problem. The thieving fucks.
II - Don't buy anything at Best Buy unless it is essentially disposable, you are better off in Chinatown where at least the overheads are lower. Also, don't buy anything at Best Buy.
Mummering began to die out after Confederation in 1949, but was revived in the mid-1970s following the release of a National Film Board documentary, Blackwood.
This short film studies the works of one of Canada's greatest contemporary etchers - Newfoundland-born David Blackwood. The artist himself guides viewers through a step-by-step explanation of the etching process. Scenes of his hometown, examples of his own work and vivid tales of an old mariner recall the tragic seal hunts and a way of life that has now vanished.
Gary Barlow isn't that well known on this side of the Atlantic but, ten years after his boy band career, he is still a serious star in the UK. Having done so much work toward the Jubilee and the Olympics, and with the birth - and death - of his daughter a week ago, he went on to perform at yesterday's closing ceremonies.
A number of people commented at Jason Manford's Facebook page decided to somehow find fault with the man for doing so. Manford's response is worth reading in full.
From the follow up posts of Person D I can see that he is neither a father, nor a lover of children but still, what a very odd, inhumane and heartless thing to think and write. I suppose it goes back to the argument of when does life begin? I personally think it begins when you and your partner decide that you want this child. And that is when love starts too. I mean it’s obvious that for a mother, the bonding process starts sooner than for a father. The mother goes through all the emotions, the cravings, the pains, the sickness, the worry, she feels the kicks, the pressure on her bladder, her swollen feet, her baby brain, her body changing, her mind changing, the nesting, the tears and the laughs that come during the 38 weeks. She is the one who can’t get comfortable in the night, who is cold when everyone else is hot and hot when everyone else is cold, who is trying not to waddle, who is still doing too much when she should be resting, who is doing her pelvic floor exercises and who just wants a healthy baby at the end of it.
But the Dad is bonding too all this while. He is scared, he is worried, both for his baby and his wife. From the moment his wife comes in with the ClearBlue, he is on it. He is thinking about the extra mouth that needs feeding, he is wondering where he is going to get the energy from to go through it all again, he is wondering how long he can afford to take off work, he is worried for his wife, he wants to keep her happy, but she’s crying and throwing up and keeps leaving the key in the door, and he comes home from work and she’s up some step ladders, 7 months pregnant putting up some curtains and he shouts, scared that he could lose them both at any moment. He goes to the hospital with her, he hears the heartbeat and his eyes fill with tears, partly with relief but also with ultimate pride, that this woman has done this for him, has given her body, and mind and maybe even her career so that they can, together, bring a child into the world.
"Professional athletes, branded sports gear, mobile phones and advertising logos are banned from this pine-clad sanctuary in the northern Peloponnese, the site of a 2,300-year-old athletics stadium which every four years hosts an authentic ancient games."
Background: With the Isthmian Games, the Nemean Games were held both the year before and the year after the Ancient Olympic Games and the Pythian Games in the third year of the Olympiad cycle. Like the Olympic Games, they were held in honour of Zeus.
Foreground: The Society for the Revival of the Nemean Games.
"It is our belief that the modern Olympic Games, despite their obvious success in many respects, have become increasingly removed from the average person. Our goal is the participation, on the sacred ancient earth of Greece, of anyone and everyone, in games that will revive the spirit of the Olympics. We will achieve this by reliving authentic ancient athletic customs in the ancient stadium of Nemea."
Trey Ratcliff - 30 Days and 30 Nights in Queenstown, New Zealand
This one is worth clicking through to watch in full screen HD.
I've just moved to New Zealand, and my first 30 days and 30 nights here made a powerful impression on me. I've never done anything quite like this before, so I thought I would share what I felt with you.
The music is from my friend... one of the few people on earth that makes my heart beat a little faster than normal... Hans Zimmer. It's called "Budget Meeting" from the movie King Arthur.
Behrokh Khoshnevis describes a 3D printer designed to build a house in 20 hours.
Called Contour Crafting, the process involves utilizing a gigantic 3D printer that is placed overhead an empty lot where the home will be built. The machine builds walls with multiple layers of concrete, adding plumbing and electrical wiring as it goes and eventually leaves a complete home that only needs doors and windows to complete.
"Maybe we're on Mars because we have to be, because there's a deep nomadic impulse built into us by the evolutionary process, we come after all, from hunter gatherers, and for 99.9% of our tenure on Earth we've been wanderers. And, the next place to wander to, is Mars. But whatever the reason you're on Mars is, I'm glad you're there. And I wish I was with you."
“Inspired by the HBO series Game of Thrones, Helmut Lang designers Nicole and Michael Colovos looked to the rangers of the Night’s Watch, a rugged band of soldiers sworn to guard the northern border between the kingdoms of men and the haunted forest.”
The movie basically puts a modern-day spin on the classic story while keeping the original dialogue from the play. Whedon explained at Comic-Con that... "It’s kind of a dark movie. There’s a lot of lying and ultimately, there’s a real deconstruction of our notions of how love is supposed to operate and how courtship is supposed to operate. Shakespeare looks at it with a very cold eye, and manages to find redemptive romance in it anyway."
"A native of Africa is said to view his surroundings as pulsing with a purpose, a life, which is actually within himself; once these childish projections are withdrawn, he sees that the world is dead, and that life resides solely within himself. When he reaches this sophisticated point he is said to be either mature or sane. Or scientific. But one wonders: has he not also, in this process, reifed -- that is, made into a thing -- other people? Stones and rocks and trees may now be inanimate for him, but what about his friends? Has he not now made them into stones, too?"
Garrett Putnam Serviss (March 24, 1851–May 25, 1929) was an astronomer, popularizer of astronomy, and early science fiction writer. In the same year H.G. Wells published The War of the Worlds, Serviss published an unauthorized sequel, Edison's Conquest of Mars.
...famed inventor Thomas Edison turns the tables on the aliens from The War of the Worlds by flying to Mars and killing all of them with his revenge boner -- it's the Victorian-era equivalent of shameless straight-to-DVD crapfests like Transmorphers and Titanic II.
Also, it was one of the most revolutionary sci-fi novels ever written.