Thanks to Brian Carnell for this link. It seems a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice like to write his opinions in verse--yeah, like he rhymes from the bench. While this is awful cool, I have to agree with the Chief Justice that it doesn't exactly smack of the dignity one would expect from a state Supreme Court.Justices Call on Bench's Bard to Limit His Lyricism
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Among the projects my team dabbles in is a wireless kiosk to sell cellular phones and plans to Walmart customers in the store. We do this through an associate-facing kiosk--with touch screen and all. Of course I can't give specifics but let's just say that it's successful (makes money). The coolest part isn't the fact that it cuts down the processing time for a new wireless phone and plan from forty minutes to an average of ten minutes; rather the fact that it takes all the disparate plans from carriers with their promotions and what not and normalizes them for the consumer to make an educated choice--that's the real coup. We like to call this the 'democratization' of the cellular experience.
Well, we're not the only ones thinking about this apparently, the Feds have up to their own mischief, and they're making the switch from one cellular carrier to another a whole lot easier (wouldn't it, after all, be easier to switch if you could keep your existing phone number?).
If I were buying a toy for a friend it'd probably be the Nutty Elephant game...just because I think it'd introduce jollification. Hmmm, not sure about that sentence. In any case, if you're looking for some cheap after Christmas toys, take a look here.
We certainly should thank Sean for his introducing jollification into our everyday vernacular.
Penelope Trunk offers a perspective on keeping Christmas out of the office. Although I find her position a little extreme as it relates to Christmas (or lack thereof), her point about being sensitive to the diversity around you is well taken.
It's amazing to work for a company that has literally changed the retail game.
Today's public service announcement: For those that have bought music since 1995 you may want to fill out a claim form here to get between $5-$20 back from the record companies.
So a couple of guys started a company called TalkingPresidents.com. The plural in the domain name is a bit misleading however as they've only produced one doll so far--a talking George W. Bush doll. The doll says some presidential things and it says things George W. Bush would say too. What we need now is a TalkingSenators.com...maybe with a Trent Lott doll? What would it say? (Thanks to Gil for the link).
Leave it to the smarties at Dartmouth to discover that the area in your brain that processes and tracks music is also active during reasoning and memory retrieval. This explains why a particular song can transport me back to a high-school school dance.
Eric first told me about the software that had been used on Lord of the Rings to create scenes of tens of thousands of warriors in the midst of battle. I was amazed that a scene like this could be created, with each warrior doing battle his own way rather than the same way as another warrior in another section of the scene in copy-paste fashion. Here's an article that dives a little deeper into that technology (and explains why Eric knew about it so early...it was developed in NZ).
I'm diggin the jam Atari 2600, a hip-hop jam by a new industry darlings from North Carolina (Cacalackee) Little Brother. It's got all sort of old school references that give me warm feelings of my youth. Oh yeah, and one of their band members is called Big Pooh. You have to have rhyming skills to go by that alias.
Among the reasons I love living in the Bay Area is all the great restaurants here. You know it's a mecca for gourmands when the New York Times starts writing about how good the bistros are.
For those that don't like spam this is poetic justice.