Shacknews posted Pinball's Last Remaining Wizard article that is a portrait piece on Gary Stern, president and owner of Stern Pinball, which is the last remaining pinball manufacturer in the world. Yearly, his company produces 10,000 hand-built machines and designs about 3-4 different models. A few of their most recent releases used licensed rights of the Sopranos and The Simpsons. This article is highly interesting read on the sole company keeping the industry alive.
Compfused.com posted a funny link to The Stealth Geek FAQ. A Stealth Geek (SG) is a person who has many of the internal qualities of geekiness yet who does not look or act like the stereotypical geek -- a Stealth Geek is a person of above-average intelligence (often referred to as "a brain") with a deep, almost passionate, devotion to some academic, technological or scientific subject; an interest in science fiction and/or fantasy books, television, movies or comics; a bit of a loner who doesn't always fit in with the mainstream, but who has learned to blend in with the "real world" through behavior and looks. In other words, although they're a geek inside, no one will say, "What a geek!" about them based on an initial encounter.
This CNN story says Japanese car maker, Toyota, is working with Stanford University in the U.S. and Edinburgh-based company Affective Media to create the car that can read your feelings. Toyota has already unveiled a prototype of its Pod concept car, which has headlights that fade from bright to dull and change color to indicate happy, sad or angry moods, depending on how the driver inside is feeling.
Guardian Unlimited's article says the sale of image rights agency focuses attention on lucrative after-life of deceased celebrities. The news this week that Corbis, the digital image company set up by Bill Gates in 1989, has bought a Beverly Hills company which owns the image rights to more than 50 deceased celebrities, has focused attention once again on the entertainment industry's ability to resurrect the dead.
This long New York Times article (10 pages; no registration required) reports the mismeasure of television (TV). One of the great contradictions of modern American life is that almost everyone watches TV while almost no one agrees anymore about what it really means to watch television. True, we know that as spring gets under way, new episodes of "Desperate Housewives", "C.S.I.", "American Idol", (Ant's favorites: "Lost", "24", "Alias", The Simpsons, etc.), etc. will battle for prime-time supremacy in the overnight Nielsen ratings.
CBS News report a modest movement to preserve the phone booth is rippling through state legislatures. To the phone booth's defenders, it is more than a matter of simple nostalgia: It cuts to the roots of social equality, public safety, and common sense.
Ain't It Cool News listed the television (TV) shows that will be renewed, going to be canned, and is ina who knows situation.
Sound Mirrors and Acoustic Location talks about acoustic location was used from mid-WW1 to the early years of WW2 for the passive detection of aircraft by picking up the noise of the engines. It was rendered obsolete before and during WW2 by the introduction of radar, which was far more effective.
Broadband Reports mentioned Tim Karr's Is Cheap Broadband UnAmerican? article: "Those who support muni-broadband (and oppose state-bans on community-run Wi-Fi) are quickly branded socialists and communists by incumbent supporters. 'Telecommunications giants have mobilized a well-funded army of coin-operated think tanks, pliant legislators and lazy journalists to protect their Internet fiefdoms from these municipal internet initiatives, painting them as an affront to American innovation and free enterprise,' opines Karr."
Since I am looking for an apartment/condonimum near my workplaces (Santa Monica and Culver City, CA, USA), I ran into this interesting /. comment about a maps.google.com hack. This little Web page lets you search for places with the help of Google's datas (pictures, prices, number of bedrooms, descriptions, cities, and dates).
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