Is this the real life, or 8-bit fantasy?
These classic games are my escape from reality
Blow on the cart, insert and press start with me.
First Law: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Second Law: A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Third Law: A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Nice, and it even looks fairly accurate.
For today’s edition of Deal of the Day, Amazon has The Amazing Spider-Man (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) for just $18.96. That’s 54% off the movie’s recommended retail price of $40.99. Please note that the movie will be released on November 9, 2012 and will get shipped the day it gets out if your order it.
–The Amazing Spider-Man (Three-Disc Combo: Blu-ray / DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) –
$40.99 $18.96 (52% Off)
Are you a web app developer who also happens to be a Trekkie? Well you may be able to win yourself and a friend a trip to the Star Trek Convention in San Francisco.
A company called New Relic, in conjunction with the blog Venture Beat, have launched an advertising campaign that gives web developers the opportunity to win 2 tickets to the official gathering of Trekkies from November 16-18.
All you have to do is install the New Relic performance-monitoring agent into your web app, using the promo code “VentureBeat15” when you sign up for the account, and do it before November 7th. Even if you don’t end up winning the tickets to the convention, you will at least get an awesome “nerd life” shirt (though I suppose red was a poor choice of color for Star Trek fans) and you’ll also get to try this performance monitoring agent.
I’m not a web app developer myself, so I can’t attest to the quality, nor truly understand the benefits of such a tool so I’ll let it speak for itself:
New Relic is a SaaS-based application performance management (APM) software tool that helps developers and DevOps teams manage their web app performance and mobile app performance. Through application monitoring and application mapping, it provides in-depth, real time visibility into the health and reliability of web applications.
The tool’s Ruby monitoring, PHP monitoring, Python monitoring, Java monitoring, and .NET monitoring agents offer multi-platform support and provide immediate value for polyglot development practices. Its Java Profiling feature helps find and fix Java issues quickly. Real User Monitoring (RUM) sees real user experiences from the end user’s perspective. And Server Monitoring shows server resource data in the context of real time app performance whether apps are deployed in the cloud, your data center, or in hybrid environments.
So if you think that sounds cool and you’re a Star Trek fan (or if you just happen to like their nerd t-shirt), then engage here. There seems to be a Lite version that is free and you get to try the full version for 14-days as well – after which you can choose whether it’s actually going to be useful to you or just extra stuff taking up space.
Say what you want about Apple, they’re pretty good at marketing their stuff. They’ve had a pretty good recipe of clean white backgrounds to showcase the product being advertised and a carefully crafted voice-over making the features sound like conversation pieces. They kinda make the tech a talking piece – which isn’t an entirely bad thing for tech geeks, who just want to find acceptance when they talk about the features of a new gadget.
However, the new iPad mini ad, entitled “Piano”, takes a slightly altered approach – while the ‘just-the-product’ concept is still there, this one lacks a voice-over and is simply showing off the GarageBand piano.
And they’re playing ‘Heart and Soul’. Sure, it’s recognizable, a great song for piano beginners and one that most people who have ever felt the desire to play a piano can relate to. It’s also horrifically annoying as it’s a tune we’ve heard over…and over…and over.
What do you think? Is this an effective ad or is Apple’s marketing slipping?
[Via Mac Rumours]
Gravity. The stars in day. Thoughts. The human genome. Time. Atoms. So much of what really matters in the world is impossible to see. A stunning animation of John Lloyd’s classic TEDTalk from 2009, which will make you question what you actually know.
Looks pretty accurate to me, what do you guys think? :)
[Source: Wrong Hands]
If you’re down-under and need a new wallet, I have just found some that you may love.
These “Wow Wallets” from Why Wait Australia indeed intrigued me on the first look – as the tagline says they will.
They’re designed to look and feel like paper, but are in fact made of a micro fibre polymer that is water resistant, tear resistant and durable. They claim it will last for years and years without falling apart.
Each wallet is a pretty unique piece that is designed not to look like a regular wallet. This makes it both a talking point and a deterrent to thieves. They come with 2 expandable inner slots that hold 16+ credit cards, two top pockets for cash and 2 side pockets for other stuff. There’s also a secret compartment, which, you know, is a secret.
The designs feature some young, local Australian talent – and there’s obviously at least one DC geek fan among them. I’ve picked out the geekier designs from the collection, but there are some other funky designs in their full collection.
Unfortunately, they only appear to deliver in Australia at this time. But if you are an Aussie geek, then you might want to get one of these! Normally priced at AU$44.00, they’ve got a sale on at the moment, and they’re going for AU$19.00. I ordered one myself, and apparently shipping and GST have been bundled together which meant I only paid AU$20.90 for the wallet, with shipping.
That’s a pretty good deal for a funky and fairly unique wallet, wouldn’t you say?
My only gripe with the design is that there doesn’t seem to be a compartment for coins. In Aus we have gigantic 50-cent coins, which means the lack of a coin pocket is going to be a bit of an issue with this wallet. But I still decided to buy one because a) I need a new wallet and b) these look pretty damned cool! I guess we’ll see how it goes!
This article was written completely independently with no endorsement from the manufacturers at all. I just actually, genuinely think these look pretty funky.