Happy 15 Years iPod

Hey Apple – Happy 15 years of MP3 Portable Music Player Awesomeness. Thanks for our 6.5oz – 5 GB – 1,000 song MP3 player that had the first original 20 minute skip protection with a Firewire chargeable battery that provided 10 continuous hours of music playback in an ultra-portable device that ultimately changed the world! I think we can all safely say the last 15 years was better then the 15 years that proceeded it … all due to the ability of rocking out to our own music anywhere we could possibly dream, on our iPods!

I remember my first iPod party … it took 2.5 days to continuously and randomly play all 1,035 songs on my iPod. Ironically, the final song played happened to be “Closing Time” by Semisonic. 2.5 years later Apple partnered with HP + Compaq to to introduce the first and only iPod licensed product called the “Apple iPod by HP”. What a bullshit move really, for Apple fanatics … but in reality it was genius. HP’s tagline at the time was “Invent” which was laughable, but in 2004 HP shipped over 30 million computers, which all had iTunes compounded with the iTunes Music Store as the default music player. The rest of the story … is just history.


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Get Your Rubik’s Cube On


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Get on the Rubik’s Cube movement … it’s slowly happening again thanks to some new magic shows and Americas Got Talent, Steven Brundage.

This kid Collin Burns is the real deal, and really freak’n fast. Obviously he is the current world record holder. On the magic side of things though, follow this story.

1 – [Get Noticed]
2 – [Penn and Teller – Fool Us]
3 – [Americas Got Talent]

Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways!

How do you sell Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways?

You take this video:

And turn it into this video:

Then you support this campaign:
Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways INDIEGOGO Campaign <— $479,295 So who is this guy who re-created this original Solar Roadways Indiegogo campaign from Scott and Julie Brusaw and turned it into this completely new masterpiece? I aim to find out. Whoever you are - Way to TSOIGDH Solar Roadways, into Solar FREAKIN' Roadways! Genius. [Huffington Post on Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways]
[Architect Magazine]
[EcoWatch]

Future of Gaming – Microsoft IllumiRoom + Bungie


[YouTubeUlar] <— 441,095 Ummmmm, I've never been a fan of Microsoft ever... and especially since they acquired Bungie back in 2000 to steal Halo away from the macintosh platform in favor of their unreleased XBox platform.

Not many people realize how integral Bungie was to the Macintosh platform for keeping Apple’s computing platform more awesome than the others (Windows)… but it’s true. If you can remember Pathways Into Darkness then you most certainly will remember Marathon, Myth, and totally fucking awesome Oni.

Obviously Marathon was finally ported to Windows in 1996, and the entire trilogy is now available for free on all platforms – but that didn’t completely change the company from abandoning the Macintosh platform as Bungie’s developing platform of choice. Bungie loved Apple and during the 1999 MacWorld Keynote Address Steve Jobs allowed Jason Jones to unveil Halo for the first time to a public audience to showcase Apple’s new adoption of OpenGL.

On June 19th, 2000 Microsoft announced that it had acquired Bungie Software and that Bungie would become Bungie Studios underneath the Microsoft Game Division. Luckily the core team of Bungie game developers resisted all of Microsofts efforts to ‘boring’ize the group and they were actually able to finish Halo specifically for the XBox and thus changing the world of gaming… again.

Bungie continued making Halo 2 (2004) and Halo 3 (2007) underneath Microsoft and specifically for the XBox until 5 days after Halo 3 was released and they announced they were leaving the ‘boring’ giant. After leaving they continued development work on the Halo brand for a couple years until finally parting with Microsoft with a new publishing deal with Activision Blizzard in 2010.

And now, finally – that your slightly educated – we can announce the future of gaming… Pathways Out of Darkness — Destiny.

[YouTubeUlar] <— 4,949,334 I just hope IllumiRoom does some stellar work with this game.

[Geek out on Illumiroom – Engadget]
[Geek out on Destiny]

Photon Cameras – Really?


[YouTubeUlar] <— 581,519 Trillion Frames per Second = Femto-Photography = Light in Motion If this is interesting to you... watch this super awesome TED talk. Then stick your fingers up this MIT Photon Camera Project.

Ever since I was a child and learned about the speed of light traveling 186,282 miles per second… I have always questioned to know if the speed of light of the shadow of an object technically could be faster then the actually speed of light?

Now my question has been confirmed … to be even more interesting then originally thought. If you have zero idea what I am actually talking about, then we are in the same boat.

But think about it.

Tony Fadell – What is the source of your creativity?

[Vimeo] <— 5,786 I was lucky enough to meet Tony Fadell in 2002 at Apples World Wide Developers Conference. He was a busy guy... but we connected for a brief conversation about awesomeness. He went on to create some of the most amazing gidgets and gadgets we carry in our pockets at Apple and is now working on an automagically self programming thermostat that you just want to hold.

Cheers to 99% for standing him up and asking some decent questions.

[Nest Learning Thermostat]
[Ars Technica Review]