Memos from September 2008

Google’s Project 10^100

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Project 10100 is a call for ideas to change the world by help­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

Here are the points in order to par­tic­i­pate:

  1. Sub­mit your ideas by Octo­ber 20th. You may do so by using this sub­mis­sion form.
  2. Vot­ing takes place on Jan­u­ary 27, 2009. Google will be pick­ing the top 100 ideas, of which 20 semi-final­ists will be select­ed through pub­lic vot­ing. From there, Google advi­so­ry board will then select up to 5 final ideas.
  3. After the final ideas have been picked, Google will bring them to life. They will com­mit $10-mil­lion to imple­ment the projects.

I like how Google is doing this. Hope­ful­ly, its suc­cess­ful enough that not only a lot of peo­ple con­ceive great ideas but also help the World. If any, I would­n’t be a bit sur­prised if those 5 or so final­ist show up on TED Talks.

More details avail­able at Good luck every­one! Let’s change the World pos­i­tive­ly.

Electronic Drum-Kit T‑Shirt

Alright, I know what to get my broth­er for Christ­mas haha =)

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ThinkGeek cre­at­ed a “touch-respon­sive t‑shirt with sev­en drum and cym­bal sounds!” Fea­tures include:

  • Tap the drums on this shirt and they actu­al­ly play through the embed­ded speak­er
  • All drums on the shirt are playable. 7 Dif­fer­ent drum sounds in all
  • Bat­tery pack with speak­er stores in hid­den pock­et near hem of shirt
  • Adjustable vol­ume… the top vol­ume lev­el is real­ly loud
  • Black 100% cot­ton shirt
  • Requires 4 AAA bat­ter­ies (not includ­ed)
  • Exclu­sive prod­uct designed and man­u­fac­tured by ThinkGeek

It’s sell­ing for $29.99 and now avail­able at

Rock on!

Original Fake — KAWS Storm Troopers

Sick! Oh man, KAWS rocks. Here’s some tid­bits via Fresh­ness Mag:

To antic­pate the bed­lam this Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 27th on the release of KAWS’ Storm Troop­er fig­ure. The Orig­i­nal Fake flag­ship in Aoya­ma dis­trict of Tokyo pub­lished a guide­line to keep the event order­ly. Pur­chas­er must be 15 years old or old­er, and must be able to present a valid iden­ti­fi­ca­tion at the event. A lot­tery sys­tem will be imple­ment­ed start­ing 9 am. This will only give cus­tomer a fair chance to enter the store. But the figure’s avail­abil­i­ty will still be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Rumor has it fans are already lin­ing up around the store front.

Geez. These will be gone quick.

Orig­i­nal Fake
5–3‑25 Mina­mi-Aoya­ma Oh Bldg. B1 FL | Map
Mina­to-ku, Tokyo Japan
TEL #: +81–03-3499–3333

Nike Snowboard Boots Fall/Winter 2008

It seems that Nike is set to release its Fall/Winter 2008 line of snow­board boots. They pro­mot­ed their new line via some toy boots (as in the pho­tos in this post). I won­der who Nike will get to join their team. For sure not Shaun White as he just inked a 10-year endorse­ment deal with Bur­ton ear­ly this year. That, and it’s just going to be weird see­ing him go with Nike as Bur­ton has been there since he was a lit­tle kid.

I have to give it to Nike though, they’ll prob­a­bly attract some share of the mar­ket as they are a well known brand. I just don’t know if they will attract those sea­son-rid­ers (such as myself) as I have been a brand-whore with Thir­tyT­wo in terms of snow­board boots. They are just damn com­fort­able and does what it needs to do to have me ride all day/night long.

Any­ways, time will tell if Nike’s snow­board­ing line will be a hit or miss1.

Source via Ctothe­JL.

  1. PS. Nike—if you need a tester/reviewer, I’ll be more than up for it =) []

Apple Recalls iPhone 3G Ultracompact USB Power Adapter

Apple recent­ly post­ed a notice that it is recall­ing the ultra­com­pact USB pow­er adapters that came with the iPhone 3G.

Users with ultra­com­pact pow­er adapters should imme­di­ate­ly stop using them until they exchange them for a new, redesigned ultra­com­pact adapter.

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