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Ode to Flight

I decid­ed to do a quick exper­i­ment using my Canon Pow­er­shot SD880 cam­era. I doc­u­ment­ed my flight from Bur­bank to Oak­land this past Sun­day night. I know its an every­day thing now since its been part of soci­ety since the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry but its just crazy cov­er­ing 350 miles in just an hour. The con­ve­nience of that ver­sus dri­ving a car for 5.5–6 hours between the Bay and LA.

Flight—its sim­ply an amaz­ing thing.

Here is the set that I com­piled.

Went Hunting for Halloween


Went Hunt­ing for Hal­loween, orig­i­nal­ly uploaded by stechico.

A quick get­up put togeth­er by rolling to the neigh­bor­hood Good­will store.

Safar­i/­ex­plor­er/hunter-look­ing type of hat… $2.
Kha­ki safar­i/­ex­plor­er/hunter-look­ing type of jack­et… $8.
Hal­loween on a Fri­day night… Price­less.

I didn’t have enough time to find a wig, or fill in the side­burns. Would’ve added more to it if any. Any­ways, I hope every­one had a blast and got home safe. Good times!

PS. Here’s what I hunt­ed.

Quick News on iPods, the Web and on the Streets

Today was the first day of the Apple Expo in Europe, Paris to be exact. I was hop­ing that Steve Jobs would be announc­ing the new “Core 2 Duo”-based Mac­books. But alas, that spec­u­la­tion wasn’t even close.

His announce­ment weighed more heav­i­ly in the release of prod­ucts from the iPod fam­i­ly, then the release of iTunes 7. Here’s the break­down of the new fea­tures per iPod fam­i­ly mem­ber:

iPod:

  • 60% brighter dis­play
  • 75% longer video bat­tery life
  • Gap­less play­back
  • Excit­ing new games
  • Search and Quick Scrolling
  • New head­phones
  • $249 for 30GB
  • $349 for 80GB

iPod Nano, 2nd Gen­er­a­tion:

  • Made of thin­ner alu­minum
  • Col­ors of blue, pink, green, sil­ver and black
  • 40% brighter dis­play
  • 24 hour bat­tery life
  • Gap­less play­back
  • Search and Quick Scrolling
  • New head­phones
  • $149 for 2GB (sil­ver), $199 for 4GB (blue, pink, green and sil­ver) and $249 for 8GB (black)

iPod Shuf­fle, 2nd Gen­er­a­tion:

  • World’s small­est MP3 play­er
  • Alu­minum case with clip
  • 1GB — up to 240 songs
  • 12 hour bat­tery life
  • USB 2.0
  • Dock & ear­buds includ­ed
  • $79

I’m eye­ing that Shuf­fle for $79. Seems rea­son­able and func­tion­al if you play sports; espe­cial­ly when you run a lot.

Any­ways, besides Mr. Jobs announce­ment, a cou­ple of the MA folks and I will be attend­ing Car­son Workshop’s Sum­mit: The Future of Web Apps tomor­row and Thurs­day. Should be some inter­est­ing and excit­ing time. It’s just too bad I don’t have a Mac­book (yet) so I can look as cool as those tech­f­reaks attend­ing. Oh well, I hope this Dell Lat­i­tude loan­er can do the job of writ­ing notes and check­ing email.

The Future of Web Apps