T3’s 01 Phone: Perfect or Just Another Smartphone?

022409_rg_t3ohonephone_01.jpgSmartphones are a dime a dozen. Unless you have an iPhone or a Crackberry, you are still looking for that oh so elusive perfect phone. There are always things that you’d like your perfect phone to do that your present phone doesn’t do. You either love them or hate them or are still stuck in-between. I’ve had cell phones for a long time, but never really got into the smart phone thing. I wanted to, but there’s always something that was lacking. Netbooks aren’t any better.

The Amazing Race Your Target is Your Partners Face S14E02 (CBS)

The teams start off from Steckelberg, Switzerland. Margie/Luke leave at 3AM for Münich, Germany. They will drive themselves to Ruhpolding and ride a calbe car to the top of the mountain to retrieve their next clue. Tammy/Victor leave a few minutes later. They smartly use a cell phone. Mark/Michael leave minutes later. Mel injured his groin during the last leg. Within an hour, all of the teams have left. In the last 15 minutes, four teams leave. Steve feels sorry for the way he treated Linda. Jaime/Cara use a cell phone as well. Amanda/Kris and Mel/Mike do this as well. The first flight leaves at 7:10AM. The next one is at 8:45AM. The last one leaves at 10AM. Mark/Michael decide to relax.

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Survivor Tocantins The Poison Apple Needs to Go S18E02 (CBS)

Carolina’s bossiness got her evicted. Once back at camp, the Jalapaos try to start a fire. The tribe wants to get rid of Sandy next. The next day, they decide to eat termites. They eat the guts of a big worm-like insect which they found in the termite mound. Sydney doesn’t eat the termites. Steven looked like he was about to vomit.

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Look! The 1983 Iphone! Design Ahead of its Time

022309_rg_1983iphone_01.jpgIf you thought that the iPhone concept was something really recent, you’re going to be really surprised! You’d think that the concept was pretty recent, since the original iPhone came out in 2007. However, that’s not the case. Would you believe that something like an iPhone came out way back in 1983?

Tuner Time: “The I’m not a Clock But I Look Like One” Radio

022409_rg_tunertime_01.jpgWhen was the last time you bought a radio? I can’t remember. Actually I can. It must have been 20 years ago, when I was a kid. My parents bought my sister and I some portable Sony radios. They were tiny, about the size of an iPod Nano. I was suitably impressed at the time. Plus they came in fluorescent colors, and back then, fluos rocked! I’ve been a fan of Antrepo’s designs for a while. They always come up with interesting designs, usually centering around clocks and time. This time around, they worked their magic on something that’s usually set aside. Radios. As you might have noticed, this isn’t a clock. It’s actually a stunningly designed radio.
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Look! Great Clean Workstation!

022309_rg_lookgreatdesktop_01.jpgWorkstations are where people spend most of their time nowadays. It’s important that they look good and make you feel comfortable. There’s nothing worse than a cluttered and dreary workspace. That being said, I don’t think that a super clean workstation is the way to go either. There has to be a mix of both. This workstation really struck me when I first saw it. The colors around it heighten the designer ambiance and setup.

LG Makes a Transparent Cell Phone

022409_rg_lgtransparent_01.jpgWatch out, LG is making some cool and slick design decisions. That being said, it’s been a long time coming that manufacturers would come out with transparent parts for your cell phone. Thankfully, the only thing transparent for this phone is its slider keyboard, making it even less obtrusive. We can already imagine the sleuth of cell phones that will follow this trend, all of them with transparent keyboards.

What I Learned From Watching Thick As Thieves

First of all, this movie isn’t good. Banderas is supposed to be an up and coming thief, but he’s about 50 or 60 in real life, so that premise doesn’t work well. (That was a mind google, but I just checked Wikipedia, and he’s 49.)

The other thing that I learned was that he likes really young chicks. Well, actually, Radha Mitchell is about 36, so maybe not that young, but she’s hot and youngish, so she seems a lot younger. Initially, I could tell that Radha wasn’t a 20-something. I was surprised when she turned out being older than I. For some reason, when I saw that she was born in 1973, I thought that she was 33. After a few moments, that conclusion didn’t make any sense.

Radha Rani Amber Indigo Anunda Mitchell. That’s Radha’s full name. She’s an Australian actress. I remember seeing her in Melinda & Melinda. At least more thought went into that name than Pilot Inspektor, Jason Lee’s and Beth Riesgraf’s incredibly stupidly named son.

She’s insanely hot, which you can also appreciate from exhibit A.

Exhibit A, the hotness of Radha Mitchell
Exhibit A, the hotness of Radha Mitchell

Banderas wants to play 20-somethings, but he can’t. He just looks old. Morgan Freeman is older, but not as annoying.

Fabergé eggs can’t be made out of wood. That’s just plain stupid.

A safe that lets you try out as many combinations as possible is just plain stupid as well. No one has safes like that anymore.

That’s it.

So basically, it was all about Radha. The rest was junk. I don’t recommend this movie. It sucks. It’s predictable and formulaic, but at least it made me remember that Radha was a hot chick.

Hat House Party

Flag of the Métis people via Wikipedia
Flag of the Métis people via Wikipedia

I was over at a friend’s place for a house party on Saturday night. My roommate was supposed to go with me, but he was elsewhere. I had been playing Mass Effect most of the night and decided to hope into the shower later. I almost didn’t go, but decided that I needed to socialize with people. I rarely socialize and the only socializing I usually do is thanks to my roommates and their friends.

Things went awry when I tried calling my wife. Apparently, our internet phone line was down and it took me a while to figure this out. I left late and had to walk there as I had just missed a bus. It was only a 10 minute walk though. The hostess is an ESL teacher and most people there were ESL teachers and graduate students. It makes for a great mix of nationalities, languages and conversation.

I arrived at an apartment which was completely packed. A lot of people were squeezing around. It was a fun night. I met Angela the roommate, who’s doing a doctorate in history. She’s a self-confessed feminist. She talked like women were still stuck in the fifties. I told her that I couldn’t fathom being with a girl who wanted to stay home and take care of the kids. She liked hearing that. I had a long talk with Anne, who’s doing a doctorate in ethnology on the Métis from Saguenay. We talked about how disconnected with reality graduate students become. I told her that real life was all about money, so she wasn’t missing much.

I saw Heather and Nat again. Heather has started working at a school as an English teacher in 2nd grade. She loves it. I told her that 4th grade was the worst. 2nd is fine because the kids still respect you and your authority as a grown-up.

As the night progressed, the party-goers became more and more intoxicated. I was hit on by women and men, which is always surprising.

At one point, a lot of people left. Mihow started dirty dancing with some girls. It was kind of a spectacle since everyone was inebriated. Then again, no one really noticed. Others joined in. I found it funny and had a talk with Darryl, who wants to go teach in Doha, Qatar.

I left the party when it was winding down. It was a fun night.

37 Hours

Stayed awake for 37 hours because of an exam I had on Monday. After the exam, I had four hours of classes, I taught for 2 hours and went home to write another article that was due for 8:30PM. I managed to go to bed earlier than usual, but not early enough to get to my morning class.

I got up at 7AM and started working on another article that I had to write before leaving for school. This took a few minutes longer than expected. I was running late because I had to make my lunch. I was about to step into the shower at 8AM before realizing that I would be seriously late for my class. I decided to skip it and go back to bed. I was working at 11AM, so the extra hours would be appreciated.

It’s 2:30PM, I’ve finished my articles for today. Some students canceled their classes so I have an hour at home before heading out to my last class that I’m teaching of the day. It’s not too far and the class is fun, so it will pass quickly.

Today I decided to no longer teach the French class that I give. There is one student and he doesn’t like the curriculum. So that’s swell for me because it gets me out of teaching two nights. That means that I wouldn’t have 12 hour work/school days on Monday and Tuesday. I’d be home earlier and I wouldn’t be too bushed to study on those nights.

I’m also trying to get out of another class, which is kind of out in the boondocks. It took me 1:15 to get to the class last week. Granted, it was because of the snow storm, but still. It ruins my afternoon. Ruins it because I waste almost three hours in transit to teach for an hour and half. I’ve told my boss and she’s finding another teacher.

-I’ve been awake for 36 hours, ever since Sunday morning.
-How are you still alive?
Conversation between my roommate and I