Twelve South HoverBar Floats Your iPad 2 to Just the Right Spot

This new functional stand by Twelve South will allow you to prop up your iPad 2 right toward your perfect viewing spot, wherever you need it. While it’s clear the HoverBar is aimed at your home office or kitchen, I can see many people wanting to try it in the bathroom or bedroom too.

twelve south hoverbar 1

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Google Chrome to Kill the URL Bar?

Well, not really, but it looks like our overlords at Google are thinking about eliminating it in at least one browsing mode in their Chrome browser.

google chrome no url bar redesign compact

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Chapek The BarBot: Serves You Drinks Until It Breaks Down!

Ripped from the pages of some neo-futuristic science fiction movie comes Chapek: the robot bartender…

robot bartender drinks bar

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November 28 2008

Tandoori chicken pizza I couldnt finish at Le Bonnet DÂne
Tandoori chicken pizza I couldn't finish at Le Bonnet D'Âne

Le Bonnet D’Âne.

November 23 2008

The bar of Le Bonnet DÂne on Myrand, in Quebec City, Canada
The bar of Le Bonnet D'Âne on Myrand, in Quebec City, Canada

Le Bonnet D’Âne. Too dark and too lazy to Photoshop.

The Bar Scene on a Frigid Night

I went to a bar last night with my roommates and our guests. We had Daniele and Elizabetta over for dinner. Lorenzo made his homemade pizza and I helped JP make a croustarde aux framboises et bleuets. It’s a crumbler made with frozen raspberries and blueberries. Three of the people there spoke Italian, so it was a bit hard to follow their conversation. I only understand a few words here and there, and the meaning of some sentences, but I think it’s a good idea to be surrounded by other languages.

It had started to become quite cold in the recent week. Because of the wind gusts, temperatures plummeted to about -15C. The food and company was excellent. Afterward, they played some foosball on the table that we have. Both of my roommates had already broken one of the levers. They broke another one last night. That means another one that they have to replace.

Instead of calling it a night, we went to the Scanner, a bar within walking distance of all of our apartments. It must have been 10 years since I had last been in the Scanner. There was a punk/electro show that night and we paid $3 to get in. The main reason for going there was that the foosball table was free, so they didn’t pay anything to play. The night before, I decided not to go out. I was planning on when I learned that some old DJ friends were in town, but it was just too cold and I made up my mind just too late.

I don’t really like the bar scene. It’s strange to be in a bar. The kids were having fun. Most of the patrons were young. I spotted a strangely dressed girl playing pool with a guy. She looked interesting. I noticed quite a few girls with tattoos on their backs, showcasing them for everyone to see. I should have lugged my camera, but in recent days I’ve gotten frustrated with the fact that I didn’t bring my shoulder camera bag with me from Taiwan. That makes me lug around a backpack wherever I go when I want to take my camera. Anyway, don’t worry, I’ve taken a lot of pictures in November, I just haven’t downloaded them from my CF card nor uploaded them to my Zooomr account. I’ll follow through today.

Back to the bar scene. It’s strange. It’s not like the meat market of the Taipei club scene. There is something about Québecois women, since they are francophones. I schooled my foreign friends on the etiquette of dating and the codewords that Québecois women use, and their implications.

On va prendre un café ensemble?

On prends un café ensemble chez moi?

And other variations on the same theme mean only one thing here in Québec. After about an hour of watching them play, I got bored and walked back home. I walked quickly since I didn’t have enough layers on. Hopefully, I didn’t catch a cold.