July 23rd, 2007

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The new Harry Potter book sold 8.3 million copies in the first 24hr in the U.S.

This likely shatters records, but the NYT's doesn't care. The NYT's book review has banned childrens books form their best sellers list.

Asking around the office here, I suspect that there might be more adults reading the book than kids. And given the themes in the book, I think that while the series might have started for kids, it has matured.

Personly, I would like to see the book on the list in the place it earned and rightly deserves, #1.
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Some awesome steam punk style watches. The articleis with the creator fo the watches. the pictures of the watches are toward the end.


When I pay of the scooter and get another vehicle, so it's not my only means of transport, I think instead of just repainting the scooter, maybe revisioning it in a steam punk style might be a cool project.

Replace the chrome with brass. Ad some artistic touches. As the engine compartment is huge, put a window into that area, but then obscure the view of the engine with a layered array of gears.


[ Edit The catalog for the watches can be found here: http://www.eager-beavers.net/products/shouhin_guide.cgi?temp=TMP0 According to the article, the watches are all hand made and range from $100-$200. The one I'm lusting for is http://www.eager-beavers.net/products/info.cgi?temp=TMP0&id=198 ]
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Thinking about steam punk and various sci-fi, like Babylon-5, with the techno-mages. I wonder how long until it becomes trendy to mask technology as magic. Instead of Steam Punk, we would have Potter Punk.

that day night not be that far off, with advances in holographic technology. Recently developed technology to bend light. And the soon to become common electronic paper that will allow moving pictures on paper, like the Harry Potter world news papers.

Will we have the spartan clean worlds of most scifi? Will we have a realistic future that looks like Blade Runner? Or will we go through a retro stage and end up with a Potter-esque future?

Personally I think it will be a Blade Runner like world. As much as we say we like clean lines and open spaces, the truth is, people are messy and like their clutter. I think it's some odd nesting instinct that makes us feel safer in a place that has a lived in look. And While the Potter future is possible, I suspect it would just be a short lived fad.
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Lawsuit I'm surprised I've never seen...

Sexual harassment charges for iTunes.

In the work place we can not wear sexually offensive clothing. Has sexually office signs or pictures on our wall or our computer screen. But with iTunes abaility to share music, I'm shocked (those kind of pleased) no one has been fired for the music they share via iTunes. In a fortune 500 business, if I was to retell the lyrics to some of 2-Live-Crew's songs, I would be walked out the door that day, but sharing the actual song is seemingly okay.

This does bring me to one question though, I see my coworkers connecting to my iTunes and listening to music, but I have not found anything in iTunes to tell me who's been listening to what. I.e., has HR been listening to My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult on my laptop?
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So... I am feeling the need to adorn my helmet.

While rabbit ears would be cool, at this point I was thinking stickers. What is the best way to form flat stickers to a round helmet? Stick it on in the center of the sticker and then use a heat gun to shrink the sticker st you put it on, so the outer edges or most shrunk?
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You're I, Robot!

by Isaac Asimov

While you have established a code of conduct for many generations to
follow, your demeanor is rather cold and calculating. Brought up to serve humans, you
have promised never to harm them, to follow orders, and to protect yourself. Living up
to this code has proved challenging and sometimes even drives you mad. If you were a
type of paper, you would be pulp.

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