To buy or not to buy...

27 januari 2010

Especially with my upcoming trip to New York...

Whatcha think? Buy?

i think my biggest disappointment is the lack of multitasking... and no multitouch? seriously? i also figured they'd pimp the UI on this thing a bit as well... i guess i can understand where they're coming from, being more familiar with the iPhone/iTouch... but i can't help but feel they could've pushed it a little further. oh well.

that being the case... i just don't see me getting one of these iPad's.

Thanks foo! Right on the spot!

Just thought I'd share some pics...

Winter in holland

Bridge over frozen water

I'm a lonesome cowboy

Hazy shade of winter 1

Hazy shade of winter 2

Staring into the distance

Looking at me ?

Dancing inmates do it again

27 januari 2010

Is it just me or are these guys getting more and more professional everyday? They now have their own choreographers and some slick camera setups..

Or... is... it... fake ?

A picture is worth a thousand words....

Last night, Radiohead played a benefit for Haiti at the Music Box at the Fonda in Los Angeles. They played 24 songs, according to a set list at At Ease, and Thom Yorke did a solo take on new song "Lotus Flower", which the singer debuted at his non-Radiohead L.A. gigs back in October.

According to our photographer Sung Kim, the show raised $572,754 for Oxfam, with tickets auctioned off to the highest bidder. The highest ticket price was $2,000, and the minimum winning bid was $475.00. Kim reports that celebrities in attendance included Justin Timberlake, Drew Barrymore, Charlize Theron, Daniel Craig, and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Watch a YouTube of "Lotus Flower" and check out photos from the show below.

Thom Yorke: "Lotus Flower" (Live at Haiti Benefit)


3 Rounds And A Sound

23 januari 2010

Soil and six feet under, Killed just like we were.
Before you knew you'd know me, And you know me.

End Times

18 januari 2010

No matter how many albums he makes, he keeps on creating those beautifull tunes which come straight out of the heart... and straight into our hearts as well...

Eels - Little Bird

A Serious Man

16 januari 2010

I just saw this film earlier today and I have to say that it was simply thrilling. Now how can I possible say that it was thrilling when there were zero action scenes, zero suspense, and zero plot? To me, it's exactly because it lacks those things that makes this film thrilling! If you are reading through these IMDb reviews, you already know the general premise of the movie and have likely seen the preview, and so knowing that it is a Coen brothers movie you probably know what kind of film to expect.

One of the things I really love about this film (which others may hate) is because it basically has no plot, and is simply 90 minutes of one middle-aged man's struggles in life, with no type of resolution whatsoever. The tone and slow pacing of the film reminded me a great deal of the film Sideways in that we just see an average guy's struggles with the people in his life, with some comedic moments thrown in occasionally to break the overall depressing mood of the film. Like that film, you are so able to relate to the main character and his problems because his issues and the people he has issues with are so genuine.

And that's exactly why I call this review "a serious look at human nature." All of the great satire is in fact based closely on reality, or realistic events that we can relate to. In this film, the main character's issues are so average and normal (divorce, teenage son experimenting with pot, possible job advancement/work stability, etc.) that they are parts of almost everyone's everyday life. Even the interactions and subplots with the Asian student and the hunting neighbors are so very realistic, which aids in making them hilarious. Even if you are not Jewish, you will still be able to relate to and understand the satire in this film. Some moviegoers with short attention spans will probably hate this film and wonder when the big, explosive fight scene will be or when the Adam Sandler/Will Ferrell stupid fart/gay jokes will start appearing...but of course this film is the exact opposite of typical Hollywood.

Another reason why I am giving this film such a high score is because while watching this film it is clear just how much the Coen brothers simply LOVE making films, and they are only concerned with making the film their way. They don't care about box office profits or a target demographic...they just make films that are personal to them. It's just so refreshing to see. Just look at the attention to detail they will put into one scene of dialogue between characters. Look at the way the glasses' on someone's face are angled, the way the characters' hair is just a tiny bit messy, the way a character holds his yamaka in place while running, the way the lines are set-up and timed perfectly to have the perfect effect on the audience. When you watch this you can just see how dedicated they are to their craft. These guys care so much about creating little details and endearing characters and so little about any kind of recycled plot. Hats off to the Coen boys once again! Shalom!

Couldn't have said it better... great movie!

fun AND cards NOT boring

Here's a riddle for you: What sort of logic do ghosts like? Answer: "Boo"-lean Logic. We're here all week. But seriously folks, Boolean logic is so much fun - it's about time someone applied that fun to a card game. So they have, with bOOleO Boolean Logic Card Game! It's fun AND logical AND challenging (get it, we used Boolean logic there - oh yeah)! Read on for a sample of how difficult AND exciting bOOleO Boolean Logic Card Game is.

Fun with logic Fun with logic

bOOleO Boolean Logic Card Game is basically a simple card game. You are your opponent start off with a home row of binary numbers. With a "draw a card/play a card" game play, you feverishly try AND race your opponent to complete your logic pyramid. Using AND, OR, XOR, & NOT cards, you begin reducing your home row down into one card. First one to cap the pyramid (so to speak) wins. Sounds easy, until you realize the NOT card is played on a card in the home row, which could devastate your opponent's pyramid (AND possibly also your own). Yup, bOOleO Boolean Logic Card Game has a Logical atom bomb. It's that awesome.

get it at thinkgeek

I gotta say, normally I wouldn't really write about gadgets but this one deserves the well known "exception to the rule" treatment.

So anyway, a few weeks ago, our very very basic kitchen radio broke down and we needed a new one. Instead of buying one of those cheap cd/radio/mp3 combination, we decided to buy a slightly more expense one. The so-called Logitech Radio. This is a small picture of the device:

This device truly is amazing. I won't bother you with the full specs but the combination of small size and (seemingly) endless possibilities make it worthwhile to write a story about it.

So basically, its a nerd radio. Its supports internet radio (connects through wi-fi), meaning, you have 1 gazillion radio stations at your disposal. This might seem confusing, but basically they ordered the stations on multiple levels. So first you can browse your "local" stations which covers most dutch stations. From there, you can search by genre, country etc. The interface makes it seem easy while you know, the amount of stations is basically limitless. Obviously, it has a good search function too.

Besides that, it connects to your local network. So if you have a network disk (or NAS), it will browse your local music. So you can listen to your music anywhere. Oh right, it can also connect to basically any other music device (i.e. iPod) so you probably won't run out of music to listen to.

Finally, it has support for apps. So it has that nice, full color display which it uses for cover art, but also has a nifty date time display which can display rss feeds but also weather information etc.

I'd highly recommend it..

More specs, check here.

Or check a movie...

Office 2010 : The Movie

11 januari 2010

Man, is this where software marketing is going...

Two movies to watch!

11 januari 2010

So took some time this weekend to watch two great movies I'd recommend to anyone.

First one is "The Hurt Locker". An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.

See the trailer here :

Second is is the new Georgy Cloony movie, called Up In The Air. Ryan Bingham's job is to fire people from theirs. The anguish, hostility, and despair of his "clients" has left him falsely compassionate, living out of a suitcase, and loving every second of it. When his boss hires arrogant young Natalie, she develops a method of video conferencing that will allow termination without ever leaving the office - essentially threatening the existence Ryan so cherishes. Determined to show the naive girl the error of her logic, Ryan takes her on one of his cross country firing expeditions, but as she starts to realize the disheartening realities of her profession, he begins to see the downfalls to his way of life.

See the trailer here :

So if you get bored, get a chance to see these movies!

A new movie by the Coen brothers, called A Serious Man, looks promising...:

A Serious Man is a dramatic/darkly comic film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It was released on October 2, 2009 in the United States. Starring Michael Stuhlbarg, Sari Lennick, and Richard Kind, it tells the story of an ordinary man who is trying to find balance and understanding in the world. The film has attracted a highly positive critical response, including a Golden Globe nomination for Michael Stuhlbarg and a place on the American Film Institute's Top 10 Films of 2009.

A black comedy set in 1967 and centered on Larry Gopnik, a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother won't move out of the house.

The next generation Financial Services
Figlo unveils Hawanedo to empower the next generation of Financial Services on the web.
Today, Figlo unveils a new release of Hawanedo, a new cross-browser, cross-platform financial advice application, for delivering the next generation of rich interactive applications (RIAs) focused on Financial Advice for the Web.

Hawanedo, previously called FigloSuite, integrates high end web technologies (Microsoft Silverlight) with existing Web technologies (Service Oriented Architecture) and assets to provide higher-quality user experiences with lower costs for advice delivery and consumer satisfaction. Delivered to end users through a seamless, fast installation, Hawanedo offers consistent experiences to both Macintosh and Windows users on a variety of browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari [..]

Beautiful, beautiful song... Can't wait for a new album, a new song, a new concert....