March 8, 2014
Shop Michael Sam
The Michael Sam Shop. Buttons 10 for $25. T-shirts $22 each. Shipping is a flat $5.
February 6, 2014
The "IKEA Effect"
I especially enjoyed this comment:
Americans love the IKEA store because it's like a Las Vegas casino version of a Northern European Socialist Utopia. It gives us the naughty, illicit thrill of pretending, for a few hours, that we're living in a rationalized economy where everybody is happy to participate in manual labor and nobody goes without coffee and cinnamon rolls.
January 24, 2014
One Drive-In Movie Theater To Be Re-opened
January 23, 2014
Naked Releases Space Age Silver Underwear With Anti-Odor and Cooling
Naked® Underwear Brand Launches product with X-Static® Silver Fabric, Proven Effective by Olympic Athletes, US Special Forces, and NASA Astronauts
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan 23, 2014) - Naked® Brand Group Inc. ("Naked" or the "Company") (OTCQB:NAKD), a global lifestyle brand, is pleased to announce the release of Silver, an innovative new collection of performance products.
The Silver collection - consisting of a boxer brief and v-neck t-shirt - is created with X-Static®, a high-performance fabric, which helps regulate body temperature and provides anti-odor and antimicrobial protection within the garment. X-Static® fabric contains 99.9% pure silver woven into the garment's nylon threads, which naturally deters odor-causing bacteria, wicks away moisture, is anti-chaffing and naturally cooling. The benefits of the fabric have been proven by Olympic Athletes, US Special Forces and NASA Astronauts. Naked is changing the way that underwear can be worn.
Naked President and CEO Joel Primus states, "Whether you're in the middle of an intense workout or an arduous long-haul flight, Silver underwear will keep you feeling fresh. We're not saying that you shouldn't change your underwear, but with Naked® Silver, you can get away with wearing them a whole lot longer!"
From Naked's first seamless construction microfiber product to the new Silver collection, the brand has continued to evolve its line for the modern man. Naked's products are constructed to not only suit a man's lifestyle through attention to aesthetic, fit and comfort, but also to make it better by creating products that are game changing-which has been achieved with the Silver collection.
Naked's Silver collection will be available at select Nordstrom locations this November and will retail for $38 for the underwear and $54 for the t-shirt. The Silver collection is now available at select Nordstrom locations and at Naked's online store at www.thenakedshop.com.
Is there some fine print that gives a legal definition of "a whole lot longer?"
January 21, 2014
Get It While It Lasts
HP is selling PCs with Windows 7 at $150 discount (although The Verge puts the "savings" of $150 in quotes, so maybe those regular prices are fictional). Here's the HP page where you can buy all your Windows 7 goodness in a desktop. Laptops here - scroll down a bit to find the Windows 7 machines.
I've got one friend who already has bought himself a new Windows 7 PC (that he didn't really need yet), and another for his elderly father; all to avoid the horror (or so I am told) of the Windows 8 interface.
In the comments on The Verge article there is quite a battle as to whether the Windows 8 start screen is a beautiful piece of human-centered design or an abortion of the devil. I didn't bother reading far enough to see if anyone addressed any other aspects of the two operating systems.
Relax into the borg. It is good.
January 15, 2014
Comparing Mac Pro To A Windows Machine
Stephen Fung maxed out a Mac Pro and tried to build a Windows PC from available components to match. The highest price he could get up to for the Mac Pro up to was $9,599. The nearest he could get with Windows components had only 32GB of RAM because of the size of the board he chose (Mac Pro had 64GB), and he wasn't sure the 12 cores would actually work together. The price for the Windows result? $11,530.54 - or $12,330.54 if you used a different board so you could fit the full 64GB on it. The price is for parts only. It assumes that you would do the building yourself and your time is worth nothing. Since they didn't really build this thing, they don't know if all the parts are really going to work together as they would on the Mac Pro.
Then, the same guy took the most basic Mac Pro and tried to do the same thing. The Mac Pro costs $2,999 and has only a quad core, which can easily be matched in Window components. The Windows machine got 16GB of RAM while the Mac Pro has only 12GB. Total cost for the Windows machine would be $3994.65, built a bit better than the Mac Pro. The Windows machine would also be much more easy to upgrade, so you could keep it longer.
But the only people who need a Mac Pro are people who get paid to edit multiple 4K movies simultaneously. Geoffrey Fowler says that an iMac will give better performance to those who live in the real world. Very little software is written that can take advantage of the 12 cores you could put in a Mac Pro. The price spread between the top of the line iMac and the bottom of the line Mac Pro is $1,000...and you still don't get a display or keyboard with the Mac Pro. Mr. Fowler points out that in two years you can buy another iMac and your total cost is still less than an 8-core Mac Pro.
Here's what they used for a performance test: "We turned on video chats with Skype and FaceTime, loaded up TweetDeck and streamed 'Breaking Bad' from Netflix, all while exporting 200 gigantic photo files from Adobe's Lightroom." The Mac Pro took 7 minutes; the iMac 14.
December 20, 2013
Buy This Now
UFO-02 Detector, magnetometer interfaced with micro controller for detecting magnetic anomalies. Be alerted before they can even get their anal probe warmed up.
December 2, 2013
With current technology, delivery could be made to points within 10 miles of a fulfillment center.
I wonder if you get to keep that handy plastic box that your item would come in, or are they like those crates the post office has that you have to return. It would seem that the recipient of the package needs to have a secure backyard or, perhaps, balcony where the drone can drop the package. The package recipient would have to first indicate on a map the precise location of his backyard. If you live in a high-rise with balconies, Amazon would also need a view of the side of the building (something like Google's Streetview) where you would indicate your balcony. Or would the drone be smart enough to count the number of floors from outside the building? Maybe those customers without balconies or secure backyards could agree to leave a window or slider wide open for the drone, but that would create other security issues.
November 29, 2013
About That Walmart
I was wondering, when the proposed Desert Hot Springs Walmart eventually comes before the Planning Commission, if it would be within the city's powers to include as a condition of approval that they don't open their doors on Thanksgiving or the Friday after. It would be a public safety necessity, I would think.
November 26, 2013
Deal On A GoPro Silver At Costco
I just noticed today that Costco is selling a GoPro Silver Edition for only $230 (also available at Costco.com. This is the same kit that costs $269 at Amazon. But be aware this is the GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition. It is NOT the GoPro Hero3+ Silver Edition (which is the same price at Amazon and GoPro.com.
The differences between the Hero3 Silver and the Hero3+ Silver are these: The + has a sharper lens, longer battery life, better audio, and 4x faster Wi-fi.
The differences between the top-o-the-line ($399) Black and Silver editions are: 12MP vs 10 MP, no continuous photo in the Silver, no simultaneous video and still photo in the Silver, the Silver does not have 4K or 2.7K or 1440p, Black has higher fps in some modes, Black has Video Bitrate Capture up to 45Mbps - Silver 25 Mbps.
I think the Black edition has lots flashy stuff that will probably never translate into anything you can see with your eyes - for most videographers and most viewers. The Silver is a little more down to earth, but I would definitely go for the Hero3+ Silver over the Hero3 Silver. The unplussed versions of Hero3 were buggy.