Michael Jackson Thriller Suit

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I found someone on eBay that makes and sells the red leather suit similar to the one Michael Jackson wore in Thriller. Sadly Nat threatened to walk out on me if I wear it. [Link]


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Cheapest HDMI cable in Kuwait?

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I think I’ve found the cheapest HDMI cable in Kuwait at Ace Hardware. The 2 meter cable cost only KD2.100 while the 3 meter version cost KD2.600. The previous cheapest I had found was at Lulu Hypermarket, KD3.950 for a 1.5 meter.

Note: With HDMI cables the cheapest transmits video as good as the most expensive.


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Timex Skiathlom

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When I travel I wear what I call my travel watches. They are cheap digital watches which no one would want to steal in case I get mugged (don’t ask). For the past 2 years I’ve been using my Casio calculator watch but I recently decided I wanted a watch that could at least tell me the temperature. So after a bit of searching I decided to get the Timex Skiathlom. Its a very rare and strange (i.e. ugly) looking watch from the late 80’s. I used to have one back in 1990 and I figured I would get one. I had forgotten the name of the watch but after a bit of help from a Timex forum I managed to find the watch on eBay in excellent condition. It cost me around KD10 which isn’t too bad. Since there is barely any information on this watch online, I decided to scan the manual and take a clear frontal shot so that if anyone searches for this watch in the future they will find at least some info.

So if you’re interested in the Timex Skiathlom owners manual and a high resolution picture click [Here]


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Follow Kuwaiti Twitter Users

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Kuweet.com is like KuwaitBlogs.com except instead of tracking local blogs it tracks local tweeters. A lot of people in Kuwait have recently jumped onto the Twitter bandwagon including politicians so Kuweet is a nice site to be able to keep track of all their tweets without needing to have your own twitter account.

What is twitter? I think the easiest explanation is that its like blogs except every post is limited to just 140 characters.. perfect for people who don’t enjoy or have the time to read a lot of long posts. [Link]

Note: If you have a twitter account and want to be added to Kuwait just follow @Kuweet


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Hello Konica!

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Aramex dropped off my Konia Auto S3 rangefinder today. It turned out to be a lot smaller then I expected, maybe around half the size of the Yashica Electro 35 GSN which I got last week. I actually bought this camera because it was going to be small since Nat will be using it and its small enough to fit into her hand bag. Now we just need to find something to shoot!


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Tweeting

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I’ve started experimenting with Twitter, trying to figure out why people use it. I already set myself up with an account and I’ve started posting there. I even installed a twitter application on my iPhone so now I am posting to my twitter account through out the day. If you want you can check it out by going to twitter.com/mark248am


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Make a quick dime

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I don’t know how many people are aware of this but Amazon has a service called Mechanical Turk which is basically a web service that pays people to perform tasks. These tasks can vary from anything like writing essays or short reviews to finding stuff for other people. The amount you get paid could be anything from 1 cent to hundreds of dollars. You as a person can either ask for a task to be done and offer money to whoever completes the task OR you can flip through what tasks are available and do them and get paid.

For example, last week I posted about this cool Amazon app on the iPhone where you can take a picture of an item, send it to Amazon and they will find the same product for you on their website. Well Amazon lists these pictures as tasks on Mechanical Turk and offers 10 cents to anyone who finds the link to the same product on Amazon.com.

Since I already spend a lot of time on Amazon I’ve actually been accepting a lot of tasks. So far I’ve found a Motorola phone for someone, an LG plasma, Xbox games, Sushi rice, mugs, books, oven and a ton of other stuff for people I don’t know in return for just 10 cents a find. So far I think I’ve made like $3. There are tens of thousands of tasks available on Mechanical Turk but I only work on ones called “Find the product for sale on Amazon.com”. They are EXTREMELY hard to find and work on since they are very popular easy tasks and usually by the time it gets listed someone else already agreed to work on it. I’ve found a way to get these jobs easily but I won’t be sharing it so other people don’t use my technique.

Its pretty silly, the money is very little but honestly when you’re bored online and it can be really fun since you never know what you will have to find next. Here is the link to the Mechanical Turk website. [Link]


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Master of the Internet

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Mastering the Internet infomercial from 1994. Comes in 3 volumes! [YouTube]


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Star Wars in the City

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Urban Star Wars

Cedric Delsaux is a photographer that is famous for his Star Wars series and his latest portrays Star Wars characters in urban environments. Really cool stuff, follow the link to see some more pictures. [Pictures]

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Apple TV finally of use

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Apple TV

I’ve always wanted an Apple TV but I couldn’t find a use for it. I had XBMC (xbox media center) running on my old Xbox and it was doing more than fine. I’ve already posted before on how XBMC is the best media center software in the market and Apple TV really stood no chance to compete… until now. Ten days ago a hack was released that would allow the installation of XBMC on the Apple TV. It’s a very simple process, you just install the hack onto a usb memory stick, plug the stick behind the Apple TV and just reboot. It then takes around 30 seconds to install XBMC and thats it.

What are the advantages of XBMC on Apple TV over XBMC on the original Xbox?
1) Apple TV is quieter since it doesn’t contain a loud fan like on the Xbox
2) Connects via HDMI or Component cable while XBMC is only component
3) Can play 720P movies while XBMC can’t
4) The interface is snappier since Apple TV is a faster machine
5) It looks better and takes up much less space
6) Integrates with iTunes on my main server

I am so satisfied with Apple TV now that I’ve already unplugged my old Xbox and placed it in storage. If you don’t have an Apple TV Amazon sells them for KD60. Here is the [Link]

XBMC DVD

If you’re interested in setting up XBMC on Apple TV here is the guide I used. [Link]

In case you didn’t know already, XBMC is a media center software that will allow you to stream practically any movie format from your main server. Also as a side note, the right arrow key on my MacBook just stopped working awhile ago, I think its a sign I need to get the new MacBook.

Update: If you want to try out XBMC its also available for Windows, Mac’s and Linux. [Download]

Note: XBMC does NOT run on the Xbox 360, it only runs on the original Xbox.


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