Monitor Swap

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sony g520

Two years ago I purchased two PowerMacs and two 21inch Sony Monitors from my previous agency. I gave the newer Quicksilver PowerMac to my brother and I kept the older Graphite PowerMac for myself. When it came to the monitors, I gave the older Sony G500 to my brother and kept the newer G520 for myself. Come back to the present day, my Sony monitor is fucked. There are a couple of white horizontal lines that show up on dark areas of an image which makes things really annoying, plus there was a sharpness issue, I couldn’t read small type on websites anymore and especially if they were grey. When my brother moved to Lebanon for university he kept his Sony monitor at my parents place, so I decided to go get it and try it on my Mac to see if it was any better. Wow what a difference, after installing my brothers monitor I realized how fucked mine was. The colors are more vibrant now, the text is wayyy sharper and when there is a dark image on the screen I don’t see any horizontal lines! I can’t believe I spent all this time working with such a messed up screen. I feel like my Mac is reborn again, cool shit.


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BBK Logo

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Back in May I posted about the new BBK logo but I didn’t know who had designed it. Well today John Avery commented on that old post and it turns out the logo was designed by his agency, Financial Design in the UK in collaboration with their associates in Bahrain, Vision. Mystery solved.


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Black iPod Video 60GB on Amazon

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The Black 60GB iPod Video is now available on Amazon.com and ships within 24 hours. I had preordered mine over 2 weeks ago and the shipping status hadn’t changed when I noticed today the iPods were shipping within 24 hours. So I cancelled my pre-order and reordered it again and now it shipped and I should have it on Monday. Amazon is fucked like that sometimes. [Link]

PS: The white 60GB and both the black and white 30GB have been available on Amazon for a while now. Only black 60GB wasn’t available.


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HOWTO Use Your Mac From Anywhere

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An easy to use “how to” on how to setup your Mac so that you can access it from anywhere. If you have an IP address that isn’t fixed then I would suggest the Dynamic DNS service from DynDNS which they mention because it allows you to basically keep track of your most recent IP while you are away from your home. I have been using it for some time now and its pretty cool. [Link]


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I beat kottke

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I was just checking Kottke’s Remainder Links, a site I check daily for cool links. Turns out today he posted a link to website where a guy made a 30,000 calorie sandwich. The cool thing is I posted about that sandwich back in june! So I beat Kottke in this round.. total score now: Kottke 3483 – 2:48AM 0001

Update: BoingBoing posted about it today via Kottke also


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Jaguar XK uses Macromedia Flash

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jaguar dashboard

I just found out that the new Jaguar XK uses Macromedia Flash for its interface. The touch screen control panel uses Flash and with it you can adjust the audio, navigation, climate control, telephone and vehicle settings. I just really hope it doesn’t start up with a stupid flash intro page. [Link]


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Cheap and Tiny

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cheap and tiny

Two of my favorite blogs are tech blogs, Gizmodo and Engadget. The problem with both of these blogs is most of the items they post about our too expensive to purchase. This is why I am going to start checking this new blog called Cheap and Tiny. Its a blog about tiny gadgets that won’t break the bank, check it out. [Link]


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Eric Spiekermann Blogs!

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Eric Spiekermann designer of my second favorite typeface Meta has a fucking blog! Most of his posts are posted in German and English which makes things easy for me since I neither speak nor read German. My favorite typeface is Frutiger by the way which was designed by Adrian Frutiger. A good friend of mine was very lucky to have met him at a design conference. When he was introduced to Adrian Frutiger he told him that Frutiger was his favorite typeface, Adrian replied asking him at what point size, my friend replied saying 9 ofcourse.

Anyway here is Eric’s blog. [Link]


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Three Quick Movie Reviews

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
A beautiful story that was somehow ruined by Tim Burton. The movie was dark and not as colorful as it should have been. There should have been more exploration in the factory. Too much time wasted on getting to know Charlies family. Even more time was wasted on Wonka’s flashbacks to his past and him making good with his father. Movie ruined even more with the Tim Burton signature direction.

Wedding Crashers
Funniest movie since Old School. Vince Vaughn is fucking hilarious and I think he is a better match with Jennifer Aniston then Brad Pitt was. Owen Wilson, Christopher Walken and Will Ferell also were great. The story was original and it was really fun to watch. The coolest thing is the movie is 2 hours long!

Me and You and Everyone We Know
Really good movie. All the characters were really interesting. Most memorable quote.. “You poop into my butt hole and I poop into your butt hole… back and forth… forever.” Nat didn’t like the movie, said it was pointless, she didn’t like The Station Agent either though.. ))<>((


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Movie Trivia: Lost in Translation

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First interesting trivia:
Francis Ford Coppola made a commercial for Suntory whiskey with legendary Japanese director Akira Kurosawa in the 1970s. This event later influenced a salient plot point in his daughter Sofia’s movie, Lost in Translation.

Second interesting trivia:
In the movie Lost in Translation while shooting the whiskey ad in the movie, the director kept telling Bill Murray to make expressions more like Sean Connery. Turns out Sean Connery actually did do whiskey commercials and you can watch them by clicking here.


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