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From the social experimentation labs of San Francisco comes this craigslist entry, regarding.. dating. It's not entirely work-safe, but it is a wonderful insight. ^_^

Of Wim Wenders' Tokyo-ga : he "had been influenced from an early age by Ozu's work, and he decided to go to Japan while in the middle of making Paris, Texas. During the break in the making of the film in Los Angeles, Wim boarded a 747 and flew across the Pacific to Tokyo, a place he had never been to before". That appeals to me.

Seen plenty of Half-Life casemods? How about Project Bender instead? ^_^

By way of rabitguy, a comprehensive, unofficial guide to the DVD format.

And if you're within reach of the Bullring in Birmingham, the Reg notes the Apple Store's opening at 6pm on the 29th, for Tiger's launch. "Apple is offering a Digital Lifestyle Collection prize draw. There's a 20in-screen iMac up for grabs with a stack of peripherals, together worth £2,145. Scratchcards will be handed out too, offering visitors the chance to win notebooks, iPods and other prizes. And the first 1,500 folk through the door will take home a commemorative T-shirt, Apple said."

And the second part of the Doctor Who "Aliens of London" story must count as.. well, I believe the technical term is "stonking".

Mmm. Taramasalata and Bavarian ham makes a really good sandwich combination.
Do you think that the ebook is dead? Reason I ask is that Adobe seem to have abandoned CRM, I note that the Gemstar eBooks is also a dead (ish) format.
I don't know if it's necessarily dead, I just think few people are going to shell out high price for an eBook reader that they can't use as a PDA and the current PDAs aren't comfortable to use as eBook readers. I like my RCA/Gemstar RB1100 because it has a huge, brightly backlit display, runs for weeks without a recharge, has a very solid, rubberized feel (unlike every PDA that I've ever owned), and you can rotate the display four ways depending on where you want the paging buttons and portrait/landscape mode.

Now if a company made a tablet-like PDA with all these features and sold it for under $150 (yeah right!), they might have something. :)
I think I could forgo the backlight (perhaps an add-on?), if the display were of decent resolution - something that could take advantage of ambient light, for reading outdoors on a sunny day, rather than battling against it, would save on both materials and battery consumption; but you find weeks of usage nonetheless? That's good going! (Back when I was looking at x86 laptops, I recall some had the ability to have the display back casing removed, for positioning over OHPs, as a cheap way of implementing a data projector. Presumably that idea went by the wayside as rear projectors gradually fell in cost and weight. Ah, definitely something I want, when I can. Could head out into the wild, set up a white sheet and a few speakers, and have an outdoor one-car drive-in beneath the stars :)

Sort of a 2005 eMate-cum-Newton?

I suppose one candidate for being able to churn out such a device in the numbers necessary would be cellphones, but the trend seems much more towards ever smaller phones and displays, with a few smartphone exceptions, but even there, I'd imagine the screen's not particularly wonderful resolution or size, for this purpose.

Maybe that $100 laptop project could turn up something useful for the purpose, even if probably not as elegant as a genuinely handheld device. (And rotatability certainly makes a big difference. I've read quite a few Tintin recently, using Dormouse turned at 90 degrees. The viewer app kindly remaps the cursor keys appropriately, for next/previous page)