Category Archives: Internet

What’s a geek gotta do to get a cheap BlackBerry Q10?

I really want a BlackBerry Q10. But I don’t want to pay $200 for it.

I have a Torch 9810 and love it, except for one part: the camera. It’s not good. Every image I take is filled with grainy-ness that I can’t correct or clear. Seriously, check out this picture of some badass salsa verde:

Looks decent, right? Look at all the background noise. Then look at how the same noise is front and center is a well-lit shot. It’s obscured because of the salsa’s yummy tomatillos, but like Waldo, you can’t unsee it once you’ve seen it.

The BlackBerry Q10 doesn’t have that problem. It has a decent 8 megapixel camera with high dynamic range. It’s pics will never top what the Galaxy S3 can take, but at least it will have quality.

I stick with BlackBerry for the keyboard, built-in PDA functionality, keyboard, ease of texting and emailing, keyboard, keyboard, high degree of customization and keyboard. That’s why I covet the Q10 so much yet remain non-plussed by the Z10. But finding a working demo in Joplin is tough. I had to go to the AT&T store to test one. Best Buy can’t tell if they are getting any.

Because I’m a cheapskate, I don’t usually pay more than $50 for a phone. I’m OK with signing service contracts, and I don’t mind waiting for good tech — I don’t have to have the latest hotness right now. But my desire to take pictures that won’t get me laughed off or scorned off the Internet is pretty strong.

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Disney + Dali + Opeth = Holy crap that’s cool

Usually, any combination of three separate things I like doesn’t end up so well. But this combo of Disney, Dali and Opeth is pretty sweet:

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Internet is changing magic, not killing it

This pic is from my wedding. It is NOT a promotional shot.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a magician. I work mainly with playing cards, the things I have loved since I was 3 years old. In my 20s, I experimented with magic: I used tricks I bought at a Wal-mart to perform for kids at a McDonald’s. I wasn’t hired properly as a magician — I was a swing manager at the time, known for being good with kids, so the store owners milked me. Point is that I had no idea about the larger world of sleight of hand.

When I found it in 2005, my world was forever changed. I found a deck of cards called Tally Ho Vipers at a Tower Records in Nashville. An ad card inside led me to an Internet site called Ellusionist.com. On that site I watched videos of people marketing custom decks of cards by performing incredible sleight of hand. I was hooked.

I am an Internet magician. I have learned my art from the Internet, and taken it to the streets. I have been paid for magic shows.

According to Salon.com, I’m one of the people killing magic. Continue reading

8-bit tech + Legos = awesome

This makes me want to crash that Lego building club at the Joplin Public Library.

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Video can’t be explained, only watched

Here’s some Friday morning hypnotic weirdness by animator Cyriak. If you have a stronger stomach, look up his video “Moo” for even more weirdness. With cows. For now, teddy bears:

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Kindle-killer could hit shelves in March

The next big gadget from the makers of the iPod and iPhone could be available in March.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple plans to unveil its new tablet computer sometime this month. Unnamed sources say the new gadget will have a 10- to 11-inch touch screen, which will make it an iPhone that is definitely too big for your pocket. (The picture to the left is not an actual picture, but Gizmodo’s envisioning.)

The company has released no official information about what has been dubbed the “Kindle-killer.” But speculation around the net says that the device, which may be called iSlate, will be perfect for print media such as magazines, books and newspapers. That would give Amazon’s Kindle a run for the money. Also, we’ve long speculated about the future of newspapers; could we be seeing it here?

The gadget will be well-equipped to handle the new onslaught of Internet entertainment. Not only might it be able to run the more than 100,000 apps available for iPhone, but it could play movies and music as well. More speculation: Designers are planning to make the device capable of turning print publications into interactive experiences. Kindle-killer, indeed: Current versions of that product feature a small, black-and-white screen.

My only gripe about this tablet PC: No keyboard. What self-respecting writer would be satisfied with a writing process that might as well be tapping fingers on a desktop? I love the sound of a keyboard clicking, and I have used that as a criterion for buying keyboards and computers. I’m more impressed with Lenovo’s idea for a netbook-tablet combo.

Whether it will be a really big iPhone, a shiny e-book reader or a keyboard-less netbook remains to be seen. But the release will be big.

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Stuck in my head: An ‘Up’-lifting song

I came across this video about a week ago on albinoblacksheep.com. The music is composed entirely from sounds and music from “Up,” the recent Pixar movie. Words can’t describe it. Now it can be stuck in your head, too!

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