iPod Touch Coming Next Week?

August 28, 2007

A comment at the 9to5 Mac site seems to reveal some new iPod goodness debuting from Apple next week:

More news on the ipod Touch

Take it with a grain of salt but this is what I heard from my cousin’s buddy who works at Apple in the iPod division. I have a hard time believing he would have revealed anything with Apple being exceptionally tight on privacy. While he declined to answer about some things, it appeared evident that the following are near certain items on the iPod Touch:

1) Black Gloss and White Gloss frames around the touch screen

2) iChat integration. My thought here is that AT&T makes money on SMS messages and did not want to compromise on having iChat on the iPhone for launch. Whether it has video or not would require a camera on the face of the iPod. Will require a mic for voip chat and Apple will be introducing the free voice connectivity between any new iPod Touch/iPhone

3) iTunes downloads over iPod using WiFi

4) TV Out (I have no idea why the iPhone doesn’t have this as it makes perfect sense in business walking into a meeting and connecting my iPhone/iPod to a projector and delivering a presentation. Keep in mind, Apple thought to get around the TV out issue on the iPhone with the ability to have Apple TV draw content off your iPhone or directly from the web via .Mac. Doesn’t help when you are traveling

5) Games will be released concurrently for iPod and iPhone

6) Weird speculation pegged the iPod/iPhone to act as a bluetooth controller for the Nintendo Wii as it has the proximity sensors in it to help with similar games

7) GPS unlikely as Apple will want to blow away existing GPS devices and will require additional programming time. Look for a coordinated effort with Google here.

I like that rumored name, iPod Touch. I can see Apple’s tagline for it:

Get Close To Your Music. Touch It.

or

Now You Can Touch Your Music

or even:

Get Touched By Your Music All Over Again

(Of course, we will see the sad Zune cultists come up with something pathetic: You Have To Be Touched To Buy An iPod.)


SanDisk Announces The Sansa Clip

August 28, 2007

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SanDisk Announces the Colorfully Hip “Sansa Clip”: a Tiny, Wearable MP3 Player with Big Sound

As posted earlier, I need a new MP3 player. This is very appealing. But I really want that iPod patented wheel. Perhaps next week will bring Apple’s version of this…

Oh look! An Apple-prohibited leaked photo of such a beast!!


Blog Notes: Even News About Me Gets To Me Last

August 28, 2007

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I just found out this today, minutes ago. (I would have made it my standard 320×240, but even large like this it’s very blurry…)


MySpace: How I Bloody Wish!!!

August 28, 2007

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One of my gods. Kneel, you bastards!

MySpace page for Baudelaire

He’s got Poe, Hugo, Wilde, and Proust among his MySpace Friends.

How I bloody wish!!


Help Girls Rock Radio Replace Failed Station Equipment

August 28, 2007

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Help Girls Rock Radio Replace Failed Station Equipment

Girls Rock Radio has been broadcasting on backup equipment since Saturday Morning, August 25th. Perhaps you caught us during one of our frequent outages that began about a week and a half before that. We’re sorry for any interruption in your enjoyment of the station as we struggled to keep the station on the air while trying to determine what was wrong.

In the end, what we can say is that the main broadcast computer has, for the purposes of broadcasting anyway, failed and must be replaced. Hardware selection and ordering is occurring the week of August 26.

Q: How Can I Help GRR?

Since we are already selecting and ordering hardware, donations of equipment are not necessary. HOWEVER, the equipment will not be free, and like always we could sure use your support right now in monetary contributions to cover the cost of the equipment we must purchase.

We need to raise about $2,000.00 USD.

Now is a good time to point out some important facts…

Listening to the music is always free. We do not operate under any sort of subscription-based revenue model. Nor do we plaster you with on-air advertising – we just tell you who we are from time to time and occasionally ask for your support.

Even though it’s free for you to listen, it’s NOT free for us to broadcast to you. Equipment needs to be replaced from time to time – like right now. Then there are the royalties we are expected to pay. Royalties so high that, if the recording industry had its way with us, we’d be gone! We have to pay our internet service providers, and our broadcast antenna to the world – our streaming host. And, of course, we have to feed our families and pay our bills just like you all do.

Q: How much support has GRR received so far this year?

$ 0.00 USD

Yup. Not a single cent has been donated to this awesome station so far in 2007.

Here’s the real bottom line, dear listener. Not only does Girls Rock Radio need to be saved from extinction at the hands of the recording industry, it needs to be saved from extinction due to lack of financial support! Without sufficient financial resources, we will be unable to develop the station further in the ways we envision.

This is not a hobby station. Girls Rock Radio is the premier station on the internet for the women of contemporary Pop, Rock, and Alternative music. Not only for mainstream artists, but for a growing number of awesome independent artists as well.

We ask that you seriously consider the enjoyment you receive from this station and become a contributing friend and listener of the station. Simply use the PayPal link below and send us what you can.

I don’t have much in my PayPal account right now, but I did send them US$5.00. I know it’s not much, but it moves their needle off that US$0.00. I donated and I haven’t even had time to listen to them at all.

All of you who’ve always lorded your PayPal accounts over me. Now’s the time to use them. Match my measly five bucks. It’ll help.

Previously in this blog:
GRR


YouTube: Torture Garden TGX

August 28, 2007

This post contains tits. Skip it if that offends you. Eejit.

Torture Garden TGX

2 Min trailer the new film release, TGX from the infamous london fetish club, Torture Garden.
www.torturegarden.com

Stealing MySpace Friends usually leads to some strange alleys. This was one of them.

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Oh shut up. The video is filled with fast cuts. I had to watch it at one-quarter speed to get snaps. I’ll pay for this when I sleep tonight. Cover your ears to not hear my screams.

Torture Garden MySpace page


Band: Crooked Looks Has A New Tune To Hear

August 28, 2007

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Ah, what a feisty little banner they sent out via MySpace Bulletin.

Go listen to Run for Your Life at their MySpace page.


Raquel Reed Busts Out With Sneakers

August 28, 2007

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Yes, you poor sot. You can wear foot covers designed by this goddess.

Click here for a larger version of that ad. Click here for the Raquel Reed MySpace page.

(Yes, she’s in NYC. I’m almost in NYC. No, we haven’t met.)


Writer Jonathan Maberry Has A New Book

August 28, 2007

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Via MySpace Bulletin:

My new book comes out on September 1!

THE CRYPTOPEDIA: A Dictionary of the Weird, Strange, and Downright Bizarre
by Bram Stoker Award winner Jonathan Maberry and David F. Kramer
Citadel Press, $16.95 / 320 pages / ISBN-13: 978-0806528199

Back Cover Description: At the edge of the known world, demons, monsters, and baffling phenomena abound. To help you navigate this mystery-shrouded realm where the supernatural mingles with the paranormal, fright-guides Jonathan Maberry and David Kramer present their indispensable follow-up to Vampire Universe. Witty and comprehensive, The Cryptopedia divides the otherworldly into chapters that explain the inexplicable, from angels to poltergeists to UFOs and more. Leaving no Philosopher’s Stone unturned, the authors decode occult symbols, demystify the art of fortune-telling, and discuss the myriad strange and bizarre forces at work in the universe. Illustrated throughout, this is an invaluable guide to the Larger World. Don’t leave this plane of existence without it!

Available everywhere books are sold on September 1 2007
www.jonathanmaberry.com

Jonathan Maberry MySpace page


Photo Album: The Last Town Chorus & Camera Obscura

August 28, 2007

Photos taken Friday August 24, 2007 at South Street Seaport free concert. (This was supposed to have been posted Saturday, but WordPress would not comply.)

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Approaching the South Street Seaport sound stage

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Even two hours before the show, people are waiting!

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One of the monster speaker sets; I’d be to the right of this.

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I didn’t know who anyone was, so I snapped this pic Just In Case…

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… it turned out to be Megan Hickey of The Last Town Chorus!

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Above view; it will be filled with people. Filled!

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An hour before schedule start time…

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… the crowd grows…

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… and even a frikkin land shark comes to listen!

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The Last Town Chorus on stage

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Keyboardist/singer Greta Gertler and lap guitarist/singer Megan Hickey

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Keyboardist/singer Greta Gertler

I can’t describe the kind of music The Last Town Chorus does, but it’s a hint that their album is called The Wire Waltz. Listen to some samples at their MySpace page.

Then it was time for the band Camera Obscura to play. They are from David Bamford country: Glasgow.

As the sun went down, my pictures got darker and darker. I tried something new with some of them: an automatic color correction feature in Photo Toolkit. Suddenly photos that were nearly all-black revealed people in them! You can probably tell which ones were goosed that way.

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Carey Lander (keyboard), Tracyanne Campbell, Kenny McKeeve

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Lee Thomson on drums, Gavin Dunbar on bass

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Note the guy in the middle helping on percussion: Nigel Baillie…

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… he plays a whole bunch of instruments; here, guitar.

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As far as the eye could see and farther than a flash could penetrate…

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… it was heads all around. Packed, packed, packed!

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Lee Thomson on drums, Gavin Dunbar on bass

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Kenny McKeeve

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Carey Lander (keyboard), Tracyanne Campbell

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This pair were huge fans: they mouthed all the lyrics!

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Nigel Baillie now playing trumpet!

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At the end, drummer Lee Thomson makes a huge leap to the front of the stage and bows.

That was supposed to be all, but the crowd wouldn’t stand for it. There was mad applause for an encore. For the first of two encore songs, Megan Hickey joined the group. They hadn’t rehearsed this. It still went well.

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Camera Obscura with Megan Hickey playing an encore song

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Waves goodbye.

Camera Obscura describes their music simply as Pop. I guess it’s that, but also more. Hit their MySpace page to listen to some samples. In the first listed song, Come Back Margaret, there’s a spot where they hand clap. Oh, there were plenty of Camera Obscura fans in that crowd. They knew when to break into that hand clap!

The Last Town Chorus and Camera Obscura are touring together. The next night, they were in Canada! Here’s an account of that performance from another blogger.