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Laptop Ninja
A blog FOR Laptop Ninjas, not about them. A Laptop Ninja is a cousin of the more common Web Ronin. As a solitary figure who's skills with computer technology and design, the Laptop Ninja survives by performing contract work from cafes, public parks, and sometimes rooftops. The Laptop Ninja's sword is his 802.11 connection, his iPod his throwing stars, and his Bluetooth cellphone his Nunchucks. All of which are usually carried in a discreet messenger bag.
Monday, January 31, 2005
Some crazy Europeans have created a real life Tron Lightcycles game for your GS enabled cell phone. All this technology and finally we, as a culture, have a decent use for it!

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Friday, January 28, 2005
A good reason to stop freelancing
The Austin Chronicle has an article about what may be many people's dream job. Linklater's production company is looking for line drawing artists to work on his adaptation of "A Scanner Darkly" by Phillip K Dick. I can't imagine anything that would make me more likely to go back to a M-F 9-5 job.

Oh, and there's some cool screen captures of the film as well.

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Fred Astaire: Icon, B-Boy
This Commercial for the new VW GTI is prety sick.

Man, between this and the Citroen Transformer commercial, I'm starting to get really envious of European TV.

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MGM = EVIL!!!!
This sounds like the execution of a plot developed by Doctor Evil if I ever heard one. Apparently all of the MGM movies released on DVD as 'Widescreen are actually just pan and scan versions with the tops and bottoms cut off!!! There's a complets list here. The nice thing is that the news is coming out with a settlement. Here's more info, check it out and see if you're eligable for compensation or new DVD.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005
A Must for all Laptop Ninjas
A true Laptop Ninja is masterless (freelance), meaning long hours, late nights, and subsequent late mornings. Over at we make money not art: they've got a summary of an alarm click that gets further and further away from you as you continue to hit the snooze button. Eventually you just have to get up. One of those ideas that now seems obviuos.

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What if Phillip K. Dick Did Music Videos??
There's all sorts of 'what if' stories online today. Like the old marvel comic book series, they're cute, but ultimately insubstantial. So here's my hat in the ring. What if Phillip K. Dick was a HipHop/video artist and told his stories of robotics and morals in 3 minute stories with a beat? I don't know who Pet Miser is, but his 'Scent Of A Robot' video is a must if you like robots, SF, and futuristic moral conundrums.

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Thoughts on the Street
The Though Project by Simon Hoegsberg is a project that stopped a hundred or so random people on the street and asked what they were thinking just before they were approached. Most 'man on the street' interviews ask about particular things, this is an interesting window into the minds of the average person without a political slant or specific topic.

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Monday, January 24, 2005
Donut Shop Worker Watches Too Mch Sci-Fi
This story is about a man who successfully robbed a donut shop using a laser pointer. Y'know, the kind you can get for $10 at your local London Drugs or Radio Shack. What's next? Hijacking a plane with a blue LED?

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Friday, January 21, 2005
For the Early Adopter who Doesn't Want to Get Burned
Wow. This Reciever pretty much has everything you can think of (except for bluetooth). Check out the specs!

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Exploring the law of unintended consequences
This article at The Register gives a nice outline of the "Law of unintended consequences and at the very least, gives an interesting series of examples.

Frankly, I'm not sure what makes it a 'law', but it's something that everyone should be familiar with, especially those who make tech-related decisions.

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Thursday, January 20, 2005
This'll twist your noodle
Prospect Magazine has a - really interesting article that takes the assumption that the universe will eventually end and asks what an advanced civilization might do about it.

Can one actuall 'escape' from the universe? If so, where would you go?

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Cyberpunk Information Database
The Cyberpunk Information Database is a cool site if you're in to such things (I am, I mean, c'mon. Laptop Ninja could be the cheesiest cyberpunk name without '1337' speak possible.

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Not a video iPod, but the next best thing
The new Nintendo "Playan" is a unit for the Nintendo DS and Gameboy SP that will let you play video form SD cards. Only half the resolution of broadcast video, and it doesn't look like there'll be any video out jacks, but when you're bored of staring blankly at a tiny screen, you can swap it out for some sweet metroid action.

Now if only the iPod shuffle would use SD cards. I want to have a playlist for every mood (and they're so damn CHEAP now).

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"The streets make their own use for things" - Gibson
The Cycling Lemur Touchscreen from lets you create and use your own touchscreen interfaces. I wonder if it'll end up like the 404 (from Roland?). It was one of the first samplers to be commercially available and a massive flop as it was targeted at 'serious' musicians. Once it died a commercial death it could be found in pawn shops for cheap where they were quickly snatched up and used in the birth of electronic and hiphip music. At very least it'll make you feel like you're working for the federation.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2005
The company of the future
Huh Corp. is a design firm that really has it's finger on the pulse of what it is to be on the cutting edge of design, and how to operate with a profit. Good for a laugh.

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A useful tool on the go
I'm pretty impressed by this little tool. Skweezer is a site that acts as a filter for extraneous information. It gives you all the info, and none of the extras so it's modified to better 'skweez' over mobile connections like your cell phone or PDA. Here's what Laptop Ninja looks like after they've been through with it. It's pretty fast as well.

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Saturday, January 15, 2005
Hacking Coke Machines
This article is a pretty cool review of how to enter the debug menu in newer coke machines. Not to many things you can do, but certainly fun to play with (and if they're not properly secured, you might get a pop out of it).

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Friday, January 14, 2005
Apple G5 Laptop
If you're reading this, you probably know about the issues around creating a G5 Powerbook (heat, power draining, etc). There's been lots of speculation today that's nothing new. What is new is this pic. It's not real of course, but it's funny all the same.

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$250k in software sales. While working from the local cafe?????
Here's a story about 4 guys that work out of their local coffee house making a small software app. The company is laptop based, wirelessly connected and coffee fueled. Not only that, they've also generated a quarter of a million in sales IN THEIR FIRST MONTH!! They are true Laptop Ninjas, I bow to them.

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"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: Look on my works ye mighty and despair!"
I saw this site months ago and have been kcking mysefl for not saving the URL since then. The MASSIVE G-Cans Project is (I think) a viaduct system under Tokyo. The shear magnitude of these structures is insane. I bet Peter Jackson could have saved a lot of $$ filming onsite for a few Lord of the Rings scenes.

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The Human Clock
The Human Clock is a nifty little site that you can keep open at the corner of your desktop. It's just a series of pictures for every minute of the day. 60 pictures per hour, 24 hours a day, that's, ummm. A lot of pics, and a pretty cool site.

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Thursday, January 13, 2005
And speaking of Psychadelics.....
The good folks at Gizmodo have been kind enough to host thise VERY strange movie.
I'll never look at iPods the same way again.

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Psychadelic MP3s
Future Hi - Media Central

This is a pretty cool set of MP3s from some big psychadelic lecturers. If you don't know who Terrence McKenna is, go there immediately.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Hacker watches feds watch him
This is an interested story about a 20 year old hacker that, as I understand it, was being tracked by the Secret Service for gaining access to the T-Mobile network. Rants about companies not properly securing customer data aside, he was able to get account and password information. The interesting thing about it is that at least one SS investigator was actually using the T-Mobile service while on the case! Using a Hiptop communicator, he transfered classified information around and because the hacker knew who he was, he gave the kid an inside look into what they were doing to catch him.

This sounds like a scene cut out of the movie "Hackers" (which offers a particularly bad view of hacker culture, but makes up for it with a great soundtrack, for it's time).

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Monday, January 10, 2005
love and hate
To many people, this toyset will look all too familiar. The Cubes lets kids act out their cubicle nightmares, and adults live out their cubicle realities in about 1:24 scale.

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Here's my new dreamtoy
The great thing about an iPod is that not only can you listen to music wherever, but it lets you take my entire (almost) CD collection with you everywhere. No only that, but it features the outputs to play it however you want when you get there (with the iTrip broadcaster or the right cables).

"Oh, you've never heard XXXXX song by XXXX and the XXXXs? Here it is!" Now THAT is a wireless lifelstyle I can get behind.

The fact that someone hasn't created an interface for the iPod dock that lets you do the same with movie files is beyond me. I want to be able to connect to a TV in addition to a stereo, and play all my favourite shows, commercials, and clips for people.

But my prayers have almost been answered by LaCie. Now should I jump now, or wait for the 80Gig?????

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I've gotten around to starting a blog. Not so much for strangers, but as a repository of links that I find so that I can say "just check my 'blog, it's on there" to my friends and co-workers. It'll save me time emailing things to people on the off chance that I remember to.

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