Innovation Blog

11.9.06

MyWinePod


Du vin maison...?

http://www.mywinepod.com/default.aspx?cid=2

Bernie URL collection, part 2

Music David Byrne has a cool web site with lots of interesting things (see below for more). Right now he has a "radio" station (accessible by iTunes and other software) and a play list of Standards. The Standards, like "Stardust" and "Taste of Honey" are superb, and the artists performing them are wondeful. He also has a good essay on why he picked them. So use iTunes to access it, or go here and enjoy!
http://www.davidbyrne.com/music


And for good music web sites generally, check this out (yes, it is one strange URL :)
http://www.ew.com/ew/article/commentary/0,6115,1195793_4||322351|1_,00.html

       
Literature/Classics Penguin is going back to the Classics with "Penguin Epics". Very nice little editions. And a relatively easy way to read a classic. I can't vouch for the translations, but Penguin quality is usually good. (I picked up "The Epic of Gilgamesh"...a good summer read. :) )
http://www.penguinclassics.co.uk/static/cs/uk/10/minisites/penguinepics/index.html#findoutmore
Videos This video is subtely clever, if not brilliant
http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1400


This is simply lovely

http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=580
Humour This is Hilarious! It doesn't matter what they are saying -- in fact, that makes it funnier. It takes some time, but it is worthwhile!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH0awSk7i8Q


For something complete different, there's  -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOIM1_xOSro&search=chomsky

where Ali G interviews Noam Chomsky. Mind boggling, but funny. (Not sure Chomsky knows who Ali G is....)


And now, a public service announcement from David Lynch (the mind boggles!)

http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1975


Then there is this: Fellini meets Eminem!

http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=2000


I really hope this is a spoof, but I fear it isn't! Yes, you can sleep when you are dead..in the meantime, drink Folgers! Yum-o!

http://www.boardsmag.com/screeningroom/commercials/2971/


The NSA Wiretap Reveals Subject May Be Paying Too Much For Long-Distance (beware...it's The Onion!)

http://www.theonion.com/content/node/49182/print


Geeks and groceries...or Star Wars and Lo_foods meet! (Man! Where do some people find the TIME!)

http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1997
Oddity So, you wondered: if I was a superhero, what one would I be? Well, now you can find out! Take this quiz!
(Me, I am the Flash! LOL!)

http://www.seabreezecomputers.com/superhero/


The secret language of sleep. (This person used to be the web editor of Wired's WebMonkey web site)

http://www.evany.com/


Odd. Virtual sweat shop, perhaps....

http://www.mturk.com/mturk/welcome


Where the future is going....the omnipresent world.

http://preview.local.live.com/


A cool chart showing polling of WWII

http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/docs/wwii-polls/        
Humour/Environment Now THIS is a good trailer for Al Gore's new movie!
http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1983
Shopping! Why BUY all those purses/bags/sacs/etc, when you can just rent?
http://www.bagborroworsteal.com


And for those of you who like Zara, now there is Zara Home (at least in Mexico!)

http://www.zarahome.com/v06/en/home.php
Tech/Tools Be the first on your block to get the latest cool stuff from Google at...
http://labs.google.com/


Cool. Trace your email!

http://map.butterfat.net/emailroutemap/


Here are some online tools to do Q&D web apps. Ther are databases with database software

http://lazybase.com/


...and info on how to use it

http://www.kiwitobes.com/lbexamples.html


As well, check out this

http://infogami.com/


And

http://kiwitobes.infogami.com/evite


Some other cool tools

Writely

http://www2.writely.com/info/WritelyOverflowWelcome.htm

ThinkFree

http://www.thinkfree.com/common/main.tfo
Games So you are sick of playing Solitaire. AND you have an Internet connection. Try this!
http://www.sinkmyship.com
Creative Arts For those of you who like mind maps and other cognitive tools, check out David Byrne's approach to them.
http://www.davidbyrne.com/art/tree_drawings/index.php


Not that you would, but the fact that you could sample these tunes is interesting:

http://creativecommons.org/wired/



Fashion Very Cool Puma from Philippe Starck
http://starck.puma.com/pindex.jsp
Information/The Web A very cool way to look up stuff - check out some of the older sites, like cnn.com or ibm.com
http://www.archive.org/index.php
Fashion/Technology  Not sure if Walt Whitman was thinking of this when he wrote: I sing the body electric (I run the body electric?), but hey, it is still a very cool use of iPod as a running device.
http://www.nike.com/nikeplus/
Culture You need access to the Nytimes web site, but this article on Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi is very interesting
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/19/arts/design/19nogu.html?_r=1&oref=slogin
Humour If you have a four year old boy, as I do, then these are hilarious. If not...well, they are still pretty funny.
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2005/11/11murray.html

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2006/1/6murray.html

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2006/5/25murray.html
Humour This is also very funny. Cruel...but funny.
(Not that anyone in their SWEET mind would have Whitney H. give a COMMENCEMENT SPEECH! :) )

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2006/6/7michalski.html
Humour Also, what do you get when you cross the Sopranos with eVite? This!
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2006/5/30lawless.html
Culture?  Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain plays Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Entertain Us, indeed.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4559510005057780538
Ecology Not just for tree huggers with taped-up eyeglasses!
http://www.ecogeek.org/
Medicine I can't attest for the medical information here, but this is a pretty impressive web site overall.
http://www.insidecancer.org/
India Even hip-hop is getting outsourced to India!
http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1402
India India advances... from services to products
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060527/bs_nm/column_pluggedin_dc_2
Culture Impossible (piggybacks) is nothing
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3089864146224588368
Culture More commercials you will never see in North America
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5113434900671269426
Weird/Cool Coke: it's the real (explosive) thing!
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5695044769427318137
Weird/Cool Dog rides bike. Really.
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6742988194956129075
Very Cool How does the world feel? Go here and find out at this very very cool site. They even publish an API!
http://www.wefeelfine.org/


Culture This is fascinating (to me). I got this from http://www.andrewsullivan.com. Google has a new feature called Google Trends, With it, you can compare the world's interest in your favorite topics. He uses "sex" to drive home a point that Muslim cultures that are repressive have the most searches on sex. I don't know if the data point necessarily supports THAT conclusion. But I was intrigued, so I tried different options:

http://www.google.com/trends?q=sex

http://www.google.com/trends?q=money

http://www.google.com/trends?q=happiness


and just for the heck of it


http://www.google.com/trends?q=Paris+Hilton


Very interesting....very different results, too! North Americans are more interested in money!  The Turks have an interest in sex and Paris Hilton, but not money, while the Australians have an interest in money and Paris Hilton but not sex. LOL!!!
Culture McSweeneys. Not just another hip-cool-smart periodical in paper...now on the web, too!
http://www.mcsweeneys.net/
Culture You can see Tim Burton has had his ideas for some time by checking on this cool video he made in 1982, no less
http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1738
Computers/
Humour
For those of you professionals wondering about going in for technical certification, I think this video makes a good case for it. NOT!
http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1725
Politics/
Humour
Governing is hard work. So it pays to take a nap sometimes, especially when foreign dignitaries come to town (Cheney and Rice napping while the head of China visits. And people criticize YOU for slacking off at work. These are the leaders of the Free World! :) )
http://abcnews.go.com/US/popup?id=1871301
Music This is a cool little video. Quirky, in a good way. Check out Cake doing the classic, Guitar Man
http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1670
Culture From the Toronto Star (I Love these titles): A buoyant "teen chick lit" genre has helped boost sales of juvenile-fiction books by 20 per cent last year, compared with just 5 per cent for adult fiction, with titles including Neurotica, Dating Without Novocaine, You Are SO Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, From Here To Maternity and The Givenchy Code ...
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&pubid=968163964505&cid=1147039809142&call_page=TS_Business&call_pageid=968350072197&call_pagepath=Business/News
Culture/
Humour
Marcelo Martins sent me this site:

http://songstowearpantsto.com/


There are some hilarious songs here! Andrew Pants will write a song (lyrics and melody) with any theme, rhythm you request. Check out the song about a rabbit named Poopie...be warned...you may want to listen to it with earphones on, or your coworkers may wonder: http://www.archivestowearpantsto.com/tracks/0009_rename_your_rabbit.mp3
Fashion/
Silliness
Now I am not a big fan in dressing kids up this way, but the thought of an infant in a Ramones shirt was kinda cool!
http://www.babesta.com/babywit/ramones.asp


And what 3 mo old wouldn't look cool in a Che Guevara nappy!

http://www.babesta.com/badd/che.asp


There's also Emily the Strange, who I like :)

http://www.babesta.com/spacebaby/iwant.asp
Cool Ideas Norbert Hoeller forwarded this unique invention to me. It's hot! It's cold! It's the incredible wood burning Fridge!
http://www.motherearthnews.com/library/1975_September_October/The_Incredible_Wood_Burning_Refrigerator__Is_Now_Under_Development_
Culture! The Internet FINALLY delivers real value! I give you Bugs Bunny in "Homeless Hare". By Chuck Jones.
http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1740

and....That's All Folks!

Test facility for innovative home products


http://www.ccht-cctr.gc.ca/main_e.html

Bernie show us where to sing the blues!




http://www.desktopblues.lichtlabor.ch/


Click the "Click Here", turn the radio on, then press the buttons! Instant blues! (Robert Johnson is turning over in his grave.)


After you play with it awhile, don't be surprised if people start putting "Jellyroll" in front of your name.
J

Bernie TV


--From Bernie--

I came across this Transbuddha site by accident, looking for the Crazy Frog video for Sophie and Marcus. I start pulling interesting stuff off it last week, and I have basically given up, because there is alot of cool stuff there. So if you are bored of TV and you have high speed internet, go there! And since what is TV without ads, check out www.dhadm.com! LOL


(You will need high speed and audio and viewer discretion).



If you don't know Crazy Frog, you will. I saw stuff with his mug in the luggage store today. Be warrned, don't start watching this with a child...long after you find it amusing, they will still want you to replay it!  Also, the little fella really should be wearing a loincloth or codpiece or something! (Not surprising, he is castrated on the luggage.)


http://transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=464


I love this! It is quite a remarkable ad. You don't need to understand German to watch it: it is visually brilliant. And NOT what you want to see at the airport.
http://www.transbuddha.com/index.php/buddha/racing_beats/


More funny Germans are here....

http://www.dhadm.com/index.php/dhadm/vw_unpimp_your_ride_sling_shot/

...and...

http://www.transbuddha.com/index.php/buddha/berlitz_sinking/


This technology ad is VERY funny. I have watched it a number of times and I still laugh. (I am simple that way.)

http://www.transbuddha.com/index.php/buddha/comments/6015/


Same goes for this one.

http://www.dhadm.com/index.php/dhadm/super_bowl_xl_sprint_theft_deterrent_feature/


This too is funny. Stupidly funny. The piling up of absurdities works.

http://www.dhadm.com/index.php/dhadm/super_bowl_xl_full_throttle_energy_drink/


This is funny, but risque instead of stupid.

http://www.dhadm.com/index.php/dhadm/super_bowl_xl_ameriquest_airline/


And "birds" are funny!

http://www.dhadm.com/index.php/dhadm/windex_birds/


And even Old Spice can be funny!!

hhttp://www.dhadm.com/index.php/dhadm/old_spice_red_zone_clear_gel/


So that was the funny stuff. This is REALLY disgusting. You have been warned!!!

http://www.dhadm.com/index.php/dhadm/ipecac_500/


And well George Bush is in a league by himself....

http://www.dhadm.com/index.php/dhadm/bush_blunders_abound/


Some great URLs from Bernie, part 1

Design The sublime: Shopping and sustainability combined here:
http://www.branchhome.com/


Even cooler -- to me -- there is a guy there named Daniel Michalik designing neat stuff. LOL!

http://www.branchhome.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=1
Culture, sorta :)
From the sublime to...: This is ridiculous on so many levels. So naturally, I had to send it on!
http://www.pimpmysnack.com

Entertainment

If you have seen everything at Blockbuster and want something very different, check out

http://www.singularfilms.com


They have a very fun selection, as well as "M", one of my favourite films:

http://www.singularfilms.com/singular/scripts/prodView.asp?idProduct=110


Also, "The Brain that Wouldn't Die" (I mean, who wouldn't want to watch THAT?! :) )

http://www.singularfilms.com/singular/scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=97

Wine / Cool Stuff

This has a very cool interface. Very un-Web 2.0! :) For lovers of books and/or wine. It is cool.

http://www.caduceus.org/

More Cool stuff

And this IS very web 2.0 both in the design and the idea. I like converting digital photos into working PDFs. Check it out:

http://www.scanr.com/

More "Culture"

Definitely a list one does not want to appear on, though Brad Pitt is on it, so what's the deal there?

http://us.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/TV/04/19/people.unsexy.reut/index.html


Stuff for Kids

This is a phenomenal thing for kids. It is not for "adults". It is for "children".
http://www.palaisdetokyo.com/fr/tokyogames/game1/opniyama.html


Kids will also like this, too

http://www.tokyoplastic.com/

Music/Virtuosity

To me, this is truly alternative. Good alternative. The first link is to a truly virtuoso ukelele player. Yes, that instrument. Check it out...it is really worthwhile. As for the second link, I have watched in a number of times. It is interesting on alot of levels: nice use of animation and live footage, very unique music style, good guitar playing, nice vocals, and lovely tempo changes during the chorus. :)


http://www.transbuddha.com/index.php/buddha/while-my-guitar-ukulele-gently-weeps/

http://www.transbuddha.com/index.php/buddha/matisyahu_king_without_a_crown/









Pink - Stupid Girls

http://www.transbuddha.com/mediaHolder.php?id=1612

In-flight announcements are not entirely truthful. What might an honest one sound like?


http://www.economist.com/research/articlesBySubject/PrinterFriendly.cfm?Story_ID=7884654&subjectID=348873


Fear of flying

Welcome aboard

Sep 7th 2006
From The Economist print edition



In-flight announcements are not entirely truthful. What might an honest one sound like?


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“GOOD morning, ladies and gentlemen. We are delighted to welcome you aboard Veritas Airways, the airline that tells it like it is. Please ensure that your seat belt is fastened, your seat back is upright and your tray-table is stowed. At Veritas Airways, your safety is our first priority. Actually, that is not quite true: if it were, our seats would be rear-facing, like those in military aircraft, since they are safer in the event of an emergency landing. But then hardly anybody would buy our tickets and we would go bust.

The flight attendants are now pointing out the emergency exits. This is the part of the announcement that you might want to pay attention to. So stop your sudoku for a minute and listen: knowing in advance where the exits are makes a dramatic difference to your chances of survival if we have to evacuate the aircraft. Also, please keep your seat belt fastened when seated, even if the seat-belt light is not illuminated. This is to protect you from the risk of clear-air turbulence, a rare but extremely nasty form of disturbance that can cause severe injury. Imagine the heavy food trolleys jumping into the air and bashing into the overhead lockers, and you will have some idea of how nasty it can be. We don't want to scare you. Still, keep that seat belt fastened all the same.

Your life-jacket can be found under your seat, but please do not remove it now. In fact, do not bother to look for it at all. In the event of a landing on water, an unprecedented miracle will have occurred, because in the history of aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings on water is zero. This aircraft is equipped with inflatable slides that detach to form life rafts, not that it makes any difference. Please remove high-heeled shoes before using the slides. We might as well add that space helmets and anti-gravity belts should also be removed, since even to mention the use of the slides as rafts is to enter the realm of science fiction.

Please switch off all mobile phones, since they can interfere with the aircraft's navigation systems. At least, that's what you've always been told. The real reason to switch them off is because they interfere with mobile networks on the ground, but somehow that doesn't sound quite so good. On most flights a few mobile phones are left on by mistake, so if they were really dangerous we would not allow them on board at all, if you think about it. We will have to come clean about this next year, when we introduce in-flight calling across the Veritas fleet. At that point the prospect of taking a cut of the sky-high calling charges will miraculously cause our safety concerns about mobile phones to evaporate.

On channel 11 of our in-flight entertainment system you will find a video consisting of abstract imagery and a new-age soundtrack, with a voice-over explaining some exercises you can do to reduce the risk of deep-vein thrombosis. We are aware that this video is tedious, but it is not meant to be fun. It is meant to limit our liability in the event of lawsuits.

Once we have reached cruising altitude you will be offered a light meal and a choice of beverages—a word that sounds so much better than just saying ‘drinks’, don't you think? The purpose of these refreshments is partly to keep you in your seats where you cannot do yourselves or anyone else any harm. Please consume alcohol in moderate quantities so that you become mildly sedated but not rowdy. That said, we can always turn the cabin air-quality down a notch or two to help ensure that you are sufficiently drowsy.

After take-off, the most dangerous part of the flight, the captain will say a few words that will either be so quiet that you will not be able to hear them, or so loud that they could wake the dead. So please sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. We appreciate that you have a choice of airlines and we thank you for choosing Veritas, a member of an incomprehensible alliance of obscure foreign outfits, most of which you have never heard of. Cabin crew, please make sure we have remembered to close the doors. Sorry, I mean: ‘Doors to automatic and cross-check’. Thank you for flying Veritas.”

Welcome aboard
Sep 7th 2006
From The Economist print edition



In-flight announcements are not entirely truthful. What might an honest one sound like?


Thinkstock

Thinkstock

“GOOD morning, ladies and gentlemen. We are delighted to welcome you aboard Veritas Airways, the airline that tells it like it is. Please ensure that your seat belt is fastened, your seat back is upright and your tray-table is stowed. At Veritas Airways, your safety is our first priority. Actually, that is not quite true: if it were, our seats would be rear-facing, like those in military aircraft, since they are safer in the event of an emergency landing. But then hardly anybody would buy our tickets and we would go bust.

The flight attendants are now pointing out the emergency exits. This is the part of the announcement that you might want to pay attention to. So stop your sudoku for a minute and listen: knowing in advance where the exits are makes a dramatic difference to your chances of survival if we have to evacuate the aircraft. Also, please keep your seat belt fastened when seated, even if the seat-belt light is not illuminated. This is to protect you from the risk of clear-air turbulence, a rare but extremely nasty form of disturbance that can cause severe injury. Imagine the heavy food trolleys jumping into the air and bashing into the overhead lockers, and you will have some idea of how nasty it can be. We don't want to scare you. Still, keep that seat belt fastened all the same.

Your life-jacket can be found under your seat, but please do not remove it now. In fact, do not bother to look for it at all. In the event of a landing on water, an unprecedented miracle will have occurred, because in the history of aviation the number of wide-bodied aircraft that have made successful landings on water is zero. This aircraft is equipped with inflatable slides that detach to form life rafts, not that it makes any difference. Please remove high-heeled shoes before using the slides. We might as well add that space helmets and anti-gravity belts should also be removed, since even to mention the use of the slides as rafts is to enter the realm of science fiction.

Please switch off all mobile phones, since they can interfere with the aircraft's navigation systems. At least, that's what you've always been told. The real reason to switch them off is because they interfere with mobile networks on the ground, but somehow that doesn't sound quite so good. On most flights a few mobile phones are left on by mistake, so if they were really dangerous we would not allow them on board at all, if you think about it. We will have to come clean about this next year, when we introduce in-flight calling across the Veritas fleet. At that point the prospect of taking a cut of the sky-high calling charges will miraculously cause our safety concerns about mobile phones to evaporate.

On channel 11 of our in-flight entertainment system you will find a video consisting of abstract imagery and a new-age soundtrack, with a voice-over explaining some exercises you can do to reduce the risk of deep-vein thrombosis. We are aware that this video is tedious, but it is not meant to be fun. It is meant to limit our liability in the event of lawsuits.

Once we have reached cruising altitude you will be offered a light meal and a choice of beverages—a word that sounds so much better than just saying ‘drinks’, don't you think? The purpose of these refreshments is partly to keep you in your seats where you cannot do yourselves or anyone else any harm. Please consume alcohol in moderate quantities so that you become mildly sedated but not rowdy. That said, we can always turn the cabin air-quality down a notch or two to help ensure that you are sufficiently drowsy.

After take-off, the most dangerous part of the flight, the captain will say a few words that will either be so quiet that you will not be able to hear them, or so loud that they could wake the dead. So please sit back, relax and enjoy the flight. We appreciate that you have a choice of airlines and we thank you for choosing Veritas, a member of an incomprehensible alliance of obscure foreign outfits, most of which you have never heard of. Cabin crew, please make sure we have remembered to close the doors. Sorry, I mean: ‘Doors to automatic and cross-check’. Thank you for flying Veritas.”