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Your Spouse or Your Cell Phone? June 24, 2009

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And the winner is… the cell phone.

I’m pretty sure this is no big surprise to a lot of women out there. And to those fools who are thinking it’s because women like to talk on the phone all the time, the answer was directed to what is more helpful organizationally. The phone or the husband.

Shoe retailer Zappos.com and Bill Me Later surveyed 600 women

 

Art and Technology May 17, 2009

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I’m not looking to get into the old “Art vs. Science” debate. Firstly, I don’t believe I could ever offer a new or original thought on the subject, but mostly because I don’t believe it’s an either or proposition. One can never be superior to the other and even better, technology is increasingly used in the creation of art.

A short while ago, I attended Art Chicago and NEXT, the latter being the more experimental of the two showcases. Sure there were a lot of pieces that utilized the obvious — video clips, lighting, photographic elements. There were lots that were commentary on technology, and there were pieces that merged the two.

Like Brian Dettmer’s skeleton of melted and twisted cassette tapes.IMG_0122

And this piece of cardboard speakers painted white in a pile (apologies to the Artist, whose name I couldn’t get thanks to the performance artist who kept getting in the way)…
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But even better is this, a collaboration between between Yves Behar and Samsung. An LED light installation at the just opened Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. It doesn’t look like much in the photo, but it mesmerizes in person.

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Unexpected Adoration February 20, 2009

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Now that I’ve admitted to using an ancient TV with rabbit ears, there’s really nothing to lose in this: I love Kodak cameras.

It’s true.

Admittedly, both the models I own and use were given to me by the company. One, the Kodak DX 7590 for use at a photography course in Sante Fe also sponsored by Kodak. And the other, the V570 Dual Lens camera at a press event for the product’s release. This last camera is still a favorite, three years later. The two lenses, one a wide range and one for closer shots seemlessly switch between the two. Panoramic shots are stitched together in seconds and the optical zoom is internal to the camera, keeping it compact and light weight.
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It’s always difficult for people to believe, this affection for a camera made by Kodak. I recently discovered it was shared by a well regarded photo industry insider, who recently showed me how surprisingly nice another new Kodak product is, the Zx1 and Zi6 Digital Video Cameras. The footage I’ve seen was vivid and clean. More so even than some of the other, hipper, pocket camcorders.

That dual lens camera never caught on with consumers and it’s possible Kodak never really gave it a chance. I think people really missed out on a fun and functional product. May the video cameras not meet the same fate.

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And another…. August 28, 2008

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Crunchgear is at it again, posting more misinformation and dubbing something childish and glittery, “for the ladies.”

The gear in question? Sony earbuds with sparkly colorful casings. Saying they are designed for women is yet another fabrication of the blagosphere, since the product is for the Japanese market where men have been known to drive pink cars tricked out with Hello Kitty. Oh, and the company info is in Japanese.

Crunchgear doesn’t read Japanese. Instead it sources Impress, a tech watch site, then translates it to English using Yahoo. How accurate is all this? Well, the translation has a release date of 2006……

Even worse, the whole thing was picked up and reported as gospel on Apartment Therapy, complete with the condescending “for her.”