Filed under: gadgets, lifestyle, music | Tags: found electronics, found ipod, ipod, ipod mini, lost & found, lost ipod, pink ipod mini
My Ipod Mini resurfaced today!!!
“Skinny Mini” had been gone for so long that I can’t even remember when I lost her. I’m pretty sure it happened last October, when I went home to Pennsylvania for Kimmi & Drew’s wedding. Though I could never place the exact time when she went missing, I was fairly certain that some punk kid in the airport had swiped her from me. As far as I was concerned, Skinny Mini was gone forever.
Then today, a miracle happened! I was out at Auditorium Shores doing some site reconnaissance for an upcoming project we’re working on, when I reached into a side pocket of my dorky, ill-used ASLA laptop bag for my camera. And lo and behold, there was my pink ipod mini. I’d looked through that bag countless numbers of times since it went missing, and I have no idea how I’d overlooked it each time.
This couldn’t have come at a better time – my roommate and I are throwing a big party next weekend (ps, you’re all invited). All week I’d considered throwing down some money for a new Ipod so that I could have portable tunes for the weekend. And now, thanks to my random decision to carry that bag this morning, I’ll have portable music without buying any new electronics. Brilliant!
Filed under: design, gadgets, music | Tags: ACL 2008, ACL festival, Apple, austin city limits, C.S.S., Ipod touch, Ipod touch ad, Nick Haley
(I have a dancing problem that turns into a video problem when I try to do both at the same time, my apologies.)
Give it a listen - maybe you’re wondering the song sounds so familiar?
You’ve heard it on an Ipod Touch ad – check out the story & videos below.
Neat story behind this ad – a college student in the UK (Nick Haley) came up with this in his free time. He posted it to YouTube, Apple heard about it and decided to fly him out to L.A. to get his help producing virtually the same ad for real t.v.
Here’s Nick’s original – pretty close to the real thing, huh?
Filed under: gadgets, go green | Tags: external hard drive, green electronics, OZOlife, [Re]Drive
This is really exciting, and for 2 reasons:
1) it’s the coolest looking hard drive I’ve ever seen; and
2) it’s…. (yes, you guessed it) environmentally more friendly!
I’ve had a hard time buying into some of the “eco-friendly” products that seem to be popping up in the market these days. The pessimist in me keeps screaming, “It’s all marketing! There are still 10 year olds in China assembling these things and they’re trying to make that seem okay by promoting the materials on the enclosure as a ‘local’ resource!”. Since I don’t foresee a trip to China to tour manufacturing facilities in my near future, I really have no way of disproving that theory. I therefore remain cautiously optimistic that they really are being more environmentally friendly and that their boardroom discussions are focused on bettering the earth, not just fattening their wallets.
Now that I’ve got that bitty rant out of my system…
The [Re]Drive by SimpleTech is a hard drive unlike any other I’ve seen on the market. I’ve been doing some spotty research over the past month or two, as I’ve recently seen a need to backup the years of work I’ve done and have not saved. A new external hard drive was never so high on my list of priorities that I broke down and bought one (thank goodness for dvd’s!), and I’m glad because now I’ll have the opportunity to purchase this hard drive when I make the move from shopper to buyer.
What makes this product stand out from it’s competitors at first glance is strictly it’s totally sweet looks. It’s sheathed in a modern aluminum & bamboo exterior. Never before have I seen a flooring product used on modern electronics, but I must admit: I’m all for it! SimpleTech has seemingly considered all the facets of eco-friendliness, from manufacturing to materials to energy use and then all the way to recycling the product at the end of it’s life. Even the instruction manual is printed inside of the box rather than on a seperate paper booklet. Genius!
Thanks to OZOlife for bringing this product to my attention. Hopefully the release of this product will push other manufacturers to follow suit!
“Yes, who is this?”
“This is Earth calling. Just wanted to say thanks for all your efforts to save my life. Much obliged.”
If Earth had a cell phone, and if Nokia wasn’t a brand but an answering service, I would bet that this imaginary phone call may not be so imaginary.
Nokia has been pushing the limits on their cell phone concepts, not with bigger screens or GPS or xray vision cameras (which leads me to wonder why they aren’t working on the xray vision camera phone – I know plenty of people who’d love to have one). No, Nokia is pushing the limit with two eco-friendlier phones. The first is called Nokia “Evolve”, and as usual, the US doesn’t have it yet but the cool kids across the Atlantic do. The Evolve handset is constructed out of 50% renewable bio-materials, the charger uses 95% less power than the standard set by Energy Star ratings, and the packaging contains 60% recycled materials. Hmmm…. it’s a good start but not quite there yet, wouldn’t you say?
Nokia’s second product, which is just in the concept stages, is called the “Remade”. It’s nothing more than a concept yet, but it’s nice to see that a major cell phone manufacturer has taken it upon themselves to start pushing these concepts out into the mainstream.
Now if only they could figure out a way to make one of these babies Coltan-free…. hrm… is that asking too much?