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15 years and 10 months ago · listen

A great parody from Mad TV, mashing up geekery and politics.

RSS readers should click here to watch the movie.

Technology can hurt

15 years and 10 months ago · listen

Last week I spend it snowboarding in the French Alps with some friends. This year, for the first time, we had like 2 small video cameras, so people were always trying to film that "Roast beef grab", the "Backside 180" or the "Indy grab".

Whenever the camera was on, my friends were taking huge risks, doing big jumps and strange techniques, in order to stay "good in the picture".

The result? Three man down: one shoulder, one ankle and a visit to a french hospital to do some x-rays due to a heavy chest pain. Fortunately, I don't give a damn for great snow movies, so all I've got was tired muscles and a rested brain.

The conclusion? Technology can hurt you, beware.

Think to play

15 years and 11 months ago · listen

What if your games could read your mind, so you could play them by thinking about it? Futuristic? Not so.

An Australian company, Emotiv Systems, developed a headset that uses a set of sensors to detect player's thoughts, emotions and feelings, thus making it possible for games to be controlled and influenced by the mind of the player.

The headset connects wirelessly to consoles and PCs, and is not available to consumers yet, but a private demonstration can be scheduled for developers at the 2007 Game Developers Conference.

Image taken from Emotiv Systems website.

Update: The New Scientist Blog has an article about testing the headset, entitled What geek wouldn't want to be a Jedi? Worth reading.

Bye bye TV, hello Joost

15 years and 11 months ago · listen

I got an invitation for Joost 10 minutes ago. It took me 60 seconds for a 16 MB download, another 30 seconds for extraction and installation, 30 seconds to get the first Joost channel (‘Joost Suggests’) up and running in full-screen mode, no flicks, good quality, and watch some crazy surfers riding big waves in Hawaii.An additional 3 minutes to see the channel list (pretty impressive, NatGeo, MTV and others) and try and watch other channels. Everything is working smoothly.Now the bad news: my MacBook remote controller didn’t work (yes, I know, it isn’t supported, but I needed something bad to say).The rest 5 minutes were to write this post.