It’s taking me days to catch up with the backlog in my RSS and I’ve skipped over tons of stuff in Twitter. Clearly once I start working again I’m going to have to figure out a better way to manage the tidal waves of information coming in my direction. Anyway, some stuff that’s caught my eye.
Neil Innes is touring the US. An interview and a career retrospective as Innes talks about the Bonzo’s relationship with the Beatles, his work with Monty Python, the Rutles and more.
M.I.A.’s new video was yanked from Youtube (by Youtube, apparently) but you can see it here.
From the SCMP a couple of days ago, some guy goes to Thailand from HK. He gets an offer from 3 for unlimited data roaming on his iPhone for “only” HK$138 per day. He accepts that offer. He comes home 3 days later and gets a HK$29,000 bill for data roaming. For 3 days. Seems 3 neglected to tell him it was only $138 if he stuck with a specific carrier and of course every time he stepped out of an elevator his phone switched carriers.
PhotoPad – a photo editing app for the iPad that allows you to adjust color, tint, contrast, saturation, chromaticity, plus crop, filter, lots more. All with one finger. I knew stuff like this would be coming and expect to be seeing a whole lot more. Almost forgot to mention, this is a free app. I’ve got the iPad camera connection kit now and looking forward to using this app. I also have the official Apple iPad case and it’s kind of nice and kind of sucks at the same time.
Via CNNGo, S. Pellegrino’s annual list of the world’s 100 best restaurants. Top restaurant in Asia is in Japan of course. HK has 5 restaurants on the list, but the highest placed is Robuchon at 53. El Bulli drops to #2, some place in Denmark is now #1. Denmark?
If you’re a Nikon DSLR user (like me), Thom Hogan’s seriously definitive guide to when you should use VR – and, more importantly, when you shouldn’t.
Jon Stewart takes on Apple and the whole Gizmodo 4G iphone thing. ”You guys are busting down doors in Palo Alto while Commandant Gates is ridding the world of mosquitoes. What the fuck is going on?”
As you may have seen elsewhere, HP has just purchased Palm for US$1.2 billion. I think if they waited another six months they could have picked it up for $20 at a garage sale. How many years ago was it that the Treo was the cutting edge of smartphones? I can’t remember, but I had one and loved it. And then followed a series of egregious failures as they squandered all sorts of opportunities to build on its success. Books will be written how the world was knocking on Palm’s door but they were passed out on the sofa in front of the TV and couldn’t be arsed to open the door and let the world in.
Avatar is now the best selling Blu-Ray disc ever in the U.S. This despite the fact that the disc contains no extras, not even a trailer and it’s been widely publicized that a four disc deluxe edition will be out in November. And also despite the fact that the heavy DRM on the disc is rendering it unplayable on many Blu-Ray players (hello Samsung!).