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Bullet Sunday 116

Posted on Sunday, January 18th, 2009

Dave!It's back to foggy, freezy, Central Washington for another edition of Bullet Sunday!

• Flying. No, I am not more nervous about flying after the emergency landing by US Airways into the Hudson River. Statistically speaking, flying is still one of the safest ways to travel, and one of the safest activities you can do, period. I am more nervous walking across the street while dumbasses are out there driving while being distracted by their mobile phones. And this is not idle speculation. I've lost count over the number of times somebody has nearly nailed me, my car, or my motorcycle because they were driving without paying attention. I'll take flying any day. Every day.

I'd be remiss if I didn't point out the obvious... everybody on that flight is still alive.

• Player. I don't have a lot of free time. What little free time I do have is spent in Animal Crossing...

Dave Crossing

Apparently I have nothing better to do with my personal life than this...

Dave and Bad Monkey playing Wii

I don't know whether this is something to celebrate or apologize for. I owe myself a lot of apologies lately.

• Polaroid. Even in this age of digital photography... I still shoot film from time to time. There are things that digital cameras simply cannot capture in a way that the chemical reaction of film is able to. And one of the most fun ways of playing with film is the immediate satisfaction of a Polaroid instant film picture. Except Polaroid discontinued making instant film in June of last year. I find it kind of sad that future generations won't know the joy of it all. But, fortunately for everybody, The Impossible Project has come to save us. A group of Polaroid fans have purchased the manufacturing equipment from Polaroid, and signed a lease on an old Polaroid factory in the Netherlands. They anticipate producing new instant film for legacy Polaroid camera equipment starting 2010. I will be first in line to purchase some. If you'd like to show your support for the project, you can sign up for updates at their site.

DAVETOON Polaroid Photo

• Trust. There is no substitute for an impartial, trusted review. None. When I am wanting to buy something, the first thing I do is research it on the internet... and completely disregard any glowing 100% positive reviews left by an untrusted source. This story about Belkin paying for positive reviews is why. It's far better to learn what problems people are having than what they are loving, because that's about the only thing guaranteed to be real. At some point, companies are going to have to fucking learn that you can't manipulate the internet and live to tell about it. In the age of blogs, the truth will prevail. Eventually. And, on that note, let me reiterate for anybody doing a Google search... The Hewlett-Packard B9180 printer is the biggest pile of shit I have ever owned... twice.

• Star Walk. For anybody with an iPod Touch or iPhone who has even a passing interest in stargazing or exploring the universe, you are in for a treat. Vito Technology has created a stunning piece of star map software called Star Walk.

I don't know whether to be more amazed that such a beautiful piece of software runs so amazingly well on my iPhone... or that they're only charging $4.99 to buy it! The zoomable interface is very elegant, and looks like this...

Star Walk Screenshot

And, of course, you can switch to night-mode, which looks like this...

Star Walk Screenshot

When you zoom in using the iPhone's multi-touch screen, details from the built-in celestial database begin to appear over stars, planets, galaxies, and deep space objects of interest (note the cool lens flare from the sun!)...

Star Walk Screenshot

Tapping an object selects it. If you then tap the "info" button, it brings up relevant information in a very cool Star Trek "PADD" kind of interface, complete with nifty beeps and boops! The iPhone mute settings are respected, so sounds can be muted if you wish to explore in silence...

Star Walk Screenshot

It's apps like this that make owning an iPhone so compelling. You can buy it from the iTunes Store here.

If only it wasn't completely overcast out so I could even look at the stars.

Except on my iPhone.

And in Animal Crossing, which is where I'm off to now...


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Comments

  1. I’m downloading Star Walk this minute. I’m surprised that you would even notice the stars. I lived in Redmond (I twitch when I say that) for four months and saw the sun maybe twice.

  2. Avitable says:

    All of you guys and your damned Animal Crossing! You’re all crazy, I tell ya.

  3. Sue says:

    Didn’t you actually get hit by a crazy driver not long ago? Yeah, planes are safer. If we saw the statistics for car crashes as streaming media we’d all be scared to drive too. Or walk.

  4. Michelle says:

    Just curious, what platform are you playing Animal Crossing on. DS, GC, or Wii?

  5. Dave2 says:

    I played on DS for the longest time… but am now playing on Wii.

  6. Twinkie says:

    During last year’s Veteran’s Day Parade I saw a lady driving a float… while texting.

    I tried to get a picture but my camera died.

    It was the funniest yet most disgusting thing I’ve seen for a long time.

    Except the time the Fed Ex guy came to deliver a package at my door. While on the phone with his girlfriend. He kept laughing and I thought he was laughing at me. So I said, “What’s so funny? What did I do?” he said, “Oh, no, not you.” He points to his bluetooth and says, “I’m talking to my girlfriend.

    Blech.

  7. kilax says:

    Is Animal Crossing as fun as Wii Tennis and Rock Band? Must I go buy this game ASAP?!?!

  8. stef says:

    i like polaroids as well, although i was a bit young when they were really popular, so i never had my own polaroid camera (something i’d really like to own, even now). but while you’re waiting for the film to come out next year, you can always create your own polaroids! :)

  9. whall says:

    that iPhone app is awesome! Have you seen ecocal yet? It’s only $5.99 and does an interactive calendar that helps you understand the ecology around you, like full moon, where the planets are, constellations in the sky, etc.

    I think I’m glad we haven’t tried out Animal Crossing.

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