Of agony, ecstasy, and Ikea

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Look at my Dinner

I recently discovered the pristine particle board paradise that is Ikea: the clean lines, the minimalist design, the Stepford sensibility. The sense that something … is amis. And yet, at such good prices, who can resist?!?

Perhaps this sheds some light on the lurking horror behind the retail giant.

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Live theater disaster

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Live theater is hard! Holiday Christmas pageants are hard! This audience is about to get a surprise during Handel’s Messiah. So funny!

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Best Siri Parody

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I know there have been a lot of Siri spoof videos. But, this one takes the cake. Watch out the language is NSFW!

More Microsoft Futurism

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I love the videos Microsoft makes showing their vision for the future: roboto-Bill Gates ravaging the landscape shooting lasers from his eyes and leveling buildings with shoulder mounted missile launchers… /sigh… good stuff.

Actually, I find their videos on how school, work and life might work to be quite enthralling (despite being shockingly depopulated — perhaps they simply depict the 2023 forced “retirement” of anyone unable to afford a smartphone).

I’m not sure why they do this other than just give futurists a “SQUEE!” But, they do and I love them for it. Squee!

Here’s the latest one titled “Productivity Future Vision (2011)”

It’s a bit more whackadoo than their Office Labs Vision 2019: containing holograms coming off the screen combined with (still awkward) Kinect type controls. But, hey, you can continue to follow the adventures of business-mom (same actress as in the prior video) who still hasn’t found her way home (she’s now in Johannesburg). Ah well, maybe by 2040.

This isn’t a dig against moms who work. Just that usually if a company wants to show you an idealized future, they who how technology improves work/life balance; not keeping you continents away from your family. But, at least there’s pie!

via Gizmodo.

Turning windows into electric generators

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Watch this TED now!

Justin Tipping-Hall discuses how a film of carbon nanotubes applied to windows could make them your next electrical power plant.

Check it out!

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GLaDOSiri on iPhone 4S

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Apple – Introducing GLaDOSiri on iPhone 4S – YouTube.