Archive for October, 2010

Here’s something new in the world of Internet radios – Grace Wi-Fi Internet Radio that features Pandora. It gives you absolute control of your Pandora stations directly from the front of the radio, through the remote control, or the iPhone remote control app that comes for free. With its fully integrated Pandora capabilities, you can control Pandora stations the way you do using a computer. It even allows you to bookmark songs that you can listen to or purchase from Amazon or iTunes.
Another thing that makes this Internet radio awesome is that it lets you go where no IR remote has gone before. Through this you can adjust the volume, look for stations, turn the radio on and off, and set presets or any of the five alarms. This radio can also be connected to your speakers or to your home stereo system. The said Pandora radio comes with rear ported speakers which provide it with full dynamic sound. Aside from that, you can also listen to more than 50,000 radio stations.

The Pandora Wi-Fi Internet Radio is also user-friendly. It has an adjustable 4-line backlit LCD display that makes it way easy for you to view your selections and adjust your audio settings or display the title of the songs and artist details. Furthermore, you can adjust the dual band equalization settings to transform your music sound into something that’s played right in front of you. If this gadget captures your interest, click here and purchase the Grace Digital GDI-IR2550P Pandora Wi-Fi Internet Radio now!

Ok this one is keeping with the Halloween spirit….. not to be confused with the UK Progressive Rock band Magenta!

Magenta is a alternative rock band from Norway. Magenta was formed by Anders Odden during the summer of 1995. Vilde Lockert joined him on vocals that autumn. They released their first EP simply named Magenta in 1997. The song Secret Sky went into the charts in Norway and established their career. Anders Odden was already a well-known name to most of the music-oriented people. He’s been members of bands like Apoptygma Berzerk, Cadaver as well as recording for Satyricon, and being liveguitarist for Celtic Frost.

Caprica: Cancelled

Just a few days after giving the green light to a new BSG prequel “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” dealing with the Cylon Wars, Syfy has confirmed the cancellation of their spin-off Caprica. With five unaired episodes left in the current 13-episode season airing on the channel, the network announced that the remaining broadcasts will be delayed and air sometime in early 2011.

Here’s what the network had to say about Caprica getting the axe.

“We appreciate all the support that fans have shown for ‘Caprica’ and are very proud of the producers, cast, writers and the rest of the amazing team that has been committed to this fine series,” said Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, Syfy and Co-Head of Content for Universal Cable Productions. “Unfortunately, despite its obvious quality, ‘Caprica’ has not been able to build the audience necessary to justify a second season.”



Panasonic HDC-SDT750 Panasonic

With only a handful of 3-D channels and titles available, the task of filling the growing number of 3-D TV screens falls to snap-happy vacationers and amateur auteurs. They finally get their choice of 3-D cameras this fall, but the images they produce are not all created equal.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9:  Sony


Good: Shoot Stills

Normally a camera needs two lenses (one for each eye) to produce a 3-D image, but Sony’s Cyber-shot has the speed and software smarts to get the effect from only one. In 3-D mode, the camera snaps a burst of up to 100 images as you move it slowly from side to side. Once that’s done, its onboard software merges frames from the burst into a single eye-popping image, which you can view on a 3-D ready HDTV.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX9; $400;

Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3:  Fujifilm


Better: Shoot 720P Video With Stereo Sound

Shoot right out of the box: Fuji’s W3 captures 3-D stills and video at the push of a button. Each of two lenses is backed by a 10-megapixel sensor that records separate, continuous video streams for the right and left eye. The camera’s internal processor then combines both pictures into a single movie file, which it can send to a 3-D-capable HDTV via HDMI.
Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3; $500;

Panasonic HDC-SDT750:  Panasonic


Best: Shoot 1080i Video With 5.1 Surround Sound

A screw-on lens accessory turns Panasonic’s top-tier high-def camcorder into a 3-D power player – while still maintaining a full 1080 lines of horizontal resolution. The lens splits video into two right and left streams, and a sensor in the camcorder body saves these streams side by side in a movie file that’s viewable on a 3-D HDTV (via HDMI) in near Blu-ray quality, complete with five-channel surround sound.
Panasonic HDC-SDT750; $1400;


Here is some excellent pop music. Well, if you can look beyond the pure lyrical brilliance of rhyming “mine” with “mine”, “Scratch” by the cheesily-named and well-executed new girl group Beach Girl5 is definitely excellent pop music. The energy is rampant and small layers are added as the track progresses, making it a chaotically wonderful experience. The video introduces us to the five girls, although Brooke, Noreen, Dominique, Laura, and Brandy will sort of blend and become obligatory singing faces. One of the blondes seems to get more face time than the other girls, but as I can’t tell which blonde is which, perhaps they are both equally sharing the screen. While the original is a party and a half, it is also three minutes and a half, making club use a little limited. Digital Dog and Dave Aude have both given great remixes of the track to surpass this dilemma. “Scratch” may just land itself a solid placement in upcoming charts.

“My Boots” is the new single from the Canadian-born LIGHTS, who showcases a slight stylistic change to her emotional synthpop.  Most of her debut album is easily, and often, compared to contemporary Owl City.  Their blips and beeps and melodies were similar, but now LIGHTS has incorporated what sounds like a page from La Roux’s book with a more driving dance-based production with her airy vocal delivery.  While “My Boots” is excellent and a great lead-off for LIGHTS, it’d be a shock if this track broke her to the mainstream.  Still, I believe she’s on her way there.



10 less-known Warren Ellis comics (that are worth your ducats)Red may have featured Helen Mirren firing a gatling gun, but the film wasn’t indicative of Warren Ellis’ work as a whole. Here are 10 amazing tales from Ellis’ oeuvre about such topics as transhuman deities and a dead Galactus.

Don’t get me wrong — Planetary, Transmetropolitan, The Authority and Nextwave are fine books, but we’re focusing on some of Ellis’ less famous writings here. These are some Ellis comics that aren’t necessarily his immediate standouts…sort of like Red before it hit the big screen.

10.) Ruins (Marvel, 1995)
Quite possibly the most depressing What If this side of What If The Avengers Became The Pawns of Korvac, this two-issue miniseries details what happens to the Marvel Universe had absolutely everyone’s powers malfunctioned. The book is a spoof of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross’ Marvels and besmirches the Silver Age of comics with gritty matte of modern comics. For example, Bruce Banner becomes a giant tumor and Wolverine is dying of adamantium poisioning. Continue reading

yogi lang’s solo album ‘no decoder’ out 5th of november. yogi is a member of the progressive rock band RPWL. musicians performing on his album: torsten weber, guy pratt, manni müller, carmen meier, dominique leonetti, hubert trenkwalder, kalle wallner, ferdinand settele, anne de wolff, ian salmon.. animations by judozab 🙂

Blackfield is a collaboratory musical group between Porcupine Tree founder and lead singer Steven Wilson and Israeli rock singer Aviv Geffen.

By reading the title you would expect that the book is just about wiki’s, but it takes on a much broader picture. The book is about how mass collaboration is making great changes to institutions and, as a result, society, the economy, and the way we deal in our everyday lives. For many, the term Web 2.0 is foreign, but it is making its presence known in the forms of Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube, Blogs and countless other forms of social media. This social media storm is the catalyst for the change which will present new opportunities for business and the private sector alike. Since this change is in its infancy, authors Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams have some practical examples of how this is happening and suggestions how to get on the bandwagon without getting lost in the shuffle.

            “Wikinomics”, when applied correctly, can be a huge boon to business. Sharing, with proper planning and maintenance, will provide countless new resources for knowledge growth and further development. Mindsharing has expanded not only the resources we have but the way we think about them in terms of the future. Ongoing support is of key importance no matter what the social media approach being used. Consistency and planning the proper structure helps to establish your community. Just like any other business venture, mass collaboration means ceding some control and embracing transparency. It is this very step that will hone the collaborative mind and allow the communities to take on lives of their own and spread out. In the ever changing global economy, social media is finding its place as a method for expanding small and large businesses. As Don Tapscot has said, “the monolithic, self-contained, inwardly focused corporation is dead.” Mass Collaboration is here. Whether you like it or not and “Wikinomics” shows you what can happen when you embrace change.