Tuesday, March 31, 2009

"Not cool enough to be a Mac"

In this new ad for Windows, we meet Lauren -- a girl on a mission to buy a laptop for below USD 1000. The Microsoft guys tell her if she finds one at that price range, they'll give her the cash for it for free.

Obviously, it's anti-Mac and focuses like a laser on the fact that Macs are quite expensive.

The thing is, from my experience using both Macs and Windows machines, the Mac is really worth the price. I've been using the same Mac iBook G4 for the last FIVE years, and it still works well, still does impressive stuff, and -- get this -- still has a battery life of almost three hours.Other people on Windows machines would have gone therough two laptops in the same timespan. In addition, software for it is cheap too, compared to the stuff Microsoft releases.

So which is really the cheaper --- and COOLER --- machine in the long run?

These are things you only realize when you've actually been on a Mac and have the benefit of a real comparison -- one that goes beyond price and focuses on all the other things that ought be considered when buying a laptop.

(Oh, and I'm not being a snob, alright? I also use a cheap Windows machine -- an Asus eee PC. It's decent enough for internet, chat, and Skype but it kind of chokes on Powerpoint though it does ok with Word and Excel. I love it too.)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The World's Cheapest Car is Here: Tata Nano

At USD 2000 (or less than PhP 100,000) you could be driving a Tata Nano... which if this review is to be believed is pretty decent, for a small car.

Not bad for running to the supermarket or commuting to work (assuming it doesn't involve playing dodge-that-speeding-bus on the expressway), don't you think?

Too bad we don't have it over here.

The Ninja Cheerleaders will save you, Mr Sulu

This  may possibly be one of the top 10 worst films of all time.

Here's the clip to save you the trouble of looking for it. It most probably already has all the best scenes in it.

Oh... don't confuse it with this other movie, even if it has the same silly title (YES, switching the words still qualifies as the same title, if you ask me) and plot, i.e.  ninja cheerleaders go on a mission to save the world/their sensei.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The world's shortest escalator

This is in Japan. (That explains a lot, yes?)

Kill Bill 1 and 2... in One Minute

Now you don't have to break out the two DVDs of Kill Bill 1 and 2 just to see all the awesome fight scenes.

Not that you'll see very many fight scenes in this one either. But come on, it's just one minute. What do you expect, right?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Heavy Metal Monk

This is for real.

Father Cesare, Capuchin monk, really is into heavy metal. He's here with his band, Fratello Metallo (Brother Metal).

In case you think he's a one-off curiosity -- he and his band have enough cred to open the Gods of Metal, Italy's biggest heavy metal festival.

Biggest influences: Metallica and Megadeth. (He looks ZZ Top-ish though, doesn't he?)


(Thanks Boing-Boing)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

2008's Billboard Top 25 in less than 5 Minutes: United State of Pop

If you, like me, think mashups are mindblowing and positively entertaining (I love how old songs can sound new, and how new songs can immediately sound familiar)-- you'll like this one by DJ Earworm.

What's in it?

Flo Rida Featuring T-Pain - Low
Leona Lewis - Bleeding Love
Alicia Keys - No One
Lil Wayne Featuring Static Major - Lollipop
Timbaland Featuring OneRepublic - Apologize
Jordin Sparks Duet With Chris Brown - No Air
Sara Bareilles - Love Song
Usher Featuring Young Jeezy - Love in This Club
Chris Brown - With You
Chris Brown - Forever
Ray J & Yung Berg - Sexy Can I
Rihanna - Take a Bow
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Katy Perry - I Kissed a Girl
T.I. - Whatever You Like
Rihanna - Disturbia
Rihanna - Don't Stop the Music
Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine
Chris Brown Featuring T-Pain - Kiss Kiss
Ne-Yo - Closer
Colbie Caillat - Bubbly
Mariah Carey - Touch My Body
Madonna Featuring Justin Timberlake - 4 Minutes
Pink - So What
Finger Eleven - Paralyzer

Other DJs I recommend you go googling and downloading from are : A Plus D, Party Ben, Morgan Page, DJ Schmolli, DJ Clive$ter.

A good way to start is by searching for "Bootie Call" --- there are compilations of the best mashups of 2008, 2007, and so on. Hours of listening pleasure and discovery await!

From Dora the Explorer to "Sexy Dora"?

This is a video, supposedly from CNN,, discussing the recent announcement that Dora the Explorer would be revamped to a tween version.

The prospect of a "Sexy Dora" predictably raised an uproar on the Internet -- after all, Dora the Explorer as she is right now is a good role model for kids: smart, spunky, and still a kid -- not rushing to become a teenager, wear makeup, meet guys, etc.

Theories about the tween Dora being "sexy Dora" in the mode of Barbie and obsessed with fashion ala Bratz were of course (come on, right?) unfounded.

Tween Dora will be just a bigger, older Dora -- one more suited to the tween market. No idea what happens to Boots, Backpack and the rest of the gang. I assume Diego will also get the same treatment.

The truth -- and this is really where the concern should be -- is that this is an attempt by Mattel and Viacom to keep their hands in our wallets. "Keep the parents buying Dora toys and accessories hooked until they turn twelve" seems to have been the mandate. And this is the response.

And this was pretty obvious, at least to me, since my child grew up with Dora (and Blue and Diego) --- but of late has been preferring Disney Princesses. And no, we wouldn't want that now would we, right guys from Mattel / Viacom?

In my case, that's five more years of money that could have helped finance Disneyland --- that's now apparently going to the Viacom empire.

(Showed the tween Dora to my daughter and she said "she looks good -- but I like the old Dora better". Will keep y'all posted.)


By the way, the ladies interviewed in the clip seem a bit off their rockers, don't you think? What kind of moms are these? Tried to find them on the net and they don't seem to exist.

Also, the video appears to have been made by CNN but it feels like a video from The Onion. It doesn't matter though since the ruckus WAS real even if the video might not be.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Monday, March 16, 2009

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Hotforwords : How Rickrolling was born

If you don't know what rickrolling is, you'll be rickrolled in the first five seconds.

And you'll also find out how rickrolling came to be. Hint: It has to do with ducks. Yep. Ducks.

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