Ok, enough journaling and pontificating, let’s get down to the root of what The Culturepin is really about – putting the pin on the ever accelerating limn.
Coolest new things I have seen this fall:
1. A Japanese company is developing exercise equipment that transforms human exertion into electric power – now the gym can recycle its own energy! (seen in Wired Mag)
2. Zero-fee multi-person video calls with video voicemail that actually looks good (and spews out a healthy 15 fps) has finally arrived – discover the good news at oovoo.com
3. OLEDs are finally hitting the market – Organic Light Emitting Displays are like bio-Lite Brites that will enable manufacturers to create paper-thin display screens. Can’t wait to get my Hi-Def baseball cap that plays my latest YouTube vlog above the visor.
4. Casio’s new Exilim camera has a built in YouTube encoder that captures video at YT’s optimal video rez and uploads in just a couple of steps.
5. Solid State hard drives make their debut in all the latest must-have computers this Christmas. That’s right, your boot drive will no longer have moving parts and a 0.1 ms seek time as opposed to the lava-like 11-17ms seek time of the antique platter drives. Although they are only shipping in max 64GB sizes, that will surely expand as the price drops over the next year. Other must-haves to stay in step with what’s next: mini HDMI outputs, Expresscard slots, and HD screens that support 1080p resolution.
6. The Writer’s Guild of America goes on strike to secure profits from content that broadcasts online. A strong argument considering the networks are now streaming full-screen broadcast resolution programming from all their hit shows with 15 second commercial spots intact. As of the time of the strike, nor writers nor actors participate in any of this revenue. Not one penny.
7. New models for the music industry. here are two scenarios: i) Artists will receive shares in the industry like a Microsoft programmer receives shares in Microsoft. ii) Music becomes a utility, like gas or water, where you on the “tap”. All your Bluetooth gear is metered and you are billed at the end of the month.
8. Real ID – yes the passport is undergoing a major revision that involves a digital chip that stores all your vital stats. sure it will curb passport fraud, but it will also inexorably link you and your whereabouts to the Machine. Goodbye privacy. Same thing goes for rail and water travel in EU. Over 90 pieces of ID can now be requested to secure your travel pass. Coming Soon to America.
9. Social Networks = the new 90’s DotCom Bubble. Seems every day a new SocialNet is springing up. As of now I have accounts at myspace, facebook, trig, imeem, buzznet, linkedin, going, wayn, quarterlife, friendster, twitter, evite, fancorps, freedom.ccp, youtube, etc etc. Can’t wait for Web 3.0 cuz this party is way overcrowded. I think if I recieved a hand-written, snail-mailed poetic correspondence emoting some sort of primal human urge I might eat my fist.
"Keram makes excursions into almost every style of music imaginable here and does it with such flair that these very pleased ears, he could have settled on any of these genres and made just as brilliant a record." - Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio