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I’m Cleaning Up My Room!

I just thought I’d announce to all that I’m defragmenting my stuff and repartitioning the space in my room cleaning up my room. This way, maybe it’ll feel like I can’t just stop and forget about it since you all know I’m supposed to be doing it.

As many of you will know, it’s currently a complete disaster because I stopped halfway through a clean-up a few years ago and things have just been piling up since. Take a look at the photos of what it was like in Aug 2005 – and it’s only gotten much worse since!

So why am I cleaning up my room now? I’m glad you asked! ;)

  • My sister is away for two weeks, so I can use her room as a temporary buffer to cache my stuff space to store my stuff.
  • I am seriously going to try and fit both my 30″ and 27″ LCD monitors on my desk (more on that story later).
  • I recently watched an episode of Amazing Medical Stories about people who have a hoarding OCD. It was scary. :cry:

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574.8 km/h? Steel Wheel on Rail Lives On!

On Tuesday this week, a specially-modified trainset on the French TGV service set staggering new 574.8 km/h world speed record on conventional rail. Yes, on two steel rails with steel wheels turning — none of this maglev nonsense! ;)

That’s pretty fucking cool… can you imagine travelling just under 160 m every second? This smashes the previous record of 515.3 km/h set by an earlier TGV set in 1990, and they even came somewhat close to the ultimate rail speed record of 581 km/h set by the Japanese experimental MLX01 maglev train. Maglev is very cool technology too, but I still think conventional rail wins out on sheer excitement factor when you’re thinking about hurtling along at those speeds that close to the ground hoping you don’t come off the rails!

Be sure to watch the video of the record breaking trip (link at the end)!

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A New Era in Digital Music — DRM-Free

Wow, it’s finally happened. Hell has frozen over. In May, EMI will start selling songs on the iTunes Music Store without DRM in AAC format at the higher bitrate of 256 kbps! USD $1.29 per song, while album pricing remains unchanged.

AAC can be played on most current Digital Audio Players, not just iPods. Make no mistake — this is a landmark day for digital distribution of music, and it’s now only a matter of time before the other major players sign-up and offer the same thing. This is one of those times where I’m glad we have Steve Jobs to do what he is good at (even I can’t see Bill Gates getting such a deal out of EMI)!

I think it’s a great win-win for all. EMI gets the price hike they wanted, consumers get DRM-free music at a higher quality (helps justify the higher price), and Apple gets an instant halving in iPod capacity. The new pricing structure will also encourage consumers to look towards buying whole albums again, but at least they won’t be screwed over because you can upgrade existing purchases to the new DRM-free AACs for USD $0.30 per song. Increased sales and great PR for massive damage.

This is great news and might mark the start of digital music purchases for me! Wow, I’m actually excited… (I still hate iTMS, but since there is no DRM I can safely run it inside a Windows XP VM or something.)

EMI press release: EMI Music launches DRM-free superior sound quality downloads across its entire digital repertoire

2 comments 13 years, 3 months ago

Some of Us Scream More For Ice Cream

Packaging for You'll Love Coles 30 Ice Cream Cup ConesPackaging for You'll Love Coles 30 Ice Cream Cones

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. Supposedly, anyway. But no matter how excited we are about ice cream (even really big cones), it obviously doesn’t come close to these guys who feature on the packaging for the You’ll Love Coles own-brand ice cream cones!

Lucy and I spotted these out shopping one night last year, and if I remember correctly, I just lost it and couldn’t stop giggling hysterically once I saw them. The fact that we were in a supermarket (with other people around) be damned. ;)

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