Archive for May, 2009


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This is the Capital Gate, a 525-foot tall tower that leans 18 degrees to the west, 14 degrees more than the Tower of Pisa. And unlike many of these spectacular projects, this one is actually well underway in Abu Dhabi, as you can see in this image:

The building—which will house a 5-star Hyatt hotel—can lean this much thanks to its steel exoskeleton and 490 piles drilled 100 feet into the ground, designed to compensate for gravity, wind, and seismic pressures caused by its peculiar shape. I wonder who is compensating for all the gravity, wind, and seismic economic pressures generated by all this crazy developments in the desert. [ArchDaily]

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PSP

Live images have leaked of Sony’s PSP Go, set to launch at next week’s E3. Looks like those rumors were true: It’s a UMD-less slider with 16GB of memory, and it’ll ship this fall. No price yet, but that should come with the official announcement next week. Update with video:

All this leakage stems from the June issue of Qore, which is a bit of a slip-up on Sony’s part. The Go looks to keep the single analog joystick, though the overall design is quite a bit more playful and, well, circular than previous iterations of the PSP. Notice we didn’t say “attractive”: the circle section that houses the start and select buttons especially has kind of a late-90s feel to it, but we’ll have to see how it looks in the hand. It should be packing Bluetooth and a memory card slot (probably MemoryStick, grah) in addition to the 16GB of internal memory.

Also lining up with the previous rumors is that the new PSP Go will not replace the PSP 3000, but instead try to live peacefully with the older device on store shelves. And that hefty 16GB of storage space makes sense considering what we’ve heard about possible digital game rentals and a music store. [Gaming Console Network (site currently down) via PlayStation Forums via Engadget]

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Take That!

The Borowitz Report nicely sums up the Obama administration’s strong–really strong!–reaction to North Korea’s nuclear test:

One day after North Korea launched a successful test of a nuclear weapon, President Obama said that the United States was prepared to respond to the threat with “the strongest possible adjectives.”

In remarks to reporters at the White House, Mr. Obama said that North Korea should fear the “full force and might of the United States’ arsenal of adjectives” and called the missile test “reckless, reprehensible, objectionable, senseless, egregious and condemnable.”

Standing at the President’s side, Vice President Joseph Biden weighed in with some tough adjectives of his own, branding North Korean President Kim Jong-Il “totally wack and illin’.”

Later in the day, Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the North Korean nuclear test “supercilious and jejune,” leading some in diplomatic circles to worry that the U.S. might be running out of appropriate adjectives with which to craft its response.

But President Obama attempted to calm those fears, saying that the United States was prepared to “scour the thesaurus” to come up with additional adjectives and was “prepared to use adverbs” if necessary.

“Let’s be clear: we are not taking adverbs off the table,” Mr. Obama said. “If the need arises, we will use them forcefully, aggressively, swiftly, overwhelmingly and commandingly.”

          No verbs, I’m afraid, are in prospect.

   

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The Autonomous Living Unit concept by designer Eduardo McIntosh aims to incorporate all of the functions of a home into a single chair in order to “provide for the basic needs of the 21st century human being.”

Apparently, the idea involves installing these into derelict buildings and housing projects where, presumably, the homeless could take advantage of sound system and lighting. Somehow, I don’t think that is enough to really constitute a “home” (or satisfy any basic needs), but If the pictures in the gallery above are any indicator, you could get a quick back-alley pap smear. Yeah, I don’t see this happening. [Dezeen]

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Smarter than himself

We’re-so-smart diplomacy failed

John Bolton on May 20: “The scientific and military imperatives for a second test have been strong for over two years, and the potential data, experience and other advantages of further testing would be tremendous.”

Intelligence official today: “They didn’t give us any warning whatsoever.”

Maybe if someone had read the Wall Street Journal…

Nyah.

This is the administration with the Smart Diplomacy.

You know, as opposed to those dumbbells in the Bush administration. get it? Ha ha. They are so far superior than him.

Just ask them.

Hillary Clinton is the Smartest Woman in the World. Barack Obama is the Smartest Person Ever. Together they form a powerful force of a brilliance that we have not seen in the White House since the Kennedy years, when we had the Best and the Brightest — which gave us Vietnam.

Here is an idea. Instead of spending the next 4 years preeening and primping and comparing this administration to the last, how about finally accomplishing something worthwhile?

Instead of arguing over whether water-boarding is torture, how about getting the job done? You know, protecting the nation and the national interest. Find out why some tin-horn dictator whose people are shrinking can sneak a nuclear weapons test under the nose of everyone.

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When Nokia unveiled its N86 back in February, we Yanks were given no hope whatsoever that a US release was in the cards. We’re doing our best to stifle our excitement, but it sure looks like a stateside launch is a lot closer now that said handset has made its way through the dark and murky halls of the FCC. Seen here in a lovely, washed-out shade of black, the 8 megapixel, OLED-equipped dual-slider seems no different than the one we toyed with in Barcelona, save for the whole US-friendly aspect, of course. C’mon Nokia, come clean with the price and ship date, won’tcha?

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Well, ain’t that special,Obama is playing golf on Memorial Day,instead of praising the troops and remembering the brave souls who fought for Her.

He did lay a wraith at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,but I gotta sense it treated it as protocol, and not something sincerer.

You know, Obama must hate his Press Secretary, Gibbs, for he once again is gonna have to give cover again.

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