Thursday, August 21, 2008

The only thing worse than a smug person such as myself is an Apple fan-boy.

Many G4 (formerly TechTV) hosts and hostesses can be described as such. They've got it so bad that in a recent segment regarding the Google Android software platform for mobile devices the host named Apple's iPhone and RIM's Blackberry as "dominating" the smartphone market.

This is news to me. Last I checked, Symbian was dominating that market by a massive margin. So massive, in fact (65% worldwide*), that one wonders whether the iPhone (7%) or Blackberry (11%) are really worth mentioning. If we're considering their size of market share to be "dominating", then I guess even Linux (5%) is dressed in tight leather and whipping your shackled body while Microsoft's Windows Mobile (12%) puts cigarettes out on the bottom of your feet.

That kind of glaring ommission is initially confusing. After a while it becomes laughable. Give it a few more moments (and possibly take the time to repeat the ludicrous claim) and your credibility has vanished. Congratulations, you are officially a fan-boy.

What erks me most is the hosts inability to present any new information regarding Google Android. Neither new video footage, new specifications, nor new application information. Nill, nada, nothing, zilch. What a douchebag. What a waste of space.

* market share data are from Canalys report "Worldwide smart mobile device market, Canalys Q4 2007"

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A business by the name of Old 52 General Store in Sabin, MN sells "original recipe" sugarcane-based beverages (sodas, colas, pops, etc.), and appears to have a fairly decent selection.

It took a little bit of digging to obtain their contact information, but if there is a sugarcane-based beverage you are interested in you can call 218.789.7852. Their address is:

Old 52 General Store
23 Main St.
Sabin, MN

I know for certain they have Mountain Dew and Dublin Dr. Pepper. I just assume the Mountain Dew is from West Jefferson Bottling Company. From the ad which had sparked my interest (and which I had unfortunately lost) it appeared they had a very respectable selection.

I'll be asking Linnea to stop there on her way back from Iowa. If they can be convinced to ship, I might start drinking pop again!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

If ever I were to own a motorcycle, which is not entirely out of the question, it would be diesel powered. Some of my reasons are rational, some are irrational:
  • Diesel engines are more fuel efficient
  • Diesel engines require far less maintenance
  • Diesel engines provide higher torque to displacement
  • Diesel smells nice
  • Diesel engines sound better
  • Diesel engines run cooler
  • Diesel motorcycles are almost non-existant
  • Diesel vehicles are plainly and simply awesome
Without further ado, links and a video.

Wikipedia: Diesel Motorcycles
The NEANDER (turbo-diesel motorcycle)