Japanese Youth Shun Computers

Or something like that.  My Japanese teacher brought in an article for me to read today about a survey some guy did from Nov~Dec 2004.  The survey was about cell phone and computer use among elementary school students 4th grade and up through junior high and up to high school sophomores students throughout Japan.  All in all they got responses from about 15000 students.

Some interesting stats:

Percent of students that have a cell phone:

  • Elementary school 19%
  • Junior high school 45%
  • High school 93%

Of those students that have a cell phone percent that send at least one e-mail a day.


My First MP3 Player

My latest impulse buy was to get an MP3 player.  My excuse was thinking how when I try to work out with no music I get bored and tired in minutes but when I go dancing to techno music I can dance for 3-4 hours non-stop (well, not quite but maybe 3 to 4 times for 40 minutes each with a 20 minute break).

On top of that with the iShuffle listed at $99 it almost seemed like an impulse buy. So, I went looking. I had pretty much ruled out an iShuffle because Rhapsody now supports unlimited downloading of music to any WMA supporting player and of course Apple’s systems don’t support WMA. Still, at only $99 I did think maybe I could live with that limit if nothing else was any good.



Pretty much everywhere they are selling iPods there are now Sega iDogs.  They listen to your music and shake their head and flash their colors and make sounds to the music your are listening too.  If you click the link above there is a Mini Movie of one in action in the bottom right.

It seems like dogs have been all the rage for the last couple of years with The Dog, Nintendogs and now iDogs.


One Step toward Star Trek viewers?

Okay, I suppose given a little thought it’s not that close yet but check it out.  Yesteday Slashdot linked to an article about a way to see things it seems like you should not be able to see.

Basically there is some method which says that if you have a light coming from a projector and you take a picture of something that light is lighting up from digital camera you can compute what the object looks like FROM THE PROJECTOR’s point of view.

Here’s an example.  They setup a camera, a card, a book and a projector like this



Flickr.com has decided to ban Flickrdown. Their position is that Flickrdown can be used to download copyrighted images and is therefore bad. Of course this is ridiculous. Every browser can also be used to download copyrighted images and yet they don’t ban the browsers. Please complain and complain loudly to Flickr.com that Flickrdown should not be banned.

Recently a friend started using Flickr which is a great service.  I personally like to save pictures locally and selecting them one at a time to download was too much of a hassle so I whipped up this program so I could download them more easily.


Rhapsody Upgrades

Rhapsody upgraded their service today.  It’s mostly great news.  They added local downloading of songs so you can listen offline (*) and they added uploading songs to your portable music player.  They also added playing all your local music files (mp3, wma, aac, cda, etc) so that you can play all your music in one place.  But, they also made a few things less usable, at least for me.

The old interface looked something like this:


Games vs Reading in an Alternate Reality

A new book came out, the current headlines are “Watching TV makes you smarter” but I guess, according to the author of the book, the book focuses more on games rather than TV. It’s just that more people watch TV so making a issue out of that he hopes will get more people interested in the book.


Tomorrowland: Disney in Space and Beyond

I’ve been looking for one of these animations since I was a kid with little hope of finding it.  I caught part of one on the Disney Channel a few years ago just buy luck on video once but of course I couldn’t get the VCR started quick enough so I only got the last 1/2 and even then they were only showing part of the original.


Demo Time

Looking for inspriation I checked out the scene.org for the latest demos. This time there were a few that really stuck out for me as something new.

My favorite new group has got to be Traction.  They had two awesome demos.  One is called Traction, the other is called I am.