The Mr. Blackwell of the Console World

We all know how much video gaming has become a significant part of pop culture, but this point gets sharper as you peruse sites like Costume GET!, a blog entirely dedicated to the outfits that characters wear in video games. With companies like Garnier running “Manga Head” contests to push their extreme styling putty and G4 putting on Video Vixen beauty pageants, it’s only a matter of time before People and E! start doing Best/Worst Dressed Avatars of the Year. We live in interesting times.

Mobile WiFi Rig

Popular Science’s How2.0 column has a nifty piece on how a guy turned a backpack into a solar-powered WiFi hotspot (via a bridge to a high-speed cellular Net service).

So, the next time you’re hiking around Southern California, don’t be afraid to whip out your WiFi-equipped portable to see if you can sniff out Net access. You may, thanks to this uber-geek lugging a hotspot on his back. (Of course, later on, you can pay your last respects when you find him dead from dehydration and over-exposure ’cause he didn’t have room for his camping gear — but hey, that solar hotspot’ll STILL be hummin’ away!)

[Via Boing Boing]


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Street Techies Love Opera

Joe Nickell, former Street Tech contributor, our house bartender, and devout opera fan (that’s right, opera), has a piece in today’s NYTimes on the resurfacing of an opera about the Blackfeet tribe of Montana. The perfomance was 95 years in the making.

Congrats, Joe! Now mix us up a round of Mojitos and crank up the Caruso!

And the Winner Is…

TiVo has announced the winners in their first Home Media Engine (HME) Developer Challenge. The Grand Prize winner is AudioFaucet, an app that brings iTunes controls to TiVo. Other winners include Galleon, a multi-functional app that supports music, photos, Net radio, and remote transafering of shows from TiVo to PCs, and Digital Home, a home security interface for TiVo. Check ’em all out here.

iTunes Podcasts = Wildfire?

Holy crap! Apple has released a statement claiming that, in the 48 hours that their ver 4.9 of iTunes has been in circulation, [Say this in your best Dr. Evil voice] ONE MILLION podcasts have been subscribed to. Impressive.

[Via Biz.Yahoo]

Hydrogen-Powered Humanoids (from Japan)

Speecys-FC is being billed as the first commercially-available fuel cell-powered bi-pedal robot. The robot is under 2-feet tall (50cm) and weighs under ten pounds (4.2 kgs). It walks, it dances, it appears to do, basically, what the Robosapien does for around US$100, But this little fella trades for $24-large! Did we mention it’s hydrogen powered? And is it just me, or do other people get nervous when real robots, of any size, pose with firearms?

[Via I4U]