:: Friday, November 09, 2001
Saw the splendid Momus and the Stereo Total show last night at S.F’s ‘Bottom of the Hill’. Actually Momus, although just as witty as I had gleaned from interviews, transformed on stage from electrofolk pioneer to headache inducing twaddlemeister. I'd recomend for the sake of his audience he establish a 6 song cap on his live performances - one can only endure so many songs about his penis...However, unlike the enigmatic Momus, the moment the supercool, amazing Berlin duo Francoise Cactus and Brezel Göring appeared on stage the crowd lit up and was immediately won over. Francoise is so incredibly adorable, and her thick Teutonic-French accent made me swoon. Within moments I was transformed from jaded bystander to active and willing groupie. Of course, they played classics in all their trademark languages (German, French, English and Japanese) and got the dancefloor hopping with 80s inspired new wave-punk-disco classics such as “Ringo, I Love You”, “Moviestar”, “I Love You, Ono”, “Extremes Neutrales” and “Mein Beautycase ist mein Werkzeugkasten”. It made me very happy.
:: Thursday, November 08, 2001
From the cool product department; watchmaker Fossil has announced a new twist on the concept of the information timepiece with their "wrist PDA". It's not a handheld computer in itself: instead, the owner uses the infrared transmitters built into your Palm or PocketPC to input read-only information like to-do lists, memos and contacts. Pretty smart. It's a wonder this hasn't been done before.
Unrelated: Would someone please give poor Odd Todd a job!
:: Wednesday, November 07, 2001
More on the subject of Star Wars: you've heard about it, here's the official fan site.
:: Monday, November 05, 2001
Okay, after viewing the trailer for a 2nd and 3rd time, I have to say it looks pretty damn cool. What isn't cool is that Apple requires QuickTime 5 Pro to view the large version - which costs a hefty $29.95! Now I've been meaning to buy QT5P anyhow since my video editing projects demand it, but I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority at being okay with this. Does this herald the end of free content from Apple? Are they changing to a tiered subscription model for QT Pro owners? This could get ugly.
Unlike Steve's other hype 'd jour, Monsters Inc. really did live up to it. Although I went in jaded, telling myself that it would probably suck and I was just paying $8.50 to see the new Star Wars, Episode II trailer, I walked out a raving fan of Monsters, Inc., and only mildly impressed with the Star Wars trailer. It looks promising, but then again so did the trailer for Episode I. Still, there were no traces of the unspeakable one, which inspires confidence.
Oh yeah, I think Jason said it best:
"Some sports team beat some other sports team. Or something."