Archive for June, 2010

DVD New Releases – 6/29/2010

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Monday, June 28, 2010

These are my DVD and Blu-Ray picks that are getting released this week.

“Here’s my favorite trick at the grocery store. We’re in the produce section and I start…”

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Saturday, June 26, 2010

“Here’s my favorite trick at the grocery store. We’re in the produce section and I start sorting through the watermelons and act like I’m trying to find one that’s ripe. At some point I ask [my wife] to hold a really big one for me while I get the one under it. She puts her purse down, struggles to get a handle on the watermelon and I just grab the cart and walk away. She’s standing there in the aisle holding this damn watermelon and I’m nowhere to be found. She falls for at least twice/year. I never stop laughing!”

Quote from my former manager on Facebook.

“You see, when the FCC tests are run, the head is required to be in the vicinity of the phone. But,…”

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Friday, June 25, 2010

“You see, when the FCC tests are run, the head is required to be in the vicinity of the phone. But, the hand is not!!”

Did you see my earlier post about iPhone 4 wifi issues? I put a comment there with this article and then I suffered what I think is brain crack. How about an integrated case design with built-in headset? I picture a flexible shell (because I prefer them to hard cases) with an integrated plug in the interior that goes directly into the phone.[1] Then an external wire that wraps around the edges of the case, that can be pressed flush into a groove (or two) and then the earbuds are pushed flat into the back of the case.

Feel free to steal this idea.  All I ask is you make the product generally available for me to purchase.

…or does anyone have the knowledge of plastic work, and/or tiny cable construction where I could MAKE my own?

[Footnote 1] Is it possible to have something in the earphone plug so that it doesn’t trigger the headphone detector? I’m wondering if this case could have a switch where you can turn it on/off.

(quote from “Apple iPhone 4 Antennas…” – AntennaSys Blog)

Uh-oh. iPhone 4 wifi testing. All done about arms length from…

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Friday, June 25, 2010

Uh-oh. iPhone 4 wifi testing. All done about arms length from 802.11n Apple Time Machine. In order from top to bottom: Tests 1 and 4 in left hand. (It was unable to do an upload test at all for number 1!) Tests 2 and 5 in right hand. Tests 3 and 6 with iPhone held delicately between thumb and forefinger on glass front and back.

“After a series of secret meetings this week between the Federal Communications Commission and top…”

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010

“After a series of secret meetings this week between the Federal Communications Commission and top industry lobbyists was revealed by the Wall Street Journal, FCC Chief of Staff Edward Lazarus tried to explain away the backroom meetings in a post on the FCC’s blog.”

It’s time to publicly state that I am very unhappy with Obama lately. Net Neutrality will be as important to this country’s future as freeways. Pair these secret meetings with Jon Stewart’s rant about executive power and I start to believe that the difference between Bush and Obama is uncomfortably closer than we voters originally thought.

(quote from “FCC Makes Excuses for Secret Meetings, Abandons Transparency” at FreePress.com.)

Peppermint Harris & Leadbelly while I wait for iphone 4;…

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010

Peppermint Harris & Leadbelly while I wait for iphone 4; both hometown bluesmen, recorded in Tokyo and at UT Austin, respectively.

My review of the movie Cyrus which is hitting more screens this…

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010

My review of the movie Cyrus which is hitting more screens this week…more than the 4 screens it was on last week when it was officially released.  I am not sure how 4 screens isn’t called “limited” release.

Cyrus – Review (via rollerfeet)

Anyone else notice the YouTube Vuvuzela button? #hilarious

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010

Anyone else notice the YouTube Vuvuzela button? #hilarious

cc: @realjohngreen time for a new rap to give you earworm. btw,…

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Thursday, June 24, 2010

cc: @realjohngreen time for a new rap to give you earworm.

btw, Is there a way to get the cool memes off HuffPost without having to read through OpEds?

(You Tube video Got It At Ross via DeliciousBathWater)

I think @FantasticFest attendees would appreciate the creepy…

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I think @FantasticFest attendees would appreciate the creepy turn Achewood has taken lately. Is there a Fantastic Fest for web comics?

Click the picture and you can read the from the beginning of the current storyline that started on May 9.

Yeah, that’s right.  Scott Pilgrim has to vanquish me if…

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Yeah, that’s right.  Scott Pilgrim has to vanquish me if he wants to keep going out with Ramona.  (Click the picture to make your own Scott Pilgrim avatar.)

I wasn’t aware that Gawker runs Gizmodo (which sort of…

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I wasn’t aware that Gawker runs Gizmodo (which sort of answers my earlier question) until I noticed the snarky “funny” note above this book, followed the link to the image source, and noted the base url is “gawkerassets.com”.

The links that I’ve followed into Gizmodo have always been irreverent, but I’ve never noticed them to carry Gawker’s trademark snark stink.  I know that I am over the style of bitter snark that Gawker deals in, and I wonder how long it will be until everyone is.

(image from The Complete Guide to Using iOS 4)

I don’t even wear watches, but I’m very attracted to…

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I don’t even wear watches, but I’m very attracted to the EOS mixtape watch.

(shop for it at EOS WATCH on shopodornonline.com.)

The layers of luddite in the online comics today are deep. …

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Crankshaft 06/22/2010


Doonesbury 06/22/2010

The layers of luddite in the online comics today are deep.  I’ve had the same disc from Netflix since 04/15/08 — Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead, since you asked — yet I’ve watched nearly 70 movies in the last year through “Watch it Now”.

“…hell of countless app screens is finally gone—or at least manageable in a sloppy way…”

By Johnny Rollerfeet's Echo Chamber - Last updated: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

“…hell of countless app screens is finally gone—or at least manageable in a sloppy way…”

Anyone else notice the increased dismissive tone Gizmodo is using when discussing Apple?  (As quoted here from  The Complete Guide to Using iOS 4.)  Has it always been like this? or are they upset about getting banned from the Apple WWDC after the iPhone 4 kerfuffle?  I’m too lazy to dig around Gizmodo and see what they’re treatment of Android is like these days, but I imagine they are complimentary.