Gmail: The Video

For those still stuck on Yahoo Mail or lousy Hotmail, get a life. =D

Made by the Gmail team, this video is great for pple who dunno about its kickass features. Especially in Asia where so many pple are still stuck on oter crappy email apps. Having used Gmail for a long time, I like the video cos I was able to see why a new user will like Gmail cos it really solves problems in sorting out the mess in your inbox.

Credit to Tony Chung’s Geekwhat.

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The Day After: One Man’s Trip to Chernobyl

Chernobyl. 1986. Mankind’ sneak preview of tomorrow’s horrors of nuclear energy.

Trey Ratcliff , an enigma of amazing HDR photos from his worldly travels, discarded the good advice of his female peers to venture into the bowels of Nuclear Twilight Zone. Few of us will ever dare to venture into that area, so Trey’s HD photos might just be the closest we get. On his hand is the Geiger counter for tracking radiation levels.

… kids left schools with their books still on the desks, families rushed out without getting everything, just complete and instant desertion. While I was there, it was completely quiet, and it was extra surreal with the early 80’s styling of the Soviet buildings, windows ajar, stuff still sitting in all the windows.

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All photos belong to Trey who will be uploading more over the next few days. Click any photo to go direct to his page. The above is him at the main reactor. Next up, pics from Pripyat, purportedly the residential area for power plant workers to “work, live and play” (gosh, how many times have we heard this overused stereotype of utopian bliss for wage slaves?).

I went to the creepiest part of Pripyat, the playground and amusement park. This was recently completed just before the disaster. Bumper cars, swings, a ferris wheel, and other bits of abandoned toys now lay quiet and creaking in the snow… (Is) another part of the playground, where the kids emerged from school for playtime.

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Thanks to Digg for this.

Wkend Roundup: iPod is so Passe

While the blogosphere continues hyperventilating over the iPhone, some sensible folks always exist.

1. Get rid of your old Pod

This guy wants to make sure his new love for the iPhone will be undiluted by his love for his old iPod.

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I am kidding. This “sensible” guy is actually from Blendtec. Cleverly disguising a shameless plug for their new blender product, they have come up with a super-simple idea to market their blenders – blend everything possible and put it on the web.

They might have tried the iPod here, but they also tried a crowbar, Barbie dolls among everything else. Click on the pic above to find out what else they blended.

Hmm, what happens if you are unimpressed by the hype over iPhone, like the Japanese who think buying music over the Internet also is so passe when they can use their phones to buy tickets, watch live TV and swipe it to enter stadiums to watch games, scan bar codes to get discounts?

2. Why iPhone? Buy iEverythingElse. 

The answer might come from Google. Specifically their ultra top-secret Black Ops Directorate. They have created the iEverything Else aka the iEE. Sick of just calling, watching video and listening to music or surfing the web on your phone? Then you should click here.

iBjorn turns 1!

Our planet Earth has orbited once around the Sun since I started blogging and… I am feeling generous. =)

So I have decided to give a little back to my loyal dedicated readers, yea thats YOU.. who have given me so much back in terms of comments or just by reading it. When I first started writing this in late September last year, I never thought my 2nd attempt at blogging will last this long. Blogging has really helped crystallize my thoughts especially when I read some amazing article online that really spoke to me and I wanted to tell others about it.

My singular most effective form of motivation to write has been my blog traffic stats and though its nothing to shout about, I feel good knowing at least 50-60 people read it everyday. Who cares about quantity right? Small is the new Big when you have quality. And giving can sometimes be equally joyous as taking.

Here’s the deal:

Comment on this post by Sept 30, tell me which is your favourite article on my blog and why you liked it.

Best comment, chosen by me, will click away with the prize.

The Prize:

Your choice of any 3 songs from the iTunes Music Store (US).

My treat.

Oh, and everyone’s eligible. Thats the beauty of the Internet. Unlimited reach, free distribution costs. Anywhere in the world. Plus, I get to support my favorite company Apple.

kids say the darndest things

Gratefully plagiarized off Garry’s blog whom he plagiarized from somewhere out there:

Every year, English teachers from across the country can submit their collections of actual analogies and metaphors found in high school essays. These excerpts are published each year to the amusement of teachers throughout the land.

Here are last year’s winners…

  1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
  2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free. Continue reading

When Cars Evolve: Tesla Roadster

A Car Maniac’s Wet Dream.

Introducing the Tesla Roadster:

  • 100% Electric
  • 0 to 60 in 4 seconds
  • 135mpg equivalent
  • 250 miles/ 400 km per charge
  • about 1cent per mile

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There were MP3 players, and then.. iPod.

There were cars, and then.. Tesla.

Designed and manufactured by the New Ferrari for a Post-Petroleum Age: