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Comparing Three Handheld Video Cameras: HTC Ozone, Flip Mino, Canon Powershot Over Rockport Harbor

In the course of having a family, a few years ago I picked up a Canon Powershot A560, a digital still camera that also takes video. As a writer for Irregular Times, last year a sample Flip Mino pocket video camera came my way from CafePress (our subsequent coverage of which goes to show that [...]

HTC Ozone Review of New QWERTY Smartphone from Verizon

This week, spurred on by two developments, I decided to pursue my personal tech dream: a

1) mobile blogging device I can fit in my pocket 2) with photo, video, and sound recording and posting ability 3) on the internet with 4) javascript and flash functionality so that I can use blogging applications like WordPress, [...]

Surprisingly Recommended: Charles De Lint's The Wild Wood

At intervals of about a year, I’ve made it an inadvertant habit to return to fiction by Charles De Lint, drawn by the idea of what the author is trying to do and repulsed by his execution. His novels Moonheart and Someplace to Be Flying start from the attractive notion that beneath, behind, orthogonal to [...]

Surprisingly Recommended: Charles De Lint’s The Wild Wood

At intervals of about a year, I’ve made it an inadvertant habit to return to fiction by Charles De Lint, drawn by the idea of what the author is trying to do and repulsed by his execution. His novels Moonheart and Someplace to Be Flying start from the attractive notion that beneath, behind, orthogonal to [...]

Look to the Atomic Tanks Game For Faithful Scorched Earth Update

College back in the very early 90s was a very long time ago, technologically speaking. We had one TV in the lounge of my freshman dorm and the VHF knob had fallen off, so we had to tune it with a fork. The multimedia experience in my room was a radio with headphones that played [...]

Nokia N810 Review: Larger and More Off-Kilter, Please

Last month I had the opportunity to test a Nokia N810 thingamabob. It’s hard to describe with one word what the Nokia N810 is, although some try with the ungainly and insufficient “internet-tablet.” I won’t even try to stick with one word, since the N810 is many things. It is a:

very small computer (about [...]

Book Review: Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger

My book review is about a book called Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger. It is about a boy and his father. The father had a magic wand and the boy had a ukulele. The other people didn’t like them. The father made too many practical jokes and the boy annoyed people. The people made them live [...]

Read Hooman Majd: The Ayatollah Begs to Differ

I enthusiastically recommend Hooman Majd’s recent nonfiction book, The Ayatollah Begs to Differ. Majd is the grandson of an Iranian Ayatollah and the son of an exiled Iranian diplomat who is fluent in Farsi and English, who grew up in Britain and America and yet is familiar with Iranian President Ahmadinejad and a number of [...]

After Penn, Watch The Times of Harvey Milk

After you watch Sean Penn in the big-screen motion picture Milk, go rent the 1985 documentary The Times of Harvey Milk and see the real man, his contemporaries and his time for yourself. I was a small kid when Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay elected official in San Francisco, was assassinated by the outraged fundamentalist [...]

Game Review: Jishaku, Game of Irregular Magnetic Force

When you’re taking high school physics and all objects are portrayed as dots or perfect spheres, then on paper at least it’s not too hard to predict the interplay of forces. But off the page, objects and the fields in which they interact are not regularly shaped, so while rough predictions are possible there’s always [...]

Review: Mammoth NYC Review Pack Materials

Today, I got an unsolicited commercial e-mail from Patrick Sammon of Mammoth Advertising, a New York City firm specializing in “entertainment marketing initiatives.” What’s the word for unsolicited commercial e-mail? Gosh darn it, I forgot. Well, whatever it is Pam next door will be sure to remind me.

The point is, cher Patrick generously offered [...]