Tom Waits: What is he Building in There?

This video really creeps me out, I remember it used to come on MTV2 when I was a student hanging about in my student unions TV room, and It would really confuse me. Ever since then the words “What is he building in there” come to my mind every now and then, it just so happens that it happened when I was in from of a computer and I decided to Google it to see if I could find the video. Find it I did and now with you I shall share it…

If this had come out 2-3 years ago I’d have an iPhone.

Seriously the only issue I had with the iPhone at launch was a lack of a physical keyboard, and while I’ve learned to cope in the interim I would still prefer the option of having one on my HTC Desire. It’s not just an issue of tactile feedback, it’s a screen real-estate issue, the on-screen keyboard takes up space on the screen obscuring what I am typing, which is especially noticeable when I’m writing lengthy blog posts and emails.

Via Engadget.

Business Card Stamp

How much paper is wasted on business cards that are handed out and then discarded, or just get chucked because someone changes job role/company? How about you just put the details that would have been on your business card on a stamp, and stamp the details on a bit of scrap paper whenever you need to give someone your card.

You retain the fact that you are giving someone a physical artefact with your details on it, but you aren’t killing trees unnecessarily. I’m not sure how professional it looks to give someone a scrap of paper with your  details stamped on it. It might not cut the mustard in some industries, but if you are a creative, then I think it’s a great Idea, you can also double up it’s usefulness by making any sheet of paper a printed letterhead. It’s print on demand stationary in your pocket!

The idea was developed by Fischer Portugal, by creative director Diogo Mello, art director Marco Martins and copywriter Rafael Pitanguy.

Via DesignVerb

I was a mac user

I saw this T-Shirt on a tweet by Last Year’s Girl and though she admitted that it was not the case for her, I can (happily?) state that it is true for me. Tempted to get this T-Shirt as I was a Mac user from 1984 (we had a Mac 128k) through to about 1998. Technically later as I still used Macs on and off doing DTP stuff at my student union until about 2005. Actually the statement isn’t completely true I wasn’t a Mac user I was a Mac Zealot…

My progression as a Mac user went from the Mac 128k:

To a Mac Plus with a whopping 20 Mb external hard drive:

To the second of Apple’s “Pizza Box” budget Macs the LC II:

My divergence from the Mac Cause began when we bought a Mac Clone a Power Tower 200:

Then I went to Uni and bought a PC because it meant I could do my course work on a computer I could afford. I’ve not really looked back since, I’ve dabbled with Linux, but despite all my complaints with Windows I’ve now (for better of for worse) become a windows user. It’s funny how as late as 1998 I would religiously defend Macs they were just better. Now I’ve come to the opinion that all computers are just crap in different ways. All that changes is  what the computer is rubbish at and what it is slightly less rubbish at.

Although to be honest so long as a computer has a browser these days I can get 99% of what I want to do done on it…

Via dieselsweeties.com