UPDATE: We just learned that the escaped Eddie Davidson, the "spam king," was found dead after having apparently murdered his family. Obviously, we did not know this at the time we recorded our podcast, and we apologize for any insensitivity that could be inferred from our remarks. We will definitely address this horrible turn of events in tomorrow's show.
The recently imprisoned "Spam King" goes straight-up mint jelly and escapes from federal prison (check your barns and garages, Coloradoans), Yahoo Music makes the MSN Music mistake with the benefit of hindsight, and Walt Mossberg slams … Read more
This week you can try your luck at an arcade-racer or destroy cities with the wag of your tail. Virtual ConsoleKing of the Monsters (1991, NeoGeo, 900 Wii points): From SNK comes King of the Monsters, an action/fighting game that allows you to play as skyscraper-tall monsters in a worldwide battle to become the champion.
WiiWareSPOGS Racing (D2C Games, 1,000 Wii points): SPOGS Racing is an arcade-style racing game that lets you upgrade your vehicle on-the-fly for instant advantages during gameplay.
All the king's horses include this "Stallion," a 4x4-wheeled, all-welded armored scout car with optional 50-caliber weapon station designed and built by the King Abdullah II Design and Development Bureau (KADDB) in Amman Jordan.
The cozy three-seater was designed to be used by peacekeepers, "internal security," and what looks like divot repair out on the Bisharat back nine.
KADDB was established by Royal Decree in 1999 to supply "independent, high-quality, scientific, and technical services" to the Jordanian armed forces and to help the nation in creating a sustainable industrial base along the way.… Read more
Forget Dynamo. That handheld click-clacking label printer doesn't hold a ticker tape to this appealing cube version, which will add instant status to any cubicle drone's desk. It appears to be a simple block when closed, but press a little black button and up pops the seamless lid to expose a monochrome LCD screen and keyboard. The sticker even comes out from a tiny slit in the side. Too bad it's sold only in Japan since the King Jim Tepra Pro SR600 Label Writer (23,940 yen, $221) does English, too, with a choice of fonts and … Read more
This week sees the Cannes Advertising Festival. Where a lot of advertising people and clients drink themselves silly and whisper sweet everythings into each others' ears.
I love it myself. But, being on the creative side of the business, only when you have something in competition that has a chance of winning an award.
McDonalds has already achieved a victory this week, according to the eyeball counters at comScore.
Not in Cannes (yet), but on the web.
comScore announced this week that McDonalds enjoyed the unprecedented attention of almost 600 million eyeballs in March with their display ads. (that's … Read more
There's certainly no shortage of places willing to uglify the gaming handheld for a price, as even Paris Hilton has made clear. But like the aforementioned "Serendipity" phone, this one looks as if it could have been done as a pre-school art project with some plastic charms and Elmer's glue.
The name of the outfit offering its unfortunate services should have been a tipoff: "King Deco."
Chances are, whether you're a fan or not, you've heard the blue-eyed soul vocals of Michael McDonald. He's best known for his formative years with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan, however he's also had a remarkable career as a solo artist and a guest harmonizer on numerous pop hits such as Christopher Cross' "Ride Like The Wind" (he's the guy who echos "such a long way to goooo"). Basically, McDonald was the Timbaland of yesterday, as the go-to guy for hits in the '70s and '80s.
He recently released a Motown tribute album called Soul Speak, and even more recently--last night--he headlined the 50th anniversary gala at the NARM convention in San Francisco. He delivered a crowd-pleasing performance with originals such as "What A Fool Believes," "It Keeps You Runnin'," and covers such "Living For The City" and "Love T.K.O." And to top it off, BB King (who accepted an award earlier that night) came out and did the "The Thrill Is Gone" with McDonald and his band. Industry suits and biz-casual editors (like me) were all impressed.… Read more
What's up this week on Crossfade TV? Find out what Mike, Anngie, and Kurt have to say about soul-funk group Orgone (a "no-brainer," says Mike, for fans of Sharon Jones and Amy Winehouse), Oxford dance-pop group Foals, and the dark, moody new Gutter Twins project, featuring former grunge gods Greg Dulli (of Afghan Whigs) and Mark Lanegan (of Screaming Trees).
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