Be sure to check out Tuesday's show as we'll have a very special guest in the studio with us. From the videogame Portal, singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton joins the 404 to talk companion cubes and what it's like to a part of one of the biggest internet phenomenons ever.
Financial advice takes a turn with the introduction of social networking features to Dow Jones' MarketWatch.com and Cake Financial, a new, entirely user-based investing community.
Just this week MarketWatch added MarketWatch Community, a Beta offshoot where users can post comments, rate articles, and try their hand at market forecasting.
Cake Financial, currently in Alpha, passes over an authoritative analyst voice in favor of a "Social Investing Revolution" allowing users to view the real-time performance of community members with similar profiles. During sign-up, users fill in their investment style, growth goals, history, and education level among other questions. They still build their own networks by adding family and friends, and can create account preferences like an automated stock watchlist.… Read more
I just got a look at SpendView, a financial site for young people. It will compete with Mint (launching tomorrow; hands-on review coming then too) and Wesabe (review) and it shares a core feature: When you let the product download your bank and credit card data so you can track it, it also uses that data to create an aggregate view of how people spend money. Then it lets you compare you outlay on, say, rent, gas, and food, to other people like you. It's social without being personal. (You can ignore the social info if you want, and … Read more
In addition to the stereotypical diet of Red Bull and Cheetos, geeks have become known increasingly for having a collective sweet tooth: Specifically, this has often taken the form of gadget cakes. And now it's become clear that the phenomenon is an international one.
It's interesting to note that these phone cakes are of a variety from Finland-based Nokia, one of the few handset makers not based in Asia. (This, by the way, is … Read more
It seems the older you get, the more lackluster the birthday celebrations become. And, while there's no need for birthday hats and balloons to fete the event, it seems that at the very least an indulgent cake is in order. The folks over at Gifts & More, however, would argue a musical cake server that plays the Happy Birthday song is in order too.
Made to mimic antique milk glass, this mint-colored plastic is attractive enough to pull out whenever cake slicing is called for. (So long as you don't mind it playing Happy Birthday on your wedding … Read more
Here's one way to transform a special occasion into something even more special. And, quite possibly, get a stomachache in the process.
Nashville's French Confection cake shop created this impressive Optimus Prime cake, using Rice Krispies treats, brownies, and cake to make the edible robot.
The Autobot-themed cake was special-ordered by Morgan Valentine for her husband's 30th birthday party. You're a lucky man, Mr. Valentine.
The bakery's repertoire is pretty impressive. Other nerd-worthy cakes (see below) include The Simpsons, a delicious six-pack of Coke, and Yoda.
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Alarm clocks are typically--though not always--hateful little sods, synonymous with a miserable feeling of remorse that the night is over and that romantic tryst with Philippa Forester was merely a dream. Solely responsible for getting us out of bed at the butt-crack of dawn, they're hated with the fury of a thousand suns. The nerds at Philips also have to get out of bed, so it's no surprise they've put considerable effort into making them less rubbish with the WAK3300.
What ho? Why, it's Sir James Dyson, inventor of the luxury vacuum cleaner, loitering about in the men's room. We haven't seen someone with a title in there since Sir Guy Burgess.
He's there to advertise the Dyson Airblade, an energy-efficient hand dryer that strips water droplets off your mitts in six to twelve seconds.
Put your hands in, and a curtain of air traveling at 400 miles per hour removes the moisture. The drying area is relatively small--you can't stick your head in, for instance--but it will whisk away water on your hands in … Read more
OK, I really want to know who has this kind of time to spend making these geeky cakes we've been seeing a lot of recently. Apparently, a GeekSugar reader made it for her boyfriend. (Is that the kind of domestic dedication required these days? If so, somebody please get me to a nunnery.) But as a Helio user myself, I acknowledge and appreciate the somewhat cult-like nature of our little MVNO. Cakes, apparently, are the cool way to express that these days.
More photos here.
My verdict: Nice effort. Beautiful, uh, cakesmanship. But I'll stick to my "… Read more