JUST SOUTH OF THE CANADA/U.S. BORDER--If there are two things that I love, they are the Cirque du Soleil and the iPod. Whoever thought I could combine the two?
In any case, I drove into Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday. And on Thursday night, I had tickets to see that city's premiere of the Cirque show "Varekai."
Unfortunately, since I'm traveling solo on my Road Trip 2006 around the Pacific Northwest, I didn't have a companion for the show.
So while the rest of the thousands in the audience spent intermission mingling with … Read more
For some reason, Fridays must bring out the competitive spirit among artists online. A few months back, for example, we cited IllustrationFriday.com and its weekly artistic challenge. Along those lines, today we offer PhotoFriday.com, to test your shutterbug skills.
Sony gives the impression that its newest Vaio TX3 series of wide-screen ultraportables are the laptop versions of Fort Knox.
Calling it "a very tough nut to crack," Sony says each notebook's fingerprint identification system and chip-level security combine to help keep intruders out. The computer is constructed out of carbon fiber, is 1 inch thick, weighs less than 3 pounds and has a battery life of up to seven hours. The company hopes Europeans will find its easy portability appealing enough to accompany them on business travel. The 11.1-inch screen with X-Black LCD enhancement is … Read more
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--Among the many gadgets I've been traveling with on my Road Trip 2006 around the Pacific Northwest is a Magellan Roadmate 3000T car navigation system.
And I must say, after now being on the road for eight days and using the device quite a bit, it really does work. I have found myself plugging in destinations constantly, especially when I'm trying to get somewhere in a hurry.
And except for a few times when the machine seemed to freak out and duck for cover--basically refusing to tell me anything useful--it has flawlessly directed me to where … Read more
In the ultracompetitive college entrance exams this month, students raised the practice of cheating to a high-tech art form with microscopic earphones and wireless networks. But in the process, according to the China Daily newspaper, some ended up being hospitalized when the homemade devices went awry in their aural canals.
Some bloggers doubted the veracity of these injury reports, attributing them to propaganda by Chinese officials seeking to curb the widespread cheating. But so pervasive has the practice become that universities had announced plans to block mobile-phone signals earlier this … Read more
The creation of novel USB devices has become something of an unofficial sport among geeks, and we usually applaud their efforts. But, sometimes, a good idea can just go too far. Case in point: This post by Engadget on a USB teddy bear.
How apropos for the summer solstice: As Consumating reported earlier, the Stonehenge Watch by Sharpe Production of New Jersey is an exact replica, scaled-down of course, of the five-millennia old English monument that will tell you the time based on the position of the sun.
By flipping open the pocket watch-style case, a compass on one side helps you position the mini-monument on the other to tell the time of day, time of year and exact moment of seasonal changes.
The product comes in silver or gold for $42.95.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--I'm sitting in the press box, high atop Nat Bailey Stadium, the ballpark of the Vancouver Canadians baseball team.
Much to my surprise, there's great wireless Internet here. That's wonderful since I'm on a Road Trip 2006 around the Pacific Northwest and as I look for stories to report and write, it's often tricky to find an Internet connection.
The fact that they have Wi-Fi here is a surprise because this is class-A minor league baseball. These kids are just out of high school or college, and there's just one level of … Read more