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From CNN.

New GoPro 3

The GoPro3 was announced recently.

I might like to get one. They're tiny and shoot great video. The Black Edition looks sweet and includes the WiFi remote.

And get this: the specs say it can shoot 240 FPS video in 848 x 480? That's a much higher resolution than the 448 x 336 resolution we get out of our Casio cameras.


Pinterest Explained

Found somewhere on the Internet:

Pinterest is porn for women. They (male scientists) finally figured out how to get women to use the Internet for something other than shopping, and it is Pinterest. It's shopping without buying. Pretty brilliant.

Disc Golf Promo Video

Disc Golf from joe canali on Vimeo.

2012 GHdgO with David Feldberg, Cale Leiviska, Cameron Colglazier, Will Schusterick, Jeremy Koling, and Paige Pierce.

The problem with disc golf is that there are stereotypes that, like most stereotypes, are grounded in reality.

The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Kindle Court Settlement


Dear Kindle Customer,

We have good news. You are entitled to a credit for some of your past e-book purchases as a result of legal settlements between several major e-book publishers and the Attorneys General of most U.S. states and territories, including yours. You do not need to do anything to receive this credit. We will contact you when the credit is applied to your account if the Court approves the settlements in February 2013.

MobileMe Users Extended Extra Storage Space on iCloud

Woohoo! I have extended storage space through September 30, 2013!

Not that I use any of the space on iCloud. I download my mail and I don't store documents or files on iCloud. iTunes Match doesn't really count (it has its own limits IIRC) and I'm not close to meeting them. I don't even back up my iPhone to iCloud - I like having the backup on my computer, synced via iTunes1

With the cost of storage dropping it wouldn't surprise me if before September 30, 2013 all iCloud users are simply given the "increased storage space" option.


  1. Though I'm open to hearing arguments why this is stupid, of course.

Factors Affecting Disc Flight

I love this stuff from a physics, aerodynamics, and simple science perspective.

  • Player Arm Speed and Power
  • Technique
  • Release Angle
  • Wind
  • Plastic Type
  • Disc Weight
  • Disc Condition
  • Parting Line Height

Here's a reasonable approximation of the discs I currently carry in their "base" or "average" shape:

Discs Flight 2012-10-12

DG The Fling

That's just a disc he cut up and made for himself, but he could probably sell them for $29 if he wanted to. You know, and make $7.64 at a time. :)


Quite literally days before I was going to buy a set of BuckyBalls from Amazon, there was some kerfuffle and they were taken off the market.

You can still buy them at and I may do just that.

Design of Airline Luggage Tags

Here's an awesome article on the design of airline luggage tags - their evolution, the challenges faced, and the ways in which they've been overcome.

My one tip? Don't fly through Detroit. It would not surprise me if 25% of lost luggage was flown through Detroit. 😛

The Squares Take the Favorites

When the public bets one team in an NFL football game 70% or higher, they win only 42.8% of the time. And the higher the bets, the worse their losing percentage is.

Bookies gamble too.

You can consistently win money betting football games if you apply this knowledge.

Picking up a Kindle Paperwhite

I've had a Kindle since the second generation. I've decided to either sell it or give it as a gift to someone because the Paperwhite looks to offer a great upgrade at a good price (I'm paying the $20 not to have to look at advertising, too). I've bolded the features that mean the most to me:

  • Patented built-in light evenly illuminates the screen to provide the perfect reading experience in all lighting conditions
  • Paperwhite has 62% more pixels for unsurpassed resolution
  • 25% better contrast for sharp, dark text
  • Even in bright sunlight, Paperwhite delivers clear, crisp text and images with no glare
  • New hand-tuned fonts - 6 font styles, 8 adjustable sizes
  • 8-week battery life, even with the light on
  • Holds up to 1,100 books - take your library wherever you go
  • Built-in Wi-Fi lets you download books in under 60 seconds
  • New Time to Read feature uses your reading speed to let you know when you'll finish your chapter
  • Massive book selection. Lowest prices. Over a million titles less than $9.99
  • 180,000 Kindle-exclusive titles that you won't find anywhere else, including books by best-selling authors such as Kurt Vonnegut
  • Supports children's books and includes new parental controls
  • Kindle Owners' Lending Library - with Amazon Prime, Kindle owners can choose from more than 180,000 books to borrow for free with no due dates, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers and all 7 Harry Potter books

Not included are the smaller size (which will be nice - when you get into a book and don't move for half an hour the Kindle 2 and a cover can become tiring). I'm not opting for the 3G version because… I don't really see much use for it. I can load up on books when I'm at home, sync pages when I read, and when I'm out, I can just read.

I read a lot. Not as much as I'd like, but perhaps with the frontlight I can read in bed at night as a way of trying to fall asleep. And a smaller Kindle is a more portable Kindle, so that should help as well.

P.S. Adam Jacob Muller - great comment.

P.P.S. I picked up an orange - or "persimmon" - cover this time around.

P.P.P.S. Gruber's review.

iOS 6, iPhone 5, Incremental Updates

I'm still investigating ways to pick up an iPhone 5 at less than "full price" (and possibly even less than upgrade price, by trading in my iPhone 4S), but I must say I'm surprised at how disappointed some people are by both iOS 6 and the iPhone 5.

Both are exactly what Apple does best: incrementally improve a product.

iPhone 5 is hands down a better phone than the iPhone 4 that many people will be replacing, and iOS 6 is a great OS that adds 50+ new features (many small), but which doesn't even belong in the same discussion as iOS 4 which is NOT that old.

Incrementally updating hardware and software gets us an iPhone 5 with iOS 6. Just compare it to any previous combination of release hardware/software and the changes are stunning. Heck, compare it to the original iPhone which is really not that old and the original iPhone will seem about as useful as a rock, yet when it came out, it was awesome.

P.S. iOS 6 came out for my 4S just in time for me to take lots of panoramic photos in Scotland. Woo!

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