“Mulholland Drive might be the only thing in Los Angeles that didn't start as a real-estate scam. When the road officially opened on December 27, 1924, it was a gesture of civic improvement, a highway meant to link the city with its pastoral outskirts. Naturally, people began to race around in cars up here soon after. And, of course, many of them were movie people, since Hollywood is just on the other side of the ridge. Before World War II, actors John Carradine and Gary Cooper came here together in their Duesenbergs.”
“This room gets to 132dB. Think of it like this, a jack hammer is about 120 dB, and a Boeing 747 (yes, the airplane) is 140dB. The Kipnis theater falls in between that.”
“His cinema space has been recognized by the Guiness (sic) people six times so far, and there’s little chance of anyone taking his crown away, considering this home theater, which is always a work in progress, has cost him about $6 million. But cinema is an obsession for him, not to mention a business. He runs Kipnis Studio Standard, which designs and installs high-end home theaters, though none quite as elaborate as his own, which is part home theater, part laboratory. Here he tries out new equipment and new concepts, and is always a little ahead of the curve.”
The article also has a photo gallery including one of the “IMAX at home”
Gasparilla – the annual Pirate invasion of my town is happening as we speak. It is a lot of fun, and has a lot of froth. Having manned a courtesy booth one year, I have seen the amazing amount of alcohol that sells in a short few hours.
This year, the city will use camera and other technology that the Republican convention brought last summer.
“Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor says she wants people to leave the event with beads, not handcuffs. "Sometimes fights will break out. We'll be able to identify that very early on before large groups get involved and get officers there very quickly. As I said before, crowd control management."
To maneuver through those crowds, you'll see some officers riding Segways, also from the convention. The RNC bike patrol team will hit the streets too. Chief Castor said”
Think of wine as raindrops and fruit from decades ago. Think of cheese as milk from years ago. From places far away. They are the some of mankind’s early mobile apps. So said Jonathon Alsop, founder of the Boston Wine School, as he led an entertaining evening of wine, cheese and food tasting. Some of the wines and his humorous guide (this wine screams “shut up and drink me”) are in the photos below.
Judith Rothrock of JRocket Marketing organizes something fun for her periodic “Grape Escape” events where she organizes for analysts to get a briefing from some of her clients (this time Unit4 and SYSPRO). In 2009, she organized a meal which mirrored Obama’s first inauguration dinner.
She also patronizes the Nine Zero, which is a really nice boutique hotel (part of the Kimpton Group), a stone's throw from the Park Street Church and just beyond the historic Boston Common which dates back to 1634.
In a hat tip to Marc Andreessen’s POV that “software is eating the world”, the new Q in the latest Bond movie Skyfall is not as much into exploding pens and invisible cars. He is a young hacker geek.
Ben Whishaw, who plays the quartermaster tells Wired UK "What inspired Sam [Mendes] and the writers were people like Mark Zuckerberg and Julian Assange -- the power of these people and the damage they could do…The enemy is now being fought in a totally different way -- we've moved from hardware to software.”
There are plenty of hacking sequences in the movie - if you want a spoiler on how plausible they are, check this out
Q does have one of the most memorable quips in the movie when he tells off Bond:
“Well, I'll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pajamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field.’
And hardware has not exactly disappeared. He gives Bond a Walther PPK/S nine-millimeter short coded to Bond’s palmprint so only he can fire it. And in another scene Bond sarcastically holds up a device: “The latest thing from Q branch; called a radio”
Alcohol-infused whipped cream is among the more vile recent booze inventions, but that hasn’t stopped hard partiers from hitting the can, and it's just one example of how alcohol marketers continue to reinvent their elixirs in new formats and flavors.
Cassandra Daily lists Innovations in alcohol including Beer Concentrate (including Pat’s from Alaska) , Vapor Cocktails and Flavorless spirits.
Spotted by my nephew Nitesh Mirchandani, who travels even more (and therefore gets to see more concoctions) than I did at his age.
Stats from the Global Attractions Attendance Report show the most popular theme parks in the world, and Orlando (with nearby Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista, Tampa), Los Angeles (and nearby Anaheim and San Diego), Japan, S. Korea are prominent. But even more impressive is Asia as it leads the world in water theme parks.
These parks, in turn, have plenty of technology – The Harry Potter Quidditch match at Universal in Orlando, the interactive manta-ray experience coaster at SeaWorld in San Diego among others. There is technology in the synchronized fireworks and in crowd management like the Q-band in photo from UK based Lo-Q. “Using a waterproof RFID wristband, customers reserve their favourite slide at a touchscreen kiosk. Their Q-band then displays the slide number and a wait time Once the wait time has counted down to zero, it's time to ride and they jump straight on.”