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LidRock CDs Coming To BLIMPIE

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May 26, 2004 No Comments
Just a heads up for all you LidRock CD collectors out there... BLIMPIE is going to be launching their huge "Super Summer" Promotion on May 28th and will be offering three separate custom LidRock Audio/Interactive CDs -- one for each of the three months of the promotion. Each collectable CD comes packaged in the plastic beverage lid of a 32 oz. drink and will feature music from a headline artist with additional songs from other current, popular musicians as well as interactive content including music videos, artist bios, concert dates, sneak previews of other BLIMPIE "Super Summer" LidRock CDs and a special BLIMPIE printable coupon offer. Which artists will they be offering you ask... Alanis Morissette, LeAnn Rimes, Ben Jelen, Tyler Hilton, Amy Dalley and Rodney Atkins. LidRock CDs will be available for $1.00 for customers who purchase a 32 oz. beverage or for $1.49 without beverage purchase. So there you go, I try to post something for everyone... even the LidRock collectors of the world.

Now That’s a “BushPig”

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May 12, 2004 No Comments

No, that isn't some kind of political expression... it's actually a product name. The BushPig is a two-wheeler designed for your pleasure and convenience by an Australian company called Wheelman. Each $1500 BushPig is hand made and features a 43cc 2 stroke engine, which takes about one litre of oil and gas mix, just like a lawnmower. They say the learning curve of a Wheelman is very similar to skate/snow/surf board riding, and if you have experience in any of those three things, it should be easy to use the BushPig. Once you get the balance stuff of taken care of, you can get moving up to 16-19mph. Not bad... it's just you and the pavement... so it may feel like 100mph. The speed is controlled by a pneumatic ball held in your hand, the more you squeeze, the more fun you have! To stop, all you need to do is stop squeezing the ball. The vehicle will slow quickly but smoothly, then you angle the toes of your rear foot toward the ground until the pads come into contact, the harder you push the faster you stop. The vehicle remains quite stable and minimises the risk of being thrown over the front... which I think is the only 'safety' feature this thing has. To order one or to find out more, check out the Wheelman website.

Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) Specs

Fun & Games
May 11, 2004 3 Comments
UPDATE: Official Photo of the PSP released.

PSP comes in a black color, with a 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD centered in a sleek ergonomic design with a high-quality finish that fits comfortably in the hands. The dimensions are 170mm x 74mm x 23mm with a weight of 260g. PSP features a high-quality TFT LCD that displays full color (16.77 million colors) on a 480 x 272 pixel high-resolution screen. It also comes complete with the basic functions of a portable player such as built-in stereo speakers, exterior headphone connector, brightness control and sound mode selection. Keys and controls inherit the same operability of PlayStation and PlayStation 2, familiar to fans all over the world.

PSP also comes equipped with diverse input/output connectors such as USB 2.0, and 802.11b (Wi-Fi) wireless LAN, providing connectivity to various devices in the home and to the wireless network outside. The world of gaming is further enhanced by enabling users to enjoy online gaming, or by connecting multiple PSPs to each other, directly via the wireless network. In addition, software and data can be downloaded through a USB or wireless network onto Memory Stick(TM) PRO Duo. All of these features can be enjoyed on one single system.

PSP adopts a small but high-capacity optical medium UMD(TM) (Universal Media Disc), enabling game software, rich with full-motion video and other forms of digital entertainment content, to be stored. The newly developed UMD, the next-generation compact storage media, is only 60mm in diameter but can store up to 1.8GB of digital data. A broad range of digital entertainment content such as music video clips, movies and sports programs can be provided on UMD. To protect this entertainment content, a robust copyright protection system has been developed which utilizes a combination of a unique disc ID, a 128 bit AES encryption keys for the media, and individual ID for each PSP hardware unit.

PSP Product Specifications
Product Name: PlayStation Portable (PSP)
Color: Black
Dimensions: Approx. 170 mm (L) x 74 mm (W) x 23 mm (D)
Weight: Approx. 260 g (including battery)
CPU: PSP CPU(System clock frequency 1~333MHz)
Main Memory: 32MB
Embedded DRAM: 4MB
Display: 4.3 inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD
480 x 272 pixel (16.77 million colors)
Max. 200 cd/m2 (with brightness control)
Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers
Main Input/Output: IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
USB 2.0 (Target)
Memory Stick(TM) PRO Duo
IR Remote (SIRCS)
Disc Drive: UMD Drive (Playback only)
Profile: PSP Game
UMD Audio
UMD Video
Main Connectors: DC OUT 5V
Terminals for charging built-in battery
Headphone/Microphone/Control connector
Keys/Switches: Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Analog pad
Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Left, Right keys
POWER On/Hold/Off switch
Brightness control, Sound Mode, Volume +/-
Wireless LAN On/Off switch
UMD Eject
Power: Built-in lithium-ion battery, AC adaptor
Access Control: Region Code, Parental Control
Accessories: Stand
Headphone with remote commander
Headphone with remote commander and microphone
External battery pack
E3 Prototype Exhibition: USB Camera for PSP
USB Keyboard for PSP

UMD(TM) Specifications

Dimensions: Approx. 65 mm (W) x 64 mm (D) x 4.2 mm (H)
Weight: Approx. 10g
Disc Diameter: 60 mm
Maximum Capacity: 1.8GB (Single-sided, dual layer)
Laser wavelength: 660nm (Red laser)
Encryption: AES 128bit
Profile: PSP Game (full function)
UMD Audio (codec ATRAC3plus(TM), PCM, (MPEG4 AVC)
UMD Video (codec MPEG4 AVC, ATRAC3plus(TM), Caption PNG)


McDonald’s ESPN25 Happy Meal Games

Fun & Games
April 27, 2004 6 Comments

Between April 30, 2004 - May 27, 2004, at participating restaurants, while supplies last, McDonald's will be offering six ESPN25 inspired mini-handheld sports action video games. McDonald's will offer games in each Happy Meal and Mighty Kids Meal featuring basketball great Vince Carter, soccer star Mia Hamm, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, car racing champion Tony Stewart, football star Michael Vick, and tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams. If someone gets one or six, please post your comments.

Leisure Suit Larry Is Back!

Fun & Games
April 22, 2004 2 Comments
Leisure Suit Larry
WOW, this brings back memories... I remember playing Leisure Suit Larry, The Land of the Lounge Lizards back in 1987 on my IBM XT in 16 color CGA graphics (here are some screen shots). Vivendi Universal Games announced today that Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude is scheduled for release this Fall on PC, PlayStation 2 and the Xbox. Don't expect to see our friend Larry Laffer, the series' original lovable loser, in this installment we'll be rooting for Larry Lovage, his nephew. In Magna Cum Laude, Lovage starts as a sixth-year-senior enrolled at the local community college, and spends most of his time in his dorm room or on campus striking out with women. After hearing about a reality TV dating show visiting his college campus, Larry resolves to revitalize his life and get on the show. Over the course of the game, Larry sets out on an epic search for love (or its equivalent) and finds that things don't always go as planned. This game will be packed with mini-games like Tapper, Trampoline, and Wet T-shirt Contents. I don't know if the reason why I liked the original was because I was younger or if it really was an entertaining game... guess I'll just have to wait and see.

Hello My Name Is… GEEK?

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April 19, 2004 No Comments
led badge
If you are the ultimate geek or are planning the ultimate geek fest, you need to purchase a few of these Scrolling LCD Badges from Think Geek. Not only is this badge fully programmable, it can be changed on the fly by using the IR remote control. The badge can store up to 4 messages, scroll at 7 different speeds, and can be programmed or changed via a serial cable. It sure beats the old school "Hello My Name Is" badges! Though, don't expect to pay 15¢ for this badge... the whole kit runs $70.