- This week we have our first female guest-host Natalie Ann
- What did we get for Christmas?
- We have a new sponsor this year Hello Audible!
- What did you do for New Years Eve?
- Any new year resolutions?
Texting So 2011
Tero Kuittinen, a senior analyst for MGI Research recently wrote a column for Forbes in which he noted
that text messaging rates are declining in several countries around the globe. The Finnish wireless carrier
Sonera, for example, noticed that the number of text messages sent on Christmas Eve 2011 dropped to
8.5 million messages from 10.9 million messages that were sent on the same night a year prior.
The decline in text messaging was also recognized in Hong Kong, where it fell off as much as 14%.
While sending a text message is still an incredibly popular comunication method, Kuittinen argues that
the downward trend could continue to the U.S. and affect AT&T and Verizon later this year or next.
“The ambitious new messaging plans and more organic Facebook/Twitter support of both Apple and
Google could be the big threat for operator earnings growth in a year or two,” Kuittinen said. “As much as
20% of carrier earnings are derived from text-messaging.”
-Could Tradtional texting with mobile carriers be going out the window?
-Are people using facebook for all their text message needs?
-Who uses what to text?
The Holidays are over but what did we get our
hands on and what games are we playing now?
*Random forum discussion*
What was our game of the year in 2011?
gATARI2600 Chiptune Guitar
If you're going to rock out, you might as well do so with a video game console from the '70s
as the core of your guitar. In fact, this is precisely what modder cTrix has done with his gATARI2600.
In his configuration, he's able to write and play new music through an Atari 2600 by using an EPROM
programmer (a software application he wrote) and daughterboards to feed the new music back through
the instrument. The gATARI also features equalizer and flange pedals, a track selector, and whammy
bars that allow the player to switch tracks and make changes on the fly. No details have been posted
as to how to make your own just yet, but click past the break to watch cTrix jam both thoroughly and
effectively at Blip Fest 2011 in Japan.
Quick Look at my Top 10 of 2011
forward to in 2012.
Frozen dead guy celebration gets a new owner
And You Thought Your Christmas Eve Was Bad
Arun Sandhukha, 53, had been a pneumonia patient at SSKM Hospital in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) since
December 11. According to the newspaper, his family members arrived at the hospital for a visit and found him
in a pool of blood, with no medical staff in sight.
"No nurse was found at the scene and he was writhing in pain. His penis had been nibbled by rats," a victim's
relative identified as Bishwanath said. The relative said that hospital staff
"admitted the presence of rats in the hospital."
Later in the day, Sandhukha was pronounced dead. (Asian Age published its story on December 24,
but it is not clear on what day the incident occurred.)
The horrific story is only the latest in a string of medical mishaps to capture the Indian public's attention.
On December 23, a government doctor was found to be practicing medicine while inebriated, reports The Statesman.
Do you have change for a million-dollar bill?
Police say a North Carolina man insisted his million-dollar note was real when
he was buying $476 worth of items at a Walmart.
Investigators told the Winston-Salem Journal that 53-year-old Michael Fuller tried to buy a vacuum cleaner,
a microwave oven and other items. Store employees called police after his insistence that the bill was legit,
and Fuller was arrested.
The largest bill in circulation is $100. The government stopped making bills of up to $10,000 in 1969.
Fuller was charged with attempting to obtain property by false pretense and uttering a forged instrument.
He is in jail on a $17,500 bond, and it isn't clear if he has an attorney. He is scheduled to be in court Tuesday. (today)
Year-old cheeseburger unchanged with time
WINDSOR, Ontario, Dec. 29 (UPI) --
A McDonald's plain cheeseburger turned 1 year old Thursday
on the kitchen counter of a Canadian nutritionist
who says it looks much as it did hot off the grill.
Melanie Hesketh, who works at the Lifetime Wellness Center in Windsor,
Ontario, told the Windsor Star she bought the cheeseburger without ketchup or mustard
Dec. 29, 2010, as an experiment.
She left the unwrapped burger unrefrigerated on her counter for the past year
and said not much has changed, apart from the bun turning stale.
She said it "still smells slightly like a burger," although there has been no sign of mold, maggots or bacteria.
"Obviously it makes me wonder why we choose to eat food like this
when even bacteria won't eat it," she told the Star.
McDonald's officials didn't respond to calls from the newspaper,
but the company Web site says its "regular bun" contains at least 32 ingredients
and the processed cheese slice has 15 ingredients.
Hesketh said she expects the cheeseburger will remain with her for a long time.
"I'm going to keep it forever -- it's a good conversation piece," she said.