Archive for August, 2011

Android App of the Week: TinyShark

Android App of the Week is back! This week we take a look at TinyShark.

GrooveShark is a massively popular online music streaming service (competing with Spotify) that has tons of songs that you can listen to for free. Pony up a little money and you can remove ads and add some features. Pony up a little more and you can listen to GrooveShark on your iOS or Android device.

Now GrooveShark is a great service, but it’s not worth paying for. Many songs that I’ve searched for aren’t available, song quality isn’t uniform across the site, some songs are only snippets of the whole song, and other songs contain ads at the beginning or end. So what to do when you want to listen to one of your GrooveShark playlists on the go? The answer: TinyShark.

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Airline Boarding Sucks

If you’ve flown within the last decade, you know the drill for boarding.

As soon as the gate attendant announces that boarding is beginning for first class, everyone starts crowding the gate, even if it’s not their turn. Once boarding for coach begins, all hell breaks loose. People try to get in line even if their seating area hasn’t been called, vying for a precious overhead bin. It just seems completely chaotic.

Surprisingly, researchers found that letting passengers board whenever they want, without a seating area system, is actually faster and more efficient. An even more efficient system is one created by Fermilab astrophysicist, Dr. Jason Steffen. Here’s his system:

First, passengers sitting in the window seats on one side of the plane all board at once, in alternating rows (row 1, 3, 5, etc.). Then the same is done on the other side of the plane. Then the middle seats, still in alternating rows, boards on the first side of the plane. That continues with the other side’s middle seats, then (first one and then the other) aisle seats. Then, do it all again for the even-numbered rows.

I can’t really see how this is more efficient, but it seems that it is. Check out the video at the source link.

Source: Popular Science

Carry-On Luggage Packing Tips

Source: The New York Times

I just discovered this New York Times article from 2010 about packing more efficiently, especially in carry-on luggage. Check out the “10 Days In a Carry-on” gallery with tips from a flight attendant.

Although I’d heard a lot of this advice before (like rolling clothes instead of folding), I had forgotten about it. I definitely plan to put these tips to good use on my next trip.

Source: The New York Times

The First Music Monday!

This weekend I discovered a new sub-genre of music called Melodic Dubstep. It’s also sometimes called Chill or Chillout Dubstep. Now, usually I wouldn’t consider dubstep as “chill” music, but I’ve discovered some great songs (and I still am). I’ve created a playlist that I’ll be adding more songs to as I discover them. Here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2654B847933679BF.

And just to whet your appetites, here’s one of my favorite Melodic Dubstep songs I’ve found so far:

 

Do you have any good additions to the playlist?

Fox News, Mr. Rogers, Family Planning, & More.

Today’s random posts:

Fox News says Mr. Rogers is Evil:

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Aston Martin V12 Zagato

The Zagato is a new car by Aston Martin to supposedly be released later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This new Zagato really does look nice, but only 150 will be made. Not surprising since the car will cost nearly $600,000. A few specs include a V12 engine and a 0-62 mph time of 4.2 seconds.

I first saw the Zagato a while ago on Top Gear (UK version, of course), but since then I’ve been trying to decide if I like it. You might ask what is there to not like about an Aston Martin. Well, I’m not too crazy about the design of the rear of the car. It just strikes me as a little strange.

Here are some concept renderings:

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Source: Aston Martin via Top Gear

Taking Android on Set

Having a smartphone might be nice to just quickly glance at a script, but if you want to start making edits or letting your actors read off of the script, the small smartphone screen just makes it almost impossible. I’ve been wanting to buy an Android tablet for a few months, and with a slew of new and existing photography and film-themed apps, I want one even more now.

If I were to get an Android tablet, there are only two I’d even consider: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1″ and the Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Both are amazingly well designed and have great features. I’m going to restrain myself, though, and wait until the next generation Android tablets begin rolling out with the Tegra 3 (aka Kal-El) quad-core. We’re already hearing rumors on specs for the next Transformer. While I’ve been waiting for the release, I’ve been researching the apps that I’d want. Continue reading