Tuesday, February 07, 2006
- Outsourcing the Pineapple: Del Monte has announced it will no longer grow pineapples in Hawaii, because it's much cheaper to grow it in countries like Thailand, the Phillippines, Brazil, Costa Rica and India.
- Los Angeles, the de facto "car chase capital of the world," is abandoning high-speed for high tech: rather than engaging in dangerous street pursuits, the LAPD will test new GPS tracking darts that attach themselves to absconding vehicles [Engadget]
- Random quote from a Epinions review of a set of stereo headphones, the author of which shall remain anonymous (no, it isn't me):
I think of music like a good meal. The carrots (drums) are cooked in its own pan. The bass Potatos (bass) is doing it's thing seperately [sic] in a pot. The meat (guitars) sizzle in its own pan too. And on and on with the other ingredients. And you're supposed to smell (hear) all these ingredients separately. What I heard (smelled) from Panasonic was all the ingredients thrown in the same pot and when you looked in it, sometimes you saw a carrot pop up. Sometimes a potato. Sometimes a meat poked its head above the morass. I thought it was the phones. It wasn't. The circuits thought only the most prominent sound should be amplified and everything else stayed in the background buried as puree until it decided something should pop up. I hope mpeg files aren't like this. All compressed in a mush until prominent peaks pop up.Smells like synesthesia, gone horribly awry.
- Get smart on the
cheapnada: University of Chicago's Center for International Studies now has a variety of lectures and presentations downloadable as free podcasts. Tuition not included, of course.