It's just a pixel, baby.
p.s. nice and sunny today, temps around 50 or so.
speaking of cool, how awesome is this?!?
i'm sure there's a serious star wars geek out there with some deep pockets that is just freak'n out right now -- whoever the lucky bastard that ends up with it might be, they'll have a piece of history on 'em.
p.s. han shot first.
Sometimes, after a long, stressful day, there's nothing more comforting than crawling into bed with your significant other and falling asleep in their arms.
But what if you don't have anyone to cuddle with in the first place? If you're in Japan, you might think to go to a soapland or some other kind of brothel, but then you'd have to deal with all that sex when you really just want to close your eyes and rest in the warmth of another's body.
But wait! Before you resign yourself to another lonely night of shedding tears on your Rei Ayanami dakimakura, why not stop by Soineya, Japan's first "co-sleeping specialty shop," where customers can pay to sleep in the arms of a beautiful girl – with no strings attached!
$80/hr just to lay in a bed with a chick? and that it's, no touching or grabass? ummm... yeah... g'luck with that.
only in japan.
(hat tip: annie)
Mobile's portion of online shopping continues to grow – this Black Friday, for example, smartphones drove a quarter of all online traffic, and 7.2% of all online sales, according to IBM Benchmark data. But the traffic and sales growth among retailers who have optimized their sites for mobile is, for obvious reasons, even more pronounced. Compared to last year, smartphone-optimized sites saw 75.65% more visits, and sales were up by 186.54% on Black Friday 2013 compared with the same day last year.
This data comes from Branding Brand, an e-commerce platform which designs mobile experiences for more than 200 of the top retailers worldwide, including American Eagle Outfitters, Costco, Ralph Lauren, Sephora, Calvin Klein, Crate & Barrel, Nasty Gal, Kate Spade, Bath & BodyWorks, Brookstone, The Children's Place, Steve Madden, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger, Dick's Sporting Goods, and dozens of others.
i know this is geared around mobile sales, but from what little i've read and seen on twitter, it looks like sales are up by quite a bit over last year -- dunno why, but i just kinda found that surprising.
personally, i haven't bought a damn thing.
Jeff Bezos is nothing if not a showman. Amazon's CEO loves a good reveal, and took the opportunity afforded by a 60 Minutes segment to show off his company's latest creation: drones that can deliver packages up to 5 pounds to your house in less than half an hour. They're technically octocopters, as part of a program called "Amazon Prime Air."
A drone sits at the end of a conveyer belt, waiting to pick up a package – Bezos says 86 percent of Amazon's packages are under 5 pounds – and can carry them up to 10 miles from the fulfillment center. As soon as Amazon can work out the regulations and figure out how to prevent your packages from being dropped on your head from above, Bezos promised, there will be a fleet of shipping drones taking the sky.The segment focused primarily on holiday shopping, particularly the annual shopping extravaganza that is Cyber Monday. It's a huge day for Amazon â€” more than 300 items will be ordered each second â€” and does much to reveal the company's true ambitions. Amazon doesn't just want to reinvent the way we shop for and buy things, it wants to upend every step of the process â€” including how our purchases come to us.
so Bezos has drones, Musk has Tesla/Hyperloops, Branson has spaceships, Larry and Sergey have self driving cars – i have shoes and a hoodie. heh.
Religious liberty is front and center on the nation's Thanksgiving table. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. The family-owned craft store company is intrepidly challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare's abortion coverage mandate. Hobby Lobby's faithful owners deserve our thanks and praise as they defend freedom of conscience for all Americans.
The privately held retail chain's story is the quintessential American Dream. Founder David Green started out making mini picture frames in his Oklahoma garage in 1970. He recruited his two sons, Mart and Steve, to pitch in at an early age. The family's first establishment took up a tiny 300 square feet of retail space. Hobby Lobby now runs nearly 600 stores across the country, employs 13,000 people and topped $2 billion in sales in 2009.
The Greens' Christian faith is at the heart of how they do business. They are dedicated to integrity and service for their customers and their employees. The debt-free company commits to "honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles," as well as "serving our employees and their families by establishing a work environment and company policies that build character, strengthen individuals and nurture families."
The company donates more than 10 percent of its income every year to charity. All stores are closed on Sundays to allow employees more family and worship time. It's the company's dedication to biblical principles that led Hobby Lobby in April to raise full-time employees' starting minimum wage to $14 an hour at a time when many other firms have been forced to slash both wages and benefits.
i know this is about a company being forced to provide abortion coverage even if they don't believe in it... whether it's a company or a person, the principle applies – abortion might be legal, but i can understand the argument against having to pay for it especially on religious grounds... if a girl decides to get an abortion, then great, she's free to do so... just don't make me pay for it.
just my opinion.
if you're a mobile user that works from home a lot, then something like this seems almost perfect... i still tend to prefer working at my desk, whether i'm at work or at home.
What do you get for the designer who has everything? How about nothing?
Helvetica The Perfume is literally just water, or "modernism distilled." Created as a gag gift by creative collective Guts and Glory, each bottle costs $62 plus shipping. If you're interested, you might want to hurry, because all shipments go out by Dec. 5.
just the thing to get for your designer friend, girlfriend, or whatever!
p.s. $62 for a bottle of water? haha
everything is going voice-enabled these days... phones, web apps, tv remotes, etc... from what little i've seen so far, it seems like Google Now kind of has Siri beat -- and i think that MS needs to put some more work into the Xbox One voice commands, but i have no doubt that they're working on making it even better.
Earth to China: Master Chief didn't enlist in the US military.
Nor is the U.S. military remotely close to fielding such a suit.
Nonetheless, Chinese media has trolled its netizens over the possibility that Washington is ready to unleash an army of robotically suped-up super soldiers.
"The program was New Defence Observations, a military show (read: propaganda), on Channel 7," writes Brian Ashcroft of Kotaku. "On the October 19 episode, which is recently causing a stir in China, a segment talked about the "smart amour."
i got a chuckle from this... first it was using the "iron patriot" from Iron Man, and now they're pulling Halo's master chief? geeeeesh.
p.s. really hoping a new Halo comes soon.