Archive: July 2010 - Spinland Studios, LLC

Just What is a “Meme,” Anyway?

  • July 19, 2010

I actually didn't know the precise definition of the term, for all it's become an eponymous meme, itself, thanks to the Internet. Then I happened to be pointed to this fascinating video lecture by Susan Blackmore over at TED.com. She not only defined the term, she placed it in a very important place in our development as a species, and went on to describe what she sees as the next, inevitable step. Fascinating stuff. You should give it a view.

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This Just In: Prince is Clueless

  • July 7, 2010

I recently read an interview, a rare one granted to Peter Willis by That Artist Currently Still Known as Prince that's tied to the pending release of his new album, "20TEN." Now, granted, as a musical artist this guy might very well be one of the greatest creative minds of our generation. On the other hand, I believe there's evidence to indicate he's also a self-absorbed, heavily-insulated little so-and-so. Here's what he said: Unlike most other rock stars, [Prince] has banned YouTube and iTunes from using any of his music and has even closed down his own official website. He says: "The internet's...

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Fireworks Grand Finale, 2010

  • July 6, 2010

We're fortunate enough to know some interesting people. One is an expert at setting up fireworks shows, and another has a large yard backed by a larger field, and the willingness to host a big Fourth of July bash. It was an amazing spectacle, and no huge crowds or traffic issues to deal with. Here's an iPhone video of the Grand Finale...

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Birds of a Feather

  • July 1, 2010

Based on my last blog post you would probably (perhaps rightly) label me an Apple fanboi. That doesn't mean I can't bring the snark when I think it's called for...

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Selling my Soul to Steve Jobs

  • July 1, 2010

It all started so innocently... The number one activity I undertake on computing devices is creating graphics. 3D modeling, animating same, web stuff, what have you. I long since realized I was sick and tired of being tied to a computer desk, though, and wanted something fresh that didn't involve unplugging, lugging, and plugging every time I undertook a change of venue. I reasoned there had to be something better, and I was right: I discovered the concept of the "portable graphics workstation." Imagine a laptop. Okay, now make it a Really Big laptop. Give it a 17" screen, a full-sized...

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