— 50% Of All BitTorrent Downloads are TV-Shows - This is surely a message to the TV networks. I wonder if the number is decreasing now that it's possible to watch so many shows on demand on the networks' sites. For some reason I can never remember when the new Sarah Connor show is on and since the premiere I've watched every episode on the Fox site.
Speaking of the Connor Chronicles, io9 does more research than I guessed was possible on the various models of Terminator bots, culling details from the movies, shows, books and amusement park "ridefilms." I can't pretend to know much Terminator trivia but it does bother me a little that the show always seems to reveal a new flaw just when it's convenient. "Wait! They need twenty seconds to reboot!" "Wait! They go into hibernate and don't notice you removing keys from their necks!"
Speaking of obsessive show trivia, A Visual Tour of the Dharma Initiative Stations: 7 Mysterious 'Abandonments' of the 'Lost' Island - There's so much extra Lost information online, both official and unofficial, and yet it's all I can do to keep up with what's on the TV. Even though I watch religiously, I get the distinct impression the writers are just making up as they go along, which discourages me from bothering to try to make sense of it all.
Speaking of too much of a good thing, I really like this story of the mom who tries to get her text-happy family to use Twitter to make their texting more efficient. As obvious a fit as it seems to be for their needs, they hate it.
I have no way of knowing if this is true but it's pretty fascinating to think that different cultures have different ways to flip through bills.
Play Shift. It's got nice easy controls like I like (need). Just arrow keys and the space bar. But sometimes you need to completely reverse the puzzle with the shift button. Good exercise in mental visualization.
New Indiana Jones trailer - Some folks are losing their minds with excitement over this. To me it affirms that the new movie will fit reliably in what we expect from an Indiana Jones film.
Penn & Teller Explain Cups & Balls - And you still don't know how to do it. (The explanation comes at the end with clear cups.)
I meant to pair this with the unique architecture link from yesterday: The largest and tallest spanning arch bridge in the world.
The Strange Maps guy is looking to make a book. Interesting to read the story of his meteoric success. And yet, I can't think of any news organization doing a map of the day.
Now that I read that Mossberg item about the new super-thin solid state ThinkPad I've been watching some of the comparisons. Here's a side by side with the MacBook Air.
Speaking of being side by side with the MacBook Air, Poonovation - I could swear there
was an April Fool's site last year with this same idea. In this case
the real hot new feature is the MacBook Air docking slot. You actually
store your laptop in your toilet for convenient retrieval.
The Kinetic Cell Phone works like one of those self-winding watches.
Newsglobe combines the mesmerizing non-stop world spinning of Twittervision with the utility of a news site. (If I had to guess I'd say the reason this link is coming up is that a lot of people saw that Yahoo! Design has closed down and followed the advice in this entry to see some of the work they've done. The rendering of the Query Bursts is similar and actually cooler to look at.)
Though not as cool as the David Lee Roth vocal track, playing with the tracks on this Arcade Fire song is pretty cool.
From a press release in the mailbag: iChapters will plant a tree for every eChapter or eBook you buy.