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All the lonely people

— M. Night Shyamalan's new one, The Happening. Walberg's character seems a little too smart for his ability to act it but it does look pretty exciting. It also looks a lot like all the other "where did everyone go?" movies and shows we've seen from I Am Legend to 28 Days Later to even the Jericho TV show. Anyone care to venture a bit of cultural analysis about this trend? Do Americans spend so much time in isolation (in cars, in front of the TV, on the computer, in work cubicles, etc.) that they nurse a fear that the rest of humanity could disappear and they might not notice?
Speaking of lonely people, Cinch is the new hotness from BlogTalkRadio. The idea is that you call their computer and the computer turns what you say into a podcast with the URL being derived from your own phone number.

You want to talk "easy," how about a camera that's not much more than a memory stick?

Music using ONLY sounds from Windows XP and 98!

Holy moly this Can-Am Spyder is cool. I'm heading down to Daytona Bike Week at the end of the month and I hope to at least sit on one of these to feel the ergonomics. I remember seeing a prototype that had serious power and was impossible to tip. With a wind shield you could drive this and never feel the weather. I'm wondering how this thing has three wheels and a lot of steering and stability extras but still weighs the same as my Harley.

Speaking of cool things to ride, we're seeing a lot of new toys in the news and folks online are falling in love with KOTA, the baby robot triceratops your kid can actually ride. (I also followed Geek Parenting's item with a link back to his kid's utter lack of interest in a robot horse. Hysterical.)

Speaking of the old made new again, wouldn't it be great if the recent rousing of Amtrak from security somnolence is in anticipation of a new initiative that will take transportation alternatives seriously and actually try to exploit the potential of the U.S. rail system?

Country codes of the world

If you're seeing the headlines about the demise of HD DVD with dismay because you bet on the wrong horse, there is an option for you to rip your HD DVDs to Blu-Ray. It's not as simple as having a dual tape deck in your stereo, however. The idea is to use special software to rip the HD DVD to your computer, then more special software to burn those ripped files to a Blu-Ray disk.

The Nautilus House looks like it was designed by Dr. Seuss. where does the TV go?

I keep hearing about "Unbeatable Banzuke," but haven't watched it because I thought it had that same stupid narration like MXC on Spike channel. Looking at this amazing clip, it's more like watching the original Iron Chef shows with natural sound and subtitles. Entertaining and yet no one had to eat any bugs. Or as the NY Times puts it, "There's nothing quite like them currently being made for American TV, where skill is defined as knowing whether to listen to your brother-in-law when he tells you that the next briefcase is sure to be worth a million dollars." Ouch.

Speaking of cool Japanese stuff, Lunch in a Box - A mom's creative (bento box) lunch packing blog.

A mile high building in the making? If you're going to make a building 5,250 feet tall, you might as well make it 5,280 feet tall, really. Depending on where they put it and how they use it I don't think a mile high building is such a terrible idea.

"Simply enter the lost phone number and listen for it to ring. When you find it, hang up and you're done!"

The above is an example of a Single Serving Site, a phrase coined by Jason Kottke for "web sites comprised of a single page with a dedicated domain name and do only one thing."

That guy Chris Matthews hung out to dry last night uses his Web site to take another shot at answering the question about Obama's legislative accomplishments.

A diagram of this person's family's movements over the course of an hour's TV watching. Maybe if I moved this much the last cushion on my couch wouldn't be shaped like a hammock.