Last night, Kelly and I set out to see a showing of Knights of Badassdom as part of a series of fundraisers for Long Island’s I-CON convention. The film was first introduced at Comic-Con in 2011 but was shelved until late last year when it was released in Israel (Ironically, at another convention named Icon). The movie was recently released in the United States and is currently being shown in theaters nationwide through Tugg
To end my Birthday celebration last night, a handful of us made it down to Babylon’s Bow-Tie cinemas to catch The Zen Room‘s shadow cast performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show.
This is the same Troupe (and many of the same individuals) who performed in the REPO: The Genetic Opera shadow cast I reviewed back in 2009 (Read that review here). The Zen Room puts on an amazing show with great costumes, props and it even seemed like their lighting had improved since I first saw them years ago.
If you’re a virgin (you haven’t seen RHPS in shadow cast), then you really need to get down to Bow Tie Cinemas in Babylon Village on the first Saturday of the month and check out The Zen Room’s production.
So I’ve been a bad jew and haven’t wished my Jewish LJ friends a Happy and Healthy Hanukkah. Even though it’s more than halfway over, I guess late is better than never 🙂
Also, I found two more Bluetooth devices so I added them to my previous post. Caller ID watches that receive the caller id information from the phone via bluetooth and displays the information on the face.
Working promotions for a radio station, you get to work in some pretty neat places. Today we were promoting Toys for Tots at Willis Hobbies in Mineola. If you haven’t been there, you’re missing out on one of the greatest shops for model cars, trains and R/C vehicles.
Anyways, I’ve been eyeing the Mini-R/C Copter on Thinkgeek.com for a while, and this place had them. They were also $10 cheaper. So I was considering them. They also had a larger/nicer mini-RC-copter for about $75. The difference was that the small one could only go up and down, but not propel fowards or backwards. The $75 could go up and down, and fowards too. I spent much of the 2-hour promotion pondering whether or not to get the $40 or the $70 one. Neither, of which I can really afford right now. So guess which one I chose…
… That’s right. The $200 one! ( The Blade CX for those in the know). I figured if I was going to spend money I don’t really have, I might as well get a GOOD one! This thing is hot. Two rotors, independantly controlled. It can go up and down, side to side, fowards and backwars, turn right and left, and crash.
I’ve gotten really good at that last one. Crash! While my friends were over, I flew it into my couch and tore apart the rotors. After they left I sat down with it and found replacing the rotors is a trivial task. Just unscrew em and screw on the replacements. Good thing I had bought a handfull of extra parts.
So I got it back together, and went on my second flight. Again! CRASH! This time it was bad. I don’t have the parts to fix it so I have to see if the local R/C-Hobby shops carry the parts. if not, It’s back to mineola next week.
It was kind of fun re-building it though 🙂 I’ll get the shop to help me calibrate the thing so I don’t have so much trouble with it next round. lol. And I think I’ll listen to the manual when it says to use in open spaces. My living room is not a good beginner “open-space” 🙂
Okay, so I have an Audiovox PPC-6700 active with SprintPCS. I have to say it’s been a great experience. I’ve put together this list of must-have applications:
After receiving my first Bluetooth capable phone/PDA I decided to research all available Bluetooth capable devices. This article should sum up all the currently available Bluetooth devices. Feel free to write me with any items that I may have missed and I will add them.
Desktops, Laptops and PDAs
Personal computers and portable devices can be equipped with Bluetooth technology for the ability to connect wirelessly to just about any of the devices above. Extra functionality can be added and data synchronization/backup is possible.
When someone says “Bluetooth”, the first device that comes to mind are cellphones. Bluetooth enabled cellphones can easily sync up with cordless headsets/earpieces for hands-free conversations. A connection to a PC could be used to back up and restore a phone book or settings and also to send pictures taken from the phone’s internal camera.
Cellular phones are convenient, but as they are built more compact, they’re not the most comfortable to talk on for long periods of time. Many cordless phone manufacturers have developed cordless phone systems that work along with Bluetooth technology. The base-station of the cordless phones links to any Bluetooth-enabled cell phone and then transmits to/from the handsets via 2.4 Ghz or 5.8 Ghz like any other cordless phone.
The biggest benefit of Bluetooth is that it provides wireless connectivity between 2 devices. This can be especially handy employed on a printer. Modern printers are being built with Bluetooth capabilities. Any PC or handheld device with in a 20 to 100 meter radius can connect to and print without the need to run and connect parallel or USB cables. For printers that do not come with this functionality built-in, manufacturers have created adapters that give any parallel or USB printer Bluetooth capabilities.
Speakers and Headphones
There is definitely a market for wireless headphones or wireless speakers. There’s many technologies today to employ the service. 800Mhz, 900Mhz, 1.2Ghz radio, Infrared, 802.11b, and of course, Bluetooth.
One of the biggest complaints among people who own combined GPS/PDA devices is that the battery life is greatly reduced by the power requirements of the GPS. With a Bluetooth enabled GPS receiver, the GPS unit has it’s own battery, so you don’t drain the additional power from the handheld’s battery. You can also easily re-locate the antenna with a better view of the sky for better reception.
While not yet very common, more and more digital cameras are being shipped with the ability to send their pictures to a PC or printer wirelessly. Current technologies that allow this are 802.11 Wifi and Bluetooth.
Bluetooth integration with automobiles is becoming more commonplace. Some car manufacturers (such as Audi) and some car stereo manufacturers are beginning to integrate speakerphones into their stereo systems. This enables drives with Bluetooth enabled cellphones to place and receive hands-free phone calls without the need for separate cellular service for their automobiles.
Users of portable computers (PDAs) will appreciate a wide variety of keyboards available that connect via Bluetooth. Data entry on most hand-held devices is typically inefficient and slow. You either need to click with a stylus on a micro-sized on-screen keyboard, or learn the device’s Grafitti language. The other option is to connect your Bluetooth keyboard and type away as you would on any PC. Many of these keyboards even offer a stand to prop up the device. Keep in mind some of them have smaller keys so try to check it out or read reviews before you rush out to get one.
One of the coolest devices I came across in my research is the Chainput BGP-100. This is a game pad style controller that clips around your PDA/Smartphone giving you Up/Down/Left/Right as well as Action button capabilities. (Kind of resembles the layout of the classic NES controller. The control communicates with your handheld device over Bluetooth.
Interested in learning more about Bluetooth? Check out http://www.bluetooth.com/ and visit the many personal electronic device vendors on the Internet and in malls near you!
This is my 1st post from my new PocketPC. I picked up the Sprint PCS PPC-6700 Smartphone and so far, I love it. With my only Windows PC out to Dell for repair, I have found it difficult, but not impossible to update PocketPC devices through mobile internet only.
Sprint’s broadband internet certainly makes it bearable!
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I finally got some pictures of the Pac-Man costume. After taking the exterior picture, I cut small arm-holes, but other than that this is the finished product. You can also note that on the inside, I hooked up my Dell Axim to a set of amplified speakers and created a “Pac-Man Video Game Sounds” loop 😉
So, I was dissapointed when I went to Kohls. They didn’t have the Pac-Man shirt I saw on the website in stock. As for the Pac-Costume, it’s sitting in the courtyard. Cross your fingers that none of the neighbors complain. I have to leave it out there for a few hours, until it drys enough for me to bring it inside. I made arrangements to borrow my father’s truck to get the damn thing to work because it won’t fit in my car.
It’s 40 inches round by 20 inches tall (when laying on it’s side)
Pictures to come either later tonight or tomorrow.