thinglets: When Pandas Attack!

Apparently when there are over a billion people in a country I guess that, by process of elimination, that increases the total number of screwups. A giant panda at the Beijing zoo has now bitten the THIRD person who's fallen into its cage.

My favorite quote: "The panda is a national treasure, and I love and respect [him], so I didn't fight back," Zhang said. "The panda didn't let go until it chewed up my leg and its mouth was dripping with my blood."

You know what? I don't care if it's the Pope or President gnawing on my leg - I'm picking up the nearest rock or branch and going homerun derby on his skull.

psycho panda

thinglets: A Blogger's 12 Step Program

  1. We admitted we were powerless over blogging—that our opinions had become unmanageable... and then blogged about it.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than the web could restore us to sanity... and then Tweeted it.
  3. Made a decision to turn our keyboard and our webcams over to the care of Baud as we understood It... and then Facebooked it.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves... and then MySpaced it.
  5. Admitted to Baud, to ourselves, and to every other human being the exact nature of our wrongs... and then Pinged it.
  6. Were entirely ready to have Baud remove all the defects of character mapping... and posted a pic of it on Flickr.
  7. Humbly asked Baud to remove our fail whales... and waited for it to happen.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had ReTweeted, and became willing to Friendfeed them all... and so did.
  9. Made direct messages to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would deprive Followers... and so we Dugg their posts.
  10. Continued to take social network inventory and when we were wrong promptly went to Seesmic and apologized... in 60 seconds.
  11. Sought through webcam and keyboard to improve our conscious contact with Baud as we understood It, typing only for knowledge of Its knowledge of us and the power to carry that out... to Technorati.
  12. Having had a virtual awakening as the result of page views, we tried to carry this message to luddite friends, and to practice such messaging in all our affairs... until something better comes along.


thinglets: who says the mundane can't be snazzy has just released a list they call Ultra-Minimalism: 19 Cool Products That Are Almost Impossible to Use. Included are toilets, tables, mugs, watches and other assorted basic sundry items that have become stylized to the point of the fanciful to the unrecognizable to the plain unusable.

Judge yourself. I personally think the Malevich-inspired Das Keyboard Ultimate is a bit too minimalist for my tastes.

Das Keyboard Ultimate

thinglets: Panasonic Invents Paperless Fax

Why does this strike me like when my dad first said "I bought a cordless screwdriver" and I replied "Haven't they been cordless for centuries". Panasonic now wants you to buy a fax machine to essentially do email. With smartphones and internet messaging devices of all sizes, it make me wonder why someone would want to buy something the size of a fax machine to receive an email on. Can't people finally get behind the scanner/pdf process yet?

You can read about it here if your Japanese is good or here if it's old reliable English you crave. If not, you can take solace in the fact that if you haven't sent a fax in years, and wonder why people still do, you're really not missing out by shaking free of the early adoption on this one.

paperless fax