Halloween is almost around the corner!


 

Creepy...

Leave it to the Japanese to freak me out in just the right way. I mean consider all the other things that they have made that freak me out like the horrific scene of being lifted from your bed as an elderly person by a semi real looking robot, or the horrific cute looking anime girl that then turns into cannibalistic demons that shoot lasers out of their eyes!!! With that being said welcome to the future Halloween hit for the Uber rich Spookster.

Buyers can get a 3D “face mask” for US$3,920 (additional copies cost just US$780 each). Each replica of one’s head costs US$5,875 (copies: US$1,960).

3D Printers have opened up the possibility for plenty of technological or fabricated materials and parts. Who would have thought….”Hey what about a copy of my face?”. And once again the future of humanity gets thrusted forward a few centimeters with such brilliance and innovation option of a new idea.

“A Japanese company called REAL-f [JP] is creating so-called 3DPFs (“3 Dimension Photo Forms”), copies of human faces “in 3D”. The startup offers two versions, a mask type replica and the so-called mannequin type, a replica of the head. The way it works is that REAL-f first shoots pictures of a person’s face from various positions and imprints the image on vinyl chloride resin stretched over a mold. According to the company, it’s unique production technology makes sure that even details like the iris and blood vessels are replicated accurately.”

Here is something to end this post:

One step forward to being funny

The loss of another Childhood Hero


After a day of reflection and reading multiple responses and words of condolences to the family of Steve Jobs, I’ve been able to really ponder on all that has been influenced by the vision of one man.

Yesterday I lost a childhood hero who influenced my life in ways that many other people within my generation and younger can easily sympathize with. From the articles of Wired as a young boy and such movies as the Pirates of Silicon Valley, I found a hero in Steve Jobs. I’ve always considered myself a dreamer and one who looks to the impossible as just improbable until proven impossible. There are so many quotes that Steve has come up with amongst his interviews and public speeches that can fill a book. Most people have pointed to his 2005 Commencement speech at Stanford’s graduating class. It can be easily noticed that by the context of his speech and manner in which he spoke on that day, this was a man who had gone through all the stages of grief. His words were of wisdom that will live on in the lives of everyone that heard or hears this speech. Afterword you will find yourself becoming introspective and also reflect on the how inspired those words meant to you. Then we begin to look at the company he built and how everything they do reflects the same ideals that pushed him forward after facing death and it’s reality as apart of life.

I’ve lost three of my childhood heroes so far in life. The first was Jim Henson who inspired me as a child with the lesson that not all monsters are scary or bad, taught me how to get to sesame street, and how it’s not easy being green. The next was Mister Rogers who was a great inspiration to enjoy reading and learning about how things work. He also taught me the benefit of taking of your shoes when you get in the house. I recall times when being baby sat by my grandparents and how Mister Rogers always had a way of engaging me at my own level and felt not like being taught by a teacher but by a friend happy to share something with me. It was only till I was older that I read and saw the autobiography of Fred McFeely Rogers. Little did I know how bad ass this man was and the incredible life he lived. Fun Fact about Mister Rogers that I love to share is how come he always wore long sleeved shirts. The reason being is because as a young man serving in the Navy he got many a tattoo on his arms, so he had to wear the long sleeves to conceal them. Another awesome thing was before he died as routine, every morning he would get up and swam laps around an Olympic sized pool for over 40 years.

Finally Steve Jobs who passed and left us a world of people touched by his brilliance. I can only imagine the things that I might learn about this childhood hero of mine that I still do not know about him. All I do know is that he taught us to look ahead and to the possible if we put our heart into something we love. To not look back and let people try and falter you from your gut reactions or inspiring dreams. No one can put it better than him,

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” -Steve Jobs

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart……No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -(portion taken from his 2005 commencement Speech at Stanford) Steve Jobs

So as Steve said it best “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.”

Posted by MemZee

Microsoft Zune to be discontinued and pulled of the shelf


How fitting that the song on the Zune is...."Bittersweet"

“The announcement of the demise of the Zune was buried on a support page for the device.
“We will no longer be producing Zune players,” Microsoft said, adding that “going forward, will be the focus of our mobile music and video strategy.”Windows Phone is Microsoft’s operating system for .
Microsoft said it will continue to provide services for Zune users and recent orders for the portable digital media player will be fulfilled.
“And we will continue to honor the warranties of all devices for both current owners and those who buy our very last devices,” the Redmond, Washington-based US software giant said.
Microsoft began producing the in 2006 but it never really threatened the global dominance of the iPod from rival Apple.”

Ok, so heres the deal, reportedly by 2008 Microsoft  sold more than 2 million units of the Zune 3 years later they probably have only sold a few hundred thousand more…and thats being generous. I don’t know ONE person person who owns one. When I polled my FB friends only 3 chimed in with claiming to know someone who owns one. Its no surprise that Microsoft pulled the product off of the market. I suppose enough is enough…next time be the first to the punch and strike while the iron is hot.

Here is a great video that tells the whole story courtesy of Newsy:
http://www.newsy.com/embed-video/8699/