This is my first attempt at streaming video using Silverlight. It is streaming from the Windows Live Silverlight Streaming Service. Check out http://dev.live.com/silverlight/gettingstarted.aspx for more info.
Oh no, I'm suffering from a surfeit of popular culture. My friend Christine went to see Britney Spears' comeback performance. Read what she had to say about the show - it is sad, poignant, humourous or just interesting depending on how you feel about Ms. Spears.
I don't get Twitter. I've tried it a couple of times but only the second time did I make a conscious effort to use it and that was at MIX this week.
Popular among leading bloggers, Twitter is a glorified status display viewable to other Twitter users. Now, I'm the first to admit that I'm not an A-list celebrity blogger, but I just find Twittering to be sad. I don't feel the compulsion or the self-involvement to tell people what I'm doing every minute of every day. I don't feel the need to know what others in my "circle" are doing all the time either. I figure that if it is important enough, I'll know about it.
Maybe this is a sign of middle age? I'm becoming a techno-social luddite at the age of 36. Bah! When I were a lad, we all worked down 't pit and if we were lucky, we got a lump of coal to eat. Oh yes, and if I see another bloody urban kitten "fixin' da serverz" I will scream.
Enjoy the Twitter panel at the side of this page. It will go soon and good riddance to it!
Every big corporate event has to have a party and MIX was no exception. The featured act were The Pussycat Dolls performing at the PURE nightclub at Caesar's Palace. For Pussycat Dolls aficionados (are there really any?) it might have been something of a let down because the performers at PURE are the Las Vegas Pussycat Dolls - not the recording artists. If nothing else, this is a demonstration of the product that entertainment has become: find a successful concept and license the hell out of it. Pussycat Dolls creator Robin Antin doesn't miss a trick. Anyway, judging by how crowded the stage area was, I don't think this mattered to any of audience who were unsurprisingly mostly male.
I squeezed in for a few minutes next to one of the burly bouncers who was keeping a passageway clear for the dancers to get on and off stage, though the only view of the performance that I had was of the large martini glass containing one of the 'cats.
The act wrapped up and I migrated back to find some desert only to run into the entire troupe surrounded by bouncers. I think it is fair to say that most of the people snapping pictures with their camera phones wanted one like this:
Later while wandering around the club, I came across the Windows Live bathtub that must have been part of the act. Branding gone mad I tell you!
...but not any old radio controlled cars. You drive these using Nintendo Wii controllers!!!
If you're at MIX, go to the Sandbox room, turn left and head to the wall past the lab machines.
What they're doing is connecting a Wii controller via Bluetooth to a PC running Microsoft Robotics Studio. There's an output module that is soldered to the RC controller and presto, a Wii controlled car!!!
Hours of fun. Video will be up after MIX.