Zombies Invade San Francisco

I’m not exactly sure how I would react if I saw this at my local Apple store:

Zombie Gnaws on Imac

I can’t decide if I would be hurriedly walking in the other direction or on the floor laughing.

Apparently the Mac-hungry zombies were part of a larger effort to invade San Francisco’s Union Square.

Gee…nothing like this ever happens in Boston. Maybe it’s too cold?

Via MacUser.

Album Cover for Blondie’s Parallel Lines

While I was busy digitizing my record collection, I got a chance to look at some of the album art that I haven’t seen for some time. That’s one of the reason that I love records, they’re big. More room for the art.

I came across my copy of Blondie’s Parallel Lines. I remembered how much I love this cover.

Blondie Albulm Cover for Parallel Lines

It’s just so perfect. First of all, they Mod-style suits for the men are fantastic. I’ve always been a sucker for skinny ties. Between the black and white striped background, Mod suits and black hair, the men pretty much fade into the background. Right in the middle (in a striking pose nonetheless) is Debbie Harry with her white dress and blonde hair.

I find it to be a very tongue-in-cheek image. The band has to know that everybody is paying attention to Debbie Harry anyway, so why not make a joke of it?

More on Google Maps Street View

I posted earlier on how excited I was about the new Google Maps Street View. I’ve found some more links about the new feature.

Transfer LP Records to Your Mac

I stumbled across a tutorial from Macinstruct a couple of weeks ago on how to import vinyl records into digital files.

The tutorial seemed straightforward enough and more importantly, free. All you need for hardware is a Mac, record player and a receiver with a headphone jack. The only thing left after that is an audio cord and one of those funny headphone plug things. I had one laying around from the last set of headphones I bought. The software used in the tuturial is the Audacity (open-source) and the LAME codec (for converting to mp3).

I spent the better part of the weekend working on importing my records. It’s a happy time for me, since I do love my records. The only problem is that I never actually listened to them. About six months ago I gave up and moved my whole stereo to the basement. The plan was to trade it in for one of those nifty iPod stereo thingys. Well, I have yet to actually buy any sort of iPod stereo, and my records, until last weekend were still just records. I’ve been using my PS2 for a stereo. Sigh.

I’m happy to report that the whole process is pretty easy. Everything listed in the tutorial works as they say it does. The sound quality is as expected, not terribly good, but it sure beats replacing my record collection with CDs or iTunes songs. The process is very slow though. I mean, you do have to actually sit there and play the records in real time while they import. But, as far as I know, there’s no way around that.

So for now I’m enjoying my long lost B-52’s, Blondie, Blonde Redhead and Tom Waits albums.

Google Maps Street View

I’m not sure how old this feature is in Google Maps, but it is certainly new to me. On top of that, It’s got to be one of the coolest implementations I’ve ever seen.

The new feature is called Street View. Basically, certain streets are highlighted in blue. When you click on a location, a street-level photograph pops up showing what the place actually looks like.

As if that feature wasn’t cool enough, you can also rotate, zoom and pan on the photographs. Also, they are overlaid with street names and directions. You can now effectively ‘drive’ through cities on Google Maps.

So far it looks like Google has only implemented this feature for a couple of major US cities: San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, Miami and New York City. Unfortunately, no Boston yet.

I am certifiably a map junkie. I love staring at them. I’ve definitely got a 4’x4’ map of the greater Boston area in my office. So, basically, I’m very excited about this new Street View business.

Since there is no street view of Boston, I checked out San Francisco, where I recently visited.

Look, here’s a random coffee shop I went to. My Mom and sister were grumpy at me because I made them walk up a bunch of hills that day.

There was also this really neat sculpture that I passed on the T. I wanted to take a picture of it for my friend Nico because it reminded me of one that she did. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a picture that looked like anything recognizable. So Nico, here it is:

Via Kottke.