YouTube used for apology by politican

April 5, 2007 at 11:03 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment

Last week, possible presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said that people should learn English, “so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.” His remarks were met with both criticism and support.

Gingrich has released a video on YouTube in which he speaks in Spanish to explain his comments about non-English speakers. You will have to watch the clip for yourself to form an opinion about his comments. It is worth noting that a politician using YouTube to distribute content to the people is very different from issuing a press release to the media. While the clip is still edited and full of sound bites, it is delivered straight to viewer and does not use traditional media as the middleman. Politics is changing.

Car detects heartbeat?

April 5, 2007 at 8:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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2007volvo_s80_pcc_key.jpgI’m still April Fool’s paranoid and can’t believe this isn’t a joke. But Volvo isn’t a company that jokes around.

The TV commerial opens with a woman approaching her car in a darkened and deserted parking lot. She looks down at her key fob and sees blinking lights; the car has detected a heartbeat IN THE CAR!! This has the makings of a high-tech ghost story.

The Volvo site indicates that it’s the real deal. Not only would this detect an intruder but also a dog or child left behind while you are busy talking on the phone.

Does it work? Who knows? My experience with heart rate monitors involves strapping a sensor around my chest and wearing a watch/heart rate monitor. When I run under the power lines near White Hill School my heart rate mysteriously triples. What would happen with my Volvo?

iPod Saves Soldier’s Life

April 5, 2007 at 3:46 pm | Posted in iraq | Leave a comment

2007ipodbullet.jpgIn the old days lives were saved by Zippo lighters.

Here’s the caption that was attached to the photo:

“My wife’s uncle works in a military hospital and told me about this. Its pretty amazing. Kevin Garrad (3rd Infantry Division) was on a street patrol in Iraq (Tikrit I believe) and as he rounded the corner of a building an armed (AK-47) insurgent came from the other side.

The two of them were within just a few feet of each other when they opened fire. The insurgent was killed and Kevin was hit in the left chest where his IPod was in his jacket pocket. It slowed the bullet down enough that it did not completely penetrate his body armor. Fortunately, Kevin suffered no wound.”

View the Flickr photo set here.

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