Sidekick LX Updates Coming to a, well.. a Sidekick LX near you

Just read this news article about the SideKick LX:

… the update adds two major capabilities: video record, play, and share; and support for stereo Bluetooth headsets and file transfers. You’ll also get some smaller but equally useful features, including an alarm clock, an integrated spell-checker, advanced instant-messaging functions

Holy crap. Video is cool and all (read: PORN!) but I’m most excited about stereo bluetooth! I am wondering what “advanced instant-messaging functions” is all about though.

While on the outside I am seated calmly at my desk in suburban Rockville MD, on the inside I am jumping on my chair a-la Tom Cruise in Oprah’s studio.

UPDATE: I found this full list of Official Sidekick LX Over-the-Air Update Notes here.

Run away!! Run away!!

I woke up Saturday morning to the booming sound of my friend Christopher’s voice on my cell phone: “GET THE FUCK OUT!”

After watching the Weather Channel for a few minutes, learning that Katrina was a Category 5 Huricane and remembering that Broadmoor, the subdivision I live in, is the lowest area of New Orleans (or, as my friend Marshall puts it The Deep End of the Pool I decided to call around to see if I could tag along with anyone in an attempt to get the fuck out of dodge. Long story short: Marshall, Carlos, Plato, Lydia and I have evacuated to Montgomery, Alabama and are staying with Carlos’ parents in his sister’s gay ex-husband’s semi-abandoned for-sale house. Yes, it confuses me as well. Fabulous house though.

The kitties did excellent in the car; Nary a peep out of either of them for the entire FOURTEEN HOUR DRIVE. I’m so proud of them. We stopped along the way twice, once to pee on the side of the road after no peeing for eight hours, once to to get a burger at McDonalds after not eating for ten hours.

What’s grosser than gross? Being told that Marshall “had to pee a couple of other times as well, but luckily he had a couple of empty water bottles in the car with him.”

What’s grosser than that? Seeing him pour out said water bottles in the parking lot of McDonalds.

So anyway, I’m in a Mongomery public library using the net, resisting the urge to look up porn, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes. I have a feeling we arn’t going to be coming home for a few days, so I’ll have to make do.

A few friends of mine stayed home.. I hope they’re OK. All the cell phones are going crazy and it takes forever to get through to anyone, if you get through at all. So, anyway, if I haven’t been able to get through to you I wanted to let you know I’m ok and hope you guys are as well. Seeing stories like this really make me nervous.

Well, I lost Marshall and Carlos in the library, they were supposed to be in the computer lab, but they’re not, so I better go look for them before they leave me here. :)

Good luck!

I’m a wanna-be geek

It is becoming more and more obvious that I am not as big of a geek as I thought. Besides STILL be incapible to get a linux machine to connect to the internet using my cable modem, it wasn’t until I picked up the Summer issue of 2600 that I am aware of the seriously cool Blinkenlights Project.

Chaos Computer Club in germany put lamps in all the windows of this building, then connected them to a computer. Geeks all around the world could then create little movies and show them on the side of the building.

Arcade is the brand new light installation of Project Blinkenlights. Following up on the original Blinkenlights installation in Berlin, Arcade marks a new step in interactive light installations in public space.

In the context of the Nuit Blanche art festival in Paris, the team transforms the Tower T2 of the Biblioth?que nationale de France into a huge computer screen. With a matrix of 20 x 26 windows (resulting in 520 directly addressable pixels) and a size of 3370m2, the Arcade installation is positioned to be world’s biggest computer screen ever.

I can’t believe I’m just hearing about this.

“>The one last year had more windows/pixels and was able to play simple video games via CELL PHONES on the building from across the world.

Where do I return my card?