Little green men

I love the little aliens from the Pizza Planet vending machine in Toy Story. Thanks to my friend Heather, and a long ago giveaway of some kind, I have two of the little guys guarding my favorite Mac, which is a little otherworldly in its own right…

Click on the photo to see the entire set.



Originally uploaded by paul beefs.

I don’t recall Steve Jobs talking about this new product during the Macworld Expo keynote.

Stevenote on iTunes

Apple has posted Steve Jobs’s keynote address for the 2007 Macworld Expo on the iTunes Store. It’s a 1.21 GB download, so make sure you’ve got the space to watch it on your iPod.

Yesterday’s shuffle first ten

Kicked on ye olde iTunes in shuffle mode yesterday morning, to give myself some background music while I commenced writing this year’s novel. What’s funny is that I had earlier finished the chapter on the beauty and apparent oddities of the iPod’s shuffle mode in Steven Levy’s The Perfect Thing, his book devoted to the little white wonder from Apple.
Part of the chapter was devoted to the randomness of shuffle mode, the mathematics behind it, and how when true randomness is really at work, we begin to believe it’s not really so random at all. Like say when people notice their iPod–and here I’ll also throw in the iTunes application itself–seemingly playing a lot of the same type of music in a row. Such it was this morning, when I had an all-mellow mix.
As before, songs are linked to the iTunes Store, albums to Amazon.
1. “Never Say Goodbye” – Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
2. “September Skies” – The Brian Setzer Orchestra – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
3. “Yellow Ledbetter” – Pearl Jam – Jeremy
4. “Flesh for Fantasy” – Billy Idol – Greatest Hits
5. “DJ Culture” – Pet Shop Boys – Discography
6. “If I Leave This World Tomorrow” – Glenn Kaiser – Spontaneous Combustion (I’ve always loved Kaiser’s voice, and think his blues work is so much better than when he fronted Resurrection Band/Rez)
7. “Understand Your Man” – Johnny Cash – Unearthed, Vol. 1 – Who’s Gonna Cry
8. “Last In Love” – George Strait – Pure Country
9. “Your Presence” – By the Tree – These Days
10. “(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I” – Elvis Presley – Elvis 30 #1 Hits
and a bonus, because I like the song so much:
11. “Loved and Forgiven” – Lost Dogs – Gift Horse

Disko goes Centerstage at Griffin

Griffin Technology today announced two new iPod cases, the Disko and the Centerstage, for fifth-generation iPods. Both are made from clear polycarbonate for protection, then diverge to their unique features. The Centerstage features an anodized aluminum flip-cover, which allows the case to convert in to a stand. The Centerstage flip-cover is available in four different colors. The Disko has three colored LED lights set around the scroll wheel portion of the case, as well as what it appears to be around the edges of the case. The lights are motion controlled, turning on with movement of the scroll wheel, and are powered by the iPod itself.

Griffin's Centerstage case Griffin's Disko case

Personally, I wouldn’t waste my money on the Disko, but I know there are plenty of folks out there who will love it, much the way they love the light-up mobile phone accessories. I can see a real use in the Centerstage, however, especially for those who may take their iPod to the office where they don’t have a dock hooked up to their office computer system.

Koyono iPod cases, by Orbino

Photo of Cambino case Koyono has announced some new iPod cases, hand-crafted by the leather goodsmen of Orbino. I especially like the brown, embossed crocodile skin Cambino case for video iPod models, seen here.
I’ve been using a Koyono ViewSlimmy as my main wallet for several months, and I love it. Great build quality, and it’s holding its own in day-to-day usage. I would expect much of the same from these iPod cases.
I also have my eye on their BlackCoat Minimal, which, oddly enough, is not available in black.


  • The U.S. Army now has podcasts.
  • Picture Framer is one of myriad non-productive widgets, but it’s probably the first one of that category that I like.
  • There are new Get a Mac ads, and in “Trust Mac”, I swear Justin Long is about to truly crack up every time he has to look at John Hodgman wearing the glasses and fake mustache. [Via Paul.]