Wednesday, July 30, 2008

TVs of the Future

Actually the future of television isn't too far away according to a news article I found on this morning. Check it owt below. I can't wait!

How TVs Will Get Much, Much Flatter

Wed Jul 30, 1:05 AM ET Click Here for the news article.

Dan Tynan

Plasma is dead. Front and rear projection? Fuggeddaboutit. LCD has a few good years left, and then it's sayonara, baby. TV technology's future lies in tiny phosphorescent molecules.

Organic light-emitting diodes--OLEDs--employ a thin layer of organic material that emits light when electricity passes through it. OLED displays need no backlight, so they're ultrathin and flexible. They are also brighter, cheaper to manufacture, and more environmentally friendly than plasma displays or LCDs. Over the next few years, OLED will be coming to a boob tube near you, and later maybe to the walls of your house, or even the windshield of your car.
Thin and Rich

When Sony showed off its 27-inch active-matrix OLED flat panel at last January's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, you could hear jaws dropping. A contrast ratio of a million to one, with pure blacks, blinding whites, and brilliant colors; no problems with viewing angles or ambient light; faster response times than LCDs; and low energy consumption--all on a pane of glass thinner than a Bic pen.

"OLEDs...reproduce the exact colors a movie maker intended," says Barry Young, OLED expert for DisplaySearch. "LCDs [and plasmas] can't produce 100 percent of the grayscales in the original image...; OLEDs can."

Right now, only one model is available: Sony's XEL-1, which measures 11 inches diagonally, costs $2500, and has a short useful-life span.

But the XEL-1 is mostly a proof-of-concept item, says Young. OLEDs using newer materials are proving more robust, and eventually they'll long outlast plasma and LCD sets, he adds.

This year, the flat-panel industry woke up and smelled the diodes. Samsung SDI--the world's largest maker of OLEDs for cell phones and portable media players--is pumping half a billion dollars into new manufacturing plants. Epson, LG, Toshiba, and other major manufacturers of OLEDs are following suit.

Janice Mahone, vice president of technology commercialization for Universal Display, says that consumers should start to see OLED panels in the 20-to-30-inch range in 2009. But it's likely to be two years or more before OLEDs can compete with LCDs on price.
A Flat Future

OLED isn't the only promising new TV technology. Micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS)--LED-powered displays that employ millions of microscopic shutters to control light passing through them--use less power than OLEDs, but they trail OLEDs in development.

Mahone admits that LCDs have lots of life left, and manufacturers--who are loath to cannibalize their LCD sales--will likely try to keep OLED prices high for several years. In the long run, though, OLED sets will become cheaper to produce, thanks to having less electronics.

"You could have a paper-thin, wall-size OLED that displays video, shows photographs, or provides ambient light with a flick of a switch," says Mahone. Transparent OLED technology could provide the same instant control for the windows in your room or for a heads-up display on the windshield of your car.

If you're planning on buying a big-screen TV set this year, it won't be an OLED. But your next TV after that one very well could be--if it isn't built into the walls of your next house.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Granny Don't Play

By David Pierce
Pocono Record Writer
July 12, 2008

STROUD TOWNSHIP — This rabid fox was crazy enough to mess with the wrong family.

Avis Blakeslee, 77, was attacked by a rabid fox Monday near her Cherry Valley Road home and came away from the confrontation with multiple bites on her right leg and left arm, severe loss of blood and four days of treatment at Pocono Medical Center.
Rabies in Monroe County

The fox was pinned to the ground by Blakeslee, held there by grandson, Matt Blakeslee, 17, and shot to death by her son, Richard Blakeslee. All this happened after Avis Blakeslee walked out of her white brick farmhouse at about 6:30 p.m. Monday to tend to her petunia garden, growing inside a tractor tire near the road.

"I had been home and eaten dinner and went out to look at the garden," she said Friday from a hospital bed set up in her home. "I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I said, 'Dog,' and it came out and bit me. When I saw it, it was right beside me. But I don't know where it came from."

The fox bit her leg first.

"I tried to shake it off my leg and it bit my arm," Blakeslee recalled. "I pushed it to the ground after it bit my arm and held its jaws shut."

Blakeslee, who takes a blood-thinning medication called Coumadin for a heart condition, began to bleed heavily.

"I'm down on my knees holding its jaw shut," she said. "Finally this one car came. I just kept my hand on the jaw and signalled with my other arm."

Andrea Bittenbender stopped to assist, grabbed a blanket out of her car and threw it over the fox's head. Then Bittenbender ran to a nearby house for help. Grandson Matt, meanwhile, heard Bittenbender's pleas for help and ran out of his house next door, just east of his grandmother's home.

"Matt ran out the door and my husband (Richard) loaded the gun," said the victim's daughter-in-law, Diane Blakeslee.

"I ran in the wood shed and grabbed the sledgehammer," said Matt, glancing over to address his grandmother. "I was ready to beat it, but you were worried I was going to hit you with it."

Matt pressed the hammer end of the sledgehammer against the fox's head, pinning the animal to the ground so his grandmother could let go. Richard Blakeslee arrived moments later and shot the fox with his 12-gauge shotgun. The entire incident lasted just a couple of minutes, Avis Blakeslee estimates.

"Most of the time if the animal becomes positive with rabies they become very docile and find a place to lie down and die," Bentzoni said.

Avis Blakeslee, who has lived in Cherry Valley since she was 10, is as surprised as anyone to be attacked by a fox.

"I had never seen a fox," she said. "I've seen a dead one once."

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Beef and Oranges

As hot as Florida is, it has become a bit hotter over the last month or so. Trick Daddy seems fed up with today's state of "Hip Hop" and I can't say that I blame him. He seems angry... but who is his anger aimed mostly at? Some say it's Rick Ross the boss of the state, but recently, Trick said he is the boss of the state.

Trick spit, "Let's set this record straight/ N---a, I run this whole state/ There's only one mayor of Dade/ And y'all n---as is my protégés."

A lot of fans are taking this as a direct diss to Rick Ross since it's been rumored that there has been some friction betwunx'd the two artists. I heard an interview today on Shade 45, Sirius satellite radio, where a reporter asked Rick Ross about the notion of Trick Daddy allegedly starting the rumor that Rick Ross used to be a corrections/probation officer. Rick was heated and began to pretty much beg Trick Daddy for some confrontation.

There is no proof that Trick Daddy started the rumor. Trick Daddy also denies any sort of animosity towards Rick Ross.

Though Trick denied any animosity toward Ross, he did admit to having a beef with today's hip-hop in general, calling it predictable. The rapper said he's tired of artists getting signed to labels based off one song and then not being able to follow up with a strong album. (MTV News)

Can't say I blame him.


The Whole Thang?

Words out via that Timbaland is producing Jay Z's entire next album. According to Timbaland it's going to be a classic.

"He wants me to do the whole thing this time around," Timbaland said Monday during a visit to the MTV News office. "I'mma make it a classic too. You better believe it. It'll be a monster! I always say this: You get a first single from me, I'mma get you up to gold. And it's hard to get you up to gold in this day [and age]." (

MTV hasn't reported a production start date or a release date for the album.

Why the F?

WHY the F would you ask Marshall for his autograph while he is pissing? I mean there is a time and a place for everything. It's one thing that the man is probably sick of being mobbed by people wanting something ... "Kyle Pratt" but to bother a man during personal time as private as using the bathroom? OH, and then have the nerve to turn around and sue, because Marshall did what 90% of people in America would have probably done in the same situation, is effing ridiculous. I would have peed on him. I mean who was this guy? Stan?
So the story goes...

Two years ago Eminem beat up a guy in a strip club. No big surprise, right? Right. We haven’t heard a lot from Eminem in a while, but it makes sense that when we would, it’d be for some kind of fight. Well even though the guy laid low for a couple years, he’s decided that NOW is the time to sue the rapper – for the gigantic sum of $25,000.

A man has sued Eminem, claiming the rapper punched him two years ago while they were in the bathroom of a Detroit strip club.

The Detroit News reports Miad Jarbou of Royal Oak filed the lawsuit Thursday in Oakland County Circuit Court seeking more than $25,000 in damages. The suit claims Eminem punched him July 13, 2006, at Cheetah’s On the Strip Gentlemen’s Club.

Eminem spokesman Dennis Dennehy declined to comment Friday on the lawsuit.

Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, wasn’t charged following reports of an incident at the club in 2006.

The strip club is located on Eight Mile Road, the border between Detroit and the northern suburbs made famous by Eminem’s hit 2002 film “8 Mile.”

[From the Huffington Post]

The incident happened after Jarbou and a friend approached Eminem for an autograph in the club’s bathroom. The rapper was at the urinal, and his bodyguard turned Jarbou away. According to his account, he was trying to explain to the bodyguard that he wanted to meet Eminem when the rapper turned around and punched him.

Bravo. Like I said before, "peed on em."