Rowling: Hallows, Goodbye

The press release from Scholastic apparated (unsplinched) in my inbox this morning at 7:00 precisely: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be published on July 21 of this year. There’s a good summary of what’s known about the book, and the outstanding plotlines left to be resolved, in Wikipedia.

I figured as much. She’s always …

Because She Got High

And went to this commercial shoot that her friend’s dad was doing for Apple, now she’s sort of famous. Meet switcherette Ellen Feiss all over again. (Attorney’s note: Feiss was definitely not high for that shoot. No way.)

In other Apple news, whoever writes the genuinely funny blog The Secret Diary of Steve Jobs is claiming that legal …

Peep Show Duo Are New Mac, PC in UK; John Hodgman So 2006

It’s very hard for me to explain why it’s so urgently important for me to blog about this. Short, telegraph version: Peep Show, British sitcom, insanely vicious and funny. Steve Jobs, hires two Peep Show stars, to be Mac and PC in UK Apple ads…maybe that wasn’t so complicated.

If you’ve never seen Peep Show, it’s about two guys, a …

Amazon’s Secret Wiki

In an oddly ultra-soft launch, Amazon appears to have silently begotten a wiki entirely devoted to product reviews entitled Amapedia. This seems to me like a basically good (or at least non-evil, in the Googlian sense) idea. I just wonder a) how they’re going to keep corporations from exploiting it with fake reviews (though I suppose …

More People Who Could Beat You Up

Matthew Polly’s new book American Shaolin comes with this memorable epigraph from Snow Crash, which I can’t quite transcribe verbatim on Time’s website:

Until a man is 25, he still thinks, every so often, that under the right circumstances he could be the baddest motherf____er in the world. If I moved to a martial arts monastery in

Dude, I’m Gettin’ a Chumby

Is that meme funny again yet? No? OK.

I had a visit from the Chumby people today. The Chumby is a little gadget that’s supposed to live in your couch or your kitchen or your bedside table — I’m thinking of it as a clock radio replacement right now. It’s soft and squishy and talks to the Net and runs widgets: weather, music, pictures, …

Gawell the Mage is Level 70 and You’re Not

Probably most of you are aware that the World of Warcraft expansion The Burning Crusade came out at midnight two nights ago. It raises the maximum possible level from 60 to 70. The first character to max out the new level cap hit it this morning at 4:04 AM. Dude is Gawell, a gnome mage, who is played by a 24-year-old French guy. There’s …

I Have Eaten the Apple Computer of Knowledge

Or oh, snap, it’s just Apple now. They dropped the “Computer” part. Does Sir Paul have to sue them all over again now?

One reason posting has been a little light lately is that I’ve been in Cupertino for the past week working on a behind-the-scenes piece about the iPhone launch. It’s here. So I have physically touched an iPhone, and it …

Ou sont les Tempetes d’antan?

I’m writing this on a train heading north from Silicon Valley to San Francisco for MacWorld. Doing a little amateur war-driving on the way. Distinct lack of creativity hereabouts vis-a-vis naming WiFi networks — “linksys” and “NETGEAR” and “default” all the way. Somebody should get right on that.

Great piece here about the decline of …

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