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The Blogaboutech Mixtape, v. 2

In Culture, Technology on December 22, 2011 at 10:40 pm

At times when it comes to the Danger Brain blog I have nothing at all to talk about (and other times I’m ridiculously busy which is why I’ve been missing for so long) so, in an attempt to keep the words moving the Blogaboutech Mixtape is just that: a  ”mixtape” of today’s more interesting tech news. Yeah, sure it deviates a bit from what I usually write about but hey, I’m trying something new.

Locks that “Talk”

This is the coolest device that I’ve ever seen. Did you know that you can buy home locks that you can open and close remotely? I know the guy who owns a co-op work spot called Citizen Space in San Francisco. I saw this dude open and close his front door locks with his iPhone 4. I geek out over those things, but considering that I was in the company of a grown ass man I had to try really hard to evoke the same sense of boredom I did in 2000 when I was hanging out on a topless beach in Sydney, Australia. Yeah, well this is how we roll….where I come from.

But, that wasn’t the coolest part of the Kwikset locks. Do you have a problem with stalkers? Do you live in East Oakland? Did you forget how many ex-girlfriends you’ve given a copy of your keys? Have you watched Silence of the Lambs far too many times? If so, you’re going to love this nifty other feature. You can program the locks to email you when anytime they unlock! Now, that is cool.

YouTube’s $100 Million Star Power

This is happening on the under somewhat, but YouTube (which is actually Google) is paying close to 100 million buckaroonies to clients such as Shaq, Ashton Kutcher and The Onion to come up with original programming on their site.

This means two things:

One, with similar developments going on with Hulu Plus and Netflix and the rise of these really cool Internet Televisions (I. Want. One.) cable as we know it today is going to look very different in the next few years. Two, the Onion produced buddy cop television show starrting Kutcher and Shaquille O’Neal will be the 2012 Armageddon that the Mayans warned us about.

Fashion of the Future?

You bet it is. Those green, brown and/or beige fatigues are so last year. Camo firm, HyperStealth has designed a new type of camouflage (seen here) that is sitting on the precipice of blowing the f*** up. Apparently, computer simulations have shown that this pattern works for both indoor and outdoor environments.

“This is the unconventional pattern in field trials… The perceived depth within the pattern throws off the ambient and focal vision from noticing the target.”

Now, that is what they’re telling global military’s and private security firms like Blackwater and such. But, they have an entirely different division that is currently pitching it to the likes of the Gap and Urban Outfitters. Here’s what they had to say:

“Shirts adorned with this pattern are great for urban hipster clubs and also the modern day gang-banger’s who must blend in with their backgrounds since high gas prices have all but erased the once famous drive by’s. Once these shirts hit stores we expect the new name to be Pop. Stop and Freeze.”

The rumor is that we’ll see these clothes on store racks as soon as Spring 2012. Start saving… or, running?

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