The NBA has announced a non-exclusive agreement with EA, Take-Two, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Midway and Atari. What this means is more video game choices for sports games fanatics and more competition. This comes as great news since EA has been snatching up exclusive deals with the NFL and the AFL. There is no doubt that NBA video games will be bigger and better thanks to this deal. One thing that sticks out to me, though, is that Sony is the only first party developer to get in on this. Full press release after the jump.
We all hate to see 404 errors appear in our browser when we really expect to see some meaningful content. What can webmasters do to avoid upsetting their users? Give them something to do when a page cannot be found! Homokaasu.org aims to do just that with their breakout flash mini game that loads up when a 404 error is generated. Nice way to spend a couple minutes, until you remember what you were actually doing. Homestarrunner.com is another website that aims to bring a smile to an otherwise unhappy visitor with a custom 404 page. For this one, you will need for it to load and have your speakers on to enjoy it. Feel free to drop links to others that you find in the comments.
404 Error Via | Homokaasu
404 Error Via | Home Star Runner
Flickr, the massively popular online photo sharing community, was acquired by Yahoo! on March 20th. Expect to see a vast addition of features starting with an increase storage space, and the ability to log into the site using a Yahoo! ID. According to the flickr blog, pro account owners will get a special treat as a thank you for paying for the service. Prices are also expected to drop in the months to come. We look forward to seeing what Yahoo! can do with this popular community we all have grown to love.
Read More | Flickr Blog
Good news for all of you that want to use your PSP as more than just a video game device. Sure, the unit comes with the Spider-Man 2 UMD disc - but the others are said to be quite expensive. If you want to grab a few more UMD’s at a relatively inexpensive price, head on over to Amazon. You can grab movies like XXX, Hellboy, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and more for under $14 USD. Not sure how long this one will last, so get on it quick.
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Why spend thousands on implants that are prone to leak, or waste cash on creams that probably won’t work? If you really want to increase your breast size, grab something that will actually do the trick! Apparently, the B2Up Bust Up Gum product is supposed to be able to increase breast size by up to 80% if chewed 3-4 times per day. How does it accomplish such an amazing feat? The gum is made with contains the plant extract Pueraria mirifica, which releases a few natural chemicals into the chewers body. The chemicals are very close in chemical structure to oestradiol, the main human oestrogen. The end result are fuller breasts, nicer hair, and increased blood circulation.
Read More | Female First
In an effort to make ruining your lungs an even easier affair, Israel company Gasham Enterprises has developed a cigarette that can be lit without a match, lighter, or any other type of portable flame. Instead, the tip of the cigarette has sulfur and phosphorus built right in. All you need to do is rub the cigarette against the side of the pack, and it ignites. You would think that a rough action like this would destroy the cigarette, crumbling it to pieces - but these cigarettes are reinforced with bamboo and tobacco leaf to stop them from breaking.
Read More | New Scientist
It’s always a great joy to mod things for no real reason other than to be able to prove to yourself that you could do it. It’s even better when the mod actually has a purpose, and can save you some serious cash at the same time. A perfect example of this is Jake Ludington’s homemade microphone pop screen. You see, when talking into a mic, the p’s and b’s can sometimes spike the audio signal which distorts the sound. A pop screen solves this problem, as it absorbs whatever it is that causes that spike in the first place. I have casually shopped for pop screens before, and they aren’t cheap. That is what makes Jake’s so appealing. All you need is a 6” embroidery hoop, generic pantyhose, 1/2-inch split flex tubing, 2 feet 10-2 wire, 7.5” black zip ties, 1 1/4” compression fitting (from plumbing), and a 1” spring clamp. Get all this together, and it will cost less than ten bucks. Full assembly instructions at Jake’s site.
Read More | Jake Ludington’s MediaBlab
This week’s DVD release is a magical experience with Finding Neverland staring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. Finding Neverland tells the fictional story of the family and events that inspired the tale of Peter Pan - a great movie for the whole family to enjoy. If comedy is your thing, then Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason is for you. Starring Renée Zellweger, this is the sequel to the hit Bridget Jones’ Diary that goes on to tell the comedic story of the heroine who sent her career soaring. If you enjoyed the first installment, then you are sure to love this one.
Finding Neverland ~ Miramax
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason ~ Universal Pictures
Star Wars: Clone Wars - Volume One ~ Fox Home Entertainment
Stand by Me: Special Edition ~ Sony Home Entertainment
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead ~ Image Entertainment
The Pretender: The Complete First Season ~ Fox Home Entertainment
Kojak: Season One ~ Universal Pictures
March 23, 2005
Fat Albert ~ Fox Home Entertainment
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Strap on this device and experience bruises never thought possible on Rollerblades. It will increase your speed by up to 25 miles per hour, with its 1.5 horsepower engine. You’ll need to keep both hands on the controls though, as one hand controls brakes, and the other speed. The tire looks like it’s a little on the thick side, to allow for multiple terrains. it can be yours for only $445. Horrified spectators not included.
Read More | Gadget Madness
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