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Saturday, June 30, 2021

I’m curious:

Is it a coincidence that the real-life catering company used during production of Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (as listed in the film’s closing credits) is called Edible Planet?

They’ve done other movie work, but I’d like to think they were just waiting for this moment to come along, given the Galactus planet-devouring connection. Wild.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/30/2007 01:00:40 PM
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They were teased nearly a year ago, and now they’re here: T-Mobile’s HotSpot @Home wireless plan offers customers new Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) phones that can alternate between T-Mobile’s cellular network or a home wi-fi Internet connection.

This isn’t like having a cell phone that also happens to work as a cordless phone. You have the same number, whether you’re on Wi-Fi or cellular. And in an engineering feat, the new phones will hand over calls that are already in progress from Wi-Fi to the cellular network if you leave the hotspot, so you can start a call at home and then keep talking as you walk out.

My original concerns about wi-fi leeching being the basis for these for these types of phones seems unwarranted. It’ll be confined to a single wi-fi access point, presumably the customer’s home; anywhere else, T-Mobile’s standard connection takes over.

I’m thinking this will be a tough sell, simply because the concept will be difficult to accurately communicate to the average consumer. Positioning it as a supplement to spotty coverage is a good starting point. Maybe their “The Only Phone You Need” campaign will get it across, but I’m not sure it’ll completely resonate.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/30/2007 12:41:48 PM
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While I haven’t been following the raging wildfire inferno in the Lake Tahoe region, I’ve certainly been aware of it.

Still, that didn’t prevent me from experiencing a space-cadet moment yesterday relating to it. I was absently watching a little video snippet of a Fox News report, live on the scene. The screen was dominated by a headline:


And above that hed, the roving reporter was facing the camera, speaking into the mic and doing his action-news thing.

The sound was off, so I couldn’t hear the report. And the way the scene looked, I mistook that hed as a sort of byline, and thought for a few seconds, that reporter’s name was Tahoe Burns, and what a loopy name that was.

I snapped out of it. But I still got a kick out of the name “Tahoe Burns”. I half expect to see someone in the entertainment industry adopt it. Appropriate for male or female. And it’s certainly worthy of inclusion in the Ron Mexico Name Generator database.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 06/30/2007 09:01:13 AM
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