By 2010, Hitachi plans to create a 5TB HD

Ever since the Macbook Air came out, everyone has been talking about how solid-state disks are the future. The hard drive specialists at Hitachi, located in Japan, think otherwise. They are continuing to push HD technology to the limits of storage capacity.

They have reported that they would like to see a 3.5-inch hard drive on the market that can hold 5TB by 2010. They say they can achieve this by tweaking the methods they already use for 1TB drives.

Hitachi says that when the drives come out in 2010, two of them will have the same storage capacity as the human brain. I never knew there was a 10TB drive in my head.

When I read things like this I start to think about all the information we are going to accumulate before we die. Since we will have 10TB of space, just think about how many videos, mp3s, and photos, we can save. Your hard drive will be like your own personal historian.

How cool will it be to see the life your ancestors lived, though their eyes and ears? Also, if that information was networked to the internet it would never stop affecting people. That means in a strange way, peoples ideas and lessons learned would be immortal. We will not just have the detailed history of famous (important) people, but the history of everyone.

People don’t realize it, but our history is now a multimedia experience. Gone are the days of stone tablets, parchment, and books; we now have video, sounds, and images. Future generations are going to know so much about the past that maybe then we will stop repeating it.

Alright I am done with the heavy thinking, now to get back to my bacon. I wonder what my future generations are going to think about my bacon addiction?

Wolf Parade and Ratatat

Today the new Ratatat CD named “LP3” came out. After playing the hell out of their “Classics” CD I was really excited to hear what ear candy they had in store this time. If you don’t know, Ratatat is a two man instrumental band that blends guitar melody with alien keyboards. The music makes you want to day dream and create your own stories to the soundtrack. So I took a ride to the store to pick it up.

While I was at the store I noticed another CD I heard about, Wolf Parade’s “At Mount Zoomer”. After picking it up to better inspect the artwork, I saw it was only $7.99. For that price I figured it was worth the risk and took it up to the register with Ratatat.

After listening to both these CDs I am really impressed with Ratatat again. I never got the chance to listen to their first album (many people say it’s their best) but the 2nd and 3rd sound good to me. Wolf Parade was a pleasant surprise. Out of the two this one will be the one I’ll listen to the most. It’s slow, but hidden away are some real pop hooks and energy. I can’t put my finger in it but there is something special about this CD.

Ratatat “LP3” – Mirando
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Wolf Parade “At Mount Zoomer” – Language City
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Above are a few MP3 samples for you to check out. If you enjoy them, be sure to support the band and buy their Album.

The Unabridged Tokyo Police Club Interview

A few months ago when Tokyo Police Club came to Pittsburgh I got the chance to interview Graham Wright their keyboardist. He was a lot of fun to talk to and I think the 12 minute interview went great.

There is a lot of hockey talk in the beginning of the interview because at that time the Pittsburgh Penguins were playing the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs. If you are not a hockey fan don’t worry that’s not all we talked about. We also talked about bacon, record labels, favorite colors, and technology, so there is something here for everyone.

Here is the full transcription of the interview:

Mr. Baconpants: When I found out that I was going to get the chance to interview you guys, I asked my readers to email me some questions. If these are a little bizarre, don’t worry about it.

Tokyo Police Club: It’s great. They’re from the public.

MBp: Yeah, they are. So obviously, it’s Pittsburgh, we’re in the playoffs—do you guys follow hockey at all?

TPC: Absolutely. But we’re not in the playoffs, so no.

MBp: Are you rooting for Ottawa?

TPC: No! Are you kidding? We can’t root for Ottawa. They’re the hated Senators from just up the highway. The other Ontario team, I can’t root for them. It’s rough. My two favorite Canadian teams are the Leafs and the Edmonton Oilers. When you like both those teams, you can’t you really like any of the other Canadian teams… So yeah, I don’t know, it’s one of those years when I guess I could just pick a team to root for. It’s not really fun if you’re not rooting for a team, but none of my teams are in it.
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Blue Monster Fire

Blue Monster Fire is a webcomic I started to keep me drawing and creative everyday. I will post a new comic five days a week on BlueMonsterFire.com. Then on Saturdays I will feature my favorite comic of the week here, with a little commentary on it.

This weeks featured comic is called, Happy July 4th. It shows Mr. Baconpants and Blue Monster watching fireworks. A lot of people after seeing this comic asked me if Blue Monster was a guy and gay. I would just like to set the record straight and tell everyone that Blue Monster is neither male or female, he is a Monster. I am not sure if Monsters have sexual orientations.

Well thats all for this weeks comic be sure you let me know what you think about it.

By 2012 everyone will have a Pong Table

Ever since I started playing Wii Tennis, my love for Pong has been reawakened. The game has always been fun and enjoyable to play. I guess that’s why designer Moritz Waldemeyer created the Pong Table.

The table has 2,400 embedded LED lights under the surface, which means when you’re done playing you can use it as a regular table. You control your paddles with touch sensitive surfaces at either end. The only thing that could of made this better is if it showed the score.

If this table was for sale I would consider buying one. I wonder why no one has jumped on this idea and started to sell it. I can’t be the only person that would pay money for this. If Ikea can sell amazing $1 frozen yogurt, I am sure it can figure out a way to bring this table to the masses.

Archie McPhee Bacon Floss and Beans

Archie McPhee is a well known fan of all things bacon, so I mention their products all the time. Well today when I was browsing their catalog I noticed two new bacon products, Bacon Beans and Bacon Floss. Once I get a hold of these I will be reviewing them. I hope the bacon jelly beans taste a little better than the bacon mints.

Bacon Floss – $4.95 ea.
Archie Mcphee says, “Dentists recommend flossing and we recommend bacon! Now you can improve your dental hygiene while enjoying the amazing flavor of crispy fried bacon. Is there anything bacon can’t improve? Each 2-1/2″ tall plastic dispenser contains 27.3 yards of waxed floss.”

Bacon Beans – $6.00 ea.
Archee Mcphee shouts, “It’s a bacon bonanza! Sixty bacon flavored jelly beans come in each 6-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ x 1″ bacon-shaped tin. Not quite as tasty as real bacon, but better for your arteries”.

If you have tried any of these products let me know what you thought of them.