January 08, 2009
Browser in a camera: I think it’s serious
Years ago, my bizarre friend Higgins told me and another buddy that his girlfriend had mysteriously dumped him. He was visibly shaken and seemed truly down in the dumps. He said, “I… I just don’t get it. The whole thing inspired me to write a song. Do you guys want to hear it?” Well sure, of course we did. “Okay, here goes,” he said. Closing his eyes, clearing his throat, he leaned back and paused. And then, bursting into a Pete Townshend air-guitar windmill, and doing his best Axl Rose devil-woman wail, he screeched,
That was is, end of song. :-)
Ever since then we’ve “busted out the ‘Whatstrument*’” for bizarre news. The arrival of the Sony Cybershot G3, World’s First Camera You Can Surf the Web On, seems worthy.
Okay, maybe it’s not that weird. As Gizmodo puts it, “Sony’s seeing this more as a flexible, fast way to dump and check your photos and videos online, direct from your camera, not so much as a way to compulsively watch YouTube videos or read Gizmodo, even though that’s exactly what we want, and will try to do, practicalities aside.”
I dig the instant sharing possibilities, though I’d explicitly keep them out of my wife’s hands: she’s all for uploading before I’ve had time to crop, retouch, and otherwise noodle around. [Via Jerry Harris]
*Other suggested air-instrumental possibilities for the song: Trombone, sax, harmonica, sextant, astrolabe, and finger snap (Beatnik edition).