Ordered a Nexus 5
I rarely update this blog, mainly because I'm busy updating other blogs (and sitting on trains...), but partly because there's rarely anything I do that can't be explained just as well in 140 characters. However, on this occasion and seeing as how one of the other very-few posts on here was about the purchase of my last phone, I thought I'd mention I'd ordered a Google Nexus 5.
Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse
Convertible Veyron? Check.
Convertible Veyron with the 1200hp Super Sport engine? Check, check and double check.
Truly incredible piece of automotive engineering.
Is Instagram worth $1bn?
In my opinion: no.
That would be quite a short article to leave that there though, so I'll qualify that, and will probably think differently by the time I've finished.
The thing with this deal is that Instagram doesn't sell a product, it's just one of those VC hogs which accrues users (and thus costs) and will figure out a revenue model later. This also means it's liable to get caught up in the current explosion in valuations we're seeing. How do you value a company when no traditional metrics apply to it?
This is why it's in most social company's best interests to refrain from monetising, as soon as you do, you give more cautious investors a very real, cold-headed business reason not to throw cash at you if you're not on "hockey-stick" trajectory at that moment.
Lytro light field camera launches
Do you remember that ultra-cool technology demo from earlier this year that showcased a camera that allows you to take a photo and then focus later? Well, that product has just launched, it's the Lytro Light Field Camera.
Essentially it works by capturing the "light field" of what you're photographing, all of the light to define the scene, rather than just a cross-sectional snapshot like a traditional camera. This means that it "knows" a lot more information about what was pictured, allowing software to interact with it at a deeper level after it has been taken.
This means you can literally point and shoot, and then worry about focus and depth-of-field later - important for those shots where you really don't have the time to be fiddling with your camera's settings.
It's wrapped up in a great looking design, with an iPod Nano-esque viewfinder on one end, the sophisticated lens on the other and a rectangular form-factor in the middle.
The company says they'll ship in early 2012 in the US for $499 with 16GB storage (in Red Hot colour) and $399 with 8GB of storage (in Graphite or Blue colours), and at launch it will be Mac-compatible only, with Windows support on the horizon.
My Top 20 Games
Shamelessly copying this concept from Marco and Jen off of Twitter, I've put together a list of my Top 20 Games.
Some may be missing, and others may be confusing, but thinking quickly, this is what I've come up with.
1. GTA IV (2008, Xbox 360)
2. Forza Motorsport (2005, Xbox)
3. Super Mario Bros (1992, SNES)
4. Theme Park (1994, Megadrive)
5. GTA San Andreas (2004, PS2)
6. Final Fantasy 8 (1999, PS1)
7. Final Fantasy 10/10-2 (2002, PS2)
8. Trials (2000, Web)
9. Project Gotham Racing 2 (2003, Xbox)
10. Tropico (2001, PC)
11. F1 2010 (2010, Xbox 360)
12. LA Noire (2011, Xbox 360)
13. The Warriors (2007, PSP)
14. Tropico 2 (2003, PC)
15. Caesar 3 (1999, PC)
16. Lemmings (~'92, PC)
17. Worms (1995, PS1)
18. Hitman 2: Silent Assassin (2002, Xbox)
19. Pokemon Red/Blue (1999, Gameboy)
20. Alleyway (1989, Gameboy)
I've probably left some out, and they're probably in the wrong order depending on what day it is, but they're the ones that sprung to mind!
Lamborghini Aventador "Quality" Promo
Fantastic video from Lamborghini about the building of the Aventador, the Murci's replacement.