R2D2 Mailboxes? Awesome!

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Old, but still cool. Hey, we get news a little slower downunder.

For the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, the US Postal Service enlisted a special little fellow to collect mail. R2-D2 mailboxes were deployed to cities all over the US to the delight of fans.

Fricken’ awesome ūüôā

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Record price for 157 year old Bowmore

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[image title=”bowmore” size=”thumbnail” id=”306″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/bowmore.jpg” ]A 157-year-old whisky has sold for more than ¬£29,000 (about $67,000), setting what is thought to be a world record auction price for a bottle of Scotch.

The Bowmore single malt, which was bottled in 1850, was sold at McTear’s auctioneers in Glasgow for ¬£29,400 to an anonymous telephone bidder, beating the distillery itself.

The price, which included buyer’s premium, comfortably beat the pre-sale estimate of between ¬£15,000 and ¬£20,000.

The whisky, which was was sold on behalf of a private owner, is the oldest known bottle of Bowmore in existence.

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Telstra’s “Faster¬†Broadband”

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[image title=”imatejasjam” size=”thumbnail” id=”309″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/imatejasjam.jpg” ]Telstra. Love them or hate them, they’re a fascinating group to watch. Since the beginnings of broadband internet, Telstra has been trying to function the same as any other business – make a product that only you can offer, convince people it’s the best thing since sliced bread, then sit back and watch the profits roll in.

Unfortunately for Telstra, this didn’t quite fit in with their corporate model – mainly due to old policies which were a hangover of the days when Telstra was a government organisation. When ADSL was introduced, Telstra was forced to allow other providers access to their copper network – the cornerstone of the Telstra empire. If they couldn’t control that, what did they have?

Now Telstra is concentrating on services which it doesn’t have to share with the other kids in the class. Namely, their Cable internet infrastructure and their 3G mobile network, NextG.
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Apostrophe Now!

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[image title=”apostrophetoo” size=”thumbnail” id=”369″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/apostrophetoo.jpg” ]Ah, the humble apostrophe. It’s been indicating omitted letters, showing a possesive case and pluralising our words for hundreds of years. All classic English literature contains a liberal use of this simple elevated comma, sometimes in variations which are no longer used (somewhere, o’er the rainbow!). It seems so simple to me, yet it’s something that many people seem to struggle with.

The apostrophe entered service in about 1533. It’s name was derived from the Greek “apostrophos” ([the accent of] turning away) via the French iteration, “apostrophe”. Essentially, the accent shows that a letter or two have been “turned away”, such as “it is” being contracted to “it’s”. It can also be used as a possesive indication, however this is actually a contraction as well, since the classic posessive indication was an -es on the end of the word. So instead of “Captain Cookes Fleet”, the e is stripped and we are left with “Captain Cook’s Fleet”.

Seems simple, doesn’t it? Well, no, it doesn’t. Which is why there’s a great movement of people who want to see it exiled from service.

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Preview: Guitar Heroes III – Legends of Rock

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[image title=”gh3wii” size=”thumbnail” id=”312″ align=”right” linkto=”https://irrationale2.files.wordpress.com/2008/08/gh3wii.jpg” ]I’ll admit that I used to think that Guitar Hero was just another one of those “Do something when the flashing lights tell you to” sort of game, but recently I’ve become a convert. Guitar Hero is a fun game where you can live out your rock-god fantasies from the comfort of your own living room. And it’s about to get a whole lot more fun with the latest release. A hell of a lot more fun.

GH3 will be available on all colsoles (PS2, PS3, X360 and Wii), and each version will have it’s own wireless axe. The Wii version (the picture above is a mock-up of what it will look like) is a pluggable axe so you can add your Wiimote in, but there’s no word yet on whether it will use the accelerometers in game. The X360 version will be the first third-party piece of kit to tap into the X360s proprietary wireless system.

Trailer. Read on for the rest of the preview.

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