Five Cool Cases For The iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5S has been out for a couple of weeks now, so I thought it might be worth a quick roundup of some of the more different case options out there for the phone. Of course, most iPhone 5 cases will fit the 5S too, so unless you see otherwise assume those below are iPhone 5 compatible. All prices in US dollars.

BookBook_for_iPhone_5_5s_-_BookBook_for_iPhone_5_5s_-_Twelve_South 1. BookBook

I’ve owned a MacBook Pro version of the BookBook for a few years now, but the iPhone 5S version has a wallet built in as well.

If you only have a few credit cards to stash and you don’t mind having to open the BookBook to chat on the phone, then this is worth considering.

It looks great and although pricey at $59.99, it’s leather and looks solid.

Find out more here.



2. Bling Biscuit

Ok, it’s gimmicky and appears only available on Ebay, but I like it:


3. iLuv Camera Case

If retro is your thing, the vintage camera case design might appeal. $44.99 from iLuv.


4. Danchi Government Housing Case

Not sure how many of these have been sold, but I suppose there’s a market for everything. $41 will get you one from here.

danchi-government-housing-iphone-5-cover-case-1 5. Thumbs Up Pill Case

This one’s been out for quite a while for the iPhone 5, but it deserves a special mention. Not sure how you’ll go putting it through customs at the airport though! Cheaper than real pills at just over six euros from Amazon.



If you know of a particularly cool iPhone 5S case, drop a line in comments to let us know.

A geek’s tribute to Steve Jobs

It’s been quite a day with the death of Steve Jobs at 56. I spent some time putting together a small graphical tribute that shows how Steve’s original and subsequent leadership of Apple had an impact on my life. It shows the Apple gear I’ve owned over the years, with some nostalgic words thrown in.

Here it is, for what it’s worth:

Marvel comic tragic? Get a big fix of this…

Having grown up in the 70s and 80s, I ended up a ravenous consumer of comics. Although I liked a bit of Archie, Batman and Richie Rich to name three, I was mostly a rabid Marvel Comics fan. Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, Dazzler, Cloak and Dagger, I could go on for hours about them all.

Marvel’s Editor in Chief for most of my childhood and teen years was Jim Shooter. Even as a young person I remember being impressed by his passion for comics and loved reading his Bullpen missives. That passion obviously hasn’t faded as Jim is now a blogger and what a blog it is.

Most days Jim posts fascinating anecdotes about the comics industry, particularly on his Marvel days. Whether it’s stories of rooting out corruption or debates with comic artists / letterers / inkers, it’s all gold.

Have a read for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

Dire Straits’ Money For Nothing: Canadian Ban Madness

Mark Knopfler and Elton John

Most people will have heard Dire Straits’ song Money For Nothing many times. Some people hate it, but most will enjoy humming or singing along. For Canadians, their singing habits will need to change as the song has been banned from being played on radio because the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has decided the lyrics are an issue. These lyrics in particular:

The little faggot with the earring and the make-up
Yeah, buddy, that’s his own hair
That little faggot’s got his own jet airplane
That little faggot, he’s a millionaire

The complaint (the first one known since the song’s 1984 release) was lodged by a CHOZ-FM listener:

A song was aired, “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits, and included the word “faggot” a total of three times. I am aware of other versions of the song, in which the word was replaced with another, and yet OZ FM chose to play and not censor this particular version that I am complaining about.

I find this extremely offensive as a member of the LGBT community and feel that there is absolutely no valid reason for such discriminatory marks to be played on-air.

The response from the station was pretty detailed and included an outright apology whilst maintaining the right to play the song:

We understand the concerns you have raised regarding this particular selection and do apologize for any undue stress caused to you as a listener by the lyrical content of this selection, but based on the above reasoning, we have operated with the understanding that in this specific case, no editing of the material is warranted.

The listener, unhappy with the radio station’s response, wrote to the CBSC (you can read it all here):

In the letter, [OZ FM’s Senior Vice President] lists a number of reasons in an attempt to justify his stations airing the uncensored version of the song. One of the reasons given was the awards and acclaim that the original version of the song has received. These include 1986 Grammy for Record of the Year and 1986 American Music Award for Record of the Year. This is comparable to the achievements of Kanye West’s 2005 song “Gold Digger” which received 9 Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year, and is certified triple platinum. This song contains another discriminatory slur, not directed towards sexual orientation, but towards race. When played on OZ FM, this slur is censored despite the song’s achievements. I fail to see a difference between the two situations.

The CBSC then undertook a formal process and decided the song can’t be played on air in its unedited form. There’s some fascinating reading in the decision on the origins and usage of the words fag and faggot, then a final adjudication:

Still, the Panel concludes that, like other racially driven words in the English language, “faggot” is one that, even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, is no longer so. The Panel finds that it has fallen into the category of unacceptable designations on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or physical or mental disability. In addition to the terms already so categorized by previous CBSC Panels, there are undoubtedly other racial epithets (not yet the subject of CBSC Panel decisions) that would likely fall into the category of words that are inherently problematic. In any event, the Atlantic Regional Panel concludes that the use of the word “faggot” in the song “Money for Nothing” was unacceptable for broadcast and that, by broadcasting an unedited version of the song, CHOZ-FM breached Clause 2 of the CAB Code of Ethics, and Clauses 2, 7 and 9 of the Equitable Portrayal Code. The Panel notes parenthetically that the song would not otherwise fall afoul of any of the foregoing broadcast standards if suitably edited.

And that is that. I can understand the concern over the use of the word in a song produced in 2011. But in a song coming up to thirty years old that contains a lyric I believe Mark Knopfler at least partially overheard and that Elton John is happy to sing? There’s been a recent announcement of the publication of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn without the word nigger. Far be it for me to argue that Dire Straits were the Mark Twain of the rock world (although they were at least a Bronte sister in calibre to me), but the issue is similar: where do you draw the line?

I’d love your thoughts on this. Not just on whether you think the decision is right or wrong, but how do you see this working in the future? Is it possible to develop standards that protect older works whilst ensuring offence is minimised?

[via Digital Journal]

Tron Jeremy: porn goes down the funny route

Yes, I know this site is called Cultured Tech. Yes, I know Ron Jeremy is a porn star, And yes I know the clip below is laden with unsubtle double-entendres (that’s why the title of this story is of such high quality).

I don’t care, because after all that, the combination of retro and technology makes this funny. Sure it’s only 90 seconds worth but I liked it. Plus, the porn industry are renowned for leading online innovations so to some extent all this is a natural fit, although I could have done without the shot of Ron Jeremy’s man-cleavage. You’ve been warned – other than that there’s no language or imagery to be concerned about from a work-safe viewpoint:

Put your hand up if you’ve now unsubscribed from this site?

[via Gus Lozada]

Dr Seuss Meets Star Wars

For a Gen X-er it doesn’t get much better than this. Cartoonist Adam Watson has created a handful of brilliant drawings that interpret scenes from the original three Star Wars movies. To say he’s nailed the Dr Seuss style is an understatement. Am I the only one that’d buy a book that had the three movies done end-to-end in this style? One example:

View the whole lot for yourself over at Adam’s site.

Largest Star Wars model ever?

As a child who spent hundreds of hours playing with Star Wars figures, I still get a little excited when I see them in shops.

In the lead up to Christmas, you can now buy what I believe is one of the largest Star Wars models ever. Straight out of The Empire Strikes Back, the 2-foot high AT-AT holds up to 20 Star Wars figures. What’s not to like?

via [Geek Alerts]

Need to copy a floppy disk?

I still get a warm fuzzy glow of sentimentality when I think of floppy disks. It reminds me of Castle Wolfenstein loading on an Apple II from a 5.25 inch floppy, or backing up MIDI files to a 3.5-inch floppy.They were the super-cool step-up from the cassette drive, and I could carry them anywhere! Ok, I’d better stop now before I start reminiscing about Jupiter Lander on my Vic 20.

Believe it or not, there’s still plenty of people out there wanting to duplicate floppy disks, and with PCs of all flavours not containing floppy drives anymore, it’s a process with some challenges. If you’re really keen, you can use this online service to either buy new disks if you do have a drive, or you can pay them to do the duplication for you.

Of course, before you go to such lengths I’d recommend checking if the application / files you want to duplicate are online anyway – there’s no shortage of applications that have been ported over to Java / Flash etc that make the need for the floppy version redundant.

via [Dan Warne]

Who hasn’t played chess on a rollercoaster?

Well, to be honest I haven’t, for two reasons. First, I’m a crap chess player. Second, I get motion sickness on a merry-go-round, so a rollercoaster is an open invitation to three days of my head in an ice-cream container. However, most people enjoy said rollercoasters, and there’s even a very dedicated cohort who enjoy having their picture snapped playing chess at the same time. Have a look for yourself right here.

It’s now inspired me to create my own meme. Send in a photo of yourself dressed as a Star Wars character while playing the Nintendo Wii on a bus, and you’ll get a lifetime Pro Subscription* to this site. I can already hear doors slamming as people run to the bus stop.

* A Pro Subscription consists of free access to this site 24/7, including the page your photo will be displayed on that everyone’s laughing at. Conditions apply.

This is cultured: USB typewriter

You’ll likely be over the age of 35 if you have vivid memories of using a typewriter. I certainly do, and loved the sound of typing and seeing a page of paper fill with words. If you miss that experience really badly, then you may want to consider the USB Typewriter.

At US$699 for the one pictured, it’s not something to jump into lightly, but imagine the amount of conversations it’ll start. If you have a decent typewriter, then for US$49 you can buy a DIY kit. I like the US$499 Olympia Portable myself, but fitting it in my iPad case might be difficult.

via [Lee Flier]

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