[Jon Tetzchner swimming]

Jon Tetzchner swimming

Last week, in a bold (and quite foolhardy if you ask me) statement, Opera CEO Jon S. von Tetzchner declared that if the download numbers of the new Opera 8 Web browser reach 1 million within the first four days of the launch, he will swim from Norway to the USA with only one stop-over for a cup of hot chocolate at his mother’s house in his home country, Iceland.

Today it was revealed that the one million downloads goal was indeed reached, so at the moment I guess Mr. Tetzchner is preparing for the cold swim across the atlantic. Keep abreast of the latest news at Opera’s 1 Million Download Challenge page. Will he actually take the (literal) plunge?

Daring Fireball has a Translation From PR-Speak to English of selected portions of Adobe’s ‘FAQ’ regarding their acquisition of Macromedia, and I think it does a good job of translating corporate mumbo-jumbo to more understandable terms. Quite funny but probably also true in a sad way…

You think the current version of Acrobat Reader takes too long to launch, runs too slowly, and uses too much memory? You ain’t seen nothing yet.

From NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day comes definite proof that there is infact, Water On Mars! And in other news…

  • Google introduces the Google Gulp, in four great flavours:
    … through our patented real-time DNA-scanning process, Auto-Drink™, Google Gulp is actually able to “take a picture” of your genetic profile, reconfigure its molecular composition on the fly, and subtly alter your brain’s intricate mosaic of axonial patterns in order to facilitate even faster cognitive processing.
  • RFC 4041 – Requirements for Morality Sections in Routing Area Drafts:
    Young people are particularly at risk from the rising depravity in society and much of the blame can be squarely placed at the door of the Internet. If you do not feel safe on the streets at night, what do you think it is like on the Information Superhighway?
  • Apple hires DVD-Jon:
    If you can’t beat them hire them – This seems to be Apple’s new motto. The reason being, it has hired DVD Jon. The very same Jon, who’s broken into iTunes thrice giving them sleepless nights.

That’s right, it’s that time of the year again…

Announcing the Apple iProduct:

Do you like Apple products? Do you live for every product announcement, every incremental upgrade, every rumor and fake screenshot? Do you wank and blare and drone and fucking gurgle about Apple products morning, noon, and night? Then get ready for iProduct. You’ll be blown away. No matter what it is.

[Announcing the Apple iProduct]

Apple iProduct. You’ll buy it. And you’ll like it.

Funny and also very true…

Tomorrow is one of the most important US elections in a long time, where the american people get to decide if they still want a christian fundamentalist warmonger as their president. In the spirit of the times here’s a video clip showing Mr. Bush doing what he likes the best – giving the world a one finger victory salute. Let’s hope the voters return the gesture tomorrow…