Digital | SURFERSPUD Apr 18, 2002

From hotels to self-pumping soccer balls

www.jtbusa.com/enhome/ If you're looking for hotel deals in Japan, it seems you're better off getting out of the country first. A weekend of frantically trying to locate Tokyo hotels with vacancies turned up a lot of discount sites, few of which were really cheap and ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Mar 7, 2002

Enron mania and other diversions

www.wired.com/news/mac/0,2125,50688,00.htmThe Spudmeister feels like he's cheating a bit here, directing you to a mere article, but it may foretell the next step in digital piracy. The tool tomorrow's pirates are using today is the iPod. www.sho.com/alt/index.cfmWhen the Net was young, investors stupid, bandwidth narrow and ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Feb 7, 2002

Geek culture bashing

http://homepage.mac.com/jcarusone/iMovieTheater2.html The unveiling of the new iMac has reignited the Mac vs. Windows debate all over the Internet, with journalists, computer users, economists and other eccentrics predicting whether the latest Apple hardware/software combo will take a bite out of Microsoft's desktop dominance. Surferspud is ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Dec 20, 2001

For the surfing Santa

www04.giftcertificates.com/index.cfmGiftCertificates.com has Uncle Spud's name written all over it. And it has your name written all over it, too, if you've got more nieces and nephews than you can count on one finger. And if you haven't broken out the plastic yet. Let's face ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Nov 15, 2001

Mad about movies

www.apple.com/trailers/ It was only three years ago, wasn't it? The trailer for "Star Wars: Episode I" hit the Net and before you knew it, everyone with a modem and a hard drive was downloading the thing via a 28 Kbps connection. And telling you ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Oct 4, 2001

A look at terror

www.newyorker.com/FROM_THE_ARCHIVE/ARCHIVES/?010924fr_archive05 As modern journalism sinks ever deeper into its spoon-feed-me mentality, William T. Vollman, a novelist and magazine reporter, actually does the hard research. Before embarking on an assignment to Afghanistan to find out what the Taliban is all about, he read the Koran, twice. ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Aug 2, 2001

From old Edo to South Park

www.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/flashback/0009/ National Geographic has been running a flashback series highlighting its rich photographic history. Here's the September 2000 peek-to-the-past: a Hadaka Matsui feat at Saidaiji Temple in Okayama just after World War II. The photographer's flash provided the only illumination during this Lunar New ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Jul 26, 2001

The next big thing

www.sciam.com/2001/0801issue/0801scicit4.html Back in 1995, the domestic electronics and telecom industries were about to unleash the Pride of Japan on the world: PHS. Ooops. We just went with full cellular handsets instead. A few months later, a big consortium was telling us we wouldn't be ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Jul 5, 2001

Surfin' safari

www.signonsandiego.com/sports /20010626-9999_1s26surfing.htmlWhen they wrapped up "The Endless Summer" in the mid-1960s, one of the three main components of what would become the all-time definitive cult film went his own way. The trio would not sit down together again until June 15, 2001. Here's a ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Mar 21, 2001

Bookmarks old and new

www.newkoyo.com The New Koyo Hotel is doing for Tokyo what Kao Sahn Road has done for Bangkok. Beware of an influx of budget travelers. A gaijin zoo is springing up north of Ueno, and the temporary inhabitants are being attracted by room rates that ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Feb 21, 2001

Spud the magic surfer

www.geocities.com/Baja/4954/ This is how Spudster entertained himself this past weekend, trawling through sites like Internet Magic and challenging the online wizard to do things like figure out what Pokemon character he was thinking about. The wizard can also tell you who you were in ...

Digital | SURFERSPUD Oct 18, 2000

One homestead, two squatters

www.arab.net/palestine/history/pe_zionism.html To understand the beginnings of the decades-old Jewish-Muslim conflict in the Middle East, Spudberg decided to first look up the definition of a word for which he only understood the connotations. Arabnet quickly and clearly defines "Zionism" in a historical context on this page, ...