Saturday, January 13, 2001look inside
more on what "it" is?
NEW YORK, Jan 12 (Reuters) - The mystery invention code-named ``Ginger'' that has set the U.S. technology world abuzz may be little more than a motorized mini-scooter, judging from a recent patent application that came to light on Friday.
A Dec. 14, 2000, filing with the World Intellectual Property Organization available on the Internet at http://www.wipo.org describes a ``class of transportation vehicles for carrying an individual over ground...that is unstable with respect to tipping when...not powered.''
This ``personal mobility vehicle'' pictures what appears to be a young girl balanced on a two-wheeled scooter. The patent application by millionaire inventor Dean Kamen and six co-inventors fits descriptions made in broadcast reports by people claiming to have seen prototypes of the vehicle.
Harvard Business School Press is said to have paid $250,000 for a book detailing ``IT'' that is set to be unveiled in 2002 by Kamen, creator of devices such as a portable insulin pump and a wheelchair that climbs stairs.
The invention is said to take just 10 minutes to assemble using simple tools, according to details from the book proposal published by media industry watchers Inside.com. Ginger could cost less than $2,000 a piece. Top computer industry leaders and investment bankers were named as backers, Inside.com said.
In a statement issued on Thursday, Kamen, 49, declined to reveal much on the device other than saying: ``While our projects are in the development phase and have client confidentiality requirements, it is impossible for us to comment further.''
Kamen and his company, Manchester, New Hampshire-based DEKA Research, did not return calls on Friday seeking comment on the patent application.
Friday, January 12, 2001celluloid dreamers
maverick in motion
"Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban apparently can't go a week without getting fined by the NBA. After getting hit with a $250,000 fine for taunting officials on Jan. 5, Cuban informed ESPN.com early Friday morning via e-mail that the league fined him another $100,000. Although a league official was unavailable for comment, this would be Cuban's fifth fine of the 2000-2001 season, totalling $395,000. Cuban said he usually sits on the bench, but on Wednesday at the Target Center there wasn't enough room. So he took an empty seat close to the floor next so that he could "watch the game and pay attention to what's going on." After the fan showed, Cuban took the seat next to the trainers. "I guess it was a technical for sitting in a spot not reserved for an owner," wrote Cuban of his decision to sit in a chair at the Mavericks-Timberwolves game. "Seriously, I have no clue what I did wrong. If it weren't so insulting, it would be comical." Cuban wrote that he left the game after the 107-86 victory with no indication of wrongdoing. "The next day (Thursday), I get a call from the league saying I was being fined for sitting on the floor," Cuban wrote. "I laughed, thought they were joking. They aren't. It's amazing. Of all the things to do, they are watching to see where I sit." The Mavericks owner was fined $45,000 for three separate incidents in November."
its all good
good samaritans exist!!! someone called about my wallet. now all i have to do is a good deed and then someone will roll the credits. just as long as they dont use im walking on sunshine as my outro music. somebody cue up the de la soul.
Thursday, January 11, 2001off the muck rack
FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK
LEFT MY FUCKING WALLET IN A CAB
FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK
place your bids
Wednesday, January 10, 2001cup a joe
pretty amazing. blogger raised $10000 in one week.
Tuesday, January 09, 2001new sensation
Monday, January 08, 2001people that died
always interesting who you relate to in the blind trust of bloggerdom. i had chris kempa's link up for a long time. turns out he was a precocious 16yo (arent they all?) out near the motor city. but motoring was not good to him as he was killed by a car about two months ago as he walked to school.
not so far away
Sunday, January 07, 2001going nowhere fast