Missing TechTVer

Thursday, 30 November 2006, 11:39 am
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I just received this disturbing news. If any of you knows anything please help…James and family

CNET editor and former Fresh Gear contributor and Lab analyst James
Kim has been missing since Saturday. ANY word, especially from people
in the Oregon area is appreciated. The information is all below from
the official investigation by the SFPD.

Missing Family Includes: James, Kati, Penelope (age 4.5) and Sabine (6 months). Last name is Kim

Overview: The Kim Family left San Francisco on November 17th
on a road trip to the Pacific Northwest. They had Thanksgiving in
Seattle with family and then drove to Portland. They were last seen by
their friends in Portland whom they had brunch with on Saturday,
November 25. According to their friends, their plans were to drive out
to the town of Gold Beach on the Oregon Coast and then make their way
back to San Francisco. James was expected back at work on Tuesday,
November 28th. When no one had heard from him by Wednesday morning
employees at the Kims’ two stores and his colleagues at CNET began to
make phone calls to his family and friends to inquire of his
whereabouts. Presently, the SFPD is investigating the case.

The family was last heard from at around 5:45 PM on Saturday. A
hotel clerk at the Tu Tu Tun lodge in Gold Beach, Oregon took a call
from James. He said he was about five hours away. The hotel clerk said
she would leave the keys out for them as the lobby would be closed
after 10. The keys were still in the same place the next morning. The
clerk believes James referred to being near Salem, Oregon at the time.
They were driving a 2005 silver Saab station wagon with California
personalized plates of “DOESF”.

More details and pictures of the family are available on CNET’s Crave Blog.

If you know anything about James’ whereabouts, you can contact the SFPD by calling 415-558-5508 during normal business hours and 415-553-1071 after hours.  

Sounders You Love

Thursday, 30 November 2006, 6:35 am
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Sorry to be such a laggard in posting. I have a bunch of items to put up – but I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a moment to do it. Just to keep things fresh here’s a video version of the TWiT network sounder that the Pixel Corps just worked up. Sorry about the poor quality – Vox is compressing it something awful. You can see it in all its 1080p glory on the new episode of MacBreak coming out later today.

Thanks to Karl Hassenfratz and the Motion Graphics Team at the Pixel Corps for a brilliant job!

Undo.tv Preview Party

Sunday, 12 November 2006, 4:40 am

Visit Upcoming to RSVP. See you Tuesday!

Right Man, Right Time

Friday, 10 November 2006, 2:11 am

Instead of a complete biography of FDR, Alter, a Newsweek columnist, has written a slimmer volume focusing on Roosevelt’s “defining moment,” the first hundred days of his presidency in 1933 that put the New Deal in place. Things were so bad at the height of the Great Depression that the best minds believed democracy had failed. Alter makes a convincing case that FDR saved democracy with the New Deal. He may well have also saved Europe from the Nazis. One man, in the right place, at the right time, can make a difference. Worth reading concurrently: Phillip K. Dick’s The Man In The High Castle – a fantasy novel that begins with the premise that Roosevelt was assassinated by Giuseppe Zangara days before taking office (it very nearly happened), the US lost the war, and the Nazis and Japanese run the world. It takes place in 1962, after the Nazis have drained the Mediterranean, razed Africa, and split the US down the middle with the Japanese. What might have been had Roosevelt failed.


Tuesday, 7 November 2006, 4:16 pm


Sunday, 5 November 2006, 10:14 pm
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Net@nite album artI’m back from MacMania V – and I had a wonderful time. I took a few still pictures, but I spent most of the time playing with the Sanyo Xacti HD1a. I’ll post some video in a day or so.

Meanwhile, our first episode of net@nite went pretty well Sunday night. We had a surprise visit from YouTube founder, Steve Chen (did you know the Google-YouTube merger talks started at Denny’s?), and a number of nice calls. Our host, Talkshoe, suffered some growing pains, but I expect most of the wrinkles will be ironed out by next week’s show. I told them that there would be a few people listening!

The high-quality edited version will go out on the Inside the Net feed Tuesday, but you can hear the raw and uncut right now at Talkshoe. Show notes are available on the net@nite blog.

I’ve also posted a brand new TWiT, recorded aboard the ms Veendam. It’s a completely new cast – none of the regulars were on the cruise – but I think it’s a very good show. Steve Stecklow, a senior writer for the Wall St. Journal was along to explain what the latest stock option backdating scandals mean, the very funny Andy Ihnatko weighs in on bottled water, and security and Perl guru, Randal Schwartz makes boat sounds. Stay tuned at the end for an interlude from our Captain.

I’m home this week, with lots of podcasts to record and post, then it’s back to Toronto for another week of Call for Help. The wonderful Cali Lewis of Geekbrief.tv will co-host once again for nine shows. The remaining six will be hosted by three different candidates to replace Amber MacArthur. Yes, on-the-air auditions. It’s a first for me, and I’m sure it will be a little scary for the propspective hosts, but that’s how they do things in Canadia. The shows will air some time next month.

undotv logoOh, and one more thing. While I’m in Toronto we’ll be holding a launch party for the new undo.tv. Save Tuesday, 11/14, on your calendar. We’re taking over No Regrets once again for the event. Details to follow.