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1. A dehiscent fruit of a leguminous plant such as the pea.2. Zoology. A protective covering that encases the eggs of some insects and fish.
2. A dry, several-seeded, dehiscent fruit. Also called seedpod.
3. A casing or housing forming part of a vehicle, as:
1. A streamlined external housing that encloses engines, machine guns, or fuel.4. Something resembling a pod, as in compactness. --American Heritage Dictionary
eXistenZ (1999) - David Cronenberg
- eXistenZ (1999) - David Cronenberg [Amazon.com]
Director David Cronenberg's eXistenZ is a stew of corporate espionage, virtual reality gaming, and thriller elements, marinated in Cronenberg's favorite Crock-Pot juices of technology, physiology, and sexual metaphor. Jennifer Jason Leigh is game designer Allegra Geller, responsible for the new state-of-the-art eXistenZ game system; along with PR newbie Ted Pikul (Jude Law), they take the beta version of the game for a test drive and are immersed in a dangerous alternate reality. The game isn't quite like PlayStation, though; it's a latexy pod made from the guts of mutant amphibians and plugs via an umbilical cord directly into the user's spinal column (through a BioPort). It powers up through the player's own nervous system and taps into the subconscious; with several players it networks their brains together. Geller and Pikul's adventures in the game reality uncover more espionage and an antigaming, proreality insurrection. The game world makes it increasingly difficult to discern between reality and the game, either through the game's perspective or the human's. More accessible than Crash, eXistenZ is a complicated sci-fi opus, often confusing, and with an ending that leaves itself wide open for a sequel. Fans of Cronenberg's work will recognize his recurring themes and will eat this up. Others will find its shallow characterizations and near-incomprehensible plot twists a little tedious. --Jerry Renshaw, Amazon.com
Apple 15 GB iPod M9460LL/A - Apple [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
The super-slim iPod defines what a digital music player should be. Itís lighter than two CDs, can hold up to 10,000 songs, thousands of digital photos and works as a personal voice recorder. Now you can sync with iTunes for Mac and Windows at blazing speeds, and take your entire music collection with you wherever you go. --From the Manufacturer
The iPod is a hard drive based music player from Apple Computer that can play MP3, WAV, AAC/M4A, AIFF and Apple Lossless files. In addition to playing music, iPods may be used as an external hard drive. iPods are distinguished by their small size, simple user interface based on a central scroll wheel, and fast FireWire or USB 2.0 connection. As of January, 2004, the iPod was the most popular digital music player in the United States, having over 50% of the market. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPod [Jul 2004]
First announced in October 2001  (http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=01/10/23/1816257&mode=thread), the iPod was originally available with a 5 GB hard drive. A 10 GB version was announced in March 2002, and a 20 GB version in July. Firmware upgrades have added some PDA functions. Some of the iPod software was developed by Pixo, a company founded by two of the developers that had worked on the Apple Newton, a Personal Digital Assistant produced by Apple Computer. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPod [Jul 2004]
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