Archive for July, 2007
Back in the 70’s and early 80’s, Charles Nelson Reilly was a fixture on the talk show circuit. I guess scale made the house
payments. At any rate, I vividly recall him being on Johnny Carson one night with Rob Reiner. Reiner treated him like a dog. That totally spoiled me on Rob Reiner to this day. Not long after, he was on again and this time Bob Hope was on. Hope always came on first and then left….he always said he had something to do when in reality he probably just didn’t want to listen to the drivel. The night in question, his segment was up, Johnny told him goodbye, and started to go to commercial. Hope didn’t leave and Johhny turned to him kind of confused and said, “don’t you have to go”? Hope just replied, “No, I want to say hello to Charles”. They came back from commercial and Charles Nelson Reilly came out. Hope gave him a warm greeting and THEN he left.
Great News: Laser Printers May Be as Harmful as Cigarettes:
Bad news, office drones: That laser printer sitting in your cubicle might be doing some serious damage to your health. It turns out that one third of all laser printers emit tiny particles of toner that, when inhaled, have similar effects as secondhand smoke. Awesome!
The printers are more dangerous when they’re used a lot, especially for graphic and photo heavy prints that require a lot of toner. In an open office setting, tests revealed that particle levels in the air increased five-fold during the working day due to printer use. That’s such fun news, isn’t it? And here you were eating salads, jogging and not smoking, and it’s going to be your laser printer that does you in. Life sure is hilarious sometimes. [BBC]
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Somewhere deep in cyberspace, where reality blurs into fiction and the living greet the dead, there are ghosts. They live in a virtual graveyard without tombstones or flowers. They drift among the shadows of the people they used to be, and the pieces they left behind.
Allison Bauer left rainbows: Reds, yellows and blues, festooned across her MySpace profile in a collage of color. Before her corpse was pulled from the depths of an Oregon gorge on May 9, where police say she leapt to her death, she unwittingly wrote her own epitaph.
“I love color, Pure Color in rainbow form, And I love My friends,” the 20-year-old wrote under “Interests” on her profile. “And I love
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The “Never Get Busted Again” video is indeed lousy, and gives lots of terrible advice that involves ‘cooperating’ with cops and renouncing your constitutional rights (4th and 5th Amendments, especially). It’s received a bit of angry discussion elsewhere for awhile now.
This video, however, created by the ACLU and Flex Your Rights, (I am not affiliated with either group), does a much better job, and can be seen for free on youtube, unlike the Never Get Busted Again video.
China warns couples that CCTVs may call 911 on PDA:
Beijing couples trying to score a little public nookie should be worried about a little more than just disapproving looks from others: state news agency Xinhua reported yesterday that police CCTV monitoring computers tend to flag “intimate acts” as crimes like kidnapping and robbery, because they’re “programmed to be sensitive to violations of safe distances.” All this really means, of course, is that working for the Beijing 5-0 just got a little more interesting: officers will first “monitor” the suspected crime to make sure things are on the up-and-up before dropping in and killing the mood. You keep that city safe, boys.
Anthony Voz, of London, designed this concept ashtray which would measure the ash in its base to guesstimate just how many minutes, days, weeks, and years you shave away with every puff. Could be time to pick up that $200 anti-smoking cigarette. Or lose the preachy friends. Just saying. galleryPost(‘tarashtray’, 4, ‘Tar Ashtray’);
“The war on drugs is an utterly losing proposition,” he tells Radar. “We caused more
alterati Â» Blog Archive Â» The Yellow Sign: Timothy Leary’s Neurocomics & Promethea by Alan Moore:
The Yellow Sign: Timothy Learyâ€™s Neurocomics & Promethea by Alan Moore
One of my old roommates boasted a collection of Dr. Timothy Learyâ€™s works that included nearly every single work in first printing that he had published, including a beat-up old copy of Start Your Own Religion, a well-thumbed What Does Wo/Man Want?, and a rather abused copy of The Politics of Ecstasy, but he didnâ€™t have Dr. Learyâ€™s comic book. It was at the end of the seventies that Neurocomics (1979) was released in a print run of 10,000. Itâ€™s not even listed on the wikipedia entry of his works, and seems overlooked by most Dr. Learyâ€™s fans. So when I was pointed to the torrent of this lost work, I was ecstatic. Download Timothy Learyâ€™s Neurocomics from Alteratiâ€™s torrent tracker to check it out.
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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back: Internet Radio May Survive, But Only With Lots of DRM:
The imminent death of internet radio due to unreasonable licensing and fee hikes might not be so imminent, at least as long as radio stations are willing to pile the DRM onto their streams as demanded by SoundExchange. Wanting to end the practice of “streamripping,” the equivalent of the fair-use-sanctioned practice of taping songs off FM radio, SoundExchange is hinging their compromise proposal on the adoption of DRM technologies by all internet radio stations. It’s good news that there’s a better chance of stations staying on the air, but the fact that they need to inhibit fair use to do so is pretty weak. [Ars Technica]
Even a stopped clock is right twice a day, but this watch is even more accurate: It’s always right, because when someone asks you what time it is, just show them its face prominently displaying the word “NOW.” But wait a minute, this is a fake watch. Damn. But you can’t argue with its correctitude. For your humorless friends, just tell them it’s a special precision timepiece supporting the National Organization for Women.
Addy, our British Gizmodian wordsmith/babe, says it stands for Nobs Out, Wankers. Either way, it’s on sale for $49.95. Seems like a lot to pay just to lampoon your clock-watching friends. [Elevate Films, via This Next]
Court: Feds can read e-mail, IP addresses without warrant:
Data mining at the FBI: digging for terrorists, insurance scammers, and identity thieves
House approves warrantless wiretapping
Senate Judiciary Committee approves Big Brother bills
MIT Project aims human buffer overflow at Secret Service
A few weeks back, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco issued an important ruling about Internet privacyâ€”or lack thereof. Reaction to the case has been mixed; some commentators see it as a logical extension of existing telecommunications policy, while others view it with the same sort of enthusiasm generally reserved for the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Given the importance the case has already taken on, let’s take a look back at the decision and at some recent reaction to it.
The court’s ruling was essentially a simple one. The government is currently allowed to deploy “pen registers”â€”devices that can record ev
Drug czar gives warning : Local : Redding Record Searchlight:
Drug czar gives warning
DALLAS — Drug Enforcement Administration officials discovered a large number of marijuana plants growing in a wooded area near the Trinity River in Dallas Thursday afternoon.
The secret pot farm was practically right under their noses. In fact, if you could walk in a straight line from the riverbank through the marshy underbrush and tangled wilderness, you’d walk just
For the unrepentant patriarch of LSD, long, strange trip winds back to Bay Area:
The small, barefoot man in black T-shirt and blue jeans barely rates a second glance from the other Starbucks patrons in downtown San Rafael, although he is one of the men who virtually made the ’60s. Because Augustus Owsley Stanley III has spent his life avoiding photographs, few people would know what he looks like.
The name Owsley became a noun that appears in the Oxford dictionary as English street slang for good acid. It is the most famous brand name in LSD history. Probably the first private individual to manufacture the psychedelic, “Owsley” is a folk hero of the counterculture, celebrated in songs by the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan.
For more than 20 years, Stanley — a
Notorious LSD Chemist Owsley Stanley Gives Rare Interview:
Owsley Stanley (born Augustus Owsley Stanley III), notorious LSD chemist and the original Grateful Dead sound engineer (he helped kick start the live recording of their shows), is currently visiting the Bay Area from Queensland, Australia, where hes been living off the grid for over 20 years making gold enamel sculptures.