Monday, October 31, 2005

Noise for Monday, October 31, 2005 HALLOWEEN

David Dondero-Laying Low In Eli, Nevada

She Wants Revenge - Tear You Apart

Halloween, Alaska-Drowned

Sunday, October 30, 2005

Japanese Remote Control for Humans


The technology is called galvanic vestibular stimulation -- essentially, electricity messes with the delicate nerves inside the ear that help maintain balance.

I felt a mysterious, irresistible urge to start walking to the right whenever the researcher turned the switch to the right. I was convinced -- mistakenly -- that this was the only way to maintain my balance.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Self-illuminating Photos

Ooooooooooh, patent time

British WMD

'In the decade following the Second World War, British scientists planned not for peace but for a war which would be fought with chemical and biological weapons of mass destruction. Recent revelations expose the dangerous, top secret tests which put the British public at risk, and even killed an unwitting volunteer soldier. 'Hour long documentary that looks at the secret testing and development of chemical and biological weapons at Porton Down in the UK during the 1950s.'

Get with the clicky

20 percent of human genes have been patented in the United States

From National Geographic News:

"It might come as a surprise to many people that in the U.S. patent system human DNA is treated like other natural chemical products."

The rhythm of life

Beer commercials get it right.

How come the Kansas Board of Education can't?

Sunday, October 23, 2005

What I'm listening to, Sunday, October 23, 2005

The Haunted - “No Compromise”

Nevermore - “Final Product”

Xiu Xiu Larsen- "Paw Paw Paw Paw Paw Paw Paw"

Orgazm Nostradamusa - Zverzost'

"This is not a war on drugs. It's a war on people"

From the Albuquerque Tribune:

"This country is long overdue in recognizing that not only have we lost the war on drugs, but we have squandered billions of dollars and untold numbers of lives," said Owen, who now coordinates law enforcement internships at the University of Texas in San Antonio.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Far worse then an atomic bomb

From the New York Times:

Analyses have shown that the detonation of an atomic bomb in an American city could kill as many as one million people. Release of a highly communicable and deadly biological virus could kill tens of millions, with some estimates in the hundreds of millions.


We also need a new Manhattan Project to develop specific defenses against new biological viral threats, natural or human made.

Troy Radio 001

I'm not sure if this damnable thing is working right.

To be honest, I'm pretty sure it isn't.

If anyone out there knows a better way to bring a podcast to the world let me know.

Until here.

If it works, I'll post a track list.

That means feedback, readers! ...heh, yeah, readers.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Bug Rubber in your Spine


Resilin is a rubbery protein that is found in a range of insects. As well as storing elastic energy in fleas, it helps flying insects' wings to flex without causing damage to the tissue that connects wing and body.

"Resilin is much more resilient than any other rubber around," explains Chris Elvin, a biochemist at CSIRO Livestock Industries in St Lucia, Australia, who led the team that created the synthetic resilin. This resilience means that it can be stretched over and over again without losing its elastic properties.

"Zombies are people suffering from a psychological disorder.”

From Journeyman:

In the West, zombies may be considered the stuff of Hollywood B films but in Haiti they’re part of everyday life. Zombies are taken so seriously here that turning someone into one carries the same penalty as murder. But, as our documentary this week shows, outlawing the practice is doing little to stop it.

Rich Elite get Terror Alert Early

From the New York Daily News:

At least two E-mails revealing the purported plot were sent to a select crowd of business and arts executives early last week by New Yorkers who claimed to have close connections to Homeland Security and other federal officials, authorities said.

Pot makes rat brains grow

From NewScientist:

A synthetic chemical similar to the active ingredient in marijuana makes new cells grow in rat brains. What is more, in rats this cell growth appears to be linked with reducing anxiety and depression. The results suggest that marijuana, or its derivatives, could actually be good for the brain.

What? Why are you looking at me like that?

A visual guide to the Quantum Universe

Designer Jan-Henrik Andersen, in conjunction with particle physicists, developed a visual language that describes the interrelationships between the elementary particles, both known and hypothesized.

Backstroke of the Locust


Claire Rind, a robotologist at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne in England, screened a Star Wars film just for a bunch of locusts so she could monitor their brain activity for research to design a collision-avoidance system for cars.

Apparently, the research was to help her understand how locusts travel in dense swarms without getting tangled up in each other's flight. By showing them a Star Wars film (it's not specified which one of course) she studied their eyes and brain cells reactions to fast-moving objects and backgrounds in the film.

More here.

You can run, but you can't hide

A new toy from Los Alamos can tell the difference between foliage and synthetic material.

Making camouflage about as useful as a butterknife in a war-zone.

United States Patent Application: 0050213075

Cheney's Halliburton stock options raise 3,281 percent

From Raw Story:

An analysis released by a Democratic senator found that Vice President Dick Cheney's Halliburton stock options have risen 3,281 percent in the last year, RAW STORY can reveal.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) asserts that Cheney's options -- worth $241,498 a year ago -- are now valued at more than $8 million ....

Torture doesn't count for the CIA

from Balkinization:

The Conference Committee that will consider and reconcile the Senate and House defense appropriations bills is scheduled to meet this coming week. The Senate bill contains the "McCain Amendment," which would prohibit all U.S. personnel from engaging in cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of detainees -- i.e., engaging in conduct that would "shock the conscience" under Due Process Clause doctrine -- anywhere in the world.

It's increasingly clear that the strategy of McCain's opponents -- the Vice President and his congressional supporters -- will be to amend the McCain Amendment in the Conference Committee so as to exempt the CIA from the prohibition on cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

What I'm listening to, Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Propagandhi - "Die Jugend Marschiert"

Kristin Hersh-"Your Ghost"

Degenerate Art Ensemble - "Oni Gorshi"

Pretty Girls Make Graves-"All Medicated Geniuses"

Amusement Parks On Fire -"Venosa"

Cat Power -"Maybe Not"

U.S. 'woefully unprepeared', 1.9 million dead expected

From the Houston Chronicle:

In developing a plan to deal with any possible outbreak of pandemic flu, the Bush administration has concluded that the United States is woefully unprepared for what could become the worst disaster in the nation's history.


The plan outlines a worst-case sequence of events in which 1.9 million Americans will die and nearly 9 million will be hospitalized with costs exceeding $450 billion.

The Few, the Proud, the n00bs

From WCBS 880:

The Marines, sagging in it's recruiting goals, is turning to Craigslist for exposure.

Here's the ad:


Reply to:
Date: 2005-09-26, 10:40AM EDT



This opportunity allows those who join to distinguish themselves and become part of a life-long brotherhood.

The most elite and highly trained military organization in the world provides
guaranteed skill training in over 400 specialties to include accounting, administration, computers, engineering, aviation, infantry, auto mechanics, legal specialist and many more …

· Good starting pay with automatic pay raises after four months
· Free housing
· Full medical and dental coverage
· No cost educational opportunities
· 30 days paid vacation every year!
· Opportunities for promotion and advancement

Saturday, October 08, 2005

How to look like a serial killer

Hoods with built-in masks Posted by Picasa

Hide your house from the Predator

A Greek company called Intermat sells "anti-thermal/IR coatings" -- paints and make-up creams that confuse heat-signatures so that soldiers and materiel don't show up on heat-sensing scopes:

* You cannot afford to be Visible in IR
* From now on your enemy is Thermally Identifiable but you are not
* You are Protected from thermal threat
* You now have the flexibility to Adapt to the IR environment
* A Sustainable advantage for you, that is
* A technologically advanced yet low cost Force Multiplier. Exploit it
* Because camouflage and deception are now taken one step Further. A new Era of camouflage has now begun
* Erase your assets… Let your enemy wonder...

Intermat is widely known for being the only company that exclusively provides thermal signature management. All anti-thermal coatings are state-of-the-art that have been developed after many years of R&D. Applicable at the wide IR spectrum of 400 –20.000nm they perfectly conceal against thermal observation and protect you from heat-seeking weapon systems.

Soulless White Kids steal Rap


"Kill Whitey" is the name given to a series of monthly hip-hop themed parties staged in Williamsburg for large groups of wealthy, white hipsters too frightened to darken the door of real hip-hop clubs at which they might actually run into a real, live black person. At the parties, a white DJ known as Tha Pumpsta spins a mix of hardcore hip-hop, with a special emphasis on Miami booty-bass and other such unrepresentative special-interest genres within hip-hop, and encourages the partygoers to mock the dance moves, speaking style and attitudes of black people immersed in hip-hop culture, the raunchier and more characatured the better.

"I'm throwing this party, and it's obvious that I'm white and I'm kind of appropriating this culture but in an ironic way," said Tha Pumpsta, whose name is Jeremy Parker.


That'll be an interesting hibernation stash

From icSouthLondon:

Drug addicts are known to be hiding small stashes of crack rocks in people's front lawns late at night.

Squirrels have been spotted in the same front gardens, seemingly hunting out the buried narcotics.

Betting on the brain-enhanced ponies


The worker at a pathology lab in the northern city of Brisbane reportedly stole pituitary glands, found at the base of the brain, because the hormones they contain govern growth stimulation and could stimulate horses.


The worker at the centre of the allegations, who agreed to the investigation, was also accused of keeping the nooses of suicide victims and the drip bags attached to people who died in hospitals.

You'd have to redefine low-life to categorize this guy.

How to: Survive an endemic

The Personal Pandemic Preparedness Plan:

The United States government is not prepared to provide basic necessities to every community in this country should a pandemic strike. Nor do most local governments have a pandemic plan to address the needs of their own communities in such a crisis situation. It will be up to each individual and family to make their own preparations for a pandemic threat that may become reality over the next several months.

What follows is a guideline for personal pandemic preparedness and includes certain assumptions on which to base your planning, lists of recommended supplies to stockpile, and suggestions for ensuring your family's needs will be met (at least minimally) during a pandemic crisis. Internet resource sites are also provided for further information.

Imagine Hurricane Katrina, only with a plague. You know I'm gonna read this.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Mormons watch porn, 'accidently'

From Desert News:

The PG-rated "Sons of Provo" chronicles the life of an LDS boy band, Everclean, on its journey to relative stardom. The lyrics of the band's theme song preach of the wholesome image both the band and film try to maintain:

Everclean, cleaner than Listerine
Mellower than Dramamine
Not even close to obscene

But somehow "Adored: Diary of a Porn Star" landed in "Sons of Provo" DVD cases, complete with label.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

"Sometimes alligators are going to win and sometimes the python will win."

A 13-foot Burmese python recently burst after it apparently tried to swallow a live, six-foot alligator whole, authorities said. Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Bhutan's where again?

From the New York Times:

In 1972, concerned about the problems afflicting other developing countries that focused only on economic growth, Bhutan's newly crowned leader, King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, decided to make his nation's priority not its G.D.P. but its G.N.H., or gross national happiness.

Bhutan, the king said, needed to ensure that prosperity was shared across society and that it was balanced against preserving cultural traditions, protecting the environment and maintaining a responsive government. The king, now 49, has been instituting policies aimed at accomplishing these goals.

The Library of Congress on a strobelight


"Digital information can be expressed with pulses of light," Sellars said. "If we can store the light pulses for a very long time, we have a memory that operates on a quantum scale."

The tough questions get asked

The $6,300 question

Stopping forest fire with napalm


"The best way to deal with a pandemic is to isolate it and keep it isolated in the region in which it begins," he said during a wide- ranging Rose Garden news conference.

The president was asked if his recent talk of giving the military the lead in responding to large natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and other catastrophes was in part the result of his concerns that state and local personnel aren't up to the task of a flu outbreak.

"Yes," he replied.

The Few, the Proud, the Illegally in America

From the Village Voice:

On Wednesday, a general court martial is to begin at Parris Island, South Carolina, for a U.S. Marine recruiter accused of selling and delivering counterfeit documents to illegal aliens in order for them to join the service.

Want to know how fucking toxic the air is in your neighborhood?

The Public Air Quality Inidcator:

The purpose of the project is to develop a prototype for a Public Air Quality Indicator. The Indicator is to be placed in the city to make existing information on air quality and pollution levels accessible and give information that is specific to the location in which it is placed.

Robot performs oral search for bomb

An Army sergeant based at Fort Huachuca walked into a bank Monday, his mouth covered in duct tape, and presented a note saying he had a bomb in his mouth, police said.

Big mistake.

Enter the Bomb Squad Robot.

Good thing he didn't say it was anywhere else. Posted by Picasa

Metal Gear Solid 4 Trailer

Solid Snake goes to Iraq, kicks all kinds of ass

Before the screams of Bullshot abound, I should mention that Metal Gear Solid has made it a habit to use the game itself to make it's little movie segues, so I'm fairly excited that this is how it'll look.

I'm also excited that it's Wednesday technically, and I'm three days closer to sleeping in again.

Monday, October 03, 2005

What I'm listening to, Monday, October 3rd, 2005

"Doris", by the Dirty Three

Empire, by Dar Williams

Lights Out, by Butch Walker

Sex Scent used to herd prehistoric death tubes


An ancient aquatic beast that has decimated fish stocks in the North American Great Lakes could soon be lured into traps using a migratory pheromone.

Though the real star of this article are the freaky as all get out Lampreys...

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Censored Importance, Uncensored pointlessness

From Project

25 stories you didn't hear about, but you really, really should know about.

At the very least, you should know more about these then Britney Spears' spawn.

This speaks well for me, as I still don't know much about it...has that thing broken through it's eggshell, screaming for fresh meat and 60% of the gross yet?

Soon, you will bow to Invinci-mice overlords


Researchers systematically amputated digits and damaged various organs of the mice, including the heart, liver and brain, most of which grew back.

The results stunned scientists because if such regeneration is possible in this mammal, it might also be possible in humans.


The researchers also made a remarkable second discovery: When cells from the regenerative mice were injected into normal mice, the normal mice adopted the ability to regenerate. And when the special mice bred with normal mice, their offspring inherited souped-up regeneration capabilities.



The device consists of a large hollow sphere which is mounted on a specially designed platform that allows the sphere to rotate freely as the user walks in any direction. (Note that the open hatch in the picture above is closed during use.) The user wears a head-mounted display, which provides the virtual environment. Sensors under the sphere provide subject speed and direction to the computer running the simulation. Users can even ineract with objects in virtual space using a special manipulator. Posted by Picasa

Mine mine mine


"We will not agree to the U.N. taking over the management of the Internet," said Ambassador David Gross, the U.S. coordinator for international communications and information policy at the State Department. "Some countries want that. We think that's unacceptable."

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