Wilhelm Reich

This month in 1952, Wilhelm Reich began defending Earth from an alien invasion using a battery of surface-to-air orgasmatrons.

(4) The severe DOR effects began at Orgonon during the vernal equinox for three years. Leslie starts his report with the 30th of March 1952; my own report on the "Blackening Rocks" (OEB V/1,2, 1952). This is no mere coincidence. The month of Apri 1952 was reported in the Oranur report just mentioned as the period when the nauseating DOR clouds were observed for the first time in the Rangeley region. April 1952 is, according to Leslie's report, also the month with the most frequent sightings of CORE space ships. The nauseating DOR clouds must have some connection with the space ships. [...]

Operation Galactic OR Stream had demonstrated the tremendous power of a single cloudbuster, brought into action on the basis of the knowledge of the Cosmic OR Energy streams. It was immediately clear what this would mean in the hands of sick men. Therefore, the legislative procedures of the Eisenhower administration which tended to secure safety in weather control were greatly appreciated. [...]

(7) There can no longer be any doubt as to the source of the substance called Melanor. It disclosed heretofore entirely unknown characteristics. Melanor stems from the CORE men and their space ships. However, there are several questions which must be answered in due time if the menace which the DOR clouds as well as Melanor present for the human race, is to be met. Any definite questions themselves should be formulated now. They may direct us toward the true, valid answer in due time. [...]

(C) If the DOR clouds are results of deliberate action on the part of the people from space:

(a) Are these intentions benign? Do they want to help us? This possibility cannot be and should not be excluded, since Oranur and DOR have disclosed most fantastic curative qualities, in spite of the DOR sickness, or maybe just because of the DOR sickness; it represents a kind of immunization which the people on Earth are bound to go through.

(b) Or, are these DOR clouds designed to change our green planet into a wasteland of desert similar to the moon's surface? The severe droughts of late which coincide with the DOR as well as CORE men problem, may well be results of such deliberate action. In this case, let us not fool ourselves: the war between Earth and an invading enemy from space, using weapons strange to us, is already on and must be met right away. [...]

Things were fitting well, even too neatly for my taste. Therefore, I hesitated to tell anything to anyone about them. I only worried about what might have happened to the facts and equations which a student had acquired in 1947 to 1949. he had worked on the OR energy motor, and he disappeared in 1949 under mysterious circumstances.

(9) Just as space is not empty, light does not "come down to us from the stars and the sun". It is an effect of lumination in the OR energy envelope of the planets. It is a local phenomenon. Therefore, there is theoretically no limit to speed in cosmic space, except technically. This agrees with the apparently limitless quantities in energy functions which characterize the orgonometric "krx- system" as progressing in geometric proportions. These orgonometric calculations seem to be applicable to the technological problems of Cosmic OR Energy Streams.

There are times in the history of man when all slogans of the day become suddenly meaningless; when eternity seems to come home to every living soul. The end of 1953 was such a time.

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Single car accident

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Mood Machine

Lucas Zanotto:

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OBS

Dear Lazyweb:

Any idea why the music videos I'm streaming have a slight A/V de-sync? It feels like video lags audio by around 1/3 second, but I think it varies. My OBS scene has inputs "Display Capture" and "Audio Input Capture: Device iShowU". They're being played by jwztv, which is to say AVFoundation/AVPlayer, so I know it's in sync at that point. But it's out of sync by the time the .ts file arrives at my streaming service. Is there some magic OBS setting that says, "Why yes, I would prefer that Display Capture and iShowU track each other"?

OBS is... extremely frustrating.

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Bar Surface Timelapse

As our steel bar surface is doused with a range of solvents on a daily basis, the pattern on it changes over time. I wanted to shoot a time lapse of it to watch it seethe.

First I tried to do this with a GoPro and it sucked. So I just stuck a spare iPhone up there and had it take 3 photos a day for 5 months using OSnap. It only took the photos during daytime hours to keep customers out of the shot. Unfortunately sometimes the lights were on and sometimes off, so it flickers like crazy. Also I only ended up with about 3 months worth of photos, because sometimes OSnap would crash at random, and sometimes iOS would decide to pop up an alert, and that made all photos stop until I clicked OK a couple of weeks later.

What have I learned? That our bar surface's unique fingerprint changes much more slowly than I expected. And that taking decent time-lapse video is really hard.

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Munching Squares

On a PDP-7 from 1964. Turn sound on.

Exhibit A:
The Type 340 XY display has a P7 phosphor has a slow decay which gives Munching Squares an eerie afterglow. Both programs read the left switches to modify patterns. A small AM radio was used to pick up RFI from the Type 347 controller. For the MIT AI lab hackers the Munching Squares "music" was referred to as Munching Tunes.
Exhibit B:
DATAI 2
ADDB 1,2
ROTC 2,-22
XOR 1,2
JRST .-4
HAKMEM (MIT AI Memo 239, 1972) Item 146 reports that it was written for the PDP-1 by Jackson Wright in 1962.

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Exponential growth and logarithmic graphs

This is a good explanation of how to spot bullshit graphs in all the horrible news stories you're reading, and how to interpret them properly.

Minute Physics:

It's particularly egregious that so many news reports are comparing number of reported cases in countries whose populations differ by an order of magnitude.

Interactive graph is here.

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Zoom is bad and you should feel bad

Apparently all of you are diving headlong into the nightmare that is video conferencing, and "Zoom" seems to be the poison of choice these days, so you should know that it's terrible:

Violet Blue:

If, like an overwhelming number of people right now, you're having to use Zoom while working remotely, you should know that the app is a privacy nightmare -- which makes the company pretty evil to be doing invasions and overreach (nonconsensual data grabs) during a horrible pandemic. For example, last year EPIC made an official complaint to the FTC about Zoom's egregious privacy invasions. The problems with this company are not new. ... just read what [Proton Mail wrote about Zoom's privacy and security dumpster fire].

Zoom's privacy page states: "Whether you have Zoom account or not, we may collect Personal Data from or about you when you use or otherwise interact with our Products." This includes, but is not limited to, your physical address, phone number, your job title, credit and debit card information, your Facebook account, your IP address, your OS and device details, and more."

Further, the app allows your boss to spy on you far beyond what's okay in an office setting. From EFF: [...] "Admins have the ability to join any call at any time on their organization's instance of Zoom, without in-the-moment consent or warning for the attendees of the call."

Zoom iOS App Sends Data to Facebook Even if You Don't Have a Facebook Account:

"That's shocking. There is nothing in the privacy policy that addresses that," Pat Walshe, an activist from Privacy Matters who has analyzed Zoom's privacy policy.

The Zoom app notifies Facebook when the user opens the app, details on the user's device such as the model, the time zone and city they are connecting from, which phone carrier they are using, and a unique advertiser identifier created by the user's device which companies can use to target a user with advertisements.


Update: Oh, it's even worse:

Zoom Meetings Aren't End-To-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing:

The meeting is secured with end-to-end encryption, at least according to Zoom's website, its security white paper, and the user interface within the app. But despite this misleading marketing, the service actually does not support end-to-end encryption for video and audio content, at least as the term is commonly understood. Instead it offers what is usually called transport encryption. [...]

Without end-to-end encryption, Zoom has the technical ability to spy on private video meetings and could be compelled to hand over recordings of meetings to governments or law enforcement in response to legal requests. While other companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft publish transparency reports that describe exactly how many government requests for user data they receive from which countries and how many of those they comply with, Zoom does not publish a transparency report.

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HTTP proxies

Dear Lazyweb, do any free HTTP proxies exist any more? I mean $HTTP_PROXY, not a VPN.

The problem I'm trying to solve: I have scripts that do things like, probe all of the youtube videos I've blogged about to see if they've gone stale, as they so often do.

But recently Youtube has begun putting me on "429 Too Many Requests" probation, no matter how many delays I introduce into my scripts. I can't tell what their limits are and they don't say.

So I just want a simple $HTTP_PROXY that I can use from the command line without having to do ifconfig nonsense or some crazy-assed authentication dance. It does not have to be fast.

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SF Bar Owner to Yelp:

THIS asshole.
"Fuck All of These People Entirely"

Like many business owners across the country, Jamie Zawinski, the owner of SoMa nightclub DNA Lounge, was less than pleased to learn that a partnership between Yelp and GoFundMe meant that the Yelp listing for his business now had a fundraising button on it that he hadn't consented to. "What the fuck?" he said regarding the move in an email to Eater. "Seriously, what the fucking fuck?" [...]

As many of these businesses are down to skeleton crews that are working long hours to keep their life's work alive, its perhaps unsurprising that the first some heard of the program was an email sent by Yelp that told them that the company had launched a fundraiser on their behalf, and that the only way to shut it down would be to "claim" the fundraiser, then follow a set of instructions to close it down. [...]

"Yelp is fucking scum," a San Francisco restaurateur texted Eater SF regarding the GoFundMe move last night. "Do they honestly have time to fuck with this shit right now?" texted another.

When contacted by Eater, a Yelp spokesperson says "we have paused the automatic rollout of this feature," as "it has come to our attention that some businesses did not receive a notification with opt-out instructions."

However, Zawinski did indeed receive the notification -- and that didn't seem to be the issue for him, as much as the rollout without consent. "I don't really have a lot to say about this," Zawinski told Eater, except, "Fuck all of these people entirely... Really, get all the way right up in there and fuck them."

You may recall my 2012 long-form art project entitled, "I would like my business to not be listed on Yelp." Part 1, part 2.

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