Punk Rock Aerobics

oh the humanity...

"We were trying to take moves that people would do in clubs -- like pogo and skank -- and put them into our workout, as well as having it be effective and actually have the heart rate go up, have this be a workout," said Punk Rock Aerobics co-founder Hilken Mancini, who is also a singer and guitarist for Boston's Fuzzy. "So it's sort of this fine line between choreography and chaos."

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today's wheel-reinvention

Today I hacked Emacs-Lisp for the first time in, I think, years. I got tired of editing my LJ posts in emacs, then checking the HTML by writing it to a temp file, then pasting it into the form, so I went looking for an emacs LJ client. (I used to just write my posts in the form's text field directly, but I had the Back button eat the post one too many times, so I gave up on that.) There is an emacs client, but it doesn't work with XEmacs, so it's useless to me. So I wrote my own. It does almost nothing, but it's the superset of nothing that I cared about.

This was largely motivated by wanting to crosspost between a mailing list I use for spamming my friends with URLs that amuse me, and my LJ page here. That's what the previous posts today were: look, it works! I do that with this. It auto-pastes-and-rewraps the selected text, and automatically puts in <lj-cut> tags on long posts and everything.

I mourn lisp.

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"Wantonness and Outrage!"

Jury Finds Monsanto Liable for PCB Pollution

[...] After five hours of deliberations over the course of two days, the jury decided to hold Monsanto and the company that now represents its chemical division liable on six counts: negligence, nuisance, suppression of the truth, trespass, wantonness and outrage.

In Alabama, the claim of outrage - a count almost never claimed or won - requires that the plaintiffs prove conduct "so outrageous in character and extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency so as to be regarded as atrocious and utterly intolerable in civilized society." [...]

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Current Music: NIN - The Wretched

you will watch, and enjoy!

BBC hijacks TiVo recorders

By Andrew Smith

Users of the TiVo digital video recorder have reacted angrily to a new sponsorship feature that automatically records certain programmes, adverts and other promotional material.

[...] viewers in the UK were surprised this week to find that the second episode of the little-known BBC sitcom "Dossa and Joe" had been recorded without their knowledge and added to the system's main menu screen.

They were even more surprised to find that they won't be allowed to delete the programme for one week, and that more sponsored recordings are on the way.

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[...] But ironically, due to the BBC's notoriously bad time-keeping and TiVo's strict adherence to schedules, the programme started late and therefore any TiVo viewers watching the recording would have missed the last few minutes.


Meanwhile, TiVo sponsorship in the US has been introduced in a more commercial way this week, as the system automatically recorded a video promoting Sheryl Crow's new album, along with two adverts for TiVo's distribution partner Best Buy.


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haiku finder!

a program to find haiku in arbitrary text

% haiku -c -s /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL

When we speak of free

software, we are referring

to freedom, not price.

See also www.headlinehaikus.com

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Current Music: Gridlock -- Retina ♬

and the number one reason you should fear bats is...