CEO halloween masks

CEO halloween masks

NEW YORK - This Halloween, Dracula and Frankenstein's monster seem positively cuddly. To inspire some real fear, try dressing up as one of these current and former chief executives. Click on the images for a full-size, printer-friendly color mask. Now that's scary.

Bernard J. Ebbers, Former WorldCom CEO: [...] but so far Ebbers himself has escaped legal jeopardy. Still, Ebbers presided over the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history -- and Ebbers' visage, which was worshipped during the boom, is now enough to chill investors to their very souls.



"get me a light beer"

I have made an important realization that I will now share will you all:

  Laibach  is to  Industrial
Spandau Balletis toSynthpop.


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glow-in-the-dark birthday cake!

Taiwan introduces luminescent cakes

Do you believe a birthday cake without the candles can create the same atmosphere? Biotechnology researchers in Taiwan think the luminescent cake they have developed can do so and believe that such a cake has market potential.

At a biotechnology development and planning forum held yesterday at Fu Jen Catholic University in Hsinchuang, Taipei County, a biotech company put several such birthday and wedding cakes on display, attracting overwhelming media attention and publicity.

The cakes - the first of their kind in Taiwan - have a beautiful luminescence because of their cream coating which contains a special protein acquired with the latest biotechnology from Taiwan's endemic red algae.

According to Cheng Chun-ming, a biotechnology scientist from National Taiwan University who started his own business several years ago and maker of the cakes, the phosphorescent protein extracted from the red algae helps increase a cake's attractiveness but is not a health concern to consumers as it is completely natural and edible.



Army officer admits beating soldiers with dildo

Army officer admits beating soldiers with dildo

A Russian company commander has admitted beating his soldiers with a dildo.

Captain Damir Ilyasov received a two-year suspended sentence for battering his subordinates with a ''black latex baton shaped like a male sex organ''.

The soldiers, however, said at the military court hearing that the commander ''only hit them lightly''.

According to The Gazeta the story came to light after Private Ruslan Machnev deserted from the unit's base in the town of Verkhnyaya Pyshma.

He was recaptured and military prosecutors intended to charge him with desertion.

But the soldier said he had fled after being unable to put up with the relentless taunting that Ilaysov, his company commander, directed at him. The prosecutors checked the soldier's claims, which turned out to be true.

The captain carried out so-called ''night formations'' in his unit, waking the soldiers at night and lining them up to check their uniforms.

Those who were not looking after their uniforms properly were beaten with the dildo, which Ilyasov had bought in a sex shop.

In court, the captain pleaded guilty and said he was sorry for what had happened. The soldiers spoke in defence of their commander.

Apart from the two-year sentence, Ilyasov, who has two young children, has also been stripped of his officer's rank and removed from his post.

Story filed: 11:24 Tuesday 22nd October 2002

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DNA Lounge:

Last week, our center speaker cluster became our center speaker. We really didn't need that much muscle up there just to take care of the balcony, so we took two of the speakers down to use as side-fills on the stage. We had been using our live-show stage monitors as side-fills on dance nights, and hauling them up and down every time we had a live show, so this is a lot more convenient.

I think the center speaker looks kind of goofy now, though, all by itself; with the other two in place, it looked much more substantial; now it's just kinda sticking out. We can't turn it sideways because of the angle the sound comes out of it, so it is what it is...

To hang the side speakers, some new mounting points had to be attached to the railings. The welder did this by detaching two old mounting loops that were no longer needed, and welding them back on in the new spot. Check out this quality fucking workmanship. Sure, we've got sharp little nubs sticking out where the old mounts used to be, but that's "good enough", right? Sure, all the other mounting loops are in line with each other, at exact right angles from the railing, but having the new ones be ten degrees out of whack is "good enough", right? This was, of course, not the same welder who did all the other fine metalwork in this place: he never would have done something so halfassed. I mean, I sure these out-of-whack mounts are strong enough, and I'm sure that just about no one but me would ever have a chance of noticing this, but we put a lot of attention to detail in this place, and every time I see it descending into the same level of half-assery by which other clubs work, it drives me crazy. The only reason this place isn't the same kind of dump it was before we remodeled it is that we obsessed over details like this, dammit!

Anyway, moving along to the nerdier news...

Last week, Jonathan got XO (the folks we have our current, about-to-pumpkinize T1 circuit with) to agree to have us up and running with a new circuit by Nov 1. We have it in writing. Today he finally got through to one of the XO monkeys on the phone again, and found that the order went in today -- while he was on the phone. So they're totally on track for getting us that new T1 in around 17 days. Which is either Nov 12, or Nov 19, depending on whether they meant "days" or "business days", which leaves us dark for around two weeks. Pigfuckers! They don't even have to send someone out to make this change, it's all software.

Meanwhile, Plan B is looking more promising. Other-John put a dish up on the roof of UnitedLayer and pointed it in the general direction of DNA, and today he brought the other dish over to the club and we hooked it up. Our original plan was to bolt up a 20' pole at the back of the building, so we can see over the building next door. John brought a pole, and Jonathan and I made like Abbott and Costello lugging an extension ladder up three flights of stairs and out the roof hatch. But, it turns out we didn't need to -- we have line-of-sight to the other dish from the front of our the building at roof level, so we only needed a 4' pole! This made things a lot easier, since, among other things, it meant the hub could go inside the building, instead of inside a tupperware box strapped to a pole 20' in the air. We actually got connectivity between the two dishes today on the first try. It's pretty crappy signal strength, though, because (we think) the other dish needs to be angled down a little to point directly at the club.

After we saw that it was probably going to work, we did another run of ethernet from the back office (where all the computers are) up to the front of the building, which is just about the longest distance it's possible for a cable to go in this building without looping back on itself; I think the run is about 200'. And as long as I was climbing around in the rafters getting dirty anyway, I did two runs, so we were able to move the Airport (wireless hub) from the back office to basically the peak of the roof at the front of the main room: so if you're ever pathetic enough to bring a laptop into the club, you should be getting much better wireless connectivity now.

We were still messing around with the dish after dark, when the club was open. So at one point, John and I were picking our way across the steeply-angled roof, and he said, "wow, this is so much like being back at Burning Man: it's dark, it's cold, we're filthy, we're trying not to trip on something and die, we're out here with a laptop trying to debug the network, and there's loud bass thumping from somewhere nearby." It made me nostalgic, it really did.


Talk Dirty With Mister Rogers

Talk Dirty With Mister Rogers

"Would you like to play with Mister Rogers, boys and girls? I know he wants to play with you!"



Rumor has it:

    DEVO performing live
    free admission
    October 25, noon
    San Francisco Civic Center
    McAllister and Larkin
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We went to see Rasputina at Slim's yesterday. Both rzr_grl and I dragged our moms along, which I'm pretty sure is the first time I've ever done that. Anyway, Rasputina was great, definitely go see them if you have the chance. If you haven't heard of them, they are two girls with cellos and a drummer, doing rock music: like, making the cellos sound like heavy metal guitar, while singing with a fake Cockney accent. They're awesome.

Cudos to the band for:

  • doing a cover of Baby Got Back;
  • the way she pronounced "sprrrrrrung" with way too many Rs;
  • realizing that they only needed to do about 15 seconds of the song before we got the joke, and speedily moving along.

The first opener, Star Nova, were not completely terrible, but not interesting, either. It was two girls singing kind of jazzy showtunes songs; their stage presence really said "we spent a whole lot of time doing musical theatre in school", you know the style, when someone stamps their feet and thrusts a shoulder forward just too precisely, like they've done it way too many times while someone was shouting a count at them. They struck me as the kind of group who might end up with a PBS special: they had that fuddy-duddy NPR feel like Manhattan Transfer or something.

The second band, Faun Fables, were firmly in the category of "I would gladly pay $20 to leave any room you happen to be performing in." It was a guy and a girl with a guitar and, oh, something doing some intolerable art-rock thing where they tried to be Primus meets Velvet Underground, while doing Ween/TMBG covers. Which is just about my personal definition of hell. (Their poster said "songtelling" on it!) Half of the guy's act was impersonating the Moviefone guy, and it only got worse from there. I tried to drown the pain with alcohol, but that was ineffective, since the drinks at Slim's suck. Someone said the Moviefone guy used to be in Idiot Flesh / Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, which kind of makes sense: Idiot Flesh was a lot of fun live, because they had that whole circus schtick going on, but musically and thematically, they were really stuck in that whole, talk.bizarre, "I know all the words to every Monty Python song", "I never use contractions because everything I say is a Pronouncement" hateful geek D&D scene.

And there's not much more painful than a D&D geek showing off his music theory classes.

Anyway, Rasputina was really good.

Why is it so much easier to write about bands who sucked than about bands you enjoyed?

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