Rumsfeldor the Burninator

Rumsfeld Unleashes Death Ray
PHILIPPINES: US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld prepares to tear away the rubber mask hiding his true face, a glowing red skull, moments before incinerating a crowd of onlookers with his heat vision.

Rumsfeld Flipper Legacy

INNSMOUTH, MASS.: US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reveals the first stages of his tranformation into a Deep One, the hybrid fishmen now scheduled to take control of the Federal Government no later than Q4 2003.
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William Gibson on movies and music

A talk given at the Directors Guild of America. He says some interesting things about the history of mass media, dead people, the music industry, and then goes totally gonzo at the end: keep reading until you get to the part where he starts talking about the ubiquitous-computing vaseline and the dog heads.
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xscreensaver 4.10 out now

xscreensaver 4.10 out now. You have to see the Apple ][+ emulator that Trevor Blackwell wrote for BSOD: it's the most badass thing ever. He simulated a CRT: it has all the ghosting, tearing, jiggling and distortion that cheapo composite monitors have. (Run bsod -only apple2.) Also, the requisite new Matrix nonsense is xmatrix -small -crack.
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Life isn't fun 24 hours a day, so shopping should be.

The Economy of Cool

Katayama has a dozen or so interiors to his credit in Harajuku-Aoyama, Tokyo's fashion and design district. All within walking distance of one another, they are boutiques that, in almost every case, aggressively cater to a youthful clientele for whom shopping is an adored cultural pursuit. ''You're not just buying the product,'' Katayama says. ''You're also buying the time you spend.'' [...]

Now 36, Masamichi Katayama studied interior design in Osaka, although he is quick to point out that it was strictly technical training, with no theoretical or academic courses. ''I learned the philosophy of what I do by shopping,'' he says. ''I'm a consumer first and foremost. Life isn't fun 24 hours a day, so shopping should be.'' He lights cigarette after cigarette as he speaks, taking no more than three drags on each before moving on to the next. [...]


cutlery for the rape festival

Cutting-edge agriculture:
A woman protecting herself from the sun with an umbrella walks past a giant fork and knife in a field of yellow rape May 11 at the Adlersberg monastery near Regensburg, Germany. The oversized flatware was erected for a rape blossom festival.
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dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein the disgusting vandalism continues apace.

HollywoodOS gets an upgrade

One thing we've learned from The Matrix Reloaded is that power plant control systems use SSH version 1, and that the software that controls the power grid is apparently some variant of Cisco IOS.

These screen grabs snarfed from titney:

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Today in Mad Science News: Crack the Earth!

NASA Meets Hollywood: Real Mission Proposed to Earth's Core

A Hollywood-like proposal to explore the center of the Earth calls for exploding a crack in the planet's surface and dropping a probe in behind tons of molten iron, which would sink and forge a path to the core. [...]

Stevenson figures that a nuclear device would likely be the best way to blast the necessary gap, as long and deep as several football fields and about 1 foot wide. The event would be commensurate with an Earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter Scale.

At least 100,000 tons of hot iron would be poured instantly into the crack, along with a well-protected probe the size of a grapefruit.

"Once you set that condition up, the crack is self-perpetuating," Stevenson explains. The weight of the iron, which is much denser than Earth's outer regions, would open a gap all the way to the outer portion planet's core, about 1,860 miles below. The probe would fall at about 10 mph as the crack closes up behind it.

The weeks-long mission would seek to measure the temperature, electrical conductivity and chemical composition of the core. Stevenson said the amount of iron needed is equal to what's produced on Earth in a week or less. [...] "Think of the probe throbbing like a heart," Stevenson said. "It will set the neighboring material in motion and that causes a sound wave to travel away from the probe all the way to Earth's surface."

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Submarine Eaten By Bears!

Bear Attacks Sub: During the ICEX 2003 naval exercises near the North Pole, the American submarine Connecticut (SSN 22) poked it's sail and rudder through the ice. When an officer looked around outside via the periscope, he noted that his sub was being stalked by a hostile polar bear. The periscope cam was turned on, and these photos of a polar bear chewing on the subs rear rudder resulted. The damage was said to be minor. The SSN 22 is a Seawolf class boat, one of the navy's newest submarines. It wasn't designed as a polar bear snack, but that's how life is sometimes.