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"Do not open the door for radiation, no matter how politely it knocks."

Baconmonkey says he spotted this on a building in Oakland:

I don't think he's that good with photoshop, but on the other hand, never trust a clown.

Update: The clown speaks the truth, it's real. Here's an article about the guy responsible.

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zany new keyboard dingus

TouchStream LP keyboard

This seems kind of interesting: the whole surface of the keyboard is a flat touchpad, basically, so there are all kinds of gesture-based macros. E.g., you hold down "shift" by pressing with 4 fingers of either hand, so you don't have to actually reach for the shift key. And you can do things like "increase font size" in your browser by pressing and spreading your fingers. So it's like a combination of of Palm Graffiti and a keyboard. And you don't have to move your fingers off the "keys" to move the mouse.

I can't imagine trying to touch-type on it, though, without any tactile response: it seems like you'd be positioned on the wrong keys all the time, with no key-edges to feel.

Brad just gone one, and he likes it.

I'm still pretty happy with my chair-mount Kinesis Evolution keyboard; it's around four years old now, and starting to show it, but it's held up longer than most keyboards I've used, I suppose. I still wish it had a trackpoint instead of a trackpad, though (I use a normal desktop mouse with it, since I dislike trackpads so much.)

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Scientology in the 70s

Be A Volunteer Minister!

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the magic, candy-like Life Extension pill

Clinial Trials Starting On Pill Extending Human Lifespan to 120 Years

The new pill contains the protein ependymin, which is produced by the brain and stimulates the body into making its own disease-fighting anti-oxidants. These are found in fruit and vegetables and can combat the damage caused to our bodies as we age. Now researchers claim the new pill has the equivalent effect of eating 30 lbs of fruit and vegetables every day. [...]

The scientists say the ependymin pill will boost average life expectancy from 75 to 120 years. The drug - currently known only as 1152 - could be available over the counter in less than two years and has already been successfully tested on geriatric mice. CereMedix President Steve Parkinson said, "We are all very excited about this drug for obvious reasons. We are confident that this drug will allow people to live an extra 40 years or more."

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dissent is unamerican, right?

So it's coming up on that special, jingoistic time of year again, and this time I figure I'll get some flyers printed up to scatter around the club on the week of Jul 4. Suggestions on what to put on them? I have a few ideas, but they're not really grabbing me...

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Other suggestions? Funny good. Snide good. Shrill bad.

Update: I just wanted you all to know that the stultifying lameness of the discussion that happened in this post irritated me so much that I threw up my hands and stopped thinking about it, and never got around to getting any flyers printed at all. So, thanks for that! You all totally rule.

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xscreensaver 4.11

XScreenSaver 4.11 out now.
Watch as GLMatrix makes RedPill scream for mercy.

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Crawl the Colossal Colon


The Colossal Colon is coming to Peewee Herman Plaza.

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today in mad science news: the Savant-o-Tron

But this transhuman-singularity brain amplifier helmet goes to 11!

The Medtronic was originally developed as a tool for brain surgery: by stimulating or slowing down specific regions of the brain, it allowed doctors to monitor the effects of surgery in real time. But it also produced, they noted, strange and unexpected effects on patients' mental functions: one minute they would lose the ability to speak, another minute they would speak easily but would make odd linguistic errors and so on. A number of researchers started to look into the possibilities, but one in particular intrigued Snyder: that people undergoing transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, could suddenly exhibit savant intelligence -- those isolated pockets of geniuslike mental ability that most often appear in autistic people. [...]

As remarkable as the cat-drawing lesson was, it was just a hint of Snyder's work and its implications for the study of cognition. He has used TMS dozens of times on university students, measuring its effect on their ability to draw, to proofread and to perform difficult mathematical functions like identifying prime numbers by sight. Hooked up to the machine, 40 percent of test subjects exhibited extraordinary, and newfound, mental skills. That Snyder was able to induce these remarkable feats in a controlled, repeatable experiment is more than just a great party trick; it's a breakthrough that may lead to a revolution in the way we understand the limits of our own intelligence -- and the functioning of the human brain in general.

And so Snyder turned to TMS, in an attempt, as he says, "to enhance the brain by shutting off certain parts of it." [...] If Snyder's suspicions are correct, in fact, and savants have not more brainpower than the rest of us, but less, then it's even possible that everybody starts out life as a savant. Look, for example, at the ease with which children master complex languages -- a mysterious skill that seems to shut off automatically around the age of 12. "What we're doing is counterintuitive," Snyder tells me. "We're saying that all these genius skills are easy, they're natural. Our brain does them naturally."

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"aren't you a little short for a stormtrooper?"

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