The "BoneJet 3000"

Bad breaks fixed fast by bone 'printer'

To produce the artificial bone segments, ACR has adapted a rapid prototyping machine, a device engineers use to quickly make models by building up layer upon layer of material.

The idea is to scan a damaged bone, using either computer aided tomography or magnetic resonance imaging, and generate a 3D computer model of the missing section. This would then be fed into ACR's machine, which can create more precise shapes than most prototypers. This approach is already occasionally used by surgeons, but not to replace load-bearing bones.

A missing bone segment could be created on the spot in the operating theatre, says Tony Mulligan, head of ACR. "Big segments would only take about an hour-and-a-half," he says, a fraction of the time it takes to build up a gap segment. The sections should be strong enough to bear weight without any need for a pin. And within about 18 months, the polymer section would be completely replaced by living bone.


designer glow-in-the-dark zebra fish

The gist of this amazingly poorly written article is: "Genetically modified zebra fish have gone on sale in Taiwan and will soon appear in the US. The Night Pearls glow in different red and green patterns thanks to genes from jellyfish and marine coral."

Update: a photo has been found; unknown whether it's real or a photoshop special:


DNA Lounge: Wherein vandalism is whined about.

Photos are up of Thump and of last month's Flavor (including a bunch of the breakdancers.)

Oh, here's something that's been bugging me for a while that I keep forgetting to bitch about here. Quite some time ago, some buttmuncher scratched their name into the mirror in one of the upstairs bathrooms. They scratched it deeply enough that it can't be buffed out. These are single person bathrooms, leaving people lots of time for "creative" redecorating like this. For example, as I've mentioned before, people keep stealing the soap dispenser pumps from the sinks. Not the whole dispenser, mind you, just the top part. Why? Why?

Anyway, the only way to fix this is to replace the mirror, which would cost about $100. And we have such better things to spend that much money on than graffiti removal. So every time I go in there and see this jackass's sputum on the mirror, I think, "you assholes can't have nice things: we're just going to leave this bathroom locked all the time, so that it won't get destroyed. You've spoiled it for everybody, and I hope you're happy!"

But then I realize that if I did that, I would have paid for the construction of a pristine bathroom that never got used.

Which would be pretty damned silly.

I'm tempted to just rip the mirror off the wall, since I think I'd rather see the glue-pocked tile underneath than give this overgrown adolescent the satisfaction of knowing that people are still seeing his/her contribution to "street art" or whatever the fuck they call it when vandals carve their names into other peoples' property.


digital disney boobectomy redux

KnickKnack "after" pictures have finally been obtained!
Tags: , , ,

DNA Lounge: Wherein I screw around with iCal.

Can you guess by my lack of updates that nothing terribly noteworthy has been happening at the club?

I made a bunch of tweaks to the web site in the last few days; the most noticable part is that the layout of this log has changed slightly. I got rid of the big blank space to the right of the menu and put log entries there; but, after the first few entries, they move down to below the menu, to take advantage of the full width of the page (so that I don't end up just trading the blank space at the top for a bigger blank space down the left edge.) It would have been nice to be able to do this by just making the menu float, and letting the text wrap for real, but it looks terrible when the break happens to fall in the middle of a paragraph, so I'm just doing it by hand.

This means that, yes, this page is best viewed by coming over and looking at it on my monitor. Since if your font sizes or window sizes are radically different than mine, then unsightly blank spaces show up. (April is probably a better example of what I had in mind than this month is, since the first few entries here are short.)

I also followed Studio Z's lead and added an iCal feed of the calendar, in addition to the existing RSS feed. This means that if you're using a calendar program that supports vCalendar (e.g., Apple iCal, Mozilla Calendar, or Ximian Evolution), then you can subscribe to the DNA vCalendar URL, and our events will show up in your calendar. From there you can sync it to your Palm, or phone, or whatever. Neat!

There's a lot of lameness in these programs' handling of vCalendar, though: I had to tell it that all the events end before midnight, otherwise both Mozilla Calendar and iCal totally lose their minds.

None of them seem to let you make the text clickable by using ALTREP (which is the vCalendar version of A HREF). Mozilla Calendar won't show you the full text of the entry in the calendar, even when there's enough room: it only shows the first six characters of the title in the window. A tooltip shows the first 4 lines of the description, and you can only see the whole thing if you double click. At least it will show you the URL in the double-click popup: iCal doesn't show it at all.

And so on. Plus, it's all plain-text only, no HTML! What year is this?


The Matrix Reloaded: The Abridged Script

The Matrix Reloaded: The Abridged Script


KEANU enters a white room, the walls of which are covered in monitors. A chair spins around to reveal THE EXPLAINER.

Who are you?

I am The Explainer. I designed the matrix screenplay. Unable to decently explain the convoluted plot well, I have resorted to putting myself here in the final act and having you ask all of the questions the audience wants to ask.
(dramatic pause)
You must begin by asking your own questions then gradually switch to asking those of the audience, in order to not make this scene any more awkward than it already is. Concordantly, while your first question may be the most pertinent, you may or may not realize it is also the most irrelevant.

dude, you can't build a wind farm where it would mess up the view from the Kennedy Compound!


Cape Wind Associates hopes to build America's first offshore wind farm: 130 windmills, spaced a third to a half of a mile apart, across a shoal seven miles off the coast of Hyannis. Embedded in the ocean floor, each turbine would tower higher than the top of the Statue of Liberty's torch, its three 161-foot blades churning at 16 RPM. The wind forest promises to provide Cape Codders, on average, with 75% of their electricity, 1.8% of the total electrical needs of New England. [...]

Soon, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound was filing lawsuits, mounting political pressure in Boston and Washington and, to bolster its legal case and maximize public anxiety, generating volumes of doomsaying critiques: [...] The yacht-club set opened its checkbooks, donating money and stock to cover the $100,000-a-month bills for rent, three full-time salaries, television and radio time, two lobbyists and three law firms. [...]

"Traditionally, power plants were built in poor neighborhoods, so people living in nice neighborhoods weren't forced to confront the human cost of using electricity," said Greg Watson of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, an agency that administers Massachusetts's renewable energy trust. "But unlike coal, oil or natural gas, which you can truck, pipe or barge, Mother Nature dictates where you can locate a wind farm."

Tags: ,

rzr_grl: "Those photos were awful; they looked like the kind of thing I would have taken in high school -- if I hadn't had a strict No Graveyards rule."
Tags: ,

The Mystery of Britney's Inflatable, Throbbing Breasts

Wax Model of Spears in UK to Get Inflatable Breasts

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. pop star Britney Spears is to get a pair of inflatable, throbbing breasts that will pulsate in time to her dancing -- at least her waxwork model will at Madame Tussauds museum in London.

"There are plans to make a new figure of Britney Spears," a spokeswoman said Friday. "She'll be very sexy and she'll have heaving bosoms. But this is only in the very early stages of planning." She said the model would be based on one of Britney's videos, in which she dances breathlessly around a pole, and would be accompanied by professionals who would teach museum visitors the tricks of the trade.

The initiative is the latest by the museum to make its models not just visual but tactile. "Brad Pitt has got a squeezable (latex) bum, but Britney would be the first with heaving bosoms," added the spokeswoman.

Tags: ,
Current Music: Pigface -- Nutopia ♬

what YEAR is this?

Apparently the sharp minds at the Castro Theatre think that it's reasonable for the last date listed on their calendar to be yesterday.

(Rumor has it that Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter is playing there saturday night and monday afternoon, but I can find no substantiating documentation of this. Apparently it's part of their bi-weekly Lesbian Jewish Amputee Film Festival or something.)

We are so not in the future yet.

Tags: , , , , ,