DNA Lounge: Wherein Halou is photographed.

Photos of the Halou / Laughing Stock / J Boogie show are up. Halou were fantastic, as always. Why are they not huge? They should be huge. They've now played here four times, which is more than any other band. They told me that they got a write-up somewhere that called them "the closest thing to a house band that DNA Lounge has." I said, "but we do house all the time!"

The opening band was also great: Laughing Stock are two guys, one playing drums, and one singing and playing a Chapman Stick (which means he sounded like three people.) It's a really odd instrument: basically it's half guitar and half bass, and you play it by tapping and holding the strings instead of plucking, playing one part with each hand. I hadn't seen someone use one of those up close and personal before.

The next night, Martin Atkins from Pigface DJed at Affliction. That was fun, because I got a chance to say hi and chat with him afterward, since he wasn't wrangling the 20+ person Pigface entourage like the other times he's been here. (Hmmm, you know, there might be individuals from the Pigface collective who have performed here more than four times, if you count their various bands...)

And finally: ladies and gentlemen, we have a new winner in the ongoing Classiest Flyer Ever contest: Compression on August 31. It readily displaces the previous two champions from way back in 2001: Naughty Christmas, with Santa grabbing the stripper's ass, and Stompy, with whatever-the-hell-that-is. Let's have a round of applause. Nice work.


this would be cooler if it hadn't already been in a horrid Robbie Williams video

Ksenia Vidyaykina performs as a 1920's era strip tease dancer who takes off her cloths, and then her skin in a portion of 'Trapped,' a one woman performance which tells stories of women alone, confined, and forced into difficult choices, during a press preview of the New York International Fringe Festival, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

I can't have nice things

Last night I knocked over a glass and spilled water (just water! nothing sticky!) into my fancy keyboard, and the "d" and "4" keys stopped working. I hoped it would dry out and start working again by the morning, but no.

So then I came home tonight, and my X server was wedged again (as it is wont to do) but this time when I killed it from another machine, my left monitor was doing this wonky thing where it looks like every column of 32 bits is transposed, and it's all seething/shimmering like bad television reception. Yay. When this has happened before, powering the machine all the way off for a while has fixed it, but not this time. Yay. So now I've got all my windows wedged into the right monitor (which can only run in 8-bit mode, for reasons best left unexplored.)

Then, failing to heed the abundantly clear warning signs that I should just go to bed, I popped off some keys to see if I could figure out what was going wrong with the keyboard. Oh look, it's not a membrane keyboard: there are springs.

Ten minutes later I found the spring.

Thirty minutes later, I had rendered the 1, 2, and 3 keys non-operational as well, and gave up and ordered a new keyboard. But of course they won't get the order until friday, so I'll probably be typing on the Backup Keyboard Of Pain for a week now.


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RFID will stop terrorists!

RFID will stop terrorists!

Experts estimate industry could save billions of dollars each year in inventory and logistical costs with RFID. Trouble is, privacy advocates see RFID as a massive invasion of privacy. They say the technology would let retailers, marketers, governments or criminals scan people -- or even their houses -- and ascertain what they own.

To win the hearts and minds of consumers, retailers and food and drug companies may portray the technology as an antiterrorist tool. They say the technology can help them keep precise track of all goods and help in recall efforts should their products be contaminated or laced with poison during a terrorist attack. [...]

They also may get legal protection under the Safety Act of 2002 -- a tort-reform law that offers blanket lawsuit protections to makers of antiterrorism devices, should those devices fail during a terrorist attack.

"If we get a declaration from Homeland Security that this is the step we need to take to protect the food supply, that's the step it will take to move this technology forward," said Procter & Gamble supply-chain executive Larry Kellam at an RFID industry conference in June. [...] "We have been working with legislators to make sure the right regulations are in place to make RFID tags commercially feasible," said Stephanie Childs, a spokeswoman for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, which lobbied on behalf of the food and drug companies and retailers.

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