A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant

At last, audiences can discover the secrets of Scientology without being zapped by the fabled electropsychometer:
"The parents of one of the kids in the cast were called by members of the entertainment industry that were Scientologists," says Timbers. "They were told that if they were to continue with the show that it might be bad for their future career."


Alison Stacy Klein as The Angelic Girl

Max Miner as John Travolta, Stephanie Favoreto Queiroz as Kirstie Ally, and Daren Watson as Tom Cruise
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DNA Lounge: Wherein dry skin is vanquished.

Photos of tonight's King's X + The Servants + Human Life Index show are up now.

At their merch table, they were selling hand lotion. Can anyone explain that to me?

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They hate us for our Freedom. And for our Erotic Angels of Rock.

marcus132 reviews "Bite, The World's Best Topless Vampire Musical": "To put it another way, it's 'Spiderman Rocks' if you took out the Green Goblin and replaced him with undead girl on girl simulated sex acts. Or to put it another way, it was the most awesome thing I've ever seen, ever."
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Gibson Reagan

gibsonfeed wrote:
"Reagan's presidency put the grit in my dystopia. His presidency was the fresh kitty litter I spread for utterly crucial traction on the icey driveway of uncharted futurity. His smile was the nightmare in my back pocket."
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ph33r my l33tn3ss

Ok, this is kind of embarassing... About nine years ago, it seems that I PGP-encrypted some of my archived mail files (maybe because the files were on computers at work? I don't remember doing it, let alone why.) Anyway, I can't remember the passphrase, and it's not in /usr/dict/words. Chances are I picked a moderately-good password, and possibly even a long one.

What tool should I use to brute-force it?

I found a program called "pgpcrack" by Mark Miller, but it wants to be given a list of every passphrase to try. I think I need something more brutish than that.

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Current Music: Elastica -- 2:1 ♬

inflationary magnetism

How to shrink coins using only 100,000 amps: "

After bolting the work coil to the bus bars, it's covered by the blast shield. The energy discharge capacitors are then charged to the desired high voltage, storing a large amount of potential energy. The stored energy will be suddenly released into the work coil, creating an ultrastrong magnetic field inside the coil which radially crushes the coin. The interior of the blast shield is lined with steel, since Lexan alone cracks under repetitive bombardment by the copper fragments and the explosion's shockwave."
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TV-B-Gone

Inventor Rejoices as TVs Go Dark

Altman's key-chain fob was a TV-B-Gone, a new universal remote that turns off almost any television. The device, which looks like an automobile remote, has just one button. When activated, it spends over a minute flashing out 209 different codes to turn off televisions, the most popular brands first.

At a Laundromat and cafe down the street, a lone man sorted clothes in the glow of larger-than-life bikini babes on a 60-inch Sony HDTV. A punch of the button and the screen instantly went dark. He went on folding his T-shirts, seemingly unaware of the change.

"It's always like that," Altman said. "It's so much part of the environment in the U.S. that people don't even notice when it disappears."

It is different in Hong Kong, Altman said. There, when he clicked off store TVs, everyone looked around to see who did it.

At Best Buy, neither customers nor staff responded as one set after another turned off -- Sony TVs first, then a JVC and an Apex, all from a single click. The interview was easier without competition from Pirates of the Caribbean.

His site, tvbgone.com, is over bandwidth at the moment. But I must have one.

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more Crossfire

It warms the cockles of my heart to see the Washington Post publish the phrase "Congressional Medal of Douche Bag". See also the video of Stewart talking about this on The Daily Show (QuickTime.)
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once more into the breach: the linux video self-abuse kit

If you are:

  • Using Fedora Core 2;
  • Able to watch and listen to MPEG files (libmpeg2);
  • Able to watch and listen to WMV 9 files (WMV 9 win32; MS WM Audio 2 ffmpeg);
  • Able to watch and listen to QuickTime (Sorenson 1 ffmpeg; QDesign Audio v2) using the same program;

then please tell me everything you had to install to make that work, and you will be my hero.

If this does not describe you exactly, then please do not respond. Really: if you are not a user of FC2 who has all three of those problems solved with a single player program, then I am completely uninterested in what you have to say. Don't make me ban you.

<LJ-CUT text="What I have tried: --More--(46%) ">

What I have tried:

  • xine:
    xine-0.99.2-1.1.fc2.fr, xine-lib-1.0.0-0.14.rc6a.1.fc2.fr
  • mplayer:
    mplayer-1.0-0.11.pre5.1.fc2.fr, mplayer-fonts-1.1-2.fr, mplayer-skins-1.4-1.fr
  • totem:
    totem-0.99.15.1-1.1.fc2.fr
  • vlc:
    videolan-client-0.7.2-1.1.fc2.fr
  • codecs:
    all-20040916.tar.bz2 into /usr/lib/win32/
    (I also tried only essential-20040922.tar.bz2, same results.)

Results:

  • xine:
    • MPEG: works.
    • WMV9: dumps core at startup ~90% of the time (that is, if I run it 10x on the same file, it works once, and dumps core every other time.)
    • QT: unsupported audio codec QDesign Audio v2 QDM2.
  • gmplayer:
    • MPEG: works.
    • WMV9: dumps core at startup.
    • QT: works.
  • totem:
    • MPEG: works.
    • WMV9: dumps core at startup.
    • QT: no audio.
  • vlc:
    • MPEG: works.
    • WMV9: no video.
    • QT: no audio.

Here are a couple of short test files: test.wmv, test.mov.

Update: I was able to get gmplayer to work with "execstack -s /usr/bin/mplayer", but I still can't get xine to work. I would rather use xine (or totem or vlc) because I hate gmplayer's UI way more than all the others.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein blah blah photos blah blah.

Photos of the Gridlock + Pneumatic Detach + Antigen Shift show are up now, or as it is also known, "Still Life with Table and Laptop." (There are no photos of Aesthetic Perfection because I got there late.)
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