I, for one, welcome out new alcohol-lactating stripper overlords

Hooter Shooters:

"A fully functional set of wearable breasts that dispense one shot of alcohol out of each nipple." "Strap it. Fill it. Pump it."
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Interesting article about how the new Battlestar Galactica came about: "Ron Moore's Deep Space Journey".

(Bug Me Not. The bookmarklet there works well in Safari: drag it to your toolbar.)


DirecTivo -> Mac -> DVD

Dear Lazyweb,

What's the best way to get video from Tivo into iMovie and iDVD?

I found TivoTool, which (after I found a working binary of "vserver" to install on the Tivo) is a GUI app that shows you a list of the programs on Tivo and lets you download them in a few different formats, including MPEG2 and MPEG4 (but not DV).

So far, the only thing I've found that works reliably is:

  • Use TivoTool to download MPEG-4 files;
  • Use ffmpegX to convert from 480x480 MPEG-4 to 720x480 DV;
  • Import that into iMovie in a "DV"-mode project.

Needless to say, this takes fucking forever, and (I think?) decodes and re-encodes the video three times along the way.

Once, iMovie (5.0.2) was able to load an MPEG-4 file directly, but it padded the image instead of stretching it, so I had a tall-and-thin 4:3 image with black bars on the left and right. But then I tried it again, and it wasn't able to import MPEG-4 at all. No idea what was different the second time.

QuickTime can play all of these files, but iMovie can't import them, which is just weird. Isn't this all the same library?

Also: I think my Tivo's USB port is running in USB-1 mode. Slow. I found this, which seems to be the USB-2 drivers, but I have no idea how to install/test them without risking putting the tivo into a non-bootable state (I don't have a serial console, so breaking the network would be Bad). Have any of you done this? I've got a Philips DirecTivo 7000/17 with kernel 2.4.18. The USB-to-Ethernet dongle I'm using is a Linksys USB200M.

Update: I wonder if I'd be better off just going through the "analog hole": pressing Play on Tivo and letting iMovie import the DV from that (I have a Dazzle Hollywood DV Bridge which converts analog audio/video to Firewire DV). Is one analog-mode decode/encode step notably worse than three digital-mode decode/recodes? It sure would be faster...

Update 2: A friend who works at Tivo says: "I have every l33t tool available, and I still use the analog hole. The minor difference in video quality just isn't worth the huge amount of additional effort." So, yeah, that's what I'm going to do from now on. Screw it.

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billboard trucks

In the last two days I have seen four trucks and six scooters, each towing a billboard down the street. I really hate those things.

I can almost see the boardroom meeting in some lower circle of Hell where they came up with that idea:

Belphegor:   I've got a new project, guys, you're going to love it. Advertisements... on cars!
Samael:   Oh, I like it! You mean like ads on the sides of trucks? That fits in with Mammon's general policy of covering every flat surface with incitements of greed.
Belphegor:   No, no, even better than that! We're not going to put the ads on vehicles that were there already: these ads will just be driving around, very slowly, solely to show the ads! They don't have a destination or passengers or freight, just the ads!
Astaroth:   Oh, that's brilliant! It's like you're plastering an ad on the air! Not only does the advertising itself increase the cognitive toxins, but it also increases traffic, depletes global oil reserves, and destroys the environment!
Belphegor:   Now you've got it. And don't forget the smell and the noise!
Mammon:   << spurt spurt spurt spurt spurt >>
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"A Cultural Event For Silicon Valley and Wall Street!"

Back in May, I wrote in a friends-only post:

I got mail from some guy from Fortune writing yet another article about Netscape, this one "pegged to the upcoming 10th anniversary of the IPO." So I said,

See, if you had said just about any other anniversary, I might have been interested, but by picking that one, I think you've just told me that your article is about "gosh, look at the rich people" instead of being about what we accomplished.

To which he said,

Think what you will, but you're dead wrong about my focus. The IPO was a cultural event for Silicon Valley and Wall Street, and as such its a milestone and marker for all that followed. By re-visiting the Netscape story 10 years after it exploded onto the consciousness of the general public, I'm very much focused on all Netscape accomplished, as well as what other people accomplished because of Netscape.

I read that as: another article glorifying the fiscal feeding frenzy of people who have never actually created something in their lives. More nostalgia for "the bubble". Awesome.

I guess when you're writing a paean to greed, you probably don't realize you're doing it, because you're so entrenched in that culture that you can't tell that you're a part of the problem.

I don't usually blow people off when they ask for interviews and stuff, because somehow I keep thinking that maybe this time my input will make their output be less nonsensical. Or maybe just because I like hearing myself talk. Whichever, this one really rubs me the wrong way.

So I blew him off. Well, the article is out now, and I see my instinct was exactly correct: it's not accomplishments or culture or technology, it's just about price tags.

And to this day, every time I read Mike Homer's name my stomach clenches up.

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watch out, those boobs are hot

Armed bandits in Brazil robbed a vehicle carrying more than 400 breast implants, officials said on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the state Postal Service confirmed that assailants, apparently men, robbed the postal van with implants on Thursday night in Rio de Janeiro. Each Silimed breast implant costs nearly $400.

Figueiredo explained demand is the highest in July, during the southern hemisphere winter, as women schedule surgery during the winter school holidays, which precede the beach season.

Figueiredo said the implants, each bearing an individual number, could now only be sold for clandestine surgeries. Horrific stories abound in Brazil about the illegal operations that can cause gangrene and death.

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a lovely animation

by daw_
Anyone got a Cisco 2600 lying around that you want to donate? I think ours might be dying. This is the second time second time in a couple of weeks the little fucker has gone paws-up and needed me to go in and power-cycle it.

I don't want to go.

Update: False alarm, Jonathan was at the club messing with the UPS. Without telling me. And without answering his phone. Situation "nominal".

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DNA Lounge: Wherein we listen to NPR and look at mugshots.

DNA Lounge got mentioned on NPR this morning; you can listen here. They did a segment on Asian rock, and talked about the Wu Bai show we did in April.

A while back I mentioned how odd it was to find out that a show might not be happening because I had read about the band's car troubles on their blog.

Well, here's another, even more amusing first: I learned that Manufactura will probably not be appearing at the July 19th Combichrist show by reading his arrest report! Supposedly security at a club where he was performing in Florida tried to throw him out, and he pulled a knife on them. Good times, good times.


I, for one, welcome our new human-mannequin-hybrid overlords

Awesomely creepy!
"As a side note, I would like to say that there is absolutely no airbrushing or digital manipulation in the photos on this page. The magic of these photos is the meticulously planned image alignment. I shot these using film, locking the camera to a tripod and then taking two photos one after the other."
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DNA Lounge: Wherein we wish ourselves a happy birthday.

Tomorrow is our fourth anniversary. Yay.

    Total events:   786
    Total live shows:   147
    Total Bands:   258
    Total DJs:   1124
    Events per month:   15.8
    Live shows per month:   3.0
    Events per week:   3.7
    Live shows per week:   0.7

I haven't written here in a while because there's been almost nothing interesting going on, I'm afraid to say. Let's see, what has been going on?

  • Remedy, our weekly Friday event, finally called it quits after 148 events over two and a half years. It looks like we'll be doing one-off events on Fridays for the forseeable future, and if history is to be any guide, those will probably be hiphop. This undermines our usual "we've got both kinds of music, house and hiphop" gag.

  • Recently, Lift (or as we all call it, "Pukey Asian Night") broke their own record, with 24 confirmed pukings. The previous record was 16, set way back in May 2003. Please note: this only counts confirmed pukings. A confirmed puking is one that requires clean-up. If someone does it in toilet bowl, or a trash can, or three blocks away, it doesn't count.

  • We got a ticket for littering. A gaggle of inspectors and cops came by at 1AM on a Saturday night and ticketted us because there were cigarette butts on our sidewalk. You know, underneath all of the people smoking, who were still standing there!

  • We were instructed that we need to have a candle permit. Yes, apparently if you ever want to have those little restaurant candles out on tables, the city expects you to pay them for that.

  • Oh, and of course, ______ _____ ____ _____, ____-_____ _______ __ ___ ___ ______, ___ ______ ____.

  • We still haven't found a contractor for the Secret Construction Project. We've got the permits, but can't find anyone (licensed) who is willing to actually do the work.

  • "Operation: Hang A Sign On The Building" is now entering the fourth year of its planning stage. Hey guys, no need to rush it!

Notably absent from that list are any bands. Looks like the last real band that played here was The Epoxies in May! (I'm not counting in my current definition of band "a dozen MCs and DJs plus one drummer", which is perhaps not completely fair, but whatever.)