Tonight is "Wear Bright Obnoxious Colors Day" at Death Guild.

baconmonkey says:
Apparently Midori is doing some sort of vampire fetish performance at Deathguild as part of some History Channel "Reenactment" of the supposed disappearance of a journalist in NYC investigating Vampire Covens.

So my thought is that as many people as possible should dress in bright colors, or totally dress as un-goth as possible, and then try to get in front of the camera as much as possible. I might be busting out a clown suit for this.

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and now the news

A huge beached whale has been dumped outside the Japanese embassy in Berlin. Greenpeace activists hauled the fin whale to Berlin from the Baltic coast after finding it beached on a sandbank. The dead whale measured 56ft long and weighed 20 tonnes.

A seven-tonne whale has made its way up the Thames to central London.

London Aquarium Curator Paul Hale told the BBC: "Getting that to do anything it doesn't want to do is going to be extremely difficult."

Korean Supreme Court Upholds Obscene Yogurt Conviction:

The models, caked in wheat flour, used spray devices to squirt each other with yogurt, which washed off the flour to expose their bodies. The court said the performance "was obscene as the event's main purpose was commercial and it went beyond the point necessary to promote the product."

Are brain parasites altering the personalities of three billion people?
ome scientists believe that Toxoplasma changes the personality of its human hosts, bringing different shifts to men and women. [...] Those infected, he found, show a small, but statistically significant, tendency to be more self-reproaching and insecure. Paradoxically, infected women, on average, tend to be more outgoing and warmhearted than controls, while infected men tend to be more jealous and suspicious.

Update: Cecil weighs in!

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scanner-based digital camera

Scanner Photography: A large-format 4x5 115 megapixel digital camera... that takes from 15 seconds to 5 minutes to take a picture, because the camera back is a flatbed scanner:

I really like that time-slice effect. I used to goof around like that with photocopiers, before they got fast enough that it became too hard to track the scanning element with your face.

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mommy, I'm scared

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"...and a towel we can throw away after."

Yesterday on the sidewalk, I saw a pile of garbage consisting of:

  • a wine bottle;
  • a Jack Daniels bottle;
  • a broken baby stroller;
  • half a dozen syringes.

That must have been some party.

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Heavy Ammunition

Where's Waldo CheTrooper?

This hiphop version of the Vader Theme is surprisingly non-awful! It may be time to change my ring tone.

Scene missing! A video that used to be embedded in this post has disappeared. If you know of a copy of this video that is still accessible, please mail me so that I can update the link.
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how do you spell "Arrrrgggh"?

The Aargh Page:
Not surpisingly, "argh" is much more frequent than any of the alternatives, and the items with fewer 'a's or 'r's are more frequent than their longer neighbors. However, there are high-frequency islands, even way out in the long-word planes. For example, "a17r23gh" (17,23) occurs in 171 pages, even though if you change the number of 'a's or 'r's by one, it drops at least 20-fold. "A15r5gh" is almost 100 times more frequent than its neighbors.

Update: See also The Ahhhhhh Page: "There is a lot more ahhh'ing than argh'ing."

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japanese tv

You've probably seen "japanese girls in meat hats versus the giant lizard", but have you also seen "japanese girls versus the giant black man", and "japanese girl in seal hat versus the polar bear"?

I don't know what it is that makes these shows more entertaining than the similar crap on TV here. Maybe it's just that I can't understand them. But somehow I think that "Fear Factor" with the sound down would still just be fratboys eating bugs.

Don't hit stop on this homoriffic dance routine before the boys show up. Also here's a fire-breathing fat man doing some candyraver happy-hardcore bullshit, and for some American horror, please enjoy some Hoff and a furry stripper.

Comment below with links to more videos of absurd Japanese game shows. My scarred inner child thanks you in advance.

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I, for one, welcome our new multi-ton shambling steel robot overlords

Animaris Rhinoceros Transport
The Animaris Rhinoceros Transport is a type of animal with a steel skeleton and a polyester skin. It looks as if there is a thick layer of sand coating the animal. It weighes 2. tons, but can be set into motion by one person. It stands 4.70 meters tall. Because of its height it catches enough wind to start moving.

Watch the video!

More at strandbeest.com; I've linked to Theo Jansen's freaky wind-powered walking machines before, and they're still kind of hard to believe...

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DNA Lounge: Wherein San Francisco burns to the ground.

This April is the 100th anniversary of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and the Bancroft Library has a new online exhibit about it, including a bunch of photos I hadn't seen before. In the vicinity of DNA Lounge, there are three pictures of the Jackson Brewery (the building at the corner of 11th and Folsom that now contains The Public and some condos):

There isn't a picture that shows the spot that DNA now occupies, but there is one that roughly shows what you would have seen looking out out door and to the left: this is 11th and Harrison, looking toward the southwest (where the taxi lot is). It doesn't look all that different!

Also, here's 4th and Bryant looking south: I think the building on the right is between Bryant and Brannan; I think it's a bit south of the location of Glas Kat / Trocadero. It looks like it might actually be the building that the Six Apart / LiveJournal offices are in.

I've taken this opportunity to fix the recently-broken links on my Ancient History page (if you haven't seen that one before, check it out: it describes the goings-on in the DNA Lounge building over roughly the last century and a half.)

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