haiku's inventor / must have had seven fingers / on his middle hand

"We have no record of any child with such a complete third arm," Chen said. The boy also was born with just one kidney and may have problems that could lead to curvature of the spine, local media reports said. Jie-jie cried when either of his left arms was touched, but smiled and responded normally to other stimuli, the reports said.

Update: They chopped one off. That page also claims to have video, but it won't play for me.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein Ghoulies are Groovie.

Photos are up of Groovie Ghoulies at Pop Roxx last night. They're always a lot of fun. Kinda Ramonesy, but sillier.


AutoCollage: this paper makes me feel very dumb.
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xscreensaver 5.00 released

Stick a fork in it: I hereby declare XScreenSaver 5.00 to be good enough.
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DNA Lounge: Wherein victory is declared against the webcast gremlins.

I think the webcast audio is finally fixed. An extremely generous benefactor actually gave us a Mac G4 tower! So now the audio webcasts are running off of that, via Nicecast. Switching the various services over to the Mac was relatively painless, but we haven't completely replaced the old Linux box yet, because it's our mail server too, and we're having a hell of a time figuring out how to get SMTP AUTH (saslauthd) working on OSX. But it's almost there.

The RealVideo webcast is still running on a Linux box, sadly, because as far as I can tell there is no way to create RealVideo streams on OSX. There are a bunch of hoops you can jump through to get QuickTime to be able to encode RealVideo, but only to static files, not to streams.

I wish we could just ditch Real entirely, but the only reason we're able to use it at all is that GrooveFactory are donating the bandwidth for it, and their servers only do Real, not Quicktime.

I really liked the band at Swindle last night. They were called "Pets", thus making them completely un-googleable. They were (mostly) two people, a guy and a girl, guitar, bass and drum machine, and they sounded kind of like a little bit of Pixies and a lot of Jesus and Mary Chain.

Fortunately the turnout was very low, ensuring that we can continue to be free of the corrupting influence of money.

Current Music: Underworld -- Rez ♬

80s videos

Los 80s: a gigantic list of 80s videos on YouTube. I didn't even know there were videos for some of these (and some I'm still trying to forget...) Oh, the irony of watching a grainy, postage-stamp-sized video about videos that begins with footage of someone top-loading a beta cassette that would have been a zillion times higher quality than what I'm seeing now... Is this the future yet? (Hey look, it's the Montgomery BART station and it's not THX-1138.)
Scene missing! Some videos in this post have disappeared. If you know of an accessible version of this video or this video or this video or this video or this video or this video or this video, please mail me so that I can update this post.
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XScreenSaver 5.00b5

XScreenSaver 5.00b5 out now. This is likely the last beta release before the real thing. X11 users, please test: I've integrated a bunch of patches from the Fedora and Debian folks.

I've had a report that the MacOS version of xanalogtv is crashing when trying to load images, but it works for me. Anyone?

Since the last beta:

  • New hacks, topblock and glschool.
  • xmatrix -mode pipe displays the text of a subprocess.
  • endgame has higher resolution chess-piece models.
  • webcollage takes a -directory option to get images from a local directory.
  • The RPM spec file no longer auto-restarts xscreensaver when a new version is installed. Restart it manually.
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"Join our protest against the fruit flingers"

Here's a parody (MPEG) of that commercial with the zillion superballs. It looks like it must have been at least as much work as the original!
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Every Sperm is Sacred

The American Taliban's war on contraception     (Bug Me Not)

It may be news to many people that contraception as a matter of right and public health is no longer a given, but politicians and those in the public health profession know it well. "The linking of abortion and contraception is indicative of a larger agenda, which is putting sex back into the box, as something that happens only within marriage," [...] "Whether it's emergency contraception, sex education or abortion, anything that might be seen as facilitating sex outside a marital context is what they'd like to see obliterated," Smith says.

McClellan was asked four times if the president supported contraception. "I think the president's views are very clear when it comes to building a culture of life," McClellan replied. Kinsolving said, "If they were clear, I wouldn't have asked." McClellan replied: "And if you want to ask those questions, that's fine. I'm just not going to dignify them with a response." In July, a group of Democrats in Congress sent the first of four letters to the president asking outright: "Mr. President, do you support the right to use contraception?" According to Representative Maloney's office, the White House has still not responded.

"I cannot imagine any development in human history, after the Fall, that has had a greater impact on human beings than the pill," Mohler continued. "It became almost an assured form of contraception, something humans had never encountered before in history. Prior to it, every time a couple had sex, there was a good chance of pregnancy. Once that is removed, the entire horizon of the sexual act changes. I think there could be no question that the pill gave incredible license to everything from adultery and affairs to premarital sex and within marriage to a separation of the sex act and procreation."

Incidentally, does anyone know where I can download a copy of Jack Chick's movie, The Light of the World? I'd like to see it, but I sure don't want to give that shithead any money.

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Why take diet pills when you can enjoy Aids?

This was tasteless even back then...
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