Headline of the week:

"Giant insects might reign if only there was more oxygen in the air."

Of course, they meant "rule". Giant insects would rule.

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Even if it turns out that this doesn't actually work, I still covet it.

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i'm like totally posting this via SMS. Whoa, I might totally care if my phone couldn't send real email...
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Today in Chicken Vacuum News

EZ Catch Chicken Harvester


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Olbermann on Habeus Corpus and the Bill of Right.

"That's just pre-7/4 thinking." If he was singing, it'd be an episode of Schoolhouse Rock!
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DNA Lounge: Wherein both photographic, acrobatic, and kioskic topics are noted.

Photos are up of Bohemian Carnival (our new monthly circus party), Terrorfakt + Tonikom, and Triple Cobra at Pop Roxx. I only got pictures of the first half of the night at Bohemian Carnival, so if you have more, please send them...

A late addition to the calendar that you shouldn't miss is Flux Capacitor this Thursday: it's a fundraiser for Capactitor, an awesome acrobatic dance troupe who last performed here back in 2002.

I've been working on our kiosks lately; I think they should be a lot less crashy now. I had been running them as independent workstations that just happened to be diskless and boot remotely, but they tended to crash a lot, for no reason I had any luck determining, and any time I update any of the software, they get slower and slower, since here in the Twenty-First Century it appears to be considered right and sensible that a web browser should cause a machine with half a gig of ram to swap. So, screw it, I switched them over to the "thin client" approach of LTSP, where the kiosks are just X terminals, and all the apps run remotely on the central server. (Hello, 1993!) It seems to be working much better so far.

They're still running Red Hat 9, though, because my experiences trying to get anything to function sensibly on either Fedora 5 or on Ubuntu were... I think mind-blowingly intolerable is the phrase I'm searching for. (Please don't hax0r me, I'll just have to restore from backups and that'll make me sad.)


SMS is so reliable

Every couple of weeks my Treo 700p gets into a state where it can't send or receive text messages; none come in, and when I send them, they appear to go out but then never arrive. If I turn the phone off and then on again, everything starts working, and all the messages I should have received in the previous day come in all at once. My outgoing messages are gone for good, however. This happens even if the sender/recipent are on the same network (Sprint). When it's in the bad state, voice calls, web browsing and email still work fine.

I've heard of other people having this problem; is there a fix? There doesn't seem to be a firmware upgrade for the 700p yet; I haven't found one anyway. (I have "1.08-SPNT").

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Next Free Speech Zone 3000 Miles

Criticizing Cheney to His Face Is Assault

"I didn't even know he was in town," Howards says. "He was walking through the area shaking hands. Initially, I walked past him. Then I said to myself, `I can't in good conscience let this opportunity pass by.' So I approached him, I got about two feet away, and I said in a very calm tone of voice, `Your policies in Iraq are reprehensible.' And then I walked away."

But the Secret Service did not take kindly to his comment. "About ten minutes later, I came back through the mall with my eight-year-old son in tow," Howards recalls, "and this Secret Service man came out of the shadows, and his exact words were, `Did you assault the Vice President?' "

Here's how Howards says he responded: "No, but I did tell Mr. Cheney the way I felt about the war in Iraq, and if Mr. Cheney wants to be shielded from public criticism, he should avoid public places. If exercising my constitutional rights to free speech is against the law, then you should arrest me."

Which is just what the agent, Virgil D. "Gus" Reichle Jr, proceeded to do.

At the jail, the charge against him was reduced to harassment, he says, and he was released on $500 bond. The Eagle County DA's office eventually dropped that charge.

On October 3, Howards sued Reichle for depriving him of his First Amendment right of free speech and his Fourth Amendment right to be protected from illegal seizure.

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Retired S1Ws Recalled To Active Duty

I know it's bad form to post Onion links, but this one is seriously brilliant:

STRONG ISLAND, NY -- With recruitment down sharply, and the prospect of being held back by the nation of millions appearing once again likely, top-ranking Public Enemy officials issued an order Monday for all retired Security Of The First World personnel to return to active duty.

I, for one, welcome our new squishy and toxic overlords

It's hard to believe this is a photograph:


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