LJ is full of innuendo tonight

That was a loooong one.
It was long but very gentle.
Very mild, but lasted a while.
Long, and gentle, but that's still the most violent one I've felt.
It seemed kinda long.
Hooray, I actually FELT that one!
First one I've felt in several years as well.
I've still yet to feel one.
How is that possible? Just in the past year we've had several that made me go WHOA -- at least two of them woke me from a dead sleep.
I give it a five.
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the body's funhouse

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I enjoy isometric infographics

"15 sniffer dog teams"


"I love you, cold unfeeling monastic robot arm."

Robot Ascetic Inscribes Bible

Kuka, what appears to be a fairly standard industrial robot, has been reprogrammed to inscribe the entire Martin Luther bible onto a endless roll of paper. It uses a calligraphic style translated by its creators RobotLab from an early font called "Schwabacher."
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your money is full of lies!

You know that part that says "this note is legal tender for all debts, public and private"?

The pertinent portion of law is the Coinage Act of 1965, specifically Section 31 U.S.C. 5103, entitled "Legal tender," which states: "United States coins and currency (including Federal reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal reserve banks and national banks) are legal tender for all debts, public charges, taxes, and dues."

This statute means that all United States money as identified above are a valid and legal offer of payment for debts when tendered to a creditor. There is, however, no Federal statute mandating that a private business, a person or an organization must accept currency or coins as for payment for goods and/or services. Private businesses are free to develop their own policies on whether or not to accept cash unless there is a State law which says otherwise. For example, a bus line may prohibit payment of fares in pennies or dollar bills. In addition, movie theaters, convenience stores and gas stations may refuse to accept large denomination currency (usually notes above $20) as a matter of policy.

It's shocking, really; if that part isn't true, how are we to believe the "in god we trust" part?


mixtape 002

Please enjoy jwz mixtape 002.
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Current Music: as noted

Elder Thing

"Promachoteuthis sulcus is known from a single, small but distinctive individual from great depths in the south Atlantic Ocean."


"That's when a 1,500-pound wrecking ball smashed into the rear of his car."

To say nothing of the two guys carrying the sheet of plate glass, or the watermelon cart.

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I, for one, welcome the newly-established ministry of silly robot walks.

Android acquires nonverbal communication skills
The droid's body language skills are due in large part to technology that allows it to observe, recognize and remember human behavior. NICT's robot learns body language by watching -- much like children, who learn nonverbal communication by watching others -- and it can mimic the observed behavior with natural human-like motions. The robot also creates 3D maps of each body it observes, and it commits the map to memory. These maps allow the robot to remember how people and their bodies look, even when viewing them from different angles. In addition, the robot is equipped with delicate force control mechanisms that allow for precise motion and safe physical interaction with humans.

DNA Lounge: Wherein your Oktober is Fested.

Photos are up of this month's Hubba Hubba Revue, Oktoberfest edition.

Also, there's a new feature here on the DNA Lounge web site: jwz's weekly mixtape. About once a week I'll be posting a cassette-tape-sized chunk of music that I enjoy, and that you should enjoy too. Some will be new, some old. The first one's up now, and they'll stay up for two weeks.

Please note that your upcoming plans should include Pop Roxx this Saturday (with A Kiss Could Be Deadly), and -- I really shouldn't even have to tell you this by now -- the internationally famous DNA Lounge Halloween Extravaganza on Wednesday.