dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein we have a new SFPD Commander of Field Operations, and it's not good news.

Delaunay Tesselations of Pretty Girls.

This is pretty cool. Delaunay is the inverse of Voronoi, so this is the same family of tesselations that the Voronoi XScreenSaver does.

He did it manually, though, which is kind of weird. Would have been cooler to automatically pick the control points by the first derivative of the image.

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"I Will Break Your Fucking Camera"

My theory is that the fine people of 555 California are just sad that they don't get enough flashmobs.

"I Will Break Your Fucking Camera"

"I had heard that the security guards at 555 California were unappreciative of photography. I mentioned this to Stuart and we agreed that these types of rules were silly and served no real purpose. So we decided to check it out and within a few moments several security guards greeted us with wagging fingers and walkie-talkies.

"No photography, they stated clearly. Why, we responded. Safety, they said.

"I decided to challenge this statement and the older of the bunch (left) asked me if I wanted to be punched in the face. No, I replied, I have to go back to work and a black eye would make things awkward for me. He then asked me how I would feel if he broke my camera. I told him I would be bummed, but that I needed an upgrade and if he touched me or my camera I would seek monetary legal action to the extent of a brand new Canon 5D Mark II."

Previously, previously, previously.

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San Francisco Anti-Opium Squad, 1898.

Dapper Men with Axes.

Also, Drugs in Portugal: Did Decriminalization Work?

In 2001, Portugal became the first European country to officially abolish all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. [...] Five years after personal possession was decriminalized, illegal drug use among teens in Portugal declined and rates of new HIV infections caused by sharing of dirty needles dropped, while the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction more than doubled.

"Judging by every metric, decriminalization in Portugal has been a resounding success," says Glenn Greenwald, an attorney, author and fluent Portuguese speaker, who conducted the research. "It has enabled the Portuguese government to manage and control the drug problem far better than virtually every other Western country does."

Compared to the European Union and the U.S., Portugal's drug use numbers are impressive. Following decriminalization, Portugal had the lowest rate of lifetime marijuana use in people over 15 in the E.U.: 10%. The most comparable figure in America is in people over 12: 39.8%. Proportionally, more Americans have used cocaine than Portuguese have used marijuana.


Apparently it already IS the Grim Future of Hello Kitty.

Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

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iPhone AIM clients

Ok, "BeejiveIM" is worthless, because it seems incapable of keeping itself logged in and/or reconnecting. (Also annoying is that it doesn't identify itself to the AIM server as a "mobile" connection, so every time it reconnects I get the unblockable "you are logged in two places" message.)

So that was a waste of ten bucks. Please recommend other iPhone AIM clients that actually work. Plus points if they do Jabber too, but actually staying connected is more important.

It turns out that this is, so far, the only thing I miss about the Palm Pre software: their integration of AIM and SMS into a single app actually worked well.

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