Fucking Facebook.

Dear Lazyweb,

Is there any way to post to a Facebook page's wall from a script? Despite having an "API key" and a "secret key" for an app, WWW::Facebook::API seems to still make you log in by launching a web browser and making you log in there. Obviously this won't work from cron.

I need this since Facebook has a 16+ hour delay when posting the RSS feed of the @dnalounge Twitter stream to Facebook, so all of the "event starting now" twits are showing up days late.

My original plan of "wait for Facebook to get their heads out of their asses and start polling RSS feeds more often than every couple of days" doesn't seem to be panning out.

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Current Music: Tone -- Wake Me Up ♬

Sheep. Meth. Tasers... And a towel we can throw away after.

What could go wrong?

The study that appears in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine openly lists a few caveats. Aside from being partially funded by Taser International, the study authors include two physicians who represent medical consultants and stockholders of the company. One of the two is also the medical director of Taser International.

This is almost as good as when That Bastard Edison killed the elephant in an attempt to discredit Tesla.

Previously, previously.

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DNA Lounge: Wherein the scapegoating continues apace.

There was another murder this weekend, and as usual, the press is blaming nightclubs for it with no evidence that the clubs were involved in any way. The headline always reads, "shooting near nightclub". It never reads "shooting near restaurant", "shooting near parking lot", "shooting near condominium", or "shooting near freeway overpass." Maybe if we got rid of restaurants, parking lots, condominiums and freeways, the city would at last be crime-free.

SFist puts it nicely:

Nightclub Scapegoating Runs Rampant After Weekend Shooting

Ever since Blair Henderson was shot and killed near the intersection of Second and Minna Streets on Sunday, the media's assault on nightlife spiked to hysterical proportions. Again. [...]

Fire Division Chief Mike Kearney described a pair of masked gunmen spraying fire at paramedics and bystanders alike; "Basically, we became part of the scene. There was shooting all over the place," he said.

How Club NV (at 525 Howard), 111 Minna or Dada (also near Second and Minna) could have helped prevent this shocking round of public gunfire is beyond us.

The first comment on SF Weekly's blog post about the shooting is from the deceased's sister. She says:

This isn't just "another night club shooting". This is a shooting that has happened on the streets of San Francisco, and most likely a death to an illegal possession of a gun. We need to stop linking these murders to night clubs, and work on getting guns off the streets, and out of the hands of evil entities.

Remember when this was a blog about running a nightclub, instead of about city politics? I miss that.

Current Music: Hell Beach -- End ♬

jwz video mixtape 087

I "officially" stopped making my mixtapes back in April 2009, but then -- oops -- I seem to have continued posting sets of music videos about once a month anyway, so I guess I didn't actually stop, I just slowed down and changed format. So I've gone back and retroactively numbered those video collections, packaged them up into Youtube playlists, and listed them on the mixtapes page as well.

And here is the new one.

Instead of them all being embedded individually one after the other, they're in a single multi-video player. This seems saner to me, though it's somewhat more of a pain in the butt to accomplish.

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Current Music: as noted

Plans for the 10KY clock!

The Long Now Foundation has published all of the plans for the first clock prototype as DWG, PDF and a book! So now you can build your own, I guess.
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