Nyiragongo Crater

"The goal of the expedition is to reach the rim of the lava lake. Nobody has previously survived such an encounter."

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Avoid spikes: timeless advice.

Well that's more like it. Having declared defeat in the self-repair battle, Colin from Tilt took the monitor away and brought it back having replaced even more components and repaired a bunch of damaged traces. It works great now!

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DNA Lounge: Wherein are presented calendar shake-ups, photos, and minor pizza updates.

Here's a nice review of the Red Bull Thre3style DJ contest on Friday. Apparently that night "DNA Lounge" was also a "trending topic" on the Twitters! Plus a few photos, but surprisingly few, given how popular it was.

I'm sad to report that the March 5th edition of New Wave City will be their final event as a regular monthly at DNA Lounge. They will be doing a couple of events at Mezzanine, and then Mighty. They've been here a bit over eight years, and we're going to miss them!

You may be wondering what event will fill that vacated slot... that would be Bootie, which will now be weekly!

Also, about that pizza place. You may be wondering what's up with that. I know I am... Well it looks like we're going to be getting the keys on March 8th and open for business on March 9th -- yeah, next week! Maybe the 10th, but we're going to try our damndest to be selling pizza the day after we get the keys. Escrow doesn't close for a while after that, but we're talking over operation early, which means we'll be operating under a temporary liquor license pending the transfer of their Type 41 (all-ages beer-and-wine). I get to go get fingerprinted for that tomorrow. Then, in parallel to the transfer of the 41, we're starting on the whole lot-merger thing, which will eventually result in that room being covered by DNA's existing Type 47 (all-ages full-bar), but that process will probably take a year. Until the lot merger happens, we aren't allowed to poke doors in the walls.

Meanwhile. We need a sign. CUE THE NEW CURSE!

Turns out the guy who overcame the curse on the other sign has moved away, so I need to find someone else to make one for the pizza place. This should be easier, because there's already a sign frame there: we just need some new side panels fabricated to stick in it. Plus it's a lot smaller, only four feet square.

This is what I have in mind:

Same materials as the big sign: raw steel on wire mesh, backlit in green. The nice thing about this is that you'll actually be able to see it from down the street!

Any volunteers?

I've registered the somewhat-surprisingly-available dnapizza.com (nothing there yet). I wanted dnacafe.com as well, but the domain-squatting parasites who have that want $10,000 for it! I offered them $300 and they didn't reply. So, uh, good luck with that, guys.


My Bloody Mary appears to include cheese.

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Hipsters and their fixies...

The National Penny Farthing Championships



DNA Lounge: Wherein Facebook Worships Satan.



The first performance of "Smack My Bitch Up", 1965.

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Apparently it is a sheep.

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W.S.B. Turd.

What is the process?

  1. Take a glob of William S. Burroughs' preserved shit
  2. Isolate the DNA with a kit
  3. Make, many, many copies of the DNA we extract
  4. Soak the DNA in gold dust
  5. Load the DNA dust into a genegun (a modified air pistol)
  6. Fire the DNA dust into a mix of fresh sperm, blood and shit
  7. Call the genetically modified mix of blood, shit, and sperm a living bioart, a new media paint, a living cut-up literary device and/or a mutant sculpture.

Where is the shit?

The shit is preserved in Lawrence, Kansas by old friends of Bill. The Burroughs Estate has given us their thumbs up to the project.

What kind of genes are in shit?

The Intestinal Flora Genome Project studies the microflora of human guts. It is possible that each person has their own signature microbiota populations.

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Good to know: Mafia's Corpse-Dissolving Claims Exaggerated

Contrary to claims made by informants within the Sicilian Mafia, sulfuric acid will not dissolve a corpse in minutes, a new study finds.

The research, reported Feb. 23 at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, was part of a wider effort to test claims about the mafia’s “lupara bianca,” or “white shotgun” murders, wherein the subject is known to be dead but a body is never found.

Experiments conducted on partial pig carcasses, a widely accepted stand-in for human bodies, showed that it takes days to melt flesh in sulfuric acid. Adding water to the acid speeds up the process, dissolving muscle and cartilage within 12 hours and turning bone to dust within two days, suggesting that the technique could render a corpse completely unrecognizable.

“But it is impossible that they completely destroyed a corpse with acid,” said study coauthor Massimo Grillo of the University of Palermo in Italy.

Police found tanks of acid in a Palermo hideout known as the “chamber of death,” where crime boss Filippo Marchese purportedly dissolved victims after torturing them in the early 1980s, said Filippo Cascino, another study co-author at the University of Palermo.

Informants had described the disposal method, the researchers say, with statements like, “We put the people in acid. In 15, 20 minutes they were no more — they became a liquid.”

The research suggests that the members of the crime clan were not as good at telling time as they were at ritual murder.

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