DNA Lounge: Wherein there are some photos, and a bunch of bullshit.

Photos of the Hot Pink Feathers Ten Year Anniversary and the latest Blow Up are up now.

Things have been going pretty well lately, business-wise, but the last few weeks have been full of an above-average amount of irritating bullshit. Like...

We're still trying to work out exactly what hoops we have to jump through in order to open a couple of doors in the wall between DNA Lounge and DNA Pizza, and (while we don't know for sure yet) it's starting to sound like the handicapped-accessbility requirements might be so egregious that we won't be able to afford to do it at all. There's a strong possibility that the amount of ancillary crap we'll have to do in order to simply cut two new doors might be so expensive that it could cost as much as tearing down the building to an empty lot and starting from scratch.

We got our list of proposed liquor license conditions from SFPD and ABC (which would take effect after DNA Lounge and DNA Pizza merge), and it contains the predictable level of nonsense: thirteen new conditions beyond the conditions we already have, including one requiring video recorders, and that those recordings be given to law enforcement "upon request" (not "upon subpoena".) Now I'm pretty sure we'll be able to get that taken off without a fight, because they know I'll go to court over it and they don't want the press, but the fact that they tried to slip that one by us means (I guarantee you) that this is just part of the boilerplate set of conditions that SFPD/ABC are giving to every new licensee -- and most of them won't fight it. So, when SFPD/ABC got laughed out of the Entertainment Commission hearing for proposing this as a law, they just turned around and made it an underground regulation by attaching it to every new liquor license instead. That's their standard operating procedure for subverting the Democratic process. They've been pulling that kind of shit for decades.

There have also been an above-average number of self-entitled litigious-know-it-all jackasses amongst our customers lately. The most entertaining one was the guy who got ejected and banned after several women complained that he was taking surreptitious "up-skirt" videos of strangers without their permission. Apparently we were violating his civil rights by not letting him back in. Feel free to consult the ACLU on this, but I'm pretty sure "creep" is not a protected class.

Also, someone already stole one of the posters from the pizza place! Unbelievable. It was on a Saturday afternoon, a couple weeks ago, and they stole it out of the women's bathroom. They disassembled the frame, took the poster, and left the empty frame on the wall. It was this one, from the first monthly Hubba Hubba Revue in 2007, and that was our only remaining copy of the poster. So, thanks for that, asshole.

I wonder if the thief was actually a fan of the show, or of the artwork, or whether her thought process only went as far as, "Oh look, someone left $10 on the wall and it's not bolted down", or maybe only, "Hey, here's something I can fuck up for everybody."

This is why we can't have nice things.


Tapping the Vein

Swiss Scientists Design a Turbine to Fit in Human Arteries

"The heart produces around 1 or 1.5 watts of hydraulic power, and we want to take maybe one milliwatt," Pfenniger explains. "A pacemaker only needs around 10 microwatts." At the Microtechnologies in Medicine and Biology conference in Lucerne, Switzerland, earlier this month, Pfenniger presented results from a trial in which a tube is designed to mimic the internal thoracic artery, a millimeters-wide vessel that doctors sometimes cannibalize for surgery because it is redundant. The most efficient of the three off-the-shelf turbines he tested produced around 800 microwatts, which could run devices much more power hungry than today’s pacemakers.

But attendees at the meeting raised a heart-stopping possibility: Could the turbine’s turbulence provoke a blood clot? When blood gets trapped in eddies, it starts to coagulate. Pfenniger’s research showed that all three turbines produced some turbulence, though in differing amounts, and he and his colleagues acknowledge that they’ll have to address turbulence to avoid blood clots.

A competing design by electrophysiologist Paul Roberts of Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust avoids that problem because it does not have a rotating part in the path of the blood flow. Instead, it’s attached to a pacemaker lead, and it works by using the blood pressure changes of a heart beating to move a magnet back and forth. But a prototype tested in a pig produced only about one-fifth of the energy a pacemaker needs -- much less than Pfenniger’s turbine.

Similarly, Dan Gelvan, CEO of Sirius Implantable Systems, acquired a patent for extracting energy from the circulatory system in 2005. But Gelvan’s device, which was also tested in animals, uses a piezoelectric transducer located alongside moving organs instead of inside an artery.

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