Shape-Shifting Donkey Prostitute Strikes Again

Lowering the Bar

"Your worship, I only came to know that I was being intimate with a donkey when I got arrested," a 28-year-old Zimbabwe man told a magistrate on Monday. The man, who had been arrested for being intimate with a donkey, admitted the conduct in question but claimed that the donkey had not been a donkey when he met her at a nightclub last Saturday night, but rather a prostitute.

"I don't know how she then became a donkey," he told the court.

Nor did he know, or at least did not explain, how she had gotten tied to a tree, but that happened sometime between when he hired her and when their tryst was discovered by police officers on "routine patrol" at about 4 am. In fact, he seemed deeply confused about a lot of things. "I do not know what happened when I left the bar, but I am seriously in love with [the] donkey," he said. "I think I am also a donkey." Well, if so that would not be a crime, at least.

Otherwise, it is a crime in Zimbabwe, as it is in about 30 U.S. states. The corollary, of course, being that it is not a crime in about 20 U.S. states. As you may recall (not that you are tracking this issue or anything), Florida recently joined the majority by finally passing an anti-this bill after two previous bills on the issue failed.

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DNA Lounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein the curse of the sign has been broken, and I flog Halloween one last time.

The Internet Archive

Earlier this week, Jason Scott was kind enough to give me a tour of The Internet Archive. They do amazing, important work, and I've been a huge fan for many years, but I hadn't visited before.

Their San Francisco presence is housed in a former Christian Science church, lending it a certain gravitas. Their enormous conference room not only has racks of drives sitting at the back, but also has a working pipe organ! (Make your own series of tubes joke here.)

Inexplicably, they are also constructing a terracotta army of avatars of their long-term employees. I assume these are to protect Brewster in the afterlife.

The racks of drives are just kind of scattered all over the place, climate control provided opening windows. Each blinkenlight is a 2TB drive. They have mirrors all over the world, so I gather it's a "use the cheapest thing possible and have a zillion backups" kind of scenario.

The book-scanning operation is pretty sweet. There's an angled backplate with a correspondingly-angled piece of glass that hinges down over it to hold the pages flat, and a pair of Canon 5D Mk 2 cameras pointing at each page. Apparently once you get into the rhythm of it, you can scan an entire book in 8 minutes. Volunteers and interns: cheaper than robots!

Random libraries (and individuals) around the world ship them crates of books, they scan them, and ship them back.

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Shiny Toy Guns

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