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Yes he can…

November 16th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Technology

…make me happy with his BlackBerry habits:
[Obama's text] messages to advisers and friends, they say, are generally crisp, properly spelled and free of symbols or emoticons.
Truly, the best kind of leadership for our times.

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Important reminder

January 30th, 2008 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

Today is International Delete Your MySpace Account Day. Please bear in mind that this is NOT an excuse to run off and open a Facebook account.

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IT HAS BEGUN.

January 18th, 2008 · No Comments · Politics, Science, Technology

Some dude has cloned himself.
A scientist has achieved a world first… by cloning himself.
In a breakthrough certain to provoke an ethical furore, Samuel Wood created embryo copies of himself by placing his skin cells in a woman’s egg.
Although they survived for only five days and were smaller than a pinhead, they are seen as [...]

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Michael Bay and Dick Cheney - BFF?

September 22nd, 2007 · 1 Comment · Movies, Rants, Technology

They HAVE to be. Just look at the Transformers movie.
But perhaps I’m getting ahead of myself.
Meet the V-22 Osprey:

She’s a funny-looking bird - a hybrid of a helicopter and a prop plane meant to replace the Vietnam-era CH-46 as a troop transport and general service lifter-of-things. Fans of hot-hot military hardware probably [...]

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Apparently, I suck at this whole blogging thing.

October 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Rants, Technology

So-called “usability curmudgeon” Jakob Nielsen offers his “Top Ten Design Mistakes” for weblogs. Let’s see how I hold up:
1. No Author Biographies
Swing and a miss. I used to have one - many moons ago - but it was entirely sarcastic. I suppose a brief bio doesn’t hurt, but I really hate masturbatory, [...]

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Wordpress.com

October 3rd, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

Because I like New, Shiny (and Bloody Edgy) Things, I’m looking for an invitation code to wordpress.com. If you have one and are in a generous mood, feel free to send it my way via funtax (at) gmail (dot) com.
Danke.

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Riot different.

August 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

Seriously, one of the funniest pictures EVER.

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Ponder, ponder.

August 16th, 2005 · No Comments · Gaming, Technology

John Carmack says that the idea that procedural synthesis will be “worth a damn” is a fallacy. I guess he’s going to have to fight Will Wright in a cage now.

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86,400.

August 2nd, 2005 · 1 Comment · Rants, Technology

That’s how many new blogs are created every day - according to the BBC. (Via Lum)
On the one hand, it’s nice to see people taking an interest in… uh… well, whatever the hell blogging’s purpose is. Glorified navel-gazing, I suppose. But the signal-to-noise ratio is starting to get pretty dodgy.
It’d be [...]

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You guys aren’t PRO-LIFE…

June 7th, 2005 · No Comments · Politics, Rants, Technology

…you’re ANTI-CURE.
The only way the votes will be there in the next Congress to override President Bush’s veto is if a “pro-cure” movement kicks the “anti-cures” out of Congress in 2006.
Indeed.

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Judicial roundup.

June 6th, 2005 · No Comments · Politics, Rants, Technology

Awesome:
Hundreds of cases involving breath-alcohol tests have been thrown out by Seminole County judges in the past five months because the test’s manufacturer will not disclose how the machines work.
All four of Seminole County’s criminal judges have been using a standard that if a DUI defendant asks for a key piece of information about [...]

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SOMEBODY is getting a cookie.

June 6th, 2005 · No Comments · Politics, Technology

It appears that we have a working vaccine for Ebola Zaire and the most virulent strain of Marburg.
While I’m sure this won’t be played up very much by the anti-Bush crew, this vaccine was developed almost exclusively due to increased funding stemming from the “War on Terror.” Marburg virus has long been [...]

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You learn something new every day.

June 3rd, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

And today I learned the word “teledildonics.” And “Thrillhammer,” though that’s more of a brand than a word.
It’s good to see that the old FuFme drive gag from many moons ago hasn’t been forgotten.
[Update] More teledildonica from BoingBoing:
Immediately following the conclusion of her speech, Violet proceeded to manipulate a Thrillhammer in New York’s Museum [...]

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FYI

May 31st, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Misc., Politics, Technology

Freakonomics is the best book I’ve read all year. It’s even better than On Bullshit - and that’s saying quite a bit.
Longer review to come.

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My dearest Mina…

May 9th, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Technology

…please enjoy the weblogged version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Sundevil, 15 years later.

May 9th, 2005 · No Comments · Politics, Rants, Technology

From the good folks at the cDc, a vicious (and dead-on) look back at the infamous Operation Sundevil and what’s followed it in the decade and a half since.
The snitch, snivelly little Gollum that he is, should inspire nothing but contempt for either side of the fence. The snitch is the kind of person who [...]

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Somebody call David Duchovny!

April 14th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

Google Maps is fun to play with, as pretty much everyone has learned in the past week or so. But most of us stopped at checking out our homes, offices and so forth. But not this guy:
After a few seconds of searching aimlessly through imaged suburbs on the outskirts of Vegas, the realization [...]

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“I can’t do that, Dave.”

April 11th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

Sure, but will it open pod bay doors?
A robot suit has been developed that could help older people or those with disabilities to walk or lift heavy objects.
Dubbed HAL, or hybrid assistive limb, the latest versions of the suit will be unveiled this June at the 2005 World Expo in Aichi, Japan, which opened last [...]

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Today’s lesson is…

March 30th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Technology

…just because you’re a well-funded, brilliant child of privelege studying robotics at MIT, don’t go thinking a group of poor, misfit high school students from Mexico can’t hand you your ass.
“How’d you make the laser range finder work?” Swean growled. MIT had admitted earlier that a laser would have been the most accurate way to [...]

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Digital dissidence in Kuwait…

March 30th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Politics, Technology

…where The Ladies would very much like to start voting.
And the hits just keep on coming from women in the Middle East.

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