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Monday, November 29, 2010

… Many feel the situation has reached crisis proportions. In the academic world, critics have begun to argue that universities are producing and distributing more knowledge than we can actually use. In the recent best-selling book “The Shallows,” Nicholas Carr worries that the flood of digital information is changing not only our habits, but even our mental capacities: Forced to scan and skim to keep up, we are losing our abilities to pay sustained attention, reflect deeply, or remember what we’ve learned. …



Many feel the situation has reached crisis proportions. In the academic world, critics have begun to argue that universities are producing and distributing more knowledge than we can actually use. In the recent best-selling book “The Shallows,” Nicholas Carr worries that the flood of digital information is changing not only our habits, but even our mental capacities: Forced to scan and skim to keep up, we are losing our abilities to pay sustained attention, reflect deeply, or remember what we’ve learned.




- Ann Blair, Information overload, the early years


A very solid and well-researched examination of the attention overload meme, similar to the themes I discussed in The False Question Of Attention Economics.


(via stoweboyd)



That’s a partial quote—hit the Boston.com link for the rest of it. I just wanted to blog this because I experience this daily. In fact, truth be told, I haven’t even read the entire piece, myself! But hey, at least I’m acknowledging the problem, right? RIGHT? Crap, you’re not reading this anymore, are you? ;(

Saturday, November 27, 2010

666cast episode 35 from website666.com: This week: why I often wash the dishes during the 666cast! Why we all suffer from the Absurd Disconnect in some ways! What I don’t get about all the Hate! AND MORE! Let me know what you think! Please subscribe to the feed. Don’t forget to visit webstore666!

666cast episode 35 from website666.com:


This week: why I often wash the dishes during the 666cast! Why we all suffer from the Absurd Disconnect in some ways! What I don’t get about all the Hate! AND MORE! 


Let me know what you think!


Please subscribe to the feed.


Don’t forget to visit webstore666!


 



Please read: The TSA is still bad, but the media sometimes isn’t even the media.


I found the above screencap and the quoted commentary on it below via stfuglennbeck (who has since taken it down and it’s still on strikegently at least as of this writing):



yoctavias:



mssswitch


Wait. Wait. Wait. WAIT.


“Goddamn Arab”?!


Thats not racial profiling. Motherfucker. He was jerking off at women athletes. Not a fucking Arab. I dont know how people think they can just get away with saying racist ass shit like that. Like SERIOUSLY?!


(I tend to curse when Im angry, sorry.)



It wasn’t long ago that everyone was screaming about needing more security.
But now we’ve taken it way too far and it’s turning into a sexual/racial issue.


I travel by train/boat/bus/car and I have no intention of getting on an airplane until this is taken care of. You have more privacy at the gynecologist anymore.



Yeah, well, don’t get your X-Ray-proof panties in a bunch about the above article or the image in the screengrab above. It’s a complete fake. I did a Google News search for the headline “Body Scanner Operator Caught Masturbating at Colorado Airport” and got no hits.  Then I did a regular web search and found an article explaining how the image, allegedly of an X-rayed woman, was actually just taken from a stock photography package and then inverted in Photoshop to give it that X-ray flavor.  Then I did a search for the reporter “Hugh Muzzbe” and found hundreds of hits, all on the same article being reposted and reblogged all over the place—but nothing else by him.


I know, I know, you’re thinking: “HUGH MUZZBE KIDDING ME!”


>_<


Does this mean that the X-ray machines and the body searches are any less invasive or any less of a violation of our rights? NOPE.  It just means that, as usual, we have to keep our heads when reading about this stuff—ALWAYS CONFIRM EVERYTHING.  If you’ve read one story in one place, don’t assume it’s accurate until you confirm it with other news sources.


But remember, just because this one image and this one article was faked, it doesn’t mean the TSA isn’t super creepy or at all competent in their job or not violating our rights—they most certainly are all those things.  Alternet.org posted their list of the top 7 creepy things about the TSA and Mythbuster, Adam Savage, just the other day, admitted he walked right through one of the TSA’s machines and then onto a plane to Seattle with two 12-inch razor blades on his person (he carries a lot of weird stuff around with him and forgot he had them).


Oh and the good old fourth amendment of the Bill of Rights promises freedom from unlawful search and seizure.  Last time I checked, the TSA checks are not done by law, but by regulation.  Big difference. I was reminded of this while reading this account of the blogger behind NoBlasters.com being held up by TSA after flying.  Essentially, if you simply ask if you’re under arrest, and they say “no” you can go. I wouldn’t try this, but if you’ve got plenty of money for a lawyer and don’t mind missing your flight…


Ultimately, the moral of the story is that we can’t trust people to do their job, whether they claim to be in the media or that they’re doing it for our own good.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Ideal for kids who watch SpongeBob and NO ONE ELSE: the Bikini Bottom Groom



Ideal for kids who watch SpongeBob and NO ONE ELSE: the Bikini Bottom Groom & Go, shaving/grooming kit.

baxterp2:
If you are unaware that “Bikini Bottom” is the name of the place that Sponge Bob lived and not the region in which this children’s toy shaving kit would like you to focus, as my mother was, you might be a bit horrified…

When jokes for adults go accidentally too far.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

666cast episode 34a from website666.com: It’s a bonus Wednesday special episode for November 24, 2010! Too much TSA news to wait until Sunday PLUS: listener comments! Let me know what you think! Please subscribe to the feed. Don’t forget to visit webstore666!

666cast episode 34a from website666.com:


It’s a bonus Wednesday special episode for November 24, 2010! Too much TSA news to wait until Sunday PLUS: listener comments!


Let me know what you think!


Please subscribe to the feed.


Don’t forget to visit webstore666!


 

A car I never owned driven by a wizard.

sirmitchell:
Wahoo! 13,000 followers!

To celebrate, I will give away a “NOFATCHX” t-shirt from my new shop to a random person who reblogs this!

Check back in a week to see who the winner is!

NICE. I always wanted that model of Pontiac Trans-Am. I ended up owning two later models that looked like KITT.  Cool, but not as cool… SIGH…

EFFYOU.ORG: EFFYOU, Mitch McConnell! WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA?

EFFYOU.ORG: EFFYOU, Mitch McConnell! WHY DO YOU HATE AMERICA?

effyouorg:




There’s a double entendre in the above pic, I think… regardless:



“The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”



For that statement, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell gets the…



Read the rest at http://effyou.org

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

From Stephen Roberts, the atheist quote to end all atheist quotes.

thereisnogod:



“I contend that we are both atheists. I just believe in one fewer god than you do. When you understand why you dismiss all the other possible gods, you will understand why I dismiss yours.”


Stephen Roberts. (And my favourite Atheist quote to date.)



That is an awesome quote.  In fact, that’s the atheist quote to end all atheist quotes!


In fact (again), critical thinking is something I encourage all people, of faith and not, to do since it cuts through a lot of the crap we have to deal with every day.


Say, why do mobile phone companies charge so much to text while email is effectively free?

Monday, November 22, 2010

STFU Glenn Beck - Salvation Army Hates Gays More Than It Loves Poor, Sick, Hungry

STFU Glenn Beck - Salvation Army Hates Gays More Than It Loves Poor, Sick, Hungry

LOVE it. So, the souls of the gays must be beyond redemption by that reckoning.  Ah well. How about atheists? I wonder…



mockingnerd:



This photo has been popping up on the lower right corner of my dash today. Someone put a comedic caption to it. Ha ha ha. Look at that silly dolphin using a shopping bag.


It’s estimated that around 100,000 marine mammals die each year due to plastic litter in the North Pacific. The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to measure between the size of Texas and the continental United States; the North Atlantic Garbage Patch is hundreds of kilometers across. Most plastic bags are made from polyethylene, which comes from petroleum, and cannot biodegrade. They are affected by photodegradation, meaning they eventually break down into tiny synthetic granules because of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, but they are not thought to degrade fully. This means that, on top of all the other trash and waste polluting the ocean, these microscopic bits of plastic are ingested by marine animals all over the world. That’s when they’re not mistaking plastic bags for food, or playing with them, and getting them stuck in their digestive tract until it slowly kills them.


So, yes. Hilarious.



People on Tumblr post snarky comments about a dolphin with a shopping bag on its fin while completely missing the sad, fucked up irony?  I can’t imagine!


Oh wait, yes I can.  Well said, Mockingnerd!

TSA Screening Soaks Bladder Cancer Survivor with His Own Urine

TSA Screening Soaks Bladder Cancer Survivor with His Own Urine

Meant to post this one the other day.  It’s just so messed up when law enforcement/”security” types can’t just be fricken reasonable.  That’s what this whole thing is, by the way, unreasonable.  I think it’s reasonable for some kind of security when you go on a plane.  But assuming everyone is a terrorist until they prove they are not seems to go against everything our country was founded on.

Why the TSA Practices Could Result In Public Rebellion or a Terrorist Attack

Why the TSA Practices Could Result In Public Rebellion or a Terrorist Attack

I don’t think this post on Gizmodo by a former law enforcement officer quite does what the title suggests, but it is definitely a worthwhile read.


In it, the officer suggests that the TSA needs to get their act together and decide what they are really trying to do.  Their procedures are not consistent and not thorough and even then they are intrusive and of questionable use against fighting terror.


I still maintain my position that if we’re going to live in  free country, anything more than metal detectors and X-ray conveyor belts is abusive and an infringement of our human rights to control our bodies.


We can’t trust our authorities to do anything right because they’ve manage to fuck everything up so far.  Not really sure what to say or do about it at this point. 


I mean, the level of hypocrisy here is absurd.  They say they want to protect our lives by making them less free.


I’ll pass, thanks.  Can we at least have the option to fly with an airline that doesn’t jam a snake-cam up our buts?



And my wife and I are supposed to be flying to NoCal during the holidays. :

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Islam and the West: (not) keeping things in perspective

From blogdrop.posterous.com:





Just to put this into perspective, Ariana Huffington transported, for free, around 10,000 New Yorkers to Washington DC for the Rally for Sanity and/or Fear on October 30, 2010.  That’s a third of the Taliban and more than Al Qaeda.


Here’s another graphic I nicked from blogdrop.posterous.com:





If you are pro-life you should be horrified by this.  Of course, if you are pro-only-your-own-life, you’ve already rationalized this away.  Sad, either way.

Did you see this story? Alcohol is statistically more harmful than heroin.


Just thought this was interesting:


Heroin, crack and crystal meth were deemed worst for individuals, with alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine worst for society, and alcohol worst overall.


The study by the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs also said tobacco and cocaine were judged to be equally harmful, while ecstasy and LSD were among the least damaging.



The study involved 16 criteria, including a drug’s affects on users’ physical and mental health, social harms including crime, “family adversities” and environmental damage, economic costs and “international damage”.


As a practice, I don’t drink.  But the older I get the more I find myself tempted to start since I’m at the point in my life where I’m really not likely to drink recklessly.  That said, I still generally stay away from alcohol and always have.  Nice to see my lifelong choice supported by science.


Science is cool. :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

EFFYOU.ORG: The EFFYOU this week goes to TSA Chief, JOHN PISTOLE

EFFYOU.ORG: The EFFYOU this week goes to TSA Chief, JOHN PISTOLE

effyouorg:




He looks a little like General Ripper from the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove, doesn’t he? And it’s an ironic likeness since this guy is batshit insane with paranoia.



Read the rest at http://effyou.org


Got any suggestions for who should get the next EFFYOU?  Let me know!



motherjones:



Chinese woman sentenced to a year in a labor camp for a tweet (via Gawker)



I’ve been complaining a lot about the US police state, as mild as it is, but seeing this in my Tumblr stream reminds me of just how mild our police state is in the US.


Apparently, Cheng Jianping, RTed her fiance’s tweet about really sticking it to Japan by destroying the Japanese Expo pavilion in Shanghai—she apparently added a comment that jokingly encouraged China’s youth to go do exactly that.  Of course, any moron could see that she was kidding, but the commie bastards that run China’s government stuck her in a labor camp for “disturbing social order.”  Ah yeah, by joking.


The only place we can’t joke, here in the US, is during a TSA security check.


Read more about it on Gizmodo.  Not sure why they were blogging about this story, but then Gizmodo does waste a LOT of time with posts having jack to do with gadgets.  Sounds like SOMEbody needs to spend some time in a Chinese labor camp! ;)

I TOTALLY want to do this: How to Install Android on an iPhone in Six Easy Steps

Link: I TOTALLY want to do this: How to Install Android on an iPhone in Six Easy Steps

And I just might!

Seeing how smoothly it works on an iPhone 2G makes me reeeeally want to see how well it works on a 3G—MY 3G.  Especially since I’ve been so SICK of iOS and iTunes giving me endless shit about what I can and can’t do.

What’s really great is that, apparently, you can dual boot—so it leaves your iOS install untouched.  Pretty cool.

If I do it, I’ll be sure to take pics and/or video…

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Why I got seriously concerned when I couldn't remember how to change the time on my old digital watch.

evapetty:



“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.” — Carl Sagan


That is so true. I have noticed many children have lost that innocence and wonder for science that was so strong just a few decades ago with the founding of the space program and all the research and development that NASA has done. It seems that most people today only want the new technology in order to fuel their status or appearance. Such as, “Oh, I have the iPhone 4. That makes me better than you.” This is the direction our children are headed. We all need to get off of our computers and our facebook and our youtube for just an hour a day and take a walk in the park. Maybe camp out in the backyard and look at the splendor of the galaxies of stars above. When I say this, I’m not necessarily downing technology, but we don’t need to lose the appreciation and responsibilty for what Providence has bestowed upon us. I look around my neighborhood and I no longer see children taking nature hikes or playing in the yard like I did just over a decade ago. It saddens my soul to witness this ignorance of what children really need. Parents so often allow themselves to believe that as long as they “provide” for their children materially, that they’ll grow up fine. This is so wrong. Children don’t really care about the newest piece of technology on the market, they want the love and attention that only the parent can fulfill. Parents, if you want your children to appreciate you, then you need to take the time to nurture and teach them. Because if you’re not, then who is? Is that really how you want your children to be? Think about it, please.



This is an incredibly good point.  However, I think parents are missing their boat in a couple ways.


First, Eva is exactly right—kids need to be taught that there is more to life than having stuff.  There needs to be an emotional appreciation for what we have in the universe—not just for “what’s the next big thing.”  Absolutely the case and if it weren’t we wouldn’t hear about people being trampled at Wal-Mart every year on Black Friday.


Second, parents have failed to teach children how to appreciate intelligence.  Ever since I was a small kid, I’ve been mocked for being smart.  I read voraciously as a child but got made fun of so much, I swapped out the books for comics by the time I was a teen.  I still remember being made fun of because I compared a tornado to a black hole in science class.


Back in June of this year I saw Neil deGrasse Tyson do a Q&A session at the American Museum of Natural History.  One of the many things he talked about was the culture of ignorance that we have in America.  It’s a culture that all but encourages stupidity and actively discourages learning.  He added, if we don’t change this, the next time we run into a major environmental catastrophe, we’ll ask the experts what to do and they’ll say: “Throw golf balls at it.”


This was a reference to something that had already happened days before Tyson did his Q&A—the BP oil spill, where BP execs proposed the exact thing Tyson mentions—which did not work.


So, what does this all have to do with the digital watch I mention in the title of this post?  Simple—I recently came across an old digital pocket watch I bought for 20 bucks at a JC Penny in 2004(ish) and I couldn’t remember how it worked.  See, I have a thing for pocket watches but I stopped using watches all together due to my cell phone(s) having a clock on the display.  But this pocket watch had a compass on it.  This is useful to a person with an old iPhone 3G (yeah, I’m not cool cuz I don’t have an iPhone 4 :( ).  So, I started carrying this thing around with me and actually using it as a watch!


The problem arose when Daylight Savings Time ended.  I sat there trying to remember how to work this technology—this bloody, simple technology!!


WHAT DO THE BUTTONS DO??  WHERE DO I SWIPE?  CAN I JUST SYNC IT TO MY LAPTOP’S CLOCK?


WTF?!?!?!


Finally I got it changed and everything was cool.


But still, it’s just like that episode of Star Trek where Kirk, Spock and McCoy visit a planet where a people live enslaved by this master computer because it has become so foreign and mysterious to them it became a god to them.  They let themselves fall into ignorance and trusted the IT guys, only to have the last IT guys die and have the information on how to regulate the machine lost forever.  This allowed the computer to take over.


OK, so my digital watch isn’t going to enslave me, but if, say, I couldn’t work out how to turn off the alarm, I would be enslaved to that thing once a day.


But this is why parents need to encourage their kids to learn about the world and the technology they use every day.  Hell, we, as adults, need to encourage each other to learn this stuff, too.  I know so many people who willfully remain ignorant about computers despite using them every day.  One acquaintance of mine recently admitted  that she didn’t know how to refresh her browser.


She’d never clicked the “reload” button on her browser before.  >_<


SO, LEARN!!!  LEARN LEARN LEARN!


STUDY STUDY STUDY.


We’ll all be better off the more intelligent we are.

TSA pats down a screaming toddler : The Mommy Files

TSA pats down a screaming toddler : The Mommy Files

The toddler was 3 years-old.


‘nuff said.


This is big brother, kids. It’s happening. I’m not saying the viewscreens are next, but how else will the government know we’re not planning to blow up an airplane before we leave our homes?


Hopefully the invasiveness we’re seeing at these airports won’t continue mission-creeping its way into our homes, but what’s to stop it when our security must be irrationally protected from a statistically non-existent threat?


It’s like asking a militant Israeli for proof that he owns the land he lives on and having him point to the Bible.


ORLY?

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The need for clear, objective reporting in a world of rising religious fundamentalism, economic interdependence and global ecological problems is probably greater than it has ever been. But we are no longer a national audience receiving news from a handful of trusted gatekeepers; we’re now a million or more clusters of consumers, harvesting information from like-minded providers.

The need for clear, objective reporting in a world of rising religious fundamentalism, economic interdependence and global ecological problems is probably greater than it has ever been. But we are no longer a national audience receiving news from a handful of trusted gatekeepers; we’re now a million or more clusters of consumers, harvesting information from like-minded providers.

Ted Koppel: Olbermann, O’Reilly and the death of real news


It’s nice to see that someone sees the same problem I do.


Apparently, Olbermann said something against this, I think?  I’m so sick of that guy and 99.999% of the media.  They’ve made us rock stupid. They have no right to complain about us because they’re a serious part of why we say/do stupid things.  After all, most Americans just slurp up their crappy content and think nothing worse of it.  I think the MSM needs STFU and stop being so sensitive to criticism. 


It’s not like Ted Koppel has any kind of real influence any more.



Actually, I do often wonder where my white privilege went. :(

J-Meds (media) for August 6, 2010 K-ON! and Heroman (Yes, I'm a little behind on these!)

I forget which ep this was, but the following pics come from the ep that got me completely hooked on K-ON!

Ah, don’t come to America in February, then.  That’s when we celebrate Black History Month!

ALMOST fanservice! 

What I love about K-ON! is that they let women be legitimately funny.  So few American shows allow women to be funny on their own.  At best they’re funny because of the way they are women.  (Yes, there are exceptions, but rare ones). 

And what does she do? 

Then she picks up Gittah (Yui’s guitar) and…

And in case you didn’t know, Stan “The Man” Lee shows up through out the Heroman show.  Here he is in the opening titles for the second half of the series.

He even has a couple of lines in some of the eps. Of course, he speaks Japanese, but maybe if the show ever makes it to the US, we’ll get to hear Stan Lee’s own voice. :) 

I enjoy Heroman, but stars don’t float in front of my eyes when I think about him. Ah, here we go—this scene was both adorable in its awkwardness and awkward in its adorableness (aka pretty realistic for how it would really be, were a dorky kid at the beach with a hot cheerleader).

Joey, have you forgot the shockingly hot Lina next to you? Guess not:

OMG!

HEY! WATCH THE LEFT HAND, LADY!  WATCH THE LEFT HAND! 

Uh, someone should have informed the animators that you’re not going to find a single octopus in the waters off of souther California (where Heroman takes place—check out this previous J-Meds post and scroll to the bottom pic for a cool tidbit about the show’s location).

 

Now it’s Joey’s hand on *her* ass.

…or not.

 

This is from a different scene.  I think she’s about to get attacked by tentacled vegetable monsters.

And again…

And again…

Now the tentacles are after all of them!!!

Japan and their tentacles!!!  (Now I understand that octopus showing up in the waters off of SoCal—it’s a Japanese thing!) 

Why sure, Apple! I'd be happy to read all 55 pages of this iTunes/iPhone agreement thingy!

No! I don’t think 55 pages is an absurd number of pages to expext people to read at all!

Psyched to get Android running on my old eee pc 701 (4g surf). Now I just need a text editor that can edit HUGE text files.

The whole reason for the netbook is to have a way to work on my novels on-the-go but a full OS on the eee is either too clunky (XP), too slow (XP also), too big (Vista) or I run into compatibility issues with the apps I want to run (Linux). But Android (FroYo!) is really light on the eee’s tiny resources and can do what I need it to. And doesn’t that Android logo look good on the eee?

The lockscreen is just one example of quite a few points at which I wish I had a touchscreen. It’s really hard to swipe with just a track pad! But it’s WAY easier to type with a REAL keyboard, so it’s a trade off.



I even got this build running on my Mac via Parallels.



The build I used, btw, is froyo-eeepc-20101015.iso and was found at http://code.google.com/p/android-x86

I found that via http://android-x86.org. (be sure to use that dash!)

It was a breeze to get it up and running, too! I used Parallels to boot the ISO and then installed it onto a 16GB SD card I had pre- partitioned with two FAT32 partitions—1 was 2GB and the other 14. I formatted the 2GB partition to ext2 for the OS and the system sees the other partition as the external SD card. Pretty sweet! Sadly there is no access to the official Android Market though it does have another market (AndMarket it’s called). Also it’s pretty easy to install from apk files manually. One minor drawback is that the wifi doesn’t reconnect after you close the display. Not a huge deal but still not perfect. Also the camera app keeps crashing and mp4 playback is choppy. Still, if I can find a good text editor I’ll have all my bases covered.

I’m actually kind of astounded that I got FroYo on my old eee 701 so easily!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I said, “Well, it’s not really the right word, but freedom is kind of a hobby with me, and I have disposable income that I’ll spend to find out how to get people more of it.

I said, “Well, it’s not really the right word, but freedom is kind of a hobby with me, and I have disposable income that I’ll spend to find out how to get people more of it.

Penn Jillette


Read the full story.


(via whitneymcn)


That quote is way better than the one I usually remember Pen Jillette saying:


“Comin’ up next on Comedy Central, it’s Mystery Science Theater 3000…”

What does a corporation do when it discovers it may have developed and marketed a dangerous and potentially devastating product? Here in America, you confuse, you obfuscate, and you buy off scientists.

What does a corporation do when it discovers it may have developed and marketed a dangerous and potentially devastating product? Here in America, you confuse, you obfuscate, and you buy off scientists.

Tom Laskawy (via chemicalfreeskinny)


Well, what do ya want? They’ve got to make a living, right? Even if it means a few people have to die… I guess… that’s their God-given right as a corporation, right?



Glen Beck wants kids back in the mines? Well, he hasn’t *said* that… but complete deregulation might let it happen…


stfuglennbeck:



anglophonic:



Kids, some as young as eight, nine and ten, forced to work in U.S. coal mines in the early 1900s. 


Taken by American sociologist Lewis Hine, this is what the word “deregulation” means in human terms. Working from cradle to grave so some rich asshole can have a mansion in the Hamptons.


If you think this only applies to the “poor little Chinese kids” who made your laptop, your fancy shoes and your mobile phone…try again.  This will be coming back to American soil (soon, with little-to-no chance for retirement) if the Republican party has its way.


-


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lewis_Hine



It feels so close it’s almost terrifying. If companies aren’t regulated they’ll get rich off of the broken backs of children.



They already do—they’re just Asian kids so we don’t care so much.

14 year-old kid stands up for gay rights—good for him! He draws a brilliant point about his city being the home to the KKK. Guess it makes sense that the school board hates gays.inothernews:dederants:totalfilm:azurefalls:dimitygirl:Fourteen-Year-Old Michigan Student Awesomely Stands Up for Suspended, Gay-Defending TeacherThe world needs more people like this.Read more on the story here: http://www.ontopmag.com/article.aspx?id=6880&MediaType=1&Category=26PLZ RE-BLOG.If the unscripted words of a 14-year-old boy don’t change your mind about things, then there really is no hope for you.Haha—wait—so I should automatically trust the words of a passionate 14 year-old? Uh, I’m not going to do that. George W. Bush has the education of a 14 year-old and the passion of this kid. Does that make him right? Also, I think it’s much easier for a kid to stand up for something like this because 1) he has less to risk and 2) he isn’t fighting against a lifetime of indoctrination. All that aside, the kid is right. But I came to that conclusion after listening to his words, not his passion or his youth. Azurefalls (quoted above) is right—not only do we need more kids like this, we need more adults like this.Let’s try and work out what the actual threats to our livelihoods and let things like “who you sleep with” and “who you pray to” remain private (or at least personal). We should only go after enemies that have harmed us in some way. In closing, I would like to add that it’s quite sad that the only idealists left in the world seem to be children.

Monday, November 15, 2010



More on the Morons at TSA and our Government re: full-body scanning and pat-downs/feel-ups.


After I posted about a woman who had both labia touched during a so-called “pat-down” by a TSA operative, I saw a post on lifehacker.com that went into more depth (and included the above pic—I love how the blond TSA guy looks a little flush at the prospect of doing a cavity search on that boy). Anyway, so it’s an interesting post (read it) and it directly addresses whether or not you can refuse to be security-checked:


Can You Refuse These New Measures?

The short answer is no. Once you get to security there’s no turning back. You’re in for some serious consequences if you refuse to participate:


[A]nyone who refuses to complete the screening process will be denied access to airport secure areas and could be subject to civil penalties, the administration said, citing a federal appeals court ruling in support of the rule. The ruling, from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, says that “requiring that a potential passenger be allowed to revoke consent to an ongoing airport security search makes little sense in a post-9/11 world. Such a rule would afford terrorists multiple opportunities to attempt to penetrate airport security by ‘electing not to fly’ on the cusp of detection until a vulnerable portal is found.

What to Do?

You can opt to sign the We Won’t Fly petition, try methods suggested on Shut Down the Airports, or support organizations like Flyer’s Rights if you feel these new security measures are too invasive and should be removed. On the other hand, if you travel infrequently these measures may not be that big of a deal.



GOTTA LOVE BIG GOVERNMENT!


Do you actually agree with these new TSA rules? Well, if so, ask yourself this:


What are the odds of you or anyone you know actually being killed by a terrorist?


The answer is zero. It doesn’t happen enough to really be able to work out the numbers. Statistically, Americans are never killed by terrorists while flying over American soil. There was ONE TIME when it happened.


What’s really sad is that the terrorists have won.


We don’t live in a free country anymore. If we did I wouldn’t have to have my nads fiddled with just to prove I’m not Osama bin ThePete.

It's the New Game Show: Will Your Cell Phone Give you Cancer OR NOT!?!?

ARG! As if technology doesn’t give us enough troubles as it is, here comes a post from Gizmodo called “New Studies, Cellphone Manufacturer Legalese Revive Brain Cancer Debate“  here are a couple cuttings:
The latest troubling study, and companies’ own cellphone instruction manuals, says they might. Again.

Randall Stross, writing for the New York Times reports on the latest “do they or don’t they?” findings:
But the legal departments of cellphone manufacturers slip a warning about holding the phone against your head or body into the fine print of the little slip that you toss aside when unpacking your phone. Apple, for example, doesn’t want iPhones to come closer than 5/8 of an inch; Research In Motion, BlackBerry’s manufacturer, is still more cautious: keep a distance of about an inch.

Continuing on, Stross writes that the manufacturer’s consumer guidelines were brought to his attention by Devra Davis, an epidemiologist and author of “Disconnect,” a book on cellphone radiation. Overall, the average number of brain-related cancer cases has not increased since the introduction of cellphones to society. That said, there’s a caveat: brain cancer in the 20-to-29 age group has actually increased in that period, while dropping in the older population. Confusing!

I’ll say! Then there’s this:
Furthermore, Henry Lai, a researcher with the University of Washington, currently maintains a database of 400 papers related to radiofrequency radiation and damaged brain DNA. What has he found in all that data?
He found that 28% of studies with cellphone industry funding showed some sort of effect, while 67% of studies without such funding did so. “That’s not trivial,” he said.


GAH!!!

Personally, I use my cell phone for surfing, email, GPSing and other functions MUCH more than I use it for actually talking.  Does this mean I’ll get hand-cancer?

What’s even more fun is the crazy inconsistency between studies funded by cell phone companies and studies NOT funded by cell phone companies. It’s just a big mess.

She then felt my inner thighs and my vagina area, touching both of my labia.

She then felt my inner thighs and my vagina area, touching both of my labia.

Our Little Chatterboxes: TSA - Sexual Assault


That comes from an account of a woman who was subjected to the TSA’s new policy on airport screenings. 


And to think I was planning to blog today about how lobbyists for the airport security industry are predominantly behind the push for full-body scanners. These are the devices that, if you decide you don’t want strangers seeing through your clothes, are replaced with a full-body search, like the above quoted woman was subjected to.  Ironically, the airport she was at doesn’t have the full body scanners, nor was she given any other option but to be felt up by a TSA operative.


I shouldn’t say she was “felt up”.  There’s a disgusting idea among humans that any physical contact short of violence is pleasurable and no big deal.


The woman quoted above says she was sexually assaulted because she wasn’t informed her private bits were about to be touched.  This suggests that if the TSA operative had just said “I’m going to touch your vajayjay” everything would be cool.


This is kind of a fucked up attitude.


Being touched IN ANY WAY should be 100% VOLUNTARY.


There is NO EXCUSE FOR THIS. 


Is rape not a big deal if the rapist lets you know he’s going to do it first?


“OK, now I’m going to force my penis into you, OK?”


That makes it FINE, doesn’t it?


How about this:  “If you want to leave, you’re going to have to let me sexually assault you.  If you stay, I won’t sexually assault you.”


Ah, that’s even better, right?


This is disgusting and I’m sick of living in a country who will put up with this shit.  We are living in a police state.  It may be a mild one, but we are still all assumed to be criminals before our innocence can be proven to corporations and government.


Whether it’s showing our receipt at the Best Buy on the way out to prove we’re not shoplifters, or getting fingered at the airport to prove we’re not planning on blowing up a plane—the old, forgotten principle of everyone being “innocent until proven guilty” is long dead.


Read the rest of the woman’s account and for God’s sake, speak out on this.  Get a blog, Tweet about it, post it on Facebook.  Just do something.  We have to speak out against all forms of sexual assault, even the ones sanctioned by our governments.

The Left has a choice: it can imitate the Right and create its own tribalistic reality bubble, or it can reach out…

The Left has a choice: it can imitate the Right and create its own tribalistic reality bubble, or it can reach out…

After the Future (via azspot)


GO FOR THE BUBBLE!  GO FOR THE BUBBLE!!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010



Display in workplace (by Liz)


Forget washing hands: “Employees must have two or more children to maintain a steady supply of low-wage workers.”


Tee-hee! This is so (sad but) true.



For more information: http://stickitto.com

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

At first this iPhone stun gun attachment sounds like a great idea—but it plugs into the doc

At first this iPhone stun gun attachment sounds like a great idea—but it plugs into the dock connector—shock-yourself-much?

yaruo:


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USA! NUMBER 1! In crime, rape, emissions AND MORE!


Found via ninoo.posterous.com who got it from stfuconservatives:



ruthannsimages:



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theoceanandthesky:



trastorn:



the-expat-life:



fyeahafrica:



According to this, South Africa ranks #2 worldwide in the Rape category.


nezua:



saprophage:




This is.. this is actually true.



SIGH…



i’m not sure about the stats and i could be wrong, but i was actually discussing teen birth rate with some British students and they said the teen rate here is worse than that in America? i’m not sure if that’s true though. 



Proud to be an American?



Wow.



I don’t see a source for this, but if even half of it is true… sad. (Though McDonald’s is an American company so it’s not terribly surprising we have the most of those.)



Yeah, would like to see a source for these stats, too, but it’s enough of a poke in the eye as it is to get you thinking.

Monday, November 8, 2010



thepetecomics:



In honor of my step-dad, whose birthday was yesterday. Hopefully, it won’t be his last.


These 8 people are responsible for HOURS (maybe DAYS) of laughter from me



These 8 people are responsible for HOURS (maybe DAYS) of laughter from me.

Found via kellyannnx:
Wow.

INDEED!

Zac Effron to play Kaneda? NANDE KOREWA?



Zac Effron to play Kaneda? NANDE KOREWA?

KANEDA IS JAPANESE.

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HOLLYWOOD: WHY DO YOU REFUSE TO CAST JAPANESE ACTORS IN JAPANESE ROLES?

Was Ken Watanabe unavailable?  Oh, no—he’ll probably play the Colonel.

HOLLYWOOD NEWSFLASH: AKIRA TAKES PLACE IN NEO-TOKYO.

THAT’S IN JAPAN.

YOU MIGHT WANT TO HAVE JAPANESE PEOPLE IN IT.

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UPDATE: Turns out Zac won't be doing it, but the word still is that the script no longer takes place in Japan and stars two 30-somethings and not two teenage gang kids.  How they'll work in the awesome motorcycles at this point I do not now.


NPR: The Fed’s $600 Billion Statement, Translated Into Plain English (Can’t believe they did this—now everyone will know!  OK, now every NPR listener/reader will know. So like five people?)


But seriously, this is awesome—not only is NPR covering that the Fed is literally creating money from nothing, but they’ve done it in such a blatant way no one can misunderstand them.


What’s also nice about the above capped piece (you can click on it to go to the article) is that they took Fed Chairman, Ben Bernanke’s statement about inventing $600 billion from nothing and translated it into plain English, line-by-line, so you can actually understand what the cagey fucker is talking about.  Here’s an example:


Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in September confirms that the pace of recovery in output and employment continues to be slow.”


becomes:


The economy still sucks.”


another:


Longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable, but measures of underlying inflation have trended lower in recent quarters.”


becomes:


Inflation has gone from low to super low.”



Of course, nowhere do they explain why the rate of inflation going up is good, but hey, at least a fairly mainstream news source is doing us the favor of actually reporting facts that inform us about one of the most important, life-changing things in our life:


Money…


…and how it’s actually worth nothing at all, since some white guys in suits can just conjure it from the aether—like Zero Point Money or something.  Zero Point Energy is a theoretical type of electricity you’d create from nothing.  It’s widely viewed by physicists and engineers as impossible because energy must come from somewhere.  Similar physical laws exist for money, as well (the more you have the less they’re worth), but no one seems to mind the consequences, for some reason.  This allows the Fed to just tappity-tap on their computers and VOILA—$600 billion.  Just like they did back in 2008.


They don’t even need to mix a potion in a boiling cauldron or cast a spell or sign their souls over to the devil.  Well, hopefully, they had to do that last part.


So, how does it feel knowing that while you work your ass off to make money, a group of rich guys in posh offices work to take value away from that money?

Sunday, November 7, 2010

666cast episode 32 from website666.com! This week, why the recent election doesn’t matter, how we ARE on the other side of the looking glass and plenty of stories in the ‘news.’ Please listen. Thanks! Let me know what you think! Please subscribe to the feed. Don’t forget to visit webstore666!

666cast episode 32 from website666.com! This week, why the recent election doesn’t matter, how we ARE on the other side of the looking glass and plenty of stories in the ‘news.’  Please listen. Thanks!


Let me know what you think!


Please subscribe to the feed.


Don’t forget to visit webstore666!

Today I woke up at 9:30am. I got to work almost immediately working on the dntlkbar for dntlk.c

Today I woke up at 9:30am.  I got to work almost immediately working on the dntlkbar for dntlk.com.  I had gotten some code from the developer of YOURLS and I wanted to give it a try.  One thing went wrong after another and at 3pm I finally gave up.  Sure, the dntlkbar looks much better now, but I ended up screaming at my computer.  Not that it did anything wrong (aside from take FOR EVER to register that I had dropped a file in the Cyberduck window), it was all because the developer who designed the original bar I’m tweaking the shit out of structured it a way that I couldn’t figure out how the hell he laid it out.  This made customizing it a massive pain in the ass.  It was literally a situation where I just kept going until I ran out of things that could go wrong.  Well, almost ran out. Never could get that code from the developer to work.

Now all of my website666 products on Zazzle refuse to show up in my Zazzle store.  Did someone flag them for having the mark of the devil on them?  I hope it’s not something that stupid.
I still have to do 1700 words on my NaNoWriMo novel and wash a bunch of dishes.  Oh and take out the trash.

I really need to start reclaiming my weekends.  I’m fucking knackered out the wazoo.


Bush on waterboarding: ‘Damn right’ (ThePete on Bush: is THIS enough to bring warcrimes charges??)


First off, kudos to CNN for screwing up the title of the book they’re reporting on—the article (see screencap above) refers to the book “Turning Points.” Too bad the book in the photo to the right is called “Decision Points.”  WELL DONE, CNN!


That media criticism aside, here’s what Bush is quoted as saying in the article about waterboarding:


“There were two that I felt went too far, even if they were legal. I directed the CIA not to use them. Another technique was waterboarding, a process of simulated drowning. No doubt the procedure was tough, but medical experts assured the CIA that it did no lasting harm.”


So he admits it. Waterboarding was a warcrime in World War II—we executed Japanese soldiers for doing it to our guys. When did it stop being a warcrime?


And since when do we let torturers get away with it?

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Astounding numbers: http://Worldometers.info - real time world statistics

Astounding numbers: http://Worldometers.info - real time world statistics

This is insane—ever want to know how many people are dying statistically RIGHT NOW?


How about being born?


Curious how much money has been spent on video games in the world today? (I bet most of that is in Japan ;P)


http://worldometers.info


Oops—forgot to say that this was originally found via SmallBlueMonkey.

TODAY is Carl Sagan Day: http://www.carlsaganday.com/

TODAY is Carl Sagan Day: http://www.carlsaganday.com/

Carl Sagan auto-reblog/RT!!



To celebrate his legacy at the 76th anniversary of his birth (November 9, 1934), and to increase public involvement in the excitement of astronomy and space exploration, a local coalition of science and reason-based organizations announces the SECOND ANNUAL CARL SAGAN DAY, NOV. 6 2010.



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TODAY is Carl Sagan Day: http://www.carlsaganday.com/

Link: TODAY is Carl Sagan Day: http://www.carlsaganday.com/

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Carl Sagan auto-reblog/RT!!



To celebrate his legacy at the 76th anniversary of his birth (November 9, 1934), and to increase public involvement in the excitement of astronomy and space exploration, a local coalition of science and reason-based organizations announces the SECOND ANNUAL CARL SAGAN DAY, NOV. 6 2010.



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Friday, November 5, 2010

Fed's Bernanke `Doesn't Understand' Economics, Jim Rogers Says - Bloomberg

Fed's Bernanke `Doesn't Understand' Economics, Jim Rogers Says - Bloomberg

Oh, man—this guy is saying exactly what I’ve been thinking ever since CoalSpeaker first pointed out the Fed’s latest action to “save” our economy (which they decided to do right while we were distracted with the election). Anyway, so here’s a cutting from an article at Bloomberg.com from today:



Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke’s decision to pump a further $600 billion into the economy shows his grasp of economics is weak, said investor Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings.

“Dr. Bernanke unfortunately does not understand economics, he does not understand currencies, he does not understand finance,” Rogers, 68, said in a lecture at Oxford University’s Balliol College yesterday. “All he understands is printing money.”

“His whole intellectual career has been based on the study of printing money,” said Rogers, who predicted the start of the global commodities rally in 1999. “Give the guy a printing press, he’s going to run it as fast as he can.”



I’m continually surprised that most people who are aware of how the Fed works and yet aren’t upset by the fact that there’s a bunch of unelected white guys in suits someplace who can just print up more money while the rest of us have to work for it.


What’s really scary here is that Bernanke’s plan to print up a fresh wad of bills, totaling $600 billion, will devalue our currency even more (they did this before, back in September of 2008 while all eyes were on Congress while they debated how to save the economy, and gosh it really saved us?).  $600 billion is a huge amount of money. 


I’m not sure how else to describe this aside from mass devaluation. 


I think the idea is to encourage foreign investment and make it super cheap for domestic businesses to borrow money.  Since that money won’t buy much, what are businesses supposed to do with it?  Hire new employees and pay ‘em!


That’s the hope, I suppose.  In the meantime, our money buys less.  The other irony is that the inflation rate will go up and make your savings accounts useless or even costly to you.  Think about it.  The inflation rate this year has fluctuated between 1 and 2.6(ish)%.  What’s your savings account interest rate? If it’s not more than that window, you’ve already taken a hit.


Don’t have a savings account?  Good boy!  Shove that cash under the mattress or buy stuff with it.  You’re probably better off.


That’s just my ¥2, of course.


Go read the Bloomberg article for all the details.  Sure, Rogers has a book to sell, but his logic is sound, sadly.



UPDATE: And I just read this in another article on Bloomberg about Japan’s economy:


No matter how much yen the Bank of Japan pumps into the economy, deflation deepens. It’s all about confidence, of which there is virtually none. Companies don’t trust that growth will return and so they avoid investing and hiring and trim salaries. Households fret about the future.


Was puzzling about that article is that it talks about deflation being the cause of a race to the bottom for prices.  He cites Hooters as an example because they sell cheap food and cheap alcohol.  But does that mean deflation?  How many wings is the Yen actually buying?  Hm, maybe it’s that we’re switching positions with Japan.  We’ll all be making more money (if this plan works) but the money won’t buy as much so we’ll have to spend more to get the same stuff.


But injecting money into the economy in Japan hasn’t worked and has inspired price-drops across every sector because the money injection didn’t work.  So, maybe we’re seeing into our own futures?


Geh… why does money have to be so confusing?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

How I see the universe and how I (don't) see God (at all).

A week or two ago, I stumbled across a post somewhere on some blog that featured a TED video of a pastor/minister/priest/somethingorother giving a talk about how God can let terrible tragedy happen. 


I won’t go into my honest surprise at seeing God being the topic of a TED video.  I wasn’t about to watch the thing, but I did glance over a bit of what the guy who posted the video had to say.  As with all believers, I’m puzzled as to why people have this seemingly impossible-to-deny desire to believe in a supreme being.  The video was apparently about how silly it is that most believers agree that God is infinite and yet they’ve also decided that God is “this” or “that.”  Yes, it is silly.  But what about the part where you accept that God is infinite right along the idea that God can ever be comprehended or understood in the first place?  Why even bother trying to comprehend him if you know the human brain can never fully do it?  And since He is just so far above you, why do you even bother believing at all?  What’s the point?


I left some of that in a comment on the already commented upon post (most of the comments were from believers).  And I did get a response from the original poster explaining that we should try to understand God so we can understand existence, understand how we understand and understand how we relate to each other.


Being careful to only slightly stretch my own 3 Rules of Internet Arguing, I decided to leave one more comment.  Here it is:



I guess I just don’t see much to *understand*. I mean, I read the science, I understand how certain conditions lined up and allowed me to exist.  Understanding existence in this way tells me that life is incredibly fragile.  Seeing how lifeless the universe appears to be, suggests how incredibly special and unique we are.  It also tells me that it is we who bring meaning to the universe—that without us, existence would just be a bunch of planets, asteroids, stars and space dust.  Without us, no one would be able to attribute meaning to any of it.  So, that makes human life invaluable.

So, to me, when someone I know dies or gets cancer or stubs his toe, I understand this as the way the universe works.  I don’t really see a need to describe it in terms of God.  I don’t see evidence of God.  I actually see evidence of a lack of God.

But I’ll shut up now.  I know how useful it is for you believers to hear from a non-believer (not at all).



To me, there can’t really be meaning without anyone around the comprehend that meaning.  If meaning was so important to God, you’d think that He’d create a universe teaming with life forms—plenty of people to understand the meaning He has created.


Instead, we are the only ones.  We are the only ones who see the patterns.  We see star systems and galaxies and shapes and beauty.  We bring the meaning.  Not God.


We see the stunning mechanics of the universe, while the universe itself, sees nothing.


And that’s OK with me.

FED up

coalspeaker:



How many others out there in webland think this is the beginning of mighty comedy of errors?


Fed will spend upward of $1 trillion to buy gov’t bonds over next year…



No shit. I’m also curious who thinks the Fed just happened to schedule this on top of the elections.  Seriously, who could think this?

EFFYOU.ORG: This Week's EFFYOU goes out to the Democrats for being lame.

EFFYOU.ORG: This Week's EFFYOU goes out to the Democrats for being lame.

effyouorg:




ONLY THE DEMOCRATS could take the 8 year mess the Republicans made of America and, in just 20 months, make it seem like their fault.



Read more at http://effyou.org

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Federal Reserve to print billions of dollars in massive shadow stimulus

Federal Reserve to print billions of dollars in massive shadow stimulus

The Federal Reserve’s policy-setting panel began a crucial two-day meeting Tuesday, poised to cast aside its long-held reluctance to micro-manage the economy in a bid to avoid a lost decade of growth.


The central bank’s open market committee (FOMC) is expected to approve massive stimulus spending not seen since the depths of the economic crisis.


At the conclusion of the meeting Wednesday, the Fed is expected to announce it will resume the large-scale purchase of long-term US bonds — essentially printing billions of dollars — in the hope of boosting a weak recovery.



I wonder if this actually happens if it’ll show up on the MSM.


Funny how the Fed has tried things very similar to this before and it hasn’t worked.  It didn’t work the time before that, either.  It’s so funny how these allegedly intelligent people keep doing the same thing, thinking it will yield different results. 


The BIG problem here is they’re essentially loaning money to themselves—at least, if I understand this whole thing correctly.  Usually, they loan money they create from nothing to banks.  Again, that’s assuming I understand this correctly. This means they’ll be able to loan more and profit more.


Whether we’re voting for political leaders who we pretend care for our interests or use money that we pretend has actual value, we are living in a virtual virtual reality.


Kinda scary when you realize this is the other side of the looking glass.


Forgot to say: found via: CoalSpeaker.com

Monday, November 1, 2010

http://cnnbc.moveon.org says the future depends on me voting, I say: it's too late for the future

Found out about this from a friend on Facebook: http://cnnbc.moveon.org/


Essentially, it rips a page from the old TV ad campaign for Captain Power (any scifi geeks out there remember him?) and pretends to be a regular news video that gets interrupted by someone from the future who then implores us to stop the dystopian nightmare of tomorrow from happening by voting.  Of course, in typical mass-marketing fashion, the video message comes from a hot, skinny future-chick who’s got a handsome, passionate black man as a sidekick who comes in toward the end.  Also, in typical mass-marketing fashion, it utilizes Facebook to make the video personal.  Check out these screencaps:



Check out the pic that the black sidekick keeps in a locket around his neck:



I have to admit I totally LOLed, but the sad reality is that the future is already lost.


See, they make a big joke about corporations owning everything (even people) but they conveniently skip over the part where corporations already own the candidates.


On the way back from the big Rally for Sanity and/or Fear this weekend I had a conversation with a guy who said he saw hope for the future if young people would just get out there and vote.  The thing is, big money (aka corporations, in most cases) already determine who we can vote for because it’s legal for them to donate as much as they want to whom they want.  This means anyone with corporations backing them up can pretty much wipe out any message from someone with less money.


What’s the point in voting for change if someone else is already limiting the selection of people promising change?


As we now know for certain, change is more than just skin deep.  Sure, the world is definitely a better place when Democrats win, but ultimately, every elected official in government is in someone’s back pocket.  Too bad our wallet got stolen from our back pocket long ago, not that it matters since We, The People, could never afford to buy our own politicians in the first place.


Hmm… “It’s too late for the future.”  That’s good!  I’m going to use that in a story somewhere. I CALL COPYRIGHT/TRADEMARK DIBS!!


Oh and speaking of a story, have another look at the first screencap above—check out the image to the left in that first screencap.  Now go here and notice the title of a novel I wrote under the pen-name Scott Campbell a bunch of years ago.


Tee-hee!

Sad Heroman Again



weeaboobies:
i’ll probably post this every time i see it.

Did I reblog this the first time I saw it?  I don’t remember.

I miss Heroman. I hope they do another series. It was fun.

I want a pair of these soooo bad: a Head-Mounted Display in the form of glasses from Lumus

Link: I want a pair of these soooo bad: a Head-Mounted Display in the form of glasses from Lumus







OK, so they could use some slimming down (like maybe a belt-clipable handheld-sized device?) and I’d probably take a sharpie to that gross stripe (I may be from Jersey, but I’ve got SOME class), but still—this is the future and I can’t wait!

No more worrying about a scratched display or a cracked screen—just keep these babies on or in a hardcase and you’re in great shape.

Hell, I’d settle for one of these.