Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
The school was promoting a jog-a-thon fundraiser and printed shirts
displaying a lion, their school mascot. The caption below featured the tag line "How's my running? Call 1-800 Eat Dust."
It was supposed to be a snarky, fun slogan. Until a curious parent called the number and discovered it connected to a she-male sex chat line. Oops.
"It was an innocent mistake. Parents have been very understanding," Rosemary Gladden, public information officer for Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, told the Orange County Register.
The schools PTA, who printed the shirts, is not the first group to make the "typographical error" according to the Associated Press. The two word 800 number shows up online as part of a popular running slogan sold on T-shirts
This reminds me of the year my El Dorado High School yearbook's title was misspelled to read "The Golden Anus" instead of "The Golden Year".
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
In the late 19th and early 20th century, enigmatic photographer T. Enami (1859-1929) captured a number of 3D stereoviews depicting life in Meiji-period Japan.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
The cylindrical display case is 27 cm tall with a base of 13 cm in diameter, and features a 96 by 128-pixel resolution that looks better than might be expected.
As a result of the testimony of narcotics officer Rauenhorst (who was neither present for nor involved with the search in question) to the effect that drug-users sometimes save bong-water “for future use . . . either drinking it or shooting it in the veins” the woman will now more than likely go to prison for more than 7 years, even though absolutely no evidence was presented that the defendant intended to do such a disgusting thing.
You can almost hear the veins popping in the dissenting judges opinion:
The majority‟s decision to permit bong water to be used to support a first-degree felony controlled-substance charge runs counter to the legislative structure of our drug laws, does not make common sense, and borders on the absurd.I'm further enraged by the courts ruling that bong water counts as a drug mixture, defining “mixture” as “a preparation, compound, mixture, or substance containing a controlled substance, regardless of purity," essentially meaning trace amounts of any drug can now be classified as full-scale possession.
But if we treat the bong water as paraphernalia, the same defendant would receive a fine of no more than $300 dollars and a petty misdemeanor conviction that would not go on his or her criminal record. The disparity in the severity of the sentence between these two possible charges is enormous. This enormous disparity in sentencing severity creates ambiguity as to how the legislature intended the drug statutes to apply to the facts of this case.
I conclude that it is also unreasonable to interpret our legislature‟s laws as punishing Peck‟s possession of two and one-half tablespoons of bong water as a more serious crime than the possession of 24 grams of cocaine, heroin, or methamphetamine. Bong water is normally not consumed, and Peck would likely have disposed of it had the police not seized it.
Of course everyone's just going to make bad jokes about how gross bong-water tastes instead of actually standing up to this bullshit.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Totally badass proof of concept video for a D&D application of the Microsoft Surface. From Penny-Arcade.com:
-A while ago we went out to speak at the ETC in Pittsburgh. After our talk we got to walk around the campus and talk to all the different teams. You can go back and read Tycho's post about our trip. One of the groups we saw was working on developing applications for the Microsoft Surface. The stuff they were doing was for some kind of defense contractor though and so it was all essentially top secret. They did have a Surface in their room though and I actually sat down and played with it for a bit. After I was done doodling I started sketching out a game grid and we all got to talking about how you might be able to use this tech to play D&D. I drew out some rough ideas and Tycho and I gave them a wish list of things we'd want to see it do. Stuff like selecting spells from a menu around your figure and animates effects for attacks and auras.
After we got home we received a mail from them saying they liked the idea so much they wanted to make it their next project. That was months ago and they've just now released their first proof of concept video. Obviously it's still super early but in my opinion it's got a ton of potential.
Words fail me. Check out Wired for more.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Amanda Palmer performs "Marry Me" by St. Vincent (from the record "Marry Me") with Reggie Watts (beatboxing), and other featured friends and performers including Sxip Shirey, Jason Webley, Meow Meow, Una Mimnagh, and Jonas Woolverton...
Recorded live in Boston, MA at Sxip's Hour of Charm
September 15th, 2007
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles wrote a letter to retailers asking them to stop selling the item. Executive director Angelica Salas called it “distasteful, mean-spirited, and ignorant of social stigmas and current debate on immigration reform.”He didn’t just cross a border, he crossed a galaxy! He’s got his green card, but it’s from another planet! Sure to get some laughs, the Illegal Alien Adult Costume includes an orange prison-style jumpsuit with “Illegal Alien” printed on the front, an alien mask and a “green card.”
Halloween Express, however, is selling a separate mask that would probably go even better with whatever offensive costume you're trying to put together.
Target claims the costume wasn't even supposed to be on their site or catalogue, and were quick to apologize.
Of course, as with every other costume, there is a 'Sexy' alternative for women which comes with a metallic dress, festive sombrero, alien sunglasses and handcuffs (?). So far, there seems to be absolutely no controversy over this one.
Quite predictably, Fox News sees nothing wrong with the costume - they are, after all, the chief users of the illegal alien pejorative. Watch it here.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tank's team designed an apparatus in which a mouse, its head firmly held in a metal helmet, walks on the surface of a styrofoam ball. The ball is kept aloft by a jet of air, so that it functions like a multidirectional treadmill. Around it are sensors taken from optical computer mice, which read the ball's movement as the mouse runs.
Those readings were the input for the researchers' virtual reality software -- a modified version of the open source Quake 2 videogame engine, tweaked to project an image on a screen surrounding the mouse. Tank called it "a mini-IMAX theater." Mice in the study ran through a virtual maze designed in the open source Quake game editor, but rather than earning points or power-ups, they were rewarded with sips of water from a head-side nozzle.
Into the hippocampus of each mouse the researchers inserted a glass capillary just one micron wide at its tip and filled with salt water. Known as a whole-cell patch recorder, it detects electrical currents as they pulse through individual cells.
"It is difficult to overstate the importance of understanding how the dynamics of electrical activity within single neurons is related to firing patterns among collections of neurons that accompany the performance of complex tasks," wrote Douglas Nitz, a University of California at San Diego cognitive scientist, in a commentary accompanying the findings.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Dancers from the National Ballet of China performs the "Red Detachment of Women" ballet at the Tanggu Great Theater, part of the celebration of China's 60th anniversary, in Tianjin, September 26, 2009. (REUTERS/Jason Lee) #
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Here's an old video of Dennis Kucinich speaking at the 2008 DNC, giving the now (slightly) famous Wake Up, America speech. Man, I really wish this guy could be President.
You may have heard of Kucinich a while ago when he submitted to the House the 35 Articles of Impeachment Against George W Bush, all of which were far more serious and substantial than getting a blowjob.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
A musical tribute to two great men of science. Carl Sagan and his cosmologist companion Stephen Hawking present: A Glorious Dawn - Cosmos remixed. Almost all samples and footage taken from Carl Sagan's Cosmos and Stephen Hawking's Universe series.Download the mp3.
RIP Dr. Sagan, you will be missed!!