Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Mom Pleads Guilty to Hosting Sex Parties

Unbelievable! I can't believe a 40 year-old woman could've thought this was a good idea.

Ladies, don't invite your sons' teenage friends over for drugs, alcohol, and sex. It's just a bad idea. I can't believe her son would have approved of this either. You don't want your friends thinking your mom is the slut of the universe.

Can you solve a Rubik's Cube blindfolded?

In this video a guy memorizes the configuration of Rubik's Cube and then solves it while wearing a blindfold. Incredible! From start to finish, he only takes 2 minutes, 40 seconds.

Gary McKinnon

Gary McKinnon is the UK hacker facing extradition to the US because he hacked into NASA, Navy, Army, Air Force and other DoD computer systems.

Of course, "hacked" is being used pretty liberally, since he claims security was practically non-existent. We're talking about windows machines with blank local Administrator passwords and the such... all he needed was a few script kiddie applications off the internet and the systems were wide-open for him.

But what's most interesting is that he claims he did it all to find evidence of UFOs and little green men. And although he didn't find proof of aliens, he claims that he did find extensive evidence that the US government has antigravity technology.

He also claims to have found spreadsheets detailing crew and equipment transfers to ships which are not in the official registry and references to non-terrestrial personal, which he takes to mean that the US has some kind of secret star fleet of an indeterminate size.

Crazy whack-job? I don't know. It's an explanation which raises as many questions as it answers. Read more at: Gary McKinnon: Scapegoat or public enemy?

Monday, July 25, 2005

Barnyard Pimp

This is some seriously sick shit:
King County sheriff's office investigating possible animal abuse
Investigation of Enumclaw farm continues

Basically, a guy gets thrown out of a car outside an emergency room with serious internal injuries and later dies. After much investigation, it turns out he had been sodomized by a horse!

He engaged in this activity on a farm where lots of people were invited to do all manner of sick, perverted things. The investigating team has had a hard time keeping their food down. "Unfortunately, they were quite diligent about videotaping their activities," one officer said. "Unfortunately" because those poor cops have to watch all that sick shit.

Kids, don't have sex with farm animals. And for the love of God, don't let a horse fuck your ass!

Friday, July 22, 2005

House Yields More Ground To The Terrorists

The US House has passed an extension on the Patriot Act which would make 14 provisions currently set to sunset permanent and extend two more for an additional ten years. I wouldn't be surprised if the Senate also approves this and then GWB signs it into law.

Here's a nice quote from the article:

"Periodically revisiting the Patriot Act is a good thing," said Rep. Martin Meehan, D-Massachusetts. "The Patriot Act was an effort to answer the most difficult question a democracy faces: How much freedom are we willing to give up to feel safe?"

The terrorists really are winning.

Thursday, July 21, 2005

The Terrorists Are Winning

As an American, I feel it must be said: the terrorists are winning.

This isn't a question or a possibility, it is reality. The terrorists are winning. President Bush says the terrorists hate our freedom, that the terrorists want to destroy our freedoms and thereby our way of life.

Despite all the rhetoric, the two wars and all the bombs and bloodshed we have visited upon our enemies, our freedom is being destroyed.

Our freedom is being destroyed not by hijacked airliners or suicide bombers, but by the way our lawmakers and bureaucrats respond to these things: by falling back and giving up ground.

In the first days after 9/11, Congress and President Bush made their first major retreat. With the signing of the PATRIOT Act, many of the constitutional protections of our core freedoms were significantly weakened and so we have lost those freedoms. Since that time, many politicians have lobbied for the US to give up more ground to the terrorists.

In some cases the ground was surrendered, others it was not. But the voices in congress remain. They keep chanting "Surrender more freedom to the terrorists." Of course, they don't use these words.

The cowards in Congress claim that by surrendering more freedom, we will be safer. But in the words of our own President, the War on Terrorism is about freedom, not safety. How can you win a war by surrendering what you are fighting for?

The answer is that you can't. We are loosing ground and the terrorists continue to strike, even today London was bombed for the second time in two weeks. Now the cowards will call for us to surrender more ground and we probably will.

When the laws get passed and we lose even more freedom, remember what it means. The terrorists are winning.

Monday, July 18, 2005

iTMS Sales Back On The Rise?

A little over a month ago, I reported that sales at Apple's iTunes Music Store had apparently leveled off. I'm pleased to report that with the ramp up to the 500-millionth song, iTMS sales on a per-day average have increased by 350,000 songs, which is an increase of 26%. That's a pretty large increase even with the promotional contests they were running, so I'm sure most of that increase will carry over to the next period.

Looking back at the data, I can see why sales were stagnant for the March-June period. During the holiday period, Sales took a rather dramatic climb, going from 500,000 songs-per-day to 1.28 million. Naturally, there was some market fatigue. If it hadn't been for the 5 million iPods sold during that quarter, iTMS sales probably would have dropped. It will be interesting to see if that fatigue re-surfaces next spring.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

No More Driver's Licenses

Researchers have been working on self-driving automobiles for a good twenty years. By now, many people probably think their cars will never drive themselves. Those people are wrong.

The military wants self-driving vehicles badly and when the military wants something badly enough, they find a way to get it. Which brings us to the DARPA Grand Challenge, a competition to build a vehicle which can handle long-range driving over some very difficult and varied terrain.

The best performer of last year's Challenge only managed slightly more than 7 miles of the 175 mile course. This year, that team has a good shot at completing the challenge. Check out Autonomous robot drives 200 miles. Based on their improvement, even if no team wins this year, next year a victory is practically guaranteed.

Once autonomous vehicles are perfected for military use, whichever company manufactures them will want to expand into the civilian market, and your driveway. I expect that by 2050, it will be illegal to manually drive a vehicle on a public roadway. Driver's licenses will be a thing of the past. As will speeding tickets and DUI's. Your car insurance will be based solely on the value of your car, since you will never drive it.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

DIY Projector

Slashdot lead me to this DIY Projector project. For less than $200, this guy was able to put together a passable video projection system. Although fairly bulky, it seems to work well enough and it cost even less than a modest 27" CRT television. The $200 budget for the project even included a very nice wall-mounted retractable screen.

I think I'm gonna have to try this one out.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

You like sunshine and fresh air.

I went out to my favorite chinese resturant for lunch yesterday, and the slip of paper in my fortune cookie said "You like sunshine and fresh air." I laughed out loud.

In truth, I do like sunshine and fresh air. However, I like my computers more. I taped the little slip to my monitor at work, as a reminder that perhaps, someday, I should try going outside.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Judge Judy for the Supreme Court?

It has been suggested that Judge Judy be considered for the US Supreme Court.

Having read Judy's book "Don't Pee On My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining" a few years ago, I think she would make a great Supreme Court Justice. The woman has a no-nonsense clarity of thought which is hard to come by. She also respects real justice more than legal bullshit. Perhaps a letter writing campaign to GWB is in order?

For those not in the know, Judge Judy is a real judge with a respectable career. Check out the above biographical link.

The Blog of a Psycho

Question: How do you know when you're going to go bat-shit insane and kill a woman, her boyfriend, her son, and kidnap her 8-year old daughter to act out your sick-ass perverted fantasies?

Answer: When you start blogging like Joseph Duncan.

According to Wired in "Cops Watched Sex Offender's Blog", the above is exactly what Joseph is presently accused of. Considering that he was found with the little girl, it's a sure bet the bastard is guilty.

Of course, some of the comments people have left on his blog are also pretty disturbing. I wonder how long blogger will keep Joseph's blog available.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Future Problems

What will the big problems of 2056 be? According to the Onion, men's biggest problem will be how to get the robots to stop banging our wives. This is funny in that "it'll probably come true" kind of way.