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Dimensions in Film (20110220)

Is there a trend to remake movies in 3D? Is this the same as colorizing? Or are there more financial motivations: we shouldn't expect Casablanca 3D before they make Gone with the Wind 3D , The Sound of Music 3D , Birth of a Nation 3D , Jaws 3D (Hey!)... A...


Retweets (20110220)

"...it's as exciting as discovering a new kind of tornado just before the midwest trailer park management conference" (February 17) "...governance, risk, compliance and risk." "You mentioned 'risk' twice." "I like risk." (February 17) "EVERYONE has snow rou...


A friend's just a stranger you haven't unmet, 2009/11/16

The blog of the Oxford University Press announced yesterday that the New Oxford American Dictionary 2009 Word of the Year is: unfriend . unfriend — verb — To remove someone as a ‘friend’ on a social networking site such as Facebook. In the p...


Last Modified Time, 2009/8/8


Big Ear Twitter, 2009/5/7

What would improve the Twitter UI? How about a "Big Ear" application:   Before:   After:


long lines, 2009/3/31

The 2008 National Academies workshop report on societal and economic impacts of severe space weather events , covered earlier this year by New Scientist and NASA , included contributions from John Kappenman of Metatech Corporation, based on a study under th...


More midflight departures, 2009/3/27

Rivière rang up to learn the latest messages from the planes in flight. Night Flight (1931) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Bryan Alexander picked up on my post from yesterday and added ...the long decades of in-flight UFO stories, which form the back...


Midflight departures, 2009/3/26

There were unconfirmed reports of incidents high above the planetary surface that no one talked about in any but the most careful euphemisms. The list of passengers who arrived was not always identical to the list of those who'd departed. Something was happ...


Great classic computer technology: PrestoServe, 2009/3/14

In 1989, Legato Systems, founded by former Sun NFS engineers, is developing its backup software, NetWorker . But first, it releases a non-backup product, PrestoServe . I suggested we run with PrestoServe to gain some experience in marketing and selling a pr...


physicists vs privacy, 2009/3/7

In March 1989, five days after Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons held a press conference announcing their findings of cold fusion at the University of Utah, Pons' Internet (NSFNET) email address was posted to sci.physics . Here's Dr. Pons's e-address: pon...


In Ur Crossword, 2009/3/3

I noticed that the March 1, 2009 edition of AmericanWay (the inflight magazine of American Airlines) crossword puzzle assumed a slightly higher degree of familiarity with Internet culture (I am used to their clues being chosen from the "friend of Kukla and ...


Call completion times, 2009/2/28

This table, from the Bell System 1969-1970 Switched Telecommunications Network Connection Survey , indicates the time which elapsed between dialing the last digit of the telephone number and the receipt of a test tone supplied by automatic answering equipme...


C of the sea, 2009/2/26

The article Radiocarbon Dating of the Human Eye Lens Crystallines Reveal Proteins without Carbon Turnover throughout Life by Lynnerup et al published last year describes a mathematical model which predicts the year of a person's birth based on Carbon 14 dat...


Plain and Secret Language, 2009/2/25

The 1959 Telegraph Regulations of the International Telecommunications Union (as of the Geneva conference) included the provision that for telegrams crossing national boundaries, The sender of a telegram in secret language must produce the code from which t...


Just an 18-bit Western Sheriff, 2009/2/17

The MIT Lincoln Laboratory TX-0 computer was built in 1956, and was made available to the Research Laboratory of Electronics and Electronic Systems Laboratory in 1958. It was delivered with 4K of memory, later expanded to 8K. On October 26, 1960, the CBS T...


The Very Model of a Modern Magnus Envelope, 2009/2/16

This photo from the Magenn Power web site illustrates the visitors from the future model Magnus Spherical Airship . This Magnus Airship was a large spherical envelope filled with helium to achieve static, buoyant lift. As the sphere rotated during forward m...


The Wild West Death Game, 2009/2/15

The romanticized "wild west" is filtered through the preconception of the storyteller of how the wild west should work. Their environment and assumptions might mix with the reality and myth of the actual US Western frontier times to make a hybrid that appe...


Generic Universal Facebook Viru-Quiz, 2009/2/5

1. Delight. 2. Bath. 3. Border. 4. May I see your passport please? 5. Rail. 6. Bobolink. 7. Cassowary. 8. Leaflets. 9. Yes. 10. Yes. 11. Yes. 12. Yes. 13. Size 12. 14. Yes. 15. We are just good friends.


, 2009/1/25

"Do not imagine, that in coming aboard Inconvenience you have escaped into any realm of the counterfactual..."


, 2009/1/15


Narrow dessert, 2009/1/6

1.     A dessert comprising, (a)    a binder portion comprising greek honey yogurt, and (b)    a contents portion comprising pearl mozzarella cheese, raisins, chopped dried apricots, and chopped pi...


City Burn, 2009/1/3

"A Change in Time", part of First Night Austin 2009, was the burning of a wooden clock tower on New Year's Eve (12/31/2008) on Auditorium Shores in downtown Austin, TX. ... ...


The Dawn of Automatic Business Computers, 2008/9/3

Estimated Number of Automatic Computers in Use From Introduction to Automatic Computers . The IBM-650, while not IBM's first computer offering, appears to be far outselling all other computer models, probably because it was easier to integrate with existin...


Bluetooth Headset and Mouthpiece, 2008/9/3

Bluetooth Headset and Mouthpiece Work in progress - putting a Bluetooth telephone headset back together amalgamated with vacuum tube radio headphones and a former telephone's mouthpiece. One earpiece works and the Bluetooth mike is on the mouthpiece. Lat...


Report on an unidentified social networking site, 2008/4/21

Usually my spam filter would remove messages that have the message dated in the future, assuming them to be from improperly-configured clients. However it seems to have fortuitiously missed a few messages, refiling them in the data sharing folder. From: Th...


Franchise Tax, 2008/4/20

This set of "security questions" for a forgotten password is for a web site for filing franchise tax - a tax typically paid by corporations. This form is filled out by a person acting in a role as the corporation's financial provider or senior officer (e.g....


PC Load Letter, 2008/4/14

Flattening with a pair of sledgehammers.


Androbot scarecrow, 2008/4/14

A TOPO shell which was a planter for many years. Hopefully it will keep the robot birds at bay.


Six Earth Cities, 2008/3/31

The author of " Six Earth Cities That Will Provide Blueprints for Martian Settlers " picked Black Rock City, an Antarctic base, Dubai, Las Vegas, Nunavut and pueblos of the Southwest. The illustrations show the buildings sitting on the surface or on the sl...


It appears you'll get three chances to be encalmed during behavior evaluation, 2008/3/31

From TSA Checkpoint Evolution come Ambient Sounds : Soothing music is played to calm passengers in the checkpoint queue area, allowing behavior detection officers to better identify suspicious passengers. The placement of the speakers in a light panel is il...


This means, order your steak well-done, Walter., 2008/1/28

From ABC News , Savvy criminals are using some of the country's most credible logos, including FedEx, Wal-Mart, DirecTV and the U.S. Border Patrol, to create fake trucks to smuggle drugs, money and illegal aliens across the border, according to a report by ...


Bouncing to Graceland, 2008/1/12

Last night saw casiotone for the painfully alone , who was touring with his brother (Concern), at The Vera Project in Seattle Center . The 45-min set included "I Love Creedence", " Streets of Philadelphia ", "Toby, take a bow", "Scattered Pearls", "Jeane...


Difficult Listening Hour, 2008/1/5

Lightness war The phrase lightness war (or lightness race ) refers to the art industry 's tendency to paint, color and print art at progressively increasing levels of lightness to create an image that stands out from others. This phenomenon can be observed ...


Runways and Volcanos-on-a-Plane, 2008/1/2

This quite readable report from the FAA describes the US airports which will likely not keep up with their anticipated passenger/cargo demand over the next 20 years, based on their current construction forecasts: An Analysis of Airports and Metropolitan Are...


(fwd) i-card hero ROCKS!!!!, 2007/12/30

A thank you note email I received this week: Dear Mark, Thank you very much for getting me the icard hero video game for Xmas!! i know a lot of my friends have also got it, but i'm not sure how many are really playing it much when i started playing i suc...


Boeing Surplus Sales, 2007/12/21

Boeing Surplus Sales in Kent, WA closed on December 21, 2007. My last loadout - Friday afternoon


changetype:add, 2007/11/1

dn: cn=Marsden Wahl cn: Marsden Wahl cn: Marsden Burnside Wahl sn: Wahl objectclass: top objectclass: person objectclass: newperson birthTimestamp: 20071030052000Z


Universal Frequencies, 2007/10/23

The US Radio Act of 1912 limited amateur ("ham") radio communication to "short waves": wavelengths less than 200 meters, or frequencies of greater than 1.5 MHz. No private or commercial station not engaged in the transaction of bona fide commercial business...


Nolan Bushnell, 2007/10/23

From " Nolan Bushnell: Serious Thoughts about Fun and Games " on home console Pong: I can remember people saying, 'It's neat, but how does the TV station know I turned this knob?' Their whole metric was TV signals came from TV station.


Hyperreality and children's literature, 2007/10/18

Fakelore : children's books, mass-produced aboriginal art, that "improves" a traditional theme but takes it out of its original context. At its worst, fakelore can replace folklore. From " Fakelore, Multiculturalism, and the Ethics of Children's Literatur...


Why did they have to ruin a perfectly servicable wagon story with all that fruity singing?, 2007/10/4

Burning Man 1862 In 1847, Larry Harvey and his followers, fleeing persecution on Baker Beach, reached the Black Rock Desert and announced It is enough, this is the right place, leave no trace. Greeters Hard to tell what's going on, lots of dust The first T...


Exodus, 2007/10/4


World's largest pinhole photograph, 2007/10/4

The Great Picture . Taken using a 6mm pinhole. Image is 3375 square feet, gelatin sizing, covered by 80 liters Rockland Liquid Light. Exposure was 35 minutes. Developing required 600 gallons developer, 1200 gallons fixer.


I gotta fight the lion!, 2007/10/4

From Takkorngartaub Arvertarninga : Pilgrim's Progress translated into Inuktitut , available as a scanned PDF from University of Alberta SunSITE. Unlike the earlier 1901 translation, which borrowed generic 'European' illustrations from other missionary tran...


Would you buy a satellite dish from this man?, 2007/10/3

The first rule of advertising is, Stalin sells! . Especially when he offers a free trial !.


Balloons against drugs, 2007/10/3

An aerostat tethered to a locomotive on a little circle track provides border patrol assistance outside Marfa, Texas. Its radar observes aircraft coming in low over the horizon from Mexico.


No lightning without prior approval?, 2007/10/3

Seen on the grounds of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory ( APL ). (April 2007, Laurel, MD).


You are not Facebook's customer, 2007/10/3

Doc Searls in his DIDW2007 keynote discussed the relationships between users and vendors of computing services. For a social networking service like Facebook, you (the individual) are not the customer. Advertisers are Facebook's customers. You are bait.


Consent Decree and Computing, 2007/10/3

Not many people realize that the model of "computing" we have, as well as the computer industry of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s that led to the personal computer, the Internet, the free software movement, etc., was due to a Department of Justice consent decre...


Big Science and Little Kids infant and toddler clothing, 2007/10/2

The Zetona Clothing store Big Science and Little Kids has infant and children's clothing. Mir/Shuttle Kid's T-Shirt 100% Cotton: the Mir space station and the Space Shuttle. International Space Station Kid's Hooded Sweatshirt Cotton/Polyester Fleece: the IS...


Working Characters, 2007/9/26

I'm reading the new book "Hello, Please! Very Helpful Super Kawaii Characters from Japan" . Working characters can be found in nearly every corner of Japan, every drug store and supermarket, every doctor's office, every police box, every military base, an...


Perceiving colors and the visible spectrum, 2007/9/21

IIRC the color gamuts which are used to "define" RGB and other computer models of color were based on experimental averages of testing lots of people in the 1920s. They were of course then limited in testing for what was easy to see and discern using their ...


Hiding BRC, 2007/9/20

See for example this page . Think of the shade!


The Title Grabs You, 2007/9/18

Much better than those books on Language and Social Change in VB or Perl...


Anti-utopian social networking #3 - the real world and its online representation, 2007/9/17

Dan Brickley who blogs at danbri's foaf stories wrote last week in his post "The World is now closed" that one problem with popular social networking service sites such as Facebook is that their software is making the closed world assumption : anything the ...


Winnetou, 2007/9/14

The New York Times has an article on the most famous German Apache of all time.


Webcast Spectators, 2007/9/4

Alice: "No Burner would be a spectator." Bob: "But Carol-the-Burner watched the BM webcast." Alice: "Aye, but no True Burner would be a spectator."


Driving a Capacitor, 2007/9/4

The authors of a patent for a capacitor power source propose an array of 2736 1000-layer caps totaling 31F (with a charge voltage of 3500V) to keep an EV rolling at 60 mph (14 hp) for 5 hours.


Nobodobodon, 2007/8/31


Johnny Cash Liner Note Mad Lib, 2007/8/31

"The initial idea for the ______________ came from a dream I had .........................(type of media)......................... ________ years ago. I was in _____________ and had bought a book (number)......................(distant town)...............


Narrative of community and redemption, 2007/8/30

It will turn this year's Burning Man into a "narrative of community and redemption" as the attendees get to see or assist in the public rebuilding of the statue, he said. I wonder which definition of "redemption" is being invoked. "After the uprising of ...


Pods are coming to town, 2007/8/29

Yes, less than a week ago, Austin was like any other town: people with nothing but problems. Then, out of the playa came a solution. Pods, which had the power to reproduce themselves in the exact likeness of any form of life. Your new bodies are growing in...


Street Skate Song, 2007/8/29

"Magic street skate Mystery street skate Take a little ride Let me be your guide Through the street skate paradise. Juju street skate Voodoo street skate Take a little fall. Spend a splendid night Where there's never hills or walls. It's a natur...


Dune Chanting, 2007/8/29

I had shuffled just a metre further down the slope with a good sand avalanche going, when it began. The burping sound suddenly transformed into a low growl, as if a thousand yogis hidden beneath the dune had started chanting 'Om'. It felt like the ground...


The Burning Man did not take place, 2007/8/27

Watch as five guys driving art cars wander into a theme camp, knock over some electronic equipment and steal a guitar. On Youtube .


EOE M/F/D/V/Vampire-Slayer?, 2007/8/24

New Scientist is a UK based magazine that also has a US edition. The main difference is in the jobs section at the back of each issue: the US edition are naturally US-based jobs, primarily from pharma/biotech companies needing researchers or lab workers. ...


Art that goes Boom, 2007/8/22

Maybe my work sometimes is like the poppy flower. It's very beautiful, but yet because of circumstances it also represents a poison to society as well. So from gunpowder, from its very essence, you can see so much of the power of the universe-how we cam...


Scratch Monkey, 2007/8/22

Don't forget your scratch monkey


GEB Parody, 2007/8/19

Tortoise: And so, our little game went on like this for a few more rounds, and eventually our friend tried to become very smart. He got wind of the principle upon which I was basing my own MP3s, and decided to try to outfox me. He wrote to the MP3 player ...


Anti-utopian social networking #2, 2007/8/11

In an earlier post on anti-utopian social networking , I outlined a scenario in which An anti-utopian social networking site is a social networking site that has developed a flaw that "spoils" it, and one flaw could be the misapplication of undercover/viral...


"My" Story: biography in social networking services, 2007/8/10

Pamela Dingle (who blogs at Adventures of an Eternal Optimist ) writes in "The Dating Mashup (or my Facebook Adventure)" ...I see that a photo has been 'tagged' as being of me....When my friend posted that picture, only those in his network saw it - general...


Dramaturge in Space, 2007/8/3

I propose that Samuel Beckett's " Act without Words I " would be a prototypical candidate for inclusion in a set of plays ideally suited for being performed by a theater of astronauts located on the Moon, or perhaps on Mars.


Don't fly to Burning Man, 2007/8/1

Gremlin on the wing says: Don't waste oil. (Parody)


Anti-utopian social networking, 2007/7/30

First, some background. Tupperware parties, undercover marketing and viral marketing The party plan is a marketing technique developed by Brownie Wise in the early 1950s, initially for selling Tupperware (tm) plastic storage containers. The 1995 documentary...


Botnets, 2007/7/23

Someone posted: The two images below show graphical depictions of what has and IS trying to connect to my computer even in an idle state Things trying to connect to a computer? They are called "BotNets". They've infected hundreds of thousands of machines a...


Hello World: 90 years of user-centric graphics design in a global virtual community, 2007/7/21

Those who work in user-centric identity management and are not ham radio operators should have read Hello World: a life in ham radio , by Danny Gregory and Paul Sahre , published by Princeton Architectural Press . This is a QSL card . Whenever hams connect ...


Transport help needed for BM Art Project, 2007/7/18

At the time when North America was hardly explored, one of those early French trappers went westward from Montreal, and he was the first white man to set eyes on Niagara Falls. When he returned, he told of waterfalls that were more vast and immense than ...


Eno iPod, 2007/7/13

The Brian Eno iPod - plays a single song for 1000 years (assuming regular maintenance). (Parody)


Keep busy with cheerful things, 2007/7/11

...Accounts suggest that the initial impact of the missile immediately crippled the [HMS Sheffield's] onboard electricity generating systems and fractured the water main, preventing the anti-fire mechanisms from operating effectively, and thereby dooming th...


It's tough to be a famous writer, 2007/7/6

...as illustrated by this QuickTime video clip .


Phishing Attack, 2006/5/1


BM Products Pavilion, 2007/6/29

This reminds me of a story I read someplace. He found in the temple courts those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables. So he made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple courts, with the sheep...


X.501 Matching Rules OK, 2007/6/15


Worst. Captcha. Ever, 2007/6/15


Repositories responding to a breach with an offer of free credit monitoring, 2007/6/13

An article on the MSNBC web site posted last year, "Few takers for free credit monitoring" , discusses the scenario in which a company has suffered a potential loss of customer identity information, provides their customers with a free year of credit monit...


Choosing an identity provider by altitude, 2007/6/12

On a less serious note, Dave Kearns mentioned in " IdP marketing 101 " that "I've no idea where he thinks this might arise, except perhaps thru stray gamma rays flipping bits in the database. " In a 2004 article "Soft errors' impact on system reliability" ...


Too much tong, 2007/5/13


Event Boundary, 2007/5/12


Europe's largest non-commercial rocket launch, 2007/5/4

Using the scientific principle that "it's a bit pointy at the front", a Reliant Robin was selected as the shuttle. From BBC TopGear and Youtube


Get ready, 2007/4/24

On Memorial day weekend, a community will come together for their annual gathering. They come from all over the US, though predominately from the Central time zone. Many have been planning this for months; this is what they expect to do every year. There a...


Information Assurance in science fiction: outrunning the Bounty Bear, 2007/3/26

In an earlier post today I mentioned the fictional bounty hunter's Bounty Bear skiptrace locating device from the movie Until the End of the World . The Bounty Bear aggregates credit card and identity transactions occuring anywhere in the world. How might s...


Information Assurance: audit trail aggregation in science fiction: the Bounty Bear, 2007/3/26

One of the areas of difficulty in applying information assurance in enterprise networks is a proliferation of cheap, plentiful, unmanaged network-attaching devices: in the 90's it was modems, today it is wireless access points. These devices add benefit t...


Corporate Takeover, 2007/3/7

I am also a intrigued by the strategy employed in forming RCID . While it requires a larger initial capital outlay, and works best in sparsely rural or unpopulated areas, one ends up with complete control afterward, e.g., eminent domain, ability to issue t...


Bagpipes explained, 2007/2/16

Ten movies streaming across that, that bagpipe, and what happens to your own personal bagpipe? I just the other day got... a bagpipe was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday. Why? Because it got tangled up with all the...


Hoax Devices, 2007/2/1

It was trickly to find Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 266, Section 102 and-a-half, as for whatever reason it doesn't show up in the online table of contents for chapter 266. However it _is_ on the legislature page .


Wikipedia self-promotion, 2007/2/1

(Parody of the famous New Yorker cartoon)


Dune-bashing, 2007/1/1

(Parody)


1000lb hamster, 2006/12/31

(Parody)


Three Laws of Santa, 2006/12/25

(Parody)


Yes VIRGINIA, there is a heavily-armed Santa Claus, 2006/12/22

It's surprising to see someone so twinkly-eyed so heavily armed, but this is normal for North Pole. It solves the mystery of where the plotters would have got the guns. There are guns everywhere. This is mainly because of the bears. There are bears everywhe...


Ⓐ Cafe in Miami, 2006/12/12

From the Ⓐ Cafe in Miami myspace page : Hi, we're Marc and Blue and we have a small boutique restaurant that serves tasty organic foods filled with flavor and smiles! We serve dinner Tuesday through Saturday nights from 8 p.m. until... (the kitchen us...


West Texas Spaceport, 2006/12/8

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06314/737330-84.stm http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA073006.01A.spaceport.1b3dd0a.html http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4629743


Buyer Beware, 2006/11/28

(Parody)


Mask Laws, 2006/11/22

IIRC some states, particularly in the south US, have laws which prohibit public mask wearing, due to one kind of organization in which the members thus disguised would levy (and carry out) threats. Thus some communities have identified that anonymity in pu...


Scriabin, 2006/11/13

The Russian composer Scriabin, at the time of his death had not completed his intended ultimate work, in which There will not be a single spectator. All will be participants. The work requires special people, special artists and a completely new culture. ...


It's like all your themes are wood, 2006/11/10

...and they're headed for the chipper! Can't make the town hall? Play along at home with Magnetic Poetry, Flipside Theme edition (tm)! How it works: 1. Print out http://www.plasmator.net/fs/themes.php on some magnetic paper, e.g., http://www.staples.c...


The Black Mailbox is White, 2006/11/1


Mass Migrations, 2006/10/2

What could trigger a mass migration? Natural disaster, economic or political instability, typically if occuring in a central american country, but potentially any populated area of the world. Even climate change could trigger one. Several mass migrations t...


Watch from Home, 2006/8/30


Postal alternatives, 2006/8/29

While it is permitted by the Postal Service recommendations for delivery by private hands without compensation 39 CFR 310.3(c) or by private carriage in limited instances 39 CFR 310.2(b)(1), however in practice these methods might not necessarily provide ac...


toothpaste, 2006/8/25

You will be allowed your screwdrivers, brother. You will be allowed to bring a corkscrew or toy uzi. You will be allowed to bring scissors with pointed tips and blades shorter than four inches in length. But the TSA won't let you bring toothpaste. The TSA w...


Dunicode, 2006/8/1

Could someone confirm this is a reasonable Unicode enoding for the Fremen word Muad'dib: 0645U 0624U 062fU 0628U (MEEM, WAW WITH HAMZA ABOVE, DAL, BEH) ( There are also rumors of an unpublished Gnostic Dune, in which Alia is the major figure, and Rakis is r...


Answer to a boycott question, 2006/8/1

Can someone please explain to me why _asking a question_ gets you reported to a national security department? Because the question was actually a requirement to participate in a boycott in order to complete an export transaction. Many of the reporting requ...


Business Plan Sketch, 2006/7/26

Moriarty: Three days we've stood waist-deep in this ice-bound Loch Lomond. What's the idea, eh? Grytpype-Thynne: Don't you like fishing, Moriarty? Moriarty: Fishing?! Oh-type-oh! We haven't any rods! How do you catch fish like this? Grytpype-Thynne: Well, t...


Fake Zombies, 2006/7/25

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Six friends spruced up in fake blood and tattered clothing were arrested in downtown Minneapolis on suspicion of toting "simulated weapons of mass destruction." Police said the group were allegedly carrying bags with wires sticking out, m...


Critical Buoyancy, 2006/7/25

In addition to or in place of a city or commercial sponsored event, I'd like there to be Critical Buoyancy on Town Lake. (Critical as in Critical Mass, substituting human-powered boat for human-powered cycle). See for example http://www.gcbr.com/tips.html o...


BF3K, 2006/7/20

(Parody)


Identity Selector Album Cover, 2006/7/18

(Parody of an Identity Gang photo by Kaylia Hamlin)


Clippy, 2006/7/13

(Parody)


Privacy, 2006/7/12

One of the difficulties facing individuals managing risk in interactions with "social networking" services, especially those in the US, is the mismatch of expectations around such concepts as "private" or "personal" labels of identity-related or interperson...


Important Reminder, 2006/7/8

If it is necessary to issue a press release for a cover story, choose a mundane cover story. July 8, 1947: RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region


Who first invented the Steam Piston?, 2006/7/7

Not invented by Watt, Watt was just tweaking an existing design: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Newcomen By 1711 his first commercial engine was completed, replacing a team of 500 horses. which was based on 17th century steam piston inventions, e.g. ht...


Birdstrike, 2006/7/6

Or a helicopter...March 8 2001 Aircraft was transporting a heart patient to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, when a duck crashed through the windshield. The pilot was slightly injured and was partially incapacitated. The duck ended up in the patient's lap. (http://w...


Don't look down, 2006/6/13

BRC personnel will discourage travel, including travel by aircraft, to other historical, cultural, recreational or geographical resources in the Black Rock Desert area during the event.


Official business, 2006/6/5

"It's, uh, fascinating," said one first-time participant, Scott Bensing, chief of staff for Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. Bensing, who was attending from Washington with his wife and children on what he called "semiofficial, semipersonal business," looked a ...


All bugs are shallow, 2006/5/15

Sanborn said the error went unnoticed for years because he's avoided looking carefully at the text for fear that he would somehow leak clues about it.


Disabling an RFID, 2006/5/8

You might be able to bend the chip off the substrate (unless its well potted) or try to burn it out with a burst of strong RF, but it'd probably be easier to cut the antenna (typically the largest part anyway), so that the range it can respond from becomes ...


Speeding has killed the Dodo bird, 2006/5/1


If we go by the book, like Lieutenant Saavik, hours could seem like days, 2006/4/25

Windows desktop users can tweak their local cache settings via HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Dnscache\Parameters


Hilltops no longer burst into flame, 2006/4/14

On the Saturday evening preceding Easter, bonfires [were] lit atop as many as twenty-two specified hills flanking the Texas German town of Fredericksburg. At the appointed hour the church bells of the town toll, lights are extinguished, and the hilltops bur...


Crackpot drivers directed to cliffs of death, 2006/4/5

Drivers following satellite navigation systems through a village called Crackpot have been directed along a track at the edge of a 100ft cliff... "The tests showed that if you keyed in Crackpot as a destination then you would be sent along this route so we ...


A4, 2006/4/4


Sneaking into SXSW from 900 miles away?, 2006/3/24

Chow had been on the standby list for the flight, booked through American Airlines, but when she learned it was full, Chow sneaked past gate agents at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport and boarded, court documents show. With no seats available, Chow w...


Have your own van?, 2006/3/17

The San Gabriel Valley Transit Authority is a tiny, privately run organization that provides bus rides to disabled people and senior citizens. It operates out of an auto repair shop. Maiwandi is the owner of Homer's Auto Service in Monrovia and is also one...


Terra Antarctica, 2006/3/8

Terra Antarctica is a slide lecture about the history of artistic, cartographic, and scientific images of the Antarctic, the world's most isolated continent. Fox will show how human cognition reacts to deserts, and then, when our neurophysiology fails to co...


Haunted Possessed Gift Card Dangerous?, 2006/2/26

I tried cutting it apart with scissors and threw it in the trash, the next day I found it in my wallet - completely whole and untouched. I checked the serial number and it was EXACTLY the SAME CARD!


Flipside Reloaded, 2006/2/20


Safety Last, 2006/2/11

(Parody)


Disney/Pixar, 2006/1/24


Mounting bullet cameras, 2006/1/12

It could be much cheaper if the only thing in the bullet/rocket is a lens and perhaps an image amplifier - send the image back down a fiber bundle (similar to the wire-guided missile like the TOW) like a very long borescope, where it's fed into a 10000fps r...


IKEA TARDIS, 2005/12/24


Survival Guide, 2005/12/6

If Happy Flat Creek begins to rise, get away immediately. Caution: falling off a cliff at Happy Flat Creek may suddenly accelerate you straight down to dangerous speeds. Cacti at Happy Flat Creek may stick to certain types of skin. Do not taunt Happy Flat C...


Sock Puppet, 2005/12/6

(Parody)


Mail order selective disclosure of organizational role, 2005/11/30

One reason social engineering attacks continue to occur is the ease by which victims can misinterpret the attacker's role/intentions, which can lead to fraud based on the victim's trust of that role. When meeting someone in person, the determination of whet...


changetype:add, 2005/11/11

dn: cn=Tegan Wahl cn: Tegan Wahl cn: Tegan Moira Wahl sn: Wahl objectclass: top objectclass: person objectclass: newperson birthTimestamp: 20051111183400Z


Burning Man New Zealand regional, 2005/10/13


Intern, 2005/12/6

This espionage activity is an essential way for France to keep abreast of international commerce and technology. Of course, it was directed against the United States as well as others. You must remember that while we are allies in defense matters, we are...


Borg Apprentice, 2005/9/30

Joe, your coffee team sold half as much as the ice team. You're fired!


Air Force's picture of Flying Saucer on Mars, 2005/9/20

(The Viking aeroshell)


PKD-A, 2005/9/16

There are some other pictures of PKD-A at http://hansonrobotics.com/project_pkd.php and http://www.pkdandroid.org/ and in most it seems to be lacking the back of the scalp, presumably to simplify debugging access. May I suggest a small addition.


Paul's drinking the water of life ... from a Brita filter, 2005/9/9

In the quarterly junkmail pile I sometimes find the Smarthome (audio/video/home automation) mail-order catalog. One of their products is a Sony kitchen TV. The caption is "Now you can cook along with your favorite cooking show with this multi-function TV/ra...


Zombie Spokesman, 2005/8/26

Intriguingly, the phrase "a zombie spokesman" is quite rare on the Web, according to Google and other search engines, and the phrases "the zombie spokesman" and "zombie spokesunperson" do not appear at all. Or maybe they're just waiting for this one to com...


Revival and Alcohol don't mix, 2005/8/10

NRS 201.280 Every person who shall erect or keep a booth, tent, stall or other contrivance for the purpose of selling or otherwise disposing of any wine, or spirituous or fermented liquors, ..., within 1 mile of any camp or field meeting for religious wors...


Flipside Trail, 2005/7/28


Recap, 2005/6/24


David Lynch's It's a Wonderful Life, 2005/7/28

Pottersville is not a hypothetical alternative to Bedford Falls, it's a part of the same town, that George Bailey hadn't noticed until that night.


returning after parking, 2005/6/3

Returning to the conversation, following a break last week to set up the volunteer system for Parking management for the Texas regional festival Burning Flipside . There were approximately 700 vehicles handled for 1520 participants. Each vehicle heading bey...


Taser Town, 2005/4/22

"Hi. Ed Ramsey from Delos. If there's anyone who doesn't know what Delos is, well, as we've always said: Delos is the vacation of the future, today. At Delos, you get your choice of the vacation you want. There's Medieval World, Roman World and, of cours...


i13b, 2005/4/9


There were giants living in those lands, 2005/4/22

IIRC, it started its existence as a giant Santa.


Cirque de Harvey, 2005/3/12


SunRay, 2005/2/8

But I'd rather have a sunray in front of me, than have to have a frontal lobotomy.


Tower of Pallets, 2005/2/8

When more than 2,000 pallets arrived at his house, he set about stacking them in concentric circles until he had built a cone 22 feet high with a staircase winding around the outside. He did not create art, Wheatley said. "Instead, he used his eccentric ...


What is Burning Flipline?, 2005/1/26

What is Burning Flipline? Let's start with the easy answer: Burning Flipline is an art and music festival held on Red River Street in Austin over one week in January. It is inspired by Hands on a Hard Body . Yeah, but what is it, really? "Flipline is l...


We interrupt this program, 2005/1/24

(FADE IN PIANO PLAYING) ANNOUNCER: Ladies and gentlemen, here, nearer home, comes a special bulletin from the Hill Country. It is reported that at 8:50 P. M. a huge, flaming object, believed to be a meteorite, fell on a ranch in the neighborhood of Dripping...


Searching for Aliens, 2005/1/2


NORAD Threat Monitoring, 2004/12/18

The moment our radar tells us that Santa has lifted off, we begin to use the same satellites that we use in providing warning of possible missile launches aimed at North America. Rudolph's nose gives off an infrared signature similar to a missile launch. Th...


Trailer park spacecraft?, 2004/12/15


The New Threat, 2004/12/8

The 21st-century technologies - glitter, nanotechnology, and robotics (GNR) - are so powerful that they can spawn whole new classes of accidents and abuses. Most dangerously, for the first time, these accidents and abuses are widely within the reach of indi...


Review of Polar Express Club, 2004/11/24

It's a classic 1950's CE3 case. The main character, in a state of half-sleep, hears a noise from outside the house and investigates. He is taken along with other abductees to the secret Arctic base operated by an army of small, apparently cloned, creature...


UN Weapons Inspector and Race Car Driver, 2004/11/19


Space Folding Veterans for Truth, 2004/11/10

If you have any question about what Paul Maud'Dib is made of, just spend 3 minutes with the men who served with him. Manual of Muad'Dib by Princess Irulan Gurney Halleck: "I served with Paul Maud'Dib." Duncan Idaho: "I served with Paul Maud'...


Algae - it's what's for dinner, 2004/11/3

Do you realize that in addition to algae in water, why, there are companies out there which put algae in smoothies, energy bars, puddings, ice cream? Ice cream, Mandrake? Children's ice cream!...


Debugging Scripted HTML, 2004/10/22

Oh, hey. We're rehearsing a - a scene for the upcoming company play called uh, "An error occurred while processing this directive". It's a musical. [singing] An error occurred while processing this directive, An error occurred while processing this directiv...


Sanctity of the pitch, 2004/10/21

There is one thing that -- even if it were considered essential -- no student movement or urban revolt or global protest ... would ever be able to do. That is to occupy the football field on a Sunday Umberto Eco in "Sports Chatter"


Drag-and-Drop Cruise Ship, 1999/1/1


Sea Patrol, 1947/1/1



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