"A one time experiementation while in the military, does not make one a homosexual."

March 1st, 2008

The Shrine of the Mall Ninja.

Gecko45 writes:

quote: Originally posted by SteyrAUG:
Last time I checked class G (armed) security guards were restricted to .38 cal revolvers as duty weapons. NO state would authorize the use of a semi automatic carbine or rifle made by anyone. I would think that Todd would know this given his expertise in low paying occupations.

We were previuosly restricted to .38’s and two Mossberg 500’s with less leathel rounds in them, but when our team saved the life and possibly the virginity of the Mayor’s nephew, there was a special relaxation of the rules made for us, due to the factt that the nepheew(who will remain nameless to rpevent a scandal) was saved by us using weapons better than our issue setup, so now we have good funding for gear for our jobs, and we needed to find relaible SMG’s, but the HK’s just wouldn’t cut it.

Don't worry if the weapons-geek talk goes over your head:1 it's the symptoms of testosterone poisoning that make this a very special thread.

[Via Neil Gaiman]

  1. It did mine.

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The Next Level

February 23rd, 2008

Joey Comeau knows what will take Myspace to the next level.

[Via jwz]

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Slippery slope

January 25th, 2008

Charles Arthurs says All this online sharing has to stop:

The IFPI – the International Federation of Phonographic Industries – is the global music industry organisation whose very name tells you how long ago progress overtook it. On Thursday it published its digital music report for 2008, which says boldly that "the spread of unlicensed music on ISP networks is choking revenues to record companies and investment in artists, despite a healthy increase in digital sales in 2007, up approximately 40% on the previous year". […]

The IFPI's solution? Sort it out at the internet service provider level. "ISP cooperation, via systematic disconnection of infringers and the use of filtering technologies, is the most effective way copyright theft can be controlled. Independent estimates say up to 80 per cent of ISP traffic comprises distribution of copyright-infringing files."

You know what I say? Damn right. Let's get ISPs to stop copyright infringement. But, um, music people? Better form an orderly queue. You think you were the first to suffer from your content getting ripped off and spread to the four corners of the earth? Get to the back of the line, bud. There's a few people ahead of you. […]

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Art for geeks

January 25th, 2008

Understanding art for geeks.

So, so good.

[Via GromBlog]

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December 5th, 2007

Wikipedios. Yum!

[Via James Nicoll]

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TB-L as Greatest Living Englishman?

December 4th, 2007

Stephen Fry nominates Tim Berners-Lee as the greatest living Englishman:

Who is the greatest living Englishman? It would be hard to argue against the merits of Tim Berners-Lee, the sole begetter and inventor of the world wide web, an organism whose initials, www, have (in some languages, including our own) three times more syllables than the phrase they’re abbreviating, which is perhaps the only flaw in Berners-Lee’s grand design.


Incidentally, that flaw… the unwieldy name and initials, www, came about as a result of the inventor’s extraordinary and entirely endearing modesty. Originally he had come up with the name The Information Mine, but he found the initials, TIM, embarrassing. No less egocentric (especially in French-speaking Switzerland, where he was working) was another thought, the Mine Of Information, so he settled on good old www. […]

Note to would-be commenters: anyone posting that Bill Gates invented the World Wide Web when he wrote Internet Explorer will have their Internet Driving License revoked with immediate effect.

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The Nerd Handbook

November 11th, 2007

The Nerd Handbook pretty much says everything that needs to be said:

Your nerd has built an annoyingly efficient relevancy engine in his head. It’s the end of the day and you and your nerd are hanging out on the couch. The TV is off. There isn’t a computer anywhere nearby and you’re giving your nerd the daily debrief. “Spent an hour at the post office trying to ship that package to your mom, and then I went down to that bistro — you know — the one next the flower shop, and it’s closed. Can you believe that?”

And your nerd says, “Cool”.

Cool? What’s cool? The business closing? The package? How is any of it cool? None of it’s cool. Actually, all of it might be cool, but your nerd doesn’t believe any of what you’re saying is relevant. This is what he heard, “Spent an hour at the post office blah blah blah…”

You can be rightfully pissed off by this behavior — it’s simply rude — but seriously, I’m trying to help here. Your nerd’s insatiable quest for information and The High has tweaked his brain in an interesting way. For any given piece of incoming information, your nerd is making a lightning fast assessment: relevant or not relevant? Relevance means that the incoming information fits into the system of things your nerd currently cares about. Expect active involvement from your nerd when you trip the relevance flag. If you trip the irrelevance flag, look for verbal punctuation announcing his judgment of irrelevance. It’s the word your nerd says when he’s not listening and it’s always the same. My word is “Cool”, and when you hear “Cool”, I’m not listening.

Information that your nerd is exposed to when the irrelevance flag is waving is forgotten almost immediately. I mean it. Next time you hear “Cool”, I want you to ask, “What’d I just say?” That awkward grin on your nerd’s face is the first step in getting him to acknowledge that he’s the problem in this particular conversation.


Internet Imagineer Jennifer Love Hewitt

November 9th, 2007

Joel Turnipseed Interviews Cory Doctorow and Jennifer Love Hewitt:

Joel Turnipseed recently sat down to chat with Cory Doctorow, noted information liberator, and Jennifer Love Hewitt, actress, internet imagineer, and all-around hot chick. The original interview was edited for content in order to appease Kottke’s advertisers. What follows is the original interview in its entirety.


CD: [We…] live in a century in which copying is only going to get easier. It’s the 21st century, there’s not going to be a year in which it’s harder to copy than this year; there’s not going to be a day in which it’s harder to copy than this day; from now on. Right?

JLH: [Shakes head.]

CD: What.

JLH: You’re talking about music, not books.

CD: I’m talking about books.

JLH: Who copies a book? It’s hard. It’s as hard now as it was in 1440. [Mouths the word “Gutenberg” to Turnipseed.]

CD: And so, if your business model and your aesthetic effect in your literature and your work is intended not to be copied, you’re fundamentally not making art for the 21st century.

JLH: FYI, as King of the Internet, Cory gets to decide what’s art. They voted on Fark or something. Was it Fark?

CD: …It was Slashdot. And you knew that.


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The Tracey Fragments

November 5th, 2007

Director Bruce McDonald is releasing all the footage he shot for his new film The Tracey Fragments under a Creative Commons licence so that would-be filmmakers can recut the film for their own purposes.

Just imagine the fun to be had if this catches on. A Jar-Jar-free edit of The Phantom Menace is a no-brainer. Think of Titanic without the gunfight and the framing story about that bloody jewel.1 Spider-Man 3 with only one villain.2 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen turned into a coherent story bearing some resemblance to the one Alan Moore wrote.3 The possibilities are endless.

1 Some would choose to excise the theme song. I didn't mind it too much myself, but that's the beauty of the concept: anyone with access to a decent video editing package can have whatever edit they want.

2 Venom, Sandman, Harry-as-the-Green-Goblin – I don't care who, I just wish Sam Raimi had picked one and stuck with them!

3 No, hang on, even the most talented editor can only accomplish so much…

[Via Red Ruin]

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November 3rd, 2007

Ray Girvan has noticed some common patterns in the Terms & Conditions of Use applied to apparently unrelated sites:

[If…] you Google "6.2.1 use the Services to send junk email", you find hundreds of sites, of no discernable common origin, using the same Acceptable Use section in their terms and conditions. Another popular phraseology is "inherently unstable medium" "errors, omissions, interruptions".

I wonder how much your average web designer charges clients for slapping a bit of boilerplate legalese on their site. Though in fairness to web design consultancies everywhere I suspect that it'll more often be a case of the client's legal department thinking they need to cover themselves by bolting a disclaimer-cum-warning into the footer of their site's design or adding it to their About… page.

[Insert obligatory Shakespeare quotation.]

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