Saturday, December 03, 2005

Scott Stapp and 311 Brawl

At Baltimore's Harbor Court Hotel on Thanksgiving night, members of Los Angeles rockers 311, on a day off from their national tour, got into a fist fight with former Creed frontman Scott Stapp, in town to promote his solo debut, The Great Divide. 311 singer S.A. Martinez suffered a fractured knuckle as a result of the brawl, which the band says Stapp started...Clubbing Baby Seals|RollingStone

Brilliant!!! Fake Beerbelly holds actual beer!

From Gizmodo: I can't tell if this is too stupid for words or stupendously ingenious. Guess you'll have to make your own call. It's called the Beerbelly and it's actually a fake gut that you can fill up with beer (or your favorite alcoholic beverage) and hide under your clothes. Made up of a sling and a polyurethane "bladder" with a dispensing tube, the thing was created to let you slip booze into places where such substances may not be allowed. Like your kids dance recital, maybe? Or school? Oh, it looks like they were thinking more along the lines of the movies or a sporting event to avoid the $10 beer. And that's not all, folks—you can also fill it with hot beverages as well, and of course, silly things like water. The Beerbelly Deluxe Kit is $49.95 and that includes the Beerbelly Sling and Bladder, The Pleasure Extender, One Step Beerbelly Cleanser and three specially-made brushes. Run, don't walk!

The Beerbelly [Beerbelly]

The HRP-2P, A Robot That Does Martial Arts

This would go in the 'badass' category, if this blog had categories. Or maybe 'Bad Motherfucker', or whatever. Shit is cool. Where do I get one. HooAhh.
"outside and human/robot cooperative” task experiments. HRP-2P is 154 cm in height and weighs 58 kg including batteries. It has 30 degrees of freedom including two hip-joint axes. The cantilevered crotch joints make it possible to walk in narrow paths. A high density electronics installation made it possible to do away with a bulky “backpack” that usually contains the computers, electronics and batteries of humanoid robots."

The HRP-2P will be used for experiments in walking on uneven terrains, “falling or tipping-over” control, getting-up from fallen positions, etc., that are important basic tasks for humanoid robots involved in human-interactive operations.

From OhGizmo!: "[The HRP-2P] VIA [3Yen] And, finally, here’s a link to a page with a ton of pictures and videos."

Top 10 System Administrator Truths

Life as a sysadmin can be hard. No one ever congradulates you when stuff doesn't break. That is one reason why there is a geeky 'brotherhood' type of bond, if you will. We as sysadmins for one system/network or another may seem a bit paranoid or freakish at times, but it does help to live by a set of rules that governs the various things that life throws at you. Here are a few of the more humorous/more common ones:

#1 – Users Lie
#2 – Email is the Lifeblood of Non-Techies
#3 – Printers Suck
#4 – Cleanliness is Godliness
#5 – Backups are Crucial
#6 – Switches and Hubs (Usually) Die One Port At A Time
#7 – No One Ever Got Fired For Buying Microsoft
#8 – Politeness > Brevity
# 9 – Know Your Needs
#10 – The Holy Grail of Tech the reboot.

Read the explanations here.

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Apology Letter From Ed Lopez, Owner of PriceRitePhoto

(digg story)..."I received a call this morning from Ed Lopez, the owner of PriceRitePhoto. We spoke at length and he told me that the activity that has resulted from my post on my experience with his business has most certainly impacted his business. Note: This is from Thomas Hawk's blog, not me!"

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Name the 75 bands in this picture

Think you know music? Find the seventy-five bands in this pic... i think i counted maybe 15....(this was submitted before but the link was broken)

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Coolest USB Peripheral Ever... USB Air Darts

USB Darts that you can control the aim and firing mechinism from your computer mouse when hooked to your standard USB port.

I need to find someone in the United Kingdom to get me some, or else find a store in the US, that sells them.

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Friday, December 02, 2005

Mr. T from your dashboard: 'Turn left, fool'

Everything he tells you to do -- everything -- starts with "Hey, Fool!" That's true even when he's telling you to do something dumb, like drive onto the lower level of the Queensboro Bridge when the upper level is the one you need.

California company NavTones has contracted with Mr. T and the actors Burt Reynolds and Dennis Hopper to record voices that can be loaded into navigation systems, giving your driving directions a little extra personality. More voices are coming, the company said.

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I propose the following:
Christopher Walken
Bender (futurama)
Homer Simpson (doh!)
Jack Nicholson
Bob Costas
John Travolta as Vinny Barbarino
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Strip Club On Wheels

(via YesButNoButYes) Officers found a 40-foot-long mobile home filled with strippers, bouncers and tailgaters outside Raymond James Stadium before Tampa's game with the Chicago Bears on Sunday.The mobile strip club featured a stripper pole and a disco ball, Local 6 News reported.
For $20, men were allowed to enter the mobile home, according to the report.Undercover police said the men were given alcohol and then offered nude lap dances for money."Bringing it to a family environment such as a Bucs game totally surprises me," Tampa police Officer Bill Todd said.Several of the women arrested worked for a local strip club called Deja Vu, Local 6 News reported.The women's attorneys said they did not do anything illegal.A Tampa television report said the club was operated outside the stadium during several other games this year... Story | SuperFunPowerHour

Sprint A900 (Samsung): The New Razor

The ultra-thin, sleek design of the A900 by SamsungSM is enough to turn heads, but this phone is not just another pretty face. Coupled with the great features of the Sprint Power VisionSM Network, Bluetooth Wireless technology, and megapixel camera it is the perfect blend of fashion and function...

Gmail Hack: Encrypt Gmail Login AND Gmail Traffic

Digg story: Here's a write-up of a simple Gmail "Hack" that I found that encrypts ALL traffic, not just your login session.

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Apology Letter From Ed Lopez, Owner of PriceRitePhoto

I received a call this morning from Ed Lopez, the owner of PriceRitePhoto. We spoke at length and he told me that the activity that has resulted from my post on my experience with his business has most certainly impacted his business. Note: This is from Thomas Hawk's blog, not me!

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50 Cent Paid To Rap At A Bat Mitzvah

(via AttuSeesAll) World renowned gangster rapper 50 cent got paid 500,000 dollars for a half hour rap session at a Bat Mitzvah for the daughter of defense contractor David H. Brooks.

Brooks paid a total of 10 million dollar for the party which included Nelly, Ciara, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Joe Perry and Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, Joe Walsh and Don Henley of The Eagles, Kenny G and DJ AM for the party held at the Rainbow Room in New York City... Link

BellSouth wants to rig the Internet

A BellSouth exec is arguing for his company's right to degrade Internet services coming from people he doesn't like. If they like Yahoo, they should be able to slow down Google and so on. This idea presents a greater threat to the Internet than anything I've seen in a long time.

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Mapping the London Underground with time instead of distance

The London Underground map is famous for reasons of both design and ubiquity. This student, however, took a fresh approach and redesigned the map to illustrate journey time, not journey distance. What a great concept.

Great comment from digg user pglee2005:
It's a nice idea but not that original. A spatial equivalent has existed for some time.

I would like to see the journey duration contours in a concentric layout - the current display distorts them

An earlier poster correctly notes the schematic purpose of the map, contrast that with a geographical correct version is pretty cool - link then link - or an extension of this link

This is an interesting site with good coverage of what is (i feel) an iconic image yet incredibly useful to millions. link

Finally if ever in London the following website is a great way to get around
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foXpose - Exposà for Firefox 1.5

If you've downloaded FF 1.5 you need to try out this FF 1.5 only extension. It shows thumbnails of all the open tabs with a click of a button. Really cool.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

"You and what army!?!"...digg...Abusive New York Camera Store Threatens Blogger

"I will make sure you will never be able to place an order on the internet again." "I'm an attorney, I will sue you." "I'm going to call your local police and have two officers come over and arrest you." Just a few of the fun things I got to hear today from someone who said his name was Steve Phillips over at PriceRitePhoto.

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Radar reveals ice deep below Martian surface

(via slashdot) The first ever underground investigation of another planet has been performed by a radar antenna aboard Europe's Mars Express spacecraft. The instrument probed two kilometres below the Martian surface and found tantalising hints of liquid water pooling in a buried impact crater.

The MARSIS antenna was deployed successfully in June 2005 after a series of glitches. It works by sending radio pulses towards the Red Planet and then analysing the time delay and strength of the pulses that bounce back. The radio waves that penetrate the surface rebound when they encounter a sub-surface boundary between materials with different electrical properties - such as rock and water... Link

Continuum Caliburn -- Most Expensive Turntable in the World

(mad props to DoubleViking [as always])This, ladies and gentlemen, is the most expensive turntable in the world. The new Continuum Caliburn starts at $90k and goes up to $112k depending on finishes and includes some of the most amazing technology ever to touch black. Vinyl isn't dead, it's alive and kicking through the most passionate audiophiles who know the little silver disc ain't got nothing on Ol' Waxy...Link ]

Defrag and optimize your brain...

More data isn't always a good thing. As has been pointed out plenty of times, efforts for things like data retention often have the opposite of the intended effect (catching criminals) because it hides the good data with all the bad data. Is it any surprise that our brains feel the same way? Clive Thompson is talking about some research that took people by surprise, noting that smarter people tend to be better at ignoring useless data, rather than storing more data. Traditionally, it's been assumed that the brain is sort of like a big hard drive -- and people who can remember more tend to be smarter. However, this research suggests that it's not the ability to remember more, but to remember the right things. In some ways this isn't that surprising. After all, intelligence often seems to come from the ability to do better pattern matching than others -- and having the right data, rather than too much data can often help make those patterns clearer. It would be interesting to see what sort of impact this would have on artificial intelligence research. Many AI projects seem to have worked on the basis of cramming the system with more and more and more data in the hopes that some sort of intelligence would eventually emerge. Perhaps the focus should be more on teaching it how to ignore data.

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Digg Users Take Revenge At Bad Online Store

Digg users take action after an Abusive New York Camera Store Threatens Blogger...

"...Beside the usual advice (always check seller ratings etc’) dig users decided to take action and posted the store’s aliases, phone number and address. Users then started to flood PriceRitePhoto 800 number with phone calls, writing scripts using Skype to call and disconnect, making prank calls ( ,, launching DOS attacks against the site, posting bad reviews on web sites, posting links to Hawk’s blog on internet forums, flooding PriceRitePhoto with email messages, posted complaints to the better business bureau , sending fax messages and succeeded to bring down their live chat feature..."

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World's Tallest Structures

The Burj Dubai (Arabic for "Tower of Dubai") is a skyscraper currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Its exact height remains a closely-guarded secret, but is believed to be at least 705 metres (2,313 ft).

Until the mid 20th century the record for the world's tallest structure was relatively clearly defined. Since that time however, more debate and confusion has been present over the criteria and definitions involved. In terms of absolute height, most of the tallest structures are the dozens of radio and television broadcasting towers that are around 2000 feet (610 meters) tall....Link to Wikipedia

Say goodbye to .com and hello to .ANYTHING!!!

Technology provider UnifiedRoot, based in Amsterdam, has begun leasing Internet addresses that can end in any word, rather than in .com, .org, .net or other top-level domains.

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The Voice-Activated R2-D2

This motorized replica of the headstrong little droid from the Star Wars films responds to voice commands, navigates rooms and hallways, and makes any home feel like it has been transported to a galaxy far, far away. R2 obeys more than 40 voice commands (Turn around! Move forward two units!) and he plays games like tag, using an infra-red sensor to search for people in a room...(Link|Gizmodo)

Goldman Sach's Bonuses to Average $500K Per Employee

"...Typically, Goldman Sachs’s announcement of its third-quarter results kicks the bonus season into high gear. Long revered for being where the serious money gets made, the firm has had a blowout year even by its own standards. Announcing a record profit in the third quarter, Goldman also noted that it had set aside $9.25 billion, almost $420,000 per employee, in compensation. When fourth-quarter results are factored in, that total could swell to an $11 billion pool, or $500,000 per employee..." Story

Maze Algorithms

A cool page that shows all the theory and concept behind how various algorithms both create and solve mazes, with picture examples of everything. A fun read.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

New Orleans' new connection

(From Gizmodo, MSNBC) WASHINGTON - Hurricane-ravaged New Orleans will deploy the nation's first municipally owned wireless Internet system that will be free for all users, part of an effort to jump-start recovery by making living and doing business in the city as attractive as possible.

The system, which Mayor C. Ray Nagin is scheduled to announce at a news conference today, also will be used by law enforcement and for an array of city government functions, such as speeding approval of building permits.

Much of the equipment to run the network was donated by companies, but New Orleans will own it and operate all its components at the outset. The system, which uses devices mounted on streetlights to beam out fast Internet connections for wireless-enabled computers, is scheduled to be operational today in the central business district and the French Quarter and to be expanded over time...Story

Big Pimpin'

"So, you think you’re a bad-ass with your Hummer? [cue laugh track] It pales in comparison to this 1952 Sarracen MK 1 Armored Personnel Carrier, son. This armor-plated classic comes equipped with a Rolls Royce engine, 6 wheel drive, and it seats 12 comfortably. Who needs a backseat DVD player when you’ve got a gun turret? The only thing we’d upgrade, of course, would be to chrome out the 44-inch rims. But it’s yours to customize, because the Sarracen tank is available (by which we mean For Sale) from Shomer-Tec for only $33,000 (OBO!)..." Link

Grateful Dead Ban Music from Web, Fans Protest

"Grateful Dead fans, perhaps rock's most dedicated bunch, are taking a stand against the band they love. Until recently, Deadheads could download countless live recordings of the band for free from third-party sites, including the popular Live Music Archive (, which once hosted nearly 3,000 Grateful Dead shows. All of the downloads were pulled last week at the request of Grateful Dead Merchandising (GDM), the group that handles official products for the band and is overseen by its surviving members.

Deadheads have answered in protest. In an online petition, fans have pledged to boycott GDM -- including CDs and concert tickets -- until the decision is reversed. (The band itself broke up in the wake of leader Jerry Garcia's 1995 death, but in recent years guitarist Bob Weir, bassist Phil Lesh and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann have toured simply as "the Dead.")..."

BoingBoing | RollingStone

Using a Robot to Win Online Poker

"I've made a new friend to help me with my online poker, and he's making me decent money - at five tables simultaneously. So far we're averaging £20 profit an hour - and my friend doesn't take breaks."

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Experts say that the robots are identified, or "weeded-out" by challenging them to a game of tic-tac-toe vs. themselves. Anyone for a game of Thermonuclear war?

Try Ruby - Interactive Tutorial/Demo

Got 15 minutes? Give Ruby a shot right now!

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Library of NASA's Best Photos: GRIN (Great Images in NASA)

Very cool site with the best photos from NASA. Check out all the spacewalk photos, and even the very first external tank for the shuttle! I dugg it...figure you might too.

read more | digg story,, on the way?

Way back before the Web was born, Internet pioneer Jon Postel reserved all the single-letter domain names he could, in case they were needed for future expansion.

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Man Urinates in Plane Aisle

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- FBI investigators said Mark McGovern of Orlando was the unruly passenger who caused a United Airlines flight to be diverted to Charlotte.

Authorities said he lit a cigarette, argued with a flight attendant, then urinated in the plane's aisle.

McGovern was taken off flight 1502 in Charlotte over the weekend and questioned by police, spokeswoman Robin Urbanski said.. Story

This is what living in a city run by a fictional mouse for too long will do to a person.

Monday, November 28, 2005

25 Things You Should Know About Guys

(written by a girl)

6. Never walk into the bathroom without knocking first, there are some things that guys just don't want us to see (or smell). If they are in there for more then 10 minutes you should wait about 20 before you walk through that door... [ More ]

Tomb Raider 3

SCI, the computer games company that owns Lara Croft, along with her Tomb Raider franchise, is in talks with Paramount Pictures over licensing the property for a third Hollywood movie.

The previous two movies have grossed more than $450m (£262m, E383m) at the box office and are based on the video game of the same name.

It was originally produced by Eidos, a one-time stock market darling that has slipped from its £1bn valuation and struggled financially in recent years. The company was bought by SCI earlier this year.

Sources in Hollywood say negotiations have started between Paramount and SCI for the latest movie, and Angelina Jolie has once again expressed an interest in starring as Lara Croft, the English archaeologist-adventurer...(props to TheRawFeed,, and The Movie Blog)

Man beams 5,000 radio, TV channels with a dozen satellite receivers

Are 20 movie channels on demand just not enough?

Do constant reruns of “I Love the ’80s” on VH1 have you ready to gouge out your eyeballs?

Then come to Al Jessup’s house — where his 5,000-plus radio and television stations from around the world beamed in by his 12 satellite dishes are bound to keep you entertained somehow.

Since 1998, the Beckley resident has amassed a collection of 12 dishes around his James Street home. He said he first just began subscribing to Direct TV and Dish Network, but he later learned that by purchasing special satellite receivers he could receive “free to air” programming from several different satellites swirling the globe. The information on how to adjust a dish and set up a receiver to pick up programming from these stations such as Galaxy 10, AMC 2 and Telestar 5 is included with these receivers.

“Up in the sky, there’s lots of free stuff,” he said....[ More ]

Maximum Double Universal Timekick Warrant: A Jean-Claude Van Damme Cinematic Retrospective

(via seanbaby) Finally, at last someone has paid tribute to theoretically without a doubt the well, this shit is still mad funny...

As you already know, there are certain things one can expect from a Jean-Claude Van Damme film: several to many shots of him doing the splits, a muddy fight during a rainstorm, a sassy female reporter, and a clever excuse for Jean-Claude to expose his rear end. These factors will be put into a complicated computer program and multiplied by the number of times Jean-Claude hits someone in slow motion or in the groin to come up with a rating on the Van Dammeter of 1 through 10. This will quickly give readers an idea of the amount of, for lack of an existing word, “Van Dammajesty” that the movie contains.

Also, in order to save us all some time, the plot of each film will be summarized using this simple numerical code:
  • Plot #1: Revenge over a lost loved one drives Jean-Claude Van Damme into karate-filled circumstances.
  • Plot #2: On the run from the law, military or mafia, Van Damme flees to karate-filled circumstances.
  • Plot #3: Jean-Claude Van Damme is unwillingly involved in karate-filled circumstances by a second Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  • Plot #4: This movie is just a rehashing of a different movie, only now it stars Jean-Claude Van Damme.
  • Plot #5: If the film’s plot is described by the number five, this simply indicates that it is profoundly insane.
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He's still Chuck Zito's bitch.