Monthly Archive : May 2008

Now THIS is how to use Flash with a photo site.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Tag Galaxy — roam around the tags, collect the ones you want, and then spin the globe full of associated thumbnails. It’s almost enough to make a girl forgive Flickr for its white backgrounds.

Gas-masked horsemen of nuclear apocalypse.

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Or, as YouTube would have it, “Nuclear Weapons Test-596-Chinese Test 22kt”. Mushroom clouds, dancing girls with rifles, horses with gasmasks, and all of it set to music.

Cue disgusted eye-rolling.

Tuesday, May 27th, 2008

“The Canadian foreign minister has apologised for including the US and Israel on a list of states where prisoners are at risk of torture. Maxime Bernier said the list, which formed part of a manual on torture awareness given to diplomats, ‘wrongly includes some of our closest allies’. ‘We find it to be offensive for [...]

Welcome to Narita. Please accept our complimentary marijuana.

Monday, May 26th, 2008

“An unwitting passenger arriving at Japan’s Narita airport has received 142g of cannabis after a customs test went awry, officials say. A customs officer hid a package of the banned narcotic in a side pocket of a randomly chosen suitcase in order to test airport security.” Best of all? “Sniffer dogs failed to detect the [...]

Stowage of the British Slave Ship “Brookes”

Monday, May 26th, 2008

“Plan shewing the stowage of 130 additional slaves round the wings or sides of the lower deck by means of platforms or shelves (in the manner of galleries in a church) the slaves stowed on the shelves and below them have only a height of 2 feet 7 inches between the beams and far less [...]

The Biggest Drawing In The World

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

“With the help of a GPS device and DHL, I have drawn a self portrait on our planet. My pen was a briefcase containing the GPS device, being sent around the world. The paths the briefcase took around the globe became the strokes of the drawing.”

Robert Asprin (1946-2008)

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Died quite unexpectedly yesterday, it appears. I never did get into his Myth series, but the Thieves World anthology is/was a huge influence on me, and remains my #1 recommendation for crunchy, unfluffy fantasy. Aw, man. :/

Jack Thompson guilty on 27 of 31 misconduct charges.

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

There’s some happy news for me today. Of course, his reaction seems to be to file even more lawsuits, including some against the judge who ruled against him. :P As one of the commenters said, “Now we can all wait for the victory message saying he defeated 4 charges of misconduct in a court of [...]

Man survives diving into wood-chipper.

Friday, May 16th, 2008

“The crew of a tree repair service company was clearing trees in a public area when the man appeared and jumped head-first into the industrial-sized wood chipper. The workers immediately turned off the machines and called 911. The man was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where he remains in the intensive care unit. [...]

Wii have a Wii.

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

(Don’t shoot me, I was told it’s necessary to make a play on words like that with one’s first Wii post.) After hunting high and low, and having our hearts broken a handful of times by stores that would display Wii boxes but not actually have any in stock (HMV, I’m lookin’ at YOU), we [...]

Muto: An Ambiguous Animation Painted on Public Walls

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Linked to me by Monsieur Invictus. I really don’t know what to say that the title doesn’t cover, other than GO WATCH. NOW.

WordPress-to-LJ crossposting with custom fields.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

I’ve tweaked the plugin to include the related link in LJ crossposts, so folks can make with the clickie directly, as opposed to needing to come directly to the post. Information on how it was done is available here, in case anyone else is trying to figure out how to add their own custom fields. [...]

The Marital Rating Scale, (c) 1939

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Once upon a time, Doctor George W. Crane came up with a merits/demerits rating for wives. Good for a laugh, or tying someone’s panties in a knot, or both. Religious? +10 points. Lets hubby sleep in on Sundays? +1 point. Crooked stocking seams, red nail polish? DEMERIT’D!!!

You got ART in my SCIENCE!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

“What do you do when you have a barn-sized pile of nuclear waste materials that you have to store for 100 years while it loses its toxicity? In the Netherlands, the answer was to stick it inside a giant art project: specifically, this orange building called the Habog Facility, covered in physics formulas by Einstein [...]

Microsoft Excel: Revolutionary 3D Game Engine?

Monday, May 12th, 2008

“Cutting-edge computer games use different graphics subsystems — so-called 3D graphics engines. Source (used in Half Life 2), Unreal Engine (Unreal Tournament), idTech 4 (Doom 3), CryENGINE2 (Crysis) or Clever’s Paradox engine are well-known among the players and the game industry experts. It’s time to learn a new 3D game engine name: Microsoft Excel.” By [...]

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