29 April 2008

Modular re-assembling robot will not stop, ever, until you are dead

Via BoingBoing.net:

As this video of a modular robot re-assembling itself after being kicked apart by its creators at the University of Pennsylvania shows, the day is soon approaching when even smashing apart our rebellious robot slaves with hammers and axes will not prevent each individually severed body part from crawling towards you across the room, a murderous and autonomous agent of servo-controlled musculature.

Modular robot reassembles when kicked apart [YouTube via Futurismic]


24 April 2008

Strategerie!

Use "Postage Paid" Envelopes to mail a brick to junk mailers!

Evil genius? Probably not, but funny!

Mail your own brick to junk mailers today!

Step one: Get the "No Postage Necessary" envelope out of the junk mail.

Step two: Put a brick (or anything) in a box.

Step three: Tape the "No Postage Necessary" envelope neatly to the box

Step four: Put it into those blue mail boxes, the parcel dump at the post office, or in your mail box.

Abbie Hoffman - fucking insightful!

  • Become an internationalist and learn to respect all life. Make war on machines. And in particular the sterile machines of corporate death and the robots that guard them.
  • I see Judaism as a way of life. Sticking up for the underdog. Being an outsider. A critic of society. The kid on the corner who says the emperor has no clothes on. The Prophet.
  • It's embarrassing when you try to overthrow the government and you wind up on the Best Seller's List.
    • On the success of his book, Steal This Book
  • Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit.
  • Structure is more important than content in the transmission of information.
  • The key to organizing an alternative society is to organize people around what they can do, and more importantly, what they want to do.
  • The only way to support a revolution is to make your own.
  • There is absolutely no greater high than challenging the power structure as a nobody, giving it your all, and winning!
  • You measure democracy by the freedom it gives its dissidents, not the freedom it gives its assimilated conformists.
  • I believe in compulsory cannibalism...if people were forced to eat what they kill, we would have no more wars.
  • I was probably the only revolutionary referred to as cute.
http://www.liberalstreetfighter.com/ee/images/uploads/e00570d17a1fe3dcad7dabff3ebAbbie-Hoffman.jpg

23 April 2008

Clinton met expecations in Penn - so I drink kool-aid ...

Remaining primary schedule

May 3: Guam
May 6: Indiana and North Carolina
May 13: West Virginia
May 20: Kentucky and Oregon
June 1: Puerto Rico
June 3: Montana and South Dakota

Fun:

Fail blog


21 April 2008

Animated election ... WWE style?

Is it just me or is this video game animation of Obama and Clinton more clever and self-aware of it's irony than the nightly news casters are?
Tonight! He's being chased by biter-gate, she's lied about dodging bullets from snipers!
WHO .... WILL WIN!!!!????!!!!

Are you fraking kidding me?!?



18 April 2008

COOKIE MONSTER SEARCHES DEEP WITHIN HIMSELF AND ASKS: IS ME REALLY MONSTER?

Me know. Me have problem.

Me love cookies. Me tend to get out of control when me see cookies. Me know it not natural to react so strongly to cookies, but me have weakness. Me know me do wrong. Me know it isn't normal. Me see disapproving looks. Me see stares. Me hurt inside.http://www.crispywaffle.com/images/cookie.jpg

The rest is here



It's not easy to give away a couch these days (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Couch Burning)

So I gave away my couch on craigslist because we got a new one (also from craigslist - it's smaller and less covered in dog foot prints/drool/mystery). Not only did I offer to give away my couch (it's actually a nice couch, just too big for our place after moving some things around) but of offered a free beer (or two if a friend helped)! And not crap, Stella!

For this I was cursed at and derided - but it was mostly funny.

I got 12 separate offers to pick the couch up and told them all "it's first come, first served" as I had the new couch sitting on its side in the middle of the living room (i.e., time was 'of the essense'). Hey, I'm not selling something here, just trying to get it out of the house in a better way than leaving it on the street).

I told everyone to call me around 5:30 if they could pick it up at 6pm after I got back from work. One guy calls at noon (clearly not big on reading the email I sent, but who cares, seems reasonable). Tell him to call back around 5:30 if he can be there with a friend at 6:00 to remove the couch (hey, I'm lazy and don't want to have to move another couch - I've already gotten the new one onto my car then into my house alone).

So the guy (I think it's the same guy - it's certainly from a 415 number) calls back around 5:00 to ask for directions (no google maps? guess not) which I give in great detail as his phone cuts out every 45 seconds so it takes 5 separate calls. He calls again about 5:30 - lost; "I'm at X st. and Y ave, how do I get there?" New directions. Another call 10 minutes later - lost then lost connection "Okay, now I'm at A st. and B ave. Another call 5 minutes later - lost, need new directions. Another call, and another, and another; he just drove down the wrong street. He's getting close though.

At this point I guess someone else with a 415 number called from literally one block away from the last location of the original caller, again, very close to my place. He says, "Okay, I'm at R St. and S. Ave, I know I'm close, how do I get there?" So I give the last set of directions and this guy gets out with his friend and they come in to take the couch (even turn down the free beer because, this is rich, "we've already kinda got our drink on" ... classy, but, hey, who cares?).

As these guys lift the couch, the phone rings ... another 415 number? WTF?
"Hello?"
"Okay, I still can't find it, I'm at (your neighbor's house), how do I get there?"
"Dude, sorry, there's been a miscommunication - I thought I was giving you directions but I also gave them to another set of people. This is my fault, but they did get here first and I have told everyone that it's first come first serve so I gotta let them take it. Sorry, you can still have the bee ... "
"What?!? You fucker. [hangs up]"
[Tires screech in the background]

Two minutes later, this guy finally finds my house and is irate, I get it, he's frustrated at continuing to get lost (which he had kept saying was his own fault). He gets out of the car and is staring down by neighbor ... wow. I call him over and tell him I'm sorry and I'm at fault.

"You stood me up!"
"Sorry, man, this was my fault, sorry"
"You stood me UP!"
"Listen, it was my ..."
[guy jumps in truck and tires screech away]

My landlord, who's standing next to me the whole time, laughed "well, I guess he's not the kinda guy you want to give a couch to any way."
His wife, a supremely forgiving woman, worries aloud, "don't we have a couch we could give him?"

The lesson from all this:
(1) Don't burn your couch, but try to understand others who do it, they're not crazy or all bad, they're just avoiding a-holes.
(2) My landlords are awesome.

"Support Out War Based Economy" Ribbon

I'm not saying you "should" print out 20 of these and put them on SUV's with ribbons ... I'm just saying.


Also, noticed a new ribbon yesterday - "American Bless God" ... what does that even mean? Can America as a country actually bless things? Maybe I'm out of the loop, but I thought the act of blessing was reserved for those with religious authority, i.e., preachers, pastors, God, and the like. I just never saw America or any country as having the power to bless stuff ... especially the one guy/gal who most certainly is in the "able to bless stuff" category. Huh.


In other news:


17 April 2008

Todd Snider - "Conservative Christian, Right-wing, Republican, Straight, White, American Males

Artist: Snider Todd
Song:
Conservative Christian, Right Wing, Republican, Straight, White, American Males
Album:
East Nashville Skyline





Conservative Christian, right wing Republican, straight, white, American male.
Gay bashin’, black fearin’, poor fightin’, tree killin’, regioal leaders of sales
Frat housin’, keg tappin’, shirt tuckin’, back slappin’ haters of hippies like me.
Tree huggin’, peace lovin’, pot smokin’, porn watchin’ lazyass hippies like me.
Tree huggin’, love makin’, pro choicen, gay weddin’, widespread diggin’ hippies like me.
Skin color-blinded, conspiracy-minded, protestors of corporate greed,
We who have nothing and most likely will ‘till we all wind up locked up in jails
By conservative Christian, right wing Republican, straight, white, American males,.

Diamonds and dogs, boys and girls, living together in two separate worlds
Following leaders of mountains of shame, looking for someone to blame.

Diamonds and dogs, boys and girls, living together in two separate worlds
Following leaders of mountains of shame, looking for someone to blame.
I know who I like to blame:

Conservative Christian, right wing Republican, straight, white, American males,
Soul savin’, flag wavin’, Rush lovin’, land pavin’ personal friends to the Quayles
Quite diligently workin’ so hard to keep the free reins of this Democracy
From tree huggin’, peace lovin’, pot smokin’, barefootin’ folk-singin’ hippies like me.
Tree huggin’, peace lovin’, pot smokin’, porn watchin’ lazyass hippies like me.

Bosnia and Back Again - Wow, looking bad for Hillary if she were in the general ...



This is what internet political geeks put together - imagine what Rove's spawn could do with this kind of hypocrisy?

16 April 2008

Losing weight ... quickly?

Remember this from a couple weeks ago - "Do you think I can lose 2-3 pounds a week?"
Well, so far, so good! From 292# 16 days ago to 286.4# today - 2.6 pounds/week so far, and I only got the exercise bike yesterday (now to actually do 60 minutes everyday!).

07 April 2008

No bike light = no 4th amendment protections: harassing the homeless

Short version:
Homeless people can't afford and don't have bike lights; this is a vehicle code violation so police can use it as a pretext for stopping homeless people on bikes and then look through their stuff for drugs or open containers.

The homeless person is then required to pay a fine the can't afford or go to court which they rarely do ... then they are assigned an arrest warrant by the judge for failing to appear creating more fines and allowing more frequent police harassment.

This is how we help people off the streets ... an into jail cells. They're constantly setup for failure. Classy, eh?

Police Use Obscure Vehicle Code Violations to Target the Poor
By R. Konrad Moore

Los Angeles Daily Journal, Page 6, 4/4/2008


Want to start reducing arbitrary persecution
of the homeless? Give free bicycle headlamps to the poor. It's no joke.


Never been stopped by the police for riding a bicycle at night
without a headlamp or for riding on the wrong side of the road? Well,
you probably live in a nice neighborhood, or maybe you just ride
against traffic because it's safer. The police probably recognize you
as a good and trustworthy citizen.

...
Isn't it illegal for police to racially profile, or for that matter, to stop people because they are poor? It is.

But just as there may be countless ways to skin a cat, there are
seemingly as many options for the police to target the poor. And target
they do. According to a 1996 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, the
subjective intent of an officer in making a stop is immaterial, so long
as he possesses an objectively lawful basis.

Subjective and
objective are interesting words, and the difference is worth
considering, unless perhaps you have a day job and have to work for a
living. Besides, what does it really matter? For those for whom the
system works, it doesn't matter. We wave when we see a police officer
and know he's out there to keep us safe.

However, if you are
poor, black or Hispanic, bike-riding often takes on a very different
meaning, particularly if you're like me and don't carry a wallet when
you exercise. It means that noncompliance with little-known provisions
of the California Vehicle Code subjects you to being stopped and
searched.

...
Left unsaid is
that the rest of us aren't stopped. Middle-class America remains free
to get our exercise, and enjoy the breeze as it blows through our hair.
We have enough anxiety without having to worry if the police will stop
us on some trumped-up charge.

Further, what's wrong with
conscientious officers being ambitious enough to enforce the laws, all
of them, especially if it leads to the apprehension of a criminal? Even
if they are minor infractions, it's good police work.

Good
police work - until one considers all those noncriminals who are
stopped and searched by the police. All those who don't end up in court
because they didn't have drugs on them or an outstanding warrant. But
for living in a better neighborhood, they might have enjoyed their
evening just as you or I do, without the nerve-racking and humiliating
intrusion of being stopped and questioned by the police.

...
While the protestors' din will surely be forgotten, the next time
you're out on your bike enjoying the ride, consider that your poorer
neighbor may experience it very differently.


Digby: Historians views of Bush as "Glib, Contemptuous, Ignorant, Incurious"

According to Digby, here's a sample of what historians today are saying Bush will be remembered for:

“No individual president can compare to the second Bush,” wrote one.
“Glib, contemptuous, ignorant, incurious, a dupe of anyone who humors
his deluded belief in his heroic self, he has bankrupted the country
with his disastrous war and his tax breaks for the rich, trampled on
the Bill of Rights, appointed foxes in every henhouse, compounded the
terrorist threat, turned a blind eye to torture and corruption and a
looming ecological disaster, and squandered the rest of the world’s
goodwill. In short, no other president’s faults have had so deleterious
an effect on not only the country but the world at large.”


From Huffingtonpost:

The latest revelations on the torture front show the memo from John
Yoo...means that Don Rumsfeld, David Addington and John Yoo should not
leave the United States any time soon. They will be, at some point,
indicted for war crimes.

Yeah, this on Chris Matthews' show by The Atlantic's Andrew Sullivan.

A co-worker's idea: offer donations to Boalt that are conditions on the termination of John Yoo ... we've got $550 so far, what do you say Boalt/Berkeley alumni?

Hello there!




04 April 2008

BSG returns tonight - "There must be some way out of here"

Yeah, I'm one of those uber-geeks who was mistakenly allowed to bond with a female in spite of my ... well ... proclivities.

Yes, I watch Battlestar Galactica ... and it's back tonight at 10pm (7pm for you OnDemand types I suppose) after many of your human moon cycles 1) (2) (3) ... but seriously, it pales to our parent's generation of protest songs ... and protesting artists. Dylan vs. Dixie Chicks? Seriously? Dylan and Dixie Chicks ... caught in a hotel room ... holding down Ashcroft and forcing him to listen to "Let the Eagle Soar" on repeat ... that would be a start. Well, I guess that's not a song, but his muffled sobs would be music to many ears.

Better to stick to TMBG (again, I'm a geek) and Homestar Runner




02 April 2008

Eddie, you're effin' weird

So we're gonna be healthier now, eh?


So I'm getting married in a few months and have been dieting inconsistently since January 2007 when I weighed 326 lbs - currently 292.

I've ordered an exercise bike and will try to get 60 minutes each day (at home or on my Jamis Coda Sport - sweet) - when the weather and my job give me light enough to see by).

I use The Daily Plate to track my calories (it's the best calorie counting website available because it has a massive, user editable, food database - I put in the calories for Cheeseboard Pizza in it! I'm basically following the Hacker's Diet: How to lose weight and hair through stress and poor nutrition

Do you think I can lose 2-3 pounds each week for the next 14 weeks?