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June 19, 2008

How to: Build a lucid dreaming machine

The Lucid Dream Machine - Instructables - DIY, How To, tech, life - Instructables and RoboGames Robot Contest Entry

What is Lucid Dreaming? Lucid Dreaming is when you are sleeping and dreaming and that you are aware that your are asleep and that you are dreaming, yet you don't wake up. This can be great, giving you full control of your dreams, jumping off of buildings, going into space, whatever your mind can create.

The Lucid Dream Machine is a pair of glasses that you wear while you are sleeping. About 4 hours into your sleep the AVR microcontroller pulse LEDs that shine through your eyelids. This half wakes you up. The flashing lights helps you become aware (in your sleep) that your are sleeping and dreaming, in doing so you become more likely to be able to control your dreams.

Our Collaboration give you the Lucid Dream Machine.

June 18, 2008

Linden Labs completely botches theft investigation in Second Life, screws over millions

Responding to Questions about the DMCA Process -- Official Second Life Blog

The comments here are where the real gold is, as the actual blog post by Linden Labs is chock full of lies, half-truths and vagary. What happened is this: someone filed a DMCA complaint against a user in Second Life for stealing and selling some animations. LL responded to the complaint by deleting everything that person had ever made in-world, including many things that were entirely legitimate from the inventories of what is assumed to be hundreds of thousands of accounts.

Imagine is like this: let's say an author that you like has been found to be plagiarizing. Under LL's rules, the author would suffer no penalties, but every copy of every book they'd ever written would be removed from the world. And if you, say, had hand-written love notes in the margins, or built a table out of the books, or were using the books as currency in some weird utopia, well tough shit. The books are gone. Meanwhile the offending author still has all the money they made selling the books in the first place.

Needless to say, people are very pissed.

Linden Lab inadvertently disabled some inworld content this past weekend. The problem should be fixed now, and we apologize for the inconvenience it caused. If you believe your content was inadvertently disabled, please try re-rezzing it. If that doesn’t work, please contact Support at http://secondlife.com/support.

Linden Lab has not changed its DMCA policy. For privacy reasons, we don’t discuss the specifics of DMCA notifications with third parties. However, when we receive a valid DMCA notification, we send affected Residents email notice so they aren’t surprised when we remove content from their inventory and inworld locations. The email notice explains how to submit a DMCA counter-notification to seek restoration of the removed content. Be sure to keep your email address current and make lindenlab.com an exception in your spam filter so you receive notices from Linden Lab.

We’ve received questions about removing infringing items from Residents’ inventory when an inworld location (a region name and coordinates) can’t be provided. Inventory items may be subject to DMCA claims when the items are sufficiently identified. For example, if you can’t provide an inworld location, provide the names of the allegedly infringing items and avatars. Linden Lab will conduct a reasonable search for the identified items.

Sweet Baby Jeezus, does the FireFox 3.0 location bar ever suck ass

Happily, a kindly programmer agreed and provided us with the oldbar extension, which brings back the sane 2.0 behavior that makes me smile.

June 17, 2008

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This knife terrifies me

WASP Injection Systems, Inc. - WASP Injection Knife

As divers, we all know what the effects of compressed gas are underwater. Our training teaches us that our lungs would burst from over-inflation if we held our breath and rose to the surface. This principle is key to the effectiveness of the WASP Injection System.

This weapon injects a frozen ball of compressed gas approximately the size of a basketball at 850psi nearly instantly. The effects of this injection will drop many of the world's largest land predators. The effects of the compressed gas not only cause over-inflation during ascent when used underwater, but also freezes all tissues and organs surrounding the point of injection on land or at sea. When used underwater, the injected gas carries the predator to the surface BEFORE blood is released into the water. Thus giving the diver added protection by diverting other potential predators to the surface.

The Spore Celebrity Gallery

SporeVote

The makers of Spore released a creature creator to a handful of celebrities last week, and those celebrities have created their little monsters and loaded them up to this website where one can go vote on them. I believe this initial round of creatures will be used to initially populate the Sporeverse.

What's freaking me out is who the celebrities are on this. They include Elijah Wood, Adam West, Richard Branson, ZeFrank, Veronica Belmont and the eponymous Craig. The list is real mix of meatspace celebrities and people who are Internet Famous. It's awesome. It's celebrity 2.0.