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May 29, 2008

That poor little monkey with a socket in his brain wants to fist you

robotdeathmonkey.jpgPOE News | Monkeys control a robot arm with their thoughts
Two monkeys with tiny sensors in their brains have learned to control a mechanical arm with just their thoughts, using it to reach for and grab food and even to adjust for the size and stickiness of morsels when necessary, scientists reported on Wednesday.
Unca Warren writes: "I don’t consider this a useful advance. Monkeys are well known, after all, for, well… non-consensual sexual activities. And I frankly refuse to end my life desperately trying to fend off a monkey-powered robot fisting." Wonderful Robot Death Monkey picture stolen from RobotDeathMonkey.com!

The Future of Sex in Video Games

The Reverse Cowgirl | The Future of Sex in Video Games
Cory Doctorow points to this amusing animated exploration of the sexual possibilities of video games by Savannah College of Art and Design Professor Daniel Floyd.
"a hot dog made of Legos."

May 28, 2008

VW unveils ultralight prototype that gets 235 miles per gallon

Inhabitat � TRANSPORTATION TUESDAY: VW’s 235mpg car

Comments open for naysaying and discussion.

With oil prices at $135 dollars per barrel, the pressure is on for car makers to innovate and create more fuel efficient vehicles. Volkswagen seems to be taking this task seriously with the 1L, a prototype that is capable of traveling for 235mpg using 1 gallon of gasoline, or 100km on 1L of gas. Adding to the excitement of this breakthrough is recent news that VW plans to get this concept out to market in 2010!

The 1L is a lightweight two person vehicle made out of a magnesium frame covered by an unpainted carbon fiber skin. Every component of the vehicle is intended to reduce the vehicles weight. Aluminum brakes, carbon fiber wheels, titanium hubs, and ceramic bearings all contribute to the vehicle’s light weight of a mere 290 kg. To reduce the weight even further, and to increase the aerodynamics of the vehicle, there are no rear view mirrors. Instead, the car is equipped with cameras that display visual information to the driver via the internal LCD screen.

May 27, 2008

How to: Make your own echolocation goggles and look totally sweet

Ultrasonic Batgoggles - Instructables - DIY, How To, tech, science

Yes, I did overcome my initial dislike of instructables. Why do you ask?

How to: Make Skittles Vodka

Shoot the Rainbow: Skittles Vodka - Instructables - DIY, How To, food, offbeat

How to: Surgical alter your ears into elf ears

Body-Mod: Elf Ears - Instructables - DIY, How To, offbeat, life

Eek!

May 24, 2008

Twitter refuses to uphold terms of service, deal with harassment

Ariel Waldman � Blog Archive � Twitter refuses to uphold Terms of Service

This is terrible. Click through to read the entire thing, including some callous emails from Twitter.

Overall, Twitter is a great platform to connect with friends and co-workers and it felt safe in an “everyone knows everyone” sort of way in the beginning. However, as with any social network that continues to grow (especially one that focuses on broadcasting messages to the masses), it opens itself up to the prospect of abuse, harassment, spam, and other types of typical Terms of Service violations. Considering the social network-sphere as it exists today, most people would assume that Twitter would be prepared to react and take action against TOS violations - their TOS page even states “(These terms of service were inspired, with permission, by Flickr.)” - Flickr being well-known for taking action on TOS violations, even when the violations are debatable.

As I found out last month, the reality of Twitter is that they refuse to warn and/or ban people who use their service to “abuse, harass, threaten, impersonate or intimidate other Twitter users” (to quote their forth line item on their TOS page). What does this mean? In short, anyone can use Twitter to consistently harass you and ruin search results for your identity and Twitter won’t execute any means of community management.

May 21, 2008

McCain either doesn't know who leads Iran

McCain doesn't know who leads Iran

Watch for his response. He is essentially saying, "I'm happy attacking the wrong person because the American people don't know enough to call me on it." In my opinion, a president should go out of their way to know who the leaders of other countries are, and should also go out of their way to educate the American people on the matter.