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Lighting-up wire!

And science surplus thingies - cheap, spiffy crap that's gone once it's sold out...

And ShapeLock:
Moldable plastic stuff - soft at 150ºF, hard at room temperature. I see creative uses for this... better than using the glue-gun stuff as a mold (which I've done before - although that's damn harder, due to the stickiness.)
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For quite a long time I've been intending to post some sort of commentary on the music industry - piracy, distribution, morality, those types of things. I've thought about it many times, but never gone through with it, because the issue is such a broad, messy one - such a difficult thing to address fairly and compactly. I knew it would result in a rambly, unfocused commentary, and my exact opinion has teetered back and forth quite a bit over the years anyway. But on Monday, when I woke up to the news that Oink, the world famous torrent site and mecca for music-lovers everywhere, had been shut down by international police and various anti-piracy groups, I knew it was finally time to try and organize my thoughts on this huge, sticky, important issue.

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A very, very well written piece. Then again, I'm biased, of course.
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Dear self:
Your pedal crank part is a "One piece crank".

And the following links were what you found:
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Hacking ATMs: http://www.mydigitallife.info/2006/09/25/atm-hacking-and-cracking-to-steal-money-with-atm-backdoor-default-master-password/

Pretty origami balls: http://members.shaw.ca/gtarigan/30units/index.html

Something to look into: http://www.juststolen.net/ (register personal property, so if they're stolen, you can pull up data, and if it's found, it might get returned to you. Maybe.)

Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service [https://www.sfs.opm.gov/] = something I need to look into.
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I made this: http://www.recipezaar.com/8384 (Scampi Style Chicken Thighs) today. It was... mediocre. :\ Oh well, it means I'll have leftovers and stuff for lunch tomorrow. Yay!


I found was-green-vegetables today, as I visited the fridge. If I didn't know better, it waved and winked at me, before I reached in, and exiled it to the trashcan.


Oh, yeah, and I beat Kingdom Hearts I. Total hours: around 40. Meep. Am looking at FFXII now. Unless anyone has any suggestions?

And now for a few completely different things...

By way of [livejournal.com profile] porsupah, http://www.furaffinity.net/view/249835/ (Image here, broken URL to ensure people don't click by accident: http://data.furaffinity.net/art/touchmybadger/ 1160527511.touchmybadger_mothafuknsextoy.jpg). No, it's not safe for work - It contains the words, "...Sex Toy!!!" and a very crudely drawn sex toy. No nudity though, just... improper usage of a sex toy. "I'm the dildo unicorn!". I snerked.)

reCaptcha: Translating books in captchas! A good idea, although I don't have anything that requires me using it. The perl module is here: http://search.cpan.org/dist/Captcha-reCAPTCHA/lib/Captcha/reCAPTCHA.pm

A few iPhone bits:
http://anderson-technologies.com/archives/5 (Mac iPhone Activation tool)
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2155149,00.asp?kc=EWKNLEDP070607A (Eweek article reviewing the iPhone)
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First: IT Security Warfare. A rather interesting read, at least for me.

Second: a presentation at the AAAS. Someday, I'll have the self-esteem and guys to stand up in front of a crowd and do that.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL_-1d9OSdk (via [livejournal.com profile] porsupah)

Third, from the interesting Geeketiquette blog, comes the Dresscodes: Geek vs. Non-Geek. Some of it is true, I suppose.
(but potentially worth noting, if you're a geek like I am, and fail to pick up on normal social cues...)

Lastly, via metaquotes (and [livejournal.com profile] porsupah): the interaction between Christianity and Islam, if they're both kids....

And an odd mishmash of links that I need to visit/do/screw/whatnot:
OpenVPN, when on public, unsecured Wifi (project temporarily on hold; uiuc provides vpn that covers everything I need):

Rails! Ruby! Arrrr?:

http://garrett.reid.org/backtrack/ (and why I need a MacBook /Pro)
http://insecurewebapp.sourceforge.net/main/index.html (download and try)

Wifi cracking:
http://kismac.de/_trac/wiki/DWL-G122 (need to locate and buy...?)

http://lrnj.com/ (learning japanese with RPG... something?)

Origami (via... [livejournal.com profile] kimoi):
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Not as thick as I'd like, but maybe I could be creative and make it larger, using twice the amount of ribbons?

Found the spiffy Origami book as well. Am probably ordering it.


First, the dailyWTF: http://worsethanfailure.com/Comments/Broken-Communication.aspx

Props to Michael for covering for the hardware engineer. I'm just amused that they were able to sneak the server back in. And then say, "Oh, we just rebooted it".


Facebook information could be sniffable: http://www.theregister.com/2007/06/26/sniffing_private_facebook_info/

It only implies that someone could guess and check to see if you have some specific words on your profile. So they would have to know you, and then maybe have something specific they're looking for. Which could or could not be a problem. It's a bit like bruteforcing a password: trying different combinations over and over, but unless bruteforcing the password, a correct guess only tells you that it's correct, and does not grant you access to the account.


CIA has decided to reveal their balls "family jewels": http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20070621/pl_afp/usintelligencecia. Link to the documents here: http://www.liquidmatrix.org/blog/2007/06/26/the-cias-family-jewels/
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Hurrah, day 1 of 'trial week' to see if I want to do work as a Microsoft SharePoint admin/power user for Georgetown University's Radiology Section. I now know kinda how to get around in SharePoint 2007. The combination of IIS and ASP.NET still confuses me though. Haven't gotten an ASP.NET page to load yet?

Metro busses apparently work. Yay! $1.25 per trip, approx 1 hr time cost, excluding the walking-to-bus-stop part. Arrrgh, walking so slow compared to bike.


Mac Buyer's Guide: Knowing when to buy a mac
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I've discovered http://speeddemosarchive.com/. Where people post their fastest play-throughs of games.

There's Chrono Trigger, Chrono Cross, Zelda, Mario RPG, Kingdom Hearts II... and the obvious Mario Worlds and Megaman.

::glee:: It's almost like playing the game again, except with much less effort, and the every so often "Oh, wow... I didn't know you could do that" or "Hehehe, damn monster..."

Alas, there's no Kingdom Hearts I, or Lunar: Eternal Blue Complete
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Japanese Human Vending Machine.
Doesn't actually distribute humans, but rather, is powered by a human.
Looks to be a promo, but amusing nonetheless.

Unique ID: http://www.highprogrammer.com/alan/numbers/
Provides random things, like Driver's License Numbers calculation and verification. I tried the Maryland one, and it's surprisingly accurate.

There's also, linked from that site, an anatomy of credit cards: http://www.merriampark.com/anatomycc.htm
which links to a frightfully long article on credit cards: http://euro.ecom.cmu.edu/resources/elibrary/everycc.htm
Quite interesting.

And a friend pointed this out to me:
It's not actually the application I'm interested in - I haven't tried that. It's the website that's amazing.
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The alarm clock that runs away from you:

Self-Combusting toilets in Japan:

(on a side note, it apparently features "pulsating massage spray, power dryer, "tornado wash" flush". Kinky?)

Bad news for the internet radio people:
"Net Radio Appeal On Royalties Rejected" - so now they have to pay more, which means more online radio stations will go out of business, and we'll have less to chose from. RIAA, you guys are fucking idiots. Or is this the pride-saving slow-suicidal exit?
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:: points at the torrent links:: They scare me. The collector/packrat in me wants to download all of them. 10 GB of Spider Man comics, 12+ GB of Superman, 12 GB of Batman, 35 GB of X-men, and 6 GB of Fantastic Four.

Someone talk some sense into me. Quite honestly, I'll never read any of it (although, I'll be passing the Batman comics onto Lily, probably), so there's no reason for me to snag any of the other stuff other than to a) say I have it, and provide it to friends when they're looking for it, and b) provide yet one more (abet, 'hidden' - that is, hidden from public view) copy for global archival purposes.

Ok, b is pretty much just BS. Shhh.

You know what would be absolutely awesome? If Google has a very large set of storage systems somewhere in some mountain, downloading and storing all sorts of media, regardless of copyright. Eventually, when we all die out, the information will be found by some aliens, and they will understand and (hopefully) decide to resurrect us.
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Yay, there's a newspaper article in the Washington Post suggesting that stupid cellphone companies shouldn't lock down their phones:

There's some (IMO) stupid counterarguements about competition and stuff. Granted, I just skimmed and haven't really read, so I may have skipped over something that I shouldn't have skipped.

Remote-Exploit.org, the people who supply BackTrack, a Linux Live Distro focused on penetration testing, apparently has security courses online. I need to take those.


And via Mark R., pretty wallpapers! http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/index.php?sort=date

Sunsets are pretty...

5 page paper completed in 6-ish hours. Not... too bad? Proofread. Due in 5 hours. Whee. Time for bed.
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Facebook stalking skit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FahBBnfHAQ
If you're familiar with facebook and the human males, you'll understand. And laugh.

I wonder if girls do it too........

Steve Jobs ("That mac god") has released a note on DRM:
"In a message posted on the Apple website, entitled “Thoughts on Music”, Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple, has urged consumers unhappy with DRM to lobby the big four music companies, Universal, EMI, Sony BMG, and Warner to eliminate DRM for music downloads. He says DRM has never worked and may never work to stop music piracy."

Steve's words: http://www.apple.com/hotnews/thoughtsonmusic/
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For when you have snippets of the melody, but you don't know the song name...

There is now: http://www.midomi.com/

Using flash to connect to your microphone and record, it'll then analyze and figure out what song you tried to sing. It was able to match "Do You Hear The People Sing?" when I sang a bit of that, so... it's not bad.
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Coldstone coupons:
$1 off any ice cream purchase.
$3 off any signature cake.

And a very cute, slightly addictive game from the lovely Orisinal site:
(Current high score of 27,820,730. Which is not actually that much, if you consider the fact that each bird you hit doubles your score at that point.)
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Audio recording:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp0HyxQv97Q (I was hitting my head against the desk at about 3 minutes into the clip.)

Essentially, this guy was told that he would be charged: ".002 cents per kilobyte."

But when he got the bill, it was $71 dollars. He was charged at the rate "$.002/KB". That is, .002 dollars per kilobyte.

I am astonished that all the people he was calling couldn't understand the difference. Kinda scary, actually.


Dec. 8th, 2006 10:14 am
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By way of [livejournal.com profile] dduane...

"O Holy Night" sung, well... really badly. This is why you shouldn't be afraid to sing, people~

And apparently what is hailed the worst science fiction ever: The Eye of Argon

There are even rules for a reading: http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/~susan/sf/argnrule.htm

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