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Here's a quick glance at the renewed examination by the US Department of Energy regarding just what is going on with "cold fusion" experiments. I wish I still had a copy of the BBC Horizon look at the field, following a year or two after the original brouhaha had died down - it showed a variety of bona fide researchers working on the original experiment and variations on the theme. The general theme at the time seemed to be that something was, in some cases, happening with regard to net energy production, but the variables were poorly understood, and the level of production was, in most experimental setups, still very low indeed, with scaling up seemingly a significant issue.

For ibneko - a particularly horrible pun, courtesy of Ozy & Millie, one of the better comics around, and now back on Tuesdays and Thursdays, following an extended break. No sign yet of
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Here's <a href="http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/wo_hecht042304.asp">a quick glance</a> at the renewed examination by the US Department of Energy regarding just <i>what</i> is going on with "cold fusion" experiments. I wish I still had a copy of the BBC <i>Horizon</i> look at the field, following a year or two after the original brouhaha had died down - it showed a variety of bona fide researchers working on the original experiment and variations on the theme. The general theme at the time seemed to be that something was, in some cases, happening with regard to net energy production, but the variables were poorly understood, and the level of production was, in most experimental setups, still very low indeed, with scaling up seemingly a significant issue.

For <lj user="ibneko"> - a <a href="http://ozyandmillie.org/2004/om20040427.html">particularly horrible pun</a>, courtesy of <a href="http://ozyandmillie.org/">Ozy & Millie</a>, one of the better comics around, and now back on Tuesdays and Thursdays, following an extended break. No sign yet of <a href="http://www.fried.com/>Fried Society</a> returning, though the artist did seem to think it might be possible. (If it's a new one to you, try "Jigsaw", easily one of my favorites)

Interesting.. if <a href="http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20040426151111599#comments">this Mac OS X Hints posting</a> is correct, US cable operators are obliged to provide a Firewire-equipped box on request. Thus, HDTV recording becomes quite simple and cheap.

Um. An <a href="http://www.kuddlkat.com/PCs/T-NADS/pages/T-NADS-19.htm">unusual, furry PC case mod</a>. Not safe for work or maiden aunts. (Now, this is one advantage of a desktop - treating a laptop in such a way would likely cause heat death of the processor in fairly short order, or an extremely hot keyboard)

I was recently exposed to a particular tune, which has subsequently burrowed its way into what passes for my mind and taken up gleeful residence, I can do only one thing: <a href="http://irresponsiblecybernetics.com/~porsupah/Labyrinth_Of_Flames-ED.mp3">share it with you</a>. Cossack ending theme for an anime, it would seem.

What can I say? A <a href="http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/story.jsp?story=515990">"workout trolley"</a> is being deployed by the leading UK supermarket. It might as well be from Chris Morris and friends.. could you really make this up, though? <i>"It is still some way in the future, but eventually you will have a trolley which greets you by name, wishes you happy birthday, steers you to the meat counter and warns you about your health if you buy too many cakes."</i>

And finally, from the "Don't Point That Thing At Me" department, <a href="http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_76570.html">news of an exploding penis</a>. The good doctor does note, however, "It is very rare for this to happen."
 
 
 
 
 
 
Exploding Penis? I've been so hard it hurt but that is ridiculou! I wonder what they were doing?
*giggle* Sadly, the article remains mute on that point. ^_^ It's maybe either a very strong endorsement for a particular pr0n producer, or a liability suit in waiting for Pfizer..

I'm guessing it was, so to speak, structural weakness, much as some folks are much more prone to nosebleeds than the general populace.

Oh, damn. Now I've got visions of cheesy Trek porn.. "She canna take much more, cap'n!"

I can think of a few things...
What, he took every spammed v14gr4 at the same time?

Yay! Now we'll see spam for male tampons. ^_^
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Yepyep! Fun stuff. ^_^ Courtesy of rcoony, it's available here.
> A "workout trolley" is being deployed by the leading UK supermarket.

I had an idea once that it should be possible to make the wheels of a shopping cart harder to turn when it came near enough to certain RFID tags. This would make it harder, for example, for parents to pass up the toys and candy. You could have a weight sensor in the infant seat to help with this. Once they've put some of the requisite product into the cart, the wheels free back up.
That'd be quite evil. Have you thought of a career in marketing? ^_^
What can I say? A "workout trolley" is being deployed by the leading UK supermarket.

I've always kinda wondered, just who on Earth could be happy with chatty technology? Particularly such technology as a shopping cart that, by its very function, seems designed to meddle in my personal life. It just seems creepy to me.
Seems like the same mindset that considers a website to be a "surfing experience", and thus requiring extensive use of Flash throughout, starting from the front page, with no option for anything else..

I'd find an "interactive" trolley simply distracting. I'd far sooner be able to wander around, when the crowds have subsided (yay for 24-hour supermarkets!), and simply ponder what could be done with some item that's on sale or marked down to clear. (I'll retain a list mentally of a few things I particularly need, but otherwise, my shopping's quite flexible, and never rushed, unless the store's very busy - I'm not really much of one for crowds)

Wonder if said trolleys will come with Genuine People Personalities?
(Now, this is one advantage of a desktop - treating a laptop in such a way would likely cause heat death of the processor in fairly short order, or an extremely hot keyboard)

Aha. If you think about it though, with all the space saved on a desk by use of the laptop, one would have plenty of room left to just buy a dirt-cheap desktop case and mod it in such a way before plonking it next to the laptop. =:P
True - the hobby's known as "case modding".. nothing there saying you have to have a computer inside it. ^_^ I've seen some fairly amazing artwork on PowerBooks and iBooks, though, from Japanese enthusiasts. I've been tempted, but the Wallstreet and TiBook designs seem so elegant as is, that it seems inappropriate to augment them, somehow.

W00t! I've found my screwdrivers, so I might actually get around to taking Ocelot apart sometime. Still need a Torx T-6 for the display, though, which is what it'll probably come down to, and if I went that far, I'd want to be sure I had some acrylic cement and replacement wires first.
An exploding penis? In Transylvania?

I would have expected that sort of thing only in Bangkok.
Oh my.

At this point, your humble correspondent is wincing nearly as much as the aforementioned individual.
> news of an exploding penis.

And now, the Incredible Exploding Vagina!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3708461.stm