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w00t! DJ NeonBunny mixes again: Disco Dance. ^_^ Easily recommended.

Whoa.. there's some serious pseudoscience in the Life Technology Tesla Purple Energy Shield. "The idea is, that tachyons pass trough untreated aluminium plates without hindrance. By anodising the surface of the aluminium, they develop a field that slows down tachyons. Thus the aluminium surface gets charged with subtle energy/information."

EarthBound/Mother 3 won't be receiving a release outside of Japan - so one group's taking it upon themselves to offer a fan translated version, as mycroftb noticed.

Next Wednesday sees the first live HD broadcast from space, aboard the ISS. In the US, it'll be carried on Discovery HD Theater at 0830 Pacific.

Does anyone know what's up with Yiffstar? Hopefully it's just some glitch, rather than being out for the count..

I was quite tickled by these survey results of Unitarian Universalists:

'Whereas "human reason and knowledge" was called very important by 96 percent of UU congregational leaders who took part in the multi-denominational Faith Communities Today (FACT) survey released early this year, the Bible was termed only "somewhat important" by 50 percent and had little or no importance to 48 percent as a source for worship and teaching. God's presence, at best, was sensed significantly by only 25 percent in church and somewhat by another 36 percent.'

'Casebolt offered 20 labels, including pagan, atheist and agnostic in his Midwestern survey. Humanist was again a clear choice (54 percent), but agnostic (33 percent) beat out earth-centered (31 percent). Atheist was picked by 18 percent and Buddhist by 16.5 percent. Pagan and Christian tied at 13.1 percent. "That the typical respondent felt the need to circle three or four terms to describe his or her theological views" demonstrated the complexity of many UUs' outlook, Casebolt said.' - note the presence of "atheist" as an option. ^_^

Regardless of political affiliations, this review of Donald Rumsfeld's fighting techniques is definitely giggleworthy.

Be sure to view to demo movie clip of this new condom that takes one second to put on. Very spiffy.

mycroftb spotted this fchan thread - I shan't explain it. NSFW. But amusing. ^_^

Hornby's buying Airfix, which might give huskyteer some comfort.

By way of discopanda, this cute little javascript hack. Load a page with plenty of images, such as a LJ Friends page, then paste this into the address bar. (It's portable, so it should work on any browser you like)

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Here's a neat little story of one man's foray into politics in Vermont; an individual can make a difference.

drhoz noticed that the camp featured in "Jesus Camp" has closed, for "at least several years".

Ah, that's much better.. finally got around to sorting out more of the room, tossing ancient bills and statements, keeping most of the little trinkets from my travels (I don't tend to buy souvenirs - my momentos tend to be trivial things like a ticket stub from seeing a movie, or a bill for an excellent meal, or just the odd tourist pamphlet, like the ones for Cambramatta or the Petronas Towers). I could even dare to show the room off to a guest at this point. ^_^; And best of all, that sorting turned up the headphones - I'd been using some cheapie earbuds, but these noise cancellers (an exceptionally thoughtful gift, just before a long flight) are particularly comfortable, and offer a much richer sound. Mmm, time to enjoy some of This Binary Universe in good quality. ^_^

And many hugs to giro_batol for his old PowerShot A200. ^_^ That'll be perfect for getting various bits onto eBay, as well as maybe the odd photo from my wanderings. Perhaps the nearby park has some alluring autumnal hues on show..
Ah, as I remember (it's been a while) the theoretical tachyon *speeds up* as it loses energy (and a quick check of Wikipedia agrees). So, this little aluminum keychain fob is pumping energy into tachyons to slow them down? If anything, the information flow would be from the aluminum to the tachyons along with the energy flow.

Sheesh, they can't even get the woo-woo right. Of course, the above statements would mean the little fob runs out of stored energy quickly and must be replaced often, so maybe that was the idea.
Wow, they've come up with a metaphysical sedative! Doubtless they'd want to verify their claims under, say, surgery. =:)

Except it'd mean giving money to such fraudsters, it'd be fun to open one of those up and see if there's anything in there at all. Not that even such a revelation would have any impact on its sales, I'm sure. And I dare say they do manage to sell quite a few of them, too, just as those fuel tank stickers did indeed seem to sell, or similar stickers to rejuvenate cellphone batteries.. *sigh* To be fair, quite a good part of such gullibility likely comes from a simple lack of scientific understanding - it's as Clarke said, really. For many people, a lot of technology may as well be powered by magic. (Which is not to say a lot of technology can't be magical - isn't it amazing to be able to zoom across the skies and land halfway around the world, looking down upon the highest clouds as we go? Or even natural happenings, as illustrated by that DNA replication visualisation I posted a little while back - now that's</a> something to inspire wonder)

I need to search that site - perhaps I'll be lucky and uncover a promo video. That couldn't help but be entertaining. ^_^