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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..
Oh, handy! I like reading weblogs "in line" with LJ - I just read it as it comes along, no separate app to fuss around with, no little Dock icon reminding me quietly that there's stuff you haven't read yet, don't you want to read it now, huh, huh? Don't you? =:) I only just got around to adding pharyngula, despite seeing it credited on places like BoingBoing plenty of times.

Part of me, I admit, wants to go selling little anodised capsules along with a lengthy burbling on how it "works".. but I couldn't really live with myself. Yet, I suppose, the buyers are giving them their money purely freely, even in the light of such claptrap (what a wonderful word!) - they really are being given what they want. (Much like the 30% who still remain loyal to Bush..)

It was quite wonderful to behold, ne? The previous week, Bush had been quite clear that Rumsfeld would be staying, and now we learn his departure had been in the works for several weeks. His replacement's not looking too wonderful, either, with quite a hand in the whole Iran/Contra scandal - but, if there might be some actual realism thrown into the decision making now, I could overlook his past deeds. Hopefully the Democratic takeover will mean that wretched debacle will finally come to an end. Wonder if he'll wind up retiring on the new ranch the Bush family supposedly (wonder if it's been positively confirmed?) picked up in Paraguay recently.. =:)

I just found that condom video so neat to watch. So easy! ^_^ Condoms may sound easy in theory, but ye gods, they can be fiddly in practice..

True, Sanders is in Vermont, which has a strong tradition of being fiercely independent politically - but, even Jerry McNerney prevailed in his recent Congressional bid in CA-11, deposing long-time incumbent Richard Pombo, quite a heavy-hitter within the party, and head of the House Resources Committee. And that without even much support from the Democratic party, to begin with - his is one of the true "netroots" success stories. He's one guy I'm hoping we'll be hearing more of.
Yeah, reading feeds inline is neat, isn't it? I really like that, as well - it's one of the greatest LJ features, I think. :)

Yeah, I sometimes think I should try to scam people that way, too; a few friends of mine and me once considered selling "nuclear power filters" (plug them into your power sockets, then plug your appliances into the filters, and they will automatically filter out all power coming from nuclear power plants), but since that's actually a verifiable (and false) claim, it might actually have gotten us in trouble. :) It's probably better to stick to vague things like "energy" and the like (incidentally, one company once sent me a catalogue full of new age stuff; glossy full-colour print, perfect binding, several hundreds of pages. I guess it shows that they do make a lot of money with that crap...)

Hmmm, a ranch in Paraguay? Makes you wonder whether they're preparing a safe retreat in case of a civil war; I can't really imagine that the shrubs would move out of Texas otherwise. :P

Yeah, condoms can be fiddly, can't they? I hope this one will pick up... :)