May 1st, 2004

Porsupah smile by Djinni

Not for delicate eyes

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."
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