July 25th, 2007

Rabbit of Approval


The ultimate geek network joke. Be warned, it's brief, yet painful. =:D

PBS's ScienceNOW recently covered epigenetics, a means by which genetically identical individuals may, through their environment, develop quite differently physically and mentally, leading to identical twins who nonetheless look quite different. The 13-minute segment's available on their site as a progressive stream, QuickTime and WM, as mycroftb noticed.

Cerberus has a new (to me, at least) Flash animation out: The Nut Job. Definitely not to be missed. ^_^

Anime for the week has to be Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei ("Goodbye Despair Teacher"), a remarkably stylishly animated show about a desperately suicidal teacher and his class, packed with dry wit and background jokes. (And the lead looks a lot like a human version of jirris_midvale, ne?) If you know the joy of depression, this may have a particular appeal.

Okay, who at Six Apart thought it would be fun to house both primary and secondary DNS at the same datacenter? Bad admins, no cookie. (Is all of LJ in one location, no automatic geographical distribution?) There's a little more information available regarding the generators' failure to start over here.

austin_dern found this photo of a heroic rabbit who chose to meet a tiger cub, and left unharmed.

mycroftb reminded me about the Asus Eee, a 2lb laptop coming in August, for around $200-250. Minimal spec, of course, and all subject to Chinese whispers and more: 900MHz Dothan, no optical drive, 4GB flash only, 512MB, 4 USB2.0, 10/100Base-T, 7" 800x480 (an additional 10" 1024x768 model in early 2008), Intel 910 chipset (GMA900 graphics). So, it might just about be okay for SL use - not something to go clubbing with, but at that price, who's complaining?

If you'd like to attend YearlyKos, but can't easily get to Chicago for the grand shindig, there's also YearlyKos in Second Life, with registration a modest $25. Sam Seder of Air America will be along for a pre-convention meet'n'greet on Thursday, 6pm SLT. ("Last week's chat with Glenn [Greenwald] was a lot of fun, especially because he found the intoxication of being able to fly hard to resist.")

foxymoonheart notes moves to block aerial gunning of Alaska's wolves: "Alaska's brutal practice of aerial gunning has already claimed the lives of at least 670 wolves, with state officials even proposing to offer a $150 bounty to increase the killing. And now even the Greater Yellowstone wolves could face this barbaric killing as Idaho and Wyoming propose aerial gunning programs of their own. A conservation champion, Rep. George Miller (CA) will soon introduce legislation -- the Protecting America's Wildlife (PAW) Act -- to restrict this awful practice. But his bill needs your support to win passage of this wolf-saving measure."

Via ristin, word of more US border jollity: "In a strongly worded document drawn up in response to the plan that will affect the 4 million-plus Britons who travel to the US every year, the EU parliament said it 'notes with concern that sensitive data (ie personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, and data concerning the health or sex life of individuals) will be made available to the DHS."

"Under the new agreement, which goes live at the end of this month, the US will be able to hold the records of European passengers for 15 years compared with the current three year limit. The EU parliament said it was concerned the data would lead to 'a significant risk of massive profiling and data mining, which is incompatible with basic European principles and is a practice still under discussion in the US congress.'

Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor, has written to the EC expressing his 'grave concern' at the plan, which he describes as 'without legal precedent' and one that puts 'European data protection rights at risk'.

Hustinx warns: 'Data on EU citizens will be readily accessible to a broad range of US agencies and there is no limitation to what US authorities are allowed to do with the data.'"

And some wonderful political snark in a superb ripost to Bill O'Reilly: "We shall not be defeated. Once the revolution comes, the American right will be crushed under the mighty weight of our agenda. We shall confuse them all by being nice to children and the elderly; we shall sap their resolve by allowing black people to vote unhindered. We shall confound them via our insistence that illegal actions even by rich people should be prosecuted. They will be wounded by our commitment towards health care for all, then we will double the injury by treating their wounds using the very same programs. Their lungs will burn from the oppressively clean air: their green, lush yards will be choked with our expanding forests. Freed from the toxic scourge of DDT, Bald Eagles will return to the countryside and crap on their cars. We will call it Freedom Crap, and it will contain fish bones of Justice and unidentifiable, jelly-like chunks of Liberty."