Archive for February 1, 2008

Joost: Crusade

February 1, 2008

If you haven’t yet bought Crusade on DVD (me!) or are one of those people who didn’t even know Crusade existed, here’s your chance to see some of it via Joost. Why the hell they didn’t put all of it up is beyond me. This is The Way Of The Suits.

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Way Of The Suits: Look at the frikkin WB bug! Yes — on Joost!

These are the episodes to be found here:

Crusade – War Zone
An advanced starship searches for the cure to an alien virus that could kill everyone on Earth.

Crusade – The Long Road
Gideon mediates between Earth miners and the residents of a planet containing a virus-fighting mineral — and a fire-breathing dragon.

Crusade – The Well of Forever
Galen persuades Gideon to seek a mystical crossroads. An investigator probes Matheson’s mind.

Crusade – The Path of Sorrows
A mysterious sphere prompts Gideon and the others to relive traumatic moments from their past.

Crusade – Patterns of the Soul
Gideon must deport a colony of renegade humans. Dureena finds a lost tribe of her people.

I don’t know if more will ever appear. If you like those, buy the DVD set and end the suspense.

There are also episodes of V, some Babylon 5 stuff, Time Trax, The Flash, Max Headroom, and Invasion.

Yeah, I know it’s all from Suit TV. But I happened to be exploring Joost and came across this. Just like Suit TV, there isn’t a whole lot actually worth watching on Joost. Pity.

Superhero Movie Will Make You Laugh

February 1, 2008

Well, it made me laugh. Perhaps I’m just stupid that way…

— from I am Nerd, hear me wheeze!

The movie’s site will be here.

The Suits have apparently been doing Whac-A-Mole DMCA takedowns on this trailer like crazy. I mean, how dare anyone get excited and talk about this until They Say You Officially Can! You must obey Herr Goebbels, their Fuhrer of Last-Century Marketing!

If they pull that YouTube vid, you can see some screensnaps after the break.

Suits: Ever hear of viral marketing? Look and learn. Oh, and welcome to the Internet.

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The Day Before Doomsday

February 1, 2008

Two Billionaires Describe Our Outlook

According to the Federal Reserve Board website, U.S. non-borrowed bank reserves have gone from $37B to $199M (nope, that’s not a typo) in the last month. We have been discussing this with Sitka Pacific Capital’s Mike ‘Mish’ Shedlock for the last two weeks. He concludes: “Banks in aggregate have now burnt through all of their capital and are forced to borrow reserves from the Fed in order to keep lending.” Simply put, the U.S. banking system has no reserves.

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MacBook Air Pr0n

February 1, 2008

SlashGear calls it MacBook Air Review.

Get this:

One point of harmony for both sides is its appearance: few would call the Air anything other than beautiful with its flattering tapered edges and depths ranging from a mere 0.16-inches to 0.76-inches at its thickest. The Air’s aluminum casing is smooth and deeply sensual, the 3lbs (1.36kg) weight mind-bogglingly minimal, and that mildly controversial black keyboard is a grower, looking more and more fitting as you sit in front of the machine.

I haven’t finished reading it yet. I had to take a break.

This review is pure pr0n!

The Fat Fury

February 1, 2008

How Not To Be a Fat Fuck

The Fat Acceptance Movement is a Bunch of Hogwash

Those first two are from a blog called Violent Acres. She is so good.

I decided to post those links today after coming across this article:

Weighing nearly 400 pounds, man walks off half his weight

Her anti-fat posts have generated a lot of controversy. I’ve seen them — and responses to them — as the WordPress top posts some days when logging into my blog.

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The original Fat Fury

If Dr. Wertham was alive today, would he blame Herbie for the obesity “epidemic”?

Obesity now a ‘lifestyle’ choice for Americans, expert says

What The Internet Is About In One Click

February 1, 2008

aaaaaahhhhh…

Flash animation. Better turn down the sound a bit before clicking.

Attention Eisner, Zucker, and Retard Boy. Go look and gnash your teeth.

The Internet is not TV-only-different.

It’s Different, period.

Oil: The Other Blood

February 1, 2008

Discovery backs theory oil not ‘fossil fuel’
New evidence supports premise that Earth produces endless supply

A study published in Science Magazine today presents new evidence supporting the abiotic theory for the origin of oil, which asserts oil is a natural product the Earth generates constantly rather than a “fossil fuel” derived from decaying ancient forests and dead dinosaurs.

The lead scientist on the study – Giora Proskurowski of the School of Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle – says the hydrogen-rich fluids venting at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean in the Lost City Hydrothermal Field were produced by the abiotic synthesis of hydrocarbons in the mantle of the earth.

The abiotic theory of the origin of oil directly challenges the conventional scientific theory that hydrocarbons are organic in nature, created by the deterioration of biological material deposited millions of years ago in sedimentary rock and converted to hydrocarbons under intense heat and pressure.

Don’t get all excited. This is WorldNetDaily — the online equivalent of cable TV’s Fox News.

They don’t bother to give a link. I had to do some digging and found it. That’s a free abstract. It’s complex enough as it is. The entire article, which I’m sure amps up the complexity, is only for paid subscribers.

This is the first time I’ve heard of this theory.

A few years ago, I was talking to someone and musing about how everything on earth has a purpose. I had been wondering about the purpose of oil and was thinking that it’s the blood of the earth.

Imagine my shock when reading Rigged to learn that the Arabs call oil “the black blood of Allah!”

Today’s Dose Of Human Cruelty

February 1, 2008

The female rhino survived for 35 hours after being shot twice and having her horn sawn off at Kazrianga National Park in India.

If you are of the Happy Sort who does not like to engage in real life that you cannot see right in front of you, then avoid that link.

All smart people, click.

Chocolate: The Staff Of Life

February 1, 2008

Joi Ito’s got involved in a chocolate factory.

It’s called TCHO. Techo? Techocolate?

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Not TCHO. Mine. Go away, get your own.

Apple: Your Gold Aluminum Is Waiting

February 1, 2008

You just know that Apple will be the first one to use this new process.

Researchers create gold aluminum, black platinum, blue silver

Chunlei Guo, the researcher who a year ago used intense laser light to alter the properties of a variety of metals to render them pitch black, has pushed the same process further in a paper in today’s Applied Physics Letters. He now believes it’s possible to alter the properties of any metal to turn it any color—even multi-colored iridescence like a butterfly’s wings.

Since the process changes the intrinsic surface properties of the metal itself and is not just a coating, the color won’t fade or peel, says Guo, associate professor of optics at the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester. He suggests the possibilities are endless—a cycle factory using a single laser to produce bicycles of different colors; etching a full-color photograph of a family into the refrigerator door; or proposing with a gold engagement ring that matches your fiancée’s blue eyes.

“Since the discovery of the black metal we’ve been determined to get full control on getting metals to reflect only a certain color and absorb the rest, and now we finally can make a metal reflect almost any color we wish,” says Guo. “When we first found the process that produced a gold color, we couldn’t believe it. We worked in the lab until midnight trying to figure out what other colors we could make.”

Thing is, it could be very pricey:

The ultra-brief/ultra-intense light Guo uses is produced by a femtosecond laser, which produces pulses lasting only a few quadrillionths of a second. A femtosecond is to a second what a second is to about 32 million years. During its brief burst, Guo’s laser unleashes as much power as the entire electric grid of North America does, all focused onto a spot the size of a needlepoint.

Emphasis added by me.