Wednesday, August 6, 2008

stray bullets

The first protesters arrive… As everybody knows, it was always a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’ stunt protesters would descend on the Beijing Olympics. Sure enough, today somebody climbed a 100-foot electrical pole near the Olympic Green to fly a “One World, One Dream, Free Tibet” flag for the length of time it took the Beijing Fire Department and PSB to arrive and take it down. The protesters were all–unsurprisingly–foreigners. (via)

France's Wine Terrorists Too much wine, it is known, can cause violent behavior. But few have gone as far as the grape growers of France's Languedoc-Roussillon region, the world's biggest wine-growing area by volume. Hurting from overproduction and cheap imports and punished lately by the rising cost of gas, a small group of local winegrowers has resorted to "wine terrorism" in a violent attempt to shock the French government into helping them. (more)

'DIY' kidney machine saves girl A baby dying from kidney failure was saved when her doctor designed and built her a dialysis machine from scratch in his garage.

Can we make software that comes to life?
The brave new world of e-hatred (via)
Exoskeleton for grannies
How You Can Save The World
Personal Learning Environments
Hard to Find 800 Numbers (via)
Monster Manual Comix: Orcs (funny)
Create Your Own Superhero (via)

Futility Closet: John Cummings was a game drunk. In June 1799, having watched a French mountebank pretend to swallow clasped knives, the 23-year-old American sailor boasted that he could do the same, and "after drinking freely" he proceeded to swallow his own pocketknife and three others offered by his friends....

Atomic Wednesday: Operation Ranger Atomic explosion, the largest yet set off on the Nevada test range, was clearly visible in Los Angeles.

Ideation by Jeremiah Dickey (excellent mini-short animation)
God, the Universe, & Everything Else (Sagan, Hawking, Clarke) (via)
Vernor Vinge: How to Prepare for the Singularity
Byrne, Eno Tour Announcement
Zinc Oxide And You (I had no idea. Fascinating)
Aldous Huxley on Language (via)
German Robot Music Video Raises Existential Questions
Obscura demonstrates Minority Report display

add on: Andy Warhol's Birthday (celebrate Andy's 80th)

Where did you go West Point buddy? Are you on vacation? Hello West Pymble!

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