I’m actually not going to give you much more forewarning than “what it says on the box”. Go check it out.
I’ve never heard of Goon Tower, which is forgivable since I tend to inhabit Fark-land more than SomethingAwful-land, but it’s a brilliant piece of geek creativity. Members of the SA forums got together and built the goon tower, a piece of artwork that references everything and anything. The references spread the realm of computer games (Zelda and Half-life, for instance), movies (Ghostbusters and The Matrix), popular Internet memes (tubgirl and peanut-butter-jelly-time), comics (X-men and Calvin and Hobbes), really OLD games (Knight Lore), books (Dune), history (ancient Rome and Hitler), art (Salvador Dalí and MC Escher), toys (Lego and Rubik’s Cube), news (Madeline McCann), and, well, pretty much everything inbetween. See how many references you can spot. Any favorite bits in there that you particularly like?
Me? I like the Rogue reference.
[Link: Goon Tower]
Are you still on Facebook? Did you know that they’ve changed their terms of service? Bascially, the new TOS say that they own you. Forever.
You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to your privacy settings or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the promotion thereof.
Well, now…makes me glad I forsook them! So, now…are you STILL on Facebook?
Update: Looks like Facebook have returned to their original TOS, bowing in to public pressure (thanks Joe!):
If you want to share your thoughts on what should be in the new terms, check out our group Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.
[Link: Consumerist - Facebook's new TOS: "We can do anything we want with your content. Forever."]
Posted in Animals, Biology, Biotech, Fashion, Food, Insanity, Latest world news, Philosophy, Science, WTF, tagged coats, experiments, Fashion, Insanity, laboratory, Science, stem cells on November 4, 2008 | 6 Comments »
Scientists at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology have grown a leather coat from stem cells, which is all kinds “weird science”. They’ve even named the coat “victimless leather”. Despite the coat being so small, it’s…well…bizarre. We seem to have no problem in using leather from dead cattle (or other animals, for that matter), most likely because the hide would have otherwise gone to waste, and because it’s a byproduct of a living creature. This coat is alive until fully grown. I assume that after it’s taken off life support, it’d still have to be cured.
Unfortunately, while this coat was on display in New York, it was pulled from life support when it grew too large for the container.
I had a thought, tho…Hmm…coatburgers.
A Japanese woman has been sentenced, but not yet formally charged, for the virtual “murder” of an online ex-husband. Wha…? Ok, let me roll that past you a little more slowly.
Allegedly, the couple were only married within the confines of the virtual world of Maple Story (funky online game…check it out if you want!), and the man suddenly served her digital divorce papers (yes, I know…I don’t get it, either). Apparently, being divorced in such a brusque and sudden manner is bound to make anyone upset. So she killed her ex-husband’s digital persona—also known as an avatar in virtual circles.
Mind you, the only bit of this whole story that makes ANY sense at all is that she’s not being jailed for murder, but for the crime of hacking.
The woman used login information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married, and killed the character. The man complained to police when he discovered that his beloved online avatar was dead.
You can stop laughing now, btw. Being charged could mean a five year prison sentence or a $5,000 fine.
My favorite quote from the article?
The woman had not plotted any revenge in the real world, the official said.
An internet-based record label, Quote Unquote Records, has had their site taken down by their web host for alleged copyright infringement. Here’s the joke: QU Records own the copyright. Wtf…?
Around a week ago, the label was notified by its webhost that it had some copyright music files on its server, which was no surprise to them since they were tracks by Arrogant Sons of Bitches, one of the label’s bands.
The web host, I suspect, figured that hey, if they’re offering the music for FREE, then it must be illegal, right? You can probably understand the host’s (somewhat ill-informed) decision—they’re afraid to face legal action for hosting music. Because we all know that hosting music, even your own music, is of dubious legality.
Anyhow, according to the article:
Three days later the labels site went down completely, due to Jeff hosting his own copyright files on his own site – a claimed violation of the hosting company’s Terms of Service. In order to solve the problem, Jeff would have to send his copyright registration forms to the host by mail, to prove he held the copyright, a problem in itself, explains Jeff:
“I called the company to explain that a lot of this material was NOT in fact registered with the US copyright office, instead we did the ol’ poor man’s copyright. The music that was copyrighted was done so under a Creative Commons License, which is a digital copyright that cannot be viewed if the website where the files are posted is down.”
The web hosts are obviously in the wrong, but how on earth do you argue against such ignorance? Especially from people whose job depends on the Internet??
Scientists have developed a thinking cap that can unlock the powerful potential of the brain. According to the article:
The device uses tiny magnetic pulses to change the way the brain works and has produced remarkable results in tests. Wearing the hairnet-like cap for a few minutes improved artistic ability and proof-reading skills.[...] The Sydney University researchers used a cap equipped with magnetic coil to zap the left side of the brain. This side generally sees the ‘bigger picture’ and suppresses the detail-hoarding right side.
Wow…I’ll have ten of those, thanks! According to researcher professor Allan Snyder:
[...]the experiments show we
all have hidden talents, we just have trouble tapping into them. [...] I believe that each of us has within us non-conscious machinery which can do extraordinary art, extraordinary memory and extraordinary mathematical calculations. We don’t normally access these skills because they are the machinery behind our daily lives and everything we do. We are only interested in the answer, not the working that went on to produce the answer. When you make complex decisions, or even catch a cricket ball, you are not aware of how your brain is performing all these complex tasks. My theory is that there is a lot happening and maybe you could see it by shutting off that conscious part of the brain. [...] ‘Imagine if I could temporarily give you a child’s look at the world.
Make that 20! Where do I place my order?