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Bugs as bugs

So it seems that DARPA is interested in making cyborgs. Animal cyborgs, at least – both flying and swimming ones – to gather intelligence in otherwise hard to reach places.
I have to confess, I find this almost as cool as I find it scary. Cybernetic organisms have only been in the realm of science fiction until now, after all.  The insect kind are the ones that scare me more, as they could easily be used for, dare I say it, domestic use. Of course, the U.S. government wouldn’t spy on its own citizens, would it?

Thanks to smb for the links.

Posted by seaking on 03-26-2006 at 09:03 pm
Posted in Links, Politics, Science with 2 Comments

omg wtf Orson Welles

Or, “o w OW” for short.

For those readers who might happen to live in or near Western Mass., there will be a screening this weekend of rare footage from unfinished Orson Welles projects: “The Unseen Orson Welles.” It’s a three-hour program, and will be showing at the Academy of Music theater in Northampton on Saturday, 3/11 and Sunday, 3/12, at 2:00 each day. Tickets are $10.
The show will feature footage from, among other things, Welles’ The Merchant of Venice, and a 40-minute edited segment from a late film project. Footage will be presented by Gary Graver, who was Welles’ cinematographer the last 15 years of his life (Welles’ life, that is), and possessor of Welles’ archives.

Also, the reason I’m hyping this: the organizer will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the event to my employer, Amherst Community Television.

If you want more information, e-mail organizer Larry Jackson.

Posted by seaking on 03-09-2006 at 12:03 pm
Posted in Arts/Media with 0 Comments

Poland’s great contribution to world cinema

What? You think it’s Roman Polanski, or Krzysztof Kieslowski, or perhaps Agnieszka Holland?

No, no, it’s movie posters.

Some of these are really wild and inventive. Some are just hilarious for their apparent misrepresentation of a movie’s genre.

Thanks to Kevin H. for pointing me to the site.

Posted by seaking on 03-03-2006 at 09:03 pm
Posted in Arts/Media, Links with 2 Comments

It’s all connected

So, a congressional task force has concluded that the Federal Emergency Management Agency botched the Katrina rescue and cleanup. Of particular concern was failure to deal with leaks, especially those by ‘Scooter’ Libby in the Valerie Plame case. Libby’s lawyers have subpoenaed hundreds of classified documents to be examined in this case – documents which were compiled by the National Security Agency from domestic wiretaps they obtained without warrants. President Bush authorized the warrantless spying, arguing that our phone and e-mail networks are vulnerable to terrorists exploiting open ports. Instead of trying to close the ports, the administration is selling them to Dubai Ports World, a state-run company in the United Arab Emirates. DPW, as its first act of port security, will be examining all packets of cartoons from Europe – particularly those from Denmark. A Danish newspaper caused controversy recently with its cartoons making fun of other countries’ domination of all the winter sports at the Olympic Games. While the Danish expected to excel at several traditionally Scandinavian sports, the biathlon events were the center of their own separate controversy, as Vice President Cheney hit a retired biathlete in the face while firing the ceremonial first shot. While the victim has recovered, the incident caused the event to be cut short. Upset by Cheney’s visit being aborted, the South Dakota legislature has passed a law banning abortion. The law is expected to be tested before the Supreme Court, which has a new justice Samuel Alito. Alito has been involved in judging controversies before, such as in the figure skating at the 2002 Winter Games, where officials of several nations were played against each other by lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Abramoff has recently reached a plea agreement with the justice department, and will testify in the trial of Saddam Hussein, who was implicated in the bombing of the Shiite Askariya shrine. The Shiite government of Iran is expected to retaliate with a possible nuclear strike, but the country’s nuclear capability is as yet unknown, according to Weapons Inspector Jacques Clouseau.

James Frey contributed to this report.

Posted by seaking on 03-03-2006 at 09:03 pm
Posted in Humor, Politics with 0 Comments