Sunday, August 29, 2010

Geek Hacks - Yep, There Had To Be A Star Wars Something...

I've mentioned my love for all things Star Wars before, so it should be no surprise that I bring you another sad case of SW Geekdom.
Why, Oh why would you spend your time creating this:

I guess only the creator could explain, so head on over and check out this wonderful waste of time.

Geek Hacks - First Pick - The Internet Beer Vending Machine

I want one of these:

Check out this page because it may still be for sale.

The 8 Most Absurd Reasons to Oppose Cannabis Legalisation

I was drifting about the Interweb (as you do) and came across this post in respect to California's Proposition 19. Proposition 19, for those of you who don't know, is a bill that will be voted on this year to make Cannabis completely legal in California (in direct opposition to US federal Law).

It was originally posted on AlterNet on 19 August, 2010.

The 8 Most Absurd Excuses for Trying to Defeat Legal Pot
(Follow the above link for the complete article)

8. The federal government will pull all its contracts with California businesses because they won’t be able to drug test employees!
7. Legalizing marijuana for healthy people will end medical marijuana for sick people!
6. Legalizing marijuana will never raise any money because the social costs would outweigh any fiscal benefits… look at alcohol and tobacco!
5. Big Tobacco will buy up great huge tracts of land in Northern California and mass produce lousy joints pumped full of toxic addictive chemicals!
4. Today’s pot is fourteen times more powerful than Sixties weed and will lead to more crack babies
3. People who smoke marijuana in the same apartment building as a child will be arrested!  (Not that your landlord will let you grow pot anyway.)
2. Legally home-grown marijuana will lead to outbreaks of toxic deadly molds!
1. Workplaces would be overrun by workers smoking marijuana on the job!

Look Out! Marijuana is a 'Getaway' Drug!

So you think you live in a land of Cannabis ignorance and out-dated, archaic attitudes and beliefs about the dreaded weed? You think your State has a 1930's attitude toward weed?

Try living in Hyderabad, India. The dreaded weed is still a 'Getaway'(sic) drug. Youth are the only people who smoke pot, and the entertainment industry and the social elite would *never* touch drugs...

Some quotes from this article:
In an alarming finding by the state police, a large number of teenagers living in Andhra Pradesh are hooked to getaway drugs like cannabis, alcohol and tobacco. Getaway drugs are those that induce mild intoxication and most users end up migrating to powerful and addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin. 

...the state is in the grip of a big explosion of drug abuse as the number of teenagers addicted to the getaway drugs is almost 60 per cent. This is almost double the number in states like Uttar Pradesh and Haryana where only 35 per cent of the teens are said to be hooked on such drugs...

Because of expansion of the job market due to software boom and other avenues, youth in the cities of Andhra Pradesh have become economically independent. This is the main reason for the sudden spurt in the use of getaway drugs

...Those associated with Tollywood have been maintaining that the recent bust in which film star Ravi Teja's two brothers were caught buying cocaine from a Nigerian peddlar is a rare incident and that drug abuse is minimal in the Telugu film world and the high society in Hyderabad. This police report, however, has established that the menace is far more widespread among the teens of Andhra Pradesh as compared to their counterparts in other states.

Read more:Alarming rise in drug abuse among youth, say police - Hyderabad - City - The Times of India

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Become A Fan Of The Lactating CEO

C'mon everyone, Scott Adams needs some back-up. It seems not too many people appreciate the 'Lactating CEO'.
I'm taking it upon myself to try and gain support for this guy. After all, he needs to feed his new Head Regulator.

Aussie Nutters Part 1

Most news stories about the somewhat eccentric people on our planet seem to emanate from the US. No, I'm not picking on my stateside friends, it's just the way it is.
However, we in Australia have our fair share of induhviduals too. Actually, I could start a series about the eccentric, mad, crazy or just downright lunatic folk here in the place outsiders call 'Down Under', but I probably won't.
Here is part 1 (if I do choose to make a series, I need to number them, but I probably won't).

The Geelong Advertiser brings us this:

'Witch Jailed on Friday 13th For Dragging Cop Along Road With Car' (which could qualify for longest headline Ever)
FRIDAY the 13th was unlucky for a self-proclaimed Geelong witch who was yesterday jailed for dragging a policeman 190m along the road.
Eilish De Avalon, 40, was a suspended driver talking on her mobile phone when she was pulled over on February 23.
De Avalon then drove off with Senior Constable Andrew Logan's arm pinned in her car window and hauled him along the street at speeds up to 60km/h.

This Is True has covered this one as well.

Canada's Hemp Electric Car Designed for Stoners

Project Eve is a series of vehicle developments by a consortium of Canadian business interests, primarily focussed on developing local electric automotive know-how and engineering.

The latest to come from Project Eve is an electric car with a composite Hemp body, and it has been designed for stoners! 

(Probably not what the real car looks like)

Here are some early specs:

Seating Capacity: 4. You and your stoner mates can cruise together.
Max Speed: 90km/h 50 mph. Who needs to go fast when you're cruising on some nice Purple Kush?
Range: 40 to 160km, depending on the batteries. How far do you need to drive to buy munchies?
Power: It's electric! Plug it in at home to recharge, just like your mobile phone. Too easy.
Body: Hemp composite. Just too cool.

I love Canada!

Here are some other things I love about Canada:

They have 'Trading Cards' of farmers! And the Americans copied them!
They grow Hemp just like us Aussies!
They have the Accordian Extravaganza!
They gave the world 'Corner Gas'
They made the Jurassic Park Dinosaurs!
They say 'eh' a lot.

Yes, We Have Another BB. Apple Patents Spyware

Remember the Apple advert from the 1984 Superbowl?

Apple promoted the Macintosh as a way to free oneself from the assimilated and controlled masses! That's cool.

But hang on, I just read that Apple has taken out a Patent on Spyware. Surely not!?
Steve wouldn't stand for that!

Yes, it's true. Apple has taken a patent on a device that can track your mobile device and control it in any way Apple pleases.

Amongst other things, the patent states these capabilities:

  • The system can take a picture of the user's face, "without a flash, any noise, or any indication that a picture is being taken to prevent the current user from knowing he is being photographed"
  • The system can record the user's voice, whether or not a phone call is even being made
  • The system can determine the user's unique individual heartbeat "signature"
  • To determine if the device has been hacked, the device can watch for "a sudden increase in memory usage of the electronic device"
  • The user's "Internet activity can be monitored or any communication packets that are served to the electronic device can be recorded"
  • The device can take a photograph of the surrounding location to determine where it is being used.

Congratulations Apple! You get the 'Pinky and The Brain' Award for 2010:

...our 'Unification of Thoughts' is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth...

Today, we celebrate the first glorious anniversary of the Information Purification Directives. We have created for the first time in all history, a garden of pure ideology. Where each worker may bloom secure from the pests of contradictory and confusing truths. Our Unification of Thoughts is more powerful a weapon than any fleet or army on earth. We are one people, with one will, one resolve, one cause. Our enemies shall talk themselves to death and we will bury them with their own confusion. We shall prevail!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

More Alternative Fuels

I got surfing after the last post and found this on the UK Telegraph site:

Alternative Fuels

Everything from  thin air

to steam.

Even a 145mph Chocolate powered car.

Volkswagen Runs on Poo. The New Dung Beetle.

I was reading my /. update today and saw a link to the new Volkswagen 'Bio-Bug'. I prefer the name 'Dung Beetle':

If you lived next door to a politician, you'd never run out of fuel!