Monday, September 20, 2010

Bugger! Someone Hacked My tyres!

Geeks Hack Tyre Pressure Sensors -

This is the future folks. As more and more vehicle bits get hooked up to wireless for monitoring and adjusting, more and more doors will open for hackers (ooh a sort of a pun). In the future your car will be open to all sorts computer type horror stories.

"You were doing 140 in a 100 zone"
"But Constable, my fuel injection system got infected with the 'Roadrunner' worm".

"Russian hackers have hijacked my boot (trunk)! They're using it to transport bodies through 2nd Life!"

"Wow dude! Your tyres were hacked? That'll cost you to replace."
"No. They were hacked, not hacked. But now every nerd in Australia knows what my tyre pressures are!"

...or worse...

"Some teenybopper geek hacked my stereo and now all I get is the Justin Dweeber Channel!"

Politics and Alcohol - A Great Mixer to Delay Cannabis Law Reform

It is probably one of the worst kept secrets in the world, but the Alcohol industry doesn't want cannabis legalized for medicinal purposes, and especially not for private home use.
Now, call me cynical (or even a conspiracy theorist), but I don't think that the Alcohol Lobby opposes Cannabis reform for altruistic reasons.
Now don't get the Chilli Man wrong. I like a good beer or two in the evening, or on the weekend (give me a reason). It is relaxing, and refreshing after a hard day doing the Super Hero type things that Chilli Man does.
If Cannabis were legal in my country, the alcohol industry would still get its cut from me. Marijuana is my medicine, alcohol is my 'getting high' drug. Having said that, I only drink one brand of beer, which is from a privately owned company and is 5.8% Alc/vol. I only drink two or three a night, so even if I did stop, I doubt anyone would notice.

Insert obligatory alcoholic beverage image here:

The Alcohol Industry employs a lot of people and keeps a lot of people happy (or unhappy if you can't control your Alcohol intake).

According to Alternet, there is mounting evidence that the Alcohol Lobby and certain Police groups (in opposition to their members) are the primary financial backers to California's anti Prop-19 group 'Public Safety First'.

I'll repeat what I've read of other opinion pieces. The Alcohol sector stands to lose a lot of money if cannabis is legalized across Western cultures. The Pharmaceutical Industry, another anti-Prop 19 heavy-weight will also lose a lot if a non-patentable drug is available to grow in our homes. Lastly, it is widely rumoured that Narcotic divisions of certain Police Departments will have a hard time justifying expenses if their one 'easy catch' offence is no longer available.

Will every state or territory in every Western country have to fight this type of attack when they see the light and try to pass a legalization motion for cannabis?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

AAAAaaarrrgghhh! Two Posts in One Day? Aye Me Hearties!

I was runnin' me schooner (while drinking a few) around the Interweb and found me some treasures!

This be a fine wench for cold nights aboard me ship:

Then I got to thinkin', what about me shipmates? They'd be lookin for some buxom wenches too, so I found some:

Before we weigh anchor, I need to find some rations to keep the dreaded scurvy away:

This should do...aaaarrrggghhhh!

Last but not least, a good Pirate needs a good ship.


What is this all about? Have ye god barmy me old salt? Noooo, it's TLAPD

HIGHTIMES.COM 19th Annual Seattle Hempfest is Most Successful Hempfest to Date

Congratulations Seattle on a great HempFest. I wish I'd been there. Maybe next years MardiGrass...
HIGHTIMES.COM 19th Annual Seattle Hempfest is Most Successful Hempfest to Date

2011 MardiGrass, Nimbin Australia

Thursday, September 2, 2010

OK, He IS an Uber Geek...

My last post about that wonderful waste of time that was on 'Hack-A-Day'? Well, the above link is to the makers website.

In honour of his Uber Geekness, I give you his short intro:

Howdy! This site is for my custom lightsaber and prop builds, and whatever else I feel like posting. My friend Shay Pierce told me to register thisthing and post these pics.

The lightsabers in the step-by-step builds will be similar to the hasbro Force FX sabers, but brighter, louder, and more accurate to the films. Meaning, where I can, I will use the same vintage parts used in the movies,or replicas machined as close as possible.This site will feature documentation of the build process, tips and tricks.
Your friendly neighborhood Slothfurnace is none other than Bradley W. Lewis. I am videogame developer by day, and a robotpirate builder of things by night. You can contact me at bradley at slothfurnace dot com if you like. I also have some twitter and facebook links up in this piece.

I do encourage anyone who appreciates fine engineering and/or a love for all things Star Wars to visit.
It is truly an excellent waste of time in my opinion. Congrats Bradley, you are a True Legend.

Oh, and he is a member of RobotPirate (I had to put an image in this post somewhere, it's the done thing):