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14 June 2011 @ 03:02 am
If you had to relocate to another city, what would you miss most about the place you're leaving behind.


Question marks at the end of questions, assuming I'm moving to darthlola1's town.
 
 
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11 June 2011 @ 03:59 am
Behold, a Wikipedia article that summarizes my life in a nutshell.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_Culture_Kid#Intercultural_experiences
 
 
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11 June 2011 @ 12:58 am
If you were given the opportunity to spend two weeks in any country in the world free of charge, which country would you choose, and why?


Mongolia. I don't know why. Probably because of throat singing and the series Long Way Round.
 
 
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10 June 2011 @ 05:53 am


Trek 1.1.

Mind = absolutely blown to bits.
Ass = sore, but getting better.
Me = happier than I've been in a long, long time :D

So much to say, and most of it will be boring if you're not also an obsessed, addicted cyclist like I am. But some key points:

* My first serious road bike. Until now it's been MTBs and MTBs converted into hybrids.

* If riding a bike feels like flying, then riding a road bike feels like breaking the sound barrier a foot above the ground in a fighter jet aircraft.

* It's so unbelievably light that I giggle like a schoolgirl every time I lift it up, which I can do with one hand.

* The speed. OMG the speed. I don't know what I've been doing all this while not riding a road bike. 50 is the new 30.

* Addicted like never before. No turning back now, I'm done for :D
 
 
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09 June 2011 @ 04:58 am
Offbeat news? How about tomorrow's offbeat news today? Presenting Channel 53's all-new Department of Prophecy.

Most of you don't know this, but I'm a bit of an armchair futurist, but I've always kept my predictions to myself (except when very drunk or trying to bore my fiancee to sleep). Some of my earlier predictions have turned out right. Therefore, since some people are stupid enough to believe the likes of Harold Camping and Pat Robertson; and because I got tired of yelling "I knew it!" when I saw it coming; I present an all-new prophecy prediction futurism category department thingy to this deranged and unread LJ. Also, because my friend Kailash kept nagging me to blog or write my insane and/or genius thoughts, and I finally caved in, because after all there's only so much porn one can watch etc. etc.

All so when the world ends, I can yell "I told you so" and then die right along with the rest of you, as though this means anything.


Prediction: Internet anonymity as we know it will die.
Likelihood: 100%
Timeline: within a week to three years.
Reference: MPAA / RIAA, piracy, censorship, The Great Firewall of China, pornography, child pornography, Wikileaks, Facebook, Anonymous, hacktivism, Twitter revolutions.

The day will soon come when there will be no internet anonymity whatsoever. You will possibly need some kind of an ID card to get online, much like you need a passport and visa to visit a foreign country. There are too many powerful forces pushing for this and too few against it for this prediction not to come true.

And speaking of ID, based on all the information up to this point, that ID card will be your Facebook account. Terrifying, I know; and it's already happening right now. Facebook is all over the internet already, and many sites are using Facebook accounts as logins (including LiveJournal). Seriously, how many sites DON'T have a Facebook "like" or "Login with your Facebook account?" Conversely, there's been troubling hints that Facebook is pushing to link your account to your phone number or driver's license or Social Security Number, in the name of securing your account. Which really links your online profile to a tangible, trackable real-world name and ID. I also doubt it's a coincidence that Facebook has been so insistent that people tag their friends' faces, even adding code that automatically tags faces based on facial recognition. To be fair, Google also do this in Picasa. tl;dr What is in effect happening is the slow roll-out of Facebook: Your Internet Passport.

Piracy and online activism are currently the biggest factors involved here. The players involved are the usual MPAA/RIAA dickholes, as well as the Big Brother crowd. They've already tried vilifying piracy, which didn't really work, and is backfiring on them, what with single moms and college students getting sued for five and six figures per mp3. Contrast the masses' reaction to that, with the masses' reaction to Sony getting repeatedly hacked recently.

Wikileaks revealed the world governments' true feelings when it comes to the free flow of information on the internet. They're all for transparency as long as you're the one being watched and not them. The vilification of Julian Assange (whether you like him or not) and the deplorable and ongoing treatment of Bradley Manning, are telling clues about how our leaders and masters really feel.

Strategies that have been employed to demonize the internet and demonize anonymity have included scaremongering attempts at attacking pornography, to name one; and when that didn't work, child pornography. The odd story about online harassment leading to suicide and online bullying are subtler examples of this strategy to push for an online ID, or towards less anonymity. Which is why any story involving laws to protect minors online and proposals for new regulations, always, always triggers my bullshit detector.

Also note the media's push of late to readily demonize Anonymous and portray them as somehow "dangerous" to society for hacking corporations and general Anon pranks. Hardly coincidental.


Prediction: Republicans will blame Climate Change on Al Gore.
Likelihood: 50 - 75%
Timeline: within a few months to a year.
Reference: Climate Change, Climate Change denialism, Big Oil, "Revolving door" politics, Fox News, Extreme Weather, Religion, Christianity

The inevitable, disastrous and accelerating effects of Climate Change will reach a point where it can no longer be denied by anyone except perhaps Sarah Palin. At which point, I predict the Religious Right and their media will react the same way they react to natural disasters - by screaming that clearly the only possible explanation is that God is judging America for tolerating gay marriage, abortion and hybrid cars.

This is already in the works, what with the recent disasters in America with tornadoes and floods, including a tornado in freaking Massachusetts. I'm just waiting for the bullshit machine to start vomiting its propaganda on us any minute now.

You read it here first.

On a slightly related tangent, I never cease to find it hilarious / disgusting that media sources breathlessly push so hard to portray Climate Change as a hoax... while at the same time, blithely mentioning that brand new commercial shipping routes have been formed cutting through the Arctic circle, and that Arctic Circle countries are quietly circling each other snarling over territorial claims to the North Pole (and its oil and gas reserves that have been unreachable until now). Notably underreported and downplayed.


Prediction: 3D printing will be the biggest paradigm-shifting revolution since computers.
Likelihood: 90%
Timeline: within the next five years, at the most.
Reference: 3D printing, piracy, file sharing, open source, The Information Age
You know that bullshit MPAA slogan, "you wouldn't download a car?" The truth is more like, you can't download a car. Yet.

3D printing isn't new technology, but it's gotten increasingly more sophisticated and complex, to the point that the other day, some eggheads 3D printed a working, rideable bicycle. There have been breakthroughs in materials as well as the printing, where the materials used to print out of have gotten stronger and lighter. The holy grail in the 3D printing world is to create a 3D printer that can create another working 3D printer.


Prediction: Hygiene theory combined with MRSA / flu style global pandemic.
Likelihood: 50% (too many variables)
Timeline: within a week to twenty years
See: Hygiene theory, superbugs, MRSA, drug resistance, poverty, big pharma, evolution
In other words, not only will the human race be decimated by a plague; it will be the filthiest, dirtiest, poorest humans that survive it.


More internet scrapings when things at work get a little less insane. Till then, remember: it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.
 
 
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Cracked.com: 5 Things Nobody Tells You About Being Poor.




Man admits to having sex with 1,000 women. Oh, did I say women? I meant cars. 1,000 cars.




Where Prisoners Can Do Anything, Except Leave.

"On the outside, the San Antonio prison on Margarita Island looks like any other Venezuelan penitentiary. Soldiers in green fatigues stand at its gates. Sharpshooters squint from watchtowers. Guards cast menacing glances at visitors before searching them at the entrance.
But once inside, the prison for more than 2,000 Venezuelans and foreigners held largely for drug trafficking looks more like a Hugh Hefner-inspired fleshpot than a stockade for toughened smugglers.
Bikini-clad female visitors frolic under the Caribbean sun in an outdoor pool. Marijuana smoke flavors the air. Reggaetón booms from a club filled with grinding couples. Paintings of the Playboy logo adorn the pool hall. Inmates and their guests jostle to place bets at the prison’s raucous cockfighting arena.
“The Venezuelan prisoners here run the show, and that makes life inside a bit easier for us all,” said Fernando Acosta, 58, a Mexican pilot jailed since 2007."




Woman having sex in cemetery injured when a tombstone fell on her.




Scientists Create Tiny Working Artificial Brain.




Actual headline: Russian who buried himself alive dies by mistake.

"A Russian man has died after persuading a friend to bury him alive for a night, hoping it would bring him "good luck".
The victim dug a hole in a garden in the eastern city of Blagoveshchensk and climbed into an improvised coffin, with holes for air pipes, taking a mobile phone and a bottle of water with him.
His friend covered the coffin with earth and then left, after the buried man phoned to say he was fine.
The next morning, he returned to find his friend dead, investigators said."




Company director dresses as woman to try and evade press at court, fails on camera.




God works in mysterious ways. Like having people believe in Bible verses that don't exist.




Old and busted: "the Devil told me to do it." New hotness: "God told me to swim to Liberty Island in freezing water."




And now: Solar-powered bikini.




Yes, but Romeo and Juliet killed THEMSELVES, not Juliet's mom for disapproving her 14-year-old Juliet dating a 19-year old Romeo.

Mom of the year gets 25 years in prison for playing World of Warcraft endlessly while her daughter starved to death, often eating cat food to survive.

A tiny country you've probably never heard of has gone on the record to state that it has never acknowledged the existence of another tiny country you've probably never heard of.

Frankenhorn, the flame-throwing trombone. With video.

"Over 50 dogs of all sizes gathered along the shore of Imperial Beach, California for an intense day of competitive surfing."
With video.

Self-described anarchist loses eyesight and both hands and suffers third-degree burns when the bomb he was planting at a bank went off prematurely. [With video accompanied with inexplicable music]

New WikiLeaked Cables Reveal: How Washington and Big Oil Fought PetroCaribe in Haiti.

Kansas cops open fire on fake alligator.

Chinese teen sells his kidney for an iPad 2.

Alcoholics Anonymous kicks out atheists. "You need to believe in something higher than yourself."

Female flasher escaping arrest as police can't tell if she's aroused or not.

Suspected drunk driver crashes into plane.

Catholic Adoption Agency Will Shut Down Instead of Letting Gay Couples Adopt. You know, coz the Catholic Church is all about protecting the children

"The officer is now 300 miles from home."

Austrian Man Amputates His Hand To Replace It With Bionic One.

Lawyer Objects To "Large Breasted Woman" In Courtroom.

A US woman murdered her two-year-old daughter, dumped her body in the woods and spent the next month partying, getting tattoos - including one meaning "good life" - while telling her family the little girl was with babysitters.
I'm actually transcribing the videos of the court proceedings of this twisted case.

Ever get so mad at your brother-in-law that you burn down your own home?
Headline by Fark.

A man accused of helping teen boys dumpster dive behind a methadone clinic, may have caused a 14-year-old boy's death, police said on Wednesday.

Danish sperm in very high demand.

Man Ordered To Tweet 100 Times For Defamation.

Religious Experiences Shrink Part of the Brain.

Sarah Jessica Parker assures fans the tests are merely routine.

Superintendent of Ithica Public Schools asks for his school district to be labeled a prison. Not because the kids are thugs, but because the prisoners have access to food and healthcare not provided to his students.

8-year-old Christiana Glenn, died from malnutrition and an untreated broken leg on May 22, thanks to the cult beliefs of her mother.

Feeding the homeless? You're under arrest.

Man beaten by Phoenix Cops, accused of Assault and Running Away. Problem? He was half paralyzed by Polio. Great quote from one of the assaulting Cops: "What's the matter, you can't take an ass-whipping?"

When life hands you an amputation nub, get a dolphin tattoo.

"When a high school atheist tried to stop prayer at his graduation, he was harassed and kicked out of his house. But the atheist community stepped in."

A Fort Wayne, Indiana woman who forced her 2-year-old son to drink a concoction of olive oil and vinegar because she thought it would exorcise a demon from him has been convicted of murder.

A guide to buying your own island.

Mom of the Year contestant leaves her toddler alone in a car with her dead friend while she passes out in a gas station bathroom

Police in southern Bangladesh say a woman cut off a man's penis during an alleged attempt to rape her and took it to a police station as evidence.

Man quits crappy job in spectacular, hardcore fashion.

Circus elephant drafted to help clear tornado wreckage in MO.

18 month old baby will probably go blind because her parents are believers in faith healing and didn't go to a doctor.

Truck driver falls on brass nipple, ass inflated to 100 psi like a balloon.

Snakes on a M****f***in train, yo

"Greenwashing."

Westboro Baptist Church raises $44,000 for the Gay Men's Health Crisis, the nation's oldest HIV/AIDS organization.

Presenting a brand-new Category: Apocalypse Watch:

MRSA 'superbug' is found in British milk.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has begun field testing new technology designed to identify people who INTEND to commit a terrorist act.

Britain gets Twitter user’s data after court battle in California.

Iran Plans to Unplug Internet, Create Its Own.

French Pres. Nicolas Sarkozy has talked about his dream of a “civilized” Internet, but this dream has long been a nightmare for those who worry that “civilization” is really a code for “regulations favorable to big business and the national security state.”

U.N. Report Declares Internet Access a Human Right.

Anatomy of a Privacy Nightmare.

Embed a Video, Go To Jail?

NATO fears Anonymous, Wikileaks as "threat to member-states' security".

Welcome to the Anthropocene: Humans have changed the way the world works. Now they have to change the way they think about it, too

In a world of climate change, freak storms are the new normal. Why we’re unprepared for the harrowing future.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is asking people to set up TOR relays.

Aldous Huxley versus George Orwell.

PBS hacked after airing biased piece on Wikileaks.

U.S. to View Major Cyber Attacks as Acts of War: Report.

Scientists in Erie, Pennsylvania, have found that minute concentrations of fluoxetine, the active ingredient in Prozac, are killing off microbial populations in the Great Lakes.

Superbugs.

MIT researchers analyze 4chan and /b/

The Secret Patriot Act: You think you dislike the Patriot Act now, well Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) says it’s worse than you’ve heard.

The Fox News boss is a paranoid whackjob.

Assange: Obama looks to ‘put a chill across all investigative journalism’

Saudi Arabia, UAE funded jihadi networks in Pakistan: Wikileaks cable


Rare tornadoes hit Massachusetts, 4 dead.

HURR HURR GLOBAL WARMING IS A MYTH HURR DERP

The Climate Deniers Have A Large Megaphone .It's called Fox News


Category: Wikipedia Insanity:


The Lone Gunmen, X-Files offshoot TV show about a team of conspiracy theorists. Most notable for the pilot episode, predicting the 9/11 attacks in eerie detail, aired in March 2001.



The SLAM or the Supersonic Low Altitude Missile, arguably the most insane and bad-ass weapon ever created:
It consisted basically of a nuclear-powered missile with an uncovered reactor that would catastrophically irradiate not only its target, but also everything it flew over at low altitude while getting there.</a>

Radio Station UVB-76, better known as "The Buzzer", is a shortwave radio transmission from a tower near a tiny Russian village that has, since 1982, broadcasted nothing but a short, monotonous buzzing tone, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, non-stop, for no reason anyone can figure out.

List of ethnic slurs by ethnicity.

News anchor Mika Brzezinski refused to read a report about Paris Hilton's release from jail on the air. She attempted to set the script on fire and was physically restrained.

List of predicted dates of the end of the world, through history to today.
 
 
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28 May 2011 @ 09:36 pm
 
 
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Catholic Priest arrested after asking a Moroccan drug dealer for young boys to rape. Bonus: Priest's boss is the advisor to the Pope on what to do about pedofile priests.


"(GENOA) — The latest sex-abuse case to rock the Catholic Church is unfolding in the archdiocese of an influential Italian Cardinal who has been working with Pope Benedict XVI on reforms to respond to prior scandals of pedophile priests.

Father Riccardo Seppia, a 51-year-old parish priest in the village of Sastri Ponente, near Genoa, was arrested last Friday, May 13, on pedophilia and drug charges. Investigators say that in tapped mobile-phone conversations, Seppia asked a Moroccan drug dealer to arrange sexual encounters with young and vulnerable boys. "I do not want 16-year-old boys but younger. Fourteen-year-olds are O.K. Look for needy boys who have family issues," he allegedly said. Genoa Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who is the head of the Italian Bishops Conference, had been working with Benedict to establish a tough new worldwide policy, released this week, on how bishops should handle accusations of priestly sex abuse."


Update: Italian media is reporting that he's also HIV positive.

But remember, kids: It's all evil godless society's fault, according to the Catholic church.
 
 
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26 May 2011 @ 11:00 pm


Saw this on Reddit and immediately had to post it here for kiwiria.
 
 
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25 May 2011 @ 01:46 am


Via Reddit, again.
 
 
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