"If you understood everything I said, you'd be me" - Miles Davis
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." - Bertrand Russell
"Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government." - Lenny Bruce
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Wikipedia list of people claimed or claiming to be Jesus
Wikipedia list of people claimed or claiming to be Jesus Claiming to be Jesus

Twitter Sun, 29 Jan 2012 05:12:51
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There's Bullshit, then Total Bullshit, and finally Bullshit on Fire
There's Bullshit, then Total Bullshit, and finally Bullshit on Fire

Twitter Sun, 19 Jun 2011 02:06:10
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Penniless little old lady destroys Georgian, Armenian Internet
Penniless little old lady destroys Georgian, Armenian Internet - Grandma cuts off Armenia from the interweb tubes -

Twitter Thu, 07 Apr 2011 00:06:39
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R.I.P. Owsley Stanley
R.I.P. Owsley Stanley - Psychedelic icon Owsley Stanley dies in Australia -

Twitter Sun, 13 Mar 2011 12:48:15
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RT @seattlebooknews The pet peeves of a used bookstore clerk in SF-
RT @seattlebooknews The pet peeves of a used bookstore clerk in SF- ++ This Is Why Your Used Bookstore Clerk Hates You ++

Twitter Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:53:15
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RT @somebadideas: Forbes does an amazing, minutely detailed analysis on the #gawker security breach.
RT @somebadideas Forbes does an amazing, minutely detailed analysis on the #gawker security breach. - The Real Lessons Of Gawker’s Security Mess -

Twitter Mon, 13 Dec 2010 20:24:49
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A tennis ball in a grocery store parking lot. Somewhere a dog is sad.
A tennis ball in a grocery store parking lot. Somewhere a dog is sad.

Twitter Thu, 19 Aug 2010 20:15:14
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Turn off CSS to re-enable Flickr downloading
Turn off CSS to re-enable Flickr downloading

Twitter Sat, 14 Aug 2010 19:16:29
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If anyone wants to mess with a 419 scammer, there's one at fedexcourierservice16@hotmail.com. They claim to have a bank draft.
If anyone wants to mess with a 419 scammer, there's one at fedexcourierservice16@hotmail.com. They claim to have a bank draft.

Twitter Wed, 11 Aug 2010 03:31:29
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RT @daviddlevine: Top 10 Reasons the New Google News Sucks:
RT @daviddlevine Top 10 Reasons the New Google News Sucks: Top 10 Reason the New Google News Sucks

Twitter Fri, 09 Jul 2010 23:07:53
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I'm calling it: There will be a twitter outage after the World Cup Final
I'm calling it: There will be a twitter outage after the World Cup Final

Twitter Fri, 09 Jul 2010 13:55:17
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The only alcohol you can drink at the World Cup is Budweiser? Great, another reason for the rest of the world to hate us.
The only alcohol you can drink at the World Cup is Budweiser? Great, another reason for the rest of the world to hate us.

Twitter Mon, 21 Jun 2010 07:51:23
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The Facebook Suicide Bomb Manifesto
The Facebook Suicide Bomb Manifesto - The Facebook Suicide Bomb Manifesto -

Twitter Thu, 17 Jun 2010 08:03:18
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Dear South Africa: Enough with the stupid horns
Dear South Africa: Enough with the stupid horns

Twitter Sun, 13 Jun 2010 22:06:16
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I want cash back, but only if it's somebody else's cash
I want cash back, but only if it's somebody else's cash

Twitter Tue, 25 May 2010 23:56:42
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Problem #1: Oil spill. Problem #2: Collecting and selling spilled oil isn't profitable.
Problem #1: Oil spill. Problem #2: Collecting and selling spilled oil isn't profitable.

Twitter Wed, 12 May 2010 07:49:26
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Twitter Sun, 21 Mar 2010 17:21:59
RT @TaraBusch Dreamt I had an all girl prog band and we were all dressed up like hitler..?

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Twitter Sat, 06 Mar 2010 20:57:42
I love the smell of thermite in the evening

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Ho Ho Heil

He's making a list...



Post-Apocalyptic POTUS Ahoy
Doomsday Ships
Via Cryptome

The What Now?
I listened a bit to Defense Secretary Robert Gates talk about the rebidding of the tanker deal (this is big news around here because Seattle hasn't figured out yet that Boeing has moved to Chicago) and I was struck by a one question: How did we fight World War II without the use of the term "warfighter"? Because Gates can hardly get through a sentence without it.

No Reason...Just Wondering
Zombie bites a Vampire

Idiot Commercial
"You don't leave town to buy a cup of coffee, why do it to buy a car?"
Ah, because cars aren't cups of coffee ?

Polite, Calm Canada
"Three severed right feet have washed ashore on the Gulf Islands (British Colombia) in the past six months, in what police say is one of the most bizarre cases in recent memory.

The latest foot, still in its sneaker, was found last Friday on Valdes Island, a small community near Nanaimo that does not have regular ferry service and is accessible only by private boat or float plane.

RCMP say they're not sure whether foul play is involved and are trying to match any missing-person cases to the severed foot.

Two other right feet, both in size 12 men's sneakers, washed ashore on Gabriola and Jedediah islands last August. RCMP collected DNA from the grisly remains but could not match them to anyone in police databases. The three islands are within 60 kilometres of each other.

"We'll be using pathology examinations and anthropology examinations to garner as much information as we possibly can about the remains," said Jeff Dolen, B.C.'s assistant deputy chief coroner.

Although it is somewhat common to find individual body parts (Well yea, if you're an assistant deputy chief coroner it is,) , Dolen said this would be "the first instance of three such similar remains being discovered" in such proximity."
Third right foot discovered in Gulf Islands
Via But Wouldn't It Be Cool?

Etymology

The other day I began to wonder about the relationship between the words "Polynesia" and "Amnesia"-why did they have the same ending? Was amnesia poetically considered an "island of the mind"? It turns out that although both are from the Greek, they have different roots.

Polynesia : Nesos - "island
Amnesia: Mimneskesthai - "to recall,"

Yummy
Lung Gun
Via Boing Boing

All Hail Google

"Why would Google need two data centers in a state with only four million residents? Why would they need to buy 520 acres in a Goose Creek industrial park when that's probably 100 times as much land as any conceivable data center would require?

Google is building a LOT of data centers. The company appears to be as attracted to cheap and reliable electric power as it is to population proximity. In Goose Creek they bought those 520 acres from the local state-owned electric utility, which probably answers the land question posed above. By buying out all the remaining building sites in an industrial park owned by an electric utility, Google guarantees itself a vast and uninterruptible supply of power, much as it has done in Oregon by building a data center next to a hydroelectric dam or back here again in Columbia by building near a nuclear power station.

Of course this doesn't answer the question why Google needs so much capacity in the first place, but I have a theory on that. I think Google is building for a future they see but most of the rest of us don't. I'll go further and guess that Google is planning to build similar data centers in many states and that the two centers they are apparently preparing to build here in South Carolina are probably intended mainly to SERVE South Carolina. That's perhaps 100,000 servers for four million potential users or 40 users per server. What computing service could possibly require such resources?

The answer is pretty simple. Google intends to take over most of the functions of existing fixed networks in our lives, notably telephone and cable television."

When Being a Verb is Not Enough: Google wants to be YOUR Internet.


Living In Science Fiction
William Gibson:
Glancing sideways is becoming more generally recognized as about the best way of doing what we used to call futurism.


Firefox Tip
If a web-site removes your Firefox toolbars, and you have the Web Developer extension installed, just "Right-click/ Web Developer/ Miscellaneous/ Show Window Chrome" to get your buttons back.

Liquidity
Bruce Sterling riffing on "The Futures of Money"