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"...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like the fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..." - Jack Kerouac

domiKNITrix - knitting patterns, how-to's, tips and tricks
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:44 am EST, Nov  3, 2006

I love how knitting has gone punk. I love that I know how to knit...I am almost done with my first project....and I can't wait to wear it. Next up - alien scarf.

domiKNITrix - knitting patterns, how-to's, tips and tricks

Suspiria (1977)
Topic: Arts 4:40 pm EST, Oct 31, 2006

A German ballet school for girls is the setting for mysterious deaths, in this 1977 horror story, written and directed by Dario Argento. "Suspiria" is a visually stunning film. The images contain objects we recognize, like people, buildings, and interior decor. But the objects seem vaguely menacing, and less real than surreal, as though they symbolize ideas, repressed desires, or subconscious fears. The vivid, rich colors, strange camera angles, deep shadows, and bright light piercing through darkness, all contribute to the impression that the viewer is trapped in someone else's nightmare.

Suspiria (1977)

YouTube - The Life and Death of a Pumpkin
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:00 pm EST, Oct 29, 2006

Halloween, from the perspective of a pumpkin. Man...I feel like an asshole now:)

YouTube - The Life and Death of a Pumpkin

Count Dracula not in the numbers, physicist says -
Topic: Miscellaneous 4:49 pm EST, Oct 29, 2006

Efthimiou takes out the calculator to prove that if a vampire sucked one person's blood each month -- turning each victim into an equally hungry vampire -- after a couple of years there would be no people left, just vampires. He started his calculations with just one vampire and 537 million humans on January 1, 1600 and shows that the human population would be down to zero by July 1602.
Take that Casper, Dracula and creepy friends.

Science is fun

Count Dracula not in the numbers, physicist says -

Congressman Edward Markey - October 29, 2006 - MARKEY: DON'T ARREST STUDENT, USE HIM TO FIX LOOPHOLES
Topic: Miscellaneous 2:18 pm EST, Oct 29, 2006

Under the circumstances, any legal consequences for this student must take into account his intent to perform a public service, to publicize a problem as a way of getting it fixed. He picked a lousy way of doing it, but he should not go to jail for his bad judgment.

Thank you Ed Markey! I'm sure that everyone who wrote you appreciates the fact that you are listening and that you took the time to take a closer look at this case.

Congressman Edward Markey - October 29, 2006 - MARKEY: DON'T ARREST STUDENT, USE HIM TO FIX LOOPHOLES

My Letter to Ed Markey
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:03 pm EDT, Oct 28, 2006

Congressman Markey,

While I'm not one of your constituents, your statements and actions often have an impact that reaches beyond your district. Yesterday you were quoted in several news media outlets as having called for the arrest of Christopher Soghoian, a PHD candidate at the University of Indiana Bloomington, because he created a web page that generates phoney airline boarding passes. As you are likely aware, your call was answered by the FBI who reportedly broke into Soghoian's house last night and seized all of his computer equipment.

I am a professional computer security researcher. I work for one of the worlds largest IT companies. My job involves finding vulnerabilities in software systems and getting them fixed. Responsible vendors are usually very responsive and willing to work with my team when we contact them with information about problems with their products. Through this process we are able to locate and repair vulnerabilities in IT infrastructure before the bad guys can find them and exploit them. However, there are always a few unsophisticated people who seek to shoot the messenger instead of dealing with the flaw.

Christopher Soghoian is one of the good guys. He is not a criminal and he is not enabling criminals. He did not create the vulnerability in the boarding pass screening process. This problem has existed for years, and it has been noted in other quarters, most recently by Sen. Chuck Schumer. However, the problem hasn't been fixed. Soghoian's website was intended to demonstrate how simple this is, and he has clearly and repeatedly stated that his intent in creating the site was to raise awareness about the problem so that it will be fixed. His website does not make this much easier than standard desktop publishing software available on anyone's personal computer.

Your call for his arrest, and the subsiquent events that have unfolded over the past 24 hours, have done serious harm to the national security of the United States. You could have simply contacted him, informed him of the legal problems that one could face for operating such a website, and discussed shutting it down. By choosing instead to prosecute him you are sending a message to security professionals in this country that if you observe a problem with national security policies or practices and make people aware of those problems in good faith so that they might be fixed, the government will treat you as an enemy and will prosecute you if possible. The inevitable result will be that people will hold their tongues, and problems will persist until they are discovered by someone who has malicious intent.

I strongly urge you to reconsider your position on this matter. The current course of action is not in the best interests of this country.

Tom Cross

My Letter to Ed Markey

harvard.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object)
Topic: Biology 4:28 pm EDT, Oct 27, 2006

Nanochick can probably explain what all of this stuff is. For the rest of us its just a freak out video...

This is a really exceptionally well done video. These processes shown really are the processes going on within a cell. What this video is depicting (for those that don't know) is an immune response. It shows white blood cells at the beginning drifting along in a bloodstream, and then goes on to show a cells inner processes in signalling to the immune system that there is an issue. Its really beautiful:) I can provide more details for those that are interested.

harvard.swf (application/x-shockwave-flash Object) - Food News - Newest Fair Food: Deep-Fried Coca-Cola
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:56 pm EDT, Oct 12, 2006

There are fried Twinkies and even fried candy bars.
Now, vendor Abel Gonzales Jr. has come up with a new artery-clogging concoction for the State Fair of Texas. It's fried Coke thats just filthy. Only in Texas:) - Food News - Newest Fair Food: Deep-Fried Coca-Cola - News - Carnivorous Plant Eats Mouse At French Garden
Topic: Miscellaneous 8:56 pm EDT, Oct 11, 2006

whoa - News - Carnivorous Plant Eats Mouse At French Garden

What I want for Christmas
Topic: Technology 12:14 am EDT, Oct 11, 2006

These are awesome....I want one...but they are probably too much $$$ for a grad I will have to build my own instead!!

What I want for Christmas

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