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R2D2 Translator: Uselessly Cool.

12.06.2007 @ 12:25 PM in Culture
r2d2.jpg I had to wait for the initial Digg-fuck to be over with, and now here's the latest thing to gather my fancy: The R2-D2 Translator. Just type in your phrase (30 characters max) and get a bells and whistles playback in Artoo, with the ability to download as an mp3.
The possibilities are finite: ringtones.
Currently. I'm rocking the yoshi sounds from Super Mario World for texts, and the Diplo "stronger" remix for calls. However, I can think of no better new annoyance than the replace everything with droid speak:
  • from tweet notifications [audio:]
  • to plain texts [audio:]
  • to grumpybear calling [audio:]
I'm sure grumpybear will get a kick out of this.

Despite Ron Paul, House passes SAFE Act on obscene images.

12.06.2007 @ 10:28 AM in Lifestream
Ron Paul
  • The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill saying that anyone offering an open Wi-Fi connection to the public must report illegal images including "obscene" cartoons and drawings--or face fines of up to $300,000. That broad definition would cover individuals, coffee shops, libraries, hotels, and even some government agencies that provide Wi-Fi. It also sweeps in social-networking sites, domain name registrars, Internet service providers, and e-mail service providers such as Hotmail and Gmail, and it may require that the complete contents of the user's account be retained for subsequent police inspection.
Of the entire house, only two voted nay on the Act: Rep. Paul Broun from Georgia and Rep. presidential candidate, Ron Paul. No word as to why only two or just these two, but I'm sure that Ron Paul will be brought under the spotlight for his decision, being a presidential candidate and all. The act states that:
  • Anyone providing an "electronic communication service" or "remote computing service" to the public who learns about the transmission or storage of information about certain illegal activities or an illegal image must (a) register their name, mailing address, phone number, and fax number with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's "CyberTipline" and (b) "make a report" to the CyberTipline that (c) must include any information about the person or Internet address behind the suspect activity and (d) the illegal images themselves.
In this case, "obscene" images depict child pornography, from hard core to even just fully clothed minors in overly lascivious poses, cartoons based on minors in a sexual manner, hentai, sculptures, paintings... pretty much anything that any normal, non-pedophillic, human being would immediately red flag in our heads and go WTF. Which brings my point to light:
Why force this into a law and further break down our digital rights to make conscious decisions? And why such impose a stark penalty? Granted, not everyone is on the up and up, but for the local coffee shop and even Starbucks, force us by law to patrol everyone's viewing habits and betray their privacy?
I'm very interested to hear Ron Paul's points on this. I get the law, I get the reason, but I don't like the penalty or the broad scope of the intention.
  • Cnet via Engadget
  • This bill is not up for public review but here's the stub for it from the Library of Congress
  • Mike found the link to the bill (pdf-link) for me, yet I don't know if this is the final bill, or the original.

Apple: Your House Burned Down, have an iPod

12.05.2007 @ 1:18 PM in Technology
  • More than 100 high school students in the Poway school district who lost homes in the October wildfires have received a surprise gift – iPods donated by Apple. Kari Afshari, 15, a sophomore at Rancho Bernardo High, said she was told last week to drop by a classroom for pizza and was surprised when she and fellow students were handed nano video iPods.
The kids were gifted the iPods after a member of the community sent an email to Steve Jobs asking for help. Jobs never responded, his email address is handled by super intelligent squirrels, but it ended up with  Michael Foulkes, the state and local affairs manager for Apple. Shortly after, the Nanos were delivered. Apple mentioned they didn't want any publicity for the act. Ok, so its a nice gesture, and I'm sure a bunch of the kids had iPods that were lost in the fire. But see, their old iPods just happen to be in their rooms, in the house, that also burned to the ground. No computer to dock to, and all their music, photos, and videos are gone. Hold that, Apple should have no problem letting them redownload all that music again from iTunes, given the situation. Whats that? you downloaded all your music from p2p and bittorrent?  The only thing you bought on iTunes was The Office? In that case, you are S.O.L. The point is giving a kid who just lost everything an iPod is not as good as giving them relief funds.  I don't blame Apple, I blamed the dumbass who asked apple for iPods.

Hot Bear du Jour

12.05.2007 @ 11:23 AM in Lifestream
The Big Bitch Sleeping.... Happy Birthday LoLO! The Hot Bear du Jour is my buddy Lorenzo, who picked up and moved out of Buffalo to live in Las Vegas cause he's crazy. Ok, so he got his teaching job there and loves it, but we misses him. Hope your 29th Birthday is a good one.. go get your cakes iced! lolo2.jpg lolo3.jpg lolo4.jpg

Starbucks + (Christmas x Gay)= Totally Gay

12.05.2007 @ 10:36 AM in Lifestream
buxmas Part one of the homo-ness that has come to be expected of me and exerted upon my work population, almost per request, is my addiction to overpriced Starbucks items. I understand Starbucks does not neccesarily scream "fag!" but when you have a custom Starbucks flower arrangement, the rest falls into place. Made by someone I knew who combined his servitude to the *bucks with his previous career as a flower arranger, he only made a few of these to auction off. Mine was a "gift." The Starbucks Advent Calendar just seemed so commercially ridiculous and expensive that I had to have it. I go to a different staff member each day to let them open and take the truffle inside. buxmug Every season the mug of choice changes, and always from Starbucks. The mainstay mug is a 20oz paper cup replica, with my favorite drink recipe scribbled on the side. I had a bright summer mug, but one morning got the best of me before i could get my coffee and the mug shattered. I died a bit on the inside. Right now, I'm rockin the peppermint shorty. For Christ's sakes its only 16 ounces small and yet the cafeteria lady still bitches about how it holds a half pot of coffee... I've warned her I will break out the 24 ounce if she keeps it up. Now, if you look closely in that last picture, you notice that the actual coffee I drink? Its from Wilson farms. Its all about apearances, darling.

Snap! – Buffa-lo

12.05.2007 @ 2:11 AM in Lifestream

Snap! - Buffa-lo

Taken 5 Dec '07, 2.11am EST PST.

This custom art piece that sits in our office was made by the wife of one of our WNYMedia bloggers. Such a pretty orange goes great with the key wall panels. Oh, hey big sister! Thanks for the snap! Be good in that busy city.

I’d totally be blogging right now…

12.04.2007 @ 1:48 PM in Lifestream
I'm getting pulled by three different arms right now getting all the kinks worked out on  The light amount of posts today and yesterday are cause of that... but since I'm a totally giving guy.. here's a reason why we don't mess with drag queens... [youtube width="600" height="501"][/youtube] A certain bearish hooker-type told me that Jarvis is close to Church St in Toronto. And now, an example of what happens when two trannies get into it. [youtube width="600" height="501"][/youtube]

Snap! – The Geek Wreath

12.03.2007 @ 3:18 PM in Lifestream

the Christmas geek wreath

Taken 3 Dec '07, 3.12pm EST PST.

Unearthed the legendary tinsel wreath from storage. The only concern right now is that i have the Sabres door up. I need to find a new spot for the wreath, my ginormous stocking and the other decorations. I guess I could take the sabres door down till after christmas.

thanks to Victor for the snap! One thing to note for the previous unsuccessful snappers is that sometimes flickr and my blog miss a beat and the snap takes a day to post or sometimes never at all.. just the glitch of playing with API's

XM and Sirius to announce merger at end of day?

12.03.2007 @ 12:29 PM in Technology
Even Google seems to think its all offishal, as I was looking for some graphics to mash up for this post.... xmsiriusmerger.jpg
  • Is today the day that we'll finally get a decision on the merger? Last week The Eck and the 1221 (not to mention the internets) were abuzz with rumors that approval from the Justice Department was imminent... ...Many believe that the DOJ will issue its announcement before the bell on Monday, mostly based on Bear Stearns' word that the deal will be approved as soon as last Friday or today. Of course, no one knows for sure except for the DOJ itself... but what do you think? Is today the day? {orbitcast}
Grumpybear has XM, its great. I'm always logged into the online radio page at work, the other office, etc. Sirius? eh, one friend has it, got it for Stern, and I'm not sure if he still uses it now he has an iPhone as his Lord and saviour. The big deal here isn't so much the merger. Satellite radio is so cheap and affordable, there isn't any fear of jacked up service and costs for the consumer. In fact, this is great... dual services with one device, merged services, whatever. Total win for the consumer. Finally, Sirius customer could possibly one day get their money's worth the day they hear Opie and Anthony (yes, Fuck Stern). The outcry is really from terrestrial broadcasters, who may not be able to cope with the gravitational influence of such a super radio giant. I say this is signs of change. Terrestrial anything is going the way of the CD: great as a backup, but not really the easiest way to consume. Let's see what happens. Perhaps hands will shake by the closing bell. Orbitcast via Engadget

Kitty Wigs: I Can Haz Updo?

12.03.2007 @ 11:23 AM in Lifestream
kittehwig.jpg Seriously, WTF? I want. To think that people could ever do such a thing to their pets is the number one reason why cat owners find dead mice and birds on their beds in the mornings. Mr. Bigglesworth saw The Godfather, too; you might want to take a hint. I know Skylar would hate me at first, but he's a bigger queen than his daddy ever could be. Apparently this project is the brainchild of an overzealous a talented and witty cross-stitcher who is so lonely that her only solace is loves dressing her cat Boone up in wigs and taking pictures. And now you can too. For a swift $50 you can get your choice of a Pink Passion, Bashful Blonde, Silver Fox, or Electric Blue wig right sized for your feline companion. The package comes complete with wig on a hair form with hairnet in a custom hat tin. Also included is a mousey rattle to help your cat forget his torture as you subject him to blinding lights all for your focus Mr. Bigglesworth as you prepare him/her for flickr stardom. kittehwig2.jpg
Each Kitty Wig™ comes in an attractive round metal wig case with our fresh new logo on it. Your wig will arrive on a wig form and covered in a hair net to help keep its shape and luster. The package also includes complete instructions for care, suggestions from professional photographers, and a mouse with rattle to help you direct Kitty's stunned gaze. Every kitty loves the promise of a new toy for model behavior. Please remember, Kitty Wigs should only be used with human supervision, and introduced slowly. When not in use, the wig should always be stored in its pawproof case. Complete directions and safety warnings are included with every package. Please read them carefully and avoid unnecessary dangers.