1. Here's looking at you, kids.

    03 October 2007

    For unknown reasons, someone in northern Europe is leaving odd gifts for people all over the place - carved stone heads with rhymes taped to them. Each head (face, really) is carved into a large rock, about one foot in height, and from looking at the pictures of the faces they've been finding, they're very well done. Not exactly life-like, mind you (a little stylized), but each is unique and recognizable. So far 13 of them have been left on the doorsteps of random people, and each has been at least 100 miles from the others.

    Supposedly, one of Britain's public …


  2. Artists hide apartment in mall; Parker Lewis applauds.

    03 October 2007

    Back in 2003, a small group of artists in the state of Rhode Island attempted a daring art hack: They snuck into the Providence Place Mall and hid an apartment in a corner of the parking garage as part of a guerilla documentary they were making on mall life. Michael Townsend and his cohorts, from all reports I've been able to dig up, set up a wall of cinderblocks which blended in with the rest of the structure to hide the 750 square foot chamber. A standard utility door allowed entrance and egress. The interior walls were also plastered and …


  3. The playlist for Saloncon 2007, as of two hours before showtime.

    01 October 2007

    1. The Cruxshadows - Sophia (Here I Am Club Mix)

    2. Razed in Black - Blush

    3. Covenant - We Stand Alone

    4. VNV Nation - Dark Angel

    5. E Nomine - Mitternacht (Extended Version)

    6. Colony 5 - Suicidal

    7. Projekt Pitchfork - Timekiller

    8. The Sisters of Mercy - Lucretia, My Reflection

    9. Depeche Mode - Strangelove

    10. David Bowie - As The World Falls Down (from Labyrinth)

    11. Tangerine Dream - The Dance (from Legend)

    12. Moulin Rouge - El Tango de Roxanne

    13. Marc Shaiman - The Addams Family Tango

    14. Loreena McKinnett - The Mummer's Dance (Single version)

    15. The Changelings - Earthquake At Versalles

    16. Birthday Massacre - The Dream

    17. The Dreamside featuring Rogue - Open Your Eyes

    18. The Cure - Charlotte Sometimes

    19. Iris - Hell's Coming With Me …


  4. Now this is some hardcore Max Headroom-type stuff, here.

    30 September 2007

    Yes, folks, there are televisions bolted to the tops of gas pumps in LA, or at least at the gas stations that my cow-orkers and I visited during our time on the west coast. They're all tuned to local news stations or CNN so that you can keep an eye on your stock prices or the traffic situation in LA while you're gassing up.

    I was half-expecting to see a women pushing a baby carriage with a television in it down the sidewalk whilst pumping fuel.


  5. What a notion.

    27 September 2007

    If you've wanted to do something for a while but can't think of when to do it, sit down and think about what it would really take. Once you know what you need, you'll know how hard it would be, and chances are it won't be nearly as difficult as it feels. Sometimes, the feel of something is quite different from the practical aspects of something.


  6. Homeland Security discovers SCADA vulnerabilities.

    27 September 2007

    SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) protocols are protocols that connect computers to various pieces of machinery, such as automatic valves in water treatment plants, lathes and drills in automated machine shops, and other semi-autonomous hardware in such a way that it acts the way big plants do in the movies. The idea is that you can remotely control various functions of the equipment so that you don't need an engineer on site all the time, they can run things remotely from a computer terminal. There's just one problem: Most SCADA protocols weren't meant to run across the public Net …


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