1. Former US Surgeon General has a few choice comments about American politics.

    11 July 2007

    Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as Surgeon General of the United States of America between 2002 and 2006 has gone public with some of the problems he had after his appointment by the Bush administration, and it looks like censorship, control, and politicking were the driving force behind a lot of policies and not medical research and science. Dr. Carmona went before a committee in the House of Representatives yesterday, and went on the record in stating that he was censored in many ways by the current regime, including the editing of his speeches by aides who were idealogically closer …

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  2. Weirdness on the roads of DC last night.

    11 July 2007

    After work last night, the roads of DC were harrowing, to say the least. Lyssa remarked that there would be a goodly amount of asshattery afoot, but I had no idea of just how right she was.. first of all, while driving Lyssa to dance class last night we came upon an unusual sight for northern Virginia: A white Pontiac at perpendicular angles to the rest of the road. The driver had somehow managed to get the front end of his car stuck in the ditch running alongside the road (they're a bit more common than you might expect for …

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  3. The RIAA demands a cut from cover bands and coffee shops.

    10 July 2007

    With stuff like this going on, you have to wonder if the mainstream music industry has pretentions to replacing the Mafia in its business practices. It seems that the major music licensing bodies (ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC, among others) have been shaking down restaurants, coffee shops, and other places where people can gather to listen to music, either over the radio or played live. Some of the songs played at these places were covers of other songs, which it used to be legal to do so long as you didn't turn a profit off of it, but no longer. Specifically …

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  4. Situation report: DC

    10 July 2007

    Jean and Chandler went home early yesterday morning, something that's taking Lyssa and I a while to get used to. They're almost like family to us, and it feels weird to come home after work and not have anyone there. We're now able to take Lucy out of the office and let her spend the evenings in the living room because Chandler isn't here anymore. He's a good dog, to be sure, but he's also never seen small rodents before and we couldn't take a chance.

    Lucy, to her credit, wasn't unduly shaken up by Chandler's presence. She knows that …

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  5. Review: Transformers

    07 July 2007

    Earlier tonight, Lyssa, Jean, Jason, and myself stood in line at the local movie theatre in NOVA to see Transformers on the silver screen.

    Before the spoilers start, I can only say that It Was Good. I've got a geekbone so big, that I don't think that I have to tell you what I'm pressing the spacebar with.

    Go. See. This. Movie. Everyone's been ranting and raving about the animation, and as well they should. The detail on the Transformers was simply amazing. I think I read someplace that Optimus Prime alone had somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000 …

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  6. MPAA sets up fake file sharing sites!

    05 July 2007

    It seems that the Motion Picture Association of America is adding some new tricks to its arsenal to use in its war against movie piracy: They've started to set up phony file-sharing sites to sucker people. The idea is that you sign up for the site (giving them both e-mail and IP address) and go about your business while the web server records everything that you do. Eventually, they'll have enough evidence to come after you in court for movie piracy.

    The site mentioned in the article has gone down since the story broke, but the question is now, "How …

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  7. I was wondering how long it would take them..

    05 July 2007

    Even though the Cruxshadows are still on tour, they've been hatching plans while on the road to release another single from their latest album, Dreamcypher. Specifically, they'll be releasing a couple of remixes of the song Birthday along with some new (and some live-only) material on 4 September 2007 through Isotank Records - you can preorder it from here. Frankly, part of me isn't surprised that they announced it yesterday, which just happened to be the birthday of their frontman Rogue. In a weird, strange, "Am I doing enough in this lifetime?" kind of way, it works.

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  8. Faraday shielding film for windows.

    03 July 2007

    It's not quite as good as a Faraday cage (or better yet, not putting up wireless access points at all) but it'll definitely be on the radar of IT and infosec professionals in the near future thanks to some very high profile network intrusions that used wireless networks as their beachheads: A thin, transparent film that is not only impact resistant, but filters RF emissions, so that signals from outside can't get in, and more importantly, signals inside can't get out. Supposedly, this stuff's been in use on the government side of things for a while now, and it's just …

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