April 30th, 2004

Tom Baker

Mirae Ginger Crackers...

Imagine if you will, a cookie, made from a dough similar to that in fortune cookies. Crispier. Made with ginger juice. Roll it into a tube, and coat the whole thing with sugar.

So good.

Run to your local Asian grocer and get some now.

Power Tattoo?

PowerPaper has a fantastic product line, including their newest toy, PowerTattoo. Using a geeky ionization process, it implants the dyes into the skin- and does so in twenty minutes.

I like tattoos, but am a very changable person- I'd much rather have a tatt that I can change later.

Also, using devices where the batteries have been printed on is an interesting concept.
My Hat!

Cyberpunk Apocalypse

Well, it's certainly an interesting thought. To hasten the apocalypse, this individual has decided to erect a holographic temple over the dome of the rock and create an MMORPG to fulfill the prophecy that states that the temple will descend from the heavens as a manifestation of light.

This isn't your fire, brimstone, plagues and blood apocalypse though. It's a peaceful turnover into a tech-utopia rulled by the Messiah.

Honestly, this is one of the more interesting reads I've seen in a bit, and seeing it as a cross between "Lain" and "Evangelion".


MIT's The Tech magazine has an interview with Jack Valenti, spokesperson for the MPAA, and no one knows what the others are talking about.

Jackie asks a few questions that I'd like to respond to here.
The broadcast flag -- if you are in your home, then you can copy anything that’s on over-the-air television to your heart’s content. The only time that you will know there’s a broadcast flag is if you try to take one of those copies and redistribute it on the Internet. Then, the flag says, ‘No, you can’t redistribute it.’ But you can do everything you’re doing right now -- you’ll never know there’s a broadcast flag. Well, why would people object to it?

Because Jackie, it stifles innovation. You talk about how only a handful of people in the US build their own sets- but that's not the point. Someone may want to start a company- and you're forcing them into an alien standard. And how about this? I can't distribute it on the Internet, but hey! I want to move my copy from computer A to computer B- both machines I own. Guess what, I can't. My computer has to support this broadcast flag crap too. This is roughly akin to making a car that refuses to accellerate past the speed limit.

What it really boils down to is that I do not want anyone telling me what I must put into my hardware, my software, and how I can use it. It's _my_ computer.