I know Halloween is over (and according to the decorations already up on the commercial avenue nearest me it's now Christmas) but a "YouTube video" costume is worth noting.
Speaking of costumes, this personal space skirt would have done well alongside the urban camouflage item yesterday.
I found the above link among the many Core 77 where I also checked out the Rogue Bench item (a couple of guys installing park benches on their own). We saw a similar effort in my neighborhood not long ago.
These "rogue" public art projects stand in stark contrast to what Bruce Schneier describes as "the war on the unexpected." Lacking the ability to identify actual terrorists (assuming that's even possible), citizens and authorities inevitably react to the unusual. I don't mean to say the art contradicts what Schneier is saying. It's just interesting that there seem to be a lot of public stunts, from zombie marches to Improv Everywhere to magnetic LED characters at a time when the public is particularly skittish about the unexpected.
Speaking of excesses in the war on terror, this guy has himself waterboarded so you don't have to. Y'know, part of the point of torture is the fear and unknown outcome. When you know what's going on and you're able to stop your own torture when it's too much for you, that's not really torture. I'm not sure this guy did anything more than have two guys flush water up his nose for 24 minutes.
Speaking of waterboarding, A Handy Chart To Follow Senators' Positions On Mukasey - If your senator(s) is on the fence or on a side you don't agree with, get in touch and let them know. One day this will be standard practice in political coverage. Presently TPM is the only place I know of doing it consistently.
And P.S. Yes, it's torture.
Speaking of political activism, That Hillary video - This is just the trailer for an hour long movie but the trailer is 14 minutes long. It's enjoying significant popularity in places like Google Video but I don't see how most of America is going to care enough to try to follow this guy's complaint. The movie is part of an undeniably larger trend online of throwing mud at Hillary. Her detractors are a passionate and dedicated bunch.
Speaking of political attacks, 'Criminal' Botnet Stumps for Ron Paul, Researchers Allege - The suggestion here is that the reason Paul is so popular online but not so much offline is that his online support is artificially inflated by hacks and tricks.
I believe this page has a bottom, I just never reached it.
Speaking of bottomless pages, Pattern Analysis of MegaMillions Lottery Numbers - You have to be a real stat geek to make anything of this but in the way that smart, hard work is admirable, this is something to behold.
Wicked cool CGI back-hoe spider.
An On-Line Color Thesaurus - This is pretty cool. Enter a color name and it shows you "synonymous" colors and also opposites.
Wow, they're making a Meryl Streep movie out of the Julie/Julia project. The article mentions the book but if you're really old and nerdy you remember when it was just a neat little blog. It could be one of the best blog success stories ever.
Speaking of new movies, Wanted would have more appeal to me if it didn't look like a big budget version of that new TV show Chuck. I'm already getting sick of the whimpering regular guy shtick in Chuck. That said, the visuals in the trailer are really amazing and Angelina looks to be her usual awesome self.
Speaking of movies, this one needs to be made, and I don't mean Waterworld: Robot Boats Hunt High-Tech Pirates on the High-Speed Seas - This time it really is robots. These boats can be set to track vessels automatically. The rise of the machines cometh. Find Sarah Connor.
You don't have to be a designer to enjoy the humor in this. If you don't get it, there's a distinct chance there's a designer out there with pins in a voodoo doll with your name on it.
Salacious gossip corner:
- The National Enquirer has the full audio of Dog Chapman using the N word. Unfortunately the context is not immediately clear and at one minute and 25 seconds long, listening to it has used up all the time I intend to devote to the story. NOTE: Not only does he say the N word a bunch of time but also a lot of F bombs. Obviously put your headphones on for this one.
- Speaking of the original audio you've been hearing about. The Britney Spears phone interview is online here. I only listened to the first part and immediately wished I had my 7 minutes and 50 seconds back, but in the spirit of linking to primary material when the news is giving clips and pieces, here ya go.
- And lastly, Lance Armstrong and an Olsen twin sounds like the beginning of a "walked into a bar" joke, not a gossip item.
Does search need social networking? Can you imagine wanting to meet people who search with the same terms you did? My first answer was a flat no. The whole thing seems ripe for porn spam ("I see you've searched for boobies..."). But if I actually needed help with something it might be a good idea. Will a 180mm rear tire fit in place of the 160mm stock tire on a 2002 FXSTDi? Assuming the question isn't too specific, finding someone with experience with that query or its subsets would be useful.
There is apparently a secret hidden message in that Gorbachev Louis Vuitton ad.
"These are things I find abandoned in books or stuffed on the book cart at the jail where I volunteer."
Awesome levitating lamps - Looking through the company site I don't see any detailed explanation of how the lamp is powered. Since their specialty is this new levitation technology, I think the floating light is just battery powered.
"Here is a complete list of the finalists for The 2007 Weblog Awards." -annoyingly not hyperlinked.