October, 2010 | SeMeN SPeRmS SuPeR SiTe

Digital Devilry

    • How much energy you use — and when you use it — can reveal surprisingly detailed information about your daily life. This wasn’t true when energy usage was only measured once a month. But with shorter intervals and more frequent metering, the picture of your home life is remarkably clear. An executive with Siemens Energy recently told the Smart Grids and Cleanpower conference in Britain, “We, Siemens, have the technology to record it (energy consumption) every minute, second, microsecond, more or less live…From that we can infer how many people are in the house, what they do, whether they’re upstairs, downstairs, do you have a dog, when do you habitually get up, when did you get up this morning, when do you have a shower: masses of private data.” It’s a virtual window into the home. The Smart Grid Interoperability Panel–Cyber Security Working Group recently issued a report on “Privacy and the Smart Grid” that covered these issues in depth.
    • It’s a good news/bad news situation for believers in the 2012 Mayan apocalypse. The good news is that the Mayan “Long Count” calendar may not end on Dec. 21, 2012 (and, by extension, the world may not end along with it). The bad news for prophecy believers? If the calendar doesn’t end in December 2012, no one knows when it actually will — or if it has already.

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    The Motor City Five

    Brothers and Sisters
    I wanna see a sea of hands out there.
    Let me see a sea of hands.
    I want everybody to kick up some noise.
    I wanna hear some revolution out there, brothers
    I wanna hear a little revolution.
    Brothers and sisters, the time has come
    For each and every one of you to decide
    Whether you are gonna be the problem,
    Or whether you are gonna be the solution.
    You must choose, brothers, you must choose.
    It takes 5 seconds, 5 seconds of decision.
    Five seconds to realize that it’s time to move.
    It’s time to get down with it.
    Brothers, it’s time to testify and I want to know,
    Are you ready to testify?
    Are you ready?
    I GIVE YOU A TESTIMONIAL, THE MC5 !!!!

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    When We Do Right, Nobody Remembers. When We Do Wrong, Nobody Forgets.

      • English occultist Aleister Crowley wasn’t merely a poet, painter and the Great Beast 666, he was also an aspiring chef! That’s right and if you’d like to make some magick in the kitchen tonight, The Master Therion’s recipe for his “famous” (or would that be “infamous”) curried rice dish, “Riz Aleister Crowley”
      • Only $700
      • Surprising subjects rendered expertly in wood and glass
      • When Huntington Beach, Calif., detectives searched Rodney Alcala’s Seattle storage locker during the Robin Samsoe murder investigation in 1979, they discovered a cache of photos, many of them young women in suggestive, and even pornographic poses.In March 2010, after a third jury in 30 years handed Alcala a death sentence, Huntington Beach police released more than 100 of those photos hoping to identify the women and some children, and learn if Alcala claimed still more victims.

        Most of those who have been identified are alive and well. But investigators continue to get new tips every day.

      • “An alcohol-laced energy drink equivalent to at least three beers, a can of Red Bull and a shot of espresso has prompted a New Jersey college to ban the drink after nearly two dozen students were hospitalized for alcohol intoxication.”
      • With all its mod-cons no more than two steps away, this tiny city centre apartment in Rome is compact in every way – except its breathtaking 50,000 Euro price tag.The former porter’s cupboard – which measures just five square metres – was put on the market this week by the Italian owner who claims he’s been flooded with queries.

      • Wiggle it: J-Lo has always maintained a healthy lifestyle but still has not managed to escape the dreaded orange peel
      • Le Café de L’Enfer was a Hell-themed café in Paris’ red light district (aka Pigalle, the neighborhood of the Moulin Rouge), created in the late 19th century and operating up ’til sometime around the middle of the 20th.
      • Last week in Colorado we’ve seen President Obama portrayed as a terrorist, illegal immigrant, gambler and homosexual all in the same billboard in Grand Junction, with the title “Vote DemocRAT.”Then there’s the online ad for Amendment 62, the so-called “personhood” amendment that would grant rights to “every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being.” That two-minute video attributes “the decline of America” to Colorado’s 1967 approval of abortion to save a mother’s life or in cases of rape or incest. At one point, Obama’s face appears, morphing from the grim reaper, with the words “Then the Angel of Death arrived and Hell followed with him.” As ominous music plays in the background, the video notes, “He took over banks, industry, and finally, our health care.” The video from Personhood USA is titled “The Prolife Tea Party Vote.”

      • Alison Murray travels as a hobo on freight trains across Canada and the US. She gets to know the community of train riders, especially the many girls riding the rails.
      • Drug companies have long kept secret details of the payments they make to doctors for promoting their drugs. But seven companies have begun posting names and compensation on the Web, some as the result of legal settlements. ProPublica compiled these disclosures, totaling $258 million, into a single database that allows patients to search for their doctor. Receiving payments isn’t necessarily wrong, but it does raise ethical issues.
      • When a pigeon was gobbled up by a greedy pelican, it looked like instant game over for the little bird.But when the predator unexpectedly opened up his huge beak again, the pigeon was given a chance to save himself and fly away.

        Confusingly, however, the dopey bird instead chose to simply sit in the beak taking in the view – and missed his only opportunity to escape.

        Not surprisingly, he was eaten up.

      • The last name of Green Party gubernatorial candidate Rich Whitney is misspelled as “Whitey” on electronic-voting machines in nearly two dozen wards — about half in predominantly African-American areas — and election officials said Wednesday the problem cannot be corrected by Election Day.
      • “Pearl Necklace is a seemingly amorphous cast silver shape on a chain that is actually an accurate representation of semen.”
      • “Packages will cost several thousand Hong Kong dollars (several hundred U.S. dollars) and include: a wedding dress crafted out of balloons, baked apple pie wedding cake, and childish party favors.”
      • The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda’s 100 “top” homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: “Hang Them.” Alongside their photos were the men’s names and addresses.
      • Over the weekend, the Washington Post provided some more details about the ongoing foreclosure fraud scandal, noting that “virtually everyone involved – loan servicers, law firms, document processing companies and others – made more money as they evicted more borrowers from their homes, creating a system that was vulnerable to error and difficult for homeowners to challenge.” A bevy of Democratic lawmakers have called for examinations of the banks’ potentially fraudulent activities, while the Attorneys General of all fifty states have pledged a coordinated investigation.Republicans, however, have been largely silent on the issue. And according to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is slated to take over the House Committee on Government and Oversight should the Republicans gain a majority, the GOP is not really interested in the banks’ malpractice. Instead, Issa wants to “launch aggressive inquiries” into whether the government helped poor people buy houses they couldn’t afford

      • “Of 7800 images, 5.5% contain genital sites. Of all requests, 11% were for anatomic sites (37% genital sites); 62% were specified for diagnoses (12% genital sites). When age group and anatomic site were specified, the relative risk of a child being requested (vs adult) was 1.48 (95% confidence interval 1.44-1.53). Of 10000 free text queries, 12% retrieved images containing genital sites. Of all referrals, 14.3% originated from nonmedical (pornography/fetish) Web sites.”
      • At least 750 kilos of “double dead” or tainted hog meat were seized while three suspected vendors of the hot meat were arrested in a predawn raid on a market in Quezon City Wednesday.
      • The iconic statue – which stands at 305ft tall – was built in 1886 and is said to attract over 600 bolts of lightning each year.
      • Mexican security forces have seized 105 tonnes of US-bound marijuana in the border city of Tijuana with an estimated street value of about $340m.
      • “In the end, the product planners lost a key part of the debate. The winners: executives who argued that giving automatic privacy to consumers would make it tougher for Microsoft to profit from selling online ads. Microsoft built its browser so that users must deliberately turn on privacy settings every time they start up the software.Microsoft’s original privacy plans for the new Explorer were “industry-leading” and technically superior to privacy features in earlier browsers, says Simon Davies, a privacy-rights advocate in the U.K. whom Microsoft consulted while forming its browser privacy plans. Most users of the final product aren’t even aware its privacy settings are available, he says. “That’s where the disappointment lies.”

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      Social Network Soul Stealers

      • Many of the most popular applications, or “apps,” on the social-networking site Facebook Inc. have been transmitting identifying information—in effect, providing access to people’s names and, in some cases, their friends’ names—to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.The issue affects tens of millions of Facebook app users, including people who set their profiles to Facebook’s strictest privacy settings. The practice breaks Facebook’s rules, and renews questions about its ability to keep identifiable information about its users’ activities secure.

      • “To summarize the rescue event, 33 miners, who were trapped for 69 days in the depths and darkness of the underground were lifted one by one, on 10/13/10 in a device called “Fenix” – a creature representative of occult initiation – to the light of day. As they say “Ex tenebris lux”: From darkness to light.”
      • “A defiant Cube breaks down his indelible musical career one song and album at a time.”
      • “Hipster-hate blogs are multiplying online. But who are these much-maligned trendies – and why do people find them so irritating? Perhaps we should learn to love our skinny-jeaned friends instead”
      • “Five years ago GQ assigned me to write about Axl Rose, who was mounting a “final comeback” with his Chinese Democracy, release of which had already been postponed by more than a decade. The album title was meant as a punch line. Q: When will Guns N’ Roses come out with something new? A: When there’s democracy in China. That stage in the singer’s career turned out to be neither a comeback (few people liked the record, and nobody played it much) nor final—a minute ago I ran his name through Google News and found he’s hard at work being Axl, showing up hours late to shows, getting pelted with bottles, making bizarre requests on tour riders (black napkins, Grolsch beer, honey in “bear-shaped tubes”). “

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        • Windows, posters, signs, and writings on walls fascinate me. My NY graffiti images are celebrated in the 1974 book The Faith of Graffiti/Watching My Name Go By and the recently released The Birth of Graffiti
        • “Narcissistic tendencies in many people fuels a need to have a large group of “friends” link to their pages and many of these people accept cyber-friends that they don’t even know. This provides an excellent vantage point for FDNS to observe the daily life of beneficiaries and petitioners who are suspected of fraudulent activities. This social networking gives FDNS an opportunity to reveal fraud by browsing these sites to see if petitioners and beneficiaries are in a valid relationship or are attempting to deceive [United States Citizen and Immigration Services] about their relationship. Once a user posts online, they create a public record and timeline of their activities. In essence, using MySpace and other like sites is akin to doing an unannounced cyber “site-visit” on a [sic] petitioners and beneficiaries.”
        • Bryan, 46, a writer who lives in Illinois, began supplying his parents about five years ago, after he told them about his own marijuana use. When he was growing up, he said, his parents were very strict about illegal drugs. “We would have grounded him,” said his mother, who is 72. But with age and the growing acceptance of medical marijuana, his parents were curious. His father had a heart ailment, his mother had dizzy spells and nausea, and both were worried about Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. They looked at some research and decided marijuana was worth a try.
        • The wild and eerie Victorian world of Walter Potter, where baby rabbits go to school and weep over their blotted copybooks, and where Bullingdon Club-style squirrels puff on cigars as toads play leapfrog and rat police raid a drinking den, is being reassembled in London, seven years after his creatures were sold and scattered across the world.
        • Violent J explained himself unapologetically to a New Jersey newspaper: “You have to speak their language. You have to interest them, gain their trust, talk to them and show you’re one of them. You’re a person from the street and you speak of your experiences. Then at the end you can tell them: God has helped me.”
        • “Topps’ Ugly Hang-Ups is an unproduced and still little-known test project from 1968, edited by Bhob Stewart and drawn by legendary MAD cartoonist Basil Wolverton. The specimens shown here represent a good sample of the test-run rescued by Topps employees shortly after a focus group of Brooklyn schoolkids killed it — the consensus being that their parents would NEVER let them have them.”

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