(via lessig blog)
disguised as a review of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
For those to whom this name is unfamiliar, it’s a 25-year old British sci-fi series, with all the hokey special effects and production values of Dr. Who, but with great stories and interesting characters.
Cult TV desciibes it thus: “Terry Nation’s great gift to the sci-fi genre, the story of a motley group of outlaw revolutionaries led by a patriot-hero who fight the fascistic Federation (motto: ‘Strength from Unity’) in the second century of the third calendar.”
…and it’s coming back as a feature film, with Paul Darrow reprising his role as Avon.
A University of Reading robot is apparently too scary to be seen by foks under 18, unless they get prior consent from a parent or guardian.
Unfortuate, in a robot designed to study how peole interact with robots.
A few hints, guys:
1. Don’t make it look like a big disembodied skull,
2. Don’t give it glowing eyesockets,
3. Don’t give it a big ol’ nasty frown,
4. Don’t let it follow people around,
5. Don’t give it a name that sounds like ‘morgue’,
and then you might have a little better luck not scaring the kiddies.
Just a thought.
Oh, and keep it from saying things like “Yum! Human flesh!”
Not that I believe Europeans drive like that…
The announcement came one day after the Department of Homeland Security announced that it awarded a five-year, $90-million contract for Microsoft to supply all its most important desktop and server software for about 140,000 computers inside the new federal agency.
“We have met the enemy and they is us.” — Pogo
Joanne is 45 today! Hee, hee, for about a month, she’ll be a year older than me.
Happy Birthday Sweetie!
APINC provides a disposable email service at jetable.org. Give them your real email address (they promise not to sell it), and pick a time period (24/48 hours or 4/6/8 days) and they’ll create an email address that expires after that amount of time.
So, somebody you’re not sure about needs your email address? Give ’em one of these. If they sell it to spammers, no problem, the name will expire soon.
Be careful…in most email programs, if you reply to an email someone sends to the temporary address, your real address will go out in the from or sender field.
Depending on your ISP, there are a few do-it-yourself temporary address tricks you can use. If your address is firstname.lastname@example.org, then the addresses email@example.com or somebody(anything)@example.com might work. Test each, and see if any of them work for you.
Then, if MrSpammer wants your email address, give them somebody-MrSpammer@example.com. If you start getting spam, you know MrSpammer really is a spammer, or sold your address to a spammer. So set your email program to filter that address straight to trash.
MIT Media Lab’s Government Information Awareness.
Their mission statement says it bes:
“To empower citizens by providing a single, comprehensive, easy-to-use repository of information on individuals, organizations, and corporations related to the government of the United States of America.
To allow citizens to submit intelligence about government-related issues, while maintaining their anonymity. To allow members of the government a chance to participate in the process. “