Archive for April, 2011
I especially like the custom claming jigs.
Via: Crack Two
Some spam I received today from “Brtittaney Tuxergebirge”:
Subject: “thief boom biddy bye bye”
vandalic i put my glock to your dome and you started to cry
revolt she thought she’d sweep the old church house, o-o-o-o!
A little digging shows that the first line is a from a Cypress Hill song, the second line is the spam (no surprise it does NOT link to a Facebook page), and the last line is from an old Appalacian folk song called “Skin and Bones“.
Note: the link for “Skin and Bones” includes an amazing MIDI version of the song – actually quite great.
Description from Alistair Reynolds’ “Revelation Space” of the “The Jugglers”, a sea of microbial organisms.
What was known – and again not properly understood – was that the Jugglers had the capacity to store and retrieve information, acting like a single, planet-wide neural net. This information was stored on many levels, from the gross connectivity patterns of surface-floating tendrils, down to the free-floating strands of RNA. It was impossible to say whether each world contained many Jugglers or merely one arbitrarily extended individual, for the islands themselves were linked by organic bridges. They were world-sized living repositories of information; vast informational sponges [pg 105].
Reynolds goes on to describe “microscopic tendrils” that could penetrate anything that entered the ocean, decode its structure, and re-imprint that structure later on another, disimilar organism.
Very strange, very awesome. By Wikipedia user Shipwear; click for full-sized image.
So yes, it turns out that Wikipedia has a (quite comprehensive) list of fictional elements, materials, isotopes and atomic particles.
Robert Smithson’s proposal for an underground cinema; with a few $100k and I’d realize this here. Click image for full size.
When Homeland Security seizes a website, they post the above image. As an interesting aside, Homeland Security uses the somewhat antiquated GIF format. Click image for full-sized version.
To see this “in the wild”, you can visit this site.