Sunday, February 15, 2009

Interesting Bits XII

Want a quick overview of how the twisty labyrinth of my mind works? Tough. You get one anyways. Since the premier of Dollhouse Friday (13-2), which by the by I enjoyed tremendously, some people not so much (click to embiggen):

But, I was one of the ones who dug it. (Along with this guy @IO9.) Where was I? Oh yeah, twisty labyrinth (are labyrinth's twisty by definition?). Anyhoo, from Dollhouse to Doll Posse to Tori Amos.

Tori is one of those women who their very presence on this planet makes me happy. I got to see her first in '94 for her Under the Pink tour. I've spent money to see her 9 times since. The only person I've ever seen look sexual with a piano (Bosendorfer, always Bosendorfer).

Which (kinda sorta brings us back) to her release from 2007, American Doll Posse. Great music (Although my favourite remains the '96 release Boys for Pele), especially since it's 17 years since her first, Little Earthquakes. Here's a clip from ADP, Big Wheel. (Favourite bit? "Yes, I am an M.I.L.F. Don't you forget")

Your Blog and You. A Users Guide

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has revamped their legal guide for bloggers. Letting us know what is legal in this ever expanding (contracting? Fuck you Diane Feinstein for trying to kill net-neutrality) interweb frontier.

"The difference between you and the reporter at your local newspaper is that in many cases, you may not have the benefit of training or resources to help you determine whether what you're doing is legal. And on top of that, sometimes knowing the law doesn't help - in many cases it was written for traditional journalists, and the courts haven't yet decided how it applies to bloggers.

But here's the important part: None of this should stop you from blogging. Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Internet bullies shouldn't use the law to stifle legitimate free expression. That's why EFF created this guide, compiling a number of FAQs designed to help you understand your rights and, if necessary, defend your freedom."

Best Interweb Dating Service

A new dating service went live as of Valentine's Day. Why is this better than Eharmony and It's called and it's goal is to connect people with terminal illnesses.

" is profoundly different from other dating sites. We're dealing with people who know they are facing imminent death. They are aware that their days are numbered and they know, more or less, how long they have to live. This service does not require members to answer the frivolous questionnaires other dating sites provide, although they can if they want to. We are not interested, as we are sure our clients are not either, in the inane, trivial and essentially meaningless come-ons and delusional fantasies of finding the perfect mate. We assume our members don't care if someone's eyes are blue or green, whether they wear glasses or not. According to Marketing Director Joseph DiAngelo, "This site is designed to cut through the superficiality and embrace issues we think are most meaningful -- the desire and need for understanding, compassion, empathy and comfort between human beings facing their greatest challenge."

Tell me a better goal? Not just for people who don't know how to strike up a conversation with the object of their desire, but people who know their time is short and want to spend it with someone special. I haven't a clue as to whether it will work or not, but I do wish them all the best.

You Are What You Eat

Following on the heels of the salmonella scare with peanuts came this Op-Ed piece from the NY Times telling us the facts of what is actually allowed in the food we consume. I warn you if you haven't eaten as of yet today:
"In its (falsely) reassuringly subtitled booklet “The Food Defect Action Levels: Levels of Natural or Unavoidable Defects in Foods That Present No Health Hazards for Humans,” the F.D.A.’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition establishes acceptable levels of such “defects” for a range of foods products, from allspice to peanut butter.

Among the booklet’s list of allowable defects are “insect filth,” “rodent filth” (both hair and excreta pellets), “mold,” “insects,” “mammalian excreta,” “rot,” “insects and larvae” (which is to say, maggots), “insects and mites,” “insects and insect eggs,” “drosophila fly,” “sand and grit,” “parasites,” “mildew” and “foreign matter” (which includes “objectionable” items like “sticks, stones, burlap bagging, cigarette butts, etc.”).

Tomato juice, for example, may average “10 or more fly eggs per 100 grams [the equivalent of a small juice glass] or five or more fly eggs and one or more maggots.” Tomato paste and other pizza sauces are allowed a denser infestation — 30 or more fly eggs per 100 grams or 15 or more fly eggs and one or more maggots per 100 grams."

And with that, tomato juice is now off the grocery list until I forget about this.

What Most Reminded Me of The Sandman Today

Apparently falling asleep in public in Japan is kosher with most Japanese. From Danny Choo who blogs about his life in Japan.

These pics remind me of a Neil Gaiman comic come to life. Things have gone terribly wrong in the Dreaming, and people are beginning to fall asleep where they stand through out the world. Check out the entire link for all the fotos.

Geek Apparel

Inspired by Star Trek: The Next Generation comes this corset. Or as I like to think of it, What I really wanted to see Counselor Troi in during the show. It can be found at Etsy.

Funny Bits

You know I generally try and end this on a funny note. Thank you BBC for giving me one. Apparently London's been having a bit of snow. They set up a camera outside the steps of Paddington Station...just to watch people fall. Only the link, but well worth clicking as long as you just think humour and not stuff like, "I hope he didn't hurt himself." Sorta like Jackass for the BBC.

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