Thursday, August 09, 2007

Quiz Time

First, I took this:

You Are 52% Democrat

You aren't a full fledged Democrat yet, but it's likely the party that fits you best.
You probably consider yourself an independent Democrat. You usually support the party, but you also think for yourself!

Not surprising, I thougth it would come out about there

Then this:

You Are 4% Republican

If you have anything in common with the Republican party, it's by sheer chance.

You're a staunch liberal, and nothing is going to change that!

I think the test is a mess. I could only find one thing I agreed with and then only in part. If those statements are representive of the true state of the GOP, they are dead already.

And this:

You Are 91% Feminist

You are a total feminist. This doesn't mean you're a man hater (in fact, you may be a man).
You just think that men and women should be treated equally. It's a simple idea but somehow complicated for the world to put into action.

This was almost completely a set of questions about personal choice, and I beleive the more more choice the better. That it applied to women was incidental to my answers.

I'm not sure that qualifies me as a "feminist" as much as it would a "libertarian".

Then this!

You Are a Learning Cook

You've got the makings of an excellent cook, and the desire to be one.
But right now, you're just lacking the experience. You couldn't be a top chef yet, but you could be an apprentice.

I like cooking! It's like chemistry you can eat afterwards. Safely. Without bugs crawlign under your skin. Usually.


Progress in the Containment of Anti-Matter


HiPAT is part of the incremental work that needs doing as we build the capacity to create more antimatter and store it efficiently. But there are other storage approaches, as exemplified by the work of Japanese researcher Masaki Hori. Currently working at the Max-Planck-Institute of Quantum Optics, Hori wants to change the paradigm by using radio frequency waves rather than magnetic fields to store anti-protons. He calls his device a ’superconducting radiofrequency quadrupole trap.’ and thinks it can offer antimatter storage in a device the size of an office wastebasket. His next move is to go to work on what’s in it.

Also in Second Life News

I was on vacation all last week and had some time for a project I wanted to do. I've had a design for a house kicking around in the back of my head for awhile now, so I bought some land in a nice region of SL and built it from scratch. Check it out if you ever go into SL

Kings Bishop 64,80

The Bank Run

Wonkette has the goods on the current financial crisis in Second Life:

The current crisis revolves around Ginko Financial, a Second Life bank that was offering ludicrously high interest rates. Ginko, which is actually based in real-life Brazil, somehow, now apparently can’t just print more Second Life funny money to pay off the debts, so there’s danger of a big panic. Think of the run on the bank scene in It’s A Wonderful Life, except instead of heartfelt speeches and ordinary Americans worried about their life savings, there are big-breasted furries and forty-foot-long penises.
As panic spreads throughout the user base of the phony baloney video game/virtual porn dungeon, expect to see the John Edwards Second Life campaign headquarters torn apart by a desperate mob, its constituent pixels used to buy virtual food and huge flying turds for a terrified populace.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Department of I-Swear-I-Am-Not-Making-This-Up

what I have wanted since I was 12 years old... a Vomit Ray!!

The plan is that riot-boffins from Pennsylvania State University's Institute of Nonlethal Defense Technology, will try the vomit-dazzle beam out on volunteers this autumn. Hopefully they'll do it on a tiled floor, or put down some plastic sheet or something.
"There's one wavelength that gets everybody," chortled Lieberman, worryingly. "Vlad calls it the evil color."
Good old Vlad. What a card.

I will pay *any* amount of money for this.



Yeah! Get some perspective!