News of the weird, high-tech edition

Breast implants may soon carry MP3 players! Breast implants may soon carry MP3 players! Asian News International London, October 14, 2005 Music may one day be very close to a woman’s chest, with BT futurology which manufactures computer chips that store music, creating a MP3 player that can be implanted into a woman’s breasts. Via… Continue reading News of the weird, high-tech edition

What’s the Average Age Of US Soldiers Who Died In Iraq?

What’s the Average Age Of The 2000+ US Soldiers Who Died In Iraq? 30. The average age of the soldiers who died in Vietnam was 19. It’s a sobering statistic — you can’t help but think about all those young lives cut short. Thanks to the end of the draft, the story is quite different… Continue reading What’s the Average Age Of US Soldiers Who Died In Iraq?

Deism, and the “Christian Nation Myth”

The Christian Nation Myth by Farrell Till Whenever the Supreme Court makes a decision that in any way restricts the intrusion of religion into the affairs of government, a flood of editorials, articles, and letters protesting the ruling is sure to appear in the newspapers. Many protesters decry these decisions on the grounds that they… Continue reading Deism, and the “Christian Nation Myth”

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I don’t like Mondays…

Both true for me, and a good songto boot. (*) Congratulations to Peter and Jane, whose wedding I was at this past weekend. I’m not sure whether it’s appropriate to post a photo or two here, but I may. Also, for lack of a better place, here’s some interesting science news: The key to fresh… Continue reading I don’t like Mondays…

“[DBA] no beer? no bacon?!?”

The Simpsons’ Exported to Arabs — Minus Bacon, Beer Key Aspects of New Middle East Version Get Lost in Translation By JAKE TAPPER and AVERY MILLER, ABCNews.com AP ‘The Simpsons’ has been exported overseas to the Arab world as ‘Al Shamshoon.’ (Oct. 18) — After 17 seasons of entertaining U.S. audiences, “The Simpsons” can now… Continue reading “[DBA] no beer? no bacon?!?”

“A keyboard, how quaint”

Air Force testing new transparent armor by Laura Lundin Air Force Research Laboratory Public Affairs 10/17/2005 – WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFPN) — Engineers here are testing a new kind of transparent armor — stronger and lighter than traditional materials — that could stop armor-piercing weapons from penetrating vehicle windows. The Air Force Research… Continue reading “A keyboard, how quaint”

What’s up with me, lately…

First, because it’s too cute to resist: (from a mailing list I’m on.) Other than that, not a lot of news. I’m back from a vacation that wasn’t, in the end, all that relaxing… though I will have got my AA Platinum renewed for another year once the miles post for the flight home. I’m… Continue reading What’s up with me, lately…

“The Republicans’ gift to America”

On AMERICAblog: The Normalization of Treason, the Republicans’ gift to America If a senior White House staffer had intentionally outed an American spy during World War II, he’d have been shot. We’re at war, George Bush keeps reminding us. We cannot continue with business as usual. A pre-9/11 mentality is deadly. Putting the lives of… Continue reading “The Republicans’ gift to America”

I am so l33t!!!

There was planned downtime this weekend. The server now has mirrored hard drives, using the software RAID1 driver. And a hopefully much faster news spool on its own partitition, but that is a separate issue most of you are unlikely to see (if you actually know me in person and don’t already have one, do… Continue reading I am so l33t!!!

The electronic nose at work…

E-nose to sniff out hospital superbugs 22 September 2005 From New Scientist Print Edition Paul Marks AN ELECTRONIC nose that sniffs out infections could help hospitals tackle outbreaks of the antibiotic-resistant superbug MRSA. Culture tests routinely used to identify MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) take two or three days to complete. This hampers attempts to manage… Continue reading The electronic nose at work…