Apr. 13th, 2006

oneirophrenia: (Hahaha)
Guess what? Remember that hot blonde damn who was found guilty of nailing a 13-year-old boy?

Well, she's back in chains. And not the fun kind, knowhutI'msayin'? She got busted for setting up a MySpace site and "communicating" with the kid, thereby violating her parole.

To which I say:

Girl...you be illin'. In fact, you be a complete dullard. Gimme a call, honey--I'll gladly sell you a clue: violating your hard-earned parole for some 13-year-old kid is the very epitome of stupidity. HIS WANG CAN'T BE THAT BIG.

I'm totally going to "friend" her, though. Heh. I get a kick out of the fact that she listed her location as "Paris, France." Now I'm going to write to her in French and be all smoove B on tha froggy tip.
oneirophrenia: (r0b0t)
Completely. Freaking. Bitchin'.

Well, there goes my last reason to be excited about Microsoft Office 2007. Between Google Calendar, Gmail, and Writely, I have no more need of any local office applications.
oneirophrenia: (Mad Scientist 1)
[livejournal.com profile] popejeremy pointed this out to me: in India, famous actor Raj Kumar died at the age of 77 of a heart attack...and then his fans in Bangalore went batshit crazy and started burning stuff.

Now, I understand that Indians really like their Bollywood stars. But only in a Third World nation--and, for all its tech savvy and brilliant universities, India is still very much mostly a filthy, superstition-riddled, poverty-stricken typical Third World nation--would people go this crazy over the death (by natural causes, I might add: not murder or anything upsetting like that) of a beloved actor.

Oh, we in the First World are not in any way immune to culture insanity: look at our tabloid fascination with Kevin Federline, a completely useless excuse for a human being with NO interesting qualities other than that he fertilized Britney Spears, and our media-driven obsession with "missing white women" (such as that Natalie Holloway). But though our culture is strangely focused on such useless fascinations, we don't riot and burn down half of our cities, close half of our businesses, and just generally destroy our own hard-earned property when Kevin Federline braids his hair different. When Elvis died, the nation went into mourning, because a LOT of people really, really liked his music and respected his work--he was a national icon, for gods' sake: you would expect a certain amount of reaction from the populace. But did people go berzerk and start wrecking things? No.

I wonder exactly what the source of this disparity is. Are people in Third World nations just so bored with their squalid lives that they'll use any excuse for a good riot to liven things up? Or are we in America just too fundamentally lazy to get up and riot?
oneirophrenia: (r0b0t)
The ESA today released some cool photos of Venus, taken by the Venus Express probe, that just went into orbit in the past two days.

What a useless ball of nothing.

Seriously, people....Venus is a totally worthless planet. It's a billion fucking degrees, it's covered in sulfuric acid clouds, and it smells funny. There's no point in even trying to terraform the planet: you'd have to first find some way to thin the atmosphere and precpitate all the SO3 out of the clouds, then convert the baked terrain into something usable, and...it's just not economically feasible in ANY way. Mars is terraformable. All you really need to do is build up the atmosphere and maybe bring in some water via cometary impacts--but there's probably already plenty of water there, frozen in permafrost anyway. You could make Mars habitable in under a century using nanoreplicators to free oxygen from the regolith and a couple of mirrors to focus sunlight onto comet surfaces and steer them to the planet using controlled outgassing. Fuck, I could probably terraform Mars with stuff in my old basement tool bench.

But Venus....What the hell're you going to do with Venus? It ain't even pretty: it's just an ugly white cue-ball drifting uselessly through space. BUT! It could be made to be useful! Sow the atmosphere with sturdy, simply nanoreplicators designed to catalyse SO3 into elemental sulfur and free oxygen; let the sulfur settle out of the atmosphere progressively while the oxygen is skimmed off and stored for later. Once the atmosphere is less caustic and the planet has cooled a bit so that more replicators can function on the surface, dump a few trillion tons of assemblers on the surface and let them devour the planet down to the core. Just think of all those atoms that could be used to build processors, memory, flash drives...you name it! Venus can be stripmined to produce a belt of solar-powered processors powerful enough to simulate the entire history of the earth...twice.

My plan for the future: terraform Mars and use it as biological repository for terrestrial species and colony space of un-uploaded or un-upgraded humans. Dismantle Venus and Mercury to build processors for the posthumans and the AIs. Turn the Jovian system into a theme park. Scrape up Saturn's rings and make processors out of them, too. Make Titan a biological experiment in cryolife engineering. I haven't figured out what to do with Uranus and Neptune yet, because they seem pretty useless too...but Pluto? Archive space. It's geologically stable, it's out of the way, it's quiet...perfect place to bury a bunch of ultradense storage media to back up...well, whatever needs backed up!

There's a novel in this, I sense....
oneirophrenia: (Mad Scientist 1)

Your Deadly Sins



Greed: 40%

Wrath: 40%

Sloth: 20%

Envy: 0%

Gluttony: 0%

Lust: 0%

Pride: 0%

Chance You'll Go to Hell: 14%

You will die love and feared by many. And you'll be buried in a tomb.



OK, I'm down with being buried in a tomb, and being loved and feared. But...what's this greed bullshit? Wrath, I can see. But greed? I could give a rat's ass about being greedy.
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NewScientist.com reports today that Goth subculture may protect vulnerable children. A small psychological study recently done in the UK seems to indicate that kids who like to harm themselves (either via attempting suicide or cutting or other forms of self-abuse) are much LESS likely to do so once they become involved in the goth subculture, which is completely antithetical to the common notion (and the strange results of a related study done in Glasgow) that goths are more likely to be the type to harm themselves.

According to Robert Young, who led the study, the results "suggest[s] that young people with a tendency to self-harm are attracted to the goth subculture"--BUT, he adds: "Rather than posing a risk, it's also possible that by belonging to the goth subculture, young people are gaining valuable social and emotional support from their peers." This explains why, of the young folks who admitted harming themselves in various ways, many of them stopped when they turned goth. Young is, of course, quick to add that the study represented only a small number of young people to begin with (1258, to be precise), and that only 25% of those interviewed identified themselves strongly with our subculture.

However, the evidence does suggest the validity of something I've long thought likely: that the goth subculture (like all subcultures, really) can provide a welcoming environment of peers for folks--of all ages, really--who otherwise "don't fit in" with the usual crowds, and can probably help some people grow out of damaging behaviors that they fell into because of being ostracized, disliked, and so forth by peers with whom they didn't relate. It's a really simple matter, actually: when one is feeling dejected and alone, it only makes sense that finding a community of folks with similar ideals and interests can make one feel better. Of course, it can just as easily lead to finding one's own bad habits and whatnot reinforced by others with similar bad habits, but...hell, that's typical of all social groups. You'll always find potential for both good and bad in any kind of social interaction.

I find the little "explanation" of the goth subculture at the end of the article to be kind of interesting, as well:

The 1980s goth culture grew out of the post-Punk movement and underwent a revival in the mid-1990s. Central to goth belief is the black aesthetic – taking icons that society regards as evil, such as skull imagery, and making them beautiful.


Good call, guys! The authors of this article have, for once, identified that a central characteristic of gothicism is a shared aesthetic, not a shared lifestyle. My contention for years has been that there's no such thing as a goth "lifestyle," but that the subculture exists primarily through a shared aesthetic--a common love of spookity literature, music with lots of reverb, and cheap black velvet!

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