Cops in Florida have set up roadblocks to pull people over and ask them to take a survey on a proposed rail system.
``The bottom line is, we can do it. It's well within the law,'' said Adrian Share of HNTB Corp., general consultants for the rail authority. ``With the cooperation of state troopers, the state is allowed to pull people over just to seek information.''
The new Scientology building being erected in Clearwater is called "Super Power." Link Discuss
Must-see photo gallery from an ice cream makers' convention in Japan. Anyone want a bowl of ox tongue flavored ice cream? Link Discuss
The odds that you'll die of a car accident are 1 in 81. The odds that you'll die from a poisonous snake, lizard, or spider are 1 in 704,688. Link Discuss
Automatically moons a site of your choice. (Doesn't seem to work with Boing Boing, though.) Link Discuss
Cool little walking robot. You can see a video clip here
. Link Discuss (Thanks, Scott!)
I write a column for the print edition of Playboy
called "Living Online." Here's an email I received:
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I would please request you send me names and e-mail addresses of penpals preferably women in their 40's or divorcee's from the US or the PACIFIC.
I'm a graduate of ANTHROPOLOGY,with majors in Disaster studies,from the UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN.NIGERIA.I'm in my mid 20's,with a medium height of 5.8" and sexually active.
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Jennifer of www.sharpeworld.com has done the world an enormous favor by scanning in a bunch of ads from twenty year old biker magazines. Dope paraphernalia, naked chicks, and leather wear abound! Link Discuss
Watch the inventor of the television (whose invention was stolen away from him) try to stump a celebrity panel on an episode of "I've Got a Secret." You can learn more about Farnsworth in this Wired article
by Evan Schwatrz. Link Discuss
CNN article about new flying robots, with some pictures. Link Discuss (Thanks, Scott!)
Find out which glue to use when you want to stick two things together. Link Discuss (Thanks, Kevin!)
Incredible collection of corporate anthems, with lyrcis and audio!
We create, we innovate
Link Discuss (Thanks, Kurt!)
We pass the ones that are la-a-ate.
A global team, this is our dream of success that we create.
We'll be number one, with effort and fun
Together each of us will run for gold
that shines like the sun in our eyes
-- KPMG anthem
And he probably gets paid to do it, too. Link Discuss (Thanks, Mark!)
This UK-based website is a like a casino where you can bet on events in the future, like how far some guy will throw a phone in an upcoming cell-phone throwing competition, or which on-the-skids company will bounce back the most in the next six months. Looks like a lot of fun! Link Discuss (Thanks, Kevin!)
Not dildos for animals, but dildos for people who want dildos shaped like animal penises. I think. Link Discuss (Thanks, Scott!)
Ballpoint pen comes with an LED that blinks when your cell phone rings. Good to have when your phone's ringer is switched off. Link Discuss (Thanks, Kevin!)
Men in Colombia are being stopped in the street and asked if they would like to lick the breasts of young women. After the men collapse from ingesting the stupefactant that had been previously applied to the women's breasts, they are relieved of their valuables. Link Discuss (Thanks, Michael!)
Giant gallery of photos of bands nobody has ever heard of. (The guy in the first picture is the spitting image of Dan Akroyd). Link Discuss (Thanks, Steve Portigal!)
This has already been blogged in a lot of places already, but I just got around to reading this diary of a young women who works at a video rental store that deals in porn videos. She's very funny and astute, and she ought to write a book about her adventures.
I couldn’t tell you what makes a dirtbag. It’s like obscenity: you know it when you see it. If I had to put it into a word, I’d go with "shiftiness". Dirtbags are trying to do something wrong and deep down in their dried-up little dirtbag souls they know it and somehow their mental can-I-get-away-with-this? calculations show. One guy actually has shifty eyes. I couldn’t believe it – I’d always thought that that was one of those Victorian techniques for recognizing the Criminal Type, but damned if it isn’t true. I was stunned when Mr. Creepy came up to the counter, claiming that an entire stack of porn he’d rented should be free because somehow the clerk had given him six wrong tapes, and there were his eyes, shifting shifting shifting around like beady, guilty little gnats, looking at anything in the room but me or the incriminating videos.
Fun tongue-in-cheek piece about DARPA and its "connection" to the shadow government and the occult. Lots of good links to follow here. Link Discuss
"An asteroid discovered just weeks ago has become the most threatening object yet detected in space.
"A preliminary orbit suggests that 2002 NT7 is on an impact course with Earth and could strike the planet on 1 February, 2019 - although the uncertainties are large." Link Discuss (Thanks, Tobias!)
I haven't read this, but the abstract is interesting:
To improve the efficiency of airport security screening, the FAA deployed the Computer Assisted Passenger Screening system (CAPS) in 1999. CAPS attempts to identify potential terrorists through the use of profiles so that security personnel can focus the bulk of their attention on high-risk individuals. In this paper, we show that since CAPS uses profiles to select passengers for increased scrutiny, it is actually less secure than systems that employ random searches. In particular, we present an algorithm called Carnival Booth that demonstrates how a terrorist cell can defeat the CAPS system.
When I was an editor at Wired, Howard Wen wrote some great pieces for me. He just sent me a great mash-up video he did of Christina Aguilera mixed with with The Strokes. it's remarkable how well these two completely different songs fit together. Great use of video, too! (Howard told me that he would appreciate it if people mirror the video clip from other sites, to reduce the load on his server). Link Discuss
Our own David Pescovitz just gave a talk at an Industrial Design conference in Monterey. Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway scooter whom he wrote about in ID Magazine last month, was supposed to speak too but he cancelled at the last minute.
It doesn't matter though, because David still got to ride one of the
scooters. He says it was amazing. Here's a video clip of David riding the Segway. Link Discuss
Here's a Sunday episode of Doonesbury about WiFi. Link Discuss (Thanks, Patricio!)
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Listen to the mellifluous sounds of dictionary text-to-speech generators provide the vocals for a number of popular songs, from Black Flag to Elvis. Link Discuss (Thanks, Kate!)
Stefan sez: "How wonderfully cybah-age: The NYPD has exported its data-entry chores to Ghana. The article describes the impressions that the workers have of the city, based on the data on the tickets they are transcribing." Link Discuss
Good news. TIPS got the boot, thanks to Dick Armey.
"Mr. Armey believes there are other and better ways to involve citizens in the protection of the homeland," said Richard Diamond, the congressman's press secretary. "There are traditional ways of pitching in, helping out, like becoming a volunteer firefighter."
Link Discuss (Thanks, Tobias)