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Monday Links from Off the Bench vol. CLII

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    Monday Links from Off the Bench vol. CLII

    Busy today, but finally got around to digging up this lot:
    • Hacking my Vagina: Making a Vibrator That Listens to Your Body - "This project has been an astonishing little journey. Many of my previous projects were characterized by an amazing outpouring of effort to build something highly intricate and ultimately invisible. This is the opposite kind of project. A little bit of work and a little custom design to create something new and exciting that I can immediately use in my everyday life. It also happens to be a sex toy. In other words, I wanted to hack something I actually use: my vagina." Beth Scott puts together Arduino kit (of course) with ultrasonic motion sensors and a remote-control vibrator to produce another bit of kit some CUKers will probably rush to replicate

    • Into the vault: the operation to rescue Manhattan's drowned internet - "At Broad Street, near the tip of Lower Manhattan, the situation is far from normal. Many streets in the area are closed off and packed with trucks, equipment, and generators. Manhole covers are open everywhere. Verizon’s Broad Street central office, which routes local phone, DSL, and FiOS data, resembles a military field base. Walls of sandbags remain around the building, and the constant hum of generators and pumps bounces down the streets." This is why you shouldn't let your Internet get wet.

    • Why Are Bigfoot Rumors So Persistent? - "Jeff Meldrum wants to search for Bigfoot by using a remote-controlled blimp. Because when you’re looking for a mythical creature famous for eluding all who search for it, a giant, buzzing, looming balloon is clearly the way to go." Brian Switek examines our long obsession with creatures that don't exist… probably.

    • Cops: 'Mafia-style killing' was complex suicide - "Police in Hamburg investigating the death of a man who was found shot in the head in a tied-up sack floating in a river, suspect that rather than having been the victim of a Mafia hit, he killed himself." Just shows what you can achieve with a little ingenuity

    • Courtroom Battles of WWII - This blog only has two posts longer than a single line, but they contain long lists summarising the fates of many of those who chose the wrong side in World War II. E.g. "She was born Winifred Williams in 1897 in England. At 18 she married Siegfried Wagner, 45, son of composer Richard Wagner. They were close friends of Adolf Hitler long before he became chancellor. Eventually Winifred was running the internationally famous Bayreuth Festival, the yearly tribute to her father-in-law's operas. After the war, she was barred from the festival." Not everybody got off so lightly…

    • Five Myths about the Chinese Internet - "Few people remain unaware that the Internet is censored for China's 538 million users, but misperceptions persist about how it works. Here are five of the most common myths about Chinese online censorship, debunked."

    • The Song Machine: the hitmakers behind Rihanna - Interesting look at the modern urban pop world's equivalent of Tin Pan Alley: "In advance of Dean’s arrival at Roc the Mic, Stargate had prepared several dozen tracks. They created most of them by jamming together on keyboards until they came up with an “idea”—generally, a central chord progression or a riff—around which they quickly built up a track, using the vast array of preprogrammed sounds and beats at their disposal. Hermansen likens their tracks to new flavors awaiting the right soft-drink or potato-chip maker to come along and incorporate them into a product."

    • Software Engineering, Now With Cats! - I hadn't seen the webcomic Sandra and Woo before, but this cat-based reworking of the classic swing cartoon that appears as the frontispiece to Knuth's Art of Computer Programming is excellent

    • A Complete History Of Gerbiling So Far - "For men, the burrowing of the gerbil stimulates the prostate gland, which can provoke spontaneous ejaculation. For women, there are options on where the gerbil can be introduced (thanks to one porn video site, I can confirm this). But whatever the variants, the equipment at its most basic is: Tube. Gerbil. Orifice. The concept is really not that hard to follow, even if its execution might generate other complications." Jane Hu explores the history of this most enduring of urban legends in great detail.

    • Google Poetics - "Google writes poetry on subjects that people are truly interested in." Like this:



    Happy invoicing!

    #2
    Actually had to do some work yesterday afternoon.

    Client thinks I may be ill!

    Thanks!

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      Originally posted by NickFitz View Post
      • The Song Machine: the hitmakers behind Rihanna - Interesting look at the modern urban pop world's equivalent of Tin Pan Alley: "In advance of Dean’s arrival at Roc the Mic, Stargate had prepared several dozen tracks. They created most of them by jamming together on keyboards until they came up with an “idea”—generally, a central chord progression or a riff—around which they quickly built up a track, using the vast array of preprogrammed sounds and beats at their disposal. Hermansen likens their tracks to new flavors awaiting the right soft-drink or potato-chip maker to come along and incorporate them into a product."
      Very interesting, reminds me of when I read The Manual by The KLF | Fresh On The Net some years ago, which is another fascinating insiders view of the music industry I'd recommend to anyone interested.
      "A life, Jimmy, you know what that is? It’s the s*** that happens while you’re waiting for moments that never come." -- Lester Freamon

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        Originally posted by NickFitz View Post
        [*]A Complete History Of Gerbiling So Far - "For men, the burrowing of the gerbil stimulates the prostate gland, which can provoke spontaneous ejaculation. For women, there are options on where the gerbil can be introduced (thanks to one porn video site, I can confirm this). But whatever the variants, the equipment at its most basic is: Tube. Gerbil. Orifice. The concept is really not that hard to follow, even if its execution might generate other complications." Jane Hu explores the history of this most enduring of urban legends in great detail.



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        Happy invoicing!
        what were you looking for to find that?
        "If you didn't do anything that wasn't good for you it would be a very dull life. What are you gonna do? Everything that is pleasant in life is dangerous."

        I want to see the hand of history on his collar.

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          Armageddon!
          "I can put any old tat in my sig, put quotes around it and attribute to someone of whom I've heard, to make it sound true."
          - Voltaire/Benjamin Franklin/Anne Frank...

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            #6
            Originally posted by vetran View Post
            what were you looking for to find that?
            I wasn't looking for anything; like just about everything I post, it came drifting by

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              #7
              Originally posted by Freamon View Post
              Very interesting, reminds me of when I read The Manual by The KLF | Fresh On The Net some years ago, which is another fascinating insiders view of the music industry I'd recommend to anyone interested.
              Ooh, that looks like an interesting read - I wonder how urgently ClientCo need this app

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