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07.23.2009
09:30 am
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If, like me, you’re up on your “Active Denial Systems,” you probably know that such systems were (thankfully) relegated to slow-moving earth-crawlers.  Well, leave it to the Pentagon to give these non-lethal microwave emitters wings…er, rotors:

The Pentagon’s enthusiasm for non-lethal crowd-control weapons appears to have stepped up a gear with its decision to develop a microwave pain-infliction system that can be fired from an aircraft.  The device is an extension of its controversial Active Denial System, which uses microwaves to heat the surface of the skin, creating a painful sensation without burning that strongly motivates the target to flee. The ADS was unveiled in 2001, but it has not been deployed owing to legal issues and safety fears.

Nevertheless, the Pentagon’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) in Quantico, Virginia, has now called for it to be upgraded. The US air force, whose radar technology the ADS is based on, is increasing its annual funding of the system from $2 million to $10 million.

The transmitting antenna on the current system is 2 metres across, produces a single beam of similar width and is steered mechanically, making it cumbersome. At the heart of the new weapon will be a compact airborne antenna, which will be steered electronically and be capable of generating multiple beams, each of which can be aimed while on the move.

Microwave Weapon Will Rain Pain From The Sky

Active Denial Systems on 60 Minutes

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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07.23.2009
09:30 am
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World’s Youngest Smoker: Awesome
07.23.2009
03:31 am
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Tong Liangliang is only 2 years old and smokes a pack of cigarettes a day. His father first gave him fags at the age of 18 months to help cope with pain from a hernia.

This kid is not only the world’s youngest smoker, but he also has the world’s youngest smoker’s personality. Imagine the social skills he’ll have by the time he’s 15?��Ǩ���the mind boggles to even consider! (Via Bizarre Magazine)

Posted by Jason Louv
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07.23.2009
03:31 am
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The Muppets Wanna Start Nuclear War in a Gay Bar
07.23.2009
12:28 am
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I wonder what all of this is about?


(via Nerdcore)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.23.2009
12:28 am
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Drawdio: Turn Almost Anything Into a Theremin
07.22.2009
09:38 pm
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This Drawdio kit can be yours for $17.50 at Adafruit Industries. Creator, Jay Silver talks about Drawdio:

Imagine you could draw musical instruments on normal paper with any pencil (cheap circuit thumb-tacked on) and then play them with your finger. The Drawdio circuit-craft lets you MacGuyver your everyday objects into musical instruments: paintbrushes, macaroni, trees, grandpa, even the kitchen sink…

One day I bought a “harmonium” kit at the street market in Bangalore. I hacksawed the keyboard off to make the first ever Drawdio circuit. We played with it at a local school in the slums using plants, water, our foreheads, etc. My friend told me graphite would work too. Meditating on it, I realized the Drawdio circuit should be literally attached to a pencil to “draw audio,” and that’s where the name came from: Draw + Audio.


Drawdio

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.22.2009
09:38 pm
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Pulp Book: 70s Style Photography by Neil Krug
07.22.2009
08:54 pm
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I like this this! Pulp Book is collaboration between supermodel Joni Harbeck and photographer Neil Krug. The book will feature 200 pulp inspired images. Neil Krug explains his book:

Pulp is an upcoming photo book of psychedelic images made to look like old school paperback covers. The book features supermodel Joni Harbeck exclusively as the heroine in a world of fabricated dramas. Everything in the book has been photographed with expired polaroid film to put across the mood of looking at a beautifully beat to hell dusty LP cover.

Putting this book together has been my favorite project to date. The book reflects our love for artists such as Robert McGinnis, Tanino Liberatore, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and a slew of others. Their work is a major influence for this project.


Pulp by Neil Krug

Mini Interview: Neil Krug

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.22.2009
08:54 pm
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Hysterical Public Comments Made at Santa Cruz City Council Meeting
07.22.2009
08:02 pm
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We can be rich in cotton and mining metals and silkworms and we can makes things, we can make things cars, the machine can make it for us…on the East Coast they have slaves and they believe in slavery and made in China, but on the West Coast, the new West Coast, we don’t believe in that. We believe in the union and that’s what we are.

(via reddit)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.22.2009
08:02 pm
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Out-Bloody-Rageous: The Soft Machine
07.22.2009
06:56 pm
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The death last month of Hugh Hopper saw me pulling out my Soft Machine CDs and giving them a listen again. I go through a Soft Machine phase every couple of years and Hopper’s passing was a good excuse for another. It was also an excuse for me to pull “Out-Bloody-Rageous,” Graham Bennett’s exhaustive Soft Machine’s bio off the shelf again, too. It will forever be the definitive book on the band.

Eccentric pioneers, first of psychedelia, then prog rock, then of jazz-rock fusion, the innovative avant-garde onslaught of the Soft Machine was probably best encountered as a live experience.The odd time signatures and sheer complexity of the music would have been almost stressful to play. This musical tension was probably personally wearing as the band went through 24 different line-ups in its long career.

Sadly, I never had a chance to see the Soft Machine play live, it was before my time, but I have had a chance to see Gong and Kevin Ayers and both shows were delightful experiences. Here’s a particularly hot performance of the Soft Machine performing “Ester’s Nose Job” from French TV circa 1970:

Posted by Richard Metzger
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07.22.2009
06:56 pm
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Cat Ladies: When Cats Mean “Meow” to You Than People
07.22.2009
03:42 pm
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CAT LADIES is a one hour verit?ɬ

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.22.2009
03:42 pm
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Tiny Tim Performs Apocalyptic Ditty With Children
07.22.2009
02:48 pm
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Tiny Tim sings and dances to his mutant psychedelia “The Other Side” with an audience of little girls.  I wonder what the kids were thinking?

 

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.22.2009
02:48 pm
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The Fine Art of “Asian Posing”
07.22.2009
12:53 pm
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Here’s a website dedicated to the art of “Asian posing.” The creator of the site, Steve, claims to suffer from a condition known as the Cute Asian Girls Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (CAGOCD). Steve says:

Simply smiling in a photo is so boring, why not strike a pose? Asians are notorious for their quirky and cute poses and this site focuses on documenting these poses. To help you recognize various poses, visual aids will be provided courtesy of popular Korean, Japanese, and Chinese models. The site?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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07.22.2009
12:53 pm
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