August 1st, 2006 | Work
July 31st, 2006 | Uncategorized
July 31st, 2006 | brainjuice
Just got an email from Fraction reading “WYATT EARP!” And, indeed, Wyatt and Morgan Earp are riding in on the crest of a bullshit excuse. According to HBO, “Langrishe… offers to perform long-term therapy on Hearst’s chronic aching back.” Brian Cox as a masseur is not something I expected to see before I die. (And also makes me think of ZATOICHI.)
As ever, my copy gets transported to me for the morning. Feel free to use this space to talk about tonight’s episode, before and after.
July 30th, 2006 | brainjuice
So Friday we crossed the country to Berkeley Castle, where we attended a small private banquet whose high point was a performance by the Medieval Baebes. Somewhere, I have the first record by Miranda Sex Garden, Katharine Blake’s first band, from 1990 or thereabouts. Sadly, Blake wasn’t at the banquet performance, having apparently been suddenly taken ill with a pregnancy complication. My daughter loves the Baebes — the music, but also that they’re obviously smart and educated and yet plainly are women who do not get out of bed early in the morning if they can help it. She could do a lot worse for female role models.
July 30th, 2006 | researchmaterial
Prosecutors say a man shoved a cellphone down his girlfriend’s throat because he was angry and jealous. But the defence insisted as a trial got underway that the woman swallowed the phone intentionally to keep him from seeing whom she had been calling.
Marlon Brando Gill, 24, is charged with first-degree assault in the December incident involving 25-year-old Melinda Abell.
Abell has given inconsistent accounts of what happened before she was taken to a hospital, where an emergency room doctor removed the phone.
She testified Tuesday on the first day of Gill’s trial that she couldn’t remember how the phone got in her throat, saying she had too much to drink that night.
She said in court that she could not recall writing a statement to police after the incident, in which she said: “I think he thought I’d been talking to other guys. . . . He took my phone to see who I had been calling.” However, the statement added: “If I didn’t want him to see my phone, I would have just thrown it out the window and busted it.”
She testified that he had verbally and physically abused her, but under cross-examination she acknowledged she never told police about the abuse and continued to live with Gill until the cellphone incident…
July 29th, 2006 | Uncategorized
July 28th, 2006 | Uncategorized
July 28th, 2006 | brainjuice
This mumbling, short-armed, wattle-necked, swollen-faced, beady-eyed charisma-free thing in an orange tie is the great and terrible Republican threat in ’08?
I’m starting to think that my Democratic friends in the US would be terrified if the GOP ran DONALD FUCKING DUCK in ’08.
Mind you, if I still thought Barack “Look! I can fuck myself in the ass for the Lord! Please love me, Christian Whitey!” Obama was going to be a lick of fucking use in two years, maybe I’d be crazy enough to be scared of this empty old man who can’t field a question from a comedy host who’s being excessively nice to him.
I’m telling you again. In 2008 I want to see Arnold Schwartzenegger versus Jesse Ventura for the Presidency. And I want the debates to take place in a patch of desert, with a ring marked out with stones, see, and two swords thrown into the ring, and the music they always played on the old Star Trek when Captain Kirk had to fight somebody.
Which Katie West made me an image of, because she loves me and you don’t.
July 28th, 2006 | people I know
Chad’s selling prints.
Suzanne G (better known as Ms Wurzel Tod, perhaps) just got back to Lucerne from London and yet is now off to Budapest and Vienna.
July 27th, 2006 | Uncategorized
July 27th, 2006 | researchmaterial
CBS is enlisting eggs in its scramble to attract viewers. The CBS logo and slogans promoting the TV network and its series will appear along with coded expiration dates on eggs sold by grocers _ just another promotional measure in the competitive world of television.
More than 35 million eggs will be marked with phrases such as “CSI: Crack the Case on CBS” and “The Class, New Grade-A CBS Comedy” as part of a deal between the CBS Marketing Group and EggFusion, an egg-coding company.
The campaign is part of what the network is calling its “Outernet strategy,” an effort to reach viewers “outside their homes as they go about their daily lives…”
(I kind of want someone to die for this.)
July 27th, 2006 | researchmaterial
The plastic, known as Synthetic Gecko, has been developed by researchers at aerospace and defence firm BAE Systems. Like the reptile’s foot, the polymer is covered in millions of tiny mushroom-like hairs that provide grip.
Future applications could include an adhesive to repair aircraft, skin grafts or even a Spiderman-style suit.
“It would mean that your local window cleaner could dispense with his ladders and climb up the side of your house,” says Dr Sajad Haq a principle research scientist at the company’s Advanced Technology Centre in Filton, Bristol. “There’s a whole host of applications. It’s just a question of your imagination…”
(Anyone remember “Fractite,” I think it was, from the 90s?)
July 26th, 2006 | researchmaterial
Known as a hole quantum wire, it exploits gaps â€“ or holes – between electrons. The relationship between electrons and holes is like that between electrons and anti-electrons, or matter and anti-matter.
The holes can be thought of as real quantum particles that have an electrical charge and a spin. They exhibit remarkable quantum properties and could lead to a new world of super-fast, low-powered transistors and powerful quantum computers.
Quantum wires are microscopically small, in this case about 100 times narrower than a human hair. They are so narrow that electrons can only pass along them in single file.
Manufacturers are keenly interested in them because they hold the potential for new high-speed electronics applications, known as spintronics, where semiconductor devices have both electric and magnetic properties…